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Molecular Gastronomy Restaurant · Lincoln Park
1723 N Halsted St (btwn W North Ave & W Willow St), Chicago, IL 60614, United States
Closed until 5:00 PM Wednesday (Show more)
  • Wed–Sun
    • 5:00 PM–Midnight
$ $ $ $
Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Alinea was named #6 on London-based Restaurant Magazine's annual ranking of the 50 best restaurants in the world.


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    David H.
    "Food, service, wine pairings were all perfect."(6 Tips)
    "2013 - 3 Michelin Stars"(3 Tips)
    Kelly W.
    "Amazing tasting menu that will provoke all of your sense!"(6 Tips)
    Ivy S.
    "Tickets go on sale 2 months in advance on the 15th."(3 Tips)
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  • Tasting Table

    For an incredible fine dining experience, reserve a table at Alinea and enjoy a unique interplay of tastes, aromas, textures and sights. Read more

    Tasting Table · 3 weeks ago
  • Allison K.

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

    Allison Kaminski · January 8
  • Alice F.

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

    Alice Ferris · December 19, 2015
  • Alice F.

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

    Alice Ferris · December 19, 2015
  • Alice F.

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

    Alice Ferris · December 19, 2015
  • 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)

    Alice Ferris · December 19, 2015
  • Alice F.

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

    Alice Ferris · December 19, 2015
  • Alice F.

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

    Alice Ferris · December 19, 2015
  • 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)

    Alice Ferris · December 19, 2015
  • Alice F.

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

    Alice Ferris · December 19, 2015
  • Alice F.

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

    Alice Ferris · December 19, 2015
  • 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)

    Alice Ferris · December 19, 2015
  • Luca P.

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

    Luca Piccolo · December 1, 2015
  • Judy P.

    The Helium Balloon is unforgettable.

    Judy Podraza · November 23, 2015
  • Taryn R.

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

    Taryn R. · November 5, 2015
  • Jody H.

    Everything - the surprise of each course is the best part!

    Jody Hall · October 25, 2015
  • Rafi R.

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

    Rafi Romero · September 7, 2015
  • joahnna

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

    joahnna · July 28, 2015
  • Jason N.

    The best dinning experience. Period.

    Jason Newberg · July 27, 2015
  • Keith W.

    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.

    Keith Wood · July 25, 2015
  • 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!

    Katherine M. · July 14, 2015
  • Michael T.

    Bloody fancy!

    Michael Tran · July 8, 2015
  • Ong Andrew 翁.

    Authentic taste of food & very friendly peoples

    Ong Andrew 翁 · June 26, 2015
  • David H.

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

    David Heiser · June 18, 2015
  • Epicurious

    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

    Epicurious · May 29, 2015
  • Justin D.

    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.

    Justin Dean · May 26, 2015
  • TripExpert

    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

    TripExpert · May 15, 2015
  • Dina R.

    One of the most beautiful, creative , and delectable meals I have ever had.

    Dina Rughani · March 17, 2015
  • Mari

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

    Mari · February 23, 2015
  • Kelly W.

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

    Kelly Wong · February 17, 2015
  • Epicurious

    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

    Epicurious · January 22, 2015
  • Eatosaurus Rex

    No tips. Just sit back and eat. If you leave unhappy there's something wrong with you.

    Eatosaurus Rex · December 21, 2014
  • 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.

    Jawwad Akhtar · October 17, 2014
  • Jillian M.

    Most amazing meal I ever had. Food as art! It was incredible!

    Jillian McLennand · September 15, 2014
  • Ivy S.

    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.

    Ivy Savage · September 14, 2014
  • TV Food Maps

    Check out Alinea as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate Read more

    TV Food Maps · August 26, 2014
  • Dmitriy S.

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

    Dmitriy Sandler · August 23, 2014
  • CNN

    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

    CNN · August 6, 2014
  • Redeye Chicago

    Tickets—released periodically at—for dinner for four may exceed your monthly rent, but many would call this experience priceless. Read more

    Redeye Chicago · August 3, 2014
  • Chicago Tribune

    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

    Chicago Tribune · August 1, 2014
  • Wilson Z.

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

    Wilson Zhou · May 1, 2014
  • 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.

    Bianca Mounce · February 21, 2014
  • La Dolce Vita

    Three Michelin stars

    La Dolce Vita · December 16, 2013
  • 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

    Michelin Travel & Lifestyle · November 25, 2013
  • Brad N.

    Simply the best meal of your life. Enjoy.

    Brad Nolan · November 18, 2013
  • Okie T.

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

    Okie Tilo · November 18, 2013
  • Dickon I.

    Bubbling ceviche bowl

    Dickon Isaacs · October 26, 2013
  • Dickon I.

    Helium balloon dessert!

    Dickon Isaacs · October 26, 2013
  • 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.

    Andrea Javor · October 7, 2013
  • Crystal C.

    OMG!!!!!! (That's all!)

    Crystal C. · July 8, 2013

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