217 W. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60654Neighborhood:
River North (Chicago)
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $50 and over
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.grahamelliot.com/
- Phone: 3126249975
- Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Global, International, Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Graham Elliot
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Private Party Facilities: Our wine salon seats up to 16 guests in an intimate environment and can be closed off from the rest of the dining room for more privacy. We also have a large, secluded round table that can accommodate up to 8 guests. For parties larger than 16, we offer the east side of the dining room or the option of reserving the entire restaurant and can modify our tasting menus to best meet the needs of your group.
A word from Graham Elliot
Fine dining redefined: Graham Elliot brings four-star cuisine into a casual, fun, and whimsical environment. We offer two tasting menus with optional wine pairings and accommodate dietary restrictions and food allergies. The cuisine follows the same spontaneous and ingredient-driven cuisine that garnered three James Beard Nominee's for Chef Bowles among numerous other accolades. Expect hip music, dynamic gastronomy, and a lively and relaxed atmosphere. Awarded two Michelin stars in 2013.Continued
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Graham Elliot reviews from OpenTable diners
- Graham ElliotCustomerDined on 12/31/2013The restaurant the food was great. The only thing that I had an issue with was with the price. I'm not a penny pincher or anything like that. The normal 15 course meal is 175.00 let's say add wine for 125.00 for 2 should be about 600.00. We had the final day New Year's Eve Meal for 10 courses it was 918.00. So we did not get 5 extra courses and paid more. Even if the New Year's eve meal was 250.00 and 125.00 for wine it would only be 750.00. The total was 918.00 and with a 15% tip was 1101.60. Thank you, Juan S. Brito.Special Features:
- This restaurant is closingbellecurveVIPDined on 12/28/2013This restaurant is closing in three days. It was very expensive yet had no tablecloths nor much in the way of decor and had very loud music, a strange mix of elegant food in casual surroundings.
- Went there before it closedOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 12/26/2013Went there before it closed up shop. Going to be revamped for its reopening later on in 2014.Special Features:
- ...EVERYTHING FINE DINING SHOULD BEcheffieDined on 12/26/2013GRAHAM ELLIOT WAS TRULY A FINE DINING EXPERIENCE. THE PORTIONS, FLAVOR COMBINATIONS, GASTRONOMY DISPLAYS, AMBIANCE, WAIT STAFF, WINE LIST, ALL EXCELLENT. WE'LL BE BACK ONCE YOU REOPEN...THANKYOUSpecial Features:
- Everything I'd hoped forReneeDined on 12/26/2013Loved it. The food was above and beyond what I'd wanted for a dining experience and the friendly, knowledgeable staff just added another layer of wonderful to the meal. I am so glad I got to go before it's makeover. The foie lollipop was a bite of heaven, so smooth and silky.Special Features:
- Outstanding ExperienceFoodie711Dined on 12/21/2013As fans of Graham Elliot via his TV appearances, my husband and I really wanted to visit his restaurant. This evening was my Christmas gift to my husband, and we were not at all disappointed! The pre-set 15-course menu was creatively put together, with detailed and interesting combinations of ingredients. In a few cases, you'd think things wouldn't work - but they do! In other cases, something sounds great in theory but I questioned it in practice. Either way, our goal was to taste everything, try everything, and enjoy ourselves, which we did. To make our night ultimately complete, Graham Elliot himself appeared, visiting our table! He was friendly and kind, taking photos with us and making sure we liked the meal. Absolutely!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great, one of a kind place.OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 12/21/2013Great, one of a kind place. Fine dining at the highest level, with the 15 course, pairings meal excellent.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- More of an event than just a mealShrumlordDined on 12/14/2013Knowing that Graham Elliot will be ceasing operation of this location next year, My wife and I chose this restaurant to celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary. The single choice is a 15 course tasting menu with a set price of $175per person and an additional $90 each for the wine pairings option. The staff was extremely attentive and made sure to inquire about food allergies and/or dietary restriction or preferences to allow the chef to tailor the selections to our table. While not all of the flavor combinations were great (some, like the popcorn sorbet with truffle and chive, were absolute "fails"), most were really creative, fun, and absolutley delicious. We had a great time enjoying and discussing each beautifully presented dish!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Rather disappointingBoulevardierDined on 12/13/2013We were well received and the service is good; however the restaurant is gloomy with low lighting and none on the tables. As a result one cannot see clearly the colours or textures of what one is eating, the presentation being a silhouette on a white plate; this denies one many of the pleasures referred to in the saying 'the first bite is with the eye'. That being said, the food did appear to be monochromatic, mainly in shades of browns and beige, and that characterised most of the flavours as well, of which there seemed to be so many that they cancelled each other out and the resulting overall flavours were of nothing in particular at all. I say this having eaten similar tasting menus at most of the best known restaurants in Chicago.
