Oriole

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820 reviews
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Contemporary American
Oriole is a restaurant hidden down an alley-like street in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, offering an extended tasting menu presented by Executive Chef & Owner Noah Sandoval. The Michelin-starred and Jean Banchet award-winning team hosts 28 in an intimate and elegant dining room shared with an open kitchen. Never bending to industry trends, the dishes and service at Oriole give guests a thought-provoking and interactive experience, where the diner is the true focus of the meal.

We each look forward to welcoming you to Oriole.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

Most of the food was great; however, there were several missteps, which is not acceptable for a place of this high esteem. There was only 1 ingredient that we had requested (in advance) not to have due to a strong aversion. Before the meal began, the waitress re-stated that they knew about that ingredient and it would be avoided. Then, much to my chagrin, one of the main dishes, which I was very excited for, was ruined by the presence of this ingredient. When I alerted the waiter to this, he did not apologize, but instead, told me he would alert the kitchen. After this, we never heard from the waiter/waitress/chef, or anyone else about this misstep. This was extremely disappointing given what the service expectations are for a restaurant like this. More importantly, that dish was inedible and the remainder of the meal was tainted by this mid-meal misstep.

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SM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice and unique experience. The service exceeds expectation. Some details such as the waiter/waitress fluffed the pillow when a guest left the seat are really impressive. As for the food, it is innovative, looks pretty and the taste is multi-layer/multi-dimension (comment from my "foodie" friend).

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LR
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I have had the pleasure of dining at Oriole for two special occasions now, and both times we've been absolutely blown away. Oriole is simply superlative in every aspect. Each course we were served would be a standout for a restaurant that specialized in that particular dish (sushi fit for the city's best sushi restaurant, pasta fit for the city's best pasta restaurant, etc.). Noah Sandoval has created something really special with Oriole - flavors that you thought you knew are inexplicably just tastier here.

Service is also unmatched - all of the little details that many restaurants of a similar caliber overlook don't go unnoticed here. Restaurants this accomplished are often accompanied by a snooty and arrogant attitude, and maybe the best part about Oriole is that this is in no way the case here. The staff is tremendously warm and friendly - these are people who are just excited to show you what a 5 star dining experience really looks like.

In a city with a surplus of fantastic dining options, Oriole is unquestionably at the top of our list for any special occasion. Our only gripe is that people seem to be catching on, and it's getting harder to book a reservation!

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m
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oriole is a top three restaurant for me, in the world. This place had amazing service, great ambiance, and the food was perfect.

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SP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dinner I've ever had. Definitely worth every dollar.

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F
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Continues to be the best restaurant anywhere!!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, amazing wine and overall great dining experience!

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BH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was truly the best meal my husband and I have ever eaten. The service was amazing, the food was amazing and the ambiance was awesome. It is so neat to see right into the kitchen no matter where you sit. They truly make you feel special and take incredible care of your requests. My husband even wanted a basic after dinner drink at the end and they made it with a fun twist to make it even more incredible. It truly was a wonderful night and we will definitely be back again!

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Indiana
17 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb and inventive. Excellent pairings. Great service. And no long waits between courses. Currently Chicago’s best restaurant.

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R
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved it!! Would recommend to anyone!!! The attention to detail on every level was oustanding

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect restaurant for that special occasion. Wonderful food and service. Price maybe a bit on the high side but you definitely get what you paid for. Especially liked being greeted and given a welcoming drink in the outer lobby.

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1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service at Oriole is unparalleled, you are taken care of from the moment you walk in until the moment you leave. The food was fabulous and very creative. A wonderful luxury dining experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best dining experience my husband and I have had. Incredible food and stellar, thoughtful service.

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J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can rate our meal at Oriole as one of the best tasting menu experiences I've had. Other tasting menus have a few hits that are excellent, the remainder showing excellent technique and effort but may be lacking in flavor. At Oriole, every course was on point and delicious, making me want more. I still left satisfied but not overly stuffed. I would definitely come again.

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Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They chose truly innovative ways to prepare the various dishes.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente selección de ingredientes y manipulación de los mismos, una felicitación al chef por la perfección, los detalles sin duda los distingue, una experiencia única desde la recepción, gracias!

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MS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The tasting menu is good but didn’t feel to us amazing. With my first dish felt a bit of chlorine maybe from dishwasher.. that was unexpected for this level. Otherwise the menu is creative and diverse. Steak dish was too fat... it always is . Desert menu was ok, many options but unconsistent and without a clear message -pastry felt flat.

