Elske

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Elske means love in Danish, a nod to both David Posey’s Danish mother and the fact that the couple got engaged in Copenhagen. “Our travels in Denmark have really influenced us,” Chef Posey said. “We like that clean, simple aesthetic.”

The dining room — all crisp lines, minimalist décor and soft lighting — is anchored by a wide open kitchen on one side and a small patio with a working fireplace on the other. Combined with the friendly service, it creates the impression that you’re eating in a supremely tasteful Scandinavian friend’s weekend home.
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Nothing tasted good... worst meal ever at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Had a special occasion request but they didn’t do anything.

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JF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and inventive yet very approachable. Service was professional and outstanding. We ate at the bar, and were completely comfortable there. Nice vibe, not overwhelming.

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OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, and very fairly priced. I sat at the bar and had great service - the bartender had great food and drink recommendations. Great place for a special night out!

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S
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Elske is a truly extraordinary culinary experience. Extremely knowledgeable staff and perfectly crafted dishes. Delightful!

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k
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Interesting cuisine in a minimalist setting service was excellent but a bit noisy for my liking

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E
New England
28 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal at Elske was outstanding. We sat in the lovely outdoor space with a welcoming fireplace, but the interior is equally pleasant. The service was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. The food was superb. At first, some of the menu items seemed to be a bit overdone, but the actual dishes turned out to be inventive, cohesive and delicious. The wine list was also interesting - we had a lovely rose from the Canary Islands. It's definitely a splurge, but more than worth it!

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f
Detroit
167 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything on menu is recommended. Chef uses familiar ingredients but combines them with delicious unusual flavors, making for a fabulous final bite. The soft shell crab, agnolotti, and sweetbreads were a real standout. Small but interesting wine, beer, and spirits list. Outdoor patio is quiet, comfortable and what’s not to love about a wood burning fireplace?

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HR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem! We had a significant birthday to celebrate, and wanted to go somewhere special, somewhere new (to us). I had read a lot of raves about Elske when it first opened, and it actually exceeded our expectations. Thank heavens we live in Chicago, as it was possible for us to get a reservation only a day advance. One of the marvels of this restaurant is that an a la carte menu accompanies its tempting tasting menu. We love the combination of fine dining with a very casual vibe. We shared everything. So glad we ordered the Publican oat porridge sourdough bread, an indulgence that proved quite practical so we could sop up all the goodness of the sauces that were yet to come. The smoked fjord trout with golden beets and honey and oxalis (which we have potted at home) was so fresh, light and delicious, the perfect starter. Next came perfectly prepared soft-shell crab, so delicate and happily not heavily breaded or deep fried! Then we had some swoonworthy sweetbreads (which we always love), and absolutely delicious ricotta-stuffed black bean (read: guilt-free) agnolotti, with braised morels and English peas. So. Good. For dessert we couldn't resist the meringue with smoked rhubarb, fresh rhubarb, and whipped buttermilk, and they surprised us with a wedge of white chocolate mousse cake with a festive candle to celebrate. We'll definitely be back!

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A
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all-around. The confit of trumpet mushrooms and the endive salad were favorites. Started with some lovely cocktails from Jake at the bar, who served us there, he and Joe were gracious and hospitable, we enjoyed dining with them.

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AJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievably delicious, thoughtful and creative. Thank you all for a wonderful experience from start to finish. <3

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second trip to Elske and I was, again, blown away with the quality. The food is innovative, yet simple and the service is friendly yet polished. I am already looking forward to my next trip back.

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JL
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience, beautiful space, fantastic waitstaff. Food was off the charts and the drinks were wonderful and creative as well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my new favorite restaurant in Chicago! I highly recommend it. We loved the tasting menu last year so we came back and got the whole a la carte menu. I can’t say enough good things about the food, service, and ambiance!!!

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F
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 of us tasted smoked trout, soft shell crab, two pasta dishes, trumpets, chicken sausage, porcheletta and lamb. All very good, some divine. Great wine selections and reasonably priced. Their Michelin star is deserved!

