Sixteen
Sixteen

Sixteen

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://sixteenchicago.com/
  • Phone: 3125888030x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 6:30am - 11:00am; Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:45pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Thomas Lents
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Lounge/Bar on 2nd floor (Re-Bar)
  • Special Events: Sixteen offers two semi-private dining rooms with unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline. Plan your semi-private dining experience in Sixteen by contacting Ariel Lickton at 312.588.8114 or alickton@trumphotels.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kinzie
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Sixteen
Located on the 16th floor of Trump International Hotel & Tower, the signature Michelin-rated Sixteen offers panoramic views of the Chicago skyline. Diners will delight in Chef Lents’ innovative dinner menus that showcase the highest quality ingredients in the world. Since his appointment, Chef Lents has introduced exciting new programming at Sixteen and features a thoughtful approach to modern American cuisine. Chef Lents brings more than two decades of experience, most recently as the chef de cuisine of the three Michelin star-rated Joel Robuchon.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Sixteen reviews from OpenTable diners
144 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelQuiet
73% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (107)special occasion (98)fit for foodies (84)romantic (76)notable wine list (53)great for outdoor dining (20)hot spot (18)great for lunch (17)great for brunch (15)neighborhood gem (12)vibrant bar scene (11)good for groups (8)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • Did Michelin mean minus two stars?
    RichTasterVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We had the pre-fixe lunch, choice of any two, three or four items from four categories: openers, grains, mains and desserts. The salmon tartare was ordinary but looked good. The ricotta cavatelli were greasy but attractive. Among four mains, there was a loaded burger (with sauerkraut?) that was tasteless and acceptable short ribs. Also a fish dish (not sampled) and a stuffed rabbit leg that was lovely to look at but had no flavor. Was it really rabbit or just Tyson chicken? Bottom line: pricey and fancy but flavorless food. Are the Michelin reviewers instructed to value looks and location over tastiness? One can eat better in a scores of less costly restaurants within blocks. Take your rich Uncle Joe from Iowa for the view.
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    scenic view
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  • Interesting Experience
    slothBeard
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This was a dining experience. It lasted 4+ hours, and the presentation and service was wonderful. The food was very interesting, but it wasn't the tastiest I've had. It stressed unusual first and taste second. It was a surprisingly large volume as well. The 9 courses didn't sound like a lot of food but sometimes included more than one dish and by the end we barely finished dessert. Don't hesitate to leave food on the plate at the start; you will be more comfortable for it. Overall, we enjoyed the experience. It was a food adventure and exploration. All in all, it was a fun and different way to spend our first anniversary. We probably won't return, but only because we will be trying other restaurants of a similar type here in Chicago.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing meal!!!
    Nemo
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food was wonderfully inventive. Equally inventive were the dishes it was served on. The day and night themes were carried throughout the courses.
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sixteen
    goddess
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Imaginative, beautifully plated and delicious food complimented by very smooth & polished service from the floor staff. An excellent fine dining experience in Chicago with gorgeous views. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • henbokoVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    They had two course menus. Food was great both in terms of taste and presentation. I wish the servers spent more time explaining the dishes themselves rather than the "day" and "night" themes. Service at the table was excellent. Wine pairing was creative and impressive. But the receptionist was bad - she made us wait because we were 10 minutes early, and when we came back on time she was nowhere to be found and we had to find our way inside; what is wrong with her?
