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Sola Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sola-restaurant.com
  • Phone: (773) 327-3868
  • 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: Contemporary American, Asian
  • 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 (773) 327-3868

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
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We were a party of three and had a beautiful evening."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Good atmosphere, ambience, and vibe. great food, the short ribs were tasty, scallops with baby Brussels sprouts great, and bartender poured a generous cocktail."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We sat outside, had a great cocktail, chatted with neighbors walking by and then had a great meal. What more could you ask for?"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Not great food. excellent service. very pricey for what you get. Interior feels like a dressed up cafeteria."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "been a few times, always good food, good service, nice ambience."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Dinner was amazing; the food was delicious and our server was attentive. Will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Sola's menu has unique flavors. The portions are great for sharing."
    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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Amazing food especially the tuna and black rice. Highly recommend!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Had a wonderful experience and we always enjoy the ambiance not to mention the Tuna poke always!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "This was my fourth or fifth time at Sola, and it didn't disappoint. It's consistently great, upscale food and wine. The service is top notch, with our server helping us to choose the best meal as well as how to order it cooked. Prices are a bit high, but well worth it. Go for a special occasion or celebration if you need to justify spending about $75/person. Dishes we've loved: Hangar steak (medium), Wagyu burger, salmon; Small plates to try: gnocchi, kalua pork, scallops."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The food and service are excellent! We have never been disappointed with either and Carol, the owner, takes great pride in keeping a consistent level of service and creative cuisine."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The menu was unique and the food very tasty. Great to eat outside on a warm day. Although their address says they are on Lincoln Street, they are actually located on Barry. I was lost for about ten minutes before I figured this out."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "great ingredients, great preparations. fish dishes especially great. only wish there were a bit of bread on the table, not just crackers."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "For entree we tried duck breast, lamb chop, short rib--all tasted fantastic! Deserts are tasty as well!! Strongly recommend this place"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We loved the blend of Asian spices with top quality ingredients. Excellent wine, beer and cocktail too. A very enjoyable experience overall."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Why doesn't this place get more buzz? It's not the new kid in town anymore, but Sola consistently delivers delicious food with interesting Hawaii-influenced flavors."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Had a great dinner with my family here the other night. Ordered a bunch of appetizers, the burger and the duck breast, three desserts. Every thing was delicious. Ordered a couple of cocktails and really enjoyed them. My kids ordered a couple drinks off the drink menu (virgin) and pretty cool. Our waiter was, Devin, was great. Overall we had a wonderful meal with great service. Thank you!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Sola is our go to restaurant in the neighborhood. Food and service is always great. Recent brunch included tempura French toast, the best donuts in town and mamosa. Sat outside for father's day at Sola was just what the Dr ordered."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Always excellent food at Sola. I get the tuna every time and I am not disappointed. Great appetizers, too."
    Dined on 6/14/2014