- A must in Chicago and in a lifetimeilifeDined on 12/7/2013The food was amazing! The pairings were great. A worthwhile experienceSpecial Features:
- so disappointingbabounetDined on 12/4/2013Some interesting plates but majority were poor fix menu) Service was good Way too expensive for what it was I will not recommend the restaurant. I dont understand how GE got a second star in the Michelin this year. Anyway it is obviously a well known fact. The restaurant was more than half empty!!!Special Features:
- Graham Elliot OutstandingLozNozDined on 12/3/2013The 14 course dego was divine. Lots of cheeky innovative dishes but not innovation for innovation sake - the ingredients were always first and foremost. Truly an outstanding experience. Dishes were served at an ideal pace by friendly knowledgeable staff.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- One of the best for foodiesDrDaveVIPDined on 11/30/2013We were shocked to hear that, just as Graham Elliot was awarded a 2nd Michelin star, he announced the restaurant would close on Dec. 31. We were relieved, though, to hear that he plans to open a smaller, more intimate place next year. This will no doubt be a better fit for what the restaurant has evolved into - one of the best tasting menu experiences in Chicago. There is none of the showmanship of Alinea or Sixteen, but each plate is a work or art. The flavors and aromas are fabulous. We were there for the last day of the November menu and hope to return for one last visit in December. The noise and ambience of this space were right for the early incarnations of the restaurant, but the food has evolved amazingly.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A Dining ExperienceReviewerDined on 11/29/2013Graham Elliot is a truly remarkable dining experience.Special Features:
- OverratedNYNJCTPADined on 11/29/2013Dined at Graham Elliott. Some dishes were fantastic, a few were simply bad or just overly salty (a sign of factory-like cooking, not gourmet cooking). At over $500 for two, save your cash for a restaurant that cares more about food quality than profit. Huge disappointment. Do people in the Midwest just not know better?Special Features:
- overrated overpricedpnbannVIPDined on 11/23/2013Of the 14 or so courses my dining partner and I enjoyed 4 or 5. The "wine" pairings were bizarre but the service was outstanding Go here to be pampered not fed.
- AdiosbraindameDined on 11/23/2013So sorry you will be leaving us-look forward to your next endeavor. Based on our experience, will definitely look to try it out on a trip back to ChicagoSpecial Features:
- wonderful place to celebrateHeidiDined on 11/21/2013Celebrated my 30th birthday here and wouldn't trade the experience for the world!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- UncomfortablePileatedVIPDined on 11/19/2013Empty, joyless, with stiff service. Some dishes were fine but the meal didn't work. Poorly constructed, too much food, and the wine prices were absurd.
