EL Ideas

New American
$ $ $ $
2419 W 14th St (at Western Ave)
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 226-8144
7:00pm - 11:00pm
7:00pm - 11:00pm
7:00pm - 11:00pm
7:00pm - 11:00pm
5:30am - 12:30am



  • So much fun; don't book anything else for the evening; 14 courses, 3 hours
  • Desserts tend to be fun and quite sweet; I'm thinking specifically of the old-fashioned cake doughnut, with applejack caramel and spiced-cider sorbet.
  • It's BYOB with great service. Excellent multi-course meal in a very casual atmosphere. Make sure you drive or have transport scheduled as it's impossible to catch a cab along this stretch of Western.
  • if you want to experience a truly different type of cuisine, make sure you come to EL Ideas
  • After the nervous drive to this BYOB, you see Talbott, the relaxed, warm host/waiter/sommelier. He learns your name, attends to your wine and sets the tone that makes dining a one-of-a-kind experience
  • @Uber_CHI is the best way to get home. Ask Bill for more information.
  • Innovative food where the taste and smell of the food evokes fond memories.
  • Elevated Ideas in Dining" as practiced by chef Phillip Foss, whose "question everything" mantra is a hint to the nontraditional food he creates.
  • My tip: love your life for being here. AMAZING
  • This restaurant was absolutely amazing! If you are going to be in Chicago, try to get a table at the EL ideas. You will definitely not just like it, you will love it!
  • Wonderful experience at the chefs table!
  • Five stars *****
  • If youve bought in then youre already in. The only tip is to sit back and enjoy.
  • Good food, good people
  • Excelente servicio y comida, pero lo mejor fue experiencia del equipo culinario!
  • Chef Phillip Foss was nominated for Best chef: Great Lakes 2017 James Beard Award.
  • Chef/owner Phillip Foss will go so far as to instruct diners to lick their plates clean (I did this once), but its all about breaking down walls and making seriously creative food fun to eat.
  • One of America's most innovative fine-dining restaurants, where 13-15 courses can include "culinary cocaine," a solid "White Russian" topped with caviar, and more mind-blowing delights.
  • Reservations required. Tasting menu only.
  • Get interactive with the staff, since they encourage it! I enjoyed the familiar flavors of your childhood in a sophisticated dish. The fries and milkshake and the play on elote brought me me back.