Gastropub, New American
$ $ $
11 E Walton St (at Waldorf Astoria Chicago, 3rd Floor)
Chicago, IL 60611
7:00am - 10:00pm
7:00am - 10:00pm
7:00am - 10:00pm
7:00am - 10:00pm
7:00am - 12:00am
7:00am - 12:00am
7:00am - 10:00pm



  • The more casual of Elysian's two restaurants, Balsan is a buzzy bistro with a wandering menu created for the adventurous. Sample the small plates for fun, but the suckling pig platter reigns supreme.
  • Trendy ingredients like chorizo, prosciutto and goat cheese mingle with standards like cheddar and mushrooms in the egg dishes. Our omelet arrived hot and juicy with mahogany-colored fried potatoes.
  • Entertaining foodies? Start with the testa cake, made from slow-cooked pig's head, tongue and feet with savory seasoning, this is a succulent, rich dish offset by bits of sweet prune.
  • Try the gnocchi they are divine. the Paris Brest is also succulent. The choucroute garnie with the trufled sausage is memorable as well.
  • Get the ricotta Gnudi, it's gnew! (ha). Menu based around shared dishes. The place is apparently named for one of Coco Chanel's lovers.
  • The cheeses are fabulous...definitely try the Dante!
  • Foie freaking gras. No that it's no longer banned in Chicago, order up!
  • Try the Bloody Margaret from our 100 Best list: This gin-based Bloody is fragrant with thyme, lightened with cucumber and brought down to our level with a good old beer back.
  • The wood fire oven roasted chicken is the signature dish here. Order it as you enter since it takes 45 minutes. Worth the wait.
  • You have to try the cauliflower side's the best!
  • Try the truffle fries, black cod, pizza and and cheese plate with honeycomb.
  • The Aviation is my new favorite cocktail. Perfect summer drink. Anything on the charcuterie is good. The Paris Brest dessert is amazing.
  • Great food and great looking space, but must admit, 4 hours later and I am hungry again!
  • Formerly Balsan, these days local VIP's call it "BallsON"
  • Chef Danny Grant offers Sunday Suppera lovely, bountiful meal for $29.
  • O, modest croissant, fluffy scrambled eggs, subtle Comt/How nice to eat you and still have room for sugar-dusted donuts/Ill be back to see you soon. $19, includes salumi, cheese and pastry board
  • The Sunday Supper is a must do. Fabulous meal for a fabulous price.
  • If you love pancakes, order them here. Some of The best in Chicago.
  • I love everything on their menu! so good.
  • The (somewhat) casual restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria serves every meal of the day, produces much of its own cured meats, and keeps season and creativity at the forefront.

Nearby places

50 E Walton St (btwn Rush & Ernst)