Had the vegetarian tasting
Had the vegetarian tasting menu was extraordinary. The selected wine pairings were not as good as the food.The setting and service were at the highest level.I look forward to returning.
3/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
You won't be disappointed!
We have dined at many amazing places, and Grace is certainly at the top of our list. The food was so unique and paired perfectly with some very special wines. The service was impeccable -- we will certainly return when we are in Chicago again!
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
We were greeted and seated
We were greeted and seated at the table immediately upon arrival. Out waiting staff was thoroughly knowledgeable about food being served as well as wine pairing. Every attention to detail was observed.
It was gastronomical bliss!
3/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing experience... The food Devine and vegartarian as well what a wonderful menu of 11 courses!
Can't say enough about the superb service and dining was delightful
3/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had both the flora and
We had both the flora and fauna menus. The evening overall was great. The food was well presented, cooked, and seasoned. The only 2 negatives (1) cucumber course was bitter and sour and made me wish I switched that course (2) server at the next table brought the dishes to the table prematurely while another staff was still discussing wine selection with the customers and instead of taking it back, just stood at the table holding the food until the wine conversation was finished. At 3 star Michelin restaurants, the server would have walked right by without skipping a beat and taken the dishes back until the table is ready for the food. The attention to service can be improved. Definitely at least 1 star and maybe 2 but not yet a 3 star.
3/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing Food. Presentation
Amazing Food. Presentation must be seen in person to fully appreciate. Staff left nothing to be desired.
4/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Grace - A Terrific Experience
The food flavors were fantastic! The staff was professional with great attention to detail, but they were not pretentious in the least. Very friendly, relaxed and welcoming.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Grace is a gem on Randolph.
From caviar and chive in the first course to coconut and blue basil in the ninth course, (and who knows how many other ingredients in between), we felt we had an interesting and memorable dining experience. Presentation gets five stars. Service was professional and informative without being tutorial. Everything and everyone at Grace was top notch. I don't know if a tour of the kitchen is always offered, but don't pass it up if it is. We plan to return when the menu changes with the seasons.
5/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed Grace. It was a beautiful quiet evening. Food was delicious the room was elegant. The waiters very attentive.
We had a great evening.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Grace is the best thing to happen to the Chicago fine dining food scene. Chef Curtis Duffy knows cuisine, and has a team that understands the difference between having dinner and offering a dining experience. One of the best meals I have had in Chicago. Bravo!
5/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
this was the most wonderful
this was the most wonderful service i have ever had. your wait staff should be commended. they made us feel like at home. even your wonderful food can"t outshine the service
5/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
I would say it is rare when
I would say it is rare when a dining experience exceeds all of your expectations. In this instance, Grace did on all aspects: Design (simple but notable attention to detail), Ambience, All points of customer service (from initial greet to farewell), menu, wine list, pace of service.......frankly speaking the reviews understate the quality of the experience. A stand out!
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
All I can say is: go to Grace to get blown away... That's all. If you ever dine there, you will understand.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic New restaurant
After Charlie Trotters closed, we were a bit unhappy but Grace is even better !!!! Incredible , beautiful and delicious dishes. Art !!! Excellent and very friendly service. It is a quite expensive restaurant so special occasions are best.
Elizabeth and Tom
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Meal of a lifetime
This restaurant is simply fantastic. Chef Curtis Duffy has created culinary perfection. It was beyondanything I have ever experienced and worth the expense!! We ran out of adjectives to describe how good everything was. Must try for everyone who appreciates spectacular food.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a restaurant where
This is a restaurant where service, presentation & food appearance are uppermost. Muted restaurant colors enhance the appearance of the food. Diners have a choice of either a vegetable emphasis or a meat emphasis from a fixed priced menu. However, my wife and I found the taste of the different items not exciting nor sufficiently different that we could say "that was really outstanding", so we're giving the food a "very good" rating rather than the highest rating.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent!! Better than Alinea!
My husband and I just went to Grace for our anniversary dinner and had a wonderful experience. It's a modern, clean space with a quiet, sophisticated ambiance. All the seating faces the kitchen behind a glass wall so you can watch the action through a long meal. Service was excellent.... very pleasant and knowledgeable (without the foodie, upper crust attitude!) We did the Fauna menu... the thai basil kampachi, sorrel squab and miyazaki beef were memorable, and the poached pear and sponge cake dessert. Unlike Alinea, this is a top-notch restaurant where we felt like we'd actually frequent more than once a year because it's at the Michelin 3-star level, but it's a real meal and not just bites and spoons :-) Congrats, Grace!
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another wow review
The room as many note is muted - perhaps a bit too understated for the wow food concepts. We did the fauna. The unlisted crab meat starter with a spherical butter side was absolutely the highlight - we could've stopped there and just did that one. Jose Andres would have enjoyed this one. But when came after were always interesting - though as others note some work better than others - some are too complex with seemingly clashing flavors. The tomato sphere another highlight however and we were glad to try them all. One note of caution - it is a lot of food for the average person - come very hungry. The wine list is a bit slender on new world Reds but they have a few gems if you don't want to do the wine pairing which is primarily old world.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good but not great
Enjoyed the meal but there were a couple of courses where the tastes clashed and a secondary item simply overwhelmed what we assumed to be the main item. This was a bit of a disappointment given how highly this restaurant was rated.
