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Avec

89
TripExpert Score based on reviews in 15 publications
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    Photo: Doug Fogelson
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    Photo: Doug Fogelson
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    Photo: Doug Fogelson
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    Pappardelle
    Photo: Andrea Donadia
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    Salmon
    Photo: Chloe List
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    Desserts
    Photo: Derek Richmond
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    Chorizo Stuffed Medjool Dates
    Photo: Derek Richmond
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    Nutter Butters
    Photo: Andrea Donadia
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    Photo: Derek Richmond
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    Chicken Liver Crostini
    Photo: Chloe List
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    Paella
    Photo: Chloe List
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Badge 89

Excellent

say expert reviewers

Top 1% in Chicago About the TripExpert Score

15 expert recommendations

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...

8

Condé Nast Traveler Tick Editor's Pick

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 →

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 →

64

goop

Avec is one of Chicago’s enduring food destinations. It boasts a sleek all-wood interior, and rows of communal tables that aren’t exactly comfortable, but do the job (particularly because... Full review →

2

Lonely Planet

Feeling social? This casual cousin to neighboring Publican gives diners a chance to rub elbows at eight-person communal tables. Full review →

11

Michelin Guide Tick 0 Stars

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 →

57

Not For Tourists

Small plates, big flavors, chefs' hangout. 'Nuff said. Full review →

65

On the Grid

Avec is one of the best restaurants in the city Full review →

49

The Infatuation 8.4

The menu is focused around small plates rooted in European traditions, but with some Midwestern twists that incorporate seasonal ingredients. Full review →

9

Time Out 70

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 →

12

Travel + Leisure

The main attraction here is the wine list, featuring 130 reasonably priced selections, 30 of which are available by the glass. Full review →

19

Zagat 4.8

It's still one of the "most consistently great" choices in town. Full review →

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