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Senza

4.7
4.7
415 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American

As of October 1st, Senza will offer pre-paid tickets in lieu of traditional reservations. Therefore, reservations are no longer available on OpenTable. Please see our website to reserve a table. We look forward to welcoming you to Senza!

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4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.3Ambience

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98% of people would recommend it to a friend

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  1. G

    Gonzo70

    Chicago

    332 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    332 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Senza is the total package. Beautiful space, delicious & creative food, amazing cocktails and warm, friendly attentive service. Makes for a wonderful evening. Definitely one of Chicago's top tier restaurants.

  2. B

    Boneslullo

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service was top notch not one thing I didn't like about this place

  3. E

    Educatedpalate

    Chicago

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    There are basically two choices for a table of two or four: A 10? course menu that all must order or dining reverts to a five course event that all must order. One would be wise to scrutinize the menu prior to booking as substitutions are frowned upon. A diner is called prior to the date asking if there are any allergies. While the food was good and creative, the prices are not justified. White wine was served at room temperature and had to ask for chilling to proper temperature. There is a parking garage about half a block south of restaurant.

  4. TO

    TORiaJ

    Chicago

    167 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    167 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Senza - Italian for without is such a perfect name for this restaurant. Service is friendly warm and impeccable. Food is sensational (Senzational) and now that they are headed to ticketing the newly spacious room is more conducive to enjoying a meal of this caliber. Bravo Noah , Cara and all the staff!

  5. RW

    RetoW

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Friendly and professional service, we truly loved our dinner at Senza. Very innovative cuisine, nicely presented and and great atmosphere.

  6. EC

    EaterC

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A thoroughly special experience, the tasting course with wine pairing was just one treat after another. Will be back!

  7. s

    sdipo

    New York Area

    104 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I can't think of a restaurant I look forward to visiting more than Senza. The food and wine pairings are creative, delicious and beautifully presented by a staff that is so friendly. This is high-end dining in a great neighborhood space.

  8. FD

    FloDuq

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Our second time at Senza. We confirm that we love this place. We had the 5 courses meal. Everything was tasty, delicate and innovative. Wine pairing perfect, interesting and very good wines. Can't wait to go again!

  9. AL

    ALHL

    Los Angeles

    146 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    146 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This was a big thrill for us. Finally, great and interesting cuisine, professional service and charm. A small storefront restaurant, small, beautiful delicious portions, but certainly filling. We enjoyed the wine pairings and talking food and wine with knowledgable people. Not inexpensive, but…certainly the way we like to dine. My highest regards to the chef and his staff. Thank you for a special evening; see you next year when we return to Chicago.

  10. C

    Cheffmichael

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Senza was truly and awesome meal. Very light food but huge flavors. Lots going on in the mouth but was harmonious at the same time. Everything was unique. Beef course was crazy awesome and the foie gras with burnt onion ash covered onion was an amazing display of the chef's creativity and technique. Wonderful meal!!!! Will return.

  11. F

    Finuca

    Mexico City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great, great food, creative, balanced, very good attention, I will be back for sure

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were as delighted with our second visit to Senza as we were with our first. The simple decor is cozy and comfortable. The staff are knowledgeable but without pretense. They are friendly and clearly enjoy working at this wonderful place. We chose the full menu without the wine parings. Each course was presented beautifully with time between to savor the flavors and enjoy conversation. Every dish was great. We especially enjoyed the Waygu beef and the Beets a la Eichem. The Stony Point cocktail is not to be missed. Chilies, ginger and mint alongside the bourbon provide a terrific taste experience.

  13. SP

    SPGChicago

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Senza is a restaurant you can't wait to go back to. The food is very imaginative, delicious, interesting, and beautifully presented. The service is prompt, friendly and delightfully inconspicuous. The noise level is manageable. For all the sad Bonsoirée fans out there, Senza is an ideal replacement. It even has street parking. We will definitely return.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    A small, cozy restaurant perfect for foodies who love tasting menus. The service was wonderful and the food was amazing.

  15. LD

    LisaD

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Being gluten intolerant, this was a great find. Definitely a special occasion restaurant as it is price fixe course menu. The service was outstanding and the food was amazing. Every dish was a taste sensation heaven. We had such a wonderful time. They even coordinated a vegetarian option for our daughter.

  16. B

    Beentheredonethat

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2014

    overall4food3service5ambience3

    For the food experience it was worthwhile but having dined at similar "experimental" food restaurants this was very much overpriced. We spent less at "Fat Duck" for far more food. We dined at Bavettes the next night and for far less money received way way more, both in ambience and value.

