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Elske, Chicago, IL

Elske

4.7
4.7
708 Reviews
$50 and over
American
A NOTE REGARDING NEW YEAR'S EVE RESERVATIONS:
We will be offering our tasting menu on December 31st (no a la carte). We are able to accommodate a variety of allergies and dietary restrictions, including vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten free, nut free and shellfish free. Please email us at info@elskerestaurant.com regarding other restrictions and allergies. .
About:
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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Danish

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:45 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 733-1314

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Anna & David Posey

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (312) 733-1314

  • Neighborhood

    West Loop

  • Cross street

    Ada Street

  • Parking details

    We do not offer valet parking. Non-metered street parking is available on Randolph St and Ada St.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 708 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago

    American

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  1. T

    Taste4thebest

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely service and presentation. Good, unique, interesting and delicious food. Knowledgeable wine steward, described unusual selections.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was great,staff presentation of the food .
  3. g

    gabrieller

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Bar too close of the door. Cold and noisy. People gatherings around the bar.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Elsie promises a unique experience with a set menu that is the center of attention. It delivers with creative items beautifully prepared and presented
  5. CP

    ChristineP

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting Chicago from NYC. Outstanding meal and experience. Sat at the bar. Ordered the bread with Koji butter -amazing- and charred leaks, venison for an entree. All were cooked to perfection and flavors were incredible. One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. My waiter/ bartender was attentive and recommended the hay custard for dessert, which was delightful. Highly recommend to those looking for an interesting culinary experience.
  6. GL

    GeriL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dining experience was amazing. I will call it "edible art" and congratulate the chef and his staff . Every taste was a surprise and delight.
  7. D

    Duffetsu

    Northern MI

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a fantastic experience, and the halibut confit was one of the best things we’ve had in a really long time. Everything was delicious and the service was outstanding.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Set menu was a 10/10, every dish balanced and delicious. We had so much fun, can’t wait to come back. & some of the best cocktails we’ve had in awhile. Thank you!
  9. KP

    KristenP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easily the best dining experience I have ever had. The service was fantastic, the ambience was perfect, and the food blew me and my party away. Cannot wait to get back as soon as possible.
  10. d

    diannag

    Los Angeles

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Husband and I were in town for a conference and had our last dinner here before departing for home. We had the tasting menu and mine was adjusted for my vegetarian diet. We were both delighted. The food was elegant, beautifully presented and delicious. The wine pairings were spot on with each course. Service was kind and gracious. The decor is minimalist but still warm and comfortable. This was an overall wonderful experience.
  11. c

    clund

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant in Chicago for a special occasion. There’s a balance between the comfort of being at a friends house and the quality of the meal that none of my friends could match. It’s superb.
  12. JS

    JessicaS

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did the al a carte menu and it's was delicious, the most amazing food I've eaten in a very long time!
  13. e

    elopez

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for a date night and it was just what we were looking for. We did the al a carte menu, though half way through our experience we realized we should’ve done the set menu (tip for the future), because the food was so good! The celeriac risotto was my favorite dish, who doesn’t love a little truffle. I made an executive decision for dessert while my partner stepped away from the table, and it turned out to be his favorite part. We ordered the aged Gouda (it’s a starter btw) and the meringue, don’t sleep on the cheese for dessert. We ordered a bottle of a funky Pinot gris and it was a wonderful pairing with the dishes we ordered. Our server was fantastic, as someone in the industry, knowing when and how to approach a table mid conversation is a skill, and he executed that perfectly. Overall, elske killed it! Definitely keeping this place in my pocket for future dinners.
  14. BC

    BrentC

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Birthday, excellent portion sizes and pairing for the tasting menu.
  15. MR

    MattR

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the finest meals I've ever had, in Chicago or anywhere else. The food was inventive and delicious and the ambiance warm and welcoming. All of the staff we interacted with were extremely warm and gracious, too.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! We did not have the fixed menu but ordered “a la carte”. My husband and I ordered 4 shared plates and it was perfect for us.
  17. LU

    LeeUmm

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was fantastic, an amazing journey from start to finish. Each course was delicious and pacing between them was perfect. Wine pairing was great but the real star was surprisingly the juice pairing. A bit pricey, but well worth it if you are into this kind of dining experience.
  18. I

    Ivantheterrible

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anna and David are true pros. Everything about Elske is perfect . Unique and delicious ( genius) fare that you simply can’t prepare at home.
  19. L

