TRU
TRU
  • Address:
    676 North Saint Clair Street
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Neighborhood:
    Gold Coast / Streeterville
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary French / American
    Price: $50 and over

TRU

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.trurestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3122020001x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday – Thursday:6pm - 10pm; Friday:5.30pm - 11pm; Saturday: 5pm - 11pm; Sunday: Closed.



    Tru is closed on all major holidays.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American
  • Executive Chef: Anthony Martin
  • Dress Code: Jacket Required
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Please visit the special events section of our web site, www.trurestaurant.com for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Huron
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available on Saint Clair Street directly in front of the restaurant during dinner hours; $14 per vehicle.
A word from TRU
Tru is a Mobil four star and AAA five diamond restaurant that has received four-star reviews from Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Magazine. Accolades from the James Beard House include Best New restaurant nomination in 2000 and Outstanding Service Award in 2006. Tru also has been honored with the Wine Spectator Grand Award since 2004 and with one star in the Michelin guide since 2010.

We are an adult environment with a dress code policy: jackets are required for gentleman and elegant-casual, business or evening attire for ladies.

Dining in the lounge is also available.
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TRU reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelQuiet
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
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  • Amazing food!
    Leaf
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband and I went to Tru for our 16th anniversary. The food and the service was simply amazing. We had a great time which we will remember for a long time. The food is expensive but it is worth it! I would highly recommend Tru to anyone who is interested in great food and amazing service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant and inventive
    BillinChicago
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    All the courses were delightful and the wine pairings were excellent. We ordered the lesser tasting menu but with the additional duck breast course. I would not recommend the latter, however, because it was a huge portion and without it there certainly would have been enough food! Still, the whole experience was wonderful and the restaurant is very quiet with museum-quality art on the walls and subdued (but actually somewhat interesting) background music. Compares favorably, in my opinion, with Alinea.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blake
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    While we've been to many other high-end restaurants in Chicago, this was our first visit to TRU and completely met and exceeded our expectations. We went for our anniversary this year and the staff fully personalized our meal to the occasion, including personalized menus that we got to keep that detailed each course/wine pairing that we experienced. As expected, each course was beautifully presented so we had a hard time picking our favorites. I love black truffles so it was quite a treat when no less than four courses included them. Make SURE you get the duck, either through one of the tasting menus or as an add on. I can honestly say this was the best duck I have ever eaten. We'll definitely be back!
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  • great evening
    rvf419VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We went for our 46th anniversary and were treated like royalty! Everything we had was outstanding and it will not be our last visit.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still wonderful
    MKPASA
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This was our second time at the restaurant. We again ordered the tasting menu with wine pairings. Tru makes the most of the end of summer when great produce and fruit is in season. The service was very accommodating without feeling overbearing.
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  • Lovely evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    "Tru"ly never disappoints !!! The meal was delicious, the presentation beautiful, the service first rate... Yearly anniversary dinner !!! See you next year...
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tru is Truly Fantastic!
    DebO52VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband and I went to Tru for our 40th wedding anniversary-what a wonderful meal we had. We have been to Tru before, but this was the best meal ever. Service, as usual was outstanding and Hannah made our dining experience wonderful. If you are looking for a truly wonderful meal, outstanding service and an atmosphere where people are comfortable and relaxed then Tru is a place you should try, you will not be disappointed. Thanks again, Hannah and staff for a terrific time. And to the Chef, my husband is still talking about the best duck he has ever consumed.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Before there was Alinea
    JoeGoldberg1VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I was surprised to learn how long TRU has been around but if I remember correctly it is almost 20 years. The food was outstanding, the flavor combinations were perfect, presentation was artistic and the service was impeccable. Whatever menu you order, you have to get the duck! For many people, I assume they will like that it is a very quiet spot, and perhaps it was because I was there on a Wednesday night but there was no energy in the room. But it clearly didn't take away from a wonderful dining experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    MR3000
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I wanted to take my wife back to Tru again for her birthday as a "safe" option, because they are very good and consistent. The duck was so shockingly excellent that I can't call it a "safe" choice anymore - it is more appropriately a truly unique fine dining experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The cheese stands alone
    live2eat
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Ordered abbreviated tasting menu ($115 each), added caviar ($77) and whole roasted duck ($120). Offered the cheese cart towards end of meal. We couldn't remember if it was included or was being offered because of extra items ordered or since it was our anniversary. We're not big cheese people but tried it anyway since it was given to us. Much to our surprise, we were charged $40 for a la carte cheese! That's was extremely disappointing since we didn't ask for the cheese nor did anyone say anything; the charge just appeared on our bill. If it was a mistake, it was Tru's mistake. As for duck, we got served the breasts and small portion of a leg (definitely wanted more of the duck for the $). Never been so disappointed spending $675 before!
