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Tete Charcuterie fuses new American fare with classical French techniques, creating a stunning array of dishes that are as delicious as they are inventive, in its wood and brick-accented space. For starters, the Hamachi crudo with Asian pear and the roasted shishito peppers with fried garlic are excellent options. Tete Charcuterie has a wide variety of small plates with which to create your own meal. Some of the most popular selections include the dry aged bacon with black pepper and thyme, pistachio and coriander mortadella cheese, pork and chicken pâté, and the roasted delicata squash with quinoa and cranberry.
Larger plate entrées, such as the hanger steak frites, rutabaga puree and the Arctic char with lentils and a pumpkin-red wine sauce, are ideal for heartier appetites. Enjoy your meal at Tete Charcuterie with one of the many craft beers available by the bottle or on tap.
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TÉTE Charcuterie flys a bit under the radar, but it's a strong player in the West Loop. Eat charcuterie, but know they serve excellent veggie dishes.
Charcuterie board & shashito peppers are amazing!
Great experience. Food and service were great. Loved the Charcuterie, shishito peppers and dry aged hanger steak. Very affordable. I'd order three dishes per pereon as a recommendation.
This is a great spot! Came here on a Thursday night and unlike many of the West Loop spots nearby, it wasn't crowded and we were seated right away. The Chef's charcuterie board was delicious along with the 2 other plates we ordered (shisito peppers & lamb meatballs). It was the perfect amount of food for the two of us to share. Nice wine and beer list too.
We will be back!
Super affordable for the quality of food. Excellent cocktails and we'd go back just for some wine and Charcuterie as well. Recommended.
Decided to get out of the River North / Gold Coast area to try something different. Read a couple of good views on Tete and decided to give them a try. Very glad I did. Food is delicious - clearly they are very serious about what they are doing. Service was also very warm and efficient. Decent wine list includIng a nice choice by the glass well chosen to match the rustic food, plus a good selection of craft beers.
Most impressive to me was toward the end of the evening when I saw the chefs scrubbing the food preparation counters like their lives depended on it. It really underlined the commitment and passion which is being invested in this place. Go and visit them - they truly deserve your business and it's about much more than just some good cold cuts and terrines. I'll be back soon - one of the most impressive Chicago restaurants I have experienced, pound for pound...
Had dinner here on a Saturday night with friends. We very frequently order charcuterie, cheese, and other small bites when we go out to eat, and we had high expectations for a place that purports to specialize in this. We were a little let down.
The cocktails were okay. The Duke of Medina was outstanding. The service was decent--staff was friendly and knowledgeable, though our order came out in a disconcerting trickle.
Our friend ordered just the charcuterie board. We ordered the charcuterie + cheese for an additional $18. The difference between the regular and the + cheese option was a big disappointment. The pickles were tasty and we liked the spreads that accompanied it, but we received exactly 3 small pieces of cheese. Bit of a stretch to call it a meat and cheese plate. The various charcuteries were interesting and decent. Our favorites were the house bacon and the pot roast pate. Nothing else was especially memorable. Perhaps the bigger entrees were more exciting, but we went for the charcuterie and that's what we ordered.
All in all, a decent place with a staff that seems to really enjoy what they're doing, but we just weren't wowed by the food we ordered. There's tough competition nearby and it's too difficult not to make comparisons.
We had never been to this restaurant before. We also had not looked up their menu online. The hostess only provided us with the Dinner Menu, which only has the option for a preset charcuterie board (either meat, cheese, or combo). We were completely surprised that a place focused on charcuterie would have such a limited charcuterie menu. Even though we neglected to look up the menu online and were thus unaware of the entire ala carte charcuterie menu, how does a restaurant forget to provide a table with their primary menu? Maybe the menu was on the back though and we missed it? If so, "face palm," but regardless the board we got was just not worth the price.
We ordered the combination charcuterie and cheese plate (again, thinking it was our only option) from the Dinner Menu. For 38.00 dollars, we received a fairly large board, containing primarily different pates. I think we got maybe two salami style charcuterie options, and the remainder was all different forms of pate. Don't get me wrong -- I love pate, but I was expecting more variety. Additionally, the cheese section was almost non-existent (I actually thought they had forgotten to give use the combo board till I looked closely) and, similar to the charcuterie, lacked variety. Also, it took an extraordinary amount of time to receive the charcuterie -- the waitress said they had a mix up in the kitchen, which was fine -- mistakes happen.
