Permanently Closed - TRU

4.6
2092 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary French / American
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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Tru is a Mobil four star and AAA five diamond restaurant that has received four-star reviews from Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Magazine. Accolades from the James Beard House include Best New Restaurant nomination in 2000 and Outstanding Service Award in 2006. Tru also has been honored with the Wine Spectator Grand Award since 2004 and with two stars in the Michelin guide.

We are an adult environment with a dress code policy: jackets are required for gentleman and elegant-casual, business or evening attire for ladies.

Dining in the lounge is also available.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday– Thursday:6pm - 9pm; Friday: 6:00 pm - 10pm; Saturday: 5pm - 10pm; Sunday and Monday: Closed.



Tru is closed on all major holidays.
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Phone number
(312) 202-0001
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Required
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Executive chef
Anthony Martin
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Private party facilities
With two distinct private dining areas to choose from as well as the entire restaurant, Tru will set a memorable scene for any party, whether it's a business meeting or rehearsal dinner.
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Private party contact
Private Dining Manager: (888) 440-8058
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Cross street
Huron
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Parking details
Valet parking is available on Saint Clair Street directly in front of the restaurant during dinner hours; $16 per vehicle.
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Special events & promotions
Please visit the special events section of our web site, www.trurestaurant.com for more information.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.7
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KB
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We haven't dined at Tru since 2009 and were not disappointed. The food and service was outstanding. We are sorry that the restaurant will be closing its doors soon.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am sad to see that this iconic place is closing, but am also grateful my girlfriend and I had the chance to go here one more time before the doors closed for good. Hadn’t been here in years but the food was every bit as good as I remember, and the atmosphere was even better. Tru will be missed.

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k
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful birthday celebration for my daughter and for the closing of the restaurant. I have been fortunate to have dined here twice and I didn't want the restaurant to close prior to my daughter also being able to experience fine dining at it's best! Good bye Tru, you will be missed.

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j
Des Moines
46 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, an amazing dining experience, from the time we walked in through the door, to our server hailing a cab for us at about 12:30 a.m. when we left. TRU has been a favorite of ours for years. The food and service were at their incredibly high standard again, and we had a wonderful time enjoying the degustation with some thoughtfully chosen wines by the sommelier. The experience here is found almost nowhere else. The creativity from the chef, the whimsical and daring presentation of the food courses, the flawless and carefully coordinated service, the knowledge and friendliness of everyone who we dealt with; all combine to make this an extraordinary culinary experience. We were incredibly saddened to find out that this wonderful restaurant is closing!!! Unbelievable! With so few dining experiences available like this, we cannot understand how the owner would consider closing this fine establishment that has been in business for almost 20 years. We strongly encourage the owner(s) to change his/her mind and keep this restaurant open!!

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this & so happy to have had the reservation before it closes!

Only critique: only white napkins? My navy blue dress looks like a lint trap without a black napkin offered. Found that surprising given how impeccable everything else is.

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TB
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place, long a favorite. Closing Oct 7, so you had better get there fast. The perfect antidote to hurricane season and current political lunacy.

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C
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The food was lack luster. The service was atrocious. The sommelier was uninformed and could not answer basic questions correctly. He talked like he knew things, but really didn't and his choice was a poor one.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I have read great reviews about Tru and I decided to celebrate my anniversary last night at Tru, my girl friend and I were visiting Chicago and were ecstatic about going. However being a younger couple dinning there, I noticed most of the people dinning there were an older crowd, I felt that I was being mistreated as a customer. At first the service was good, but towards the end of the meal the server threw the plate to my girlfriend and gave an unpleasant look. I thought that was unacceptable, especially coming from a 2-michelin star restaurant. I have been to many michelin star restaurants (coming from NYC) and have never left a restaurant unhappy. I will definitely not be coming back.

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A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Wonderful and very sad to see it is closing.

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Oddly, we managed to get in here before they closed at the end of September, as was the case when we went to L2O just before it closed. Our experience was terrific; the service was well timed, courses were explained in detail, the wine list was massive and the sommelier was very informative, and the food...the food was outstanding. We did the full blown service and every course was well prepared, beautifully plated and very delicious. Our only mixed comment was, while the dining room was very nice, it did have a somewhat dated feel, somewhere in the late 90's or early 00's as far as decor goes. Overall worth it.

