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Avec

New American Restaurant and Wine Bar$$$$
West Loop, Chicago
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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
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Tasting Table
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Eater
    EaterMay 7
    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
  • 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.
  • 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 :)
  • 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
  • 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)!
  • 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
    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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Clifton
    CliftonApril 21, 2014
    Get the baby squid and tripe braised in a spicy tomato sauce with a squid ink aioli!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Genie
    GenieJuly 29
    Chorizo stuffed bacon wrapped dates and whatever pork shoulder dish they have. Everything is good. Been eating here for over a decade
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
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