Aside from the charcuterie, the rest of the food was lack luster and not really memorable.
We had charcuterie again at a different restaurant in Logan Square on Sunday night (two days later) that was exquisite. We will be going there from now on to satisfy any charcuterie cravings since we were so disappointed by Tete. Not sure why it is listed as a top ten in Chicago -- it was also fairly empty on a Friday night in Chicago, which, I think, is saying something.
We ate at the bar & let the bartender select our cocktails & food
He was spot on with both
Excellent meal. Most expensive entree was only $26 too! And it was a dry aged hanger steak. Beautiful presentation and great wine program. Our server Josh was excellent. We'd recommend as a destination dinner for sure.
Always a treat going to tete. Went for a 4 course pre fixe for valentines and it was great. Kudos to the kitchen for portioning a 4 course meal so well. Left without feeling terrible.
Went her for Valentine's Day with my boyfriend. We were looking forward to a nice meal out. However the meal was very expensive for what got. The quality was decent, but the price was crazy. Also the portions were tiny. In general, not worth it.
I had a whole world of different expectations for this place - I thought this would be nothing but pate and meats, and variations on that theme. Nope, this is a high end amazing restaurant. The chef's board to start is a great idea - some of the finest sausage I've had outside of France and Italy. But this is only the starter - it just gets way better.
Chef has combined some unusual flavors that shouldn't work, but are glorious. You can go down the classic meat route, but then you'd miss out on some amazing dishes. The portions are moderate, so you can easily do multiple courses.
Service was outstanding. I love collaborative service.
They had a prefix menu for Valentines weekend and this was not specified when I made my reservation. The waiter and the manager try to accommodate that my wife didn't really find the menu enticing and allowed her to order a la carte, however, she still did not enjoy her dinner and ask me never to bring her to the restaurant again and wanted a raincheck on Valentines dinner. Even though the portion were pretty small I enjoyed my meal and found it to have a good taste.
Wish we had something like tete in Lincoln Park. Loved everything. Will be back soon.
Honestly one of the best meals I've ever had all around. The food was amazing, the service was perfect, the place was fun and had a great atmosphere. Would come back here again and again.
We enjoyed our meal at TETE. All the food was excellent and the server was attentive yet not over bearing. We ordered two bottles of wine and loved each. We would definitely return after restaurant week.
We loved our dinner at TETE. The food was delicious and the cocktails and wjne list is well thought out. We ordered the restaurant week menu and opted for the beef cheeks and smoked trout as well as the dry aged hanger steak and sea bass. Loved em all.
I couldn't help notice the previous comment about the small child and garden coming off the menu. We know the chefs and that is one of their children who was dining at the restaurant and visiting his father.
The garden was removed from the menu since ITS WINTER and not at vegetables' peak season. Why would a restaurant keep an item on its menu that is out of season? It's guests like that review that give us other open table users a bad rap.
My friends and I went on a triple date ( party of 6) during restuarant week. We ended up being seated almost an hour late, however this was made up for with a free charcuterie plate and a couple free appetizers. The owner checked on our table himself several times personally and apologized for the delay. Test restaurant, great food, huge wine list, very friendly servers.
We ate here during restaurant week during which only the restaurant week menu and their charcuterie options were available. Everything we tried was good, most especially the steak and the caramel desert. The lighting was just right - a romantic Edison bulb glow. Unfortunately, the hostess had a cold demeanor from the very start, not at all welcoming. She also approached another couple who arrived well after us (and we had already been waiting over 30 minutes for our 8:15PM reservation) to offer them our table. They would have innocently accepted it if I had not been paying attention and stepped in. Patrons, especially those who made a reservation and have already been waiting for over thirty minutes past their reservation time, should not have to "fight" for the chance to enjoy a meal. Overall, good experience, but the host staff could be more welcoming and on their game.
