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Sixteen Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://sixteenchicago.com
  • Phone: (312) 588-8030
  • 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 & Promotions: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "This is a nice restaurant but I felt it was way overpriced. I probably won't go back."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "The food was exquisite and the menu was exciting and fresh. The service was first class. The only gripe we had was that the hotel bar adjoined has thumping dance music which sadly let the experience down. For 500 dollars (for 2 people), we would expect the sound to be calm and in keeping with beautiful food and great service. We did query the noise but were told that it was common and that it was either outside or upstairs. We expected our waiter to look into this but it very clearly wasn't an option. Thanks"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Sixteen deserves 3 Michelin stars. If you have dined here recently, you would not need any explanation. Service was impeccable. Staff were very professional yet warm. Chef Lents had beautiful presentation from all the amuse bouche to the desserts. Every course was delicious with balance flavors. Wine pairing was spot on. Tables were spaced enough us for privacy. It was an unforgettable birthday dinner."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "The way the menu was dustributed was very hokie and I never expected such a circus presentation from a restaurant with the reputation thst 16 has. 4 hours for a dinner is absurd. While the ambiance and views are very nice the circus menu and EXTREMLY SLOW service would give me reason to never return. There are many fine quality restaurants in the city where I can have a spectacular dinner and not to wonder if I need to do a sleep over in order to finish dinner."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "No complaints about the food, but room too loud! Party room too close & groups can actually be heard yelling. Not cool for this type of dining experience. Waiter didn't mention that they charge $12 for water, even when you request regular water. No price on menu...... Staff really needs to take it up a notch. Food servers, did a nice job, though. Won't rush back, especially if you want a romantic or special dinner."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "We had brunch, and everything there was terrific. The scallops in particular were outstanding. It was pricey but worth it because of the quality."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The restaurant is beautiful and the view of the city is wonderful--not a bird's eye view but more like an oasis surrounded by attractive buildings. Everyone was nice and not stuffy, and attentive to one special need, but the pace of the meal seemed rushed. There wasn't much time to savor a course before the next arrived, and the pace made it impossible to enjoy the wine pairings that accompanied the courses--a lot went to waste. Most of the courses were interesting (occasionally amusing) and excellent, but a couple were a miss -- didn't enjoy the squab stuffed with crab, but the lardo/yellowtail and the leek/sweetbread/razorclam and dessert were spectacular. I'm happy to have gone, but it's not quite at the level it ought to be."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Cdrtainly not a Micheiln starred place, used flatware returned to the PLACEMAT."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "we always enjoy our time at the 16th, usually for a wedding anniversary"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "I readily admit to snobbish tendencies. Checking out critically acclaimed restaurants in Chicago is a part of it. Two Michelin stars are not easy to come by. Naturally, we were intrigued. And as it has frequently happened in the past, it was an overall disappointment. The food preparation (9 course degustation) was ambitious, potentially interesting, but ultimately fairly flat with 3 exceptions or so. The wine pairings were decent, with some interesting, off the beaten path choices. Those did not particularly jibe with the food or enhance it. The room has a knock-out view of the Chicago skyline, which is the big winner for the place, and not much more. The service was friendly and knowledgeable, but not polished. A disappointment."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We ordered the summer menu. There was a lot of food, I think too much. The first course was called a snack which consisted of sandwiches, fried quail quarter (legs), quail eggs, skewers of something (I don't remember), potato chips with anchovies, and raspberry popsicles, and a drink (apple cider?). That was already enough to make one full. After that, we felt satiated and could not savor or enjoy the rest of the meal. And there were more than a dozen courses that followed. The staff and the ambiance were the saving grace."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "I dined at Sixteen for lunch on a Wednesday afternoon. It was 11:45am. It was pleasantly quiet with few other tables occupied by guests. At 12:30, the restaurant was buzzing. The view was beautiful and the food was fairly inventive, but I left feeling only moderately impressed. I found myself wishing more of the dishes had a bit more acidity. Otherwise, the food did taste wonderful and all portions were the perfect size for foodies. Even though the lunch menu didn't completely stun me, it was delicious enough to have me assuming that the dinner menu might. Next time I'm in town, I'll definitely try Sixteen for dinner. I'm positive the view out the floor to ceiling windows is breathtaking in the evening with all of the city lights."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "My friends and I had lunch at 16. The Little Gem salad was very fresh and tasty as was the prime burger and all that went with it. The Hanger steak was made to perfection and so flavorful. The chocolate cognac cake was a great end to a wonderful experience. The service was without fault."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "With a tasting menu that changes seasonally rather than daily, sixteen offers the opportunity for a few top class meals each year. The staff really get to know the menu/wine pairings and it makes the experience more robust. The execution was outstanding. Arguably, the best meal we've ever had including top spots on NYC and SF. Don't let the hotel address prevent you from going."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "I expected it to be pretentious overpriced place for foodies, I didn't expect to not like the food at all. Out of 9 courses I liked one dish. I expected more from a place where you drop $700 per couple."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We had the 12-course tasting menu which we enjoyed--all beautifully presented and well-balanced. The service was outstanding overall but we did find the dramatic intro a bit silly (rolling out of a map, acrylic pillars detailing the menu items). We enjoyed most of the wine pairings. While the view is lovely, the restaurant itself is rather stark and lacking personality--just a big, open space with all tables on view--perhaps this is so the skyline can take centre stage. Ramone and Fernando provided excellent service."