Current
Current

Current

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://currentchicago.com/
  • Phone: 3122554460x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon - Thu: 6:00 am - 1:00 am
    Fri - Sat: 6:00 am - 2:00 am
    Sun: 6:00 am - 1:00 am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Gregory Elliott
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ontario
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Current
Simple, ingredient driven, Italian inspired: true to its name, the menus at Current will feature a seasonal undertone, executed with a Midwestern sensibility while paying respect and honoring the tradition and simplicity of Italian food. Chef Gregory Elliott creates inspired dishes that are hand crafted, soulful, and rustic-from house made salami, pastas, pizzas, breads, and pastries to sourcing the best local produce, fish, meat and dairy, Current has a little something for everyone.
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Current reviews from OpenTable diners
7 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.3
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (2)vibrant bar scene (2)fit for foodies (2)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)late-night find (1)good for groups (1)neighborhood gem (1)Show More
  • Remarkable meal, fine service.
    Chicagonewbies
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    One of the best meals we've had in Chicago. From our antipasti to our entrees and dessert, everything was exquisitely prepared. Our waiter was a true pro, impressively knowledgeable about all the menu offerings and providing impeccable service. We definitely will be back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tired of sugar
    AandTrevVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I am tired of eating sugar with my entre. This trend of putting sugar in everything is just tiresome. I would like to be able to appreciate the flavor of a good piece of meet instead of too much salt and sugar.
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  • Delicious Food = the Long Suit
    Izzy
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Food menu limited in scope. Little gluten-free. However, beet salad (though small) and marinated pork chop (large) were delicious. Drinks were especially pricey particularly the wine. The bar is beautiful and most restaurant tables in and out have a nice view of the lake. Thudding music piped outside as and in did interrupt the beautiful ambiance. Lastly, there seems to be a problem in communication for the servers, especially when working outside. It's not immediately clear who your server is since after waiting a long while to order , several different people waited on us in different ways and brought more than one of the same item. It's like no one was quite straight on who did what through all were polite and friendly
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.3
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 48 reviews are from the Current reviews archive.
  • Very good
    benton1220VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We ate here on a Saturday night at 7 pm and it was quite! The service was excellent. The food was very good. I am a vegetarian and I was happy with the salad I had and the three cheese tortelloni. My DH had the mixed seafood grill which he said was very good we both had tiramisu for dessert which was excellent. The decor was very modern and there is outdoor seating, which faces the very busy Lake Shore Drive. If I lived in the area I would return here.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new kind of Italian cuisine...
    BethVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Really interesting, unusual items on the menu. Lamb Bolognese, the most incredible foccacia pizza type appetizer (we ordered it twice in the same night), wonderful meatballs, great fish, juicy pork chops. Really fine cuisine. Service was incredible and added to our experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just opened
    SharonG
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    I went right after this opened in early May. The good was wonderful. I would go back for sure. The waiter helped us out with food choices and drink choices and they were right on. Small restaurant as it is in the lobby of the W on Lakeshore, but great food. Definitely will go back.
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    special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food !
    sandtropez
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    Went because I thought it would have a view, but it's too low to the street level. But the food turned out to be fantastic. Hard to choose from many unusual combinations that all sounded good. Nice addition to this part of the inner drive.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything at Wave was wonderful.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/14/2012
    Everything at Wave was wonderful. We found it humorous that our server had no idea what "unoaked" wine was. He said the screw cap meant we had to drink it faster! lol! We corrected him and he was appropriately humbled. He later said he appreciated the lesson as he seriously did not know why those wines were not corked.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lakeside food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2011
    I would call Wave fusion, not Mediterranean, but I really enjoyed my meal. Though based on a small/large plate menu, my partner and I (who eat a lot) only needed 5 plates between us. The mozzarella was the best I have had to date, with a perfectly balanced arugula, nectarine and balsamic vinegar salad. The corn ravioli, kufta sliders and steak tartare were also very well done, although a tiny bit short on seasoning. Had that been a little better, I would put this at one of my favorite meals in recent memory. I do still think about that mozzarella though... The drinks were also very well made and interesting: the manhattan is a kick in the pants. Only disappointing aspect of the night was the service: not rude/mean, just mediocre/uninformed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fairly limited menu but everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2011
    Fairly limited menu but everything we had was delicious. Octopus was especially good
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  • Great food, service, atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/31/2011
    Great food, service, atmosphere and wine list! Small menu but the items are great. The valet is a bit sketchy as they do not tell you that you need to have your ticket stamped by the restaurant in order to get the $10 for 3 hours price and they only give you a 5-7 minute grace period before that price is no longer valid and normal valet prices apply. Otherwise, very nice and would return!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place is amazing. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/27/2011
    This place is amazing. The food is so great, the staff is knowledgeable and the ambiance is awesome. We happened to be seated at a table that you could see the fireworks from Navy Pier which was an awesome ending to a perfect night!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eclectic, interesting and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/27/2011
    Eclectic, interesting and fun menu, encourages sharing dishes. Friendly, helpful service. Nice to be on the lake, even with Lake Shore Drive in between.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I had a great birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/27/2011
    I had a great birthday dinner at Wave with my girlfriends. Food was good and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our server, Jannik, was a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/20/2011
    Our server, Jannik, was a terrific host-attentive, charming, refined but not stuffy. He made the night! Please ensure he receives feedback-wonderful service!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wave has the classic "W Hotel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2008
    Wave has the classic "W Hotel Appeal". It's sleek, vibrant and sexy. The food was very good. We enjoyed an eclectic mix of small plates. The flavors were unusual and well crafted and very Mediterranean. The service was very good. I would totally go back with my gal pals, sit in the window looking at the lake and have a couple of rounds of mojitos.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I am a semi-regular at Wave,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2008
    I am a semi-regular at Wave, and have dined there many times. This time food was terrible that I have suffered stomach ache the entire following day and evening. Houmus tasted 2 days old, plus had a terrible extra garlic flavor, we did not even take a bite of it. The grouper was extremely dry, tasteless, our server stopped by only one time to check on us, a manager stopped by a few times to ask how everything was, but I did not want to complain to him in front of my lady friend as it was our first date. Overall, it was very very bad experience. I have paid $130 for the food that I did not enjoy(bottle of La Crema was ok, did not finish that either) I am very upset with the sour experience. The food quality is definitely going downhill...
