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Moto Restaurant
Moto Restaurant

Moto Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.motorestaurant.com
  • Phone: (312) 491-0058
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Homaro Cantu
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Morgan Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available for $9.00.
A word from Moto Restaurant
Moto features a chef's degustation menu nightly. The menu is designed by notable chefs Homaro Cantu, Ben Roche, and Richie Farina. Wine pairings are available for an additional charge.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Moto is still Fit for Foodies and holds the bar high for Dining Experiences in Chicago. But if you are familiar with its reputation for fun quirky dishes of the past, it may disappoint you that they seem to have moved past the days of the Cuban Cigar or Coconut Cream Pie in Packing Peanut form days; the food, while still good, takes on a more serious or common form just like the other menus of its caliber (like Alinea or Next, etc.). Also they don't offer a choice of how many courses your table can order, as in the past you could order 8 tastings instead of 12, etc. Service still exceptional. A special place but one we likely won't return to for the money. Their website still describes their menu from 2 years ago and is not current."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Ive been to several places like this and not my favorite among its kind. Took over 4 hours. All the plates had a strange flavor that felt like you had to force youself to eat after about the 2nd dish which made it feel that much longer. Very creative and unique presentations. I might try it again if it was about a third of the price we paid. Just feel like people should know to try a different place nearby instead."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Dining at this level is really all about entertainment, and Moto delivers a live science show. The multi-course tasting menu is the only option, with available wine pairings or by the bottle/glass. Believe it or not, there is more than enough food even though the individual courses are tiny and spread over three hours. While some courses were misses, there was something fascinating about each (presentation, texture). The price is high -- our tab was about $700 for two people with wine pairings, inclusive of non-negotiable 20% gratuity. Memorable - bison tartare, squid ink chips, thyme capsule, s'mores, wine pairings, tour of the kitchen Forgettable - the tasting tray of the tasting menu, distilled green tea water, stiff dining room"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This was my third visit to Moto and by far the most disappointing. While there were several great dishes, I miss the days when Moto had more of a sense of humor. I used to love the cuban cigar, or courses where the candle on the table (supposedly for ambiance) turned out to be a sauce for one of the dishes. Now it's much more typical of your average multi-course modernist cuisine. Also, when I rated the noise level as "quiet" I was wishing for a "silent" option. There was so little sound that my friend and I were afraid to have a conversation above a whisper since anything louder would have been heard by the whole room. But the servers talked very loudly (or rather, at a normal level) despite the silence in the room."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We love molecular gastronomy....LOVE it! And we went to Moto expecting something along the lines of Alinea or Mini Bar unfortunately it just was not there. Don't get me wrong - the food was good, very good but there was no WOW factor."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I have tried other restaurants similar to this one and found it to be pricey, generally speaking. Flavors and aromas were there, yet the place was empty where others were booked, thst caused a bit of concern. I think its a special occasion place. Overall its clean, good quality, staff is polite and accomodating."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I've been to Moto several times over years. It has lost some of the outrageousness (a dessert that looked exactly like a cigar with ashes!) and replaced it with an elegant, polished presentation and service. Perhaps following Alinea's example? The only negative was the meal was still not over 3-1/2 hours after we started. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This was a superb dining experience. From all the creative presentations of the innovative menu to all the glassware no details were overlooked. The waitress and wait staff were all personable and interested in our thoughts on each course. The cost is a bit prohibitive to return often but, hope to have a special occasion soon. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The service was amazing and so was the food . We would definitely go back again."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "the meal was certainly creative but flavors were lacking or off (too salty; just not for me). my favorite dish was the chocolate mousse which I think says something about the overall meal. wait staff takes great care in the service so no complaints there."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "THis is a Chef Hamaro Cantu's restaurant. 14 courses+1 index dish in three and half hours. Start with 1 index-dish what will be in 14 dishes consisting of 14 different main ingredients used for each dish. Very unique. Each dish was created using latest technology like dehydrating fruit, vegetable, and etc...and plated beautifully. Chef Richard Farina was on "top chef" of Bravo channel. A pasty chef is a graduate of prestigious US culinary school "Culinary Institute of America". They will give us a tour of restaurant and kitchen at the end of a dinner. A Chef, pastry chef, and all staffs are all nice and friendly. When they are still busy preparing foods, but still kind enough and generous to let us take memorable photos with them."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "My husband and I visited Moto after hearing about from several people. We had a hard time finding the restaurant, there aren't any prominent signs outside. Once inside, we were seated immediately and given a wine list. The wine was fabulous. The food was very interesting and it came in very small portions. The service was impeccable. My only complaints are the length of our visit, the price, and the portion sizes. Our dinner took lasted 3 hours! Our bill was $500, more than we were expecting to spend. For spending that much money, I was still hungry when we left. I think the prices should be more clear on the website and on the menu. It was a very interesting experience but we will not be going back. