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“Completely crazy again!”
Review of Alinea

Alinea
Ranked #1 of 9,614 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $150 - $1,000
Cuisines: International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
The Hague
Level 6 Contributor
127 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Completely crazy again!”
Reviewed July 4, 2014

We visited Alinea way back in 2008 and still consider it the best dining experience we've ever had. Well, the jury might still be out on whether our 2014 visit beats it, but we were again completely blown away by the sheer creativity, the brilliant tastes and the overall experience of Alinea. It's a total night out with very few equals. The serving staff was again absolutely great - the majority of them lightly sarcastic, bearded hipsters - and it's the first time we've ever discussed Norwegian Black Metal with a 3 Michelin star restaurant waiter (probably the last time too). We're quite sure it won't take us another six years to return here!

  • Visited June 2014
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Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Visual as well as culinary experience”
Reviewed July 1, 2014

The restaurant has a very unassuming appearance from the outside...

Inside, the experience starts with the seating at the table; the waiters act as guides, but do so with a palpable sense of fun and humour - they are able to explain each course and the significance of its design without being pretentious about it

Dinner was sixteen courses, each with a distinct flavour. It was the best dining experience ever - by far - but the flavours segued so seamlessly from one to the next it was impossible to distinguish afterwards. The final dessert was like something out of the Chocolate Room from Willy Wonka

Not inexpensive by any means, but very much a once-in-a-lifetime experience

  • Visited June 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Absolutely Unreal.”
Reviewed July 1, 2014

We took my dad here this past weekend for his Father's Day gift, and it was something we'll never forget. Each course is better than the next. The wait staff in our room was AMAZING - we got the feeling that we would have to keep our family antics/usual joking with waiters to a low, but they were all hilarious and witty. Not once was my water glass empty, not once was my wine glass empty. I was blown away. Truly, they make you feel like royalty. I cannot wait to go back to try a new menu. And if anyone tells you you'll leave still hungry, THEY ARE WRONG. You must go. Whoever you are, wherever you are, YOU MUST COME TO ALINEA. Just please don't bring your children.

  • Visited June 2014
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Manchester
Level 6 Contributor
197 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“beautiful restaurant”
Reviewed June 28, 2014

We ate here for lunch and ordered the Chicago style hot dog. It wasn't the type of hot dog I am used to, but it tasted really good. The restaurant is beautiful and it seemed strange to be eating a hot dog in such nice surroundings. The service here was great.

Visited May 2014
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A visual and culinary delight”
Reviewed June 26, 2014

Despite the slightly pretentious dark alley and secret sliding door, inside was a relaxed part of culinary delights. From the balloon treats (its a secret) to the hot rock suprise, the food and the staff made the evening a special event. The sommelier, the wait staff were all amazing and relaxed, everyong needs to go at least once if you can afford it that is.

  • Visited June 2014
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