Technique at Le Cordon Bleu - Chicago
Technique at Le Cordon Bleu - Chicago
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Technique at Le Cordon Bleu - Chicago

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.techniquerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3128732032
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 1:30pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Orleans
  • Public Transit: CTA Brown line to Chicago stop.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a public parking lot immediately if front of the restaurant. We do not validate parking.
A word from Technique at Le Cordon Bleu - Chicago
Technique is the full service, student run restaurant at Le Cordon Bleu College. Enjoy classic cooking with inventive modern flair in this casual dining establishment in Chicago's trendy River North District. Reservations are recommended. Technique is occasionally closed for large parties or school breaks. A reservation will confirm that we are open and have availability. After you dine at Technique, we would welcome and appreciate your feedback to help us further educate our students.
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Technique at Le Cordon Bleu - Chicago reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Chicago's best value
    bucketlist7
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    We thoroughly enjoyed this student run restaurant. The server was very friendly and the chef even came to visit our table. We took advantage of the $12.00 3-course lunch menu. Our choices of cream of broccoli soup, arugula salad with beets and goat cheese, seared tuna and chocolate espresso cake rivaled any other top class restaurant based on taste and presentation. Red or white wine was also available. The atmosphere reminded me of cafeteria minimalism, but place settings were very formal. We hope to be back as the menu changes with each graduating class. We also noticed quite a few "counter" service patrons grabbing this reasonable and tasty food either to go or eating out of disposable containers within the same dining room.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was quite good and
    ironchef49
    Dined on 12/13/2012
    The food was quite good and pleasantly presented. It certainly is priced right.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • first timers
    Italianlover
    Dined on 12/12/2012
    We had the 5 course meal and it was more food than we should have eaten. Besides the 5 courses we ordered, we also received an additional chefs offering of a starter and a dessert. The portions are not huge thankfully. The starter pizza was not that great, but the salads, entrees and especially the desserts were excellent. They have the whole dessert thing nailed down.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • GREAT TO SEE OUR FUTURE "FOOD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/10/2012
    GREAT TO SEE OUR FUTURE "FOOD STARS" IN ACTION AT LE CORDON BLEU. EVERYONE ENJOYED THE EVENING, AND LIKED THE IDEA OF BRINGING OUR OWN WINE. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!
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  • This restaurant is part of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/10/2012
    This restaurant is part of the Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Chicago. All the waitstaff are students, and I believe the cooking was done by students too, but I'm not completely sure about that. The food ranged from very good to excellent. Both main courses (braised short ribs and veal marsala) were wonderful, but the appetizers and desserts were not as consistent; the butternut squash risotto was terrific, but the oysters rockefeller were just ok, primarily because they were served tepid instead of piping hot. The wait staff was very friendly and helpful, if not always the most polished. Overall, the $15 price tag for three courses was a deal! We plan to return once the restaurant reopens in the spring.
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  • Excellent Service Very Attentive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/29/2012
    The service was excellent. They didn't have everything that was on the menu available. I also had anchioves in my salad. I don't recall the waiter mentioning that there would be anchioves. He might have... Overall, it was a good experience. I would give it another shot. I'd like to try some of the items that were not available the day I visited.
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  • Great luncheon with great friends!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/27/2012
    We, a group of 16, throughly enjoyed our luncheon with Le Cordon Bleu,Technique Restaurant. The menu was varied and delicious. We were able to order wine with our meal which added to the enjoyment. The staff was pleasant and accommodating. It was a bit loud but we were part of that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great chance to sample food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/7/2012
    A great chance to sample food and service from future Wolfgang Pucks.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I understand it is a teaching
    xixiVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2012
    I understand it is a teaching restaurant and our party of 4 were very patient. We ordered the 5 course menu and they skipped an appetizer and went straight to the entree. This is not a big deal, however, we were left sitting at the table for an hour between servings because the waiter thought we had been served the appetizer in between already. When told so, the waiter responded with "somebody told me they already served you". He was all flustered and confused until the teaching chef came out and apologized for the mistake. The pricing was fair and the food was fair though.
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  • Arguably the best soup I have ever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2012
    What a treat, and what a great culinary experience. The staff, which appears to be Chef’s in training, and playing every restaurant role, was as nice and attentive as possible. I believe they do this to give the students a well-rounded restaurant experience and knowledge. The food, as one might expect, was exceptional. You could choose between a 3 course meal or a 5 course meal, we chose the 5 course meal, of course. ;-) I won’t go into detail on every entrée item; however the food was exquisite, with pre-meal sampling surprises and post-meal dessert surprises including powered chocolate covered bourbon balls. The item that sent it over the top however was the Technique’s soup, which may be arguably the best soup I have ever experienced.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is a teaching restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/29/2012
    This is a teaching restaurant which is great but the food was just ok. We ordered short ribs and veal marsala as entrees and the food came out cold. It was not busy at all , we were a table of 2 with only 4 other customers in there. I would try it again but they definitely need to step up their game.