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  • Great place, great staff
    WhiteBreadVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The room hasn't changed much in the 13 years I last dined here . The food remains excellent. Service is top-notched . The dessert selection was uninspiring compared to my last experience. I do no think S'mores should ever end a five star restaurant experience. The chocolate layer dessert was terrible. I suggests having spectacular desserts as it is the last thing we all remembered.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Dining Experience
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was the second time we went to Tru and brought our family (older children). The entire experience lasted ~ 3 hours. The food was phenomenal the service was good; however, the busier the restaurant became, the longer time it took between courses. This was a bit frustrating as we had not experienced this the first time. The "choreography" of the servings was far more involved the first time around…this time, the only thing we noticed was that the water was poured at the same time. All in all, we had a wonderful time and they were able to handle providing food for my daughter who has celiac (needs to be gluten free). Just know that this restaurant is not inexpensive ($1100 for the four of us-two non-drinkers), but well worth it!
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  • Top notch service and food
    Duanekeats
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    What a great restaurant. From service when you walk in. To every little touch during your dinner is one of the best I have ever seen. The food unreal and flavours with the wine pairings were perfect. They have mastered every step here at tru great job chef. Managers. Server assistants. Dishwashers cooks servers and the hostess. Unreal experience
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Experience!
    jwbspa
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    From the moment you arrive you are treated like a special guest. They have thought of every detail! The courses arrive at your table choreographed to perfection. Visually the food was beautiful and the flavor matched its presentation with incredible flavors. At no point did I feel uncomfortable or awkward. I would highly reccomend this dinning experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummy
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Our entire dining experience was wonderful. The staff was extremely friendly, and also very helpful in assisting us in making food and wine selections. TRU deserves it's great reputation, and I look forward to returning.
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  • Good food but far too pricey
    GaryCoVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I had a delicious seafood appetizer and scallops entrée but I really didn't feel that the small food portions or service merited a $125 fixed price. While the service was attentive, it really wasn't very friendly. The waiters were very stiff and far too formal. The wine list certainly offered many great but very expensive wines. The cheapest carafe of cabernet was $80.00. If you are looking for expensive fine dining for a special location, you might consider TRU but bring lots of cash. My dinner for one cost $250 including a tip.
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  • very creative food but stingy
    enjoy2dine
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We enjoyed the very very very (!!!!) small portions of each dish but at the end stayed hungry after ten dishes of degustasion. The service was excellent but we were left disappointed because of the stinginess of the restaurant. For the price they charge they could be more generous. e.g.: when we were served the dish of cheeses, the slices were so thin that they could not hold. Pity because the chef is very creative.
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  • Best duck ever
    Tgm4bonesVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    A true dining event. Service was seamless and a choreographed production. The tasting menu was an event and the wines were creatively and thoughtfully chosen. But the highlight of the dinner was without question the duck. It was indubitably the best duck I have had in a restaurant. More than a meal; a gastronomic tour de force
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the best
    Fthj
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I got the TRU experience dinner for my 30th birthday and thought the dishes were ok. 3 Dishes from the menu were too salty especially the dish with the frog legs, toward the end of the meal I was wondering if we will ever get done because we were pretty full and they still had something else coming. For the time and amount of money spent, I rather go to Alinea.
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  • Really, Just Wonderful
    TryItAll
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Elegant space with impeccable service and the most beautiful, elegant, delicious food ever. It was not Disneyland gimmicky, food wise, it was serious wonderful pleasure.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    lovely high end dining. they take their craft very very seriously.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TRU to the Reputation
    food4thought
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My wife and I dined here as part of a weekend getaway last week and thoroughly enjoyed the TRU "Experience" with the wine pairing. The whole meal lasted about 3 hours for the 11 courses and a caviar and vodka course added on. The Staff were very attentive and knowledgeable and the food was phenomenal. First of all, this is not an "American style" restaurant with over-sized portions. It is French inspired with heavy accent on presentation. These are small portions with big flavor. That said, my favorite was the corn pudding and later the frog legs. My wife loved the Halibut and the beautiful petite salad. The wines perfectly complimented the dishes and we were both very happy with the reds, which were berry-forward (very yummy).
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not TRU anymore
    John
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My wife and I have eaten at TRU many times over the years, and the experience has always been spectacular. We were sorry to see that the restaurant just isn't what it used to be. We used to enjoy watching the ballet in the dining room that was the service, but there were so many mistakes made during our last visit that it easily explained why the dining room was half empty on a Friday evening. They served courses before we even had wine on the table for our pairings, couldn't keep track of still or sparkling water, and seemed to have given up on the level of service that was once delivered at this establishment. I'm sorry to say that this was our last visit to TRU, as it is not longer worth the price of admission.
