Sola
Sola

Sola

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sola-restaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7733273868
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Thursdays and Fridays: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Open Nightly at 5:30pm; Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Carol Wallack
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-private dining from 10 - 40 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Ciara Intengan 7733273868

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Byron
  • Public Transit: CTA Brown Line Train - Stop: Irving Park
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available evenings and Sunday Brunch.
A word from Sola
Sola restaurant features distinctive contemporary American cuisine featuring Asian flavors made with the finest, freshest seasonal product available. Located in West Lakeview, the decor, menu and service are harmoniously designed to create exceptional dining at a comfortable price.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Sola reviews from OpenTable diners
151 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (102)neighborhood gem (100)great for outdoor dining (78)special occasion (66)romantic (48)good for groups (40)great for brunch (31)kid-friendly (25)notable wine list (18)great for lunch (9)hot spot (8)late-night find (4)scenic view (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Great New Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I dined alone and early so my quiet rating may not be correct, also I didn't have wine so I can not rate bar scene or wine list. The service was very good, attentive but not annoying wait staff. The food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sola is amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Have been going to Sola for many years, always have a wonderful time. Service is super, food delicious, atmosphere classy without being stuffy. Will continue to dine here and also recommend it to anyone looking for a special place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently delicious
    MarknLauren
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I had not been to Sola for quite some time and was happy from start to finish. The cocktails were seasonal and tasty, salad (kale) soup (mushroom) and entrees (short rib and tuna) were cooked well and very tasty. Only consideration is I felt rushed by the service staff, otherwise quite good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place
    yummytummy
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    food was very tasty - loved the truffle fries and the fried Brussel sprout leaves; service great, nice ambience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful service ang great food
    southportreviews
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The service was wonderful. Warm, inviting, and not rushed. The tuna entree is one of the best in the city. My only criticism was that the scallop appetizer is not worth the price (only 2 scallops), though it is delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent all around
    johne49269
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The server was extremely knowledgeable about the menu, the food was fantastic and came out in a timely manner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food better than space/service
    SplendidEater
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Met close friends for dinner. Food was great, we all had great meals. Service left something to be desired. They kept clearing our plates as soon as anyone had finishing a dish, and they were on us to order. Odd as we were at their last seating. Also the space feels very office building-y. The soft lighting helped, but the space i missing warmth and soul.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxed Local Gem
    Praxis2013VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Nice outdoor space, excellent burger/eclectic menu with mexican influences and super staff service too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Flavorful Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is my favorite brunch spot in the city. I attempt to try something new each time, but always seem to end up with Huevos Rancheros. If you enjoy flavor, and a little zesty kick, I absolutely recommend Sola. Quick service, food served promptly, and a very attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Sola is perfect date night spot, with staples on the menu I always get (Kalua Pork & Scallops) and constantly changing entrees, salads & small plates. I've never had something I did not enjoy here, service is always helpful and quick even when busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Tiredparents
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We went to Sola for our anniversary. We don't get to go out much now that we have a toddler so it was great to be treated to a fabulous dinner with outstanding service. The staff were all warm and friendly, the restaurant is beautiful, and the food was delicious. We fought over who got the last potato croquette.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ttla
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We had a great dinner here the other night - light and delicious goat cheese stuffed squash blossoms, really yummy tuna poke, and really tasty lamb chops!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Chicago's Finest
    cisco
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The meal at Sola was one of the best that we have had in Chicago and it's suburbs. The service was was impeccable, the presentation was nearly perfect, and the food was layers upon layers of outstanding flavors and textures. My husband had a perfectly prepared rare wagyu steak, I enjoyed the tenderest short ribs, and my son had the cheesiest grilled cheese sandwich that I have ever seen. On our budget, it is too pricey for anything but special occasions, but in the future, it will be the first place that we consider when we want to celebrate.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful al fresco dinner
    lilsop825VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We love Sola and the great food and laid-back vibe. Allison is a wonderful server and took care of us beautifully. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sola was Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Food was awesome as expected, but the staff really set this place apart. I always like exploring new restaurants and Sola was the pick for this adventure. What a great find! Tucked away in North Center this spot was great. The decor was nice and tranquil but nothing notable. the food from appetizers to the original ice creams for dessert was awesome. Come fo food, and talk witht eh staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Hawaiian Fusion in Lakeview
    luv2travel
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My wife + I go to Sola on a monthly basis. Very easy street meter parking with a nearby Chicago lot (and free on Sundays). It is our favorite restaurant in Chicago and has never disappointed. Their Ahi Tuna Poke, Kula Pork and clams + mussels appetizers are all very large portions. Everything on the menu is tasty + unique (pacific fusion flare). Our favorite entrees are the salmon, tuna, short ribs and duck. If I were ever invited on the PBS TV show "Check Please" ... this is the restaurant that I would bring guests to. If you like Roy's restaurants you will love Sola.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Suberb food
    moi13VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The pea and coconut soup was delicious. The tuna preparation was out of this world. We love Hawaii and go often but never have had better Hawaiian food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sola
