- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Fantastic addition to the Chicago vegan scene. Amazing food and service.
Thank you for joining us! We are so grateful for the support and we hope to welcome you back in when indoor dining resumes.
When we approached the restaurant the host continued to talk to the bartender rather than welcoming us. I had to say hello before she acknowledged us. The waiter was GREAT. He gave exceptional service and was educated on the menu. The food was Ok... it lacked flavor. Spicy udon wasn’t spicy and the risotto was overcooked.
Hi there, Thank you for joining us, and for the feedback! I am so sorry for the less than welcoming interaction with our host. That's definitely not the first impression we want to make. Your notes have been shared with our chef and the rest of our staff, and we are always working to improve. We appreciate your business during these times and we hope to welcome you back in when indoor dining resumes. Thank you again and take care.
Very delicious vegan food! Kimchi dumplings and vegan crab cakes were the star of the show!
Thank you for the kind words, Prashmi! We are delighted you enjoyed your visit with us. We hope to see you again before too long; we'll be open for carryout and delivery to meet your all your vegan crab cake needs until Chicago dining rooms can reopen. Thank you again for your support, and take care!
Everything was delicious as always. The dishes are unique and creative and the service is always great. I could eat the desserts here every day!
One of the best! Only upscale vegan restaurants on the city .... love the atmosphere & food!!!!
Thank you so much for joining us and for your support! We're so glad you had a good time and we hope to welcome you back in when indoor dining resumes in Chicago. Until then, you can order carryout and delivery online via Tock, Doordash, or by calling us directly :) Take care and stay well!
I appreciated being able to make the reservation online. The seating was appropriate for social distancing measures. It was clean and uplifting. Parking was expensive. It would be nice if that was covered by the restaurant. The manager was informative and professional. The food was prepared in a timely fashion, was the proper temperature, and was elegantly plated. Food had good energy, was healthy, and delicious. I would recommend it to friends. Better lunch stop - because it is on the 7th floor of Saks, so transitioning to the store is less than desirable for a date.
Very unique experience. Service outstanding. Cool environment. Not a place for people who are experimenting with vegan/veg food. You need to be all in to interpret the menu. $$$$
I have been at Althea about 10 times now and have tried many items in the menu. I have never been disappointed. The new addition to the desserts....Chocolate Chestnut Cheesecake was tremendously good!
Located on the 7th floor inside the Saks Fifth Avenue store ALTHEA is a delicious gem of vegan and vegetarian fare in a bright, modern space. Staff is attentive and the menu wide-ranging with a fabulous drink menu. Went for lunch will return for brunch and explore the drink menu. We shared the "crab" cakes, little gem salad and a risotto curry plus apple cobble for dessert. Everything was delicious!
Everything was divine!
Although our favorites were:
Snack: Kimchi dumplings
Starter: Italian chopped salad and crab cakes (tie for first)
Entree: Cacio de Pepe Kelp Noodles
Dessert: Coconut cream pie
Service was phenomenal
Will definitely be going back for more soon!
Food good, service lackluster and not attentive but they think they are are great. Food will take me back.
The food was outstanding. While I enjoyed Green Zebra food as long as it was around in Chicago, I am otherwise somewhat skeptical of pure vegetarian restaurants (other than ethnic ones of course). The food here was a revelation. I enjoyed every dish - the combination of textures and flavors truly hit the spot. The one oddity is the location. They need to find a way to make access easier. Good luck!!
Thank you so much for sharing this! We love that you loved your dishes, and appreciate the feedback about access -- it's something we're currently working on with our partners here at Saks. We hope to welcome you back in very soon!
First experience a few months ago for brunch brought me back.
This time - flavor was not “spicy” as indicated and a 30+min gap from one small appetizer to dinner. I had to acknowledge the wait time and it was a Wednesday night. Not busy.
May be hard to visit again :-/
Hi Erica, Thank you for joining us this week. I apologize for the wait time between your courses - completely understand that's frustrating, especially when they restaurant isn't particularly busy. If you'd like to reach out to me at altheachicago@matthewkenneycuisine[dotcom], we can discuss further, as we would love to welcome you back in and see you leave happy. Thanks again for stopping in, and I hope to hear from you soon. Kindly, Liz General Manager
There was a lengthy amount of time between when we placed our orders and when our orders were delivered to the table. Furthermore, I did not feel the food warranted the price. As I had brought 2 non-vegan colleagues to try vegan cuisine for the first time, I really wanted to impress them with flavorful and well prepared food. I was SO disappointed that I was unable to provide them a truly impact experience.
