EDGE by Chef Dustin Allen

4.5
389 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Edge is more than just a restaurant; it's an experience that's new and different every time you dine. While you're enjoying a wine from our extensive menu or relishing one of our signature cocktails, your server will acquaint you with the selections on Chef's ever-changing menu. Each farm-to-table dish has its own story to tell, from the local farm where the fresh vegetables were grown to the meat hand cut by Chef himself. Combining the bounty of farm-fresh, locally-grown ingredients with his elegant yet rustic style of cooking, Chef Allen prepares and presents each dish with an eclectic flair reminiscent of free-formed jazz.

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LO
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food, well prepared, and attentive service

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WD
Chicago
130 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Six of us enjoyed dining for the first time here, and enjoyed the food, fresh, tasty and well presented. Ashley, our waitress was very friendly, helpful and attentive. This place is a gem.

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SB
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a very cool place, not sure if the hostess was our waitress or not but she was great. Food was good but nothing special (I really wanted it to be!)

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H
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food looked and tastes amazing! The atmosphere didnt match the food presentation..food was professional but atmosphere was more regular bar restraunt.. would definitely return! Drinks were amazing!

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B
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My wife and I have been meaning to try out Edge for a few weeks now. Having come from Brimfield, we will return. The food was delicious, my wife had a salmon that was very good considering we are in IL and used to the coast for seafood. My plate had a pork rib that was extremely tender and seasoned well. Presentation was very good and there was minimal wait for dinner to arrive. For an appetizer, we shared effectively fried Wisconsin cheese. The breading was seasoned very well and though it may sound strange to have "cheese balls" at such a place - I can't deny how good they were. For desert, a brownie with walnuts was served - the balance between a half cooked (intentionally) middle and a crisp crust was excellent. The chocolate flavor was superb. All in all, a great restaurant that we'll return to.

I do wish however that the trend of not having sound deadening materials in restaurants passes. Having a conversation when the place started to fill around 7:30 became challenging. The ceiling is open and there is no carpeting covering the polished cement floors. Its very loud for such a mid-sized place and takes away from the intimate nature they are seemingly going for.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service as always!

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JD
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We went there to celebrate a birthday and when we asked to get the Tasting Menu (whereby the Chef serves up an assortment of dishes) we were informed that the Chef did not want to provide that service that night and did not have the supplies to do so. We ended up ordering off the menu. The steaks had a lot of gristle, the pork chop was undercooked, and the desserts were horrible. I would have had a better cheesecake from HY-Vee. Overall this place is a disappointment.

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MC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

I got a reservation for Saturday night at 7pm. The location is brilliant however finding parking was a bit daunting. It was also a little confusing to get into the restaurant. Once in, I was greeted promptly and the staff were very nice. There was no wait which was a pleasant surprise. Our waitress did a wonderful job on making a suggestion for drinks and the drink selection offered something for everyone. She visited our table enough to make us feel taken care without hoovering. We ordered the steak and roasted chicken. The meats were very bland. The skin on the chicken was nicely done and it was not dry, but just lacked flavor. There was also a bramble of broccoli thrown on top of my chicken that made the plating an immediate turn off. I was so underwhelmed that I couldn't really wrap my head around the price point. The potatoes were wonderful and the greens salad was the highlight of the meal. We ordered the brownie and I was just so beyond disappointed. It tasted the same as the brownies from Pizza Hut. I was excited about the vanilla coffee sauce, but I struggled to identify any coffee flavor. The fresh cream on top was wonderful however. The seating is very close together and the noise level at a certain point was bad enough that it made it seem as though we couldn't have a conversation without yelling at one another. It also seemed to impose on other's conversations. I'm rather unimpressed that the restaurant area is on the bottom floor instead of being placed on the higher floor to be able to enjoy the view that's offered.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, it was a great experience!

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G
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We've eaten at Edge twice within a 10 day period, each time with different guests. This experience was not quite as positive as the first, primarily because three of us ordered the pork chop - two were very good, one was fatty and full of gristle. In an attempt to avoid delaying dinner, my husband did not send back the poor quality chop so the staff did not have the opportunity to replace it. However, when he ate very little of it, the server should have asked if something was wrong.

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JK
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Chi cken enjoyed by 3. I liked the porkchop.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful and so was service. Great night out.

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SE
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and overall great experience. They also have a bar area upstairs that has a really cool chill vibe. Very cool place!

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food with fresh and unique ingredients!

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MV
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We celebrated Valentine’s Day. This was a five course meal. The restaurant’s decor is trendy, but some tables are too close which makes seating awkward no space to comfortably sit or to move. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable, but very busy, dishes used for some courses and glasses were not removed prior placing the next course. 3 of the 5 courses were very good, the cheese plate was out of order and no explanation of the different cheeses, Those little nuances that can elevate a good to great experience were missing.

