Wherewithall

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Wherewithall is a community-oriented neighborhood restaurant. Seasonal ingredients inspire our four-course dinner menu, which changes nightly and is available for $65. We also welcome you to walk in and enjoy snacks and drinks at our bar and on the patio. Our beverage list is focused on natural winemakers, brewers, and distillers who are friends and neighbors.

We do our best to accommodate our guests' needs and require 24 hours notice for all dietary restrictions and allergies in order to prepare. We are unable to accommodate vegan diners at this time. While we don't offer a menu for children, our sister restaurant, Parachute, has a full kids menu, crayons, and small toys to play with as well.
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LG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t say enough about how amazing everything was! Food, wine service and atmosphere was outstanding! A great experience

v
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. Highly recommend the wine pairing. Great energy without being too loud to converse. Creative and delicious food, portions and variety hit the sweet spot. Definitely will be going back!

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and excellent food, left full and satisfied. I would say it’s on par for price so don’t expect “a deal”. Would be fun to sit at the bar next time even if they offer a lighter menu.

HE
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The food was very good- creative, delicious and, I thought, a good amount for this type of menu. I think the biggest improvement they could make to be truly excellent is that we felt rushed. We ordered a dinner cocktail and also the wine pairings. We had just received our cocktail when the started to bring the first of the food and the first wine. Our cocktails were still full! From there, we were not allowed to simply ever enjoy our food and drink. Plates were whisked away and then more were brought out with more wines. We felt as if the attentive staff was hovering. It is a fine line that they could do a bit better on and allow people to enjoy their meals. Additionally, I was not overly impressed with the wine pairings. Wines should not only taste good but should smell wonderful. These did not. A bit of a miss there. Still a delightful evening for the most part.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great creative wine pairings. Good price for this level of restaurant.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yum! You can’t choose your menu but it doesn’t matter everything g they make will blow your GD mind. EVERYTHING!

A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Way too bright. Although the place was empty when we arrived, we were sited right in front of the kitchen counter with probably 8-10 servers (do they need this many?) hanging out at first, then moving a lot.
Food was okay. Not bad, not spectacular.
Wine was very strange and wine pour is tiny (even outside of the wine pairing). How many glasses are they getting out of a bottle? Must be 5 or 6.

OT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The granita was my favorite I think (which I know it’s not supposed to be, but memorable flavor). Venison was also nice and tender.

H
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great price fixed menu for price. Very nice interior and setting. Attentive service with very accommodating staff. For those who are picky as to food likes, the menu which is set and without choices may be difficult.

EH
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We truly enjoyed our meal at Wherewithall. Service was excellent. Everything was delicious, with a dessert that was completely different from anything I’d had and absolutely luscious. The wine pairings stood out as well for really picking unique off the beaten path wines that paired very well with the dishes. Already planning to return next time we are in Chicago.

m
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The experience was very enjoyable. As a pre fixe menu, there is an element of surprise. I felt a "fall" theme to the dishes - mushrooms, apples, etc. We both requested a pescatarian menu which included primarily vegetable dishes and one fish dish. Besides the main dishes, there were several extras - appetizers and desserts. The service was casual but attentive, not stuffy. While not inexpensive, I felt it a decent value given the elevated food experience.

SL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was such a neat experience! I love the whole concept of changing the menu daily. The restaurant was able to accommodate our dietary restrictions (no red meat, no pork) with absolutely no problem, just be sure to give at least 24 hour notice. We will definitely go back to experience a new menu in the future.

s
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I thought that my experience at Wherewithal was all around excellent.

I loved the nightly menu and it makes me want to come back to try another menu.

I did feel a little cramped with people and servers walking behind my table. We were seated at a half corner of the slanted wall. When people would walk by, I frequently felt that I had to adjust myself to make sure people could get around me.

It was not a major distraction by far, but I did find myself feeling a tad closed in. Other than that, my partner’s and I experience was fantastic. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone I know.

SY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location and outstanding food. The constantly changing menu will bring us back. Attentive and knowledgeable staff. Wine list seems a bit off.

MN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow...it lived up to the hype. Delicious and beautiful food, with great service. Highly recommended.

L
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Just not that good. Parachute is outstanding, would go there instead. Hollandaise with scallops and truffles was way too rich, didn’t enjoy at all. Best part (only great part, really) was cider granita at end. Wouldn’t go back.

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic concepts for each dish. Can’t wait to return.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Clever food in a cool space.