The Flora menu seemed a bit more balanced than the Fauna menu to us (we had both).
Service was a bit slow, with a 25 minute delay before the first food made its way to the table. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable but the kitchen seemed a bit slow between courses.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth the cost
Many Chicago restaurants attempt to be on par with Alinea but don't come close. Grace is a qualified competitor. The tasting menu is balanced, fresh, exciting and memorable. The decor is contemporary, clean, warm and relaxed. The wait staff pulls the dinner altogether with some of the best service you could ever receive anywhere in the country.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's a great food experience and although a little pricey, it's great for special occasions.
8/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
Grace - An Incredible Experience
Our evening at Grace was amazing! From the service to the food courses! Absolutely amazing!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wow, wow, wow
I was nervous but excited to go to Grace based on the combination of amazing reviews and the anticipated price tag. But I left thrilled with the decision and impatient to return to Chicago so that I could eat there again. My server was amazing. Very friendly, knowledgeable, and courteous. He was never intrusive and happy to answer all of my questions. The rest of the wait staff were also very friendly and helpful. The food was beyond incredible. Each course was very creative and exciting and made me understand the idea of food being playful. So many of these flavors were combined in ways I could never have imagined and as a result I tasted flavors that I hadn't before, even though I had tasted all of the ingredients. A very special place.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Grace is full of grace--elegant,
Grace is full of grace--elegant, yet very comfortable; no stuffiness with a cheerful, earnest staff. Food is exceptional; the tasting menu format is extremely well designed, and the flavorings of each course is distinct, identifiable and intense. Special accolades to the sommelier, who pairs unusual and "out of the way' wines with each course to make the perfect matches. Indeed, one course was served with a rose (actually, a cab franc left only slightly on the skins to "pink" it) that, on first tasting was indistinct, but with the dish is accompanied, the flavor match was simply exquisite.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Memorable, Delicious Experience
We were there to celebrate a birthday, and the menu had "Happy Birthday, with my friend's name at the top, which we were given to take home. We each chose one of the two 8- course tasting menus, and, as the staff said, sat back to enjoy the experience. The service was impeccable, without being stuffy, the presentations beautiful, and the flavors amazing. The seating was comfortable, and setting relaxing, without a lot of noise. We enjoyed the whole experience, and were impressed when we were brought to the kitchen to have the tour at the end. The staff are very engaged and happy, and proud of the chef and this amazing restaurant. It is extremely expensive, so be prepared. But it will be an experience we will always remember.
10/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
Grace is well named
The food is superb and beautifully presented. Less exotic that Alinea but impeccably executed. The service is seamless and warm. This is an exceptional restaurant.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
On of the best meals of my life..
I was fortunate enough to "experience" this restaurant while in Chicago for busines and taking a client out to dinner. In a word, the reastaurant was "fabulous"! Every portion of the tasting menu was beautiful to view and then delicious to eat. The service was outstanding and the ambiance was calming and very inviting. It was a four hour dinner that flew by. Loved it, loved I, loved it!
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely great food
We were there to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. We have been eating at upscale restaurants for special occasions for years and both of us agree the food at Grace is absolutely fantastic in terms of presentation and taste. I like the idea they offer us a short tour of kitchen after dinner. Don't forget to check out their washroom ( yeah..you read it right.) instead of standard washrooms, four of them have different theme to present four seasons.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Perfect Evening
For a perfect evening of dining, Grace provides it all. The food, the service, the quiet beauty of the room is pure elegance.
An invitation to tour the kitchen of Chef Duffy was the frosting on the cake. He and his staff were warm and gracious. It
wasn't just a meal, it was a culinary adventure.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
An ultimate gastronomic journey
I am new to the whole molecular gastronomy movement but experiencing the menu is one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. With each course you can taste the Chef's commitment and ingenuity. The choices are simple a meat-based selection (fauna) or a vegetarian-based (flora) one that does incorporate some seafood.
The service nothing like I've ever experienced before. Nicolas and Jason were both top not h. They were able to explain the dishes with ease. Jason did well to keep the pacing of the meal intact.
Meeting Chef and touring the kitchen was the highlight of the evening. It was great speaking with him about the menu selection and management.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
The best ever
It got two stars and it deserves it. Such delicious creativity in such beautiful surroundings , all carried off with GRACE
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Creative and Eclectic
The creativity and artistic presentation of the dishes was over the top. However we found the eclectic food combinations not always to our liking. We did have people in our party with food allergies/restrictions and the restaurant staff was quite accomodating. Perhaps the food substitutions impacted the quality of our experience. We did love the ambience, large tables, and the tour of the kitchen at the end.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM