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18 expert recommendations
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.
The brilliant Chicago restaurant that launched a thousand wood-burning ovens. Full review →
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...
This tiny wine-focused restaurant opened in 2003, but its allure has never waned (warning: neither have the mobs of people trying to get in). Full review →
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 →
Avec keeps things simple: top-quality ingredients in simple preparations that take inspiration from Italian, French, and Spanish cuisines. Full review →
A follow-up to Blackbird, this highly seasonal (and always creative) restaurant is situated next door. Full review →
Food-wise, the menu is broken up into shareable plates that range from charred octopus to stuffed dates, and large plates like confit chicken paella and whole roasted fish. Full review →
Feeling social? This casual cousin to neighboring Publican gives diners a chance to rub elbows at eight-person communal tables. Full review →
Extremely loud and incredibly close isn't just a critically acclaimed novel- it's the unofficial motto of Avec, where the wooden-planked room jams 'em in every night. Full review →
Small plates, big flavors, chefs' hangout. 'Nuff said. Full review →
Avec is one of the best restaurants in the city. Full review →
Paul Kahan's second restaurant is a decade old but still lively and effortlessly cool. Its seasonal dishes, with frequent Italian and Spanish influences, are as exciting as ever,... Full review →
The menu is focused around small plates rooted in European traditions, but with some Midwestern twists that incorporate seasonal ingredients. Full review →
Take simple ingredients and combine them into something much more. Eating the dates reminded me of another rule of avec, the first rule of avec: Don’t be afraid. Full review →
The main attraction here is the wine list, featuring 130 reasonably priced selections, 30 of which are available by the glass. Full review →
This modern, minimalist room draws a sophisticated, upscale crowd with its smart wine selection and rustic small plates like chorizo-stuffed dates, wood-fired flatbreads and house-made... Full review →
It's still one of the "most consistently great" choices in town. Full review →