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ALTHEA, Chicago, IL

ALTHEA

3.9
3.9
831 Reviews
$30 and under
Vegetarian / Vegan
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, we serve innovative, beautiful plant cuisine, as well as a biodynamic cocktail, beer and wine program.

Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test result taken within 72 hours required for dine-in.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Vegetarian / Vegan, Farm-to-table, Organic

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 12:00 pm–12:15 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 525-3400

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Matthew Kenney

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Loop

  • Cross street

    Superior

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Red Line - Chicago Ave.<br />Red Line - Grand & State<br />Brown Line - Chicago Ave.<br />Bus Lines - #3, #26, #65, #66, #125, #143, #146, #147, #148, #151

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 831 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. RL

    RichardL

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The place is closed permanently. Delist the restaurant.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tulsa

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We had a reservation that we made several weeks ago for a special occasion and was confirmed by open table. However we learned the restaurant is now closed permanently and has no website and the phone voicemail message hasn’t been updated. Very disappointed with the lack of communication about the closure as we had a great meal there in the past and enjoy MK’s other restaurants. Hoping there will be a public announcement of what happened
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Maybe you should be up to date on whether a restaurant is closed.
  4. HP

    HPHP

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This place is closed despite open table taking reservations. Permanent so don't make one or you'll be sad the day of.
  5. C

    Chicagoeater

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    It was permanently closed even though we had a reservation...
  6. SM

    SamanthaM

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This restaurant has been closed for weeks according to the saks 5th avenue in which it resides. No notice on the website. Received reservation, confirmation and was greatly disappointed to arrive and find it's not even open.
  7. RM

    RosieM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    It is permanently closed. Why was I able to book a table?
  8. SB

    SimranB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    RESTAURANT DOES NOT EXIST ANYMORE!!! NO INFORMATION SHARED POST BOOKING THAT THEY ARE CLOSED
  9. AR

    AndyR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This restaurant is closed!! And yet Open Table gave me a reservation there. I didn’t find out until I got there. Please get your act together.
  10. SM

    SloanM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    CLOSED. We made a reservation, it was confirmed but when we arrived the restaurant was closed permanently. Spoke with the associate on the floor who said basically they were open Sunday and then no one showed up Monday and they cleared everything out. We only made the reservation about a week out, doesn’t seem like they turned their reservation system off. Really annoying, we then had to find somewhere else that wasn’t completely booked at dinner on a nice Saturday downtown.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Restaurant is closed!!
  12. AC

    AllieC

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I was so looking forward to eating at Althea. I traveled in from out of state, showed up at the restaurant to find it permanently closed. How do you close and not notify anyone who has reservations pending? I booked months in advance. So disappointing and a horrible horrible way to conduct business.
  13. c

    crystal

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This restaurant permanently closed 4 days ago, but still shows open online and I was still able to make reservation through open table, so they have not notified anyone!
  14. T

    Theodore

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic from A to Z! Mixes of flavours were stunning!
  15. MA

    MariiaA

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Food was absolutely meh. We also waited for it forever. The service is friendly but slow. I've been to 3 other MK restaurants and this was by far the worst experience. I wouldn't come back again despite the pretty view
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The cheese board was fun and flavorful. The crab cake sandwich lacked flavor. The corn risotto was not bad, the top of the dish had some yummy vegetables but losses the corn element. The al pastor taco was good! I’ve been to quite a few Matthew Kinney restaurants and this one didn’t hold the standard I’m used to for his dining experience and food quality.
  17. S

    Sarah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Really enjoyed our experience! We arrived a few minutes past our reservation and the staff was accommodating to us in holding our table. We had a beautiful view of the Chicago skyline from our table. The food was delicious, but the best part was that it is healthy and balanced! It's so hard to find a vegan restaurant to go to that has all those three things you can check off your list. We enjoyed two entrees and a dessert. Can't wait to come back for more!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philippines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food!
  19. s

    steveats

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The staff was extremely helpful and accommodating. I didn’t know what to expect since the restaurant was part of the department store, but it maintained a contemporary theme and chill atmosphere. Our waiter’s knowledge and descriptions of the dishes were very accurate and helped us navigate through the menu. Everything we tried from the food to the cocktails was delicious and the presentations begged for photos. Highly recommend this restaurant for the food, vibes and friendly staff,
  20. CJ

    ConnieJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire experience was fantastic--food, drinks, service, ambience. I didn't rate this restaurant high on "value", however, because this is a splurge kind of destination. Otherwise, for a gourmet vegan meal out, Althea is a wonderful restaurant!
  21. f

    foodie

    Chicago

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stunning views. Fabulous healthy, creative, and well-executed dishes. Great service.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter was terrific and food was amazing.
  23. KH