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • It's okay
    amifjVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    It's okay for brunch, nothing better than Four season hotel. just normal brunch on Sunday
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  • Father's Day Treat
    ChiryanVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The breakfast items we ordered and the view on a nice day made it a great Father's Day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food was amazing, the wine pairings were perfect and the view was outstanding! Overall an amazing dining experience. I do have a couple "complaints." Our server, while very attentive and knowledgeable, didn't read our table correctly. We were wanting to have a little fun and he just had no interest in that. Other staff that we interacted with were a little more loose and it would have made the evening a little more to our taste. Secondly the restaurant recommends that you arrive 15 min prior to your reservation to visit the Terrace for a cocktail. We did this and were very much ignored by the wait staff. Being told by the hostess that we must be seated promptly for our reservation we left the Terrace without ever being spoken to
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Terrible Experience
    Foodie23
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Terrible food, more expensive than advertised on the website -- different format than expected form the restaurant (website has a prix fixe menu -- we never wanted the tasting menu, which was a lot more expensive). The food (compared to other top Chicago, New York and San Francisco restaurants) was average at best. The concept makes no sense after the first 2 courses. This is a classic "bait and switch" -- the website provides different information and then you are "trapped" when you get there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service delay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Unfortunately, there was a significant delay (35-40 minutes) between the main entrée course and dessert.....ruined a nice dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Chicago Restaurant
    Paul
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Sixteen, on the 16th floor of the Trump Tower, is a great place for a celebratory dinner. It's expensive, but the food and service are unmatched.
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  • Food with Stories
    djdijon
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We did a part 2 dinner for our anniversary weekend in Chicago and just the building itself is just a gem. The elevator opens up and the views you see are just stunning. A view of the old clock towers on right and the sun setting on your left on the gorgeous patio. As we both wondered where the menu was, it was simply on this intricate dial where the story was the sun and moon contrast. With every pairing of foods, we had wine that accented the nature of the food. Unfortunately, there was hair from chef and we were not expecting that if your a prestigious restaurant. It wasn't sitting on the food, it was cooked in it. That's why it was a 4/5 instead of 5/5 and there wasn't anything done for us after the fact. Overall, great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What currency are they using?
    TEDwontBbackVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Sunday brunch, very limited protein offered. The available meat and seafood were of high quality and well prepared except the short ribs were cooked to tufo consistency. I'm not a drinker, so no comment on the beverages. The juices were fair. Cheeses were nondescript, the melons were a disaster (rock hard). The strongest point, definitely the single portion deserts. The wait staff was well disciplined toward the customers, but the self serve utensils were not replaced on a visual or timely schedule, ie, why strive for presentation if the available tools are a scene wrecker that prevents the transfer from holding area to plate. In summary, $70 each for desert, coffee, and a great view...find if there are any Krispy Kreme's left .
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    scenic view
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  • too precious
    marman44VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The service was attentive to a fault in that the waitstaff was almost robotic. The tasting menu had wonderful ingredients but sometimes in a combination that made it difficult to identify different elements. They also charged $12 for tap water ("still water") which on top of the $185 prix fixe meal seemed chintzy. Good, hearty ingredients with less pretension would benefit.
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  • Wow
    foodsnobsfromcali
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We had a fantastic experience this past weekend at Sixteen. It wasn't just a dinner, it was more like "dinner and a show". There was such great variety in the different courses (we had the Night menu), we tried foods we had never heard of before! The wait staff was exceptional (as you would expect at a place like this).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    For dinner, a very unique dining experience. Beautiful setting, not overcrowded with extremely attentive service. You need to be prepared for dinner to take some time (the number and quality of courses was unbelievable).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Life-changing dinner!
    Pbriody
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    My fiancee and I went to dinner at Sixteen last night and had an absolutely spectacular time. Prior to the dinner, I worked with one of the managers, Jessica, and she was extremely helpful in planning out the entire evening for us. At the actual dinner, my fiancee ordered the night menu and I the day menu. Each course (there were nine of them!) had amazing presentation, texture, and taste. The wines that were paired with the dishes were fantastic and truly rounded out each course. I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone but make sure you're wiling to spend around $1,000.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Dissapointed
    gastronaut25VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    For such a highly rated restaurant, we found it to be abit gimmicky with the homage to the "Four Elements". The food with all its theatrics, was not memorable. We were at the restaurant on time for our reservation, however they made us wait for 20 minutes before sitting us. the service was slow at best. Just not the dining experience we were looking for.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Over the Top
    DavidT
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I split my time between NYC and Chicago. I eat out for a living. I'm an investment banker and I was with an attorney friend for a mini closing dinner. My attorney friend is all NY born/raised & very successful. So be clear, we aren't schmucks in Chicago for the cement convention. We have been everywhere/done everything. The phrase that comes to mind is "Trying way too hard".The chef has so over thought this menu, it is totally absurd. Widely over priced & just silly.I was sure the chef was going to be from Luxembourg or some odd country where people never seem to be from. I came to learn he's from Battle Creek, MI. Really? The home Sap, Crackle & Pop. The room is lovely, the experience is preposterous. Save your $730 for a party of 2.