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Always a delightful experience with fresh food and outstanding flavors! The quality of food is some of the best in the city. We have eaten there many times and it is always consistent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Evening
    myfavelogo
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We were a party of three and had a beautiful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sola restaurant
    easylivingman
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Good atmosphere, ambience, and vibe. great food, the short ribs were tasty, scallops with baby Brussels sprouts great, and bartender poured a generous cocktail.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great way to end the day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We sat outside, had a great cocktail, chatted with neighbors walking by and then had a great meal. What more could you ask for?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre food & atmosphere
    ChoobiVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Not great food. excellent service. very pricey for what you get. Interior feels like a dressed up cafeteria.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food was fabulous. We were a party of five. We shared Tuna Poke and Wagyu steak tartar as appetizers and they were delicious. Three of us had the tuna for our entrée and it was cooked perfectly. One person had the Wagyu burger with truffle parmesan fries and one person had Wagyu steak tartar with a side of Mac n cheese for her entrée. Also the flat bread they serve at the table is delicious. The service was very efficient but we never felt rushed. The food was outstanding and I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love the fish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Everytime I have been here I have been extremely satisfied with the food and service. The staff is very knowledgable about the menu and can speak to their preferences and the chef's preferences. They truly provide a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    CharlieG
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    been a few times, always good food, good service, nice ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food!
    Andrea
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Dinner was amazing; the food was delicious and our server was attentive. Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ONLY FOOD
    Kitten
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food is probably the best thing I can say about this restaurant. Food is really great there. Service and environment are not as good as I expected. No scenic view. Ignored by servers many times. Neither quiet nor romantic this place is. Don't go with your boyfriend, go with friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go There: do not pas go
    Lovetoeat
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    As always, every dish for all four of us was super. Everyone enjoyed everything. And our server, Pete, made the evening even better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique
    lfed12
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Sola's menu has unique flavors. The portions are great for sharing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner
    ChiJVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Surprisingly, Sola presented us with an amuse after we ordered. I don't think of the restaurant as that "type" of restaurant, but it is. The food was really interesting and delicious. There were lots of seasonal choices and also many dishes that appeared to be standards. The coconut salad was full of vibrant flavors. The hangar steak was absolutely delicious and I wish I could have eaten more of my friend's dish! I had the duck and the rice was a little odd (though I still cleaned my plate). Our appetizers and other dinners were all great. Desserts were great and very reasonably priced. We enjoyed the outdoor seating, terrific service and great food. Inside a bigger group and many other tables were having a good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sola
    dineat7
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Very vibrant and a fun place to dine. The food is outstanding! We had the salmon and the special was halibut which was incredible!! The brussel sprouts were superb as well as the parmesan fries. The service from our waiter was attentive and he gave us some great insight and advice when ordering. We have been to Sola before on several occasions and have enjoyed it immensely. The only drawbacks were the parking as there was no valet on this visit and the noise level which made it difficult to hear and carry on any type of conversation. If that could be contained somehow it would be great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dinner
    shuzyVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    the food is always good, but the service was a bit confusing, and, as always, it's very, very noisy because of all the bare surfaces. I like a buzz and bustle, but shouting through an entire dinner is unpleasant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Restaurant & Food!!!
    ChitraderVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I took my wife here for her birthday and we had an amazing experience. We ordered a total of six dishes on the menu and all six of them were incredible. Excellent food, cocktails, and service. This is a hidden gem, I can't wait to go back. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Amazing food especially the tuna and black rice. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Great food. Great service. I asked for a special birthday dessert for my girlfriend and they took care of it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyed it!!!
    Beth
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We really like the atmosphere, the apps where our favorite, all the food was interesting and very good. Service was friendly. Only thing I would have liked improved was the mojito I had. I've had better. I wish I would have known that the tasty single ice cream scoop was so small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • How didn't I know about this place?
    SushiloverVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I consider myself as a foodie, but I don't know how I hadn't dined at this place up until past Wednesday. It's absolutely an awesome place for foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUMMY!
    LizP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food and service are absolutely top notch. My only complaint is the noise level in Sola. But it certainly didn't detract from our experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great quality & good fish dishes!
    Feelingsalty1
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Really liked the different preparation (not boring or traditional) and that the choices were relatively healthy. Good for vegetarians but had many meat options. Good portion size (not huge) so can try all courses! All the meals had interesting flavors and preparation. Recommend the salmon. Despite having to go indoors (colder) due to a sudden major downpour had a great dinner. Staff and waiter very attentive and helpful.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • clareVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I have been to Sola many times and never been disappointed. The food is outstanding. The servers/service is great. My only complaint would be the snotty hostesses who time after time seem to find their job superior to seating a customer. The cocktail and wine list is outstanding, the food changes with the seasons, but the fish is always fresh. Sola is one of the restaurants I always recommend taking a special friend to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.