    KarenH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my daughter’s birthday and she is a vegan, we tried to come here another time but it was closed. I’m glad they were open for her day. We really loved the food, I especially loved my soup. We had a great experience, the waitstaff was awesome, I totally recommend this restaurant!!!!!! ❤️
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really expected more from what was said to be the best vegan restaurant in Chicago. Menu was…unimaginative. There are so many incredible things you can do with vegan food. Don’t get me wrong, the food was good. Just would have like to see more creativity with the menu. I can’t imagine I’m the only one who doesn’t want an entire bowl of corn as a pretend risotto. Look around at some of the leaders in the vegan food industry and up your game. Chicago needs you!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    Meh overpriced
  26. TH

    TracyH

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    The food was the highlight of the experience. The udon noodle bowl with tofu was amazing! We also had side Caesar salads which were very good. The only dessert option was the chocolate truffle cake which was delicious and decadent. I was disappointed though to not be able to try the cheesecake. The manager/hostess that greeted us was very friendly and attentive. That was not the case of our server. She was friendly enough but not at all attentive. She seemed like she was new. She forgot to give the table next to us silverware to be able to enjoy their dessert. We waited for a long while for her to greet us then another 10 minutes to before she brought us anything to drink. The udon was served before the side salads so we had everything handed to us basically at once. Our waters were never refilled. I could tell she was overwhelmed. We were disappointed to learn that the gratuity is added in for a table for 2. As former servers, we are good tippers even when the service is bad. I don’t think its okay to add in a gratuity and assume it was worth a 20% tip. I think the restaurant needs to pay their servers more and not push that onto the customer.
  27. JG

    JGillespie

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Usually one of our go to places for brunch. We are going to be taking a break for awhile. Then it gets busy the service suffers, our server had to ask “are you waiting for your food?” The baked French toast was dry, felt like it was made the day before. Also, a special occasion and didn’t seem anything extra except for a window seat.
  28. RR

    RRSSFF

    Chicago

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A friend & I stopped in for lunch and loved everything. We were so happy with the decor, service, cuisine and price point. It felt so cozy tucked away on the 7th floor of Saks Fifth Avenue. The muted color palette was perfect for comfort and relaxation.
  29. NW

    NicoleW

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm vegan and was so blown away by the menu and being able to order anything! I appreciate all you do! Such a satisfying meal.
  30. EN

    EdgarN

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and excellent service, Sandy gave great recommendations about the menu definitively a MUST if you are in the Chicago area
  31. AH

    AnneH

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and cocktails. Everything was so fresh and flavorful. Would definitely return.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing. If you’re not vegan, you won’t be able to tell this cuisine IS vegan. So many great options … and eating with a vegan at the table, it was refreshing to be able to have her pick ANYTHING … instead of making select group of options. (Which is normally the case at restaurants). Cheese board and Mac and Cheese apps were really good. It’s hard to find good vegan cheese choices! Lasagna (served cold) was to die for! Risotto … flavorful and filling! And the chocolate cake had a nice mocha taste to it. Would return time and time again. (Just wish it had more dinner hours)… closes early, since it’s connected to Saks.
  33. EK

    EKS111

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a hidden gem. Totally enjoyed the experience. Food was great, not too expensive, and it was very quiet which was very nice.
  34. HP

    HaleyP

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Great service and food as always!
  35. MS

    MartinS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Next level veg cuisine. Beautifully plated and absolutely delicious. And the view is spectacular. Highly recommend!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    One of the servers yelled at me and used stop talking hand gestures when I politely said excuse me to get her attention and ask her where the bathroom is for my grandma. I felt like I was a 3 year old getting yelled at. It was the most embarrassing restaurant experience ever and I expect a fine dining restaurant to treat their customers with respect. I would definitely not recommend going here unless they fix their staffs attitude. I wanted to take my family here to celebrate a special occasion and this server ended up ruining our entire experience.
  37. p

    ppanana

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good vibes. Pricey menu but everything was really good. And I’m a meat lover
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I will visit Chicago just to come to this restaurant. One of the most amazing, balanced, high quality ingredients, presentation and fresh vegan 🌱 meals ever. Outstanding job. Two thumbs up 👍🏻👍🏻
  39. DS

    DanielleS

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was so lovely to have a fine dining experience where I could order anything on the menu!! Thank you thank you thank you.
  40. L

    Laurarn

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was wonderful, staff very helpful with explaining menu and recommendations. The dishes we ordered were beautiful and delicious.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

ALTHEA offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 525-3400.

ALTHEA is rated 3.9 stars by 831 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Superior

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Loop

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 12:00 pm–12:15 pm

  • Cuisines

    Vegetarian / Vegan, Farm-to-table, Organic

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Red Line - Chicago Ave.Red Line - Grand & StateBrown Line - Chicago Ave.Bus Lines - #3, #26, #65, #66, #125, #143, #146, #147, #148, #151

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Matthew Kenney

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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