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Avec

#55 of 8,473 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
West Loop
Italian, French, International, Spanish
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615 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661-2203
(312) 377-2002
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3:30 pm - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Mon - Thu 3:30 pm - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 3:30 pm - 2:00 am
Good for:
Bar scene
Outdoor seating

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  • 213
    Excellent
  • 103
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Unique (and pricey) food in an intimate, rustic atmosphere

Came here with my girlfriend for Sunday brunch on a recommendation. We were coming from The Loop area, so it was a bit of a walk (~30 minutes), which is fine on a sunny day, but know that it's out of the way in an otherwise quiet neighborhood. When we went, it was busy (a good sign!), with all... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
felixmatteo88
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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350 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Came here with my girlfriend for Sunday brunch on a recommendation. We were coming from The Loop area, so it was a bit of a walk (~30 minutes), which is fine on a sunny day, but know that it's out of the way in an otherwise quiet neighborhood. When we went, it was busy (a good sign!), with all the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

walked in on sunday @ 9 and grabbed a seat at the bar. service was great, special was seared sepia (cuttle fish) with lots of fresh veggies, herbs, and nice spice edge. really great flavour. Started with a asperagus/radish/beet tambuleh which was also bright and balanced. Paired with bartender's recommendation of verdejo. Service was well-paced and attentive, nice bustling vibe,... More 

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Palatine, Illinois
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I went to Avec with a group of friends and split the foccacia with taleggio cheese and chorizo-stuffed medjool dates. Hands-down, those two dishes were one of the best bites I have had in Chicago in a long time. The ricotta in the focaccia was just the right amount of flavor to balance out the herbs seasoned on the breading.... More 

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Grosse Ile, Michigan, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Some very nice dishes - my favorites were the chorizo stuffed medjool dates and the charred octopus - and we had a great bottle of ribera del Duero. Be prepared, though, if you are sitting on the end of the bench with your back to the wall, to get up several times to let the strangers who get seated next... More 

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Wall Township, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I will visit Avec every time I am in Chicago from now on, and tell everyone I know to do the same. Our server was spot on in telling us how many small plates to order for my husband and I to enjoy. They did a half order of the chorizo stuffed dates for us so that we would have... More 

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Elgin, Illinois
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Killer food all around. Creative dishes, complex flavors (without complicating the dishes) and good portions for the money. Decent service; the staff is laid back and not at all pretentious, which is always good to see in a trendy restaurant. I would go again in a heartbeat. ONLY cons are the noise level and cramped nature of the seating. Felt... More 

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New York City, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I can't wait to go to Avec every time I'm in Chicago! Focaccia, Dates, Brandade.......it's all amazing. They often have some unusual wines on the list that aren't as mainstream as many Chicago restaurants can be with their wine offerings. Few are served by the carafe if you're not interested in a bottle, but it's enough of a selection. I... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

We shared a few small plates, they were pretty good; not a huge amount of flavor, but tasty... My friends and I sat at the counter, the atmosphere was vibrant and young, very cozy inside (modern log cabin meets south beach.) The cocktails were good, nice spin on some classics, however we found that the liquor selection was a bit... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I'm amazed with every visit. Why don't I get here more often? Reasonable prices, brandade, chorizo stuffed dates, pork shoulder and merguez pizza! And that's just the beginning. This place never fails and I mean atmosphere, wine and staff in addition to food. (Ok, maybe the host staff could use lessons in how to smile, but...) Get in early if... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Went here on work dime with a large group so we got to order pretty much the entire menu. Not a single bad dish. This place is the total package in my opinion. Unique setting and amazing drinks and food. Just be prepared to be crammed in with everyone else coming for the same experience. Seating is tight but well... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 615 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661-2203
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > West Loop
  • Neighborhood: West Loop
  • Phone Number: (312) 377-2002

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, French, International, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
3:30 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
3:30 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday
3:30 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
3:30 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
3:30 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday
3:30 pm - 2:00 am

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in West Loop

Neighborhood Profile
West Loop
Fulton Market, Randolph Market, Jackson Boulevard and Greek Town make up the West Loop. The neighborhood is best known as the location of Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios, but this downtown neighborhood is also an up-and-coming spot for Chicago’s trendsetters. Several sub-neighborhoods within West Loop make this a unique neighborhood to visit. Dotted with factories and warehouses, West Loop is packed with various types of dining and nightlife options. If your timing is right, you can take part in neighborhood events like the West Loop Farmers Market, Craft Beer Fest, or the Randolph Street Market Festival.