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    foodexplorer

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2014

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Be prepared to spend money but the taste and wine pairings are worth it. From start to finish amazing meal

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    my husband made the reso after noting that months ago I said wanted to try this place - we walk by it all the time. We both did the 10-course tasting menu and ordered a bottle of wine to go with it. It was a tuesday night so probably not a great night to do the wine/liquor pairings as we both have work in the AM (next time?). Each dish was well crafted with unique flavors that just meshed well together. I especially loved the corn soup with crab that had a lime flavor. the berkshire pork was also excellent. I came away not stuffed but very satisfied. This is a great special occasion place.

  19. d

    dimundo

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Senza has garnered much hype (and a Michelin star) since opening just a few years ago. Everything about the restaurant far surpassed all expectations I had walking in the door. The atmosphere is very warm and inviting, and it's refreshing to be able to walk into a place of this caliber with shorts and a t-shirt on if you desired to do so (out of respect, I did not). The service is impeccable. The food is out of this world. The tasting menu was 11-courses and all but one of them were far above average. The corn soup and Berkshire pork rib were two of the best dishes I have ever had anywhere. Bottom line, Senza is a must try for anyone in the Chicago area. Plus it's gluten-free (if that matters to you).

  20. WG

    WGLL

    Baton Rouge

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2014

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    The evening was superb. Good wine, good martini and excellent service. The dining room was nicely decorated and not to large. The staff gave great attention to details for each dish and any time they came to the table. The food was excellent and well proportioned. It was a treat to see a fine dining establishment catering to Gluten Free meals. This is a restaurant we look forward to eating at again the next time we are in Chicago.

  21. W

    Winedude

    Nashville

    538 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    538 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic 10 course menu that blends an eclectic array of flavors, served by a friendly staff, makes this a must for everyone who appreciates fine dining in a casual setting. This time we brought our own wine and they only charged us $40 for corkage on two bottles. They have their own very nice wine list as well. We will be back!

  22. MB

    MargieB

    Chicago

    43 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2014

    overall3food3service5ambience2

    Went for dinner to celebrate my birthday. The food was expertly done & the service outstanding. The restaurant is a small storefront Approaching it, I began to wonder if I had the wrong address. From the outside I saw a long counter running along the front glass window with chairs for one to sit at while you look at the people walking by. I felt like I was going to a Subway sandwich shop. Once inside, the decor is hip/modern - nicely done. However, the tables did not have tablecloths and were close together. Some of the tables (where we sat) were counter-height with counter-height chairs like a pub. So, despite the gourmet menu (either $85 or $135/pp) & lovely service, I just did not feel like I was at a "special occasion" restaurant.

  23. M

    Mike

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If Senza were a game of bowling, it would be a 300.

  24. LE

    LivetoEat

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    My husband and I celebrated his birthday here recently. We had the 10 course menu with wine pairings. We both felt the experience was unique and notably the best food we had ever had. We loved everything and would have difficulty picking a favorite course. The staff were educated about each course and pairing and could explain them in detail. We felt it wouldn't be quite the same experience without the proper pairings. The staff made sure we were out the door in time for our movie, without feeling rushed. Highly recommend as a place to get 5 star food without an intimidating environment or pretentious staff.

  25. S

    Shyfoodie

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2014

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    We had a fantastic meal here. It was a little pretentious putting our credit card down for a reservation and the price was quite high, but when the food and service are that great, I guess you can get away with almost anything.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What an outstanding meal! The welcome and service was outstanding, but the food was even better. Every course was extremely flavorful and featured many interesting and original combinations.

  27. JK

    JosephK

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    ...I would want it to be exactly like Senza. The food, delicious beyond words, is immaculately presented. How the good gets better each and every time I come to Senza, I will never understand. The service is second-to-none, with friendly, highly-knowledgable staff that seem genuinely enthusiastic about their jobs (and the restaurant). The decor is relaxed, fun, nicely lit and not too crowded. You should come here and be ready to eat. Start the day with some eggwhites, maybe a salad at lunch...and then indulge in the amazing degustation menu. You will not be disappointed. In a perfect world, every city would have a restaurant where one leaves so happy, feeling so taken care of. I'm glad that we have one here in Chicago.

  28. l

    lsdiner

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had the full 11 courses and wine pairings for the husband's birthday. Every course was interesting and delicious. A few were really surprising in a wonderful way. The wine pairings worked very well. The service was fantastic, they were careful to explain every dish and wine and happy and able to answer questions but were unobtrusive to conversation for a romantic evening.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was exquisite and the service excellent! Based on our prior experience, we took a half pairing with the full menu and that was sufficient. One of the 3 best restaurants in Chicago with Alinea and Schwa.

