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About Arbor

We are building the kind of place you never want to leave and wish you’d never get full.

The Midwestern Omakase is a passionate expression of Garden To Table, it’s clandestine…yet it exists for all. The menu changes every few weeks, and Thillrist even listed it as a must have dining experience!

Please specify in notes whether you would like the 3, 5, or 7 course option, in addition, please let us know if there is anything you can’t eat.

There are four primary options :
3 courses- $45 + $25 wine
5 courses- $70 + $40 wine
7 courses- $100 + $55 wine
The wine list is extremely fun and quirky with focuses on smaller producers and natural wine practices. If you remotely like wine, then get the pairings.

We aren’t the stuffy type but are relentless about what makes for memorable experiences and lovingly seasoned food. It is less about impressing the guest, and more about love, as that is the warmest kind of hospitality.

2545 West Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American, Global, International

Hours of Operation:
Midwestern Omakase
Thu–Sat 6:00 pm–11:00 pm

Cross Street:
Rockwell

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 292-8347

Website:
http://arborprojects.com/

Catering:
No souless cooking or lifeless service. Catering does not need to be boring, you just have to put love into it and have the skill and technique to execute. Arbor catering is just like the rest of what we do by specifically designing experiences that over-deliver. Be it an ornate wedding, boisterous cocktail party, or corporate gathering: everything is made fresh, on site, from the best and most delicious items that we can get our hands on. Real ingredients: local grains, breads, rooftop honey, fruits and vegetables, often grown a one-minute walk or an elevator ride away.

Parking Details:
Arbor is on the SECOND FLOOR, Street parking (Diversey, south Maplewood, and south Rockwell st) and neighborhood parking available (On George just west of Rockwell)

Public Transit:
4 blocks north of California Blue Line stop
#28 Diversey bus, stops at Rockwell
#49 Western Bus - walk 2 blocks west
#52 California Bus - walk 2 blocks east

Executive Chef:
Leonard Hollander

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We have done everything from 400 person holiday parties with four custom cocktail bars, to an eight person 10 course thematic driven dining experience. We are a rare breed and would love to talk if you value the kind of execution that leaves you with something to talk about.

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4.7

service

4.6

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4.4

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4.4

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100% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (16)
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Tasting Menu (12)
Good for a Date (10)
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Local Ingredients (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Romantic (6)
Seasonal (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Authentic (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Fun (4)
Healthy (4)
Organic (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Business Meals (2)
Casual (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Vegan (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was amazing! My date and I each got the 3 course meal. We were given different dishes for each course, which allowed us to try out several dishes! Get the wine pairing- you will not regret!

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Amazing quality and value. Not pretentious. Creative yet tasty food. Staff was very accommodating and friendly. Go a little early, was tricky to find parking.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, Organic, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Everyone was great, the food was great, wine was varieties I’d never of tried if they were not given.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing food and service. Truly a fantastic experience all around.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on November 5, 2017

My experience at Arbor went above and beyond what I could have expected. They were very diligent about our dietary restrictions, and still managed to craft absolutely fantastic courses with exciting and unique wine pairings. We spoke with the owner, and felt very well taken care of the entire time. There was not an air of pretension like some restaurants like this can have, and our service was fantastic.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had the 7 course tasting menu. Every dish was excellent. So many unusual ingredients were perfectly incorporated into every thing we tried.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The menu kept us on our toes with the combination of flavors that the chef prepared. It was wonderful! And our server, Kevin, was delightful! I would be happy to go back to taste a whole new menu of surprises 😊

Tags: Tasting Menu, People Watching, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Chad and the rest of the Arbor staff were outstanding. Giving the serbicecquslity thatbmatchedbtheirvexquidite menu. Their wine pairings were extremely tasty and added flavor and enhanced every course. We certainly will be back to enjoy the experience again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

I wish I could give this 10 stars—it was everything we expected and more! Some of the best food I’ve had, ever, & it was a really great experience speaking with one of the owners & seeing the garden. Staff was super knowledgeable & very friendly. Walking in, it might seem weird since it’s in an office building but man, the food will blow you away!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Vegan, Authentic, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Five course with pairings was very filling and satisfying. Very romantic and intimate.

