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Alinea

Molecular Gastronomy Restaurant · Lincoln Park
1723 N Halsted St (btwn W North Ave & W Willow St), Chicago, IL 60614, United States
Hours:
Closed until 5:00 PM Wednesday (Show more)
  • Wed–Sun
    • 5:00 PM–Midnight
Price:
$$$$
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Dinner
Drinks:
Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:
No

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

9.1/10

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    David H.
    "Food, service, wine pairings were all perfect."(6 Tips)
    Jeff
    "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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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Epicurious
    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.
    Epicurious · August 24, 2010
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  • Eater
    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
    Eater · March 9
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  • GourmetLive
    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.
    GourmetLive · October 18, 2010
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Foodspotting
    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
    Foodspotting · December 11, 2010
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  • 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
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  • Epicurious
    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.
    Epicurious · October 12, 2010
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  • 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
    Aneta Allen · October 18, 2011
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • foodforfel
    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!)
    foodforfel · February 28, 2013
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  • 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...
    Tom Lee · April 1, 2013
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  • The Feast
    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."
    The Feast · June 9, 2011
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  • 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
    Jorge Daccarett · March 20, 2011
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  • 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
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  • 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!
    Nathan Kam · October 31, 2010
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  • 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
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  • 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.
    Jason Cutrer · July 18, 2011
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  • ArtJonak
    http://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.
    ArtJonak · March 27, 2013
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  • 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
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  • 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.
    jason moore · August 7, 2009
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • NikAroundChi
    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!
    NikAroundChi · April 22, 2010
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  • 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
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  • Mari
    One of the most amazing experiences of my life. Beautiful and delicious. Worth the time and every penny.
    Mari · February 23, 2015
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  • Redeye Chicago
    Tickets—released periodically at alinearestaurant.com—for dinner for four may exceed your monthly rent, but many would call this experience priceless. Read more
    Redeye Chicago · August 3, 2014
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  • 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.
    Claudine Co · September 13, 2009
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Travel Channel
    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
    Travel Channel · March 3, 2011
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  • 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.
    Joy Ding · November 11, 2012
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  • Allison K.
    Amazing restaurant and totally worth every penny!! Here is the menu and it can speak for itself 😉
    Allison Kaminski · January 8
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • The Daily Meal
    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
    The Daily Meal · March 4, 2011
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  • Rafi R.
    unbelievable. best restaurant I've been to. just do it. and split the wine pairing.
    Rafi Romero · September 7, 2015
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  • AskMen
    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
    AskMen · May 3, 2010
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  • 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
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  • John
    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.
    John · December 23, 2012
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  • 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
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  • 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
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