  30. j

    johnnyjamis

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food and service are impeccable, but it's not inexpensive. Bring your Visa! It's a special occasion event but definitely worth it. This takes your pallet to a whole new level that even Foodies and Celiac patients will appreciate.

  31. A

    Annie

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It is a pre-set menu with the option of wine pairing. It was all very good and the presentation and wait staff was excellent. It is quite expensive ($135 a piece for dinner plus $95 for wine). The restaurant is quaint and intimate. Great for a special occasion. You can check out the current menu ahead of time on their website.

  32. n

    nucappy

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    As someone who has had Celiac for 24 years, before it became the popular thing to go gluten-free, the fact that a restaurant like Senza exists is nothing short of astounding. The simple act of being able to eat restaurant bread without feeling guilty would've been enough by itself, let alone the fact that the food served here is terrific. We chose the 5-course prix fixe option, which really was more like 8 courses once the oyster amuse bouche, the eclair/cheese dessert and the chocolate truffle ending note were included. For me, the highlight was the duck breast, with the chilled onion soup coming in a close second. The service was warm & inviting, and they all work very well as a team together. Would definitely return in the future!

  33. WA

    WineAndDine

    Chicago

    206 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    206 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2014

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We enjoyed a spectacular dining experience at Senza in April and return with some fear that it could not possibly live up to our memory. We were delighted when our fears were quickly allayed. Once again Chef Noah and his team created a truly superlative meal. Each of the thirteen courses was a masterpiece to behold and their artistic appearance was only exceeded by their remarkable flavor profile. Each plate was different and each brought an array of bold flavors that will not be soon forgotten. Again the service was exceptional. The intelligent, knowledgeable, and engaging staff enhanced the experience. If Michelin can see past the nonpretentious, comfortable setting and focus on the food, a second star cannot be far away.

  34. VJ

    VictorJ

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    I am naturally suspicious of restaurants that cater to a "special group" of diners, in this case people with gluten aversions. However their menu looked interesting and we decided to give Senza a try. First off, the cocktails were exceptional. Inventive, unusual, and well prepared. We went for the 5-course menu, with wine pairings, as we did not feel we could handle 11 courses on that night. All the dishes were excellent, cooked just right, and all of them included some unusual flavor combinations. I really liked the extensive use of edible flowers in the presentation, very refreshing. The wines paired well, without being exceptional. The final bill was very reasonable for food of that quality.

  35. DF

    DinningforFun

    Detroit

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I say this VERY sincerely - having been to just about everywhere - you will not find better. Service - excellent - Ambience - nice -for a small restaurant - a little crowded food was spectacular - I really though each course (we all had the 5 course prix fix) was perfectly prepared and seasoned. you often find a pretty looking dish - but the taste just doesn't always make it - This Did! would definitely return!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    everything was great except for loud talking at a table of eight . the food, the room and the staff could not have been better. thanks to SENZA we have great memories of this evening.

  37. g

    gishboy

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food and service was above and beyond our expectations. At one point in the 11 course tasting menu we did not agree with the slection of wine paired with the food, but the staff graciously made changes without us asking. Great job!!

  38. h

    halbermole

    Chicago

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My dining experiences here just keep getting better and better and better. This was a superb and first class dinner from the first bite to the last. Gorgeous presentations, innovative thinking behind dishes but connected to clear and accessible flavor profiles, pleasant and charming (and happy) staff! What are you waiting for? Book a table NOW!

  39. A

    Alden

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Took my wife to Senza for her birthday and they made me look like a rock star! Tasting menu was delicious and the wine pairings were great. I wasn't expecting one with every course (we got the 10 course menu), but I adapted. ;-) My wife's favorite course was the onion soup while mine was the foie gras. Although, there were lots of close seconds for both of us. I enjoyed watching the video on their website and then actually getting to meet chef Sandoval and his wife. The fact that Senza is gluten free is a bonus. It wasn't why we picked the restaurant, but it was a healthy alternative and the food didn't suffer in the least. We wouldn't have known if I hadn't read about it. They don't make a big deal about it at all.

  40. TO

    TORiaJ

    Chicago

    167 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    167 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2014

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    We were given a recommendation to this place by another restaurant owner and what a find! The food was amazing - flavorful and beautifully presented. The service was genuinely friendly and professional. A really special meal.

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