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 (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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  • Judy P.

    The Helium Balloon is unforgettable.

    Judy Podraza · 3 days ago
  • Taryn R.

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

    Taryn R. · 3 weeks ago
  • Jody H.

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

    Jody Hall · October 25
  • Rafi R.

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

    Rafi Romero · September 7
  • 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
  • Jason N.

    The best dinning experience. Period.

    Jason Newberg · July 27
  • 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
  • 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
  • Michael T.

    Bloody fancy!

    Michael Tran · July 8
  • Ong Andrew b.

    Authentic taste of food & very friendly peoples

    Ong Andrew bc · June 26
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dina R.

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

    Dina Rughani · March 17
  • Mari

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

    Mari · February 23
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Donna D.

    Alinea=Art, I would do it again.

    Donna Dabideen · April 27, 2013
  • Bill R.

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

    Bill R. · April 22, 2013
  • 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
  • Brendan S.

    The staff was awesome and very knowledgable about the courses.

    Brendan Shanley · April 1, 2013
  • ArtJonak | 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

  • Carlos

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

    Carlos · November 26, 2012
  • Sri H.

    i love this place

    Sri Harsha · November 22, 2012
  • Jeff

    2013 - 3 Michelin Stars

    Jeff · November 15, 2012
  • #gastrotech m.

    Chef: Grant Achatz Read more

    #gastrotech magazine · November 11, 2012
  • 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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