the Albert

4.4
192 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating

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About

Offering globally inspired cuisine, the Albert is a contemporary restaurant serving lunch and dinner in the heart of Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood, steps from Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile.

the Albert features unique flavors in an approachable atmosphere, along with inspired craft cocktails, international wines and boutique spirits.

The Albert’s service is an experience driven by an unwavering commitment to hospitality. A spot on our patio, cocktails at the bar, or dinner with a view; the Albert will engage, stimulate and revive.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Global, International, Dining Bar
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Hours of operation
Thursday - Saturday 11am - 11pm
Sunday - Wednesday 11am - 10pm

*Brunch Menu Served Friday - Sunday from 11am-2pm*
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Phone number
(312) 471-3883
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
the Albert at Hotel EMC2 offers two artfully designed private rooms (up to 64 guests seated) as well as a semi-private dining option (up to 25 guests seated). From a reception on our terrace to a beautifully curated private dinner by our seasoned executive chef, the possibilities are endless.
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Private party contact
Kaitlyn Currie: (855) 399-0933
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Cross street
St. Clair
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, View, Wine
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OT
3.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Had late evening dinner. Nice ambiance and had table near window. Place was not crowded, yet service was slow. Wine was good, and so was the Caesar salad. However, I had asked to hold the 3-inch anchovies, but they got the order wrong. Hangar Steak Main course was meh; flavorless and tough. Won’t return as there are way better options nearby.

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TH
4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Visually striking space with many creative touches. Tables nicely spaced.
A very creative menu, in food and presentation. Limited number of entre's but each was prepared with beautifully blended flavors.

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GK
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

A wonderful place for a special night! The food was tremendous- Well proportioned, imaginative and delicious. The drinks were wonderful, tasty, and unique. This was a birthday dinner for my girlfriend- the waiter forgot a candle on the dessert, but realized his mistake and brought out two flutes of champagne, gratis. This was a great evening!

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OT
3.0Dined on June 28, 2018

We really enjoyed the ambiance of The Albert! 4 of us went for dinner as one friend was in from LA and staying in a nearby hotel. It was a nice little reunion so it didn’t bother us that the food took ages to prepare (45 minutes). We ordered one starter to share and each had a main. The grilled eggplant dish was definitely the best. The other dishes weren’t too amazing. We probably won’t go back for dinner but we might go for the bar and bar menu.

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S
4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

First time dining for us - we were very surprised by the cuisine : both delicious and inventive.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Really great place, creative fun and relaxed environment. The staff was exceptionally professional and helpful.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

This place is absolutely wonderful and so cool! Ca

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Went here for dinner with a friend, and the food was inventive yet still familiar and very good! We shared several plates including the BBQ lamb, the pasta with burratta, the carrots, and the kale salad. So good! The decor is very cool - old books and card catalogs on walls with hanging terrariums over the bar. Unique just like the food, but familiar and comfortable. Our serve, Kenzi was fun, knowledgeable and just awesome! Can't wait to be in Chicago again to eat here!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

This dinner was amazing. Service was great, and they leave a water carafe on the table which I prefer since you don't get interrupted and can enjoy your meal. Everything we ate and drank was wonderful. At about 80% through my mushroom appetizer I started to wonder whether the staff would notice if I drank the last few drops of sauce out of the bottom of the bowl. My pasta was like fancy comfort food, a big portion without being too heavy. It was super hard to choose a dessert - try to go with someone who's willing to let you taste theirs. This was a perfect spot for an anniversary dinner and I hope to come back here soon.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We had a graduation dinner for 6 at the chef's table. The chef's table is in the back of the restaurant next to the kitchen. The overall decor of the restaurant is very cool. The dinner was fantastic. The restaurant catered to the many allergies for the group including gluten. The octupus appetizer was off chartsand the kale salad was delicious also. Everyone loved their entrees including the campanelle, lamb and salmon. It was a truly memorable dining experience. The only thing slightly under par was serving martinis in champagne glasses but the drinks were made to perfection.

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KM
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Management and service staff went above and beyond to make sure our evening was special.

