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Alinea

1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614-5501
312-867-0110
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Ranked #1 of 8,267 restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $150 - $1,000
Cuisines: International
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Missouri City, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The entire experience was phenomenon. It was just like magic. The way they created their craft is out of this world.

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baltimore
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The experience in this restaurant was simply unbelievable. I love Modern Cuisine and this is a great example of its achievements. Every dish was a surprise for the senses, not just a fabulous taste. The multitude of dishes fills you up, but it is not overwhelming. Totally loved it.

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Toronto, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Without going into too much detail, Alinea was a culinary marvel from start to finish. 15 plus ingenious courses of magical and sublime flavors. Attentive, yet friendly service, definitely not stuffy or pushy. A rather demure dining space without embellishments or artwork. The star here is the food. A one off experience for our July 4th weekend getaway. The best... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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183 reviews 183 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

When you enter the restaurant, it seems as though you are walking into a gangway, but you come to a set of stainless steel doors that open and you are there. The visual effect is really fantastic and it does make for a very nice and romantic dinner, if that is what you are looking for. As you check in,... More

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Nassau, New Providence Island
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We've dined at Alinea four times and are sorry to say that our most recent visit was really not up to par. The restaurant was busier and noiser then we've ever seen it, so was missing that serene ambience we had grown to love. A victim of it's own success? The menu wasn't our favourite as it focused on humdrum... More

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Malden, Massachusetts
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75 reviews 75 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The Alinea experience is probably not something that the common mortals can do every day of their life, so this alone makes dining at this 3-Michelin-stars restaurant in Chicago very special. My expectations were super high and in the end they were all met. The location is comfortable to be reached with the Red Line, the interior design is elegant... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We had an experience here. There were some hits and some misses - really I think it's more for the artist than the restaurant goer. The one bite of mushroom pasta was the best thing I ate. At the end of the day we are glad we did, but don't need to go again. If you have that kind of... More

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Washington, DC
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

One of the best culinary experiences I have ever had. From the flawless presentation, to the creative taste and the friendly service all were absolutely perfect. I flew to Chicago just for this meal with our foodie friends and it was absolutely superb. Thank you for an amazing experience.

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The Hague
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89 reviews 89 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We visited Alinea way back in 2008 and still consider it the best dining experience we've ever had. Well, the jury might still be out on whether our 2014 visit beats it, but we were again completely blown away by the sheer creativity, the brilliant tastes and the overall experience of Alinea. It's a total night out with very few... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The restaurant has a very unassuming appearance from the outside... Inside, the experience starts with the seating at the table; the waiters act as guides, but do so with a palpable sense of fun and humour - they are able to explain each course and the significance of its design without being pretentious about it Dinner was sixteen courses, each... More

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