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Moto Restaurant

4.4
1171 reviews
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$50 and over
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Global, International
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

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Celebrate New Year's Eve at Michelin-starred Moto. Experience Moto like never before, with chef stations serving delectable dishes celebrating all 4 seasons — located throughout the restaurant. Plus, there’s a champagne and cocktail for each season, along with red and white wines. $275 (includes food, drink, tax and gratuity). Doors open at 9 p.m.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Global, International, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(312) 491-0058
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Homaro Cantu
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Private party facilities
Our state of the art laboratory is available for private events and is a truly unique experience for any occasion. Chefs Homaro Cantu and Richard Farina are available for live cooking demonstrations.
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Private party contact
Event Coordinator: (888) 919-8590
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Morgan Street
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Parking details
Valet parking is available for $9.00.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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4.4  based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.1
ambience
3.1
value
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 27, 2016

Moto shut down without notifying guests with active reservations. A disgrace.

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5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

After having secured a reservation on the advice of my girlfriend's son and his girlfriend, we found out the the restaurant was being sold and that it would be the last dinner service. Quite frankly we were hesitant because we weren't sure if the restaurant would be up to its high standards. The experienced far surpassed all our expectations. Everything was exceptional and the fact that many of Moto's old staff came back for the last night spoke volumes. I am so very glad that my girlfriend and I had a chance to experience Moto's before it closed its doors. After finishing our meal we were even given a tour of the kitchen and got to meet the executive chef. Kudos to an awesome restaurant and an exceptional wait staff!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

This used to be our favorite restaurant. Unfortately, with only days left before they closed, I fear the strong staff were gone. Food was eh, service was blah, wine pours that should have been 2-3 ounces came out as sips.

Nothing memorable from a once dazzling restaurant. Shame that my last memory will be quickly forgotten.

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viplocal847 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2016

I had very high expectations but left disappointed. We were initially seated in a minimally decorated windowless small room downstairs that had 4-5 tables and extra kitchen equipment along the walls. We asked to be reseated upstairs and were (after an hour) but the service upstairs was not great. Wine stewards walked away when we tried to ask questions, minimal description of dishes was offered and staff seemed mildly annoyed by our presence. To have a successful dining experience in a restaurant of this level, the service needs to be as great as the food. Ironically, the staff in the downstairs room (during our hour wait) was much friendlier and more attentive then the upstairs crew. The food was quite good but I left feeling disappointed.

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Yummy (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2016

It's breaking my heart that I finally got myself to moto, only when it's going to be closing soon. I will eagerly look forward to Chef Anderson's next endeavor. This is the first meal I've ever had that evoked both my mom's cooking and also what I imaging dinner on the moon might be like.

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vipAvis (London)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2016

I'm so sad as I write this review. This restaurant was a trailblazer a dozen years ago and has always been one of the best dining experiences in the universe. And now they're serving their final meal in 9 days. To add insult to injury, the moto family (and they were a family) is being taken over by the insufferable Alinea group (who seriously think Michelin should increase the number of stars available just for them!) So if you haven't been to .moto, RUN immediately.
Thank you, moto, for expanding my culinary world, making memories with people I care about, supporting countless charities, and the best thing I ever ate ... Donut Soup.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on January 30, 2016

paid $700.00 for two, 16 course with wine paring. 8 of the 16 courses not good (especially the waffles). the wine paring was $95 per person, we sat for 45 minutes with out wine at the end of our meal. no one asked if we even wanted to pay for a glass! When asked how things were i said the waffles were not great and several people came by and commented on the fact i said that. Charlie Trotters this is not!

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vipJames (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 29, 2016

It is clear that they are closing the restaurant in two weeks and that the executive chef is no longer there. Sadly he killed himself last year and it must be hard to continue his vision of excellence without him. I dined at Moto several years ago and it was an incredible experience. But this last visit felt like they were just going through the motions. I guess it's understandable, but I would have wished that these last weeks would be an excellent celebration of his memory not a hollow echo of better times. Moto was an excellent restaurant offering a unique experience envisioned by a brilliant man. That is how it should be remembered.

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Fara (Italy)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

We chose Moto because of his very good reviews for our NYE getaway. Minimalist decor, impeccable service, surprisingly very good multicultural dishes with an exotic touch. This restaurant deserves more than one star Michelin. We choose the 16 courses and from the beginning to the end, it was an amazing experience. Chapeau!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on December 22, 2015

Now its just overpriced and trying too hard. Service took forever (intentionally make you wait), and the dishes weren't very inventive. There is a reason nobody is talking about this place anymore...