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    great for brunch
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  • Cuddlebear13
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Food was pretty good but lacking in seasoning on some dishes. Service was very friendly and personable but had lots of faults throughout the meal. Unsatisfied for $450 per person
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  • Great restaurant, terrible hostess
    Marcelo
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Living a few blocks away, we are routine dinners at Sixteen. The menu is consistently excellent, sometimes extraordinary such as the current "Day and Night". We have, however, experienced a very unusual, unpleasant encounter on our last visit, on Memorial Day weekend. Namely, the hostess went out of her way to greet us in a rude, dismissive, contemptuous way. It almost ruined the evening and it required the intervention of the Maitre D' to rescue us from a bizarre exchange. This left a sour taste through the evening. It was an unfortunate, if inexcusable display of lack of education, refinement, courtesy that we have rarely experienced, and certainly have never experienced in such a rarefied venue. I sincerely hope this never happens again.
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  • Great experience
    LJ926
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Dining room has super high ceiling, spentacular view, elegant decoration. The spring menus day and night have wonderful stories behind it. It represents the changes of sun, moon and the season. Food taste amazing, some of them are a little bit salty though. The presentation of the dishes are breath taking. Servers are very professional and attentive. Overall it's a great and romantic experience.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, But a bit Uptight
    Emily
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food and theatrics at Sixteen were top-notch. We've eaten at all the top-rated restaurants around the city and the food was definitely on par, the "experience" seemed to draw heavily from Alinea and Next (it was definitely entertaining) and the space is beautiful. The service was good, in fact so attentive that it was impossible to feel like we were having a private, romantic dinner. There were always multiple men hovering, ensuring that we did not have to lift a finger. This attentiveness, combined with a charming but slightly defensive server, made us feel like we couldn't relax. We were celebrating our anniversary and we were not seated at a table with a view. For such an outrageous price tag, the experience fell slightly flat.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't go.
    Ryan954
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I love gourmet food, but this was pretentious. I left hungry. It was seriously less than 15 bites of food spread out over nine courses. Without wine our bill was over $1000 with tip for four people. On the positive side, the service was good and the restaurant has a great view.
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  • Food on the cutting edge
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Outstanding food and service. Innovative use of dish ware that has that "wow factor."
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 79 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 1325 reviews are from the Sixteen reviews archive.
  • Great start to any day
    miggy
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    My wife and I had breakfast at Sixteen. We primarily went to enjoy the view, and it was great.
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning!
    chiswsuburbs
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We are not rich people but we pride ourselves on trying some of the better establishments wherever we go. We visited Sixteen a few years ago and the food was really good -but it was really no different than many other places in Chicago. The food was then great but it didn't have that "Trump" feel to it. But now the menu and presentation has something that is almost more dinner/theater than just throwing food in front of the guests. The flavors of everything were simply stunning! The portions are VERY small but they just keep coming so you don't leave wanting more. Make sure you put aside 2+ hours to dine however and be ready for a $500+ check for 2 people or $900+ if you get the wine pairings with your meals.
