Elske

4.9
330 Reviews
$50 and over
American
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING BEFORE BOOKING:
When booking a reservation you may choose indoor ("standard") or outdoor seating. OUTDOOR SEATING IS WEATHER DEPENDENT AND RESERVATIONS MAY NEED TO BE RESCHEDULED OR CANCELLED IN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER.

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 330 people are saying
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MariaG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. The desserts were generally good too, but felt like they deviate from the general vibe the rest of the meal had, and offer something more standard, in american terms. Maybe that's what people want, and that's alright. I'd prefer something more like the rest of the meal, or even to substitute the dessert for another savory dish, those were really great.

The service was very good and friendly.

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vipLizM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience and my favorite spot in Chicago.

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urbanguy
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. The patio is beautiful and the ambient noise level is great. The food was inventive, well prepared and a tremendous value. The wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable. A great restaurant

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YilmazY
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, cool atmosphere. Bridget, the server was outstanding! Set menu and ala carte dishes were incredible. Overall, an unforgettable experience. Definitely going back for more!...

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bucket list meal. Absolutely stunning all the way through. The menu is explorative and fun, and will keep you entertained throughout the entire experience. Cannot recommend this restaurant enough.

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aaron
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Super fun to try the tasting menu! Loved the short rib and rhubarb dessert

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Kelsey
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dining experience and incredible ambiance

LB
LauraB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best chef in Chicago. Try the tartare.
The bomb all round.

KB
KatherineB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance and food were incredible! We got the tasting menu with the wine pairing and highly recommend it.

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MichaelK
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service, will for sure be back!

BK
BenjaminK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly our favorite restaurant in Chicago. The set menu and wine pairings are amazing!

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vipfoodbug
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love the garden and the ambience but wonder by they keep
a large fire burning in the fireplace when it was 85 degrees and
we were quite close to it Servce,Wine Selection outstanding
I ordered soft shell crab and it was much spicier and hot than I expected
I can't wait to go back

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RodrigoA
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our tasting menu and wine pairing. Excellent quality and variety!!

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Clairee89
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was definitely different (Scandinavian food) which is why some people may not like it, but we thoroughly enjoyed the tasting menu! The Danish donut was a great start, and the bass and trout were our two favorite dishes, along with the pancake which came along with the short rib dish. The short rib was served family style and may be one of the lesser impressive courses of the night. We tried three cocktails, the spritz was amazing. All in all they have beautiful ambience, good service, great and flavorful food, and is relatively affordable compared to other Michelin start restaurants. Would definitely recommend if you are an adventurous eater who appreciates different flavor profile.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing! The staff was super friendly and answered all of our questions. The food was so delicious!! The short ribs were melt in your mouth. Some of the best food I have ever eaten!

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vipJoey
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I couldn't wait to get back to Elske when they announced their reopening, and was impressed that they've only gotten better in the interim. Now I can't wait to go back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible all the way around. Thoughtful pairings and tasting menu.

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Cass
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have had in a while. My friend and I loved everything about it - from the ambience, to the friendliness of the people working there, and of course, the food!

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Mark
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elske is a truly amazing gem in Chicago! Every detail of the restaurant from the food, ambience, and service was absolutely flawless. The staff was warm and friendly and above all, Chef David and Anna Posey’s food is incredible! My friends and I were blown away by the seasonality and wonderful flavors from each bite! We ordered the entire a la carte menu and had absolutely zero complaints! I only wish I lived in Chicago so I could experience Elske all the time! If you’re in Chicago, Elske is an absolute must!

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vipBarryC
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a beautiful experience. First timers ... will be back for more. Tried the set menu with pairings to get a good feel for the offerings. Terrific!!

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vipradroy
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting outside by the fire eating this wonderful food celebrating my daughter’s successes was magical

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are a lot of fine dining options in Chicago especially for a birthday and with that said, their tasting menu was exquisite and expertly paired with their wine selection and the team was welcoming and knowledgeable to the level you expect but also desire from a restaurant of their caliber.