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dining experience at Moto - and that is exactly what it is - a dining experience. It's a multitude of sensations of smell, visual, taste, texture and an overall fun evening. Go with an open mind and definitely do the wine pairing (if you don't plan to drive). We started with a tasting course, as a small sampling of each of the courses to come. Then each course came with it's own unique presentation and flavor profile. One of our party had a food allergy, and they were able to accommodate it easily. Go and enjoy!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Absolutely amazing foodie meal for me & my 12&14yr old. We came here 2 years ago, had great meal that has haunted my now 12 yr old. He insisted... Incredible meal! It lasted 4hrs which was probably 30 min too long but amazing to have super great conversation with my kids amongst Devine food. Each course made for new stories etc.... Food as always is amazing Wines incredible Only down part was that we should have been downstairs in lab& not in the regular room With kids- ask for Lab and kitchen tour Hats off to the whole Team!! Cheers- Andrew"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Moto is special. EXCEPTIONAL service. Prix Fixe menu is based on the creativity and whimsy of the chef. Loved it all. Menu is even personalized. I went with the wine pairing as well and enjoyed the matchups. If you are into social media, the restaurant and exec chef both engage with you on twitter. Expensive but well worth it."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "It was an excellent experience! Make sure you don't have plans afterwards because our dinner lasted about 5 hours... And the time really flew by. The food was delicious, the ambiance as comfortable, and the staff were attentive. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "outstanding food, outstanding service. can I give it more than 5 stars please???"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "I surprised my Dad for his Birthday by bringing him to Moto. I really wanted to make it special for him, so I called ahead and let the restaurant know about the occasion. The team at Moto went completely above and beyond to make him feel special. The service throughout the entire meal was wonderful. And the food... absolutely spectacular. They were also kind enough to give us a kitchen tour so we could thank the chefs in person for a perfect night. I will be dining at Moto again. It was truly a special celebration. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The tasting menu was a sensuous adventure for the mind and body, as were the wine pairings. Chef de Laser, Homaro Cantu himself called to confirm the reservation and asked if we had any food issues. He was playful on the phone and easy to chat with. At dinner, we were guided into each course and wine pairing with hints for palate sensations about to be experienced, and they were spot on! Throughout the meal we were offered extra off menu treats and an extra dessert tasting AND a tour of the grow room and kitchen."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Not only was the food amazing, what surprised me most was the wonderful progression. The wines paired with the food were exquisite."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Moto is dinner and a show. Wonderful tasting, artistically plated, extremely creative cuisine that impresses course after course. Friendly service and great wines further enhance the meal. Chefs Farina and Crenshaw have taken Moto to another level and it has become one of Chicago's best restaurants."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Wonderful meal, perhaps one of the best dining experiences I've ever had. Engages all of the senses and well worth the price. The food itself was absolutely delicious too and the service impeccable. It really made my weekend in Chicago!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food is witty and interesting but most importantly delicious. Gustatory pleasure dominates, and there were no unsatisfying gimmicks that have become all too common at the temples of modern food. The service was attentive and informative but also warm and unpretentious. The atmosphere is lovely, though austere (especially with the lighting, which was a bit harsh). The wine pairings were expertly chosen; only one sop to those who love oversized, over-fruited California products. We also dined at Grace on this visit to Chicago. Grace is a lovely room with fine (though pretentious) service and at least one great sommelier. But the best course at Grace was bested by at least ten of the courses at Moto. We'll be back."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Every dish includes exotic preparations and presentation, so you could say it is more a show than a real dinner. If you are looking for a new and original experience, this is it. I recommend it more for the show than for the food; food is really good, but the whole experience is awesome."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Moto offers a great opportunity to have a strange (in a great way) dining experience. The food is extremely well thought out and the presentation is intricate and elaborate to the point of "wow". Some of the tricks were a little on the gimmicky side, but still fun. My only food criticism is that a few of the dishes were a bit on the salty/over seasoned side. The meal is long (15 courses) as we were there for over 3 hours and is one of the more expensive dining options in the city. Service was outstanding as the servers were knowledgeable and attentive without being pushy or overly noticeable. The only thing I question is whether or not this is a place you can go and be a repeat diner. In my opinion, this is a one time experience."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Everything was very good from the sample taste menu to the desert."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were excited as we read positive reviews and felt that Moto may be a worthwhile restaurant. First 5 courses were creative and delicious. The remaining 4 savory courses were not edible due to over salting. We mentioned this to our main waitress. She told us each 4 times that for people who eat very low salt diet, she expects that we would have problems. We explained that we are not on a low salt diet every time. The three of us are friends and we eat out all the time. We have dined multiple times at Grace, Goosefoot, Tru, Elizabeth, Sixteen, Next, Alinea, Nico Osteria, Cicchetti, L2O and The Lobby in just the last 12 months and have never been told 4 consecutive times that its our low salt diet that is the source of the problem."