- Amazing experienceNette19Dined on 11/16/2013We were unsure what to expect when we arrived and reviewed the menu. Each and every course was fantastic with flavors like nothing we have had. It was further enhanced by Graham greeting each table and spending time with everyone there.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Culinary JourneyWinedudeVIPDined on 11/16/2013The 15 course degustation at GE's is quite special. Just the right amount of food for a 2 1/2 hour journey of incredible flavors and textures. The service is efficient and very professional. They are quite accommodating to any allergies and tastes. The wine list is very good, and I would not recommend the wine pairing. There are plenty of moderately priced selections for you to pair with the meal. Graham came around to every table to thank them and left us with signed copies of the menu...a nice touch and a great end to a terrific dining experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- We spent the weekend in ChicagoOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 11/9/2013We spent the weekend in Chicago celebrating our anniversary and thought we would splurge by going to Graham Elliot. It was definitely a splurge (including drinks and tip, we spent over $300 per person) but it was definitely well worth it. Eachof the 16 courses (if you include the lollipops) were unique and flavourful. The service was exceptional and everyone went out of our way to ensure we had a memorable evening. Mr. Elliot was in the restaurant and he stopped by our table to say hello. He also left us with signed menus. While we are not in the habit of spending quite so much on a meal, we would definitely go back and would recommend the restaurant to any of our friends travelling to Chicago and looking for a memorable evening.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- need to get a second jobbeboDined on 11/9/2013The food was amazing. It seemed like dinner would never stop, had to many delicious courses... It was also by far the most expensive dinner I have ever ate... Over $600 for 2....Special Features:
- Ultimately disappointedOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 11/2/2013Service was just okay, not worthy of a restaurant of this caliber. Some of the waitstaff seemed relatively inexperienced. Food came out sporadically, and although I definitely appreciate not being rushed, some delays between courses were a little too long. The wine pairings, for the most part, were nothing special or remarkable. I loved the foie gras dish (a take on a fig newton?), and the guinea hen dish was extraordinary. It literally gave me chills. The prawn dish was exciting, and the sturgeon dish was very good. The desserts were okay. Overall,I was disappointed. I really expected more. I had a better dining experience (food, wine, service, ambience) at Boka a couple weeks before, and for much less money.
- GE is a unique dining experienceOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 11/2/2013GE is a unique dining experience that balances creativity with approachability. Each dish has a story and you look forward to the next "chapter." Good to see they have survived and thrived amongst pretentious alternatives. I would recommend Open Table make it more clear that there is a single price fixe option. You can find that if you dig into the description, but in light of the price (and as important the time commitment) would have been good to see up front.Special Features:
- Good food horrible serviceFeglehVIPDined on 11/2/2013I thought most of the dishes were great but a few missed the mark. I would have totally gone back if the service was not so bad. Our meal took four hours with 20 to 25 minutes break between some courses. For a 15 course meal that's a long time. Our waiter was awkward. Instead of apologizing for the delays he just avoided the table. There is no excuse for bad service in such an expensive restaurant. I think the chef is trying to figure out hat he wants to be and it shows in the execution. There are a lot of better options in the city.Special Features:
- Great.squabDined on 11/2/2013Well worth the expense and time. Enjoyed the meal tremendously, and the attention to detail/service was impeccable.Special Features:
- Needs workLintonVIPDined on 11/1/2013The food was interesting, sometimes very good, sometimes puzzling. The main problem however was with the servers. They did their job as it appears they were trained to do but as representatives of the chef they failed. The dialogue was rehearsed and perfunctory and a little rushed. If we liked something and said so it was barely acknowledged, when we did not really like something but wanted to talk about it we got a very cold reaction when it might have been better for the server to show genuine interest and ask why. It is not a personal attack on them and a lot might be learned from customer feedback. For the price of the meal we would have liked a more heartfelt presentation.
