The Allis

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Afternoon Tea
In support of the regulations issued by the city of Chicago, The Allis will be temporarily closed until further notice.

Set in a relaxed and welcoming social space for group dining, meetings and date nights, The Allis is a restaurant and cocktail bar with an expansive art collection and views of Green Street from floor-to-ceiling windows.

The Allis is named after the family that commissioned the restaurant's historic West Loop building in 1907. It offers all-day dining, serving egg dishes and house-made pastries for breakfast, sandwiches and salads for lunch, plus shared plates and entrees for dinner. Afternoon tea is served daily, along with coffee, wine and craft cocktails.

Live music every Tuesday & 1/2 off select bottles of wine, 6pm - 9pm

For Parties of 10 or more please email reservations.theallis@sohohouse.com

All Afternoon Tea reservations must be booked by phone. Please call (312) 521-8000 Afternoon Tea Hours, 2pm - 4pm
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ASDFG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This is my second time at the Allis, and to be honest, I'm not impressed. I had an afternoon tea set for two to celebrate my boyfriend getting into medical school, and both the quality of the food and the service at the Allis failed to impress me.

1. Food:
- the scones were horribly dry, almost like a biscotti.
- the eclairs were stale. It was supposed to be a mint chocolate eclair, and I could barely taste the mint.
- the green, St. Patrick's Day cupcakes looked...cheap. There are so many more classy ways to make a themed cupcake, and putting a disgusting amount of green food coloring in the icing of a cupcake is the least of them.
- the tea: my Ruby Oolong was nowhere near finished brewing when it was first brought to me, and the waiters did not tell me how long I should wait before serving myself. Also, it is bad idea to have no description of the tea blends on your menu, no knowledeable waiter to describe your tea blend to you, AND no box of samples to smell. I am here for tea, and I can't believe that there is no way I can know what is in "mushroom hero" before I ordered it. And not to mention, I was very disappointed when I saw my tea coming in tea bags in a pot. Hmm, I might as well go home and make my own tea. This instantly made the Allis one of my least favorite places for afternoon tea in this whole city.

2. Service:
- The waiter asked us if we wanted milk or lemon for the tea, but did not provide us with teaspoons to stir our tea.
- The waiters constantly reached over to serve things on the other edge of the table rather than walking around. Unprofessional.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great spot!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food2service4ambience4

Service is excellent !! but they have very limited choices (2) for vegans in the menu and one of them is a side dish

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AlexMiranda
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for bringing friends out of town, clients, family.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a hidden gem and I love it. I will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. Very limited menu. We must have looked at the wrong one online or something. I am vegan and not picky at all. If there is an option - I am ordering it. It’s odd they have a vegan dessert but on the menu all they have listed for vegans is a shishito peppers app and a side of brussel sprouts. Both were great. No one ever has a vegan dessert so that was awesome - but I feel like there should be one vegan dish on there. Even if it’s something easy like pasta. I will say though that I was happy they accommodated a pizza with no cheese so that was awesome. I say I was happy because they had to ask the chef first if he was ok with it. He doesn’t like modifications I guess. If he wasn’t - I would have left wanting to chew my arm off. :) I’d go back for drinks and apps for sure! Waitress was very nice :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I went to Allis for afternoon tea and it was wonderful! The tea, food, ambience, and everything! I would highly recommend.

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JoanneA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very sophisticated setting, yet comfortable and welcoming. We had lunch there and menu was interesting. Everything was fresh and delicious. Wait person very accommodating . Looking forward to going back. We sat next to Jane Lynch at another table. Felt like we were in New York

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vipMichelleM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The staff is very friendly and helpful with dietary needs, but they may forget to come back to you to give your your check:) The ambiance is very laid back and quiet.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect.

MF
vipMikeF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time for dinner at The Allis, the environment is amazing, the room is beautiful, but more importantly, the service was amazing and the food was delicious! Great Job!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went here for a birthday brunch & it was wonderful. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was adorable. Would definitely recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love my experience dining at The Allis! Great food and great ambience. Service is usually on top of everything as well!

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ErinL
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

We went for afternoon tea. The service was extremely slow. During that time (about 1 1/2 hours) we had THREE waiters and all of them were slow. They were also very skim with the tea sandwiches.

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vipTinaG
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails, beautiful setting. Went for brunch and food was good too.

