Molecular Gastronomy
$ $ $ $
1723 N Halsted St (btwn W North Ave & W Willow St)
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 867-0110
5:00pm - 12:00am
5:00pm - 12:00am
5:00pm - 12:00am
5:00pm - 12:00am
5:00pm - 12:00am

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



  • 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
  • Buy the cookbook before dinner and follow along and be courteous with your cameras, others are simply trying to enjoy their experience. - Inspector
  • 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
  • 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.
  • La prsentation de chaque plat est incroyable. Magique.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Do the Tour.
  • Dont be alarmed by a dish like duck with 60 condiments: Servers explain + specify exactly how to eat each course. Green Guide Editor
  • What more is there to say? You secured a table, sit back and enjoy the ride.
  • On the black truffle potato soup course, leave the nail on the table. Trust me.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Fucking amazing food. Go here as you as you possibly can. Reservations are required. The down economy makes it a bit easier though.
  • Three Michelin stars
  • Alinea=Art, I would do it again.
  • | 3 Michelin Stars | A blueprint for the future... we can enjoy in the present. Grant Achatz uses gels, foams, powders... an extraordinary man. An extraordinary restaurant.
  • Do not wear glasses when trying to eat the balloon. It becomes insane and the messiest thing to eat ever. Everything was the most delightful ever.
  • Try the Chocolate Three Ways - my favorite restaurant in Chicago! Hooooly crap!

Nearby places

955 W Fulton Market (at Morgan St.)
1729 N Halsted St
1520 N Damen Ave (at Pierce Ave)