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Alinea

1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614-5501
312-867-0110
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Ranked #1 of 8,177 restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $150 - $1,000
Cuisines: International
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Sao Paulo, SP
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

It is worth the very expensive fixed price menu. It definitely deserves the 3 stars it has. It is not only that the food is mind blowing. The presentation of each dish is amazing. The service is impeccable. It is not a snob place with an arrogant staff. It is elegant and yet comfortable. I've been to pierre gagnaire once... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Alinea surpassed my high expectations. Such a unique experience that I will never forget. Each of the courses had their own distinctive elements and textures that blended together so well.

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Michigan
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

If you go in with an open mind and love of food, it's worth it in every sense. The food is amazing- taste, texture, and and innovation-wise. Even the courses I would label as least-favorite had several neat and exciting aspects. When you look at a sample menu, you think it looks fairly detailed, but it really doesn't do the... More

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Houston, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

The food at Alinea is fabulous... Better than Wd-50 and other molecular gastronomy places in the US. Not only is each dish beautiful and an unexpected combination of flavors and textures but the presentation is very interactive. I found the service at this restaurant less formal than other fine restaurants but the entire staff clearly loves food. We have made... More

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Rockford, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

It is as expected. Fine dining with all the trimmings. Expensive and formal bit if you like fine dining, there is no better.

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Ottawa, Canada
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

This place is exquisite, they add a little Asian flare in their menu. The Thai influences are very noticeable. If you want to splurge and have a great experience you must try Alinea. Their steelhead roe was amazing, with a touch of coconut curry. Their lobster with chamomile tea again to die for. Their deserts succulent. One of the top... More

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London, United Kingdom
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161 reviews 161 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Truly impressive, every course is an experience, and some of the food is among the best I've ever tasted, I'm still craving the beef and parsnip combination. Wine pairing maybe a bit expensive for what it is, but that would be my only criticism. Service was also excellent.

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Chicago, Illinois
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44 reviews 44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Our reservation was at 5:45PM and we were the first ones to arrive and to be served as well which created a great element of surprise. The food was delicious and we had a lovely time. The dessert was creative and theatrical which was phenomenal! I would recommend it to anyone looking to celebrate a nice occasion!

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Miami, FL
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

As we expected the food was fantastic, the ambiance great and impeccable service. Well worth the trip

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We booked a ticket for four 3 mos in advance for a 7:30 dinner. My son was visiting from out of town and is a great cook and a foodie and I thought it would be fun for him. We had a terrific time and enjoyed Alinea from start to finish. The setting is subdued and elegant and QUIET. We... More

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