Chicago's Michelin Rated Restaurants 2018

By Taylor Wade
Writer for Ambiance Matchmaking


Alinea Restaurant
Stars: 3

Alinea has received three stars every year that the Michelin Guide in Chicago has been published. Grant Achatz, chef and owner who once lost his sense of taste during a battle with tongue cancer, creates a menu featuring a 18-course dinner that could easily set you and your date back a grand. Not to mention, it is quite difficult to get in the door. Alinea operates like a theater company, selling pre-paid meal tickets instead of reservations. These tickets can sky-rocket in face value on websites such as Craigslist. But hey, if you have the funds and are able to either reserve months in advance or scour tickets online, go for it! It's sure to be an experience.


Stars: 3

Grace, a Chicago restaurant barely two years old, has just been awarded three stars from the Michelin Guide in 2014. It is only the second restaurant in the city to claim that distinction, joining Alinea. Curtis Duffy, the chef and an owner of Grace, is from Columbus, Ohio. He worked at Charlie Trotter’s and was chef de cuisine at Alinea when it opened in 2004. Like nearly all of the American three-star restaurants, Grace serves only tasting menus, with a choice of either “flora” (vegetable-based) or “fauna” (with meat, fish and poultry).


Stars: 2

Acadia may be described as fine dining that doesn't break the bank. The chef and owner, Ryan McCaskey, cites summers spent in Maine as his inspiration for the restaurant. For example, you will find dishes such as the shrimp, sourced from Deer Isle, Maine and the lobster pie from Stonington, Maine. However, the decor doesn't feature fishing lures or nautical rope but rather embraces an airy, contemporary vibe. McCaskey's dishes are intensely rich in flavor, as one can experience through the lobster pie, in which intensely flavored lobster bisque is hedonistically poured tableside around buttery lobster meat, the plate dotted with the crispy-creamy potato puffs called pommes dauphines. Definitely worth a try!


Stars: 2

Sixteen is a French-inspired restaurant serving American dishes in a high-end dining room on the 16th floor of Trump Hotel & Tower. Sixteen has transformed itself under chef Thomas Lents—with creative themed tasting menus like Chicago History, more approachable service and two Michelin stars, the restaurant is solidly in the top tier of fine dining restaurants in Chicago. While the tasting menu is firmly in "splurge" category (dinner for two with wine pairings is around $1,000), the patio offers an even better view of the Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower, as well as less expensive food. Source: TimeOut Chicago


Stars: 2

Oriole is a restaurant hidden down an alley-like street in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, offering an extended tasting menu presented by Executive Chef & Owner Noah Sandoval and Pastry Chef & Partner Genie Kwon. The Michelin-starred and Jean Banchet award-winning team hosts 28 in an intimate and elegant dining room shared with an open kitchen. The cost of the menu is $175 per person. Two pairing options are offered to accompany your meal. Curated by sommelier Aaron McManus, one features mixed beverages of wine, beer, and sake while the second pairs exclusively wine offered at $75 and $125 respectively.


Stars: 2

Smyth, owned by the talented husband and wife duo, John and Karen Urie Shields, was awarded its second star this year. Smyth can be found upstairs from the dual concept Smyth & The Loyalist. “Chefs John and Karen Shields have remarkable resumés at the best restaurants across the country. But what they have built in their own kitchen is even more remarkable,” said Michael Ellis, international director of the MICHELIN Guides. “Anchored by quality produce from The Farm, dining at Smyth is a naturally delicious and beautiful experience.” Source: Michelin Guide


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