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Alinea



1723 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60614

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(312) 867-0110

Hours

  • Sunday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Friday: 5:00 am - 9:30 pm
  • Saturday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Cuisine: American Restaurants

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4.6 of 5.0 from 133 reviews


price range:more than $50

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  • Been There Eaten That on Jun 11, 2013

    Our excitement is palpable. We have traveled to Chicago for the express purpose of dining here. We have talked about it with our friends for two years...

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  • Horia TIf you can get the chef's table, it is one of the best dining experiences you will ever have

    55555 by Horia T


  • jiresellThe best meal of my life! Don't skimp, get the full tasting menu in the gallery. If you want the back story on Chef Grant Achatz on Netflix Chef's Table.

    55555 by jiresell


  • Michael S.Helium Balloons

    55555 by Michael S.


  • Kristopher C.The most memorable food experience I have ever had. I won't spoil the surprise!

    33333 by Kristopher C.


  • Chris INo. 15 on the most recent World's 50 Best List

    33333 by Chris I


  • Sonia JEs una experiencia. No vas a comer si no a vivir una experiencia molecular

    55555 by Sonia J


  • Taj BaileyEverything is great but that dessert though 🙀🙌🏾

    55555 by Taj Bailey


  • Sanam jThe whole experience is great, and the food is phenomenal.

    55555 by Sanam j


  • Wendy L.Inspiring, intellectually and gastronomically

    22222 by Wendy L.


  • EaterThis year’s renovation made America’s most audacious fine-dining restaurant more interactive and more luxurious — which is to say, better than ever.

    55555 by Eater


  • EaterFood obsessives make pilgrimages from around the globe to the 10-year-old Lincoln Park restaurant to experience Achatz's emotional, interactive and expensive tasting menus.

    55555 by Eater


  • EmilyJust the most unique, unexpected, innovative dining experience I've ever had.

    55555 by Emily


  • Andrea TWhat an incredible and astonishing experience!!! Never had I thought eating could be such a fantastic journey.

    55555 by Andrea T


  • Staff PicksAlinea was one of the more wished for places throughout 2015’s I Want Somewhere holiday campaign. Where’s your somewhere? Enter to win a bucket list experience.

    33333 by Staff Picks


  • CNTraveler“Relaunched in 2016 after a top-to-bottom renovation, with a warmer and softer interior (a huge improvement on the ascetic, hard-edged original) and more tasting menu options.” - Peter Jon Lindberg

    55555 by CNTraveler


  • John SThe experience is amazing

    55555 by John S


  • Mark GThe food is amazing and the service is beyond outstanding. The menu is set by the chef so no choices necessary.

    55555 by Mark G


  • JuliannaTickets on TOCK

    55555 by Julianna


  • Taryn HEverything. Everything is delicious and truly an experience.

    55555 by Taryn H


  • Sultan JOne of my dreams is visit this resturant ♥️

    55555 by Sultan J


  • EaterDinner as theatre, dinner as laboratory, dinner as pop culture commentary: The only constant at this country’s foremost modernist restaurant is its relentless drive to evolve and surprise.

    55555 by Eater


  • Tasting TableFor an incredible fine dining experience, reserve a table at Alinea and enjoy a unique interplay of tastes, aromas, textures and sights.

    55555 by Tasting Table


  • Allison K.Amazing restaurant and totally worth every penny!! Here is the menu and it can speak for itself 😉

    55555 by Allison K.


  • Alice F.Try the Hummingbird pepper - Today I'm posting dishes from @goalbustersjim birthday dinner at @alinea! This was hanging above our table and ended up in one of the courses. (via @Foodspotting)

    33333 by Alice F.


  • Alice F.Try the Table Top Dessert Composition - Tabletop dessert composition at @thealineagroup to conclude a fabulous meal! @goalbustersjim #birthday (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Alice F.


  • Alice F.Try the Satsuma - Shell filled with concentrated citrus flavor @goalbustersjim #birthday (via @Foodspotting)

    33333 by Alice F.