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "wow, what an extraordinary meal we really had at Sixteen -- from delicious and playful "snacks" to melt-in-your-mouth Wagyu (the upgrade to the Japanese version is well worth it). We did not do the wine pairings, but selected bottles off the extensive and impressive list, and, with the assistance of Doug, were incredibly pleased. The only let down was dessert, which frankly was OK with me as I am not a big dessert fan and believe some restaurants just get carried away on that part of tasting menus. Ultimately, it was expensive, but worth it."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Unforgettable offerings, presentation and combinations. Delicious sensations. Superb in every way. Unexpected supplements were a delight."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We came to Sixteen restaurant to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It was our first time here. It was quite an experience. It has great view of the Chicago river and downtown buildings. The service was great. The food tasted great, especially the ribeye and squab. The price was relatively high, good for special occasions."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We had a business lunch at Sixteen. Most of us had the green curry salmon for lunch. Although the dish was tasty, we were very surprised at how small the portions were. There are many other business lunch options in Chicago. We will not be returning to Sixteen."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Brought my teens and all of us loved the food equally. The water land prefix was fun and outstanding. Pricey but excellent. Service amazing. We had a night to remember with our kids."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Went there for breakfast only, so I can only critique that. Food was disappointing. My friend and I both ordered the crab omelet and we both agreed about the food. Egg was tough, overcooked and flavorless. The fried potatoes were soggy (Literally dripping with oil or butter) and way too salty for both of us. Our other friend ordered the truffle texas toast. No truffle whatsoever, not even truffle oil. It was supposed to have a poached egg on top and appeared to have a poached egg, but the yolk was hard boiled solid. My wife had the croque madame which she enjoyed. So 1 out of 4 meals were okay. The service was acceptable. Location and ambiance obviously great. Would like to try the dinner as it seems that is their primary focus."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Location- gorgeous. Great views of city, river, and the lake. Try to get there early for a drink on the terrace beforehand. Food- amazing. We did the full tasting menu with wine pairing. The food was delicious, well presented, and quite diverse. The wine pairings were also very well thought out, some different and surprising (in a good way) picks. Service- my only gripe. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad- just not what I would expect from a Michelin starred restaurant. Not on par with the service at Grace, L20, Moto, Tru, etc... Hurried at times, courses presented when one of us had stepped away, a little wine drippage, etc... Overall- very good, worth trying."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "What a great experience, our best experience in Chicago!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This is a place for a serious dining experience - 9 course tasting menu, which ends up being closer to 12. We had a lovely time and the food was delicious and artistically presented."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "First, the food is outstanding. The service, however is indifferent and uneven. We were there for brunch, which doesn't actually require much service (you serve yourself) and we struggled with being seated and ordering drinks. A five minute wait to be seated (with no host insight) and a further 10-minute wait to get our first drink order. Food made up for it, but service should be equal to the food. Drinks on the terrace afterward we're no better, being greeted by surly hostesses and having to wait for a table, with many open tables and bar seats available."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Everything was perfect...food...service...setting. Everything you would expect from a Trump property. I highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We have not had dinner at Sixteen since they went exclusively to a tasting menu for dinner. Ordinarily, we go to Alinea or Tru for tastings. We have also dined at Moto (felt they tried to hard and was nothing spectacular) as well as French Laundry in Sonoma. Sixteen's offering was on par with all of these well known and highly acclaimed establishments ! Well done !"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I was pleasantly surprised with the concept. All the staff was attentive. The food was good. The event made for a long evening but it was definitely worth it if you've never dined here before."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I try to get to Sixteen each time I return to Chicago. The cuisine remains extremely creative and the pairings work. I don't think it is necessary to spread the map on the table - it's cumbersome for the wait staff. It would work perfectly fine placing the heavy glass bits containing the menu. It would be better if the glass naming the item return to the table as the course was served. The picnic hamper is whimsical and the contents delicious and surprising. My favourite was the potato chip with the embedded smelt. The "dark" dessert likely was the weakest (the "light" or "day" dessert was perfectly good). Will I return for dinner? Yes but no more than annually. Right now, Chef Lenz is teetering between exquisite and over-the-top."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "My expectations were quite high for a 2-star Michelin restaurant, and for the most part I was quite happy with my dining experience. The food was definitely one of the best, and the presentation/concept was great. Service was generally good and friendly (though it did feel a bit contrived a couple of times). I would definitely recommend going here."
    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."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food was wonderfully inventive. Equally inventive were the dishes it was served on. The day and night themes were carried throughout the courses."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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?"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "It's okay for brunch, nothing better than Four season hotel. just normal brunch on Sunday"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The breakfast items we ordered and the view on a nice day made it a great Father's Day."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014