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  • Pretty empty overpriced
    LyndaY
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    View was great... Service was great... Food was just ok... But priced very high.... Locals must have got wind... Only 3 other tables occupied while we were there. Nice experience ... But average lunch with a great view fir 3 for $180
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  • Sixteen for Mother's Day
    dlm1
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Awesome food, best service and you can't beat the view. We loved that we could take our kids.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst experience
    DisappointingVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Other than the view, there is nothing worthwhile in this restaurant. First they force you into having one of the tasting menus - spring night or day in this case. They don't ever mention there is an a'la carte menu option. The waiters repeat a nonsense speech while serving you small dishes which it's presentation would make any Japanese to cry of how bad they are. Outrageously expensive and the food is not good; inventive maybe but not in a good way. Having been to sir of the best restaurants in the world in France, Italy, Belgium, UK and Japan... This one is the worst experience I've ever had; I can't believe it has Michelin stars. If this was not enough, we found out that they had made a charge to our card superior to the authorized by us
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  • second time
    mountainman
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I discovered sixteen when last in Chicago for business. I found it elegant and classy. While definitely upper end, the high price was substantiated by quality and satiation. The seasonal menu changes often. My first visit there was a choice of a 5, 7 or 9 course meal. This time there was a only a 9 course meal. The web site also offered a 3 course prix fixe option, but this was not offered to me at the restaurant. They cater to you with small sumptuous tastes prior to your order, however I did not experience the satiation this visit, that I did the first time. I appreciate fine dining with small portions, but have trouble defining a item smaller than my thumb nail as a course.
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    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    DiamondGirl
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful with a beautiful view. We loved the high ceilings and the giant chandelier. The service was impeccable and the food was very good. Dining in this fashion, with numerous courses, with a theme, is new to me, but I really loved the experience. It's not a quick experience but that's also what makes it special. Overall, a great experience.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our best meal experiences
    Foody
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    From the view to the staff and especially the food Sixteen is a truly exceptional dining experience. We had the night and day menus with matching wines which in general complemented the food well. As with most matchings there is a personal bias which results in some discrepancies. The food was perfect with clever combinations of tastes and surprises without being too complicated. The service was spot on without being too intrusive and maintaining a friendliness which isn't always achieved at this level. The view and ambience was wonderful and I would highly recommend dining here if you can afford the experience.
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    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sixteen
    InternationalFoodie
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    There is a lot to improve at this restaurant. Some of the menu items were ok, some were not, none was absolutely wonderful. Service was a little sloppy. If you are a bit OCD, definitely this is not the restaurant for you as there was no consistency on service, plates sometimes were not set straight in front of you, and many other little things. Go to Tru or if you can, Alinea instead.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beyond Perfection!!!
    Foodie4ever
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    I went to sixteen for my last dinner in chicago with my Dad. I asked for a window seat & I highly recommend it! The few was spectacular with a wonderful view of the city and skyline. The food was divine & as a person who had just eaten at alinea the night before(if you have not heard of Alinea & have been to Chicago then do not consider yourself a true foodie) sixteen can hold its own as some of the best fine dining in chicago. Whe I was there the chefs inspiration was a day and night menu highlighting the night & day sky. It was fantastic and we added the cheese cart to our menu as well. Cheese cart! That's right this place has a cheese cart...need I say more. Overall a must go to restaurant while in Chicago.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Experience for special occasion
    EddtwoVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    The view was very nice of the Chicago city. The service very good all the time. The food is a big tasting menu called day or night. Expensive but nice for special occasions and romantic with the amazing view
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    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dpsdvm
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    TOO expensive. I thought the food was interesting but not worth the $185 plus price.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Best Meal Ever? Maybe. Probably.
    iwalasVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I consider myself a "foodie" in that I occasionally enjoy fine dining, and I love learning about new ingredients and techniques. I am by no means as experienced a diner as some of my peers. However, among my close friends in my age group, I am by far the one dining out the most and at the high end places. Sixteen was almost certainly the best dining experience I've ever had. I dined with my girlfriend for the Night/Day tasting menu. My girlfriend is pescetarian, and every possible accommodation was made to suit her needs. Some of the dishes were the best I've ever tasted, and the wine pairings were unique and masterfully paired with the dishes. If money were no object, I would come back again and again.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • superb service, food, wine
    ProfVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Joe headed up a great team to cater to us and quip with us. must o wine flight for the Total experience.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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  • Great food, great views.
    WineGeek
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Food was excellent. Having two choices of set menus provided some flexibility (I went with the seafood courses, my wife did the land/bird courses). There was an optional/supplemental cheese course for an additional fee that was very good as well particularly with the 1989 Chinon. Ambience was great with excellent views of the city. Only complaint I have is that I felt a little rushed towards the beginning although in retrospect that may have been good as we were there 3.5 hours in total !
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.