Would absolutely recommend and go again for another seasons menu or to try some of the a la carte options.

Wesley was an outstanding server and the rest of the team was fantastic as well.

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LaurenR
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space, the wait staff and severs are knowledgeable, very nice and unpretentious. My partner and I each had the set menu - and it was one of the best meals we’ve ever had. Well worth the prices, would 100% recommend.

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LizW
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal I have had in a long time. Staff is incredible warm and kind. A meal you will reference and think about often. Believe the hype!

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SamE
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect and amazing. Certainly expensive but well worth the price

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mkmk
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful fine-dining experience with extraordinary food and service.

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vipEdPam5
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really love loved Elske!! Will go there again when I can. -Ed

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vipAmandaW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly, the most inventive restaurant in all of Chicago. So delicious and so welcoming. Would enthusiastically recommend.

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Snacker
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quick read: BEST DESSERT in Chicago. No question about it. It is the best!

The long read: One of the best restaurants in the city of Chicago; certainly my favorite fine dining restaurant in Chicago.

Elske is a deeply intimate and friendly environment with thoughtful staff, a beautiful space, and a magical culinary aesthetic.

Anna and David Posey are at the top of their game in creating beautiful balanced dishes that can be enjoyed, explored, & discussed by both avid foodie and the casual diner looking for something special and unique.

Elegant, but not stuffy; epicurean, but not pretentious. Really, this is my favorite balance of people who take their job deeply seriously, but also clearly enjoy EVERY MINUTE of it.

I especially love the mood set by the roaring fire in their outdoor hearth. It's sooooooo awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing tasting menu! The host was super friendly .....our server Monica was wonderful . 10/10 would come back

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AlissaJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single time I have been to this restaurant they have been wonderful. Beautiful setting, service is outstanding, food unreal good. Thank goodness for these folks who are making wonderful food every day.

JB
JoBe
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent tasting menu. Lovely service.

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JackS
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable ambience.
Great staff.
Outstanding food.

JH
JustinH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elske is always fanatic. My 4th visit and they always deliver. Dinner highlights included: agnolotti, rhubarb baba and sunflower seed parfait. Service was excellent, ambiance fantastic

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LidaA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was great! We did order a lot of dishes, but there was some lag time between the dishes. But overall, the food, service, and ambiance was great. We always enjoy coming here and were excited to book a reservation when you re-opened!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came to Elske alone looking for a nice dinner for my solo trip into town, and every expectation was exceeded. The staff made me feel incredibly welcome despite coming alone, and I never felt like I was sticking out.

I ordered the set menu and bite and sip was wonderful, highlights being the wonderfully perplexing vegetable tea, the duck liver tart, and the trout confit (absolutely unreal). I skipped the wine pairing in favor of the “Stirred” cocktail, which was excellent!

I’m not very experienced when it comes to fine dining, but I could tell Elske was special! One of the best dinners I’ve ever had, not a negative I can think of <3

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vipStuartWarner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was tantalizingly good--combinations of things (e.g., fluke, kohlrabi, and wasabi "roe") that one cannot find anywhere else--and the service was exemplary. The quality was as good as before the "shutdown".

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Had high expectations for Elske. The experience was underwhelming. The tasting menu was ok but the pacing was off with some rounds feeling rushed and others slow.

Elske
Responded on May 15, 2021

So sorry you didn't have the best experience. Our apologies, as we have just reopened are still trying to work out some kinks. We appreciate your feedback and we hope your future dinners with us are better!

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DJAHP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre Covid Elske had become one of our go to places. We’re happy to be back at Elske and enjoying some of our favorites as well as new dishes. The staff was helpful with dietary questions and recommendations.

MB
vipMaryB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great atmosphere, pleasant and helpful staff..

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Elske is rated 4.9 stars by 330 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.