the Albert

4.5
262 reviews
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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.
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RH
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible space. Great food and service. I will definitely go back.

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AH
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Overall we were pleased with The Albert. It's a great space visually. The octopus and onion tartine were excellent. Duck was very good. Others in our party liked the halibut, but were not as pleased with the gnocchi. I was not happy with the scallops which I ordered on the recommendation of our server. Another person in our party also ordered them and she didn't like them either. The cocktails before dinner were very good. It was very expensive - over $500 for a party of six - for the small plates. Also, the service was a bit slow. So it may be worth a try - just know it's small plates and expensive, and give yourself plenty of time.

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w
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Super menu that is broad in scope but selective in options. Really miss the Parker House rolls. The desserts were whimsical and fabulously tasty. Try the deconstructed carrot cake.

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JL
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

The staff is inexperienced, and need to get the proper training before a major event like New Year Evening! The food is under my expectations,- compared to the chef’ experience and ambitions. Further more had I by my booking told I’m gluten intolerant,- but this seems to give some issues during service...

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VR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to the Albert for New Year's Eve. I booked through open table, was very excited by the menu. It was unclear prior to arrival that the only options for dining that night were the pre-fixe menus, which were pricier than anticipated, but the food and drinks were excellent either way. I just wish it had been told to me that the a la carte menu was not going to be available for the night; our bill was much more than we had planned to spend on the meal.

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M
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date ambiance and a very good happy hour from 4-6 Monday through Friday!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!

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FF
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and superb service. This place has a wonderful selection of drinks and food and is highly recommended.

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A
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all did the Chef’s tasting menu, and it was outstanding! Well worth it. Will do it again and again!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was amazing!

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DB
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the Albert's pitch perfect prixe fix over Christmas -- will return again to try their regular menu.

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OT
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for Birthday drinks and dessert. Everything we tried was unique but delicious. Particularly the notorious GBM

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c
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, food and ambiance were perfect. Wait staff was attentive but not obtrusive and the food was decidedly different and delicious. We will definitely dine here again. A great neighborhood spot that my wife and I both highly recommend.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Extremely over priced. We spent almost $400 for 4 people and left hungry.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a custom tasting menu with wine! They took the time to adjust the menu to accommodate food allergies! I highly recommend this restaurant!!

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TR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Connor our waiter really made it a fabulous night. He was knowledgeable about the menu , had a good sense of humor . and was very accommodating to our payment requests. The menu and portions are both small, but everything we ordered was excellent. I especially enjoyed the octopus appetizer

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just out for thanksgiving dinner

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BP
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want to go to have a meal that is prepared with intelligence and taste then The ALBERT is for you,
The food preparations are thoughtful and balances as well at artful. A true fine for the discerning diner.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the environment is good

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DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Menu was very limited. Description was not clear. Waitress did a good job.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic dinner at The Albert. We were celebrating my daughter’s birthday and the service was fantastic! Thank you Connor for the recommendations! The food and desserts were just amazing!

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CH
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The food wasn't that great, but I love the drinks, wine list and appetizers. It looks really nice inside this establishment. I love the decor. However, during lunch I really wish this establishment would turn down the music so that we can hear each other talk over business lunches - the music is too loud and distracting. Other than that, it's a nice place for business lunches.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food - and back a 2nd time during a recent business trip! Highly recommend!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I were in town to see Michelle Obama and were staying across the street at the new Aloft hotel. The service and food were wonderful! It truly made a special evening that much better! Thank you!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just had apps and cocktail but it was an amazing place to start my husbands birthday celebration! We will be going back for dinner soon!

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MJ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic selection of well executed small plates. The rotating charcuterie board, in particular, was delicious. The mains (we got duck and hangar steak) were somewhat less impressive, but overall it was a reasonable value for downtown, the atmosphere is nice, and the service was really great. Thanks Kelly!

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a
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Connor was super attentive. He was incredibly articulate in describing the menu items. He was familiar with all the dishes and ingredients. The food was absolutely beautiful, uniquely flavored and delicious.

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AH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Service was excellent! The food was also very good, but the quantity was very small for the price. Their desserts are creative and very tasty.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a most delightful restaurant and we have chosen it two years in a row for our annual sibling get-together. Food is creative and delicious, environment unique and well designed and servers fantastic!

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P
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good. Problem was smoke that hung on our clothes even the next day.

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j
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

First time at this relatively new restaurant. I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. It's not as comfortable or elegant a space as the food might deserve, but I would not hesitate to return for the food.

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EA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The Albert is a modern space within the EMC2 hotel. It has soaring ceilings and floor to ceiling windows at the front. The general lighting is relaxing and decor attractive. Atmosphere is elegant and subdued but not stuffy. It was only about a third occupied at most but my 4 friends and I went around 5:30 PM on a Tuesday after work in the Streeterville neighborhood. The Happy Hour menu has some good deals until 6 PM including $5 glasses of wine. We all ordered 5 separate entrees and were all extremely pleased with everything we ordered; halibut, hanger steak, grape tomato pasta, charred tender octopus and one of the salads. The cuisine is mostly modern American with innovative twists. I experienced one of the most flavorful meals I’ve had in a long time. The chef clearly uses fresh quality ingredients seasoned perfectly and presented beautifully. The sauces were out of this world! I had ordered brussel sprouts with raisins as a side to my charred octopus and was astounded by how delicious a vegetable dish could taste. It could’ve been an entree! The food is on the higher priced end but worth every penny. I was clearly impressed by the ambience, location and especially the food offerings at the Albert but found our particular waiter a little pushy and not terribly service-oriented—somewhat unusual for a higher end establishment. There’s a difference between being available and actually hovering/pacing. Still, I highly recommend this restaurant because you will not be disappointed by your experience (provided you don’t get our waiter of course!)

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RR
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a last minute reservation...the place is classy, eclectic, and the menu was perfect as we had some special diets in our group. Great atmosphere, the staff new the dishes well, the cocktails were great, and the prices were very very reasonable for that attention to detail.

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SG
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Was a very lovely place with great service and delicious food, even is they forgot a side dish!

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R
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a very relaxing evening, never rushed at The Albert. The decor is why we chose to go, and we were not disappointed in the atmosphere. Food was fun, full of flavor, and quality. Service was real, and attentive. Cocktails were fun, and a bit creative. The only complaint I would like to register here is the location of/path to the restroom. Having to go down two and a half flights of stairs, amongst pipes and valves, with no signage was a bit daunting, and very unwelcoming! Really??

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JR
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Great food but the wait staff is less than impressive. Waiter was stymied by separate checks. My plate was snatched away before I could say I wasn't done. Staff need a waitstaff inservice.

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Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Albert exceeded our expectations. The food was creative and delicious. The atmosphere was lively but not obnoxious and the service was outstanding.

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M
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Do not Recommend it. Your options for brunch is so limited and the chef cannot even make a regular pancake for my kid! Not good for kids, not good for groups. The prices are so high and even the ambience is not that cool. Don't waste your money!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The server for got to bring the wine out. And never apologized or offered anything.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband found the spot last minute for dessert. It was very tasty and we enjoyed it very much! And the service was great as well.

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