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • While the food tasted good,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/4/2008
    While the food tasted good, the portion sizes were a bad joke. Even the amount of food recommended by the waiter would have left anorectics hungry.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • really excellent food and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/27/2008
    really excellent food and nice service that deserve much more than half a hotel lounge on a ground floor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Clean, modern decor. Moderate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2008
    Clean, modern decor. Moderate food prices for downtown hotel restaurant (perhaps due to smaller, but very adequate, portions). Drinks expensive, but good, and no skimping on liquor. Very friendly, tho unrefined, service. Dirty dishes left on table for far too long. Server (Gino) recommendations spot on. Chili prawn and heirloom tomato salad small plates very good. Calamari overbreaded and beef tenderloin on skewerw WAY oversalted. Special pomegranate chicken entree & cherry/chocolate bread pudding excellent (it was Turkey night). Next time need to ask for table on window (with lake view). Back table gave us view of setup for large party (e.g., cutting/serving cake) & rest of restaurant. Worth a second try before Chicago Shakespeare.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was very overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/17/2008
    The food was very overpriced for the quality. I don't mind spending a lot for high quality, but this seemed like an amateurish attempt at Tapas.
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  • This was a horrible experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2008
    This was a horrible experience - the kitchen had a gas leak which in turn seeped into the food making my guest and self very ill. When I called the next day to let them know I had been sick and that the food smelled funny they investigated further and found a GAPING hole in their oven. They had to shut down the kitchen and replace it that day. They offered a free meal at another of their MJ owned businesses and I did end up going to 160 Blue for my birthday later this month, but how could all the staff and kitchen assistants NOT notice the smell? I have not been able to summon my courage to go back yet.
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  • Menu is a vast improvement
    suesVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2008
    Menu is a vast improvement from what it used to be. Service was good.
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  • I overall rated it low because
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/16/2008
    I overall rated it low because the price was a bit much. For two the bill was over $150 without ordering a bottle of wine or much drinking or deserts. I realize it is a hotel restaurant, but that was a bit overpriced. The food was delicous and the server great. Great menu options with new twists to typical restaurant fare.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We always have a fun time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2008
    We always have a fun time at the bar and the Wave restaurant! Great for friends and to show off the city as a great time.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was outstanding.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/20/2008
    The food was outstanding. The view was breath taking. Service was fast and friendly. The physical space, however, good use better maintenance. The floor was scuffed and chipped. Our table service was bubbled. In general, the place needs to be freshened up.
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • i thought it was like eating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/19/2008
    i thought it was like eating top chef. we had a great night. thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The chef tries very interesting
    Qmtwo
    Dined on 7/19/2008
    The chef tries very interesting food combinations which makes the experience worhtwhile. The service was too quick. The atmosphere was inexistant which makes you want to eat and leave. The Cocktail menu seems fun but the taste is disappointing.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Portions were extremely small,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/12/2008
    Portions were extremely small, even the large dishes. Service was slow and it was not even busy. Very expensive for the portions.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was looking for something
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/3/2008
    I was looking for something more intimate. Bar and lobby were too hectic and too close. Probably better for lunch, but not for a quiet dinner.
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    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • our waiter, george, was very
    GrayVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2008
    our waiter, george, was very attentive at first , then went mia---the 2nd line service staff was excellent
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service interesting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/13/2008
    Great service interesting menu it was from Pakistan and loved the chips with yogurt rather than traditional bread. Good portion sizes with lovely presentation. Our server darryl was great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a fantastic server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/31/2008
    We had a fantastic server and a wonderful table for our bridal shower. They treated us well and had special goodies for our party but I feel that this was the norm for the restaurant. Excellent modern restaurant with outstanding food. Expensive but definitly worth it.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was so surprised, I found
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/15/2008
    I was so surprised, I found Wave on a fluke and would recommend it to anyone!! We drove 2 hours from the northern suburbs, fought that terrible traffic and then felt relaxed and welcomed right away.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slightly overpriced for the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/9/2008
    Slightly overpriced for the portions of food...good food and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was very poor. Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/8/2008
    Service was very poor. Food was okay but not outstanding. Ambience was nice.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service was notable with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/29/2008
    The service was notable with friendly, helpful staff. The food was completely over-rated. We were very disappointed with the flavors and the variety of food we ordered. [Chili prawns, fish and chips, hummus, lamb, and korean short-ribs] Our drinks were over-priced and mediocre as well. Unfortunately, we later wished we had went somewhere else for our last night in Chicago.
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  • Nothing special, food was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Nothing special, food was a bit pricey but good. I didn't realize we had to order sides, I thought from the menu description it came with sides.
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  • Cassie was very nice! The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Cassie was very nice! The food was amazing and the sangria was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant was a little
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/22/2008
    This restaurant was a little over rated in our opinion. Staff was friendly but not top notch. Wine list was far from spectacular and food selection was just OK. I think the atmosphere was very nice but definitely something missing from the overall experience that I just can't put my finger on. Probably will not return to Wave or to the W Hotel.
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