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Senza
Senza

Senza Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.SenzaChicago.com
  • Phone: (773) 770-3527
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

    Sunday Brunch: Coming Soon
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Noah Sandoval
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please join us in ringing in the New Year! Chef Noah Sandoval will be presenting a special 6 course tasting menu. $100/person; optional wine pairings $75/person.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Surf
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Public Parking is available at 3030 N. Broadway provided by LAZ (312-744-7985, www.lazparking.com).
A word from Senza
Executive Chef Noah Sandoval (Schwa, Spring) brings his unique take on new American cuisine to the south east Lakeview neighborhood. Focusing on fresh, local ingredients and a blend of modern and classic techniques, the food of Senza explores a wide range of influences. Chef Sandoval's food is served in a dining room designed by Karen Harold (555 International), which features a unique blend of natural, hand-finished woods, warming textures, and modern art. The combination of flavors and space blend together to create a dining experience to satisfy the senses.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food and service was above and beyond our expectations. At one point in the 11 course tasting menu we did not agree with the slection of wine paired with the food, but the staff graciously made changes without us asking. Great job!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My dining experiences here just keep getting better and better and better. This was a superb and first class dinner from the first bite to the last. Gorgeous presentations, innovative thinking behind dishes but connected to clear and accessible flavor profiles, pleasant and charming (and happy) staff! What are you waiting for? Book a table NOW!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Took my wife to Senza for her birthday and they made me look like a rock star! Tasting menu was delicious and the wine pairings were great. I wasn't expecting one with every course (we got the 10 course menu), but I adapted. ;-) My wife's favorite course was the onion soup while mine was the foie gras. Although, there were lots of close seconds for both of us. I enjoyed watching the video on their website and then actually getting to meet chef Sandoval and his wife. The fact that Senza is gluten free is a bonus. It wasn't why we picked the restaurant, but it was a healthy alternative and the food didn't suffer in the least. We wouldn't have known if I hadn't read about it. They don't make a big deal about it at all."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We were given a recommendation to this place by another restaurant owner and what a find! The food was amazing - flavorful and beautifully presented. The service was genuinely friendly and professional. A really special meal."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My wife and I went for our anniversary, and had the 13 course tasting menu with wine pairings. The food was amazing - each dish was perfect, and just the right size so you didn't feel stuffed at the end. If you're a foodie, you won't be disappointed. Finally, the service was great - responsive but not overwhelming, and the waitstaff seemed to enjoy being there and appreciate your business which you don't always see at high end restaurants. Finally, easy parking less than a block away !"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The ingenuity, complexity of flavors, gorgeous presentation, intimate setting, outstanding staff all combine to make a memorable dining experience. Take your time, enjoy a special cocktail and marvel at the beautiful and unusual dishes. Waiters are well-versed in the creation of each delightful morsel."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Fortunately, I found this restaurant by searching on-line and was intrigued by the menu and what it offered. In dining there, our server was very friendly and knowledgable. As each course came, he explained how the dish was constructed and the tastes we should expect. Each dish was an explosion of unique flavors.. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Dined 7-12-2014 Great experience with excellent food. Service was outstanding. Food allergy to Mushrooms was adhered too. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Senza remains our favorite restaurant in Chicago. The chef's tasting menu is not to be missed, with each course building upon the last with fresh flavors thoughfully and artfully composed into complex, delightful courses. Cocktail menu is also stellar, with well crafted, balanced cocktails. Service is impeccable and warm with staff who truly care about their craft."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Senza is a fabulous restaurant. A little expensive but worth it for a great dinner and/or a special occasion. We had the five course tasting menu, and one of the dishes I was not able to eat. The chef change that one course for me, and it was delicious. This was my third time visiting Senza, and it has never let me down."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Great menu, well-put-together, great service. These guys deserve their star."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "If you are in Chicago, Senza is a MUST if you are a foodie. Chef Noah Sandoval is pure genius and his 9 course tasting menu is one of the most interesting and delicious we have ever experienced. Unique wine pairings, artfully presented, delicious food and knowledgable staff made for an incredible dinner in the Windy City. You won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Had the five course tasting menu with wine pairings. We were under a time crunch as we had plans to go to a show back in downtown. No problem! the waitress pushed things along to ensure that we had enough time to drive back downtown (a 30 min. drive even though our destination was only 6 miles from the restaurant!). This was perhaps the best "fast food" meal I have ever had. Lamb encrusted with cipollini ash was spectacular as was the scallop dish. Would absolutely go again with more time to completely enjoy the experience."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Senza had a fantastic idea: set up the menu with the main ingredient shown at the left and the complementary ingredients of that dish shown at the right, so you had an idea of the complexity of preparation. There was a choice of at least 2, maybe 3, items in each category. They claim that guests found it hard to "understand" the menu setup and as a result there is now NO choice at all in the dinner, and the menu is arranged in the standard way so that diners have no idea what the components are in the construction of any particular dish. Great disappointment in an otherwise perfect culinary adventure. A shame."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Wonderful food preparation. Very attentive service."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "They earned their Milchelin star. Did the full nine course and loved every bite. Nice flavors and very different with each course."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Imagine a restaurant that has a tasting menu that can hang with some of the very best in Chicago, Scandinavian decor, and the feel of midwestern hospitality. That is Senza. You are made to feel at home as you walk in the door. Tasting menu only - long form or short form, so make sure you are comfortable with that arrangement. Each course is beautiful and delicious and the wine (or other) beverage pairings are well done. Easily worthy of it's Michelin star."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Senza continues to be one of my favorite restaurants...not only in Chicago...but ANYwhere! The food is always inventive with complex and wonderful tastes, while also being beautifully composed. The wine pairings are always spot on, as well. And the servicec is so professional and friendly -- not at all pretentious which sometimes comes along with food this good."