de Quay

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de Quay Restaurant offers a modern fusion of the food cultures of Holland and Indonesia, inspired by, yet not limited to strict interpretation of traditional dishes. Chef David de Quay offers simple, fresh, top quality ingredients. Original twists on the flavors and styles from both worlds.... a new parallel to French/Vietnamese inspired cuisine. Great service, an inviting space and ambiance , local spirits,craft beers, small but changing wine list. de Quay restaurant is located at 2470 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago, just a couple of blocks from the Biograph & Apollo Theatres as well as Lincoln Hall.
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4.6based on all time ratings
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4.7
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4.3
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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had dinner with friends on a Friday night. It was our second time at de Quay for dinner. We were all very happy with the food and service. Will definitely return.

LG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. We went for their Rijstaffel Service and had a fantastic evening. The food was great and was paired with great service. Cant wait to go again.

AJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I was drawn to this restaurant because of the monthly rijstaffel. I was so excited to find a place in Chicago that serves the Indonesian rijstaffel meal service I experienced in Amsterdam. The food and the service was great, however it wasn't what I was expecting. This was more of a Dutch food sampler than and Indonesian food sampler that would be served in The Netherlands. Although I will admit the food was good and we were very satisfied. I think I will be back on a normal night to try the regular dishes.

BL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

De Quay is one of my favorite restaurants. The service is the best I've ever experienced. I love how each employee genuinely strives to provide a wonderful experience for each patron. The level and quality of service are unique to De Quay and create a warm, comforting atmosphere in which to enjoy delicious meals. I love the variety of tastes in each dish as well. The dumplings and mussels were simply amazing. I loved my salmon entree as well. I will be visiting De Quay again and of course recommending it to everyone I know! Also, the almond spekkoek is my favorite dessert in the city (and I've had a LOT of dessert).

C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a chef I am very fussy about where I eat. This was recommended by a colleague who was mentored by the owner and suggested we try it during a trip to Chicago. The restaurant is a neighborhood gem, intimate and quiet even though it was packed. Beer & wine selections were great but it was the food that stood out. The Gouda dumplings were glorious. This is a classic small plate style and everything we had was excellent. The pricing was very reasonable considering the quality of the ingredients and preparation. Highly recommended.

m
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really tasty. Small menu but everything was delicious. The only odd think is that there are two apps and we ordered the Pecans and then found out they were out. Very strange to be out of one of the two options at 7 pm. Would have thought that they would sub something or be more apologetic. We shared 4 entrees and they were all delicious.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent attentive service and fantastic and exotic fusion cuisine.

MB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

One of our favorite places on Lincoln Park! A unique and ambitious menu perfectly executed. And the service is excellent.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved De Quay. Very attentive staff. Great food. Relaxed ambience.

JW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Netherlands/ Indonesian menu very interesting and fun to explore, staff recommendations helpful --will definitely go back.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner: the staff was superb and the food even better. HIGHLY recommend

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic in every way. Great food, great service. I can't wait to go back!

FA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very authentic Dutch Indonesian flavors with a great American fusion take. The lamb sausage is quite simply superb.

B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a solid choice. The food is always well prepared and delicious.

C
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love this place. We went for the Rijstaffel service that they have the first Monday of every month and it was great! There were 8 of us and we were treated like gold. The staff is very friendly, we got extra of everything we raved about, and the food was delicious on top of it all. Fantastic time for the whole group of us to get together.

l
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to De Quay several times and have never been disappointed. This time we did all small plates so we could try several different items and it worked out wonderfully. Service is spectacular, food is delicious and unusual, wines are special. They always feature several special pours outside their normally available wines, which is a very nice touch.

FO
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was a unique experience in terms of never having a combined Dutch and Indonesian style food. However, I'm not sure I'd go back.

W
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

de Quay was an random find on Google but it was a good one! A Dutch menu with a comfort twist. Our server Jessica was great and knew the menu well. The dumplings were a great start. My husband and I had the spare ribs and the lamb. Outstanding dishes! Then ended the meal with a carmel stroopwaffle ala mood. 👍🏻🍴❤️

H
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Staff paid close attention to my daughter and I.

h
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love DeQuay. fabulous wine list ..delicious dutch indonesian flavors. romantic & cozy

S
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Interesting vegetarian plate! All dishes quite good.

OT
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The snacks were fine but skipable. They need to warm up the nuts. The dumplings were good and two people really liked the duck, I thought it was good, although I probably wouldn't order again. I was a fan of the tuna tartare, nice and bright. Lamb was also very good, especially the sausage. Didn't love the rice main dish. Chocolate cake was yummy but the chocolate Sambal sauce is disgusting. Waiter even warns you that you'll love it or hate it and I'm guessing not too many love it
Lol. Luckily just a few swirls on the plate that you can easily avoid.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and staff was very nice! I'll definitely would go back!

MC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a very pleasant evening at Le Quay. Service was friendly and efficient but not cloying which was good. Food interesting and tasty although chicken main course could have been more inventive.

Wine we ordered was delicious 2014 Grenache - yum!

Overall a very nice experience .

EG
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was blown away by everything we ate. The service was perfection since it was a team of at least three people. Every bite was surprising and delightful.

MS
Chicago
91 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Went there for brunch on Mother's Day. They only do brunch on special occasions. If you are tired of the usual Benedict-pancakes-omelette etc. routine; this is the place for you. Outstanding food in charming surroundings. The service was spot on and the wine list shows fine taste. Strongly recommend it.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent and interesting. The wine list was wonderful. The service was truly exceptional. We had an attentive server and sommelier, both of whom were tremendously helpful. It was a great experience.

DW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very interesting combinations. Enjoyed the Dutch/Indo inspired dishes. All staff were very friendly and attentive. Definitely going back

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Go now before you can't get in!!! Food and service was amazing.

t
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious meal, knowledgeable and personable service. Great value. Have already recommended it to friends.

A
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Once again, de Quay made me feel like their most important customer. This restaurant has interesting and delicious food and a terrific welcoming attitude. Our spring salad with strawberries and cilantro was refreshing and a nice counterpoint to the shrimp and mussels in coconut curry broth. Our server was very responsive and someone front of house noticed the gift bag at the table and surprised us with a complementary dessert. These people try harder and it shows. Just excellent all around.

E
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Attentive and thoughtful host and staff, and delicious food!! Can't wait to come back here/

N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The quality of the food was very good and so was our service

JH
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is quite a nice, comfortable, friendly restaurant. Would I recommend it? In fact, just today I did to a co-worker. My friend and I had out second experience there. We were happy with both and will put it on our list of 'regular' stops.

CB
London
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite restaurants in Chicago.

The food is so creative, authentic and just amazing.

D
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice experience. The food was unique and delicious and the service was courteous and helpful. We needed to get out in time for a play and they adhered to our schedule without rushing us.

JI
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Wine list has several gems such as the Zinfandel and Cabernet Franc.

YT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food, great wine, very friendly and knowledgeable staff.

JA
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

second time I have been here - will go again - cocktails are exceptional - food and service exceptional

O
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was outstanding. Two of us had the lamb and one the pork chop. Both delicious. It's a little loud, but we didn't have any trouble hearing the conversation at our table.

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