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  • Outstanding meal and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Tru lived up to it's reputation as one of the premier fine dining spots in Chicago. The attention to detail and the service was wonderful, as was the food. However, I found the physical ambiance a bit stark:( No flowers or candles on the table.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Experience
    18abefrohman
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I was looking for a special dining experience to celebrate my sister's 40th birthday and TRU delivered on every aspect. The food, the service, and the presentation were exceptional. We look forward to dining at TRU again very soon.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The experience
    310kitchen
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Tru is just not dinner it's an experience. You have to be a foodie to love it.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special
    CocotteKat
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We have been wanting to dine at Tru for years. We grew up around the Chicago suburbs and moved to Portland, OR seven years ago without ever getting the chance. Finally! We were not disappointed. Truly a flawless experience and well worth the wait. The food is all about perfect execution. Not a lot of gimmicks going on here, just perfection on the plate. There aren't even distracting garnishes on the place. This chef wants his craft to shine through, and it does. Of course, service is outstanding. Watching the servers, sommelier, and maitre d is like watching a choreographed dance on the dining room floor. Beautiful. Thank you, Tru, for making our anniversary so special. We will never forget it!
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  • Very special!
    CindyVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Loved the food and service! The Muscovy duck was perfect!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Violently expensive not enough food
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Lovely atmosphere, but not the experience I had before. Not enough food. The coordination of service was not as experienced in the past. I was embarrased, as I had recommended that my friends join us, and it just wasn't worth the $600 for dinner for 4. Each one of us went home and ate something else, as we were all still hungry. I will never go back!
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  • Great experience
    TomCVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Truly great experience, service awesome, would highly recommend for special occasions.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    It is a great place for a good occasion! It is a true fod experience to let your palate to taste unique food, have a special conversation around the dining table. Service is great!
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  • Fantastic service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Tru continues to provide an excellent dining experience with attention to professional and courteous service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience but Not Everyday
    Yoopertaste
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My wife and I went here for our anniversary dinner. It was our first time in Chicago and we wanted a special experience. We got it at Tru. We tried some caviar and got the wine pairing with the meal. That staff was extremely attentive and the food was adventurous for us. I can't say I liked everything, for example I didn't like the white asparagus sorbet, but I don't really like asparagus. It is very expensive ($750 after tip for the two of us) but was worth it for a rare eating experience!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • over price
    Shan
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We are food travelers and do a lot of research to a great dining experience. Food is good but overprice. Cold ambiance. Up-tight service. nice personnal attention. Misplaced efforts.
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  • Waste of money
    Variable26VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Maybe they were off this night, but tasting menu was largely inedible and wine pairings were poor. Art collection saved the experience for us, but very disappointing overall.
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  • Chicago Perfection
    PatekGirl
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    My husband and I dined at TRU while visiting Chicago. The restaurant has been on my list for many years. I had first heard about it years ago while watching Gale Gand's dessert show on the Food Network. She and her husband, Rick Tramonto ran and operated TRU at the time. The chef is different now, but the experience did not disappoint. LOVED IT, from start to finish! The food, the service, and the wine list are TOP NOTCH. Absolutely a great evening! The menu is either Prix Fixe or chef's courses, and there are several wonderful mini-courses in between. All were EXCELLENT.
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  • Unbelievable culinary experience
    wineanddine
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    As my title indicates, this is not just a restaurant, but a magical, culinary experience. The service was impeccable, servers being unobtrusive or friendly, as dictated by the customer. The flavors were a bust of delight to the tastebuds, the wines and other libations, delectable. The offerings were works of art. This is not an inexpensive dinner out, but for a special occasion, or if means permit, it is an experience one will never forget. It was our anniversary, and everyone at Tru made it so special, from the greeting and well wishes of the concierge, to the waitstaff, to the lovely wishes written in chocolate served with a little treat from the chef. We were treated like royalty.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellence
    Glenn
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    My wife has has Tru on her restaurant bucket list so for our 45th anniversary we decided to give it a try. From beginning to end our dinning experience was outstanding. The food presentations were magnificent and the food preparation and taste were marvelous. The service was so elite yet not stiff or uncomfortable but friendly. I highly recommend Tru for that special occasion that you want to be a perfect evening . We loved it!
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  • Truly Tru
    DoubleHelix
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I had not been to Tru for perhaps 10 years: the cool bar is no longer in the lounge area and Gale Gand is gone. Yet, both the exquisite food, interesting wine pairing and yes, the pastry continue in the excellence that is Tru's reputation and tradition - only all appropriately modernised. Two of us had the abbreviated experience with wine pairings and the third had the prixe fixe. From the amuse bouche to the main course and desserts and afters, everything was whimsical and delicious. Even for what would call a high price - it really isn't - it is great value for those who insist on excellence.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was adventure but a bit pricey. The service was excellent.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.