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Molecular Gastronomy Restaurant$$$$
Lincoln Park, Chicago
116 Tips and reviews
  • good for dates
  • molecular gastronomy
  • fancy
  • romantic
  • tasting menu
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  • 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.
    Upvoted Sep 24
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Eater
    EaterMarch 9
    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
  • 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 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)
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Allison K.
    Amazing restaurant and totally worth every penny!! Here is the menu and it can speak for itself 😉
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisDecember 19, 2015
    Try the Sparkling Wine Cocktail - Sparkling Avinyo Cava Reserva Penedes, infused at the table @goalbustersjim #birthday (via @Foodspotting)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Rafi R.
    Rafi RomeroSeptember 7, 2015
    unbelievable. best restaurant I've been to. just do it. and split the wine pairing.
  • 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.
  • 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!)
  • Mark B.
    Mark BardwellAugust 23
    The food is amazing and the service is beyond outstanding. The menu is set by the chef so no choices necessary.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisDecember 19, 2015
    Try the Lamb With Grapes And Olives - Served with olive cake. Perfectly done. (via @Foodspotting)
  • 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...
  • Taryn R.
    Taryn R.June 6
    Everything. Everything is delicious and truly an experience.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableJanuary 14
    For an incredible fine dining experience, reserve a table at Alinea and enjoy a unique interplay of tastes, aromas, textures and sights. 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
  • 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
    Don’t be alarmed by a dish like duck with 60 condiments: Servers explain + specify exactly how to eat each course. – Green Guide Editor
  • 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.
  • 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
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