  • Alice F.Try the Graffiti - Matsutake mushroom made to look like concrete on a concrete slab with parsley oil "graffiti" @goalbustersjim #birthday (via @Foodspotting)

    33333 by Alice F.


  • Alice F.Try the Brook Trout With Uchiki Kuri Squash - Tender trout with squash and Thai banana @goalbustersjim #birthday (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Alice F.


  • Alice F.Try the Duck Course - Top, duck breast on a smoking cinnamon log; bottom left, foie, Quince and sage with a cool duck "soup"; right, fritter with persimmon and burning oak. (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Alice F.


  • Alice F.Try the Tapas - Alinea "tapas"- bocadillo (left, iberico ham and manchego), gilda (top right, anchovy and olive) and patatas bravas (potatoes with chile and garlic). (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Alice F.


  • Alice F.Try the Parsnip With Burgundy Truffle, Vanilla And Orange - Surprisingly hearty and sweet for a vegetable course (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Alice F.


  • Alice F.Try the Sparkling Wine Cocktail - Sparkling Avinyo Cava Reserva Penedes, infused at the table @goalbustersjim #birthday (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Alice F.


  • Alice F.Try the Lamb With Grapes And Olives - Served with olive cake. Perfectly done. (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Alice F.


  • Luca P.One of the best experiences i've had. Amazing food!

    55555 by Luca P.


  • Judy P.The Helium Balloon is unforgettable.

    55555 by Judy P.


  • Taryn HYou need to experience this place. If you are anywhere near Chicago, treat yourself to Alinea.

    55555 by Taryn H


  • Jody HallEverything - the surprise of each course is the best part!

    55555 by Jody Hall


  • Rafi Romerounbelievable. best restaurant I've been to. just do it. and split the wine pairing.

    55555 by Rafi Romero


  • joahnnaPerfect place for date night. Every course is a delight - and of course the helium apple makes you feel like a kid again.

    55555 by joahnna


  • Jason NewbergThe best dinning experience. Period.

    55555 by Jason Newberg


  • Keith WoodDefinitively my best culinary experience. When put up against EMP and Chef's Table@BK Fare, Alinea wins hands down. While both are great, the adaptive & edgy service at Alinea is second to none.

    55555 by Keith Wood


  • Katherine M.The most delightful and enchanting dinner I have ever had? Reservations a few months in advance. Save for a special occasion, unless you're in from out of town -- then go for it!

    55555 by Katherine M.


  • Michael DBloody fancy!

    55555 by Michael D


  • Andrew ONGAuthentic taste of food & very friendly peoples

    55555 by Andrew ONG


  • David H.Best meal of my life. Food, service, wine pairings were all perfect. Worth the investment if you can afford it.

    55555 by David H.


  • EpicuriousAlinea is a high-concept experience where the theatricality and rigor of molecular gastronomy are applied to top-flight ingredients and presented in a spare yet stunning setting.

    55555 by Epicurious


  • Justin DeanI mean yeah of course this was the best meal I've ever had. Don't fear the waitstaff (or anything really) -- they're having as much as you are.

    55555 by Justin Dean


  • TripExpert EConsidered best restaurant in N. America. "20 moving, transformative courses that often require...participation and humor-'Eat with your fingers here...Use nothing here.'"-Michelin Guide on Tripexpert

    55555 by TripExpert E


  • Dina RughaniOne of the most beautiful, creative , and delectable meals I have ever had.

    55555 by Dina Rughani


  • MariOne of the most amazing experiences of my life. Beautiful and delicious. Worth the time and every penny.

    55555 by Mari


  • Kelly WongAmazing tasting menu that will provoke all of your sense! If you're lucky, Grant Achatz might make your dessert!

    55555 by Kelly Wong


  • EpicuriousChef Grant Achatz's two epic tasting menus are accompanied by a carefully paired wine-tasting progression. This is rarefied cooking, but not so rarefied that it loses its sense of fun.

    55555 by Epicurious


  • Eatosaurus RexNo tips. Just sit back and eat. If you leave unhappy there's something wrong with you.