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Funicular (Salt Lake City)
3.0  Dined on November 5, 2015

Chefs put a great deal of thought and focus on the food. I recognize and respect their efforts. However, there were several misses for me throughout the 18 courses. At this level of play and at the $200+ price point, there should be no misses.

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UnimpressedFoodies (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on October 31, 2015

The decor of the restaurant is off-putting. The ambiance needs quite a bit work. The lighting was poor, the tables and restaurant is stark and appealing with an unpleasant music selection. There were bottles of wine in coolers carelessly placed that were open in front of guests.

The food is legit just a tasting so it would be wise to eat a sandwich beforehand. The courses were common and not inventive. I would not recommend spending your money here. There are much better options in Chicago.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 24, 2015

The food was great...the servers were friendly...the place was nice...

2 complaints:
-The wait between courses took WAY too long. The lull between them was nap worthy.

-There was not a menu listing with descriptions of the courses...the server gave you a verbal detailed rundown - but we were often biting into things and not remembering which was what that the server said... so alot of the meal was a guessing game of flavors....

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vipshepshep (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 24, 2015

Excellent tasting menu, innovative food. Excellent wine pairing. Great way to celebrate a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on October 17, 2015

The food was great, as it should be at that price point. The service was excellent, as it should be at that price point. The food was unimaginative though, and just as good as a number of restaurants would be in the $50-75/plate price point. I didn't come just for good food, I came for an imaginative take on food, and for the "deconstruction" aspect that they like to tout. I had great food that was presented in the same way as it would be at almost any other higher end restaurant. I just happened to pay 3-5x more than I would at other restaurants. At this price point, it can't just be good, it has to knock your socks off, and it definitely didn't do that.

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vipRobert (Nashville)
5.0  Dined on October 10, 2015

Chef Anderson provided an amazing meal. Definitely the highlight of our 3 day trip to Chicago. It's definitely not as focused on the molecular gastronomy as Moto was in the past, but the food is still creative and delicious. Loved the chicken and dumplings dish.

I had been reading about Moto for weeks leading up to our visit, and I must say that it met expectations, even exceeded them. We were given a tour of the kitchen and herb garden after our dinner, and we were even given two pieces of delicious cake that we took back to hotel. One last thing--on a lot of tasting menus, it seems like dessert is an afterthought, but not at Moto. The 2 dessert courses we had, plus the extra cake, were some of the best I've had on a tasting menu. The pastry chef is GOOD.

Thanks again to Moto for an awesome experience. Well worth the money, and we'll be back next time we're in Chicago!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on October 6, 2015

This restaurant is apart from all the rest. I truly felt that I experienced reinvented food with a hint of nostalgia. The texture, the color, the shape and many aspects of the food was truly innovative. That was coupled with a hint of a taste of home. The preparation of the food and the presentation of the food was very intentional. This was truly a wonderful experience. Hats of to the chef!

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NoMoto (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on September 26, 2015

We have been treating ourselves to Moto for years. It was always an amazing experience as far as delicious food, outstanding service and of course the crazy menu items artistically created by Chef Omar. Chef Omar is no longer there and we were very disappointed. The food was delicious but the experience was not what it had been like before. I was also surprised that the prices did not go down as the show quality did...it was just a regular experience with good food....not the show or gastro shock of when Chef Omar was there. We will most likely not be going back. Such a shame about the former Chef...he was a genius.

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Harn (Bristol)
5.0  Dined on September 11, 2015

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and we had the 9 course tasting menu which was excellent. Chef Anderson gave us a tour of the kitchen which was great fun. Would come again!

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OpenTable Diner (Mississippi)
1.0  Dined on September 4, 2015

Let me start with the good. The staff did a great job.

The food left you feeling as if they were overeaching to deliver an eclectic product with no regard for taste.

The wine left you doubting if they really have a somolier. Pairings were poorly executed, lacked balance (12 wines with only two reds) and consisted of primarily desert wines even during the main course!

Price: Dinner for 2 ordering the prefix food and wine with 20% tip cost $1000, not the most expensive restaurant I have eaten at but the only time I have experienced buyers remorse for days after and felt as if I had totally wasted an opportunity to enjoy a good meal in Chicago.

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