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New American Restaurant and Wine Bar$$$$
West Loop, Chicago
173 Tips and reviews
  • pork shoulder
  • bacon wrapped dates
  • medjool dates
  • good for dates
  • wine
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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
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaFebruary 27
    Unique euro-Mediterranean menu. Fave was the unassuming mackerel. This was the first time I loved port.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
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  • 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 :)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Clifton
    CliftonApril 21, 2014
    Get the baby squid and tripe braised in a spicy tomato sauce with a squid ink aioli!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)!
  • 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.
  • Kenneth T.
    Kenneth TiongMay 23, 2013
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Marco M.
    Marco MorelliApril 5, 2010
    Chorizo-stuffed Medjool dates with smoked bacon and piquillo pepper-tomato sauce and Whipped brandade with garlic bread and fresh herbs are both amazing
  • 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
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