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Molecular Gastronomy Restaurant$$$$
Lincoln Park, Chicago
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  • molecular gastronomy
  • fancy
  • romantic
  • wine pairings
  • tasting menu
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  • jiresell
    jiresellAugust 3, 2017
    The 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.
    Upvoted Nov 24, 2017
  • Eater
    EaterMarch 9, 2016
    Dinner 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. Read more
  • Keith W.
    Keith WoodJuly 25, 2015
    Definitively 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.
  • Jawwad A.
    Jawwad AkhtarOctober 17, 2014
    Everyone should try and go here at least once while living in Chicago. Always inventive, always amazing. The bar by which others are measured.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousMay 29, 2015
    Alinea 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. Read more
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 9, 2011
    Alinea 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."
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisDecember 19, 2015
    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)
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisDecember 19, 2015
    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)
  • Ivy S.
    Ivy SavageSeptember 14, 2014
    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.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisDecember 19, 2015
    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)
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.July 14, 2015
    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!
  • Bianca M.
    Bianca MounceFebruary 21, 2014
    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.
  • joahnna
    joahnnaJuly 28, 2015
    Perfect place for date night. Every course is a delight - and of course the helium apple makes you feel like a kid again.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 19, 2017
    This year’s renovation made America’s most audacious fine-dining restaurant more interactive and more luxurious — which is to say, better than ever. Read more
  • TripExpert
    TripExpertMay 15, 2015
    Considered 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 Read more
  • Condé Nast Traveler
    Condé Nast TravelerOctober 24, 2016
    “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 Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 18, 2017
    Food 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. Read more
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousJanuary 22, 2015
    Chef 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. Read more
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongFebruary 17, 2015
    Amazing tasting menu that will provoke all of your sense! If you're lucky, Grant Achatz might make your dessert!
  • Mari
    MariFebruary 23, 2015
    One of the most amazing experiences of my life. Beautiful and delicious. Worth the time and every penny.
  • ArtJonak
    ArtJonakMarch 27, 2013 | 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.
  • Andrea J.
    Andrea Javor StrattonOctober 7, 2013
    Lives up to the reputation for highly inventive and delectable cuisine. Loved the wine pairing option which included bonus sake, craft beer and brandy.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisDecember 19, 2015
    Try the Graffiti - Matsutake mushroom made to look like concrete on a concrete slab with parsley oil "graffiti" @goalbustersjim #birthday (via @Foodspotting)
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisDecember 19, 2015
    Try the Table Top Dessert Composition - Tabletop dessert composition at @thealineagroup to conclude a fabulous meal! @goalbustersjim #birthday (via @Foodspotting)
  • Aneta A.
    Aneta AllenOctober 18, 2011
    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
  • Nathan K.
    Nathan KamOctober 31, 2010
    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!
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 8, 2016
    Amazing restaurant and totally worth every penny!! Here is the menu and it can speak for itself 😉
  • John
    JohnDecember 23, 2012
    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.
  • Horia D.
    Horia DragomirAugust 6, 2017
    If you can get the chef's table, it is one of the best dining experiences you will ever have
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveOctober 18, 2010
    It 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.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousOctober 12, 2010
    The 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.
  • foodforfel
    foodforfelFebruary 28, 2013
    They'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!)
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 11, 2010
    Alinea 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
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneAugust 1, 2014
    Dinner, about 18 courses, ranges between $210 and $265, depending on the day. Wines and other beverages are ordered and purchased when you dine. Read more
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisDecember 19, 2015
    Try the Sparkling Wine Cocktail - Sparkling Avinyo Cava Reserva Penedes, infused at the table @goalbustersjim #birthday (via @Foodspotting)
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 24, 2010
    A 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.
  • Jason C.
    Jason CutrerJuly 18, 2011
    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.
  • Go Find Alice
    Go Find AliceNovember 6, 2017
    Once in a lifetime experience! The whole experience was a journey & piece of art. Must!
  • CNN
    CNNAugust 6, 2014
    The 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. Read more
  • David H.
    David HeiserJune 18, 2015
    Best meal of my life. Food, service, wine pairings were all perfect. Worth the investment if you can afford it.
  • Andrea T.
    Andrea TanziDecember 16, 2016
    What an incredible and astonishing experience!!! Never had I thought eating could be such a fantastic journey.
  • Rafi R.
    Rafi RomeroSeptember 7, 2015
    unbelievable. best restaurant I've been to. just do it. and split the wine pairing.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisDecember 19, 2015
    Try the Brook Trout With Uchiki Kuri Squash - Tender trout with squash and Thai banana @goalbustersjim #birthday (via @Foodspotting)
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisDecember 19, 2015
    Try the Parsnip With Burgundy Truffle, Vanilla And Orange - Surprisingly hearty and sweet for a vegetable course (via @Foodspotting)
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoAugust 3, 2014
    Tickets—released periodically at—for dinner for four may exceed your monthly rent, but many would call this experience priceless. Read more
  • Dmitriy S.
