TripExpert Score based on reviews in 17 publications
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17 expert recommendations


Atlas Obscura

The subtle science of a master molecular gastronomist.  Full review →



The gem in Chicago’s molecular gastronomy crown, Alinea is a prix fixe tour de force of carefully composed culinary microcraft by award-winning chef Grant Achatz.



Rising star and culinary rocket scientist Grant Achatz (formerly of Trio and Napa's French Laundry) raises the bar on New American cooking at his techno-chic Lincoln Park restaurant.


Fodor's Tick Choice

If you have four hours and $265 to spare, the 18-course tasting menu that showcases Grant Achatz's stunning, cutting-edge food is a fantastic experience. Full review →


Forbes Travel Guide 91

Alinea’s chef Grant Achatz is widely regarded as one of the most creative chefs in the world, and his kitchen is at the center of some of the food world’s most innovative dishes. Full review →


Frommer's 34

Alinea -- anointed the best restaurant in the country by no less than Gourmet magazine -- is a place no serious foodie should miss. Full review →


Gayot 18.0

The experience begins at the doorstep when one enters into a post-post-modern, bare set-up, evocative of a museum of modern art. Full review →


Insight Guides

Topping many a best-of list, Alinea is a constantly changing, experimental marvel. The prix-fixe menus transform familiar flavors with cutting-edge technique. Full review →


Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

Widely regarded as North America's best restaurant, Alinea – helmed by Beard Award–winner Grant Achatz – brings on 20 courses of mind-bending molecular gastronomy. Full review →


Michelin Guide 55

Alinea captivates diners for nearly 20 moving, transformative courses that often require their participation and humor-"Eat with your fingers here...Use nothing here". Full review →


Not For Tourists

Conceptual experiments in fine dining. Full review →


The Infatuation 9.5

The culinary spectacle performed by the team at Alinea is so unique, so mesmerizing, and so delicious that it left us with a childlike wonder that we haven’t felt in a while. Full review →


The World's 50 Best Restaurants 26.0

Grant Achatz’s famed Chicago restaurant is well known for its brave and unconventional approach to food. Full review →


Time Out 69

Gourmet magazine anointed Alinea the No. 1 restaurant in the country. What’s all the fuss? Chef/mastermind Grant Achatz serves food the likes of which you’ve never seen. Full review →


Travel + Leisure

At the forefront of the groundbreaking molecular gastronomy movement, Alinea offers meals that are quite simply unlike any others. Full review →



Featuring the groundbreaking cuisine of James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Grant Achatz, Alinea is one of Chicago’s two Michelin three-star restaurants Full review →

With three distinct experiences (kitchen table, first floor gallery and three salons), patrons get to choose what kind of culinary adventure they want to embark upon, from environment to coordinating menu and prices.


"Expect to be wowed" at Grant Achatz's "unrivaled" Lincoln Park New American, a "culinary experience of a lifetime". Full review →

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