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Raleigh
66 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Wanted to love this place, but it was just ok. Despite having a reservation and being on time, we were told it would be another 20 minutes, which ended up being 40. There were several others in the same situation. They were very gracious about It and comped a drink for us (and others) while waiting, but clearly over booked their tables. Not a great way to start a meal at a Michelin restaurant. Tasting menu was good, but not great. Some dishes (like the leeks dish, the wagu beef, and the cherry dessert) were outstanding but others were just weird and really not that good (like the veggie and fruit tea and the cod, which was insanely salty). For the price, was expecting more. It was good, but for a $300 dinner for two people, I’m not sure if “good” is enough given other options in town.

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PG
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was amazing, a lot of creativity. Their approach of non-alcoholic beverage was unique and the flavor of the various food was very well thought
We waited almost 1h before having our table.... while being in a hurry....it took a bit of the pleasure but we forgot about it.

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A
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic tasting menu and a great variety of dishes/ingredients. We are pretty happy with our choice, as we experienced more than we could have done with a-la-carte. A little long waiting time between the two entrees (Cod and Steak), but everything else was totally fine. The other part is this restaurant offers no valet parking. Just be aware as it could take you a long time to find parking on the street. Besides that, very nice setting (the high ceiling actually helps to wind the noices level down) and great restaurant.

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m
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Weird vibes from the server. Food was good but not up to the hype.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Main courses excellent! Appetizers not so good. Good wine pairing!

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KC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Already recommended - favorite restaurant this year. The patio is amazing!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Reservation was cancelled by the restaurant. We were never notified. We showed up with our group to a closed restaurant.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comida genial, me ha encantado el lugar y el trato especial que hemos tenido. A demás nos han regalado un pastel de cumpleaños ya que estabamos de celebración

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Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I didn't like the flow of the price fixe menu with the wine tastings. Most of the food was really good but there were a couple of misses.

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JK
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excelente comida. Gran ingenio y creatividad en los platos, con una marcada tendencia de l gastronomia norteeuropea y muy bien maridada con vinos. Solo hubiera incorporado más aromas a humo en la comida, típico de la leña del norte, más allá que el ingreso había un fogón que proporcionaba ese aroma. Simplemente excelente

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food! Best desserts in town.

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JL
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elske is an INCREDIBLE restaurant! It was my first Michelin star experience and wow; the food was incredible, the service was friendly and attentive, and the ambiance was delightful. It felt comfortable but not casual and was overall a beautiful experience.

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V
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice food. I especially liked the texture and the cooking of the fish and the meat. However for a 1 star restaurant I expected a more refined experience.
Wine pairing was ok but it did not really bring any value to the meal.
A bit too noisy.

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DM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed elske and their tasting menu. It was tasty

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SM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic night! The food was scrumptious, creative, perfectly executed and plated beautifully.
We LOVED every single dish and were amazed at the flavours we discovered there.

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b
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting menu is great way to experience the diversity of the food choices. Tables are not crowded together; service is very attentive and knowledgeable. Prices are reasonable compared to other high end restaurants' tasting menus. I'll definitely be back.

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Presentation was excellent, however food taste was not up to par for a Michelin starred restaurant. Pasta was extremely delicious and desserts were innovative, but the entrees were severely lacking. The meats were too salty, and served terrine style, so you need to have the right expectations. Ambience was serene but too sterile.

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V
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We tried the fixed menu with the wine and non alcoholic pairing. Everything was excellent and different from lots of other food styles (French, Italian, German, Japanese, ...). Loved the fact they had a non alcoholic pairing.

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SS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elske was a delightful experience. My husband and I enjoyed the tasting menu with the non-alcoholic pairings. It was a pleasure to enjoy such a thoughtfully planned and skillfully prepared meal. Serving portions were perfect. All the flavors complimented each other. Service was attentive and friendly but never hovering. This was our first visit and definitely won’t be our last.

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M
Minneapolis
32 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delivered on all expectations. Incredible food and wonderful ambiance

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e
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good good. Unreasonable to charge for health insurance of the employees.

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