Tete was great! I went with a good girlfriend for restaurant week. I'd never heard of the place, but she lives in the West Loop so she knows about all the new places on Randolph. The menu had a lot of choices, all of which worth the price in my opinion. The best part of my meal was the entree which included a sausage laid over some dry shrimp fried rice & a poached egg. You mix it all together and it's absolutely divine. It was a flavor mixture I've never had before and I really enjoyed it. Also, their Pinot Noir is fabulous! If you love savory flavors, this is the restaurant for you. We'll be back to try the charcuterie but were too full to get an order during our visit. Their service was slower than I would've expected but we chalked it up to restaurant week.
The service was amazing, everyone was super nice. The food was AMAZING and I must say it was nice to be able to actually have a conversation at the table without yelling. You could talk at a normal level and still have that sense of privacy.
Without a doubt the BEST restaurant week menu in Chicago. Excellent wine list and solid service. We'd absolutely return. Highly recommend.
Was happy to see Tete Charcuterie on the restaurant week list. Been wanting to go. The pre fixe menu was rather extensive as there were 2 items from each course that I wanted to try. My friends and I elected to order different items and try them all. I was pleasantly surprised by the meld of flavors, how the chef was able to bring out the flavor of each protein. I will be going again! Order the charcuterie board. You will not be disappointed.
A small child was hanging around the food prep area.
Our bread was burned.
Their wonderful vegetarian Garden dish has been removed from the menu. The sole vegetarian dish was only available as part of the special Restaurant Week menu.
This was our 5th visit here--we had never had a bad experience.
We will give it another try, but we are no longer recommending it to others.
First the good - we definitely enjoyed the food (especially the desserts)and the ambiance. We didn't necessarily appreciate the fact that our server tried several times to up-sell us on additional items beyond the tasting menu. I don't know if the experience would be different had it not been Restaurant Week. Ditto for the entree portion sizes; my husband left hungry. Lastly, I ordered a cocktail to go with my dessert. While I don't recall the name of it,the drink was made with coffee & booze. Instead I received a Rose Lassi and was charged for it (which wasn't noticed until after we left the restaurant).
Impeccable food. Everything was absolutely delicious from the Charcuterie to the sausages, steak and duck. Omg the Duck. Get the Duck.
The service was attentive and professional but very friendly and informative too. Everything the server recommend we ordered and loved.
I will absolutely be coming back soon.
A close foodie friend of mine told me that I absolutely had to visit TÊTE on Randolph. I had heard others speak about their Charcuterie program, but this friend said what we really had to try were the hot dishes.
We were greeted at the door by two professional hostesses and were promptly shown to our table. The dining room was dimly lit and intimate but still had an energetic vibe.
Our server was personable, knowledgeable, natural and intuitive to our needs throughout the meal. He wasn't obtrusive but was one step ahead of us at every turn - when we needed refills or utensils for the next course, they were always there.
Both of our cocktails were great. Refreshing and perfectly balanced.
Our first course consisted of a small Charcuterie board (perfect for two people). There were both salumis and pâtés on the board. The server recommended the Hamachi 'Jambon' - slightly cured slices of Hamachi with a sweet and spicy pepper sauce and some Asian Pears - so refreshing and a great palate cleanser for the next course.
The Atlantic Sea Bass was their fish selection - a delicate piece of sea bass presented in a bowl with a unique tamarind sauce. The fish was moist and the sauce was an excellent complement.
Lastly we went with the pot roast for two. A substantial dish that was a spectacle unto itself.
The dish consisted of dry-aged sirloin with creamy whipped potatoes served on two plates for each guest. In the center of the table, the server placed a large pot with a bunch of goodies inside. There were large chunks of braised beef cheeks, root vegetables, and a killer creamy sauce that I will dream about tonight.
We ended with dessert and all in all the meal was without a doubt one of the best I've enjoyed in Chicago in a long time. We expected the night to be expensive, but in the end we left the restaurant with enough to still go out.
We'd recommend TÊTE for any occasion. No need to spend a lot to really enjoy yourself at this West Loop gem.