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KR
5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Incredible ambience with a unique, fresh menu and knowledgeable staff!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Just lovely! The atmosphere was elegant and cool—perfect for an urban celebration date. And the staff started us off with a celebratory complimentary glass of bubbly! We were particularly impressed with the service, impeccable timing, and an artful summery rye whiskey cocktail.

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OT
3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

This place is so cute but they need a bigger menu! I ordered a veggie omelet, the waiter told me the chef would throw “a bunch of veggies in there” and it was literally just cheese and spinach. Probably won’t go back

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LP
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Our food was absolutely phenomenal! For a nicer restaurant, the prices were not too bad either (it's still a bit of a splurge though). Would absolutely recommend getting the "Secret Garden" dessert. It's fantastic in presentation and is just as delicious. The wait staff is very friendly--we received nothing but kindness from them. Absolutely recommend going here whether you're local or from out of town. It's a gem, and better than going to another chain restaurant.

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OT
2.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Very average food and service.

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KD
5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Food was delicious and service was great. We told the server that we were celebrating and he brought us free glasses of champagne!

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JL
4.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Great spot for a business dinner. Menu is a bit limited but the food is prepared with care. Give it a shot!

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2.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Octopus was overcooked... tough & chewy. (they did take it off the bill). Food sounded better than it was. A few leaves of cilantro and mint is Not Chimmichurri. Disappointed.

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LC
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The Albert was a wonderful surprise right off of Michigan Ave. Normally hotel restaurants are cold and cookie cutter. The Albert is far away a unique, inviting surprise. The decor nods towards science and math and the walls are bursting with books. Thousands of them!

The octopus was very shareable
For our table of 4, though we all wanted seconds because it was tender and oh so flavorful. The shisito peppered added a bright kick to the dish without overpowering.

I had the salmon which was moist with a nice crisp on the top and edges. It was cooked to perfection and the sauce was plate licking good!

My friends had the rigatoni which was a huge portion so I didn’t mind helping out! Delicious!!

Our service was impeccable and it was refreshing out everyone on the service staff assisted whenever we needed something. Truly a successful team approach.

We’ll be back!

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DK
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The atmosphere is very fun and quirky with bookcases and furniture mounted high on the walls.

The four of us each had something different. The Campanelle, Black Pepper, Parmesan & Basil, was somewhat on the bland side. The Rigatoni, Duck Sausage, Onion Broth, Gruyere, was delicious. The waiter didn't remind us that you could get a half order on each of these - something we should have done since the portions were rather large.

Our friends had the Spring Salmon, Maitake Mushroom & Asparagus Succotash and the
Diver Scallops, Citrus, Daikon Radish, Serrano Chili & Sunflower Seeds and were very happy.

We also started with the Pear Salad, Endive, Goat Cheese and the Spanish Octopus, Shishito Peppers, Harissa & Pistachio - both were very good.

For dessert we had the Bread Pudding Doughnut, Vanilla Anglaise, Brown Butter and the
Lemon Meringue Tart, Preserved Lemon Granita, Caramelized Honey Gelato. Both were good, but the Bread Pudding Doughnut was exceptionally yummy.

It's a limited menu, but worth a visit or two...

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R
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great interior, tasty food, and surprisingly not crowded on a Friday night. Feels energetic, but wasn't too loud. The staff was very attentive, and the food was tasty--I had the salmon--very good. My friends enjoyed the divers scallops.

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c
4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Three of us ate recently at the Albert. Simple, but very good food. Service was very good. Some nice choices on the wine list, but very expensive. Beautiful restaurant in the Hotel EMC2. Ate at 8pm on Friday night and not even 1/2 full. With thousands of restaurants to choose from and possibly the stigma of it being in a hotel, this place probably gets looked over by most people unless you are staying in the hotel(like us) or live in this quiet section of Streeterville. It's worth a visit.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

This is a fairly new restaurant and a nice concept in Chicago. It is part of the new Mariott EMC2 Hotel where we were staying. It is small and has a great atmosphere. The menu is limited but delicious. Must have the octopus starter with serrano chilies. Nice to share. Order the bread plate (dinner does not come with bread). It was a nice hot assortment. For the main course the scallops were a favorite and perfectly cooked. The chicken roullade was equally unusual and well presented. The portions were not overwhelming, leaving room for dessert. The ice cream trio was a treat, as was the cookie plate. Drinks were a decent pour. Seems like they want to be known for craft cocktails (which we are not into), so the top shelf liquor choices were small, and the pours were not consistent. My only complaint (pet peeve) is clearing dinner plates before all parties were finished.

