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Alinea

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1723 North Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614-5501
312-867-0110
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Hours:
Wed - Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 489
    Excellent
  • 65
    Very good
  • 38
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Culinary 3 ring circus performance.

To my wife and me, the entertainment value greatly exceeded the culinary value. Innovations were one small step beyond conceptions seen elsewhere. Lots of hands-on labor to make one-bite courses. The flight of wines provided an amazing food pairing with obscure and previously unheard of wines... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
DonMcMahon
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Okemos, Michigan
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Okemos, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

To my wife and me, the entertainment value greatly exceeded the culinary value. Innovations were one small step beyond conceptions seen elsewhere. Lots of hands-on labor to make one-bite courses. The flight of wines provided an amazing food pairing with obscure and previously unheard of wines. Thinking back, I was not pleased to be talked out of getting a good... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

After having read and heard wonderful things about Alinea and it's amazing chef, last Friday was my turn to sit at table and be transported to another level (perhaps a uniquely one of a kind level) of fine dining. We were greeted at the entrance, our coats checked, and escorted to our table where we were once again warmly greeted... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

This is an experience beyond the standard mindless eating of predictable food choices typically had during a night out. Alinea delivered food in the most creative packages, specializing in unique presentations of small 2-3 bite courses, all belonging to a theme selected for the evening. I believe these themes change every few months, allowing for a new experience each time... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We have dined throughout , we have done exclusively 3 star Michelin restaurant tours for 5 day stretches in Paris , throughout Europe and NEVER experienced anything like this ! If you truly appreciate the ART of gourmet food creation , then you must put this on your must do list. To describe it , would be an insult and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

My husband and I ate at Alinea recently and enjoyed certain aspects of the meal. I felt the flavors were really unique, but certainly not worth the expense. What likely took away from the experience was that adjoining tables received the same explanation of courses staggered in such a way that, once presented to us, lacked any element of surprise... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We left 80 degrees in California to fly into 27 degrees below zero in Chicago to experience Alinea for my birthday. Definitely an extraordinary, truly unforgettable culinary experience. Each of the fifteen courses were nothing short of divine and the presentations were exceptional. We loved the ambience, the top notch service and excellent staff. We met Chef Achatz at the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Went here for a anniversary celebration with my wife. We love trying new places and experiencing new types/styles of food. The staff at Alinea was amazing, professional and very helpful. The food was outstanding! We will definitely be back at some point!

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Park Ridge, Illinois
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Alinea is an amazing restaurant. The unique food and approach to service is top notch. You do pay for the experience a rather hefty price.

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

My one concern before dining at Alinea was that they were going to be stuffy and full of themselves, because…well…because they’re Alinea. But that could not have been further from the truth! The staff was all friendly and attentive (including the stellar Beau, Jaime and Craig), and the dining experience itself was fun and whimsical. (Yes, whimsical. At Alinea. Who... More 

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Toronto, ON
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

There are not enough words in the English language to adequately describe how amazing Alinea is. If you are amongst the fortunate ones who are able to visit Alinea, count yourself blessed. Service is bar none the best I have ever experienced. Having the opportunity to watch the Chefs in action definitely left me impressed. Do yourself a favour and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1723 North Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614-5501
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • Phone Number: 312-867-0110

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 150 - 1000
  • Cuisine: International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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