We dined here prior to a concert and the Tete staff did a great job of ensuring that we would dine and enjoy ourselves in the schedule we had. The medium charcuterie board was delicious and quite enough for 2 of us but we added the truffle sausage and really enjoyed it. We also enjoyed the mushrooms - very flavorful and delicious, the salad, and the lamb meatballs. The meal was a little more meat centric than we usually order but everything was tasty and delicious. I would definitely recommend tete and I will be returning soon.
Husband wanted to go here for his birthday meal, and it was lovely experience/meal from the moment we walked in to when we left. The attention to detail was fantastic and a total surprise (we loved the tiny piglets on the table). Food-wise, we specifically wanted to try lots of new things; everything was tasty. We "rolled the dice" with the chef's charcuterie and thought the lamb pate was perfect. The pickled beef cheeks were amazing, as well as the lamb vindaloo meatballs (server recommended them), charred radicchio salad (grapefruit was a welcomed addition), and longanisa (egg brought the dish all together). Also, the cocktail menu was great. I'm always looking for places that offer Aspall cider, nice to see it on the menu. The portions were the right-size for us; this restaurant might not be for everyone if they need big heaps of food to feel satisfied.
I went with my food-loving friend and we had a great server and split delicious dishes (med Charcuterie, hamachi, sea bass, beef tagliatelle) and had great cocktails & wine to boot. My only complaint is that their wine menu is limited and slightly overpriced and makes more sense to just buy by the glass. Overall, great night in a comfortable/upscale setting!
Charcuterie and wine, not very complicated of a restaurant concept, but very enjoyable from this customer's point of view. I really enjoyed my experience there. I gave a low ambiance rating because the dining room table set up wasn't great in my opinion. It felt too communal for me, but if you're into that, you'll like it.
I think that the place is too expensive for what it is. It would be perfect to go for a charcuterie/cheese plate and a glass of wine before going someone else for dinner. The entrees were very expensive $33 for duck! And not that much food. The Radiccio salad was very good. My friend and I had a hard time wrapping ourselves around the concept and the waiter wasn't much help. We probably could have gotten the small charcuterie plate vs. the medium but when asked how large it was he just pushed the medium without saying how much you would usually get on the plate. Mediocre and probably wouldn't go back- but glad that we tried!
Good but Publican is better.
Everything was great! We really enjoyed a friends night out at Tete. The only downside was that the restaurant was practically empty, especially for a Saturday night.
The food was delicious especially the boards. Great service and good place for foodies. If not use to this kind of dining could be little overwhelming esp cost. 2 peopled with 2 drinks and desert was$190
We were craving something wonderful and savory. Tete Charcuterie delivered! This was our first visit and we'd definitely return. Our server (nice guy with beard, but I realize that describes 80% of the staff) had great thoughts for each of our courses. He was helpful, not overbearing. We tried several of the cocktails including the Abuela (apple martini), and all were good. Got the medium charcuterie - just the right size for us. The pancetta in the middle was to die for. Had the sirloin, which was great, and the deliciously seasoned lamb vindaloo. The atmosphere is pleasant, but I wouldn't say cozy. Look at the pics online. This place is all about delicious meat for people who really like good food.
Housemade charcuterie was terrific. Waiter was knowledgeable and accommodating. Cocktail list a nice way to begin the meal; good recommendations by waiter and very good value considering portion sizes. Two of us shared a medium charcuterie, 2 small plates and an entree -- would recommend the duckling being explained better ahead of time, as it was served very rare. I was offered to send it back for more cooking but by then was sated and happy to let my husband finish it. Overall a very good experience that I would recommend.
Was Very impressed with our dinning experience. The Charcuterie is something that we will definitely be back for. Enjoyed everything we ordered.
Despite that it wasn't busy, service was inattentive. Waited way too long to order. Wine arrived when we were halfway through first course. Charcuterie was average-mortadella was lacking in flavor, pate was on the bland side. Tartare should have had some toast or crackers. Date cake was super average. We got 2 entrees the asian sausage and the pasta with beef blood. The portion size between the two was inconsistent. The blandish pasta was tiny.
Great dinner! Awesome food. Definitely get the chef board. And the tables by the kitchen can get quite warm. We will definitely go back!