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101 Best Restaurants in America
1723 N Halsted St (btwn W North Ave & W Willow St)
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 867-0110
Molecular Gastronomy
Wed–Sun: 5:00 PM–Midnight

The menu at Alinea can sometimes sound deceptively simple. Take "scallop with citrus aroma." What shows up on the plate is absolutely original and almost always dazzlingly good — it’s a dish plated with 14 textures. Having successfully reinvented the way people look at reservations at Next, with its innovative nonrefundable online ticket system, and reinterpreted cocktails, bar food, and the whole bar experience with The Aviary, Grant Achatz and his partner, Nick Kokonas, have also intensified the attention they pay to Alinea. Achatz consistently turns out some of the most imaginative and delicious contemporary (or modernist, if you will) cuisine in the country, and it's better than ever these days. In other words, if you’ve been, it’s time to go back.

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015

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Sardine sandwiches floating on titanium antennae, solidified olive oil -- Alinea may well be, and I do not say this lightly, the most important restaurant in America. -- Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods
Travel Channel
Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 12:52
Alinea has just been heralded as the best restaurant in North America and the seventh best in the world by the highly influential S. Pellegrino list, perhaps it's time to revisit this gem.
Monday, May 3, 2010 - 08:28
Buy the cookbook before dinner and follow along and be courteous with your cameras, others are simply trying to enjoy their experience. - Inspector
Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 11:35
Thought you'd want to know: Grant Achatz has been nominated for Chef of the Year in Time Out Chicagos 2011 Eat Out Awards. Vote now!
Time Out Chicago
Friday, February 11, 2011 - 12:08
The works of culinary art at this Chicago hot spot look almost too good to eatalmost. Our favorites include squab with charred strawberries on a birch log, and lemon soda custard.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 06:48
Alinea is famous for their tasting menus and each are accompanied by a carefully paired wine-tasting progression. Start slowly and to avoid a food coma, stick with the sea bass as an entre. - Soraya
Saturday, December 11, 2010 - 09:52
Go for the 20+ course Tour. You only live once after all... And if you're lucky, Chef Achatz will come do a custom plating at you table for you.
Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 13:36
La prsentation de chaque plat est incroyable. Magique.
Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 16:12
A hidden second floor of dining space is only the introduction to the surprising, delightful meals to be had at this elegant venue. 12- and 24-course meals are massive, mouth-watering undertakings.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 12:42
Don't be a hero if it is your first time - the tasting menu is just enough by itself. I would probably go through that a couple of times before attempting the tour.
Friday, August 7, 2009 - 11:00
It was the kind of experience, like summer camp when youre 15, that is so powerful that it aligns with all the words you wish you could have saved to describe this: amazing, stunning, life-changing.
Monday, October 18, 2010 - 12:26
Do the Tour.
Sunday, July 5, 2009 - 19:15
Dont be alarmed by a dish like duck with 60 condiments: Servers explain + specify exactly how to eat each course. Green Guide Editor
Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
Monday, November 25, 2013 - 05:26
What more is there to say? You secured a table, sit back and enjoy the ride.
Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 04:17
Alinea isn't just one of the best restaurants in Chicago, it's rated as one of the best restaurants in THE WORLD. Phrase most commonly associated with dining at Alinea: "an experience."
The Feast
Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 08:00
On the black truffle potato soup course, leave the nail on the table. Trust me.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 18:41
WOW! Impeccable service and some of the most amazing, creative, beautiful, exciting, fun and delicious food you will find anywhere in the world. Yum. Just go!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 19:23
Fucking amazing food. Go here as you as you possibly can. Reservations are required. The down economy makes it a bit easier though.
Friday, April 3, 2009 - 12:57
Impeccable service, but never uptight. If you are a vegetarian or have food allergies, with advance notice, they will customize your tasting menu and it will still be the best meal of your life.
Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 21:04
Three Michelin stars
La Dolce Vita
Monday, December 16, 2013 - 13:51