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GE
5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Great service, very good food, cool decoration, good wine and drink list

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DM
4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Brunch on Saturday was an excellent meal, tasty food and attentive service.

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OT
5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Great experience, very good location and delicious cocktail

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SC
5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Really fabulous brunch and cocktails, lovely fun staff, in a fabulous setting, highly recommend

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PP
5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Very surprised by this cute restaurant! We decided last minute to go for our anniversary dinner and we were more than happy with our choice. There are zero negative things I can say about the food and service. Our waiter made our dining experience so great and really made it a seamless, enjoyable night. We're both vegetarians so we weren't expecting anything great but the food was so delicious and we can't wait to go back and try something else off the rotating menu.

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EB
5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Excellent all the way around.

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1.0Dined on April 20, 2018

It's a good looking venue, with very limited menu for lunch. The food is average at best. I won't recommend it.

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M
5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Impeccable service, cut glass glassware and great ambience of upbeat music with decor of succulents and old library. Highly recommend the Octopus with shishito peppers and great risotto mix. This is our 2nd time dining here and think we like it even more this time. Oddly it's great spot for cappuccinos, as well!

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CD
1.0Dined on April 17, 2018

We decided to have a drink and dine at the bar. Dominique was bartending, was very pleasant, and managed to be friendly and chat even though she was very busy. Out of the blue the "chef" came out of the kitchen to the bar and berated her about something then stormed off. We were shocked to see such a thing. Based on his behavior alone I would recommend drinking and dining elsewhere.

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DE
2.0Dined on April 17, 2018

They ran out of a quarter of the items on the menu, and it was only 8:00 pm. Oversalting some dishes continues to be a problem. The service was very uneven. Read the fine print on the wine list to check what you are getting. And check the vintage—the list said one year and the bottle another. Chicago has too many good restaurants to eat here.

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DS
3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The decor was stunning, but I think the service leaves something to be desired.

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SH
4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food with unique flavors. Great wait staff (thank you, Chris!), not too busy at the early side of dinner hour. Cocktails are unique and fantastic. Look for both the pre-dinner and after dinner cocktails. Fascinating decor.

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AG
4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I love the interior design at the Albert. The food and wines are great, the pastry chef is amazing, and the cookies are divine. Only the service is a bit slow...

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DD
5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The interior is unexpectedly delightful and interesting. The food was fantastic and the service was even better. Not sure why this place wasn't more packed. It was great. We will be back.

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KL
5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Thrilled to have discovered this relatively new restaurant in the same aged Hotel EMC2. Great atmosphere. Not too loud. Friendly, good service with an interesting menu. Great artwork. Can see going there for work as well.

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RA
4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Perfect restaurant matched into the unique ambiance of Hotel EMC2, perfectly reflecting their claim to be “restlessly curious and unconventional.” The Albert is a nice, little restaurant in Hotel EMC2 for daily dining or for a get-together at the bar. Enter through the main EMC2 entrance for seating by an attentive host staff—reservations recommended as this small restaurant can get very busy at prime times. The tables included heavy, comfortable chairs and upholstered couch-style seating. The ambiance is dim and hip with up-beat music, fanciful art, and a mix of bookcase décor, including the big wall of books, that really just feels fresh, fun, and a little romantic. Serving and bar staff is busy but seems a bit overwhelmed at times. The drink menu is interesting and inventive. The dinner menu is not large but is interesting with a variety and inventiveness that makes decisions difficult. The quality of the food shows the kitchen is staffed with very skilled professionals. The prices are good; overall, I rate this restaurant as a good value for great location, bustling staff, great ambiance, inventive menu, good food, and good price. Recommended for a nice evening in downtown Chicago.

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