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Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This Michelin restaurant definitely deserves its two stars. Food is unbelievably tasty, innovative, and with a lot of variety. It's a fabulous combination of steak, seafood, Asian, etc. Service is excellent too. Really don't need to say much - go experience yourself! The only thing is the location is a little hard to find on a quiet street without signs or banners. But once you enter the door it's a whole new world to explore.

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WE
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for adults who appreciate fine dining. Amusing entrance, small, very quiet room, well-spaced tables. Attentive, friendly, but not overbearing service. Every course was excellent and exceeded the prior one. Two minor tweaks: The paired wines could use a little tweaking for the first four or so offerings; those didn't knock my socks off as the food did. One of my dining partners though the dill overwhelmed the caviar. I didn't have that response. He either had a differently prepared piece, or more likely, his palate is more refined than mine. Oriole met or exceeded our prior fabulous experiences at Grace. We will return.

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l
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really amazing experience. Phenomenal food and service. Every bite was savored, and the attention to details in service made me feel like royalty! Would absolutely have come here for the food alone, but the service makes the experience unforgettable. Two Michelin stars well deserved ... how does this place not have 3 !?

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S
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Oriole was a amazing experience. From the clean, simple and comforting decor to the amazing food to the competent, attentive and helpful staff. Definitely worth the trip!

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n
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Oriole and it was outstanding. It rivals the now closed Grace and we will certainly be returning. Having been to many Michelin rated restaurants, I can confidently say this is one of the best meals we've had!

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Every time.

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TC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 2nd time back....

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AM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved everything about this experience.
Food, ambiance, service, everything was exceptional.

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M
St. Louis
18 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special and wonderful on every level!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We eat at a lot of Michelin starred restaurants and we have eaten at all of the three and two Michelin starred restaurants in Chicago. I think that Oriole is the finest restaurant in Chicago. The food put out by Noah and his team is world class. It’s a luxurious experience with A5 Miyazaki beef, white truffle pasta, foie gras, oysters, etc. Some restaurants are intellectual experiences but I want food that’s delicious first and then beautiful second. Oriole plates beautifully but the deliciousness factor is incredibly high. The only negative is that the space isn’t beautiful. You enter through an alley and freight elevator which is unique but not a good match for the heavenly food. This place deserves its accolades and won’t disappoint you.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal of my life. Everything was thought through.

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Minneapolis
44 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was one of the best meals of my life! (and I don't say that lightly... I'm 47, and have eaten at some of the best restaurants in NYC & Chicago.) It's a 13 course tasting menu, and the food is "a surprise". Every morsel was not just delicious, but beautiful. My husband had the drink pairing, which wasn't just wine, but also included cocktails and cider. The service was exceptional. Their Michelin stars are well deserved!

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SL
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time, it is always amazing! The food and service is phenomenal!

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AV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a godsend, n I'm not even religious. But I believe in what this outstanding chef n staff are doing. I personally think it's the best restaurant in the city...possibly the world. It's definitely choreographed like a dramatic play, each course very deliberately leading n building to the next. Sometimes your submerged in a bath of aromas n flavors n inundated, n then brought up in the next one out of the sea to breathe in the welcome air. Well, I can't come up with good enough analogies to give this experience justice. All I can say..is GO..TRY IT..N PREPARE FOR THE CULINARY EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME.

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A
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every course is delicious. Loved everything about my visit.

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F
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great as always. The best anywhere.

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k
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, and experience was wonderful.

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DR
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the finest dining experiences of my life. An amazing experience.

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S
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner!!!

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AQ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply superb food, service, presentation, and ambiance.

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RJ
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Owner and Executive Chef Noah Sandoval is both a genius when it comes to creating artistic gastronomical delights and a most pleasant individual. My husband and I enjoy fine dining in Chicago every December to celebrate our anniversary so we are no stranger to the fine dining scene. Our experience at Oriole was so pleasurable, flavorful, and delightful that it is our new favorite. The food Noah prepared that evening was a feast to behold yet had to be savored with closed eyes and delighted sighs. From the interesting entry experience to the conclusion of the evening with a pleasant chat with Noah in the kitchen Oriole exceeded every expectation. The wait staff and restaurant ambiance were also noteworthy. We can hardly wait for next December.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a great second time here for my wife’s birthday ! Will certainly return.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We absolute enjoyed Oriole. Service was impeccable. The food was very good, and so were the pairings. We were able to nab a 7:30pm table for a Saturday night, 48 hrs before. It was simply meant to be! Highly recommend! Book it. You won’t regret it!

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