ALTHEA

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Vegetarian / Vegan

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ALTHEA is bringing the future of food to Saks Fifth Ave Chicago under the direction of renowned celebrity chef and plant-based pioneer, Matthew Kenney. The restaurant offers a diverse variety of organic, globally-inspired and thoughtfully-sourced ingredients, with the menu including fresh intrepretations of traditional dishes alongside some of Kenney's namesake classics. Located on the 7th floor of Saks Fifth Ave across from the Mens Lounge, we serve innovative, beautiful plant cuisine, as well as an extensive biodynamic cocktail, beer and wine program.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

We'll be open on Christmas Eve but will be closing early. Last seating at 4pm.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We are open on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day! Celebrate with us.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience set the tone for a lovely dining experience.There were several waiters and all were polite,informative and attentive.We were celebrating my friend’s birthday and he felt special that we selected a great restaurant that catered to his vegan lifestyle.

JP
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chicago’s greatest vegan restaurant dazzles with marvelous food thoughtfully served in a serene, contemporary environment with dazzling architectural views. Dining at Althea is always a privilege and a pleasure. And the huge marble-topped bar is perfect for drinks and a quick bite. Matthew Kenny is a god!

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful experience At ALTHEA. As a longtime vegetarian it’s wonderful to have a five star meal that elevates food and flavours. My server was Kaylin. She was pleasant and offered wonderful suggestions to the menu. From the Barbacoa Taco, the Raw Caccio e Pepe and the Banana cream pie. All was amazing. Bravo ALTHEA team! I dining ask for Kaylin she’s the best.

GG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Been there multiple times for dinner but this was first brunch experience. As with dinner menu, great food with tasty options not available at dinner. I just find brunch menu overpriced.

SS
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful city / lake views from a pretty dining room, knowledgeable & attentive staff.
Creative, tasty, and beautifully presented plant based meals from a pioneer chef in such cuisine.

SF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fantastic!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing vegan restaurant, best in the city hands down. And I'm a carnivore, if every vegan place tasted like this I'd be vegan but I guess that would be boring.

AL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The flight of three toasts was incredible and very filling. The kimchi pancakes are also very delicious. We will definitely be back to try some of the other dishes for brunch again!

JB
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meals at Althea have always been amazing. It’s so wonderful to have a plant-based meal created with such care and thought. Great service and amazing food!

JG
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Althea is my new favorite restaurant in Chicago! The food, ambiance, and service are outstanding. My only wish is that I had discovered Athea sooner!

ALTHEA
Responded on September 29, 2019

Jane, we're delighted you discovered us! Thank you for the kind words. We look forward to serving you many more times to come!

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JT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a bowl of the mushroom soup with cashew cream and it was amazing. Also the crab cakes which were very tasty. It was hard choosing a dessert and we went with the coconut pie which had no sugar or flour. I wish I could eat their food everyday. Lots of very healthy choices. I ordered their cookbook Plant Lab as soon as I got home! It’s pricey and worth all the labor of love that goes into each dish. Inspiring!

ALTHEA
Responded on September 29, 2019

Thank you so much, Jeanne! We love that mushroom bisque, too :) Thank you for your support and for sharing your experience.

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K
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible one of the best vegan meals I’ve ever had. Service was excellent and server was very knowledgeable. This restaurant should not be missed.

ALTHEA
Responded on September 29, 2019

Thank you for sharing this, Kimberley! The pleasure is ours and we hope to see you again soon!

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SZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here with my wife for our anniversary. Everyone is so helpful and knowledgeable, and the food is incredible!

ALTHEA
Responded on September 24, 2019

Hey Sarah! Thanks for celebrating with us! We hope to see you back in soon :)

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D
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent! We had mocktails, the chesse platter, crab cakes and undon soup and every bite was perfection . . . AND IT WAS ALL VEGAN!💖 Every dish was not only delicious but also beautiful. Althea will be our first stop on our next Chicago visit. It was by far the best Vegan restaurant we have been to since our family of four went Vegan a year ago. Even if you aren’t Vegan, it’s an excellent place to eat, you can tell the chef really loves what he is doing.

ALTHEA
Responded on September 24, 2019

Hi Delindia, thank you for your support! We are so happy to hear you all enjoyed yourselves and we look forward to taking care of you next time you're back in town.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance, food and service was outstanding! Lasagna, cheese plate, colorful dumplings was very delicious! The best plant based restaurant ever! I definitely will be back. I strongly recommend this restaurant for all plant lovers.

ALTHEA
Responded on September 19, 2019

Thank you for your very kind words, we look forward to welcoming you back in soon! (And may I recommend checking out our Brunch menu -- available all day Sunday, and now serving brunch favorites on Saturdays as well!) Cheers! :)

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KK
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s just delicious! You’re missing out on a great dining experience if you haven’t been here.

ALTHEA
Responded on September 18, 2019

Thank you for stopping in, Kathryn! We're glad you enjoyed your time with us and look forward to seeing you again soon :)

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CJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Plant-based cuisine with an art-filled twist. Each dish that was ordered had its own unique flavor that was different from the previous dish. Everything we ordered was delicious, as well as the menu had so many options, making it extremely tough to narrow down (which is never a bad thing when it comes to dinning vegan). We ordered the upside down pancake, the kimchi pancakes, and the tacos. No food was left behind on the plate. Would come back for the cuisine as well as the wonderful view of Chicago!
p.s. we had done the strictly brunch menu

ALTHEA
Responded on September 25, 2019

Thank you for dropping in, Claire! We're glad you enjoyed brunch and we hope to welcome you back soon!