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  • This eatery is a terrific
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/24/2012
    This eatery is a terrific find in the North Side. I had the pork dish which was cooked to perfection. The service was outstanding. With such excellent prices, I look forward to going back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • The students are friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/23/2012
    The students are friendly and knowledgable. It's a wonderful experience.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • We had a free coupon for meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/15/2012
    We had a free coupon for meal up to 4 people due to taking a class at the class. It was a nice lunch.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Was blown away. Exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2012
    Was blown away. Exceptional food from an exceptional group of people.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Le Cordon Bleu restaurant = amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/28/2012
    SO DELICIOUS!! I had read extensively about culinary schools around the state having reasonable prices for excellent food, but had yet to try one. Being a college student, the price was wonderful, the ambiance was refined yet relaxed, and the food was 100% fine dining. Le Cordon Bleu DID NOT let me down! One thing I must say- bring your appetites and be ready to be stuffed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Best value!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/14/2012
    I went here with my boyfriend Tuesday night, and we loved everything. The food was very good. My medium rare steak was cooked.closer to a medium, but the house steak sauce was great. I loved the vegetable risotto, and the panna cotta was light and very fresh-tasting. The chef gave our table a really good shrimp and mushroom strudel, and the chocolate truffles that came with our check at the end were so rich. Everything was delightful. My boyfriend enjoyed a duck confit pizza, a Mediterranean-spiced lamb chop dish, and a chocolate plate. All of the dishes were presented beautifully and tasted great The wait staff was very attentive and kind. And for $16, there is no better deal in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Chicago Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/6/2012
    This is a Chicago gem. The food is top notch - always a selection of gourmet dishes. We sat next to the kitchen window and were able to see the students prepare meals, which is great fun. It is important to remember this is a school where people - chefs and waitstaff are in training so not everything goes as planned - that is part of the charm.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • The handmade pasta entree
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/31/2012
    The handmade pasta entree dish was grainy. Otherwise, everything was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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  • The experience overall was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/25/2012
    The experience overall was good. The appearance of students just standing was not appealing. My companion ordered his burger Med-plus,it was well done. Other wise I would try it for lunch again.
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    great for lunch
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  • great concept. Everyone worked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/20/2012
    great concept. Everyone worked hard to make our dining experience special. We enjoyed it and would go back again.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • easily the best deal in Chicago.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/14/2012
    easily the best deal in Chicago. Because the restaurant is associated with the culinary school Le Cordon Bleu, your chefs are a combination of students and faculty and if you remember being a student, these students fret every tedious detail because they know they are being scrutinized and evaluated. The end result is GREAT food at a great price.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Do not miss this experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 6/13/2012
    What an amazing experience! The student servers and chefs at this restaurant are simply amazing. Each dish is perfectly prepared and tastes amazing. The service is not rushed and you can see the kitchen and everything that is going on. The price is not to be believed, a five course dinner under $30!!!! We will be back!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • I brought my two granddaughters
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/13/2012
    I brought my two granddaughters to Chicago for a pleasure/sightseeing visit since they have never been to the city before. My youngest granddaughter, Katelynn, will be starting LeCordon Bleu in Pasadena CA so we wanted to visit the Chicago LCB Technique restaurant to compare it with the CA and NV campuses we have visited. The food and service was very good. We were especially appreciative of the personal tour of the campus classrooms we were given by the Chef Instructor when the restaurant manager learned my granddaughter was an LCB student. This is a wonderful hands-on learning experience for these culinary students and a great value for the customers to experience high quality food at very reasonable cost.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Fantastic food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/11/2012
    Fantastic food and service at very reasonable prices! I can't wait to go back.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • This is a delightful place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/7/2012
    This is a delightful place to gather with friends or family for dinner. Since there dinning room is small you must phone in your reservations for large parties; open table reservations are for 4 max. I reserved two time slots back to back using open table and the host was courteous and accommodated my request to join the tables. The student waiters are well-versed on the menu and wine selection as well as serving protocols like pull your chair in as you sit down or serve you from your right-side. I was a bit disappointed on the menu items. It changes periodically so that the students practice cooking a variety of things. I just wasn't too fond of the menu this time. Overall it a great place to take your mom and pops for a elegant me
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    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • A great evening. Food was
    chicagodineVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2012
    A great evening. Food was delicious, but our dinners were served at room temperature on cold plates. This was the staffs first week in the kitchen and it's a cooking school so I would expect some problems. The host was happy to receive our feedback and more than compensated us for the cold food. Table service was excellent. The flavor of the food was wonderful. Wine for the evening was one of my Oregon favorites. They're young and they learning and they will be great! In the meantime, i will go back and support them and ....you can't beat the price!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Excelent service and great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2012
    Excelent service and great menu! Can't beat the value!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Mixed bag
    JBman
    Dined on 5/31/2012
    Food was very slow in coming for a business lunch. Server misplaced our order and couldn't get the hang of serving. Nice setting, food was good and attractively presented. Waiter was trying but needed some additional training. Good intentions - I will give it another try.