    Lucrecia

    Mexico City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Nice Place, the staff was amazing, it was our aniversary so they gave us 2 Glass of Champagne. We had the set menu, and don't misunderstand me, it was delicious (the duck was great), but the dishes of our side table looked way more interesting and delicious. In general i think for the experience there are other restaurants that are better in Chicago for the amount of money we paid. Maybe it was the Set menu that failed but we don't know. Maybe next time we go to Chicago we will try again.
  20. HM

    HayleyM

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience, every bite was delicious - and I say that having ordered almost every dish on the menu. What a wonderful experience and I hope to get to go back soon. If you’re thinking about eating here, DO IT.
  21. A

    Anon

    Denver

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasting menu was excellent but matched natural wines were disappointing.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Bridget, was AMAZING!!! Food, as always, was outstanding. Lovely NA options for beverages. Truly a treasure trove of a restaurant.
  23. TK

    TimK

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing all around! Will definitely be back for another meal.
  24. SS

    ShaniS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The service was exceptional. The ambiance, friendliness and the wine was perfect. We got the set menu and I thought most of the food was bland. Not enough interesting seasoning- especially the fish dishes or the duck. The cheese and cracker was good along with the broth but the main dishes were very meh. I think Sepia is better.
  25. JN

    JanetN

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the set menu and wine tasting. I didn't love some of the white choices although they did pair well with the courses. Service was impeccable! Our waiter was outstanding. The vegetarian options were delicious as well.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb. Best tasting menu I’ve ever been to.
  27. MF

    MichaelF

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is well beyond its general regard. It is a true culinary gem. It is refined, yet approachable. Precise, yet inviting. Challenging, yet elegantly simple. If you have not experienced it you should. It maintains all the intimacy of a private family run business while punching way above its weight class vs major restaurant group backed ventures. Impressive in every way.
  28. A

    Aimee

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a wonderful experience the moment we walked through the door. Thank you for a great meal and the lovely celebratory champagne!
  29. SW

    StuartWarner

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tasting menu was, as always, superb; the service, similarly, was superb. Elske is one of the very best restaurants in Chicago and it's always a treat.
  30. JG

    JoyG

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great experience, our 2nd time at Elske would recommend it! We did a la carte this time and it was also amazing, and a good value relative to the tasting menu, but would recommend both! Service was a bit slower than last time, but they were busy, so totally understand!
  31. R

    Rolly

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff and excellent food. Very nice place to celebrate anniversaries.
  32. J

    Jenyou

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit to Elske did not disappoint. Service was upbeat, friendly, and KNOWLEDGEABLE which is often rare these days. We did not order the prix fixe, instead choosing plates from the a la carte menu. And amazing wines by the glass. Desert options were inventive. We will be back.
  33. K

    Kate

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place to celebrate our anniversary. Really appreciate the juice pairing as I do not drink alcohol. Will be back!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was wonderful and food outstanding.
  35. KM

    KristyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing ! The girl at the bar was very friendly and helped us through our tasting !
  36. MC

    MaddieC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend the juice pairings for the tasting menu! Service was also very good. Had a great time!
  37. b

    berto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extremely friendly and professional staff. I had requested a humble birthday gesture be made for my wife, and they exceeded my expectations with their sincerest birthday wishes. Food from the fixed menus was artfully done, delicious at a minimum; wine pairing is a must. Will definitely return to try items from the ala carte menu.
  38. J

    Jumper

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner for a good friend. The food was fantastic and our server, Bridget was superb.
  39. S

    Spot

    Chicago

    119 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    119 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    We are so happy to see Elske open again and the service and food is outstanding. That said, there were two women diners near the center of the restaurant that acted as if no one else was present. They virtually shouted at one another, laughed uncontrollably and carried on in this manner during our entire dining experience. All other patrons turned around in amazement during their meals and simply shook their heads in disbelief. We asked the manager to do something and were told there was nothing she could do. The two loud people were totally oblivious to the rest of us and their behavior certainly made for a bad dining experience in spite of the wonderful food and service. We will be back as Elske is such a favorite but we hope in the meantime management learns how to tame unruly patrons so others can enjoy this fine restaurant.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stellar refined food capturing the essence of Scandinavia.

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
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Elske is rated 4.7 stars by 708 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
Google Map for Elske

1350 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Ada Street

  • Neighborhood

    West Loop

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:45 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Danish

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    We do not offer valet parking. Non-metered street parking is available on Randolph St and Ada St.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Anna & David Posey

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 733-1314

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (312) 733-1314

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