Tags: Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Arbor is a unique dining experience. They are passionate about what they do and it shows in their food. They are considerate of what you like to eat and will try to tailor a dinner experience based on your food preferences.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Arbor is delicious mind expanding experience. If you love food this place is perfect for all occasions.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We were looking really forward to trying Arbor as the reviews, for the most part, are very good. As such, on a recent trip to Chicago, we made reservations for dinner at Arbor (Midwestern Omakase). Unfortunately, we had a less than stellar experience and with so many wonderful dining choices in Chicago, I doubt that we will try it again.

We ordered the 3-course dinner with wine pairings (and we are so glad we did not order the 5 or 7 course as we did not enjoy the food that much and because it would have been too much food for us), and although it felt like a fair price for the amount of food we received, none of the courses were exceptional - although the dessert was by far the best course we had.

Pros:
- dessert course was very good
- good value
- although we did not love the wines alone, the pairing did complement the food well

Cons:
- service (our waiter seemed rushed/brusque and did not take time to explain the food or wine)
- ambiance
- food was okay, but we were disappointed as we had high expectations

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Very inventive, but a couple dishes and beverage pairings were just weird for weird's sake. The biggest problem was the pacing. Early courses are quite small - as they should be - but so long between courses as to give rise to some impatience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

There is little choice, but one can indicate special diets (fish only or veggie, etc, allergies) and the chef-determined choices were creative and very, very tasty. The wine pairings included interesting, unusual finds. Dessert was ever so slightly disappointing but overall, really excellent food and a fine experience.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Western NC)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Went for dinner and found the food to be wonderful. It's straightforward, fresh food with interesting and original flavor combinations. Our server was knowledgeable about both the food and wine and service was impeccable. We had the 7-course meal with wine pairings. The wines were unique, well chosen and well suited for the courses they came with. If I had a complaint, it would be that the wine pours for the tasting were meager; I'm not asking for half a glass with a tasting, but I would love to have had a few more sips per course. All in all, Arbor is a real gem among Chicago restaurants.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Amazing food. Worth every single penny!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Great meal. Food is amazing. Took our aversions into account. Great value.

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Wine pairing was the highlight

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 13, 2017

I love this place so much that I will go back. Food is good . Owner is friendly and warm. Chef is very creative

Tags: Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Everything at dinner was fantastic. The server was very accommodating and knowledgeable of everything that came out. The ambiance was romantic and very neat, though the music was a bit on the loud side. The food was absolutely phenomenal. We had the three course meal as this was our first time, but would definitely go back again for the seven course dinner.

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Absolutely awesome dining experience. The flavors are unique, the wines are unique, and they are perfectly paired. Many ingredients grown in a garden right beside the building. The setting is subdued and modern. The staff genuinely cares. They accurately describe themselves as unpretentious but obsessed about the food. My new favorite restaurant.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Fantastic all around. One of my favorite meals I've had in Chicago. Will recommend to everyone.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Unforgettable experience. Go before everyone hears about it!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Loved the food . Loved the ambiance. Service was excellent. Everyone from chef to server was friendly and passionate about the place. Already made another reservations

Tags: Healthy, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We had an amazing evening at Arbor! We received excellent, personal service. The chef worked in a wide variety to the tasting menu that just seemed to keep going! The food was really good overall with a couple dishes that stood out.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Most amazing restaurant in Chicago. Chad and Leonard are amazing food creators and artists. Farm to table hasn't seen this light before.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Worth every penny. Delightful ambiance in an interesting setting. Interaction with Chad, Leonard and Allie was a value -added return on our investment. Have already recommended Arbor!