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f
Cleveland
22 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally vegan

RM
Key West
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I have ever dined at! All of the food was so delicious, the service was excellent and my husband who is not vegan or vegetarian loved it too! I would fly to Chicago just to go back to Althea!

NT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The coconut cream pie was amazing! The rest of the food could’ve been a bit better though it was still good.

RW
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most delicious food I’ve had in ages. In fact going back for lasagna with heirloom tomatoes for second time in a week!

ALTHEA
Responded on September 13, 2019

Robin!! That's wonderful to hear, we look forward to seeing you again soon! Thank you for visiting us <3

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AR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, can’t wait to go back and try more! Servers were very friendly and helpful :)

ALTHEA
Responded on September 11, 2019

Thank you for popping in, we hope to see you again very soon!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Our server was rude. He had an attitude when answering our questions even though the restaurant was relatively empty.

s
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific food: original, delicious flavor combinations. You don't miss the cheese in the "cheese plate" or the crab in the "crab cake.'

One word of warning: we ate there when Saks Fifth Avenue, the department store that Althea is located in, had already closed. The restaurant was open, but we nearly missed the staffer who was hanging around by the door of Saks to let diners in.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here was truly amazing and the service was superb. Even as someone who eats a mostly plant-based diet, I am often underwhelmed by vegan dining experiences. However, all of the dishes here were delicious and interesting, especially the kelp noodles. Will definitely be back!

A
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Having been a server before, I was taught to not talk about the next course, dessert, etc, when the customer is still chewing on previous course.

CL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, great food, great view of the city.

LF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food is good, but the quantity is just sufficient. And the service was very long so the manager offered us a free appetizer. A little bit noisy too.

WC
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great space and atmosphere for a lovely dinner overlooking Michigan Ave! Food was spectacular and full of flavor! The risotto was exceptional! My husband raved about the black bean burger. When the Cesar salad arrived we decided it looked to fresh and delicious that all 4 of us split it! Desserts were decadent and just the right amount. Will definitely be back when we return to the Windy City!

RL
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It wasn't my birthday, but this meal made me feel like I was being spoiled and celebrated. I was the only vegan at the table among 5 other friends who all raved about the food and even made remarks about wanting to explore more vegan food. This meal left us all inspired and content. The service we received was equally memorable. I can't wait to go back.

LV
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I've dined at many vegan restaurants in LA. I was hoping for similar quality. I didn't get it. My mate and I noted some dishes were overly seasoned (chicken frittata) while others were beyond bland (plant bowl). Portions are ludicrously small. I'm less than 100 lbs and was in no way satisfied: three kimchi dumplings not four (for a couple) or chocolate cake which isn't cake but rather four mini bon-bon sized squares. Despite the disappoint we managed to laugh about it.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We are vegan and vegetarian. Food very pretty but not that tasty

M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic Plant base food a must try when in Chicago.

CP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Plant-based fine dining that rivals or supersedes the best omnivore restaurants in Chicago. One of my most memorable meals ever! My wife and I will be back many times. Go!

ALTHEA
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thank you for the very kind words! We're so happy you enjoyed your time with us :) Hope to see you back in very soon!

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A
Salt Lake City
72 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous plant-based food and friendly service! BYOB as well - no wine corking fee. I’d like to try everything they have on the menu. Next time in Chicago will go every day.

ALTHEA
Responded on August 22, 2019

We hope to see you here every day!! Thank you for your kind words and for checking us out :)

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I
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife is vegan and it was wonderful to be at a restaurant where she could eat everything on the menu. We sampled many dishes - starters, mains and deserts- and everything was wonderful. Portions are not overwhelming, so it was possible to sample many items. Service was wonderful and we were seated at a window table with an amazing view looking north toward the water tower and the lake. All in all, a remarkable experience.

ALTHEA
Responded on August 22, 2019

Thanks for dining with us, Izzie! We're elated you had a good time and hope it's the first of many!

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S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was beautifully presented and with so many wonderful tastes.

ALTHEA
Responded on August 22, 2019

Thank you for sharing!!

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TL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I came here for her birthday (this was a sunday, so we ordered from the brunch menu), and we really loved our meal. We had a beautiful view of Chicago from our table, and our server was very friendly and was happy to give us recommendations. We plan on returning next time we are in Chicago, and would absolutely recommend ALTHEA to a friend.

ALTHEA
Responded on August 22, 2019

Thank you for joining us, we're very happy to be a part of the celebration! We hope to see you back in soon!

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MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a special birthday dinner for my husband, can’t thank Danny enough for his recommendations and excellent/friendly service. The curry risotto was absolutely stellar as was the coconut cream pie!

ALTHEA
Responded on August 22, 2019

Thank you for choosing us for your celebration, and for taking the time to share your experience with us! :) :) We're so happy that you enjoyed yourselves and we hope to welcome you back very soon!

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AL
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was flavorful and creative. My favorite were probably the desserts - both the coconut cream pie and the cheesecake were really delicious!

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