About Last Knife

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Steakhouse

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About Last Knife is equal parts a play on words and a play on a steakhouse. From “About Last Night,” the classic movie set in Chicago to morning-after conversation, we thought it time to make steaks less serious, more fun. Benjamin Marshall, one of Chicago’s most famous architects of the firm Marshall & Fox, was a passionate visionary and flashy creator. He would feel right at home entertaining in the building he designed. His visage has been recreated on the south wall of ALK, yet his spirit endures throughout About Last Knife and the entire Hotel Julian. So join him and join us. Have some fun, have some wine and tomorrow, talk About Last Knife.

Specials

A Hard Day Calls for a Heavy Pour!

Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4pm-7pm

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 12, 2020

Ends: February 13, 2119

Availability: Mon-Thu 4:00PM-7:00PM

What 52 People Are Saying
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RC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience1

First steak ordered well done no butter. Came out medium well with butter on it allergy affected. Second steak ordered medium rare, came out medium well. Brussels sprouts under cooked. Steak knife came out dirty.

b
Chicago
114 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice fun hotel little cafe and bar..

NH
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Didn’t realize this was a hotel bar but didn’t disappoint. Food and drinks were well made!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The food was mediocre. Nothing that I order again even if it was cheap

C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great place to hang out

CH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Restaurant week choice. Excellent menu and value for the price

JB
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent service throughout . We were fortunate to be there during restaurant week and loved the variety of food , all appealing to the eyes and pallet .

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Belle ambiance, prix trop élevé pour la quantité de nourriture

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Was excited to try this place out.... very disappointed! Service was lacking and unhelpful. Server never explained about items on the menu and didn’t know about them when we asked. Food was really good and nice presentation but... we won’t be back.

PC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great steak, great service. But those were the most uncomfortable chairs I have experienced in a restaurant, ever. I could feel the wire frame poking through the unpadded leather the whole time. I'm an average sized guy. Maybe a very skinny person would find it less uncomfortable?

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The crab cake, advertised as an entree, was the size of an appetizer at it’s best, although a good crab cake. The waitress could not explain how “poached chicken” is prepared.

YJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

About Last Knife looked nice when we entered. Our waitress was fine...she wasn’t overly friendly or over the top regarding service but she was pretty good. We ordered a few things. There is one word to describe almost everything. It was ok. Not great, not super...just ok. The one thing I had that didn’t hit the ok mark was the Wellington. It was dry! It’s a cool idea to have a big piece of Wellington under that light to show it off but I think that compromised it. It was dry and not wonderful. Then, to top it all off, it was very expensive. I will not be returning. There are way too many wonderful restaurants in the city to repeat that kind of place.

PD
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I liked the room it was well decorated and intimate. I had a slice of Beef Wellington that was outstanding. The mashed potatoes were not as good. Had a delicious dessert.

c
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The rougher chop on the mushrooms for the Wellington was a delightful improvement. It added a nice texture. and I appreciate the au jus Suace addition. Great improvements!

S
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious. We had turkey dinner and a burger.

KM
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It wasn’t bad, it wasn’t great. I can’t say I’d return. I expect a lot more for the amount of money spent here.

n
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Thanksgiving special which was very good, but a bit skimpy on the portions.

SB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Deviled eggs were sooo good! Entrees were good! Brussel Sprouts were undercooked. Dessert was delicious!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was good they were just out of some items on the menu and it was a weekday probably better stocked on the weekend . Also they happy hour specials are great I work nearby and will definitely be going for happy hour the drink and appetizers specials are great

LK
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The beef wellington was just awesome! I loved the somewhat open kitchen. We were seated near the back of the room and it was fun to watch the 2 chefs cook away. They seemed to love their job. Steaks cooked to perfection without a piece of fat on the filet anywhere. Flourless chocolate cake was scrumptious!

VH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

the food was cold and the waitress didn't seem concerned about it when we let her know.

S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The food was mediocre and portions were very small for the price. The server acted more like what you would find in a diner than a place with these prices. When there's so many other restaurants in the city doing this type of menu very well I would not go here.

LF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I was there one year ago and it was great, the Wellington beef was perfect and only cost 19 dollars. But this time the price is 26 dollars ! Insane. We went there for "brunch" fancy way to say lunch. My friend ordered the prime rib sandwich and asked it medium rare, the kitchen said no sorry we only have it well done ?!?!?! So that means this is the only steakhouse (so called) in town where you can have only one way to cook meat. Interesting concept. So my friend said no sorry i prefer the burger instead, and medium rare. The beef patty was just made with poor pieces of meat and grease and of course overcooked...not a fan ! I had the cubano style sandwich and it was just ok but very salty like the fries. Clearly the people who work there don't know what they are doing. And the chef must have take a very long vacation break...

