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L2O Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.l2orestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (773) 868-0002
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday & Thursday: 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., Friday 5.30-11 p.m., Saturday: 5:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m., Sunday: 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Closed Tuesday & Wednesday.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, French
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Kirkley
  • Dress Code: Jacket Preferred
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Belden Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available for $14 per car. Limited street parking is available in the area.
A word from L2O
L2O is a modern seafood restaurant located in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. Divided into a number of distinct spaces, L2O offers guests a sense of intimacy. The dining room features a 4-course prix-fixe menu and a 13-course tasting menu. The wine list is both approachable and global in its scope, and many cocktails are prepared tableside. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "The 14-course tasting menu was well crafted and labour-intensive; the wine-pairing well chosen and interesting. Service is simply IMPECCABLE, of the highest standard. Elena and her colleagues are always one step ahead of the diners. They exude the kind of quiet elegance that harkens back to days of yore. L2O is devoid of loud music (i.e. noise) and rowdy diners; without doubt one of the most elegant restaurants of the Nation!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "For everyone, who was in Europe, especially in Italy, this restaurant will not like at all. Shape snd form of the dishes is great, but the taste and combination of the tastes is more than medium. Maybe for USA this is a great restaurant, but in Italy it barely would have 1 michelin start, not more!!! Disappointment. It is not probkem to pay good money for a really good dinner, but in this case it was looked like cheating. A lot of money for nothing. NOT recommend at all."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Food and service was outstanding good! One of the best tasting menu we ever have eaten!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Excellent service,food and ambience, highly recomended."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Great food, great staff, and great looking would be the most direct way of describing this dining experience."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "It has the clinical quietude of other Michelin rated paces like Tru. The switch from Japanese inspired fare when Anthony Bourdain was there, to the French influenced cuisine, is successful. The food actually tastes better, rather than just impressing with presentation. The lobster was a little chewy. The st Pierre fish was sublime. The mussel mouse appetizer got my attention."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Fantastic meal. Amazing service. Complete experience."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "L2O is perfection. It is hands down my favorite restaurant. I grow tired of the heavy meat-filled Chicago food scene. L2O is a welcomed reprieve and a true city gem. I don't visit often enough, but every time I am satisfied and wow-ed. The tasting menu is well portioned. You definitely leave full, but are not forcing down any of the dishes. Well worth the money!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I didn't like de food at all. I think it was in the average of many other restaurants, I mean nothing special."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Beautiful looking plates at the expense of taste Too many extremely small bites. Nothing satisfying Service too slow between courses Pleasant service staff Stiff environment"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Excellent presentation, delicious food and impeccable service but I was hungry at the end of the tasting meal. Very costly. Glad I experienced it but it is a one time luxury!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I enjoyed the ambiance, pace, and attention, but can't say that the food was as expected. The lobster main course was rubbery, not tender as I would have expected. The emphasis on creativity outweighed the food's flavor. I expected both."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "L2O does not live up to expectations. After placing a reservation and looking at stunning images of food, I expected a delightful evening of food set in a stunning atmosphere. L2O did not live up to its standards. After finding L2O in an upper class apartment building with little to no signage, you may believe that you have discovered a unique gem within Chicago. The atmosphere is peaceful with simple modern decor and a fish tank in one of the two individual "water closets." Aside from the overall feeling of L2O every other aspect of dining at this restaurant falls flat. The service and food left my guest and I nauseated from the palette cleanser through the final dessert and for days to come. I suggest avoiding the food at L2O."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Celebrated our anniversary for second year in a row here and it could not have been better. Very expensive but memorable meals and attentive service worth the cost."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Impeccable service, beautifully appointed tables, great lighting And marvelous food!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Having dined at nearly all the top places in Chicago, this one stands out. Just on the basis of the exceptional wine list, L2O (which stands for Lakes to Oceans) deserves its Michelin stars. Each offering is so well considered for its ability to match the food or offer something special, and there are a few real gems at reasonable prices. The food is, of course, superb, and each dish is a true work of art. But perhaps the thing that most sets L2O apart is the service, which perfectly strikes that balance between professionalism and sincere friendliness. Truly an experience not to be missed."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "L20 continues to reward, especially for a celebration. Great, creative food, wonderful wine list, and very attentive service makes L20 a top choice for a great evening, whether a romantic dinner for 2 or celebrating with friends."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Very fancy with superb service. Great for special occasions!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My husband and I went to L20 for our 1 year wedding anniversary. It was amazing! The staff, the food, the wine pairings, it was all wonderful. It was so special and delicious. The chefs signed the personalized menu for us which was so wonderful. L20 made our dining experience so perfect and made our 1 year anniversary incredibly special. I love the Lettuce Entertain You group and am never disappointed!!