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Avec

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Alinea

Both Avec and Alinea are recommended by expert writers. On balance, Alinea is the choice of most writers compared to Avec. Alinea comes in at #1 in Chicago with recommendations from 15 reviews like Frommer's, Gayot and Travel + Leisure.

Both Avec and Alinea are recommended by expert writers. On balance, Alinea is the choice of most writers compared to Avec. Alinea comes in at #1 in Chicago with recommendations from 15 reviews like Frommer's, Gayot and Travel + Leisure.

tripexpert score
90
#3 in Chicago
location

615 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661-2203

endorsements
  • 18 endorsements
  • 22

    BlackBook

    There's just something about Avec. And it doesn't matter if you go on a Friday at 9pm or Tuesday at 6:45, this communal winebar/eatery is always busy. And no wonder.

  • 14

    Concierge

    The neighborhood surrounding it continues to gentrify, but Paul Kahan's Mediterranean-inspired restaurant remains refreshingly simple. The service is friendly and prompt, and the tables...

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    Go to this Euro-style wine bar when you're feeling gregarious; the rather stark space has seating for only 48 people, and it's a tight fit. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 33

    Avec keeps things simple: top-quality ingredients in simple preparations that take inspiration from Italian, French, and Spanish cuisines. Full Review →

  • 21

    Gayot 15.0

    A follow-up to Blackbird, this highly seasonal (and always creative) restaurant is situated next door. Full Review →

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97
#1 in Chicago

1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

  • 17 endorsements
  • 22

    BlackBook

    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.

  • 14

    Concierge

    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.

  • 6

    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 →

  • 1

    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 →

  • 21

    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 →

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