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  • Because it's a culinary school,
    jackie
    Dined on 5/9/2012
    Because it's a culinary school, it's a bit eradic. Service and food is inconsistent. It used to be a real bargain, but even though they raised the prices. it's still a good deal.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • A great bargin. The food and
    Dottie
    Dined on 4/26/2012
    A great bargin. The food and service was good. It was interesting seeing the students in action.
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  • always fun and delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2012
    if you don't mind the absolute dearth of ambience, there is no better multi-course meal for $20 to be found :) the food is always great and the waiters (student chefs themselves) always have great food and wine suggestions. and you do have to book many months in advance. it's a super fun and unique experience to take out of town guests :)
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Good for the Price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/19/2012
    Appetizers and deserts were better than the entrees. The waitresses were also particularly awkward and made mistakes like accidentally taking cutlery away. However, I appreciated them giving out free appetizers and desserts from the kitchen. For the price (remember no tip allowed), it's not a bad deal, but don't expect 4 star dining.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Having taught in a Culinary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/27/2012
    Having taught in a Culinary program I truly enjoyed talking to the students.The food was beautifully presented and delicious. Loved the caprese salad and the Halibut! Of course the price point is crazy $15 for 4 courses that we easily would have paid $40 for any where else in the City.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent food and service.
    Clement95
    Dined on 3/19/2012
    Excellent food and service. Technique does have slow service, but that is because the instructors are watching everything like hawks and the students want the food/service to be perfect. Our meal, which would have been 30-45minutes in another restaurant, took about 2 hrs here. The meal was very good to excellent and the service very good, very attentive. You can't beat the prices here 3-course lunch $10, 5 course dinner $15...
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Consider that the wait staff
    Pinkster
    Dined on 3/15/2012
    Consider that the wait staff and chefs are learning. Our waiter was overly attentive, constantly interrupting but I believe that was only because he really wanted to please us. My friend had to send her fish back TWICE, the first time because it wasn't done enough, and the second time because it was done even LESS! But for $15 for a 4 course dinner, it was still a great value.
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  • The restaurant was great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/13/2012
    The restaurant was great. Keep in mind that it is a school so you are part of the teaching process by dining at the restaurant. We had a brand new waiter and we happened to be his very first table. He was clearly nervous but was attentive and got our order correct. Overall, the food was great, the atmosphere was relaxed, and it was a nice evening. They also give complementary truffles at the end of the meal that were absolutely delicious!
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • one a week worthy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2012
    Wonderfully simple dining area, very quiet, can't BEAT the price. Been here twice and I always bring 75% of my entree home because the food is so delicious, I fill up prior to the main course! It's the best WEEKDAY option :) The servers are part of the program, so they are a bit awkward, but it's worth it ! BYOB baby! This isn't a "be seen" place, so get over your need to "go out" and have some amazing food here.
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  • It was my first time at the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/5/2012
    It was my first time at the restaurant. My dad recommended it to me because he had seen it on a TV show. They food was excellent and so was the service. That atmosphere was very relaxed and I extremely enjoyed it. I would definitely go back the next time I am in town.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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  • I was so ready to make this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/1/2012
    I was so ready to make this place a monthly event. Look at the prices, 4 course meal for 15 bucks?! Our waitress was very nice and helpful if a little slow with writing down orders and understanding substitutions, questions, etc. The food is OK; when asking each other how each course everyone responded "fine." Everything had just one little thing "off" about it. The salad was good but did not have enough dressing. The appetizers were OK but tasted a little flat. The mains were the best course but tasted under/over seasoned. Dessert was good but nothing special. For the price, the place is pretty good. Be sure to bring your own wine so a cheap night out does not become an expensive one.
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