    33333 by Eatosaurus Rex


  • Jawwad A.Everyone should try and go here at least once while living in Chicago. Always inventive, always amazing. The bar by which others are measured.

    55555 by Jawwad A.


  • Jillian McLennandMost amazing meal I ever had. Food as art! It was incredible!

    55555 by Jillian McLennand


  • Ivy A.Perfect place to celebrate a special occasion - let the restaurant know when they confirm your reservation, they'll do something special for you. Tickets go on sale 2 months in advance on the 15th.

    33333 by Ivy A.


  • TV Food MapsCheck out Alinea as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate

    55555 by TV Food Maps


  • Dmitriy CPretty much anything brought out is amazing. No menu, so be prepared for anything. Service is great, staff is very friendly.

    55555 by Dmitriy C


  • CNNThe always-evolving multi-course tasting menu comes out of the kitchen in a series of deconstructed bites served on everything from driftwood to lavender-scented pillows.

    55555 by CNN


  • Redeye ChicagoTickets—released periodically at alinearestaurant.com—for dinner for four may exceed your monthly rent, but many would call this experience priceless.

    55555 by Redeye Chicago


  • Chicago TribuneDinner, about 18 courses, ranges between $210 and $265, depending on the day. Wines and other beverages are ordered and purchased when you dine.

    33333 by Chicago Tribune


  • 🐾 🐩 Philanthropist Vincent Boucher 🍃 🌺La présentation de chaque plat est incroyable. Magique.

    55555 by 🐾 🐩 Philanthropist Vincent Boucher 🍃 🌺


  • Wilson Z.Grant Achatz and chef de cuisine Mike Bagale, Cutting-edge, Lily bulbs, distillation of finger lime and lily and apple blossoms.

    55555 by Wilson Z.


  • Bianca M.Impeccable service, but never uptight. If you are a vegetarian or have food allergies, with advance notice, they will customize your tasting menu and it will still be the best meal of your life.

    55555 by Bianca M.


  • La Dolce VitaThree Michelin stars

    55555 by La Dolce Vita


  • Michelin Travel & LifestyleDon’t be alarmed by a dish like duck with 60 condiments: Servers explain + specify exactly how to eat each course. – Green Guide Editor

    55555 by Michelin Travel & Lifestyle


  • Brad N.Simply the best meal of your life. Enjoy.

    55555 by Brad N.


  • Okie T.TOTALLY WORTH every single penny! Every dish tasted like heaven...

    55555 by Okie T.


  • Dickon I.Bubbling ceviche bowl

    55555 by Dickon I.


  • Dickon I.Helium balloon dessert!

    55555 by Dickon I.


  • Andrea J.Lives up to the reputation for highly inventive and delectable cuisine. Loved the wine pairing option which included bonus sake, craft beer and brandy.

    55555 by Andrea J.


  • Margarita L.Excellent gastronomy

    55555 by Margarita L.


  • Crystal C.OMG!!!!!! (That's all!)

    55555 by Crystal C.


  • Donna D.Alinea=Art, I would do it again.

    33333 by Donna D.


  • Bill R.Most incredible dining experience ever! Every aspect, from food to service to wine to presentation. Wow !!

    55555 by Bill R.


  • Tom L.There's little question that Grant Achatz, whose training includes stints with Charlie Trotter, Thomas Keller, and Ferran Adri‚a, deserves the title of America's most creative chef (indeed The Dail...

    55555 by Tom L.


  • Brendan S.The staff was awesome and very knowledgable about the courses.

    55555 by Brendan S.


  • ArtJonakhttp://AlineaRestaurant.com | 3 Michelin Stars | A blueprint for the future... we can enjoy in the present. Grant Achatz uses gels, foams, powders... an extraordinary man. An extraordinary restaurant.

    55555 by ArtJonak


  • foodforfelThey're not lying when they call it the "truffle explosion" - it really WILL explode! Close your mouth tight or you'll feel like an idiot (like me!)

    55555 by foodforfel


  • John D.Awesome experience. It's a gastronomic show. Valet park if you have a car. Do NOT park on the street. You need a zone sticker or you'll get a ticket.

