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New American Restaurant and Wine Bar$$$$
West Loop, Chicago
179 Tips and reviews
  • pork shoulder
  • bacon wrapped dates
  • medjool dates
  • good for dates
  • lively
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  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    The hits land one after the next: lush brandade with garlic bread, bacon-wrapped dates (you have to), and the always perfectly cooked whole-roasted fish. Read more
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableMay 11, 2016
    This lively new American restaurant mixes up their menu seasonally - often interspersed with Italian, Spanish and Mediterranean influences - but always offers an extensive list of choice wines. Read more
  • Emily J.
    Emily JurlinaOctober 24, 2014
    The dates, pork shoulder and especially those sausages on top of the paella are fantastic. The sangria is a great deal for a group-- $19 for a carafe.
  • ben m.
    ben mOctober 6, 2014
    Believe the hype on the bacon wrapped, chorizo stuffed dates. The focaccia and the shawarma sausage were also standouts. I prefer the seats at the bar to the tables but that is your call.
    Upvoted 3 days ago
  • Alex R.
    Alex RaduMarch 23, 2014
    Simple wood panelling throughout the interior of Avec gives it a clean, modern, and warm feel. Yes, the chorizo-stuffed dates are at least as good as everyone says they are.
  • Linds E.
    Linds EllisSeptember 12, 2014
    So much flavour at this spot! The pasta was so tasty. Pork shoulder, incredible. And those bacon wrapped dates are a MUST eat! The menu is full of great dishes.
  • Eater
    EaterMay 7, 2016
    Even though chef Koren Grieveson left and Erling Wu-Bower moved to Nico Osteria, avec and chef Perry Hendrix remains one of the most consistent—and packed—spots in town. Read more
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousJanuary 13, 2015
    The long, sleek dining room wrapped up in glowing cedar looks like the world's chicest cabin. The buttery and feathery focaccia roused by Taleggio cheese, ricotta, and truffle oil—remains on the menu. Read more
  • Tracy T.
    Tracy Tabery-WellerOctober 19, 2014
    Everything here is amazing. Eggs, avec coffee, bloody mary's, pancakes w/chicken wings, poached eggs, baked french toast, and the list goes on :)
  • Kaoru K.
    Kaoru K.April 8, 2013
    Get the whipped brandade, marinated chicken thighs, and roasted swordfish. The flavors are so unique and delicious. Didn't love the dates (gasp!) nor the lamb pasta. Not bad, just not my favorites.
  • Kenneth T.
    Kenneth TiongMay 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Wood-fired squid amatriciana is delicious. Crispy fish is done especially well by the crew, and seafood a specialty. Dessert highlights: spring spumoni (mixed ice cream), chocolate bergamot sorbet.
  • Brad B.
    Brad BensonSeptember 7, 2013
    Definitely go for the dates. The focaccia was excellent too: light, flavorful, yet filling. Loved the Ballade red wine. I got 1 large and 2 small plates was stuffed (with leftovers)!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 28, 2012
    Koren Grieveson puts out now-famous dishes such as her fiery chorizo-stuffed, bacon-wrapped dates and taleggio-filled foccacia, both of which are best washed down with a carafe from the wine list. -BC Read more
  • Kate S.
    Kate SchafferDecember 2, 2014
    Even more amazing than I expected. Went for brunch and had the bacon wrapped dates (of course) and the pork shoulder. Oh and the chocolate mousse.
  • Steven Y.
    Steven YApril 27, 2016
    You must order the chorizo-stuffed bacon-wrapped dates - it's a really interesting taste of spicy, salty and sweet all in sequence; the braised pork shoulder is also really good
  • Brian D.
    Brian DammeirFebruary 21
    Chorizo stuffed dates are a must. Looking back I would suggest just going for a few drinks and a couple dishes, as apposed to going all out. Kind but inconsistent service.
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsJanuary 11, 2012
    Order the bucatini carbonara, where thick, slurpable bucatini is tossed with a perfect mix of egg, Parmesan and guanciale (just a fancy word for unsmoked, delicious bacon bits, if your kids ask). Read more
  • Serena
    SerenaJuly 6, 2013
    best value dinner wise i've encountered in the past few months. try to not miss the chicken liver, squid, mushrooms, squid ink pasta and really pretty much everything.
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunAugust 11, 2014
    Bacon wrapped dates at its best - multiple layers of flavors, sweet with a kick, perfection. Doesn't take reservation, and there's always a waiting line. Crowded seating and loud.
  • Syed A.
