Embeya
Embeya

Embeya

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.embeya.com/
  • Phone: (312) 612-5640
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday to Friday: 11 30am-2 30pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Thai Dang
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jefferson and Randolph
  • Public Transit: We are a short walk from the Clinton stop on the green and pink line, as well as a few blocks from the 8 bus on Halsted and Randolph.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Embeya offers valet parking. There is also limited street parking on Randolph and Jefferson.
A word from Embeya
Embeya is a collaboration between international hospitality veteran Attila Gyulai (Four Seasons Hotels, Elysian Hotel Chicago), his Wife, Komal Patel (Milborne Real Estate, Sotheby's International) and Chef Thai Dang (3 Michelin L2O, 2 Michelin RIA). The trio united in their shared vision to showcase refined Asian cuisine in a chic and elegant space that is designed by Chicago's renowned Designer Karen Herold (Girl and the Goat, GT Fish, Balena). In addition to being nominated as Food & Wine's People's Best New Chef, and Zagat's Top 30 under 30, Embeya was recently awarded Esquire Magazine prestigious Best New Restaurant Award which honours the top 20 restaurants in the United States.



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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAsian
Embeya reviews from OpenTable diners
169 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (121)special occasion (80)good for groups (71)romantic (57)hot spot (45)notable wine list (41)neighborhood gem (39)great for lunch (29)vibrant bar scene (19)great for outdoor dining (13)late-night find (7)scenic view (5)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Excellent pre-theater
    ShrazzyVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    We stopped in early, before the opera on a Wednesday night. We were the first party there, but the place was almost full by the time we left at 7:00. The pre-theater fixed price menu was perfect in variety, size and speed! It's substantial: instead of selecting a course from each category as in many other restaurants, the table gets the entire menu--2 appetizers, 2 mains, 1 side, 2 desserts, served "family style." Absolutely delicious and a perfect way to try a new menu! Cuttlefish was amazing, sea scallops succulent. My friend's favorite dish was the garlic chicken. I loved the noodles Maitake. (Truth be told--we're two smallish women and had to take a lot of this wrapped to-go.) Wine recommended by server was spot-on and well-priced. Only downside was the cooked greens were a bit gritty. The service and staff were attentive and welcoming. I would definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    First time going here for lunch - fantastic lunch option for a really good value - choice of appetizer, entree and dessert for $22 and every item was great. I had the short rib lettuce wraps, the seafood stew and then the tofu flan thing for dessert - really terrific and I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hip asian flavors
    Vaniljvodka
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Embeya follows the likes of Nobu, Hakkasan and similar asian crossover restaurants but does not quite reach their standars. Although a very nice experience with great small dishes to share.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breathtakingly Beautiful
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This was such a perfect place to have dinner with 10 people who love good food. The space is so elegant and modern, with enough space to give the meal feel private. We let the chef choose and ate family style: prawns, quail, roasted califlower, and on and on. Every dish is wonderful and creative. Very approachable wine list and great service. We could not have left happier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Continues to amaze
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Embeya continues to amaze me with the depth flavors of the food. It is the one place I always recommend to out of friends and out of town visitors. The restaurant is beautiful and you can have a conversation with your dinner partner without raising your voice. A number one choice for dinner.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing experience
    Outstanding
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    I took clients here for dinner and they were very impressed with the entire experience and said they would all come again. The waiter suggested the "Chefs Choice" that give you a variety of all the best featured items on the menu. We all enjoyed each and every item they were all filled with amazing flavors. I entertain a lot this bar far is one of the best restaurants I have ever gone too. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easy to rave about
    Itscomplicated
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    It's very easy to rave about the food here. Cascading textures and exotic flavors make the food experience delightful. Our cocktails arrived in compact snifters, packing juicy flavors and boozy punch. We had the lamb shank and whole, flash-fried sole. The shank was classically tender, falling in great meaty chunks from the bone. Honestly, the sole was a revelation—taking me back to a small island off the coast of Thailand where I once had a deep sea grouper prepared in a similar manner. The authenticity of flavor and the sheer power to transport one through time(!) is an astonishing feat and will bring me back. Service was crisp, polished and conducted with warmth and utter sincerity.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful spot
    Julie
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We had a girls night dinner at embryos. It is s beautiful setting with fantastic food. The service was excellent! Our server new the menu inside & out and made excellent suggestions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LouisVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We love it here. The food is outstanding (had crispy sole) which we've never seen done this way, but it was awesome. Also, one of the things I often don't like about Asian restaurants is that I don't get enough food. That is never a problem here - great sized portions. And also, also, even when the place is crowded on a Saturday night, you can still easily hear all the conversation at your table. Love that part.