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ST
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The restaurant decor and location is great. However, the best part of my meal was the salad. I ordered the Tomahawk pork chop for my main course, and it was extremely fatty. I barely ate it and was very disappointed. I let our server know that the piece of meat was very fatty and she never acknowledged the issue. She took my plate and walked away. We have no plans to come back again. There are so many other better restaurants in the Heights.

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Z
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is outstanding however dessert is an after thought and tea non existent. Everything else was fabulous.

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c
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

This was my first time visiting this restaurant and it was my birthday which I included in the open table reservation. The menu was limited; however, the food was tasty. The Salmon and eggs was a good pairing; however, the chicken and black bean soup needed a textural component such as a dente veggies. The wine selection was pricy in contrast to the menu items.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual!

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M
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Birthday dinner for my mom! Food was amazing and staff made her feel special!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The panna cotta was the only detractor. Everything else was excellent.

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F
Naples
32 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Great service. Will recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The appetizer was great and salad was wonderful. The salmon was amazing. Great location and the staff are top notch, every time

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service.. always an excellent experience.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, it was a great experience!

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RB
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fresh, seasonal and best of local foods. Attention to detail in the meals alone is impressive but also in the service.

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FM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great! Keep doing what you’re doing!

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F
Naples
32 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal. Food was absolutely delightful and service was top notch. Will return soon!!!

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MB
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love our time at Edge! Food and service are always spot on.

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BC
Indiana
19 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever we are in a new area, I always search for "Farm to Table" and this seemed like it was going to fit the bill. It was a cold night, an early snow and we walked in at 6pm with reservations, yet no one was in the dining room. After we ordered a drink, out came delicious bread with a room temperature butter filled with fresh herbs. Yum. We chose a fig & date salad which was beyond delicious. 2 for 2. And yet we dined alone. When our main courses were served, several more diners joined us. I chose the shrimp & grits & my husband chose the pork chop. Both were generous portions and the plates were just lovely. We both sat there with moans & groans of how tasty they were. Peoria, do not miss this gem! We will be back next time we pass thru this area.

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l
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the pimento cheese and I am not a pimento cheese lover in the least

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MG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The BLT was served on cold sourdough with cold bacon. The salad was served with a different dressing unsuitable for the dish. Very poor food. The wait staff tried very hard to make up the deficits from the kitchen.

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GS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Have been here twice. First time was a real treat! Exceptional food, flavor pairing were amazing. Food was cooked to perfection and plenty to eat. Second time not so much. Same night, apparently one chef was gone. Second chef, I guess they r still learning. Completely different flavor profile for the Appetizer, not as appetizing (saffron shrimp). Got the strip steak with mushroom Risotto, the risotto was undercooked, in my opinion and didn’t taste like mushrooms, more like salt and wasn’t to my taste—I love risotto. Usually risotto is over cooked and mushy. This time
It was undercooked and too difficult
To chew, beyond firm, hard better discribes it. The steak was cooked to perfection (med rare). My daughters was also cooked perfectly med as ordered. She skipped the risotto and had potatoes which were nice. My husbands halibut was well cooked and he liked it but no wow factor. First time eating there was a wow. I’m very thankful our fantastic waitress Heather informed us they were down a chef as we probably wouldn’t have returned again for a long time. Now, I’m hopeful we will once again enjoy our experience there. If the sous chef or head chef is there, go! This place is fantastic. But without them it’s hit or miss.

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FM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were greeted with a friendly smile and seated right away. Our waitress was knowledgeable, made good suggestions. She was attentive despite the fact that the restaurant was busy. I had the beet salad and my wife had the fig salad. Both salads were very fresh, refreshing and tasty. I had the pork chop, it was delicious however a good portion of it was fat. Perhaps that the tomahawk style and if so then okay. My wife had the Halibut and it was delicious as well.
This was not our first time and we will return to Chef Dustin again. We've recommended it to friends and family.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service

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JW
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great Farm to Table restaurant in the Heights. Clean, Crisp, Sleek modern décor adds some metropolitan feel to the restaurant. Great cocktails (they make a fantastic "Old Fashioned".)

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RI
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

VERY NICE GOOD SERVICE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD HAD A VERY NICE EVENING WILL RETURN

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found this place just by chance! We were in town for the weekend for our wedding anniversary. The service was outstanding as well as the food. I had the pasta with meatballs. Delish! My husband had the bone in pork chop and said it was the best pork chop he's ever had! The atmosphere was comfortable and we'd go back next time we come to town.

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JD
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wine pairing on the menu, they were spot on, perfectly cooked steak, in house cured Ham wonderful, great desserts

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KD
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Dustin and his staff were incredible! We had wonderful service and suggestions from Heather and were also visited by the sous-chef. I couldn't of asked for a better experience. The food, people, knowledge, and attention to all details were impeccable! I can not wait for my next experience at EDGE.

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