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Had the privilege of attending Moto's 10th Anniversary special where they featured favorite courses from their current menu as well as various classic courses from their storied past. Was so much fun trying some iconic dishes I had never previously consumed as well as repeating some old favorites. Such an amazing meal with top notch service and excellent wines in addition to the fantastic cuisine. Moto has elevated into one of Chicago's top dining venues and is becoming better with age. In addition to the classics, Chef Farina and Crenshaw are churning out creative, delicious, whimsical new dishes every month; I have already booked my next visit. Here's to another 10 years of mind blowing dining experiences!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "This is a place for foodies, such as me and my wife. It did not disappoint in terms of food, wine, and service. The menu is highly experimental and is very well executed, and the wine pairings were spot on. My only issue was the cost. $716 for two people to have the tasting menu and pairings + tip is excessive. I was in Europe this past summer and ate at a couple of three Michelin star restaurants (Moto was not as good as either of these, which is not a condemnation by any extent), and it cost less to partake in their tasting/wine menus, in Munich and Paris no less, which are two very expensive cities in which to eat). But, you only live once, so save up your pennies and go to Moto if you want a food experience!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Moto is our go to restaurant in Chicago for special occasions. Chef's Farina & Crenshaw keep becoming better each visit and the staff here is wonderful. This is a tasting menu where every course has a wow factor and is impressive both in taste, presentation and creativity. The mole course was one of my favorite bites of 2013 but everything was fantastic. In 2013 we celebrated my wife's birthday, my birthday and New Year's Eve at Moto and it will continue to be our special occasion venue of choice for the new year. Moto is not just a world class dinner, but a memorable and whimsical dining experience."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Wow! Impressive culinary exploration and discovery happening here. But at some point one wonders have it gone too far. Too clever by half. In the end does the gastronomic experience benefit or suffer from the science dominated event that used to be referred to as dinner? Unfortunately, the overall experience suffers here at Moto. The staff is stiff and disinterested in the individual experience taking place with their theoretical assistance. The wine list is small and remarkably expensive. Overall, the extraordinarily high cost of the science experimen,t rather than meal, is simply not a good value. There are far too manny other dining choices in Chicago to bother with this one. Too bad, really. We very much wanted to like it."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "I went to Moto for a new dining experience, and that is exactly what I got! As an aspiring "Foodie", I found the whole concept of this restaurant unlike any other. The ambiance, tasting menu, and courses were incredible. Despite having 14 unique and completely different tastes, each course was perfectly cooked, seasoned and presented."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "While Moto does not always receive the buzz it deserves it is truly one of Chicago's top restaurants, has evolved quite a bit over the past couple of years and continues to become a little bit better each subsequent visit. Course after course of stunning, whimsical yet delectable cuisine combined with attentive yet personable service make for a world class dining experience. Executive Chef/Partner Richie Farina and Pastry Chef Claire Crenshaw frequently create amazing new dishes that keep us returning every few months. Moto is phenomenal now and it looks like 2014 will bring new and even better innovations. Moto is currently on the same level as venues such as Alinea, L2O and Sixteen and is truly a must experience venue."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I came from New York specifically to dine at Moto, and was both amazed and disappointed. The food, the ambience, and particularly the service were all among the best I've experienced. Yet, the wild creativity that I had heard so much about was somewhat lacking. There were a few incredibly clever presentations, but nothing compared with the dishes on the website and video. Again, the service was absolutely amazing. Beyond anything I've experienced."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "THE place to show your dining guest just how important they are. Who would've thought there could even be 16 courses! Better with an expense account as it's not a place for bargain hunters. But spectacular on every level,"
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "I had the 14 courses with the wine progression. The wine selection was from the top I tried in my life. 11 carefully selected and paired wines. The food? Come with an open mind and don't come to hungry. Service is slow but not bad, is just that every course is small and almost a piece of art. Come ready for a flavor eclectic experience. I will definitely come back. Every body complains about the price... Well 95 usd for 11 pre selected half glasses of wine. You usually pay from 10 to 14 usd for full glasses. This is the equivalent to 6 or 7 glasses. Is not totally out of market price. every course is carefully crafted so it totally pays off."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "While all the food was tasty and had nice presentation and the service was vey attentive, there wasn't anything really exciting or outstanding."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "This dining experience ended very negatively. The ONLY dinner option was the "tasting menu" with or without a wine pairing. We choose the wine pairing. Portions are so small we wanted to go to dinner after we were through. When the bill came, it was just over $1400!!!! We had NO idea of the price. Not one menu or mention was made of price nor was it on their web site. Since our dining the web site now DOES give a price. We would NEVER dine at this restaurant again."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "It was AMAZING!! Super special place. Food, wine, and service was perfect!!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Moto is a unique sensory experience. Each of the 11 tasting courses was a still life: plating was creative and unusual (one was a wall magnet commonly used for knives, here with tiny magnetic appetizer forks of luscious palate-pleasers; a wooden box that opened to clams, mussels and lobster on aromatic sea greens; another, a terrarium-like container of growing sprouts, clipped table-side for the perfect fresh green highlight to bison tartare). Flavors were varied, rich and sometimes startling. Accompanying wines were an exercise in indulgence. The staff was warm, informative, and down-to-earth -- no stuffy, elitism here. And a tour of the kitchen, post-dinner, led to delightful conversations with charming, interesting chefs."
    Dined on 11/7/2013