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945 W Fulton
Chicago, IL 60607
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Moto Restaurant Details
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Global, International, Contemporary American
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
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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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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
It was AMAZING!! Super special
place. Food, wine, and service was perfect!!"
Dined on 11/8/2013
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
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
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
Expected something a little
different. There was not a lot of over complicated techniques or over the top stuff. The food was just good solid fine dining food. It was fun, playful and very tasty. Service was good and very attentive. I will be back for sure!!!"
Dined on 11/3/2013
The most surprisingly creative and
delightfully beautiful presentations we've seen, even in two star restaurants. Stand-outs were the spice "road" , the corn chowder "bridge" and the octopus dish.. We did not do the wine pairings and in retrospect I wish we had. Foodies will relish the evening. Arrive rested and hungry! Superb for a special occasion!"
Dined on 10/24/2013
We had high expectations after
hearing great things but were a bit disappointed with the outcome. Service was decent though we had a booth table so it was awkward when they put new silverware down and had to reach across all of us, especially when they can't reach the stone they put the silverware on. The food was okay, maybe have been our taste but portions were smaller than we expected and the meal wasn't filling at all. We also had the expectation that the food was more playful as described on the website but that didn't seem the case."
Dined on 10/19/2013
I've been to great restaurants
with tasting menus and same concept. Moro by far has been the MOST. EXPENSIVE. We were 2, had testing menu and a glass of wine and we payed $480.00. Won't deny the creativity and taste of the dishes but way too OVERPRICED"
Dined on 10/19/2013
Service was outstanding. Wine
pairing was very good and well chosen. Few courses were OK, few courses were outstanding and the last course "Baking 101" was just uneatable. When you pay that much for a meal, you expect everything to be perfect. I would rather prefer less courses perfectly executed with more food in it. The meats and protein were so good… I would double or triple the portion for sure ;) There was too many desserts courses for my taste (4 out of 13 were desserts) I was glad to try it but I don't think I will return. Overall, I found chefs works very hard on presentation and gadget but at the end, the taste and the produce should be outstanding and the star of the meal… It lacks at that point."
Dined on 10/13/2013
Marginally appetizing, pretentious
and thoroughly disappointing Anniversary dinner experience. We were waiting for Ashton Kucher to reveal himself and that we'd been punk'd. Only One of the dozen offerrings was palatable enough to be eaten in its entirety. 4 hours of torture.Never again."
Dined on 9/1/2013
Presentation exceeds flavor. Food
did not live up to hype or presentation. Sorry. So wanted it to be spectacular. Flew in from calif to dine there."
Dined on 8/1/2013
Meal was very good, but portions
seemed smaller than other restaurants with similar many-course tasting menus. We were happy with our meal and the service, but would probably try somewhere else new next time."
Dined on 9/7/2013
we had another lovely dinner at
MOTO...we've eaten there 3 times and each time is different...the approach to the dining experience is creative and artistic without being pyrotechnic for its own sake...a very special dining experience."
Dined on 9/8/2013
My wife and I recently celebrated
our wedding anniversary with a much anticipated visit to Moto. The experience, from start to finish, lived up to our high expectations. Service: The primarily two-person team serving us were attentive, detailed, and precise. Food: Over a period of four+ hours and 15?? (we lost count) courses, there were no disappointing servings. River, Breakfast, and the several desserts were amongst our favorites!! The wine progression paired perfectly with each course. Atmosphere: There is an open seating area towards the back of the restaurant. However, my wife and I were fortunate to be seated in one of a couple oversized, ultra-comfortable booths. All together, the experience was perfect for our celebration."
Dined on 8/25/2013
If you are looking for a culinary
treat, this is the place to go. We were impressed with the creativity and thought that went into the menu, as well as the taste. The staff is meticulous in their service. They were prompt, attentive, yet did not intrude. The experience was well worth the price tag."