    Syed AMarch 7, 2013
    focaccia, octopus and lamb bolognese were great! cool refreshing lemonade and my friend had their cafe with brandy. the nutter butter....can be done differently. overall a great experience!
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    Please get the bacon wrapped dates stuffed with chorizo. They are incredible and it's hard not to sop your bread up with that sauce. Read more
  • Rick H.
    Rick HApril 25, 2015
    The pork shoulder is a fantastic standby. Food has never disappointed. Great place to go when you want to spend some money and feel trendy without being obscene about it.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJune 4, 2012
    Koren Grieveson puts out now-famous dishes such as her fiery chorizo-stuffed, bacon-wrapped dates and taleggio-filled foccacia, both of which are best washed down with a carafe from the wine list.
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsJanuary 10, 2012
    The staff is very accommodating to foodies with kids in tow. Our suggestion: Go early and order the "deluxe" focaccia with taleggio cheese. That'll keep just about anyone's mouth full (and quiet). Read more
  • AskMen
    AskMenNovember 4, 2010
    Avec reopened and is once again crafting simple meals that boast famously mind-blowing flavor. Drop by to check it out & taste what the accomplished staff has been up to for the past three months. Read more
  • Tayson H.
    Tayson HoangMay 13, 2013
    Great place for drinks and snacks like the dates, the oyster mushrooms, and the cheese plate. Surprised they didn't have oysters though. Good wine selection too!
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoJune 5, 2015
    For a lighter lunch, opt for the roasted salmon tartine with a sauce made from walnuts, roasted beets, and pomegranate molasses. Read more
  • Timothy M.
    Timothy MassDecember 31, 2010
    Outstanding restaurant and wine bar. The bacon-wrapped dates are well enough to be a frequent diner and the wine selection is incredible.
    Upvoted Feb 5
  • Bravo
    BravoDecember 2, 2010
    Anything Chef Paul Kahan does is incredible. He has such a knack for taking such simple ingredients and making something absolutely incredible. -Graham Elliot, Top Chef
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BlewittApril 30, 2015
    I highly recommend going at an off-peak time so you can enjoy your wine at your leisure. I guarantee the place will still be lively.
  • Clifton
    CliftonApril 21, 2014
    Get the baby squid and tripe braised in a spicy tomato sauce with a squid ink aioli!
  • L H.
    L HessOctober 6, 2013
    French Toast is fab and the molasses sauce it comes with is super unique. Have this come out second and share it. GOOD STUFF.
  • Isameow
    IsameowNovember 24, 2014
    For something healthy: the salmon was a fine, succulent piece of fish. Also must try enjoyed the kale Bleu cheese panzanella salad!
  • Fernando C.
    Fernando CovasSeptember 2, 2014
    You just can't find a bad dish on the menu. Great service, particularly Giulietta. This is one of the most consistently delicious places in the city.
  • Cheryl M.
    Cheryl MJuly 16, 2014
    Perhaps the best sugar snap peas I've had in my life. Also a succulent steak and amazing Pinot noir. A Chicago must!
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 23, 2010
    This venue has surrendered happily to the small plate movement; only 6 items on the menu are full-size. Roasted artichoke crostini and whipped brandade with garlic bread & fresh herbs are winners.
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoMarch 29, 2011
    There's communal seating here, so be ready to be shoved in with strangers, but it's worth it - especially the focaccia with Taleggio cheese, truffle oil and fresh herbs! Read more
  • Genie
    GenieJuly 29, 2016
    Chorizo stuffed bacon wrapped dates and whatever pork shoulder dish they have. Everything is good. Been eating here for over a decade
  • Laura K.
    Laura KaraleviciusDecember 30, 2015
    The chorizo stuffed dates and chicken liver were absolutely delicious. Sweet, spicy, tangy, and salty...this meal hit on all notes. Coupled with a French pinot noir? Perfection.
  • Kristin L.
    Kristin LukowskiNovember 17, 2013
    Amazing Sunday brunch eats. Make sure to try the chorizo-stuffed dates and butcher's steak. Great coffee, too.
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineApril 11, 2012
    No one channels bold, potent ingredients into subtle broths and sauces better than Koren Grieveson, whether it’s chorizo-stuffed medjool dates or basil-mustard hanger steak w/escarole and grapefruit. Read more
  • Janet J.
    Janet JohnsonJune 29, 2010
    this place is amazing. the salads are big enough for two - the greens/grapefruit had wood-oven smoked fennel, for heavens sake! the whitefish with peas, artichoke and potatoes was fabulous...
  • Monica
    MonicaOctober 28, 2012
    Dates stuffed with chorizo are amazing! Another good choice is the roasted pork shoulder, but it took an hour for ours to come out.