JH
JohnH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

May be my expectations were too high after reading all the great reviews, but I was so disappointed in this place. Food is below average

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Worst service, terrible food. All around miserable experience. Second straight time this happened here. I’ll never go here again. So many better places in the West Loop.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience5

It’s was amazing but I will say service not too great..

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vipOlgaS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible experience. We were served inedible food and the service was horrendous. I will never be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The ambiance was great! Very cute and trendy. Our waiter Brian was so nice and helpful. Our food was just ok but we had great wine.

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vipMikayla
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super chic! So clean. Great drink and food options!

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vipKrys
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Beautiful ambiance. Unfortunately, the waiter was extremely inattentive.

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vipDevo
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Gorgeous space, good food, great service. Afternoon tea is a must! We went for restaurant week & were not disappointed. Will definitely be back!

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vipeatalot
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I liked it a lot. good food, service, ambience, flexibility,etc.

JB
JohnB
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellence at its best!!! Thank you and yes I will return

MB
vipMariaB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my husband’s birthday with daughter and son-in-law over brunch this past Sunday. It was our first time at The Allis. We had a fabulous experience from the ambiance ,service to the food. I ordered tea and commented on the beautiful teapot that my water came in . Our waitress mentioned they have tea time daily from 2-4pm. As we were leaving our brunch we saw many people having tea with delicious looking baked goods. We’ll definitely be back for that!

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vipAAfoodie
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch in a gorgeous setting! Went with girlfriends and everyone thoroughly enjoyed what they ordered (avo toast and breakfast wrap were standouts...also the breakfast potatoes were delish!). The ambience is just perfect and I would highly recommend for both brunch and afternoon tea!

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JohnD
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food is way overpriced. Salad is nothing but leaves with vinaigrette. I would not recommend for dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

We went for restaurant week and, even though the place was pretty slow, our food seemed like it had been sitting under the heat lamp for awhile. They definitely needed more wait staff on. But the half off bottle of wine on Tuesday’s was great!

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vipNancyT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the vibe and ambiance. We chose their restaurant week menu, which was outstanding with the exception of the pork belly, which was entirely too fatty. The octopus salad and bronzino were phenomenal!! Service was very good, although there was a change in servers just as dessert was served and we waited over 10 minutes for our coffee. Overall fabulous. Would love to go back again.

JG
vipJessGoBlue
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food was good though a bit overpriced. Service was really lacking.

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Anon
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food2service5ambience2

The warm octopus salad had a very heave sauce that overpowered all of the ingredients. We couldn't finish it. The rest of the food was okay, but generally too salty for our taste. The mixed drink menu was all of eight items with no other list. If you knew what you wanted they could make that though.

The volume of the music made it incredibly hard to have a conversation without feeling like we were yelling at eat other. This was upstairs in the restaurant area; the lower lounge area was actually pretty good. In hindsight we should have just gotten a sofa and relaxed down there.

The most redeeming part of the experience was our waiter. He was on top of his game, and kept our water (which we drank a lot of) topped off and checked in just enough to not be overbearing. That's the only reason this place gets two stars.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A casual lunch out with my wife we were in the area and had never been here before. The atmosphere was nice, the server was good and the food was very good!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Went for high tea. Ambiance and teas are amazing, but that was it. Service was slow and they seemed annoyed. We had to ask where our tea tier of food was and waitress apologized for that not being put in her order. The food was sub par. I was disappointed in the food and experience. Would not return for high tea maybe just drinks at the bar because hopefully they can’t mess that up.

KJ
vipKathyJ
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Wondering if there is a new chef. Menu changed to all a la carte and my favorite halloumi and charred cauliflower was very mediocre.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience5

An immense amount of salt in the food.

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vipAngieL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We really enjoyed our first time at The Allis and will be back! The banana bread was great and we all loved the brunch dishes we ordered. The Egg’s Benedict Royale was one of the best salmon benedicts I’ve had. The only issue was our server wasn’t very attentive and we sometimes had to ask for something (coffee, bottle of sparkling wine) twice. However the server who took over for him was really great! Definitely recommend going here!

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vipAprilW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Loved the atmosphere and set-up of the space! I had the avocado toast which was great with the added spice to take the flavor up a notch! Also, they had oat milk as a substitute for coffee which I appreciated!

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MarilynB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Allis is a dreamy restaurant with a great quality of food, nice ambiance and location. Love my experience as a whole.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overall a good experience, but had to send two of the four things we ordered back cause they weren’t good. But they took them off our bill without us even asking.

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