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Avec

#35 of 7,819 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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11:00 am - 1:00 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
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 24
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  • 6
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Top of my list

We visited a handfull of 'top' emerging restaurants in Chicago dufing our 5 day trip and Avec was our favourite. We got there at around 7 on a Tuesday night and didn't have to wait to get 2 seats at the bar. We shared 4 plates and had amazing cocktails while watching the cooks and bar tenders buzz... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
Momo L
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We visited a handfull of 'top' emerging restaurants in Chicago dufing our 5 day trip and Avec was our favourite. We got there at around 7 on a Tuesday night and didn't have to wait to get 2 seats at the bar. We shared 4 plates and had amazing cocktails while watching the cooks and bar tenders buzz around professionally.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Love it!!! I have been there 6 times and have never been disappointed! I recommended this place to a few friends and it has become their favorite since...

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Winnipeg
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I was very disappointed, after reading the reviews I had high hopes that every dish would wow me. I liked the wine selection, the prompt and professional service, and the chorizo/date dish. The squid ink pasta with sardines was dry and tasteless. I really expected more and it did not meet my expectations at all.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The bacon-wrapped, chorizo stuffed dates are an absolute must and worth the entire trip. They dont take reservations, so be prepared to wait a while. Sangria was downright offensively terrible. Bartender made us Negronis that were pure bliss. I assume they have the seating that uncomfortable because they don't want you to linger. Service was pretty good, not great. Took... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We aren't into tapas-style dining or octopus or wine or beer or noisy crowds. So you might think we didn't enjoy our first experience at Avec, a Mediterranean and Midwestern influenced shared plates restaurant. But the more food we tasted, the better we liked it. Opened in 2003, Avec originally was conceived as a wine bar. But it has gone... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We tried five plates and they were amazing. The octopus was cooked just right and God knows that it is difficult to get right. The atmosphere is friendly and the staff is perfect, not much more to say.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

I did go there for a business discussion and for that...it was a failure, very crowded and the family style and noisy table did not really work. After fighting the noisy American guests for half an hour, the food literally kept us speechless and we just enjoyed our tapas style dishes with a good bottle of wine.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

The bacon-wrapped, chorizo stuffed dates are a critical must and worth a visit from far away. Seating is not that comfy, service is just ok and portions are very tapas sized. Regardless, very good food.

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Mishawaka, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This place is small and fills up fast. They serve small plates and large and are meant to be shared. We got Black Cog, which was great, octopus, which the best I have ever had and Steak- also fantastic. Definitely would recommend it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

We absolutely loved this place! We were fortunate to be here on a Monday night which mean no queuing, but the place was still really busy and had a great vibe. We sat at the bar right where the chefs are cooking which was fascinating to watch. They're really friendly and answer questions about the incredible food, which ranges from... More 

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Additional Information about Avec

Address: 615 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661-2203
Phone Number: (312) 377-2002
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > West Loop
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
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Italian, French, International, Spanish

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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
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Italian, French, International, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
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.