  • Ken S.
    Ken SAugust 21, 2015
    The popular choice is the bacon wrapped dates. The better choice is anything on the menu that is seasonal. It won't be there long.
  • Lee K.
    Lee KordelApril 11, 2014
    Quite possibly the best food I have ever had. The dates are simply amazing!
  • Olivia
    OliviaFebruary 23
    No matter what you choose, you'll love it! Dates are a must!
  • Lesley H.
    Lesley H.March 21, 2011
    Chorizo stuffed dates are AMAZING. Do not miss this spot! I dined solo and it was cool. Great staff and the manager grabbed me a cab.
  • Lindsey S.
    Lindsey SerrateSeptember 28, 2014
    Weeps farm greens tuna salad and the fresh squeezed grapefruit juice!!! The salad melts in your mouth yum!!!
  • Vasanti W.
    Chorizo and dates are amazing. As is the pork shoulder. The squid and tripe was too heavy on the squid ink.
  • Philip C.
    Philip ChangDecember 27, 2015
    No reservations, no kidding. Potent in a way that suggests the menu was conceived by people who love to eat, not mad scientists, making Avec the Fubu of Chicago dining. It's For Us, By Us.
  • Leah R.
    Leah RayJanuary 30, 2010
    Yum, yum, and then: yum. Avec is a Paul Kahan restaurant. Get the chorizo-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon. I hope they still have them. This place gets very, very busy--but the food and prices are fant
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoDecember 6, 2011
    Try the fava-bean crostini from our 100 Best list: You realize why everyone wants to imitate Avec. And just how inimitable Avec is.
  • Grace A.
    Grace AldridgeJanuary 14, 2015
    No matter what, get the cauliflower tabbouleh if it's on the menu. I wish I had it right now.
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaFebruary 27, 2016
    Unique euro-Mediterranean menu. Fave was the unassuming mackerel. This was the first time I loved port.
  • Scott S.
    Scott SilversteinMarch 24, 2011
    Chorizo stuffed bacon wrapped dates are the ish. Never tasted anything like it. Only go if you're prepared to wait for a table, but I'd jump at a bar seat since they have communal tables.
  • Rem K.
    Rem KoningDecember 2, 2015
    I am ultra biased but this is the best spot in Chicago for some wine and great food. Started a revolution. And changed my life!
  • Krissy
    KrissyDecember 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Start w/ the Dates, Brandade and Taleggio Focaccia. Pair those app's with a bottle of AŃ/2. The rest is history...Enjoy!
  • Genie B.
    Genie BAugust 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Sit at the bar, let your server select a nice wine, the dates are a signature dish not to be missed.
  • Alyssa M.
    Alyssa MarieJuly 12, 2015
    Superb service. The simple decor topped off by the unique ambiance was the highlight of our trip!
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SheeranJanuary 22, 2015
    Love the minimal design. Must have bacon-wrapped dates! Open late - great date spot.
  • Chirag P.
    Chirag P.September 22, 2013
    If you go for sunday brunch - no wait for us at 1pm. Get the bacon wrapped dates!!
  • Aprile E.
    Aprile ElcichJune 4, 2015
    Didn't have to wait for Sunday brunch. Chorizo stuffed dates & ricotta flatbread were perfect 👌🏻
  • Brendan L.
    Brendan LewisJune 7, 2015
    Chorizo stuffed, bacon wrapped medjool dates? Chorizo stuffed, bacon wrapped medjool dates. Do it.
  • Jacquie R.
    Jacquie RooneyOctober 1, 2013
    Bacon wrapped chorizo stuffed dates, obvi. Oh and the nutter butters are inexplicably good.
  • Shannon S.
    Shannon Skipper GreenDecember 28, 2013
    Hands down favorite restaurant ... GET HERE EARLY! No reservations and it gets packed. Amazing wine selection
  • Roberta W.
    Roberta WilsonAugust 28, 2013
    Spectacular! Order the chorizo stuffed dates, and I dare you not to lick the plate!!
  • Fernando C.
    Fernando CovasSeptember 1, 2014
    Their whole roasted fish is so well-seasoned and delicious, that most other fish will seem bland to you after this.
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BarnettOctober 17, 2013
    Tried both items that are always on the menu. Stuffed dates were phenomenal. Would've skipped the focaccia.
  • Jackie H.
    Jackie HonMarch 9, 2015
    The pizza with kale and burrata was the best. And definitely order the meatballs!!!