Hi Amanda, First off, thank you for stopping in. I'm sorry to hear your experience with us was disappointing. We love nothing more than turning new people on to plant-based cuisine, and we seem to have missed the mark in this case. If you're amenable, I'd like to discuss this with you a bit -- you can reach me at altheachicago@matthewkenneycuisine[dotcom]. We'd love to have you back in so you can leave happy. I hope to hear from you soon. Kindly, Liz General Manager
Excellent food with unique combinations. I will definitely be back.
Everything about our time at Althea was magnificent. The food, service and of course atmosphere. Never disappoints.
We took our vegan daughter here for her birthday. Everyone, non-vegans included, loved our food. The beet ravioli is a must try!
My mind is blown every time I go to Althea! The flavors that come from this plant based menu are incredible! And service from Dan was beyond superb!
I'm an omnivore that took a vegetarian friend here for her birthday. Everything was great and would definitely recommend to vegetarians and vegans. But none of the food we got (we ordered five different things to try) wowed us. I don't regret trying it out, but I probably won't be craving it any time soon.
Absolute MUST VISIT! Creative, delicious food in an intimate environment.
Thank you for sharing, Mark! So happy to hear you enjoyed your time here. Come see us again soon :)
A hidden gem. Amazing view of the city. My mocktail was out of this world. Service was great. Manager visited our table at the end. She was super friendly and I can’t wait to bring my husband back.
Thank you for stopping in, Tanya! It was a pleasure chatting with you and we're so glad you enjoyed your time here. We look forward to seeing you again soon and welcoming your husband in too!
Food, service, ambiance...everything was outstanding. Kinda quirky that it's inside Saks but the view is fabulous. Absolutely loved the kimchi dumplings, crab cakes, raw lasagna, kelp noodles, and veg burger. For dessert we tried the coconut pie and a couple of ice creams and they were insanely tasty. My friend is not vegan but was just along for the ride and ended up loving everything. Also the wine list is approachable PLUS organic and sustainable!! Service was genuinely friendly, knowledgeable, and down to earth. So happy this place exists, I'll be back many times!
Thank you for taking the time to share, Libby! We really appreciate the kind words. We always have new out-of-this-world ice cream flavors on the menu, so come see us again soon for your fix :)
We booked a table for Valentine's Day about a month in advance. We arrived five minutes before our scheduled time but actually got the table more than an hour and a half later!
There are many explanations and reasons for this, as we heard from a manager, but in practice it was simply time and order management!
Above all, as a vegan for the last 8 years, the food was mediocre and nothing more.
Although we didn't pay for the meal in the end, it was an unpleasant evening and our last time at this restaurant!
Food was sub par much better vegetarian and vegan food in this city. Waited half an hour past our reservation time for a table. Super overpriced as well.
Hi Matthew, I apologize for the very subpar experience you had with us on Valentine's Day. We failed to account for a number of factors and this led to high wait times, for which there's no excuse. I'm sorry to hear you did not enjoy the prix fixe menu, but I believe there are dishes here on our everyday menu that you'd love. If you're open to discussing further, please email me at altheachicago@matthewkenneycusine[dotcom]. We'd love to have you back in. Kindly, Liz General Manager
We had to wait about 20 mins for our table because they were running behind which was a tad bit frustrating, but the service was amazing, the food was out-of-this-world, and the staff was very warm, kind, alert, knowledgable, friendly, and professional. I would say this place is 3x DOPE!!! And, I will be returning.
Thank you! Again, our apologies for the delay with your table, but we are so glad you enjoyed your time with us. Come see us again soon :)
While the views and ambience were nice, we had to wait 45 minutes after our reservation time to be seated. They compensated us with free drinks, but unfortunately this circumstance was tough to overlook. The food was creative and presented well, but not very flavorful. If you’re just looking for upscale vegan dining in the most touristy area of town, this is what you get. If you want delicious vegan food, there are more affordable and well managed options.