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Read mixed reviews and was skeptical. Far exceeded expectation...innovative preparations with a great blend of flavors, outstanding and knowledgeable service, Wow experience. Compares favorably with other great restaurants like French Laundry, Daniel's. Note: Go for the food experience, do not go for quantity"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Magnificent restaurant, all the way around. The staff very profesional and caring."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "L20 is a fantastic restaurant, with beautifully plated dishes that taste just as good. Watching the waitstaff work was a like a perfectly scripted symphony, masterful descriptions of the dishes, everything right on time, and everything in unison. I went there with my fiance to celebrate, and they kindly scribed our menus with a message in support of us, and let us take them along. Even if its not celebratory, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves top notch food and great service."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Upon a recommendation from a foodie friend, we ventured out from the loop. L2O was all I expected. The service was impeccable and the food was fantastic. We appreciated the chef's attention to the art of the meal. I will definitely return on future visits to Chicago."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Lovely modern food with a great mixture of molecular gastronomy & new food combinations (marlin & licorice!) for foodie lovers. Divine food& has the pricetag to match but unfortunately the minimist styling lacking ambience& atmosphere somehow."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Top two or three fine restaurant in Chicago. Unbrlievable! Probably deserves 3 stars in Michelin guide. We had the tasting menu with wine pairing. Phenomenal. Worth a trip to Chicago."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great restaurant. A very relaxing place to be for talking and eating in elegance."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "L2O is overpriced by any reasonable standard, but the food and service make for a memorable event. The staff are great!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I was expecting a lot. Unfortunately I had a bad experience. Most of the food taste like have been ready for some time. The price does not reflect the food/experience that you have. The crew talking about the tables and the guest. And even when I said the food was Salty no feed back came."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We have visited many of the so-called Top 50 or Top 100 restaurants around the world and many Michelin starred ones also. L2O is right up there in our top 5 (if we exclude molecular oriented ones). As good as the French Laundry in Napa for example. The dishes showed real creativity and were very well presented. We don't get to Chicago often but now we have another excuse to do so. Alan Silverman Geneva"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Fifth trip to L2O, and it just continues to surprise and impress. Unbelievably creative, imaginative, subtly spectacular. The best I've ever experienced. Wine pairings were stunning."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Truly enjoyed dining at Lo2. Food was prepared perfectly and the wine list outstanding. I suggest the wine parings with dinner...somalier did an amazing job complimenting the flavors in each course. At the top of restaurants in Chicago and in the US. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Went twice, absolutely love it. Will go again. One of the best restaurants in Chicago. Actually, maybe the best."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We have been to L20 several times in the last few years and have always loved it. This time however, we were not as excited by the Chef"s almost all seafood tasting menu. The flavors did not stand out to as as in previous visits. We still appreciate all the creativity and work that his food entails, we were just a bit disappointed."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "For the number of times we have been here, we still continue to believe this is one of the best places to dine where you get exceptional food and service. It is worth every penny to treat yourselves to an amazing experience. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "First visit to L2O. Restaurant lived up to our rather high expectations for the meal. We had the tasting menu - food was simply put amazing. The service was attentive but not intrusive. With the sommelier's assistance we ventured into some unfamiliar regional wine territory and were very impressed with the results. If you enjoy food and wine and reserve L2O for a special occasion, you will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I am in the restaurant business. We were looking forward to L20. We opted for the tasting menu, which had no taste. The flavor profile was non-existent and the redundant use of ingredients throughout the courses was ridiculous. Experienced with fine dining, I expected flawless service with little intrusion. Instead it was extremely uncomfortable to hold a conversation with my dining partner due to the ridiculous theatrics of the service staff. The Sommelier could not open a wine bottle without popping the cork.. The movement of side stations (on wheels) back and forth for every step of service was invasive. Bottom line, the entire evening as we experienced and viewed it could be a Saturday Night Live Skit for a spoof on fine dining."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "At the prices charged by L2O you expect to be blown away by the food. Unfortunately we were disappointed. The food was presented beautifully but lacked any flavour. L2O failed to get the basics right, the white wine wasn't chilled and the bread was hard. Serving a croissant between the 2nd and 3rd course was bizarre, not sure what this contributed to the meal. If you love great tasting food please do not eat here. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My husband and I had a wonderful dining experience at L2O. We were visiting from out of town and wanted a unique dining experience. We enjoyed the tasting menu; the service was impeccable. We would definitely return to L2O for another special occasion."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "L2O attends to all the little details that make an eveningan occasion. A personalized menu and valet service were lovely touches. We were delighted by the creativity, presentation and, of course, flavor of the dishes on he testing menu. Service was very professional and yet friendly. Wonderful evening."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "My best friend & I rounded off a great week in Chicago with dinner at L2O - what an amazing experience. The food was spectacular in appearance and taste and the theatre of the dining experience was fantastic. Would highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/9/2014