the Albert

4.5
217 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
the Albert is a playground for the senses, where guests revel in the season’s finest offerings and peak flavors in a room filled with self-discovery—from science novels and vintage copper pots to Surrealist murals along the walls. the Albert showcases an ultra-seasonal menu—selecting high quality, locally sourced ingredients, from both nearby farms and the urban, rooftop garden program that sits atop the building. This garden captures Chef Larry’s culinary vision, where he takes farm-to-table to a whole other level—integrating nature and seasonality and bringing freshness to the dishes he creates.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Global, International, Dining Bar
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Hours of operation
Mon–Wed, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm
Thu–Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
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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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Executive chef
Chef Larry Feldmeier
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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 12 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/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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j
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impressive food and service and a comfortable place to enjoy dinner before a movie or Michigan Avenue event.

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DM
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A very nice restaurant in the lobby of a hotel, but with far better food than many hotel restaurants. Small but high quality menu.

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l
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

How did we miss this gem? Wonderful seasonal menu. Can’t wait to return. Be sure to leave room for desert

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RM
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We made a last minute reservation for dinner and were able to get in. The place was not busy, and we were seated right away. The hostesses were very friendly.
The service however was so slow. It took 20 minutes to get our drinks, another 45 min for the meals!
When we commented on the service, the waiter was very apologetic and took the blame. He was kind, respectful, and very professional. He made sure the order got expedited.
Otherwise, food was delicious, well presented, and priced right.

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KB
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful experience! Will go back again!
Great service and very knowledgeable staff on all aspects of the menu.

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EB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal.

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DG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The decor is very interesting and well designed. There is an entire wall lined with antique books and a cool mural. The bar is modern and the open kitchen is a great touch. The cocktail list was fabulous and the one I choose was delicious. I am vegan and there was an appetizer and an entree that were almost vegan - the waiter inquired with the kitchen and made a few modifications to the dish to accommodate me. My food was very good; my husband (not vegan) ordered trout but it looked and tasted exactly like salmon, he also had a foie gras pate and said it tasted stale. The biggest issue was the service which was lacking at best. We were greeted by a service the second we sat down and then a second one within minutes. Then we were not sure who was our server then we didn't see anyone for at least 10 minutes. Service was slow with waiters keeping us waiting several times for simple things like wine.
I am out of town so I doubt I will ever be back to The Albert.

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T
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Short handed.
Stayed at hotel in past and had dined there before and enjoyed the experience.
Service was almost nonexistent.
The bartender finally came out from behind the bar to help out
We had wanted to order dessert because the dinner portions were very petite but we got frustrated and left
The bartender did take 10% off the check as he knew how bad things were

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k
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well this was an unexpected gem. Every dish was delicious. We thought we would go light because we weren’t that hungry, so we started with sharing the salad which was Divine - then had the eggplant entrée which was amazing – then the pasta, equally incredible. Dessert was to die for. Coffee was excellent! And I’m a coffee snob… Drink/wine options are worthy of applause as well. Decour is unique in with high ceilings it has a spacious ambience. Interesting art – very colorful and alive. And the service was both personal and proficient. Mai was our server! She’s fabulous - and so we’re the others...

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OT
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bartender (bar supervisor) was very attentive and knew her stuff, made suggestions that really resonated, filled every desire. What a great spot for lunch!! Sorry I didn’t get the bartenders name, she deserves a gold star and a great shoutout!

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JO
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibes, excellent drinks, fabulous service and even better food. Would recommend Chef Larry’s tasting menu! Thanks to everyone at the Albert!

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d
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for a birthday brunch with my best friends. The service, food and ambiance was phenomenal! We were treated to on the house champagne, shout out to birthday bubbles! The coolest place in the city I’ve been in awhile. Would recommended to anyone and everyone.

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CC
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Dessert was unbelievable. Excellent food for price

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CR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall it was a great last minute spot. You can tell it’s a hotel bar based on the limited menu and the connection to the hotel itself in the lobby. Price was a bit high for what we ordered (hanger steak) but the food was awesome, drinks were good ( wine & makers mark old fashioned) and the aesthetics were great.

Overall it’s a good option to impress out of towers or go ona special occasion. We went on a Tuesday evening and it was relatively quiet, easy to get a table without a reservation.

Good find in streeterville, but there are a lot of other choices in mind at the price point we paid for.

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m
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food, but a bit expensive for food that doesn't quite live up to what it aspires to be.

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P
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Love this place and the creative "Einstein-themed" decor. The bar is beautiful, with hanging laboratory glassware adding to the ambience. The menu is creative and broad enough. The halibut was outstanding and beautifully presented. The downside was the service. The restaurant was practically empty, yet it took unacceptably long to get both first course and entrees. Also, no complimentary bread; the first time we visited we opted for the $6.00 offering, and were disappointed with what were just two large Parker House rolls. This time we just passed it up altogether, although they described a different type of bread.

Other personnel came by to "see how we were doing," so we didn't feel forgotten, but this did not increase the pace of the service. Will go back again, will just be prepared for leisurely style.

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g
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Albert has an excellent brunch. Food, service and ambiance are all terrific. Highly recommended!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great welcome, excellent service by the host and the food was excelllent

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C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stayed at EMC2 and decided to have dinner at the restaurant. It was a beautiful and modern space. Staff was friendly and helpful. Started with the homemade rolls with cultured butter and honey. Slightly crispy on the outside and warm and soft on the inside. Also had the melon and prosciutto salad. Both were delicious. For our main courses we had the ricotta gnudi and the hanger steak. My wife really enjoyed the gnudi. The steak was perfectly cooked and served with a delicious bearnaise sauce. The side of potatoes had a really tasty onion based sauce also. I wish that they had a little larger beer selection, but what they had was good. Overall it was a really nice dining experience.

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g
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the Albert is excellent-food, service, ambiance. It is a hidden gem and my go-to brunch place. It deserves to be better known.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here for my birthday and the food was absolutely amazing. The taste of the dishes is superb. I had the bread and the steak dinner. I would highly recommend.

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AJ
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Larry Feldmeier (former Sixteen Sous Chef) is crushing it at the Albert! Beautifully plated, creative, delicious food worthy of a Michelin star. Lovely venue with excellent service. Definitely fit for foodies!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a nice atmosphere, nice menu, fast service

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BD
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. This restaurant is a hidden gem, but I don’t know why it hadn’t become better known yet. The food is inventive and delicious. We had the egg/chorizo and the fois gras appetizers. We also had the Gnudi, hanger steak and smoked trout entrees. All outstanding. For dessert, try the secret garden - so creative and delicious. We have been to this restaurant several times and same quality. Also, the servers are smart, knowledgeable about the menu and friendly. Really enjoyed our latest meal there.

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g
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at the Albert is outstanding, and the space is great. Service was also excellent. I have had brunch here twice now, and highly recommend it.

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Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

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
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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

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DB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is absolutely wonderful and so cool! Ca

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F
Grand Rapids
18 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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KR
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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EL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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LS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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