ALTHEA

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$30 and under
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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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EK
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Althea was a pleasant surprise. Every dish was extremely flavorful and generous portions.
Our servers were very friendly and felt they truly cared about our experience.

CL
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Even a nice atmosphere for being in a dept store. The food is delicious. I had two friends from NYC who aren't vegan and they loved it. I highly recommend this place for friends, dates or a family night.

PS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service. Delicious, nourishing food. Apon arrival, I was seated against a window with a goregous view of the lake. My guest was 15 minutes late, but our server didn't seem annoyed one bit. She went over the menu with me, which allowed me to put in an app for the table. She also complimented my choice in wine. Once my roommate arrived, the chikapea toast came out. It was perfect timing. They also offered us a free scone that made my heart melt. Delicious! At the end of the day our server went out her way to complement a birthday sorbet for my roommate, complete with a small candle! Her personality was delightful when present but never upstaged our conversation. Excellent server, excellent food, excellent time! Congratulations Althea, you're doing something right!

ALTHEA
Responded on November 6, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience! We are delighted you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to welcome you in again soon!

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CN
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful presentation and excellent service to go along with gourmet vegan food!

ALTHEA
Responded on November 6, 2019

Thank you for stopping in, Casey! We appreciate the lovely review and hope to see you back in soon!

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w
New England
29 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had great expectations of Althea and I was not disappointed - the food was amazing, plated beautifully, great service. The entire experience was a vegan food heaven (all below dishes are vegan). Wine selection was decent.

MC
London
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brilliant food and great service

TN
New England
234 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

After a 20 minute wait for a 7:30 reservation with very little information from the management, we were seated in this comfortable dining room on the 7th floor of Saks with great views down Michigan Ave. Full service bar is available with excellent wines. We began with hummus accompanied be dipping veggies. Also, dumplings were amazing starters. For mains, the udon noodles were just OK but the curry coconut risotto was sublime. Service was professional and helpful. The heavy metal background music did not add to the pleasure of what was an overall very worthwhile experience.

t
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

food was on the edge of greatness. for the price, quality should be consistent throughout. however, it was obvious where shortcuts were taken. the waitress was not very attentive regardless of it not being busy. she very obviously could not “read” our table. there seemed to be a disconnect and it was reflected in how we were tended. packaging for take home was also ridiculous... a cup of hummus reduced to ramekins?! come on! this place is way too expensive to miss on the finer details. the lack of attention to detail, for the expense it was, turned it into a one time treat for me. I can’t say I will return. for the price, the experience wasn’t all that. close, but no.

HG
Surrey
18 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING thank you

ED
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Update: The Althea manager reached out and offered for us to come back to give the restaurant another try. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. It appears that the lackluster service for the last visit was more the result of a specific server, rather than systemic poor service. I was very happy with my second visit to Althea.

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Chicago needs more plant-based restaurants but I would not recommend this one. The service was extremely slow and disengaged even though there were only four full tables in the entire restaurant. The waiter seemed irritated and when I asked if they had bourbon, he flatly said "no" and didn't try to offer any alternatives or suggestions. The ambiance is odd - it's pretentious and the decorating is lackluster. If you want good plant-based food in a way better environment, go to Bad Hunter, Clever Rabbit, Marisol...Skip the hype of the chef for something more authentic.

ALTHEA
Responded on November 1, 2019

Hi Erica, Thank you for your feedback. I'm very sorry your experience with us was so poor. We do not tolerate let alone condone this type of service under any circumstance. Our staff is passionate about plant-based cuisine and grateful to each of our guests giving us a try, and I'm disappointed that you received anything less than our best hospitality. Please reach out to me at altheachicago@matthewkenneycuisine.c om so we can provide you the 5-star experience you should have had. Kindly, Liz

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w
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My wife is a vegan, and we've been searching high and low for a replacement since Shawn McClain's Green Zebra closed its doors last year. Upscale contemporary vegan with flashy presentation isn't always easy to find, but I'm happy to say Althea is a gem to which we will return.

