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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
  • "Went for dinner to celebrate my birthday. The food was expertly done & the service outstanding. The restaurant is a small storefront Approaching it, I began to wonder if I had the wrong address. From the outside I saw a long counter running along the front glass window with chairs for one to sit at while you look at the people walking by. I felt like I was going to a Subway sandwich shop. Once inside, the decor is hip/modern - nicely done. However, the tables did not have tablecloths and were close together. Some of the tables (where we sat) were counter-height with counter-height chairs like a pub. So, despite the gourmet menu (either $85 or $135/pp) & lovely service, I just did not feel like I was at a "special occasion" restaurant."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "If Senza were a game of bowling, it would be a 300."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated his birthday here recently. We had the 10 course menu with wine pairings. We both felt the experience was unique and notably the best food we had ever had. We loved everything and would have difficulty picking a favorite course. The staff were educated about each course and pairing and could explain them in detail. We felt it wouldn't be quite the same experience without the proper pairings. The staff made sure we were out the door in time for our movie, without feeling rushed. Highly recommend as a place to get 5 star food without an intimidating environment or pretentious staff."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We had a fantastic meal here. It was a little pretentious putting our credit card down for a reservation and the price was quite high, but when the food and service are that great, I guess you can get away with almost anything."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "What an outstanding meal! The welcome and service was outstanding, but the food was even better. Every course was extremely flavorful and featured many interesting and original combinations."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "...I would want it to be exactly like Senza. The food, delicious beyond words, is immaculately presented. How the good gets better each and every time I come to Senza, I will never understand. The service is second-to-none, with friendly, highly-knowledgable staff that seem genuinely enthusiastic about their jobs (and the restaurant). The decor is relaxed, fun, nicely lit and not too crowded. You should come here and be ready to eat. Start the day with some eggwhites, maybe a salad at lunch...and then indulge in the amazing degustation menu. You will not be disappointed. In a perfect world, every city would have a restaurant where one leaves so happy, feeling so taken care of. I'm glad that we have one here in Chicago."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Had the full 11 courses and wine pairings for the husband's birthday. Every course was interesting and delicious. A few were really surprising in a wonderful way. The wine pairings worked very well. The service was fantastic, they were careful to explain every dish and wine and happy and able to answer questions but were unobtrusive to conversation for a romantic evening."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food was exquisite and the service excellent! Based on our prior experience, we took a half pairing with the full menu and that was sufficient. One of the 3 best restaurants in Chicago with Alinea and Schwa."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The food and service are impeccable, but it's not inexpensive. Bring your Visa! It's a special occasion event but definitely worth it. This takes your pallet to a whole new level that even Foodies and Celiac patients will appreciate."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "As someone who has had Celiac for 24 years, before it became the popular thing to go gluten-free, the fact that a restaurant like Senza exists is nothing short of astounding. The simple act of being able to eat restaurant bread without feeling guilty would've been enough by itself, let alone the fact that the food served here is terrific. We chose the 5-course prix fixe option, which really was more like 8 courses once the oyster amuse bouche, the eclair/cheese dessert and the chocolate truffle ending note were included. For me, the highlight was the duck breast, with the chilled onion soup coming in a close second. The service was warm & inviting, and they all work very well as a team together. Would definitely return in the future!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We enjoyed a spectacular dining experience at Senza in April and return with some fear that it could not possibly live up to our memory. We were delighted when our fears were quickly allayed. Once again Chef Noah and his team created a truly superlative meal. Each of the thirteen courses was a masterpiece to behold and their artistic appearance was only exceeded by their remarkable flavor profile. Each plate was different and each brought an array of bold flavors that will not be soon forgotten. Again the service was exceptional. The intelligent, knowledgeable, and engaging staff enhanced the experience. If Michelin can see past the nonpretentious, comfortable setting and focus on the food, a second star cannot be far away."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I am naturally suspicious of restaurants that cater to a "special group" of diners, in this case people with gluten aversions. However their menu looked interesting and we decided to give Senza a try. First off, the cocktails were exceptional. Inventive, unusual, and well prepared. We went for the 5-course menu, with wine pairings, as we did not feel we could handle 11 courses on that night. All the dishes were excellent, cooked just right, and all of them included some unusual flavor combinations. I really liked the extensive use of edible flowers in the presentation, very refreshing. The wines paired well, without being exceptional. The final bill was very reasonable for food of that quality."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I say this VERY sincerely - having been to just about everywhere - you will not find better. Service - excellent - Ambience - nice -for a small restaurant - a little crowded food was spectacular - I really though each course (we all had the 5 course prix fix) was perfectly prepared and seasoned. you often find a pretty looking dish - but the taste just doesn't always make it - This Did! would definitely return!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "everything was great except for loud talking at a table of eight . the food, the room and the staff could not have been better. thanks to SENZA we have great memories of this evening."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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