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The food was amazing, the presentation was even better, and I left very full and satisfied!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The food was amazing and beautiful. The service was wonderful. We had a great time and left happy and tipsy. What more can you ask for?"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "During my visit to Senza, I was taken back on how great a job they have done. From the food to the service it was amazing. I have dinned at places such as Alinea, L20, and Tru. Compare this place to the other 3, the one thing I liked the most is not having to dress up. Its all about the food that gets on the table. Excellent experience overall..."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My wife and I visited for the first time on her birthday. It won't be the last. Senza graciously seated us at a great table and proceeded to dazzle my wife with fantastic service, ambiance and food. Their graciousness to 2 out-of-towners (Seattle-ites) was surprising. We'll be back."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Great presentation of each course. Accommodated our guest with food allergies without blinking an eye. Perfect for special occasions. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "The food is phenomenal. The flavor combinations are spot on. What this place is lacking is outstanding service. Not sure if we came on an off night but our dinner took forever. The wait between courses was ridiculous. They do not have the timing down like other fine dining establishments in Chicago. The waitress did apologize for all of the delays so it sounds like this is not the norm. Either way it took away from the experience and the quality of the food. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Kind of weird experience. We can't say we dislike it, but the food didn't WOW us enough to want to repeat it. It was mostly seafood and protein in different variations. What was missing for us is more interesting vegetable accompaniments. Couple of dishes simply repeated themselves with mostly the same ingredients. The service though was excellent and the presentations were beautiful. Did it worth $135 p/p for a Tasting menu? I would say no, but you can judge for yourself. Some people might like it, but unfortunately our expectations didn't come true."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Senza was wonderful. The sevice was thoughtful and professional. During the 3 1/2 hour dining experience (9-course option) we were presented with beautifully prepared dishes and perfectly paired wines. Each dish and wine was fully explained by a server who was obviousness well versed in wine. Reservation were confirmed with the usual questions - special occasion, food allergies, etc. my wife is allergic to shrimp and the staff was aware when we arrived and thoroughly reviewed the details with her. There was not a single thing we didn't enjoy that evening. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Came for dinner with my wife. Did the 10 course prix-fix with wine paring. All we can say was that every bite was a "WOW." That is a first. Had dinner at another very well known high-end Mexican last night and it was a total let-down after Senza. Be prepared to be taken to a new level of eating."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "One of the best meals I have had at any price level, highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Well, may be not as good as Alinea, but I like it better than Elizabeth, Moto, Tru, Northpond, Blackbird, Sepia and Takashi! It's that good!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The only downside I would say is the ambiance. Just didn't feel quite quaint enough given the uniqueness and high quality cuisine. We tried the 10 course option with the wine pairings, and I have to say this meal touched all my senses! It was amazing! The service staff's knowledge and attentiveness were unmatched. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Had dinner on a Wednesday; went with the nine course tasting menu plus wine pairings. Had no idea the restaurant is gluten-free, neither here nor there. Service was efficient and helpful, and the course ranged from really good to exceptional. The pairings were well thought out, but not necessarily a highlight. Fish dishes were all expertly cooked, and the combination of flavors across the dishes were intriguing and very enjoyable. All thumbs up!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Senza was well worth the four-hour drive from Iowa City to celebrate our 30th anniversary! This is no ordinary dining experience but rather an adventurous deep dive into the creative world of sensory dining, where each and every bite offers its own savory reward. We chose the five-course option with wine pairings but were delighted to experience three extra tastings, thereby enhancing our appreciation Senza's impressively inventive menu. The g-free bread alone nearly brought my wife to tears of joy. Indeed, the entire evening was absolutely delightful, including the welcoming environment and friendly service. Chef Noah Sandoval and the entire Senza team richly deserve the Michelin Star rating and other accolades they have received!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Delicious! Every tasting course so beautifully assembled and the complexity of flavors were perfectly matched with the wine pairings, not to be missed!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "My gf and I decided to do the prix fixe along with Pino wine. It was excellent. My gf found an eye lash in one of dishes. The waitress and the chef were extremely apologetic. They brought out a brand new dish and it was excellent. I would go here again!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and it was an absolutely awesome experience. The food was delicious and he compared it to some of the best meals he's ever had. The staff was phenomenal, everything was timed perfectly. My favorite was the crab soup, but everything was great!! Also loved the edible flowers. :) "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We came her for my husbands 40th birthday and we were happily surprised with not only the food but also the wine pairing. What a wonderful experience. This is definitely a hidden gem. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "My husband and I went here for my birthday. We had the full tasting menu and wine pairings. We thought every dish was wonderful--sometimes with these types of meals you have at least one dish that is okay--all were great. The wine pairings were well done and we had some wines we'd never had before. We also appreciated the cocktail as one of the pairings. highly recommend coming here."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Had a wonderful experience with my wife. We were running late and they were able to accommodate an adjustment to my reservation for no charge. Service was great. Food was awesome. Overall excellent experience. Waiter was willing to go above and beyond for us. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Been wanting to try senza since it opened, mostly because my husband has a gluten-allergy and it is 100% gluten-free. Little did I know what an incredible food experience it would be!! The servers are all well-versed in their food, answer questions, and offer tips and in-sight. After the 9 course tasting menu, we were both stuffed and fully-beyond-satisfied. It's a must in Chicago!! "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Went to Semza with high expectations. the food was presented beautifully and geniously conceived. But everything was so salty that ruined the evenining. Almostball plates included ice creams where inmerse in tons of salt. We pointed that to the server and salty plates kept coming to the table. Everybody was attonished at the table. Dont go. Just spend premium dollars somewhere else"
    Dined on 5/2/2014