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“The most fun I ever had at dinner” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Alinea

Alinea
1723 North Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614-5501 (Lincoln Park)
312-867-0110
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Ranked #1 of 7,739 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $150 - $1,000
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
Fullerton, California
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67 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
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“The most fun I ever had at dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

This was one of those bucket-list things. I saw it on TV and heard about it from friends. I just HAD to go and try it. Then they changed their reservation system to a ticket thing in August. Okay, I logged on DAILY and refreshed incessantly. Finally, success! Table for 4 on a very special weekend in Chicago.
Everything from start to finish was a surprise and a delight! The food was very good, very finely crafted from luxurious ingredients. The waitstaff was intuitive and AMAZINGLY coordinated to the slightest nonverbal cues. Their explanations of both the food and the wine (seriously, why NOT get the wine?) were pinpoint and perfect. We took tons of photos and had a very lovely, leisurely dinner with our friends. There was a flow of logic from one dish to the next, and the pairings were great. The chef himself even graciously comes out to "build" each tables dessert at the proper moment. In addition, the coffee was superlative.

It made no sense to me at all that the wine would not be a part of the "ticket". And you have to just let go of that and how much hassle securing the reservation was. Jackets are required for men, and the whole dinner lasted 4 unrushed hours.

I guarantee you will never have a meal as unique, original and special as this. For me, it was more the overall experience than the individual foods and wines. It might not be for everyone, but certainly if you have thought about it and are prepared, you will enjoy it.

Visited September 2012
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“An experience you will remember”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

Delicious, beautiful food served in the most unusual dishes by the funkiest and most attentative waitstaff. Once you've taken the Alinea dive, splurge for the wine pairing. The experience is memorable and worth every penny.

Visited December 2011
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Perth, Australia
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“Experential molecular gastronomical”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012 via mobile

Unique experience with variety of tastes. Having been to Noma a few years ago, Alinea tries very hard. Would have preferred same service waiter for the experience.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Toward creativity!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

Alinea has changed the fine dining scene around the world!
From start to end a dramatic experience with own design serving wear, interesting flavour combinations and great service. Enter the world of Alinea!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Herndon, Virginia
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“Fun and exotic experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

All the food are prepared at the highest quality. Some dishes are so fun to eat and so beautifully decorated. All the food tastes good. Most of the dishes are so full of different flavor. Just a ted salty sometimes in certain dishes. The best one is the final desert, which is an art prepared in front of you. A must try if you can afford it and have time to make reservation.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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