    Dmitriy SandlerAugust 23, 2014
    Pretty much anything brought out is amazing. No menu, so be prepared for anything. Service is great, staff is very friendly.
  • Justin D.
    Justin DeanMay 26, 2015
    I 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.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BardwellAugust 23, 2016
    The food is amazing and the service is beyond outstanding. The menu is set by the chef so no choices necessary.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableJanuary 14, 2016
    For an incredible fine dining experience, reserve a table at Alinea and enjoy a unique interplay of tastes, aromas, textures and sights. Read more
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelMarch 3, 2011
    Sardine 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
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Don’t be alarmed by a dish like duck with 60 condiments: Servers explain + specify exactly how to eat each course. – Green Guide Editor
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksDecember 6, 2016
    Alinea 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. Read more
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisDecember 19, 2015
    Try the Lamb With Grapes And Olives - Served with olive cake. Perfectly done. (via @Foodspotting)
  • AskMen
    AskMenMay 3, 2010
    Alinea 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. Read more
  • The Culinary Institute of America
    Not 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: Read more
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Buy the cookbook before dinner and follow along and be courteous with your cameras, others are simply trying to enjoy their experience. - Inspector
  • Taryn R.
    Taryn R.June 6, 2016
    Everything. Everything is delicious and truly an experience.
  • Wilson Z.
    Wilson ZhouMay 1, 2014
    Grant Achatz and chef de cuisine Mike Bagale, Cutting-edge, Lily bulbs, distillation of finger lime and lily and apple blossoms.
  • Sanam K.
    Sanam KotwaniMarch 24, 2017
    The whole experience is great, and the food is phenomenal.
  • Zach Aarons
    Zach AaronsMay 9, 2012
    Could 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) Read more
  • NikAroundChi
    NikAroundChiApril 22, 2010
    WOW! 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!
  • ToryBurch
    ToryBurchNovember 17, 2011
    A pioneer of molecular gastronomy, it’s no surprise that this restaurant is one of the world’s 50 best.
  • Joy D.
    Joy DingNovember 11, 2012
    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.
  • Mina R.
    Mina RSeptember 12, 2011
    make reservations at least 2-3 months in advance. they cater to veg*ns with special prix-fixe menus
  • Taj B.
    Taj BaileyMay 13, 2017
    Everything is great but that dessert though 🙀🙌🏾
  • Jorge D.
    Jorge DaccarettMarch 20, 2011
    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
  • Dina R.
    Dina RughaniMarch 17, 2015
    One of the most beautiful, creative , and delectable meals I have ever had.
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealMarch 4, 2011
    Forget 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. Read more
  • Bill R.
    Bill R.April 22, 2013
    Most incredible dining experience ever! Every aspect, from food to service to wine to presentation. Wow !!
  • Eatosaurus Rex
    Eatosaurus RexDecember 21, 2014
    No tips. Just sit back and eat. If you leave unhappy there's something wrong with you.
  • Jillian M.
    Jillian McLennandSeptember 15, 2014
    Most amazing meal I ever had. Food as art! It was incredible!
  • Sultan S.
    Sultan SultanMay 31, 2016
    One of my dreams is visit this resturant ♥️
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineApril 11, 2012
    Think 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.
  • Jody H.
    Jody HallOctober 25, 2015
    Everything - the surprise of each course is the best part!
  • Okie T.
    Okie TiloNovember 18, 2013
    TOTALLY WORTH every single penny! Every dish tasted like heaven...
  • Jason N.
    Jason NewbergJuly 27, 2015
    The best dinning experience. Period.
  • Sal K.
    Sal KhanAugust 21, 2011
    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
  • Fábio M.
    Fábio MoonMay 18, 2012
    Try the Chocolate Three Ways - my favorite restaurant in Chicago! Hooooly crap!
  • Emily
    EmilyDecember 20, 2016
    Just the most unique, unexpected, innovative dining experience I've ever had.
  • OngAndrew 翁.
    OngAndrew 翁June 26, 2015
    Authentic taste of food & very friendly peoples
  • Ryan V.
    Ryan VaughanNovember 3, 2011
    What more is there to say? You secured a table, sit back and enjoy the ride.
  • eric b.
    eric bornemannOctober 10, 2010
    The best meal you will have this side of the atlantic. Bring an open mind and an empty stomach.
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveFebruary 17, 2011
    ‘How do people contain themselves in this restaurant?’ This food was not only so excellent, so surprising, but also so distinctly moving.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisDecember 19, 2015
    Try the Satsuma - Shell filled with concentrated citrus flavor @goalbustersjim #birthday (via @Foodspotting)
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroNovember 10, 2011
    Only one set menu available, and you will never see anything like it in any other restaurant.
  • Fritz E.
    Fritz EichelbergerMay 16, 2011
    Amazing food & experience!!! Splurge and get the reserve wine option
  • Claudine C.
    Claudine CoSeptember 13, 2009
    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.
  • Luca P.