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  • Amazing in everyway.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Ate the best thing in my life here. Hot King Crab.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    cmbkVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Great find in Chicago--innovative menu, delicious. Everything our waiter recommended was perfect--duck salad, king crab appetizer, and whole fish, plus cauliflower. The gin and thyme cocktails were different and delicious. Excellent service. What was very impressive was that even though the restaurant has a lot of open space and wood, it was subdued and quiet, even with a large party there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Don't go!
    Kevin
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    i went to lunch here lately and the waiter was so rude that I had to ask a manager for a new one... First time ever!!
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  • First time for dinner - a new FAVE
    StreetervilleResVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Have been here for lunch many times and loved it. Dinner was out of this world. A new fave, in my top three. The king crab appetizer is not to be missed. Glad to see the green papaya salad is on the dinner menu too. Best chicken anywhere. The "fried" rice is like no other. Green beans, ate every bite. Just can't say enough. Even the drink was a bit of a revelation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Our Group of Seven put ourselves in the hands of our able server Josh and he advised us to do the group dinner. Everything, every single item, was world-class.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business dinner
    Castine
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    This was a great evening. Perfect to have an important discussion over great food and service. Our waiter Josh had the answers to questions we did not even think to ask. Truly a " find" that I will repeat on future Chicago trips.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • Over rated
    Suburbanreview
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Grilled quail was great! Serving portions were smaller than I expected. The steak was rare; I don't recall our waitress asking how we want it prepared, I asssume they only prepare it one way, the chef's way. Lobster and crabs were great. Definitely had room for dessert. However dessert was a bit disappointing. I ordered the fruit plate. I am familiar with tropical fruit, I could tell the lanzones was previously frozen. Eaten fresh, the fruit is amazing, same with the lychees. Service was great, very attentive.
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    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Embeya .. hidden gem
    KaiJackson33
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I have dined here once for lunch and most recently to celebrate my birthday with a group of friends. The wait staff is outstanding and very attentive. The food is excellent. I would highly recommend this hidden gem for it's location, ample street parking, accomodating staff and overall ambiance. Great place to celebrate with friends or cuddle in a quiet, cozy corner with your sweetie!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Spot in the City
    JBChiVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    As an amateur foodie, in that I love eating, experiencing food, and exploring, though not up to date with all the newest hottest spots, this is my and my fiance's favorite restaurant in the city. If you like Asian flare, just go. It is different yet approachable, and worth going back every time!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • undiscovered gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I have had lunch at Embeya on two occasions and enjoyed the tasting menu both times. It was surprisingly empty given the excellent food and service at a fair price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Flavorful alternative for lunch
    Etowneater
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Had lunch there and took advantage of their prix fixe three course offering for a reasonable price and every course was outstanding. My guest raved about the food and said that he would gladly eat there every day. Adventurous without being over the top. Great change of pace from the usual lunch choices.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Great service but not flavorful
    SarahVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Embeya is a beautiful restaurant and the service was very attentive but the food was dull. No one at our table mentioned to food while we eat except for how it looked. It was nicely plated but very bland.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AnLaNa
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Interesting, delicious food. Excellent service - our personable server offered just the right amount of suggestions and information about the food without us having to ask. Each person who brought something to our table immediately explained what it was and tips for eating it so we'd have the best taste experience. The Tendron and Lime cocktail is wonderful, light and refreshing.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great take on Asian food
    bariVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A beautiful place to enjoy great food and drink. Don't miss the whole fish entree and the Chinese long beans! So good!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An exceptional dining experience
    jsacreativeVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    My husband and I chose this restaurant for our anniversary; it was a stab in the dark. (We were attending a play performance and needed a nearby restaurant). It was outstanding! The service was impeccable; our waiter was well-versed with recommendations and, knowing we had to leave to catch the play, kept right on top of things. The food was excellent as well. I know we will be return customers.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great experience
    Nicola
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The food, service and ambience were wonderful. Very creative use of ingredients. I'm a vegan, but my two omnivore friends were also thrilled with the food (mussels and pork chop ordered). Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Delicious
    ChiDinerExtraordinaireVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Embeya always provides us delicious, fresh, Vietnamese inspired cuisine with top-notch service. The ambiance is fabulous too! We will be back soon!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice decor
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were celebrating a special birthday so for that the decor was very nice but sorry to say that the food was not up to our expectations.