Tags: Vegan, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Organic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Everything was incredible!! The service, food and wine pairings were perfection. Looking forward to our next dining experience there.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fun, Good for a Date, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Really amazing place! A hidden gem to be sure. We had the "Midwest Omakase" which was a series of dishes decided by the chef. We got the 5 course meal and while we didn't leave hungry, next time we will get the seven course option just because it was so much fun trying new things. Highlights for us were the skate fish cheek, and the char. The wine flight is also highly recommended. The pairing was always on point, delicious, and unique. The service was amazing: our server, Ally, was knowledgeable, friendly and immediately accommodated our every request. We were given little samples of wonderful drinks and food and the whole atmosphere felt like we hanging out at a classy dinner party with old friends.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 12, 2017

We went to Arbor for the first time . Living in the Logan square area, there are many options for "foodies." Arbor by far, had some of the freshest, and best prepared foods I have ever experienced (this is not coming from a chain-eating couple, either ). Leonard, the chef was absolutely spectacular in his food preparations, charisma, and how he displayed his Character throughout the restaurant . Our server, Allie, was extremely well versed and knowledgable in food/wine pairings, and someone who makes you feel right at home . Coming from someone who goes out of state to wineries on a consistent basis, saying these are some of the best wine pairings i have ever tried is an understatement . Overall, food quality , restaurant ambiance, and staff personality is off charts and highly recommended

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Delightful!!!! perfect for a private party: inventive cuisine by an inspired chef: outstandingly fresh:

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Just phenomenal- we did the 5 course meal with wine pairings. The food was top notch. Up there with Alinea! And the pairings were even better. The best I've ever had! Such a great find. It feels like the chef and few servers are a family that invited us over for supper.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Arbor is a down to earth, humble gem in the Green Exchange building. The cuisine is farm to table and each dish is a creative layering of flavors, however, each dish is ephemeral. This provides the chefs the ability to constantly push their art while keeping us diners with a new experience each time. Your tastebuds will constantly be challenged at Arbor but the warmth and hospitality remains the same. For someone who wants inspiration in each meal, come here and taste the art without paying a luxury tax. The team at Arbor welcomes you into their home and innovation lab. It's a great juxtaposition one rarely finds.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Organic, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Quirky and personal service. Great food. Great wine.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Very thoughtful menu and excellent, personal service.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Very fun and unique dining adventure

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Had a most enjoyable Saturday evening at Arbor. Beautiful and creative décor, one of the most pleasing I have seen in the Chicago area. Service was fantastic - really sincere, friendly and authentic. The dishes are creative and interesting - sometimes surprising. Having read other reviews about large portion sizes we took the three course menu which my wife was fine with. My son and I decided we wanted a little more food and so the restaurant inserted a 4th course dish in a very appropriate way. They clearly go out of their way to make the customer experience an enjoyable one.
Some aspects are a little quirky - like ordering an Omekase style course but having different guests within the same group receive different dishes, but plated individually. Their food leads itself to sharing and I think it would be better if the dishes were plated centrally this way. Not sure I would go with the wine pairings again - some better than others. However I applaud this restaurant for aiming to bring something different to the dining scene and they deserve continued success. I would try them for brunch except seeing I live downtown I'm not sure I want to go that far in the middle of the day (lazy I know...). Anyway, a fun and different experience which I would encourage you to try. I will definitely return. By the way, thought the bill was very reasonable for what was offered and the overall environment. Bravo !

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Arbor was fantastic. We arrived a little early and they were very accommodating. We had the three course dinner, and everything was perfect. They serve different plates to each guest, but they also have plates so it's easy to share. Their wine choices were great too. I would definitely go back for the five course dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 18, 2017

We had high expectations for Arbor given all the hype the restaurant has received. The design of the restaurant is very cool (once you find it inside a large industrial building). We ordered the 5 course with wine pairings. While the food was good, it was not great and certainly not up to expectations. The wine matched well with the food, but likewise was not really good wines. They have priced the meal and wine well for the quality level of the food. So, it is good value. But if you expect a gourmet or special meal, you will be disappointed.

Tags: Fun, Casual
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