    55555 by John D.


  • The Culinary Institute of AmericaNot only is Chef/Owner Grant Achatz a James Beard Foundation Outstanding Chef Award winner, he's also a CIA alumnus! Learn more about this amazing chef:

    55555 by The Culinary Institute of America


  • CarlosDefinitely elect to do the wine pairings, lest you be an oenophile.

    55555 by Carlos


  • Prakasam Pallikonda P.Test Tip By Prakasam

    22222 by Prakasam Pallikonda P.


  • Prakasam Pallikonda P.Hi this is test tip by prakasam

    33333 by Prakasam Pallikonda P.


  • Sri H.i love this place

    55555 by Sri H.


  • Jeff2013 - 3 Michelin Stars

    55555 by Jeff


  • #gastrotech m.Chef: Grant Achatz

    55555 by #gastrotech m.


  • Joy D.Do not wear glasses when trying to eat the balloon. It becomes insane and the messiest thing to eat ever. Everything was the most delightful ever.

    33333 by Joy D.


  • omogenisDid the tour on 2010.I consider it as a lifetime experience.

    55555 by omogenis


  • Fábio M.Try the Chocolate Three Ways - my favorite restaurant in Chicago! Hooooly crap! (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Fábio M.


  • TravelgoatCould be the wildest meal I have ever had. Grant Achatz is a culinary genius and creates flavors one never thought possible. Worth the splurge! (4 of 4 petals via Fondu)

    55555 by Travelgoat


  • Chicago magazineThink of this experience not as dinner but as interactive edible performance art, and you’ll be fine. FYI: Printed menus don’t arrive until meal’s end.

    33333 by Chicago magazine


  • David B.Average check size: $736 (Source: Wired Magazine, February 2012)

    55555 by David B.


  • ToryBurchA pioneer of molecular gastronomy, it’s no surprise that this restaurant is one of the world’s 50 best.

    55555 by ToryBurch


  • A.J. B.Only one set menu available, and you will never see anything like it in any other restaurant.

    33333 by A.J. B.


  • Ryan V.What more is there to say? You secured a table, sit back and enjoy the ride.

    55555 by Ryan V.


  • Aneta A.Grant Achatz a culinary wunderkind pushing the envelope with food ingredients and presentation think truffle-juice ravioli with melted leek and bison with multiple preparations of Iranian pistachios

    55555 by Aneta A.


  • Ed C.Fantastic dinner, but budget several hours.

    55555 by Ed C.


  • Mina R.make reservations at least 2-3 months in advance. they cater to veg*ns with special prix-fixe menus

    55555 by Mina R.


  • Jon S.Haven't been there, shame. Now with the new book out, complete shame.

    22222 by Jon S.


  • Sal K.Fab, did the Tour, prepare to be there for 5.5 hours, 9.30 reservstion left there at past 1am. Not cheap, 3 people $1200

    33333 by Sal K.


  • Michelin Travel & LifestyleBuy the cookbook before dinner and follow along and be courteous with your cameras, others are simply trying to enjoy their experience. - Inspector

    33333 by Michelin Travel & Lifestyle


  • LXTV23 courses at this 3-Michelin-star restaurant is a must-try for the ultimate foodie.

    55555 by LXTV


  • Jason C.The Somm here was a blast - totally laid back, talked like a regular person, and the food was the best I've ever experienced. Definitely a special occasion restaurant.

    55555 by Jason C.


  • Ken M.I had to take out a 2nd mortgage...

    33333 by Ken M.


  • The FeastAlinea isn't just one of the best restaurants in Chicago, it's rated as one of the best restaurants in THE WORLD. Phrase most commonly associated with dining at Alinea: "an experience."

    55555 by The Feast


  • Chris B.Once in a lifetime experience

    55555 by Chris B.


  • Fritz E.Amazing food & experience!!! Splurge and get the reserve wine option

    55555 by Fritz E.


  • Yangzhi Z.Emily is the best waitress!

    55555 by Yangzhi Z.