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    romantic, vibrant bar scene
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  • Disappointed
    chiharve
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My foodie friends from San Francisco were quite disappointed. The special fish was over priced and over cooked. The sauces were ordinary. The waiter had an off attitude when describing plate sharing. I had been there before and had a much better experience.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kiri
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Very interesting and well-executed Asian-influenced cuisine.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh ingredients rule
    FoodEVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Fresh ingredients and attentive service were high points. The menu seems a bit limited but I inventive. The chicken dish was really delicious and the papaya salad was really good. Share dishes though ! I thought the portions were really large, even though our waiter suggested we not share!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice meal
    Wineguy
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Stylish room with good service and interesting menu. Good food but nothing spectacular. Three stars for food and a menu short on options.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A unique dining experience
    Sultan
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Highly highly recommend it, exceeded our expectations. Phenomenal food, make sure to get the Chef's tasting menu, you will not be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded Expectations!
    PescatarianDiner
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We had a meal before the opera and it exceeded our expectations on every level. The decor and atmosphere are inspired and engaging. The seating is comfortable and the noise level was good--not too loud to have a conversation but still vibrant. The food was outstanding We chose to ordered a bunch of appetizers and sides and loved them all. The services was terrific--very attentive and they remembered from our reservation without my mentioning it that we were going to the opera. I didn't even have to mention it. Easy walk to the train, opera or other loop venues. I will definitely go back!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Great meal; excellent service
    FoodloverVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Had a lovely dinner. Appetizers were excellent; Great mussels, sausage and squash dish. Main course was super - had sole; guests loved the chicken specialty. Dessert was mediocre. Really appreciated the first class service.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Favorite go to place
    LoloVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I brought another out of town friend. She was also dazzled. The new crab appetizer was excellent. My favorite quail is exceptional. Would eat it as an entree. Always fantastic. Decor, food, staff, and, of course, Komal and Atilla.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale Vietnamese
    AmyK
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I was able to make a reservation the same day we dined at Embeya and on a Saturday evening, it was not full. Diners were well dressed, upscale. The place can accommodate large parties so we saw tables of eight, families, etc. The servers are all young males and ours steered us to the most expensive dishes. The appetizers, were creative and infused with Vietnamese flavors. Our entrees less so. In fact, I could not discern that the rabbit leg had any asian flavor and husband's fish was only asian because of the soy sauce. BTW, entrees were both $29 so it's pricey in my opinion. Service was a little too formal and cold for my taste. I dined here based on an article about the chef at Grace, one of those unaffordable fixed price places.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • Be adventurous
    fiftyishfoodie
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We took a group of 8 ranging from 20 to 50+. We chose the tasting menu; our server quoted us $65 per person. It was actually $75 per person on the check, but still great value for the price. Drinks are typical Chicago prices. The eggplant and sweetbreads was a wonderful combination of textures and flavors, the pork and chicken and whole fish entrees were deceptively simple and delicious. We will be back. The location is easy to get to, just a short walk from the train and el stations.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply delicious!
    No3Gal
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I am positively effusive over Embeya! The food is truly sublime. We feasted (both visually and gastronomically) on the grilled quail and the green papaya salad as starters. For the main course, each person in our party of three made an entree selection to be shared family-style. We had garlic chicken, which was incredibly moist and not overpowering in the use of garlic; the pork chop, so delectably moist and tender; and the whole fish, served open and fried lightly crisp with a wonderful dipping sauce. I do not live in Chicago but I am a foodie who loves to research restaurant option in advance of a trip. Embeya more than exceeded my expectations. Thank you for a wonderful meal!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Great Food small appetizers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    All of the food we had was terrific. We had the Duck cold dish and Octopus hot dish for appetizers. They were a little on the small side for the money. We had the Halibut and the Pork main dishes. They were excellent! Pork was nicely flavored and very tender.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great alternative to steakhouses!
    BobinatorDCVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I love Chcoagp steakhouses as much as anyone bit this place is a great for something different. Innovative Asian fusion cuisine, greater servers, good craftbeer and wine, nice setting, and noise level actually allows for conversation! Went with a group of 8 coworkers and all sang its praises.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.