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Al's #1 Italian Beef

#194 of 7,464 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Near North Side
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169 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654-3713
(312) 943-3222
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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122 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stumbled on this during a walk in Chicago............ I am so glad I did. It was great. Got the traditional and it was so good...........

Thank glr30
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My friends and I really enjoyed this resturaunt. The meat was juicy and the fries were perfect. I would definitely recommend this place.

Thank Wrarchibald
Bathgate, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We dropped by Al's for an Italian Beef sandwich with fries. The beef was seasoned well and tasted devine. Fresh ingredients and amazing on the pallet. You just have to check this out when in Chicago

Thank Vince M
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

1st stop on our food tour. Great sandwich. The flavor was awesome. Cool little place that is basic and direct.

Thank jimmymac131
Omaha, Nebraska, United States
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ordered Al's beef two nights in a row while staying at the Residence Inn River North and had our food delivered both times. The first night we had two big beef sandwiches with extra meat and provolone, an order of buffalo blue cheese fries, and a hot dog with fries and a cheeseburger for the kids. The bun on... More 

1 Thank Kelli K
Surprise, Arizona, United States
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96 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yeah, this is the one. Not for the dainty or demanding of haute cuisine. This is the "real deal". None better, anywhere! Parking is kind of a pinch, but it's well worth the hassle.

Thank JDM1954
Southern IL
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130 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter tried this and deemed it very good. Sadly, nothing is gluten free so I did not try anything.

Thank travelgal143
Lafayette, Indiana
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82 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love Italian beef, and this place is very good. I asked for my beef "wet" and it wasn't so next time I'll ask for a side of juice for dipping. The sandwich also needed more green peppers so I'd ask for that. There is limited seating indoors and there also is seating outside. I only wish I had room... More 

Thank Jeanne N
Waterford, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was visiting Chicago Art Institute and asked a local who worked there where best Italian Beef was - this was his recommendation. My husband and I were not disappointed. Hot peppers and dipped was fantastic! Fresh cut fries delicious. Would be regular visitors for sure if we lived near Al's!

1 Thank luvtheocean2016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Too bad we waited until our last day visiting Chicago to go to Al's, probably would have gone every day. We didnt really know how/what to order, but the cashier was very helpful. Beef, cheese, hot and sweet peppers, bread, fries, all top-notch.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Average prices
Italian, American, Fast Food, Delicatessen
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 169 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654-3713
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Near North Side
  • Neighborhood: Near North Side
  • Phone Number: (312) 943-3222

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?