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Avec

615 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661-2203 (The Loop)
(312) 377-2002
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Ranked #38 of 8,294 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Mon - Thu 3:30 pm - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 3:30 pm - 2:00 am
Cuisines: French, Italian, Spanish, International
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Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: The Loop
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Los Angeles, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Avec feels fresh and new, yet we were told by our server they've been in business for over 11 years. No reservations, so arrive early and spend the evening. Crowded and urban with a minimalist interior. Interesting ingredients with novel preparations. Nice cocktails and a relatively affordable wine list. Should be on any foodie tour of Chicago.

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Flowery Branch, Georgia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We were on a gastronomical tour and started our evening at Avec. Great start! We ordered the Medjool dates and a nightly special dish. Both were wonderful. The dates were a "don't-miss" item!!

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Carmichaels, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We stopped here for a drink and appetizer at the bar after a long day walking. Drink prices were a bit pricey, but they had some unusual options for both beverages and small plates. We loved our shwarma sausage! If I come back to Chicago I'd like to try this place for dinner. The restaurant is small and tables are... More

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State College, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Avec is in an area surrounded by amazing restaurants. The reason Avec stands out is due to its no reservations policy. We were able to get a table for 6 on a Sunday night after about 20-25 minutes of wait!! The atmosphere is laid back and the restaurant has a very modern feel to it. The restaurant does not have... More

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Toronto, Canada
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Great tapas place, but it is small and doesn't take reservations. We got lucky and got a table for 6 by getting there fairly early on a Friday (6:30ish), only having to wait about 20 min. Highlights were the stuffed dates and the burrata pizza. I'd definitely go again.

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2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This place is a favorite of my wife's and mine, a must-visit whenever we're in Chicago. The food never ceases to amaze us. We've eaten all over the world - Paris, New York, many other places - and Avec is second to none. Hard to believe this place doesn't have a Michelin star (or three).

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Nuremberg, Germany
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96 reviews 96 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

While I was visiting Chicago my friend took me here for dinner. They do not take reservations, which is not a big problem if you arrive early. We waited about 15 Min and had a glass of wine in the meantime. You then get your seats at a long table with other guests. Not the way I like to have... More

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Washington, DC
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54 reviews 54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

You must try the chorizo stuffed dates, amazing! The chicken in the paella, amazing! And we sat at the chef's table, which was hot on one of the hottest nights in Chicago, record breaking heat apparently. But the chef was a rockstar to watch and sangria kept us distracted from the heat. Beautiful elegant minimalistic interior provided a cozy experience... More

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Scotland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Went here after reading great reviews on tripadvisor and I was not disappointed. I was on my own (business trip) but the staff were friendly and I never felt out of place. First impressions were positive, nice clean modern finishes, busy without being chaotic. I took a seat at the bar and after some advice from the server I ordered... More

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Los Angeles, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Wood interior and minimal design seemed very fitting in the narrow and long space. Had drinks at bar until our entire party arrived and we were seated at one of the communal tables (leave the sensitive topics of conversation for home or another venue 'cause you and your neighbors are cozy!). We ordered several small dishes and they were all... More

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