Small restaurant within Saks department store was size of a broom closet that presents itself as upscale but fails miserably to deliver. When we arrived, they told us it will be a 20 min wait, turned out to be 40 min, so for a tiny restaurant = overbooked. To apologize they brought us complimentary glasses of wine (house wines not that good) in the middle of service after we had already purchased wine pairings packages (a series of white wines that all tasted the same) with the 4 course meal. They sloppily brought out the courses along with wine pairings. Food lacked taste and imagination. Overall if I could have given no stars, I would have. Extremely overpriced for the experience and food!
Hi Pedro, I'm very sorry you had such a disappointing experience with us last week. It is fair to say we dropped the ball a number of times, and there is no excuse for that. I completely understand if you aren't interested in chatting or revisiting us, but please consider reaching out to me at altheachicago@matthewkenneycuisine[dotcom] to discuss further. I believe there is a very enjoyable experience here for you if you're open to second chances. I hope to hear from you. Liz General Manager
Wonderful plant-based fine dining! It's lovely to have a nice place to go with a 100% vegan menu. Thanks, Althea!
Thank you, Taylor! We appreciate the support and look forward to seeing you again soon :) :)
Best place I have been to in the city. My wife and I recently became vegan. I too here there for Valentine’s Day which was also our 6 year wedding anniversary. They served us several good and new dishes the waiting staff was super helpful and friendly always attentive of you needs. One of the waiters tried to stop me from tipping him because he felt it was his duty to take care of up(I ended up tipping him very handsomely either way he was just that good) I really liked it going back next month.
Thank you for celebrating with us, Jonathan! We are so pleased you enjoyed yourselves and the cuisine. Happy anniversary to you both, we look forward to seeing you again next month!
Everything about this restaurant was perfect! From the ambiance to the amazing food. Althea is my new favorite Chicago restaurant. Mathew Kenney hit this one out of the park.
Thank you for the very kind words; we are so glad you had a great time. Come back and see us again soon!
Food was excellent, ordered the lentil soup, the vegan artisan cheese platter, the spicy udon, and the vegan spicy chocolate ice cream. All were fantastic, the vibe was nice and the service was excellent.
Good food good service
Amazing food. Amazing staff. I love it here!
I took someone I am really fond of here and I was so disappointed. Service was rushed and tag teamed, we had to knock and wait by the door to get security to let us in and at the end of our meal because I am a more masculine presenting female the check wasn’t left in the middle it was given to me and after my date clearly paid the receipt was again handed back to me which really bothers me. Teach you staff to not assume. Good food, strange atmosphere and very very poor service. Don’t take reservations at 7:45 if you want me out by 9 and the security guard is going to follow me to the elevator and say “the last two are leaving”. Not what I wanted my first date to be like.
Hi there, I'm so sorry this was your experience with us -- it's completely unacceptable and never what we want for our guests. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback, and for giving us a try. If you'd like to reach out to me at altheachicago@matthewken… to discuss further, I would appreciate your time so much. We will address these issues with both the Saks security team and with our own service team. I hope to hear from you. Kindly, Liz F. General Manager, ALTHEA
I had an absolutely wonderful experience for Brunch. We finally were seated by the windows and the ambiance was excellent. Great food and great mimosas!
Thanks for joining us, Sarah! Glad to hear you enjoyed our brunch menu. Come back and see us again soon!
They must use magic to make their artichoke heart crab cakes
My partner and I are vegetarians. Usually we have a few options on a menu but at Althea we could eat everything, and it was all delicious!
Overall a good experience but not great. The drinks were not made fresh but pre-mixed, the soup was room temp, and I have never not eaten my dessert until this night. I am vegan and love plant-based food but nothing truly WOWed me.
The food was fantastic!! We have been transitioning to a plant based diet for several months and this was by far the best food we have had since making the transition. Everything we ordered was amazing, with an awesome wine selection! Our service was phenomenal. My husband and I can't stop talking about how good it was.
Thank you for visiting us and sharing your experience! We are very happy you found us and hope to welcome you back very soon!
ALTHEA offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 525-3400.
ALTHEA is rated 4.6 stars by 388 OpenTable diners.
ALTHEA does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://squareup.com/gift/Z5WZBYG7D4N36/order.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.