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Elske, Chicago, IL

Elske

4.7
4.7
566 Reviews
$50 and over
American

OUTDOOR SEATING:
Patio seating is weather dependent. Our patio is uncovered, and indoor seating may not be available in the case of rain.

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.

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Booked 15 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 566 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago

    American

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  1. j

    jpalfrey

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very gracious service. Tasty Danish-inspired food.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Every one talks about an amazing dining experience, but this surpassed that. It was a blissful culinary experience that every one needs to enjoy at some point in their lives.

  3. OL

    OliviaL

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely fantastic meal! We will be returning. The carrot dish from the tasting menu as well as the agnolotti from the regular menu were amazing!

  4. KL

    KelvinL

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    There were 2 dishes that were overly seasoned. Too salty.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It’s was great!!!!

  6. b

    bobby

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service Will definitely go back Eclectic menu

  7. EY

    EYang

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    thank you so much for a wonderful experience. Truly memorable.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    I found this restaurant to be incredibly disappointing. Over priced and the food was not enjoyable.

  9. b

    bde61

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was inventive and tasty, but delicate: we especially loved the starter (tea of vegetables, with its smoky flavor); the fjord trout with carrots 3-ways; the steamed halibut; and the lamb saddle. The service was outstanding, the waitress so friendly and attentive. On top of that, because it was our anniversary, they welcomed us with champagne glasses. A truly perfect evening.

  10. P

    Peryaper

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2

    Food is mehhhhh. Just disappointing. Too salty. Tea and Dessert are the only dishes that are good

  11. SP

    ScottiePippen

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Changed my darn life

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food, quick service. Very friendly

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Unique food.

  14. MR

    MikeR

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    it was a perfect meal as always. The set menu is one of the best in Chicago. Great service. excellent food. Great atmosphere.

  15. EG

    EdwardG

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    This is a wannbe fine dining establishment that charges too much and offers too little. For comparison, and $30 less for the prix fixe, we had just been to Sepia, which was far superior. The menu with the Scandinavian flare is acceptable, but even the Scandinavians need more flavor and salt than was provided in the dishes. The menu is largely from the sea with only two meat dishes - one beef coulotte (a la carte) and a lovely lamb loin in the tasting menu that was distractingly paired with sausage. The wine list has as many red as white bottles and does not reflect the substance of the menu. The service is too casual, and somewhat sloppy, for an establishment that ask $115 for a tasting menu. If I had not waived down the server for the glass of red wine I had reserved for the lamb, it would have been forgotten. To their credit they comped me the last few ounces from the bottle. The lamb loin was very good. The dessert was excellent. The rest was forgettable and not noticeable by my palate. They have a long way and a lot of polishing before deserving their prices.

  16. SB

    StevenB

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Perfect dining experience.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had the set menu and it was fantastic! The service was excellent too. Highly recommended place!

  18. MS

    MaxS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible food and great service. We were celebrating a graduation and they were very kind

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and such a great atmosphere!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was exceptional and food was so tasty!

  21. GK

    GaryK

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great evening. The atmosphere with the fireplace in the courtyard was very enjoyable. The presentation of the food was unique. The food was tasteful and well balanced.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible! We did the tasting menu and pairing! It was perfect

  23. S

    Sankari

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Highly recommend Elske to anyone looking for a delicious dinner in a beautiful setting.

  24. MC

    MyritzaC

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great food and experience overall. The service was outstanding. The server was super friendly and guide is every way. Love it!Only observation, the tasting menu with wine pairings the portions where to small specially the first 3 courses only. The sesame seed dessert is a plus ❤️

  25. D

    Dormy26

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went w the set menu and wine pairing, w a guest who sampled the n/a juice pairing. Complex flavors, intricate plating, broad range of cooking techniques, choreographed pairings. Deconstructed rhubarb cheesecake was a showstopper. Top 5 dining experience.

  26. JH

    JonH

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Elske's dining room decor is simple but elegant; the outdoor garden with fireplace is spectacular! So many wonderful menu options for either a multicourse dinner, or a la carte. Service is impeccable, from coursing, presentation and thoroughly creating a relaxed dining experience. This is a top Chicago choice for me and my family!

  27. RG

    RobertG

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Freakin' fantastic! Juice pairing was phenomenal! Grab your honey and go for date night!

  28. c

    clovist

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent foos and outstanding service. Good wine selection.

  29. EP

    EmilyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have eaten at Elske three or four times and it is always outstanding. The menu is creative and highly seasonal and the food is always delicious. The service is friendly and welcoming without being cloying or overbearing. It's a lovely room and the outdoor patio is charming. It works for a special occasion or a nice dinner with friends. We recently celebrated out wedding anniversary at Elske and they offered us a complimentary glass of champagne to start, which is just excellent hospitality. In a city like Chicago with so many amazing restaurants, we continue to come back to Elske.

  30. NS

    NicolasS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Worth every penny. Premium food, relaxed atmosphere and very friendly service

  31. h

    hepster

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delightful and delicious … we were able to eat in the courtyard and the ambience was perfect for an intimate family dinner.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Nothing bad in particular.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Brilliantly created food!

  34. SC

    SethC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best and most unique meals I've ever had. Chills on every dish.

  35. ND

    NicoD

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience1

    Food is fantastic. Staff is warm, welcoming and knowledgeable. Restaurant ambiance is amazing; it’s unfortunate to make a reservation, and be seated where your view is a bathroom corridor. The restaurant mgmt should be smarter than that and keep the bar bathroom corner seats just for walk-ins or call you before to let you know. Bar seats are supposed to feel fun - closer to staff and to customers

  36. L

    Larry

    Birmingham

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing dining experience. It was first time at a Michelin Star restaurant. We did the tasting menu with the wine pairings. Wesley our server was outstanding and walked us through the whole evening. Definitely will come back the next time in Chicago.

  37. j

    jbaker23

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and cocktails. Our fourth time here, and will be back for sure. Vegetarian options abound.

  38. JN

    JoelN

    St. Louis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Likely one of the best meals I have had in Chicago. If you are looking for an experience. Look no further.

  39. S

    Sam59

    Bristol

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    With friendly and attentive staff, we felt relaxed from the moment we walked into the restaurant. We had the tasting menu, one vegetarian and one fish/meat, with wine pairing. The food was amazing and great descriptions given by the waiter and chefs who presented each course. The only minor change I would suggest would be to have a bit longer between courses as they came out quite quickly. I would highly recommend this great restaurant.

  40. CM

    ChefMatt3002

    Kansas City

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    West loop restaurant Elske was nice. A 1 Michelin star, Scandinavian hinted restaurant menu. Cool vibe. Hard to read menu. We ordered what we thought would be good. However, the Quail dish was pretentious and undercooked. Fair priced w small cocktail and beer list. Service was friendly and professional

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 566 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 15 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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