IC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soooo delicious. Was hesitant to do the wine pairing because of the price, but I decided to do it and it was so worth it! All of the flavors were perfect. Will definitely recommend to anyone coming to Chicago!

B
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Food was good. Not much variety. Portions should have been
larger. The men in our party left hungry!

J
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It's not the best food I've ever had, it's not really even in the competition, but wow did I have fun at this restaurant. Great vibe, good food, such a fun experience!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience5

Where to start...we try a variety of restaurants in the city, and far and away, this was the worst experience we’ve had in years-maybe ever.

Fortunately, the company was good-but the fennel and cheese was...strange; the broth tasted like eggs and saltwater; the shrimp was raw and inedible; the curry was watery and the desserts tasted like food dyed petroleum jelly with sugar. The best item we had was bread and butter-and the whole party (of 4) felt the same. Hard pass.

We’ve eaten at the sister restaurant (Parachute)—and loved it-so this was a major let down.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed the food! From beginning to end I enjoyed every bite. Marina and the service staff were amazing. I’m definitely coming back again. Great job guys.

PD
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an absolute great dining place. The room is open and very energetic. The meal is a prix fix three course, with a couple extras. The food was creative, visually appealing and unbelievable flavors. The staff was beyond great. I highly recommend Wherewithall!

JF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience with top-notch staff at a great value. Highly, highly recommend.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was delicious

F
London
24 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really friendly environment and non-pretentious setting for an awesome meal and wine pairing. Prix fixe doesnt have to be stuffy and it doesn't have to be over the top expensive either.

JS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love Parachute so were very excited to try Wherewithall and it did not disappoint. I love that the menu has new items every day and then fully changes once a week. And as others have said 4 courses is misleading. There are so many little items they bring by in between the main courses it's more like 8-10. We had fantastic beet salad, fish, chicken and sweet corn ice cream. The sauce on the fish was amazing. A bonus app was broccolini with an amazing cheese sauce to dip it in. My son and I kept it for the amazing bread that came out after. Service was fantastic and it's just a comfortable, casual environment that focuses on great food. Will definitely go back.

RH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I went to this restaurant knowing it was a 4 course tasting menu, but NOT knowing that you have zero choice in what those 4 courses are. That should be much better advertised - I really disliked two of the dishes because the ingredients were ones I don't like (beets, heavy cream/butter sauce), and felt like for the price the portions were incredibly small.

RO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

we arrived 12 min before our reservation time. they would not seat us rior to our reservation
time even though there had 9 open tables and were seating walk in's right away

WS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very imaginative and tasty. Left not feeling over-full. Interesting wine choices for pairings.

MR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an unforgettable meal. I’ve eaten at a lot of excellent restaurants and this might be my favorite dining experience ever. The service was incredible and the food was simply gorgeous. There were so many little, thoughtful touches. Every dish was delightful, surprising and above all delicious. I can’t wait to come back.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dishes that launch Wherewithall into the top tier of Chicago restaurants. Attentive, helpful staff were well informed and always willing to answer our questions. Great ambiance and design of the space. 100% worth a visit.

s
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around excellent. Only thing we didn't like was one of the wine pairings.

YR
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good food, pleasant service and ambience.
Having dined at Parachute, our expectations were very high and therefore somewhat disappointed. Overall though it was an enjoyable experience.

KN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A shockingly amazing experience! The space is thoughtfully laid out with attention to noise level and intimacy. The menu is obviously seasonal and ever changing. Every dish prompted discussion about the unique combination of ingredients and flavors. My wife ranked the hake as possibly one of the best seafood dishes she's ever had. We skipped the wine pairing, but took advantage of the well crafted cocktails. Staff were very professional and attentive. This restaurant is truly a gift to the Chicago food scene!

b
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding and an incredible value for the price. Very much looking forward to returning!

SS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at Wherewithall. First time having sweet breads and it was very good. The service was very attentive. The courses were perfectly timed. Wine pairs were also very nice. The restaurant decor is simple and comfortable. Noise level was perfect for conversation. Also loved the water glasses and towels in the bathroom are a nice touch. Looking forward to returning.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I had heard excellent comments about parachute and was excited to try this new restaurant. Unfortunately, it was disappointing. The service seemed rushed (examples: there was no plate offered for the bread, a server came and offered us the same item we had just finished which was clearly meant for another table, oddly timed in between courses, some were fast and others took a while). The food was a bit blegh and monochromatic, in taste and appearance. I’m hoping these are issues that can be fixed, as I’d be willing to give it another chance, based on Parachute’s excellent reputation. But will likely wait a year to do so.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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