The service was attentive without being intrusive, and the management was actively seeking to make everyone's customer experience a positive one. The waitstaff was knowledgeable and prompt without rushing our dining experience, and you could tell it was important THEM that we had a good time.

My wife and I split an app of the flatbread with Brussels sprouts, and each had a cocktail. I'm particular for Hendrick's gin, which they don't carry, but the waitstaff was quick to point out that this is a result of their dedication to natural/organic products, which I totally understand and admiringly respect. Kudos.

Main course was the chickpea frittata, which was both delicious and filling. My wife had the risotto, which I believe carried the day - simply fantastic.

Espresso with pistachio ice cream was an exceptional finish to the meal.

The ambiance was cool, although it took a second to get used to dining an arm's length from Sak's 5th avenue.

Overall, this place is excellent, and I'd highly recommend it.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and amazing service !
Loved it
The cheese plate was so delicious and the raw lasagna was scrumptious !

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food. Nice atmosphere.

AM
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALTHEA was recommended to us from the other Matthew Kenney restaurants in NYC and did not disappoint! The food is amazing, and 100% Vegan for anyone who has a tough time like us finding places we can trust. The cheese plate (cashew) and crab cakes to start were fantastic, and the mushroom burger was the best I've had!

SK
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Althea was incredible! We loved the atmosphere, service, price and the food was phenomenal. We immediately wanted to go back.

LJ
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

To be fair can excellent evening
Service outstanding
Food unbelievable
Security at the end of the night was probably one of the nicest guys I’ve met
Made me laugh and shall be back
Thank you

c
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

wrong order was sent. waited over 30 minutes for correct order

m
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and view. Very professional. The only recommendation would be if they try to keep the items on their menu available. They have a small menu and they didn't have a couple of items on the menu.

LD
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

100% Plant based menu that showcases the plant flavors rather than pretending to be a food/flavor they are not. I am an omnivore who was dining with VG/V friends. I did not expect it, but was completely full and satisfied afterwards. Had Dumplings, Beets and Bib salad. Shared the Frittata. All of it savory, balanced and well seasoned. Desserts were also full of flavor and good for the soul. It pricing, but an experience, on par with other fine dining options. It was also a unique experience and intriguing arriving through the Saks Fifth Ave to get to the restaurant.

JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great taste! One of our favorite vegan restaurant of all times!

r
Atlantic City
13 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent vegan food in a posh setting with great window views.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience3

The service here was not great and the food took 40 minutes to come out

R
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Vegan experience to another level. Forget boring salads and bowls, experience elaborate dishes!

ALTHEA
Responded on October 21, 2019

Thank you, Regina! Glad you had a good time. We appreciate your support :) :)

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BP
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing experience for a meaty meat eater. Did not miss the meat at all. Beautiful preparation with great tastes

A
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was our second time at Althea. The first was shortly after it opened. I’m so glad we came back for a 2nd try. Hummus and veggie bowl were delicious.

NS
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We arrived and were seated right away at our reservation time...The restaurant is smaller than I expected but very chic and nicely appointed. Everything tasted really good ...I was a little disappointed that the full menu was not available on Sunday’s since I had planned what I was going to order ahead of time. But that aside, the Brunch choices were still fine. They serve a “complimentary” taste before you order, this day it was a tiny scone. They were delicious! We wanted more and were told there would be a charge for more..we said no problem but then the waitress came back and said they were “running low” and could not give us more. So aside from that and the small hair in our “butter”, all else was great!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

ALTHEA
Responded on October 14, 2019

Thanks for the feedback! The pleasure is all ours, and we're delighted you and your friend enjoyed your experience with us. Thank you for choosing us for your celebration, and we hope to welcome you back soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! Brought vegan cuisine as I knew it to a level I didn’t even know existed.

JP
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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