- Super Disappointed MealHouTeMBoDined on 10/29/2013I think this is my worst experience ever. All the food, the choice of the material, the decorations, even the silverware is horrible. Do not think this restaurant will be Michelin Star anymore~~
- Food and wine outstandingJudyDined on 10/26/2013The chef menu and wine pairings were spot on. It was an experience of a lifetime. Graham was there greeting tables. He is the real deal.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lives up to the nameHmmBugDined on 10/26/2013We went with another couple and had a nice table by the front window. We went for the full chef's menu and were in love with every course. The flavors, combinations and presentation were outstanding for every dish - a special shout out to the foie "newton" which was one of our favorites. Chef Eliot was in the house and visited every table. It was a great experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- FantasticsmalltowngirlDined on 10/26/2013My experience at Graham Elliot was fantastic. My partner and I both really enjoyed the food and all of the thought and details that went into it. The drinks were also great. The atmosphere was romantic-- there was great music that was at just the right level so that we could enjoy it but also easily have a conversation. Chef Elliot was there that night and talked to a few tables-- that was really cool to see!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Michelin 2 starHonestDinerVIPDined on 10/26/2013Unique food. Some courses are better than others, as to be expected. A few flavor combinations don't work (i.e., hazelnut and Concord grape). None of the desserts were sweet enough in my opinion. Some courses are a bit more interesting and playful than others. A Michelin ranked place that is not as stuffy as some of its counterparts. Our waiter was a bit rude/arrogant, but everyone else was friendly. Graham Elliot himself was there and said hello and even took pictures with us. I've been to 15 of the 19 Michelin starred places in Chicago and this restaurant lives up to it with its theatrical take in dining.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT...HUGE!!CanadiandinerDined on 10/25/2013I was very much looking forward to dining at this MasterChef's noted restaurant. I have dined at other Michelin star restaurants and very much enjoy the experience of tasting menus. My first clue that this was not going to be the dining experience that I was expecting was that we walked into an almost empty establishment on a Friday evening just after 7;00Pm. We had the 10 course tasting menu NOT GOOD AT ALL!. Each course was described in one word on the menu and then left up to our unimaginative waiters with a dour attitude to fill in the rest. Some courses hit a mediocre, others were just well.NOT GOOD! The whole dinner was an absolute disappointment! Check out Alinea that easily puts the tasting menu to shame.What a waste of an evening!
- ExpensivePCM716VIPDined on 10/23/2013Great and unique food but wines by the glass for $30 was ridiculous.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great GrahamSireatsoutalotDined on 10/19/2013A nice blend of molecular techniques with "normal" food, exquisitely presented and plated with delicate progression and excellent overall experience. We got the pairing which was very niceSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- GE aims to pleaseFoodMattersVIPDined on 10/19/2013We were greeted warmly and say promptly. The atmosphere was upscale but with a casual vibe. Started with a great cocktail. Chose the Chef's Tasting menu. The portion size did vary, but the overall amount of food was a lot. Yes, some of the portions are very small, like the salmon. However, the rest of the menu "made up" for the smaller portion sizes. I feel it is important to look at the menu in its entirety in order to truly see the arch of the meal and value. Have had the tastings at Tru, L2O, Alinea, Grace, Balckbird, and others. I feel that GE is well deserving of the two Michelin stars and would highly recommend you to enjoy it. Stand out dishes: Hen, Corn, Octopus, Sturgeon. GE is doing some great work and it shows!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best meal I have ever hadNiccageDined on 10/18/2013Went with gf to celebrate her birthday. Food was delicious and inventive. Favorite dish was the prawn with avocado. Service was attentive and impeccable. Would highly recommend!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Too expensiveJosealDined on 10/18/2013I think You pay for a celebrity chef not for the food, the food was mediocre And incredibly expensive for what You get ($750 for 2). Go to Spiaggia if You want to spend Money And eat good.
- High class all the way!ElizabethDined on 10/18/2013High class, fine dining, well look no further! Graham Elliot's spot was amazing! 12 courses, not ONE disappointing! Very pricey but you get what you pay for, the servers know exactly what's in the meal (every ingredient!) and you never go thirsty. Please try Chef's restaurant if you're looking for a one of a kind experience and might see the Chef himself! We did and he is super friendly!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.