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Alinea

1723 N. Halsted St. (Willow St.) Send to Phone
312-867-0110 | Menu
Chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas have ushered in a new era of culinary wizardry following extensive restaurant renovations.

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Dinner by ticketed reservation Wed.-Sun. 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
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Alinea, Chicago, IL

Alinea Restaurant Review

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About the restaurant and décor: Alinea demands participatory fun. It’s not for the faint of heart, or the timid eater; this restaurant is an entirely different experience. In a redone space that’s both elegant and simple, adorned with meaningful artwork and a spotless kitchen with chef's table, Alinea stands out as a showplace for chef Grant Achatz's creativity.

About the food: With a playfulness that belies the exceptional quality and presentation of the dishes, Alinea shines. Three prix-fixe options allow you to enter a world of dinner theater, or is it theatrical dining? The Kitchen Table ($385 per person) is select, with seating for six per night. The second-floor Salon has a 10-14 course tasting meal ($175-$225 per person) at multiple hours. Accommodating just 16 people, the first-floor Gallery, so-named for the suspended art pieces, elevates the evening further, bringing a showcase of 16-18 small plates twice nightly ($285-$355 per person), each delivered by a knowing staff who clearly enjoy what they do. Menus change seasonally but will include some version of meat, seafood, vegetables and desserts. (Upon leaving you will receive a copy of what's been served.) It's not fair to spoil the surprise by revealing what to expect. This is an evening of suspense with an ending that's as whimsical as it is delicious. If you're a foodie, it is a must. Book well in advance via the restaurant's online reservation system.

About the wine: Several wine pairings are available with the premium offering including small producer choices from Champagne, Umbria and Barossa Valley among others.
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