Dined on 8/25/2013
I'ts always a nice surprise to
come back to Moto, I love this place and to me Homaro Cantu's kitchen delivers a better dining experience that the pricier Alinea, that's supposed to be the best restaurant in the U.S. This is my fouth time in Moto and it does not cease to amaze at the creative cuisine and the inventive wine pairings."
Dined on 8/21/2013
I am sorry that we could only give
the restaurant 5 stars. It really deserves 10 stars. My wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. This was far and away the most tremendous eating experience of our lives. Every tasting course was truly an experience and each course built on the previous course. I highly recommend the wine pairing. I did not recognize most of the wines on the list. However, for an average wine drinker, the tastes were so clearly matched with each course that even I could appreciate it. Be prepared to push the limits of what you think you will like and take pictures of every course since they are so visually appealing. Although expensive, the price was worth it for a once in a lifetime experience."
Dined on 8/21/2013
While travelling to Chicago wanted
to try something new. We had tickets to Alinea as well and were looking for similar restaurants. The ambiance and service were excellent, very intimate, quiet and modern. The food was excellent, each course (there were 11) was a surprise and tasted better than the last. The staff are very helpful and take into consideration dietary restrictions, allergies etc. It was a four hour meal. And very, very expensive. Wine pairing. Prix Fix. Surprisingly didn't leave us stuffed beyond comfort. The different tastes and presentations were really creative and it was a complete sensory experience. Definitely worth it, once in a lifetime/year/trip if you are a "foodie"."
Dined on 7/20/2013
Service was impeccable from the
moment we arrived. The wine pairings worked very well with the menu. We loved the creativity and playfulness of the plates, although flavour wise, there were a couple that fell a little short. The most memorable dish of the night was their play on surf and turf- absolutely delicious. Moto is definitely a special treat if you're visiting Chicago."
Dined on 8/18/2013
I was expecting a transcendent
meal for that price - service to resemble a magic show (plates magically appearing / disappearing), the presentation to be spectacular and the food to be unique and excellent. Food: The food was very very good, but some of the dishes were a bit off and a lot of them felt not that special. More importantly, I felt the "food narrative" (the flow from one dish to another) to be strange and disjointed (ex: "breakfast" was served as the third to last course). Service: For that price, I expect the service to be impeccable. But servers routinely put their arms in front of my face to grab plates / silverware on the other side of the table, clicked / stacked dishes like a diner busboy clearing the dishes."
Dined on 8/11/2013
Came here with my dad for my
birthday and as a person who has been to every delicious, fancy restaurant in Chicago, this was hands down the best food and experience I have ever had at a restaurant! The service was amazing and able to, in details, tell us and answer our questions about each of the 13 different courses we had. Will recommend and love to come back again! Also, the staff were so nice out waitress gave us a tour of the rest of the restaurant, the Kitchen, and even their herb garden growing room! :]"
Dined on 8/4/2013
The plating and presentation of
the food was amazing, but the actual taste of the food was not. Of the 14 items we were presented, only 4-5 actually had a distinct taste that was enjoyable. Its definately not worth the $500 that I paid. We attended a similar restaurant which was $200 less expensive than Moto and its taste was better. It was also my wedding anniversary, which was notified to the restuarant prior to coming, and there was no acknowledgement of it. I didn't expect the servers to come out singing with a cake and candles or anything, but in the end we just got a 5x7 sized card that said happy anniversary with the date and the names of the tasteless food we ate. I will not recommend this place for taste at all but for sight."
Dined on 8/1/2013
great presentation; food as art.
Seems to be a copy of Alinea but does not have the explosive taste of Alinea. Worth it for the performance."
Dined on 8/2/2013
12 courses. Presentations were
clever without being too contrived. Only one slight miss in that department, Service was spot on. The food ranged from very good to superlative. Wine pairings worked well, with a couple of genuinely interesting choices that were a bit unconventional. A chef and a restaurant that Chicago is fortunate to have."
Dined on 8/1/2013
Is a complete new experince.
Really good, best restaurant, best service, best food"
Dined on 7/28/2013
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