  • Jorge D.we went there once, but if you´re not into mollecular cuisine then better go to Charlie Trotter ... we talked to chef Grant Achatz and we understood why he left The (awesome) French Laundry in Napa

    33333 by Jorge D.


  • The Daily MealForget his pedigree, which includes stints with Charlie Trotter, ThomasKeller, and Ferran Adrià. At Alinea, Chef Achatz is America's leader when it comes to creativity on and off the plate.

    55555 by The Daily Meal


  • Travel ChannelSardine sandwiches floating on titanium antennae, solidified olive oil -- Alinea may well be, and I do not say this lightly, the most important restaurant in America. -- Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods

    33333 by Travel Channel


  • GourmetLive‘How do people contain themselves in this restaurant?’ This food was not only so excellent, so surprising, but also so distinctly moving.

    33333 by GourmetLive


  • Time Out ChicagoThought you'd want to know: Grant Achatz has been nominated for Chef of the Year in Time Out Chicago’s 2011 Eat Out Awards. Vote now!

    55555 by Time Out Chicago


  • FoodspottingAlinea is famous for their tasting menus and each are accompanied by a carefully paired wine-tasting progression. Start slowly and to avoid a food coma, stick with the sea bass as an entrée. - Soraya

    55555 by Foodspotting


  • Nathan K.An experience of a lifetime. The 24 course Tour is like a 4.5 hour roller coaster ride of flavors, textures, surprises, and emotions. Superior service without being pretentious. Prepare to be wow'd!

    55555 by Nathan K.


  • Nathan K.On the black truffle potato soup course, leave the nail on the table. Trust me.

    33333 by Nathan K.


  • GourmetLiveIt was the kind of experience, like summer camp when you’re 15, that is so powerful that it aligns with all the words you wish you could have saved to describe this: amazing, stunning, life-changing.

    55555 by GourmetLive


  • EpicuriousThe works of culinary art at this Chicago hot spot look almost too good to eat–almost. Our favorites include squab with charred strawberries on a birch log, and lemon soda custard.

    55555 by Epicurious


  • eric b.The best meal you will have this side of the atlantic. Bring an open mind and an empty stomach.

    55555 by eric b.


  • Mayank KA bit hard to afford on my student loans, but that's what they're there for, right?

    55555 by Mayank K


  • Benji G.Request "Chocolate" course to be prepared on the table. Nothing cooler!

    33333 by Benji G.


  • EpicuriousA hidden second floor of dining space is only the introduction to the surprising, delightful meals to be had at this elegant venue. 12- and 24-course meals are massive, mouth-watering undertakings.

    55555 by Epicurious


  • katie r.Do the tour, with wine pairing. Amazing!!

    55555 by katie r.


  • AlisonAmazing! The touring menu filled me up as a first-timer. Incredible food, service, drinks!!

    55555 by Alison


  • Jennifer J.Fantastic wine pairings. The Earl Grey dessert is amazing!

    55555 by Jennifer J.


  • AskMenAlinea has just been heralded as the best restaurant in North America and the seventh best in the world by the highly influential S. Pellegrino list, perhaps it's time to revisit this gem.

    55555 by AskMen


  • NikAroundChiWOW! Impeccable service and some of the most amazing, creative, beautiful, exciting, fun and delicious food you will find anywhere in the world. Yum. Just go!

    55555 by NikAroundChi


  • Serena M.Molecular gastronomy, 12-course meal. Get the home-made ginger soda. Mind-blowing foodie's moment.

    55555 by Serena M.


  • Claudine C.Go for the 20+ course Tour. You only live once after all... And if you're lucky, Chef Achatz will come do a custom plating at you table for you.

    33333 by Claudine C.


  • jason m.Don't be a hero if it is your first time - the tasting menu is just enough by itself. I would probably go through that a couple of times before attempting the tour.

    33333 by jason m.


  • Dan D.Do the Tour.

    33333 by Dan D.


  • Dan S.Fucking amazing food. Go here as you as you possibly can. Reservations are required. The down economy makes it a bit easier though.

    55555 by Dan S.


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