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveFebruary 10, 2011
    If your not there for the wine, try one of their “small plates.” They may be simple, but they’re focused and about as filling as an entrée.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJuly 7, 2014
    The bacon-wrapped, chorizo-stuffed dates are, of course, a rule of avec. Read more
  • Theresa W.
    Theresa WalunasJune 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit at the bar! Order the dates and the olives. Don't miss their beer selection.
  • Teresa
    TeresaDecember 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    SO DELICIOUS. The dates & chicken liver mousse are my must-haves every time.
  • Andreas K.
    Andreas KleinerMarch 11, 2015
    Great atmosphere and food. Tasty sausage Shakshuka dish. The only neg. was the watery coffee .
  • Ilir B.
    Ilir BiticiMarch 25, 2011
    meat balls were bangin and the pappardelle was sikkk!!! great wine selection. real bargains if you know how to pick em.
  • Samuel G.
    Samuel GiddinsDecember 9, 2016
    Everything we had was delicious. The wine the waitress suggested was incredible.
  • Cindy K.
    Cindy KurmanSeptember 14, 2012
    Try the Harissa Sardine Flatbread - New to menu and absolutely fabulous.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 9, 2011
    The cool laid back sister to Blackbird, Avec made is learn to deal with (and ultimately love) communal dining.
  • Marla M.
    Marla MullowneyAugust 5, 2015
    Make sure to get the chorizo stuffed dates. They are ridiculously amazing
  • P K.
    P KMay 16, 2011
    Next time i go, I'm not eve messing around with big plates. I'm just gonna order every small plate they have. (via Scoville) Read more
  • Marin H.
    Marin HoagDecember 30, 2014
    One of the best tapas places. Bacon wrapped dates to die for
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveAugust 15, 2011
    Chef Koren Grieveson’s focaccia with Taleggio cheese, ricotta, and truffle oil is locally legendary.
  • Marco M.
    Marco MorelliApril 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Chorizo-stuffed Medjool dates with smoked bacon and piquillo pepper-tomato sauce and Whipped brandade with garlic bread and fresh herbs are both amazing
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoApril 24, 2012
    It’s the seasonal menu items—braised pork shoulder with garlic sausage, summer squash and pesto-tossed pasta—that make the place what it is. Read more
  • Lynn A.
    Lynn Abate-JohnsonJune 7, 2012
    Try the Bacon-wrapped, Chorizo-stuffed Medjool Dates - Delightful, paired with Mas fi #Brut Rose Cava (spotted by the husband) #food #medjooldates
  • Jenny K.
    Jenny KimFebruary 6
    Chorizo stuffed dates, whole roasted fish, deluxe focaccia, pork shoulder
  • Vinny L.
    Vinny LuongoMay 29, 2014
    Amazing dinner and wine. The dates are a must and ask the waiter to pick out the best wine.
  • Theresa G.
    Theresa GanchorreJune 8, 2012
    Go for the chorizo stuffed dates with wrapped bacon, and the squid. nuff said.
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PhelpsMay 25, 2013
    Continues to live up to its reputation. Go for brunch-- it's delicious!
  • Samuel P.
    Samuel PJune 7, 2012
    Not actually a sauna! Order from their "food" or "wine menu" and you'll be extremely satisfied and happier for the rest of the evening.
  • Natalie T.
    Natalie TseAugust 8, 2016
    Get the chorizo stuffed dates, Avec burger, and salmon tartine!
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChungNovember 6, 2010
    ahhhmazing food. the pisaladiere is the best!! and their heavy wine pours make the wait totally worth it!
  • Agnes G.
    Agnes GrossmanApril 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Seasonal menu; the pea crostini is a seasonal hit ... Cafe Avec (espresso + cognac) for $8 is a bargain
  • Aditi
    AditiAugust 16, 2016
    PORK SHOULDER!! I wish I could swim in that broth. Meat is so tender.
  • Brian H.
    Brian HanscelNovember 12, 2011
    Roast pork and anything with chorizo. Flatbread also is amazing.
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineApril 11, 2012
    The only drawbacks are the claustrophobic communal seating and an annoying no-reservation policy.
  • Patrick M.
    Patrick MackeyJuly 6, 2016
    This was my first time trying dates! You've got to try them. Simply amazing!
  • Shinji K.
    Shinji KuwayamaMarch 15, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Very easy to get lunch here--the burger is excellent
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  • Toland H.
    Toland HonDecember 28, 2015
    The bacon wrapped dates were a bit spicy, but super delicious!
  • Juan
    JuanMarch 9, 2016
    Tout est excellent ! Le poisson entier a l'air délicieux !
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