OT
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salmon was excellent. Great service!

VB
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice place and service, food and cocktails were good

CM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Server great. Patio wonderful- food good & value $$ during happy hour.

l
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good place to go for Happy Hour. Some good menu items and drink specials. The sliders on the App menu looked great. The Steak Sandwich was good, but not great...limited beers, but this is a bar/restaurant in a boutique hotel. The staff was nice and a good place to stop in before a play.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The two waitresses were pleasant but overworked. The restaurant was too noisy to hold a conversation, and we had to wait an extraordinarily long time for food and drinks. While delicious, we would have preferred to at least hear each other. One of our party could not participate at all. Dishes were nicely sized - not too large - and delicious. Just slow and very, very noisy. A third waitress would have helped - as would some kind of noise absorption on the walls and/or ceiling.

OT
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! The steak sandwich is spectacular. Service great and the location is perfect.

D
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Beef Wellington Benedict is fantastic for brunch!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The staff was fabulous. They were very pleasant and the timing of things were perfect. The restaurant is noisy. It’s trendy so it’s not out of line. Plus the big doors were open to all the hustle and bustle of Michigan Avenue. The food taste was very good. The Brussel sprouts were super size fabulous and one member of our party got the shrimp cocktail and it was excellent. So pick your favorite things and you will walk away happy.

OT
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour food, great atmosphere!

G
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

First time. Restaurant is rather small, mix of lounge, small bar plus maybe 10 tables, noisy, from open doors to michigan Ave traffic, music and customer chatter. No happy hour menu on weekends. Dinner menu seemed overpriced for a newer, smallish, no-name restaurant. Wasnt going to order the $47 ribeye or $12 onion soup my first time. Only one waitress serving the entire restaurant, which included outside patio which lead to slow and spotty service. Ordered a beer with limes (no New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on the menu) and hubby diet coke with lime, the cheeseburger (recommended by waitress over the steak sandwich) and a 10 oz hangar steak. Beer arrived with one tiny lime sliver and diet coke with none. I had finished my beer before food arrived. The waitress brought another round. Both the burger and $30 steak were served with fries (a modest serving). The burger was medium (not med rare) and was rather dry compared to my favorite burgers. Alas, the waitress didn't resurface until we were done (and plates cleared)—I told her the burger was fair and overcooked—I wouldn’t order it again. She did comp one beer, which was appreciated.... with so many really good restaurants within a few blocks of ALK, i am not likely to revisit, unless it is for breakfast/lunch with the coupon I received in the mail.... Not a bad place, just not good enough overall.

DF
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

I very much enjoy the food and the physical setting of the restaurant, but the music is FAR too loud. I was there at 5:15 pm on a Saturday - there's no reason for blaring music at that hour of the day. I prefer to be able to converse with my dining companion(s).

I used to love the cocktails and the new cocktail list is more simplistic and boring.

Prices are high - perhaps necessary for Michigan Avenue, but still feels a little too high.

Overall - great food, good drinks (though not as fun or spectacular as they used to be), great setting, but loud music and somewhat overpriced. I'll still go for special occasions, but hope that the music is quieter.

EN
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My husband and I stayed at Hotel Julian and after working and the train ride in to the city we decided to eat at the hotel. The food was excellent, the service amiable. But the chairs have to be the most uncomfortable I’ve ever endured. Take my advice and sit at the bar!

S
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Had a celebratory dinner with our daughter at About Last Knife. Service could be a little more attentive. Some of the portion sizes could be a little larger, my wife's fish entree left her wanting even though she ordered a side of brussel sprouts, which were good. My hanger steak portion was fine. Our daughter ordered the Wellington, which was a nice size, and she said it was great. Some good, some potential improvements. We live around the corner, so we will give it another go at some point.

SC
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good food, but venue is small and service is just okay. Convenient location balances out the review and I'll give it a B.

G
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

About Last Knife is that great little “in between” bistro that the world needs more of. A menu that can be casual or special depending on the occasion; an ambiance that can be a dressed up date before the theater, or jeans and a pullover while walking down Michigan Ave. The Wellington is spot on and a great value; the wine list is compact but appropriate; and the specialty cocktails are among the best in the city. A comfortable and well executed destination that’s becoming one of my favorites.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Portions are too small for the price. Menu is limited.

OT
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The beef Wellington slice was delicious. The only thing I would change is for the extra sides to come out before we were halfway finished the steak. Our server was very friendly and professional.