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.View Private Dining Details
New Traditions. Join us for brunch to celebrate with family and friends.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
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Sun 11:00AM - 2:00PM 5:00PM - 6:45PM
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 6:45PM
Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM
Sat 11:00AM - 2:00PM
Really fabulous brunch and cocktails, lovely fun staff, in a fabulous setting, highly recommend
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.
Excellent all the way around.
It's a good looking venue, with very limited menu for lunch. The food is average at best. I won't recommend it.
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!
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.
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.
The decor was stunning, but I think the service leaves something to be desired.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Food was very good, but the service was poor. We had a hard time even getting someone to take our order, and then had to find someone to get a drink refill.
Food was great, architecture and design was amazing, was a bit quiet at 8pm. Was expecting more buzz.
We absolutely loved it here! The vibe is casual but elevated, not at all snobby, and the décor is just the coolest. The pasta was not all that amazing but everything else was awesome. Great appetizers. We will definitely be back - maybe for brunch! Also, our waitress was helpful and kind. Great staff all around.
I went with 2 other family members, the food was excellent service as a whole was great. The mash potato was one of the best I’ve had
We went here for drinks after shopping on Michigan Ave. Great drinks, beautiful decor, and outstanding service.
My fiancé’s parents and my parents met for the first time. The ambiance at the Albert was great for a relaxed upscale and fun food and cocktail get together! The music was perfect too. We are happy we discovered it!
Friday lunch begins weekend brunch. Outstanding Lyonnaise salad, eggs Benedict with duck, excellent house baked breads, yummy beignet dessert. Perfect service. I definitely will be back.
This was my favorite dinner at the Albert so far! The squash soup was lovely, and not too sweet. The service at the bar was excellent - friendly, attentive and helpful!
Great vibe and energy. The quiche was phenomenal. Ordered both specialty doughnuts and loved them. Will def be back.
Wouldn't order the burger again.
Wait staff could not have been any more attentive. Food was just ok, with the fantastic exception being the octopus. I understand why so many reviews have recommended it. A major fail was the Beef for Two. It was prime rib for $95 that was promised to be served as medium rare. It was raw red in some places and instead of the succulent fat throughout, the fat was laced with sinew that was nearly impossible to cut. Dessert cookies and all sides were delicious. But when the market n course comes up short, it’s a fail for me. We were up against a show time and did not have time for a redo.
Great service, food, and ambience. It is a modern aesthetic, so if you're looking for a rustic type, this isn't the place.
The food was great and the service attentive but not imposing. Nice selection of appetisers and mains.
We ate brunch here. The restaurant is attached to the Hotel Emc2, a new science themed hotel. The restaurant is named after Albert Einstein, and also has a science theme to the decor (many bookshelves, formulas on the walls). We were one of few people there for brunch, but the food was great and the place started filling up as we were eating. I had the Piri Piri Chicken sandwich and recommend it. And the tea choices are wonderful.
Underwhelmed by the menu - especially on Valentines Day and ash Wednesday. Only 2 non-meat choices.
We went for Valentine’s Day. After being seated by the hostess the manager moved us without us requesting, to a “cozier” table in the corner. Really changed the feel of the dinner for the best! Food was really good and the wine pairings were dead on. Definitely coming back!
10 year anniversary dinner was great! I thought the duck was fantastic.
During Restaurant Week only two courses were offered. Dessert extra. The soup was so-so.
The entre was a pasta, one of the worst tasting dishes I've had. The object of RW is for the
kitchen to show what it can do and encourage people to return. The entres were not on the
regular menu. For the portion and inexpensive dishes offered on the RW menu, they should have also included a dessert. Attractive decor. Place better suited for drinks in the evening.
Would not return or recommend it.
There was no hostess and waited for a long time to be seated. Our waitress quickly revised my dishes to leave some sauces on the side when I said I was dairy-free. Food was delicious, but most were over priced. The one that was NOT over priced was the duck confit; such a large portion, and the flavor profile was out of this world. would come back just for this dish. I have been telling everyone I know about this duck. Executed perfectly.
The Albert is located in the beautiful and quirky Hotel EMC2, and the aesthetic definitely comes through. The dining room was small but absolutely breathtaking with high ceilings and really interesting decor. The bar was the coolest part by far. We were there for just drinks. My husband had a beer and I had two “Bitter French”. My cocktail was delicious and also a great value. Rarely in Chicago do you pay $13 for a drink and actually feel like it was worth that much but it took me a good 45 minutes to casually sip through it. I will say my second one had a bit too much vermouth on the bottom, to the point where I was having a hard time finishing it. The food menu was small and looked very expensive, and we decided not to do apps because of this. Overall it was a beautiful place and I would probably go again.
I've tried the Albert twice. Nice environment but the food is disappointing.
Great find! Fun place with great food and service!
Full disclosure. We made reservations for a Saturday "Restaurant Week" lunch. I called the restaurant in advance of scheduling this lunch with a friend to confirm they offered the special RW menu on the weekend. I was told by Albert employee that they did, so I made reservations. The information was incorrect. The "manager" or person who sat us at a table (thought we would try the regular brunch menu) was condescending and huffy. We left. Too many other wonderful places in Chicago to enjoy a meal! We pointed out that the advert for The Albert is not very specific about the week-end lunch during RW and perhaps next year they might want to be more specific. Was that an "eye roll" we got in return??
First time at this restaurant. Food and service was great. Love the decor.
Very cool atmosphere and culinary flavors that come to life as much as the artwork on the adorning the walls.
Went for lunch during restaurant week. I found the ambiance to be great! The only thing I will say is that their menu for restaurant week is a bit deceiving. Most other restaurants present the menu and you choose one option from each course as part of the pre fixed menu. At The Albert, they list three courses for lunch but only two of the three courses are included for the prefixed $22-deceptive. If you’re not paying attention, they will not tell you and you end up ordering an extra course. Not cool!