    Luca PiccoloDecember 1, 2015
    One of the best experiences i've had. Amazing food!
  • omogenis
    omogenisOctober 18, 2012
    Did the tour on 2010.I consider it as a lifetime experience.
  • Alison
    AlisonJune 6, 2010
    Amazing! The touring menu filled me up as a first-timer. Incredible food, service, drinks!!
  • Brad N.
    Brad NolanNovember 18, 2013
    Simply the best meal of your life. Enjoy.
  • Brendan S.
    Brendan ShanleyApril 1, 2013
    The staff was awesome and very knowledgable about the courses.
  • jason m.
    jason mooreAugust 7, 2009
    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.
  • LXTV
    LXTVJuly 18, 2011
    23 courses at this 3-Michelin-star restaurant is a must-try for the ultimate foodie. Read more
  • Serena M.
    Serena MayApril 11, 2010
    Molecular gastronomy, 12-course meal. Get the home-made ginger soda. Mind-blowing foodie's moment.
  • John H.
    John HartSeptember 30, 2016
    The experience is amazing
  • Carlos
    CarlosNovember 26, 2012
    Definitely elect to do the wine pairings, lest you be an oenophile.
  • Taryn R.
    Taryn R.November 5, 2015
    You need to experience this place. If you are anywhere near Chicago, treat yourself to Alinea.
  • Kristopher C.
    Kristopher ChavezJune 20, 2017
    The most memorable food experience I have ever had. I won't spoil the surprise!
  • Kevin O.
    Kevin O'wingsOctober 26, 2017
    Great experience lots of fun.
  • Dickon I.
    Dickon IsaacsOctober 26, 2013
    Bubbling ceviche bowl
  • Nathan K.
    Nathan KamOctober 28, 2010
    On the black truffle potato soup course, leave the nail on the table. Trust me.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PhennerJune 13, 2017
    No. 15 on the most recent World's 50 Best List
  • Mayank L.
    Mayank LahiriSeptember 5, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    A bit hard to afford on my student loans, but that's what they're there for, right?
  • Wendy L.
    Wendy LinFebruary 12, 2017
    Inspiring, intellectually and gastronomically
  • Jennifer J.
    Jennifer JMay 29, 2010
    Fantastic wine pairings. The Earl Grey dessert is amazing!
  • Ed C.
    Ed CostelloOctober 12, 2011
    Fantastic dinner, but budget several hours.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Alinea as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate Read more
  • Jeff
    JeffNovember 15, 2012
    2013 - 3 Michelin Stars
  • Dickon I.
    Dickon IsaacsOctober 26, 2013
    Helium balloon dessert!
  • Judy P.
    Judy PNovember 23, 2015
    The Helium Balloon is unforgettable.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoFebruary 11, 2011
    Thought 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! Read more
  • Benji G.
    Benji GreenbergAugust 28, 2010
    Request "Chocolate" course to be prepared on the table. Nothing cooler!
  • Dan S.
    Dan SullyApril 3, 2009
    Fucking amazing food. Go here as you as you possibly can. Reservations are required. The down economy makes it a bit easier though.
  • Michael S.
    Michael S.July 16, 2017
    Helium Balloons
  • Dave B.
    Dave BoudreauFebruary 3, 2012
    Average check size: $736 (Source: Wired Magazine, February 2012)
  • Crystal D.
    Crystal D.July 8, 2013
    OMG!!!!!! (That's all!)
  • katie r.
    katie rasmussenJune 28, 2010
    Do the tour, with wine pairing. Amazing!!
  • La Dolce Vita
    La Dolce VitaDecember 16, 2013
    Three Michelin stars
  • Michael T.
    Michael TranJuly 8, 2015
    Bloody fancy!
  • Donna D.
    Donna DabideenApril 27, 2013
    Alinea=Art, I would do it again.
  • Sri H.
    Sri HarshaNovember 22, 2012
    i love this place
  • Jon S.
    Jon StewartAugust 25, 2011
    Haven't been there, shame. Now with the new book out, complete shame.
  • Yangzhi Z.
    Yangzhi ZhaoApril 23, 2011
    Emily is the best waitress!
  • Julianna
    JuliannaAugust 16, 2016
    Tickets on TOCK
  • #gastrotech m.
    #gastrotech magazineNovember 11, 2012
    Chef: Grant Achatz Read more
  • Chris B.
    Chris BroylesJune 7, 2011
    Once in a lifetime experience Read more
  • Tom L.
    Tom LeeApril 1, 2013
    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...
  • Ken M.
    Ken MuenchJuly 3, 2011
    I had to take out a 2nd mortgage... Read more
  • Dan D.
    Dan DickinsonJuly 6, 2009
    Do the Tour.
  • Sonia P.
    Sonia PalenzuelaJune 4, 2017
    Es una experiencia. No vas a comer si no a vivir una experiencia molecular
  • Vincent B.
    Vincent BoucherMay 11, 2014
    La présentation de chaque plat est incroyable. Magique.
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