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L2O

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 WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "Very fancy with superb service. Great for special occasions!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Magnificent restaurant, all the way around. The staff very profesional and caring."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Went twice, absolutely love it. Will go again. One of the best restaurants in Chicago. Actually, maybe the best."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The dinner experience at L2O was one of the finest I have ever experienced. The food was wonderfully creative and delicious, as well as beautiful, and the wine pairings were truly outstanding. The service was perfect as well. It was worth the price. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner at L2O very much and would highly recommend to all of those who love sea food!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "What a terrific restaurant! We went for my birthday. The food, service and ambiance were incredible--a meal to remember!! The caviar supplement was fantastic too! And highly recommend the wine pairings. Very special!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "the food is not worth the price you pay. My wife and I went to Alinea and Grace before they are the top of this kind of Restaurant."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "The 13 course tasting is the best in Chicagoland. Terrific. Absolute perfection"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "food was innovative and good, service could have been tighter (no promised second offering of bread, bill came before final dessert). best bread ever, exceptional two amuse bouche, champagne pour (not on pairing) was very disappointing; however, wine pairing was well done."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Excellent meal from start to finish. They were extremely accommodating for food allergies, including gluten. We did the tasting menu and it did take close to four hours, but the pacing was great and the food was fantastic. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Our second time. It was just as great as the first time. Food is exceptional, service outstanding."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "My husband and I had dinner at L20 for our anniversary and we loved it! The atmosphere is formal yet comfortable, the service impeccable but not at all stuffy, the food creative and delicious, and the wine pairings a perfect match! One of the best in Chicago, and better than most comparable restaurants! "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "The staff did a great job of making the birthday girl feel extra special."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This is truly a remarkable place the best seafood I have ever had love the place"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We went to L2O for our anniversary. It could not have been a better experience. The staff, from parking valet to wait staff, were all top notch and supremely professional. The food was excellent and each presentation was more stunning than the last. I would who heartedly recommend this restaurant for anyone desiring a world class dining experience."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Staff were great. The food on the otherhand left much to be desired ... especially for the price."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We enjoyed a wonderful evening to celebrate our 43rd wedding anniversary. Food and Service were excellent; the servers friendly and cordial; service impeccable."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "No words to describe the food, service and the place in general. Everything was excellent and helped me to celebrate my husbands birthday in a different way. I was really overwhelmed with the attention and service provided."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I think the title says it all. I feel quite bad for writing this review as the front of house did a superb job. But when you spend this much on a 2-Star Michelin restaurant, you expect your palate to be delighted. I love seafood, heck, I love FOOD. But the flavors at L2O did not play out well. As a Yelp review recently put it, they used way too much gelee. Textures and taste did not jive. After our meal at Abac (2-star michelin in Spain) I felt clean and pleasant, the science supported the food. However at L2O it seems the flavor was forgotten for presentation. Please refocus your energies back on the flavors, I wanted so much to like the meal. If in Chicago, I'd instead recommend: Alinea Longman & Eagle Union Sushi Chef Table"
    Dined on 3/30/2014