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Alinea

1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614-5501
312-867-0110
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Ranked #1 of 8,286 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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New York City, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

There are no words to explain how amazing the dishes and ideas here are!! Unbelievable! I'll definitely come back soon. My husband and I spent our 5th anniversary here. The evening just made perfect by the beautiful location and perfect service. Thank you so much!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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94 reviews 94 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We went to Alinea last week for my first time and my boyfriend's second and we were both extremely pleased. The innovation and attention to detail and concept are simply unparalleled. Perhaps my favorite thing about Alinea, though, is that unlike many other restaurants of this caliber - the staff actually have lovely, engaging personalities. Too often we'll try fine-dining... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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286 reviews 286 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Yes, we too believe this is surely one of the top restaurants in the world, not just Chicago. You arrive to a nondescript location on Halsted, marked only by a valet sign out front. You open the double doors and walk into semi-darkness, when suddenly the automatic doors open and you are greeted by the host who almost immediately takes... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Service: impeccable, very friendly Ambience: modern, minimalist Cost: This meal included the price of 2 non refundable tickets purchased 1 month in advance plus 20% off the top at the time of purchase. Wine pairing ($125 is the cheapest) per head plus 20%. There is space for another tip should you feel inclined to leave more cash. Valet is 13... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Once in a lifetime experience - unless you go back for more as we did (provided you can navigate their less than intuitive facebook page to buy tickets) As others stated, this is not just a meal: it's an experience way beyond that, including participating in a performance. The courses add up to a trip: half time travel - half... More

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Naperville, Illinois
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

So many reviews praise Alinea's food and service. I'll try to do so a little differently. Dining at Alinea reminds me of my experience on a superior cruise line. I walked onto the ship and didn't need to think about anything for two weeks, until I left it. That's how I felt at Alinea. The service is not only unparalleled,... More

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Hong Kong, China
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166 reviews 166 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This was a total experience of food, wine, art and passion. The chef has some serious passion which he shares with the entire restaurant. 15 courses in total, each of them impeccable. We also went for the wine pairing (reserve) which is an extra 250USD. The service staff are of a very very high standard. This is a once in... More

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Oregon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This was the best meal I can remember. Food was great, very tasty, but also very imaginative, most courses have a special presentation and story, so much fun. It was not only dining experience but also art performance. Service was also great, staff was pleasant and attentive. This is a place for somebody who enjoys fine, but modern and creative... More

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Paris, France
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Alinea was an experience not to be forgotten! All in all extremely interesting but not my greatest meal out. The arrival is theatrical and a surprise including being seated below some artistically located good that later becomes part of the meal. The staff were attentive without being truly engaged and we felt almost part of a play that was being... More

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Buffalo, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

After almost three years of talking about coming to Alinea my husband and I made it here to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. This place was a "bucket list" restaurant for my husband who is a chef himself. I didn't so much mind the price tag as this would be a "once in a lifetime" meal. I had emailed the... More

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