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M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente comida. Precio elevado pero tiene dos estrellas Michelín. Ambiente y atención excelente.

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R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Did not see creativity in the dishes for a Michelin 2 star.

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GF
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most professional service, exquisite tasting food!

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Q
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having dinner at TRU was a fantastic experience. Every course was delicious, the presentation absolutely beautiful and the service truly exceptional.

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Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable experience one of the best fine dining restaurant I've been too. Service, food and presentation exceptional

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TJ
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional

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n
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at TRU! Our table was spaced out enough from others to be more private and it wasn't noisy at all. The service was friendly and quick without rushing us. I really appreciated that they asked for dietary restrictions ahead of time and accommodated my request for lower sodium. The menu and cheese selection were fantastic, and we were even sent home with a copy of the menu and apricot cookies for later. Thank you!

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Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Spectacular food by far (worth the 2 Michelin stars). Yet, the ambiance and the experience lacked by far other restaurants of the same rating and recognition. A 2 Michelin star restaurant should pay attention to every single detail! Dining is a SENSORY EXPERIENCE and not simply a revenue generator. Areas and customer experience contact points that need to be improved: (1) silverware should be upgraded (off the shelf Oneida silverware are simply unacceptable), (2) music should be thought through (existing elevator music is far inferior of the ambiance and the experience projected), (3) bread (nothing exciting yet dissatisfying - offered bread tasted like off the self bread you can find in any upscale grocery store), (4) absence of flowers and candles (missed the opportunity to create a lasting experience), (5) bring back the a la carte option ( pre fix is not suited to all guests). Overall great food yet disappointing ambiance and overall experience. In a wold-class city like Chicago you need to step up to the game.

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London
37 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Just super. Went here as the start of our planned tour of as many Chicago Michelin Star eateries as possible, and the first one we chose ie Tru was a massive hit and no disappointment whatsoever. Immaculate place in terms of decor, atmosphere, staff dress code, staff service level, maitre'D and sommelier expertise, food quality and breadth, all command respect and fantastic comments. Will be back one day! WIne list and vintage champagne by the glass also great.

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New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Expensive but worth it! A wonderful dining experience from appetizer to dessert with surprises along the way.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely evening and delicious dinner. A very special night to celebrate our 50th wedding anniverary.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was looking for a Michelin-starred restaurant while in Chicago for a business trip and TRU did not disappoint! The food was amazing and creative, the service was impeccable and the little extras were a pleasant surprise!

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Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service team did an amazing job, they were all synchronized and very attentive to your needs. The ambiance is OK- not exactly my taste, as it feels a little plain and empty. Chef did a great job on the menu and it was delicious. However, it being a two Michelin star restaurant I already had high hopes for the restaurant. Not a cheap experience, but it was fun!

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit, and the ambience, the service, the quality all remain as we remembered. The Iranian caviar was magnificent. The wine pairings were stellar.
I was disappointed that the menu is now prie-fixe only, which it was not at our last visit. Not every top tier restaurant has to be Alinea or French Laundry: some of us still yearn for the luxurious difficulty of choosing among a full menu of tempting dishes. A full menu option also would've enabled me to avoid the only sour note of my dining experience, the wheatberry course, which I found inedible.
And we REALLY miss the Muscovy duck! I'll be back as soon as it is back.

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SE
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent. The staff was friendly and attentive. We had the full course tasting menu with wine pairing. The cheese plate was a nice add on mid meal. There is also caviar to start but we didn't. We didn't leave too full but we were satisfied.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Champagne and caviar are always best friends! Incredible selection!!! Food surprising!

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NA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was great but the food was overpriced and nothing to write home about. Except for the mussel velouté - that was excellent.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious as you would expect from a high-end establishment. The staff really makes Tru a special place. They are warm, without being in your face; and incredibly knowledgeable. We especially enjoyed the small tasting of caviar and added cheese course!

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BA
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best dining experience ever! The serving team was well synchronized. The chef combined fantastic tasting courses on original matching dining ware. We admitted our ignorance right away and was expertly guide by Mark. All staff was friendly and attentive to us. Our positive experience started from the moment we entered until we were escorted to the taxi that was called for us.

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Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't say other than excellent!!! Highly recommended if u don't mind paying the price.

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M
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was very good, but not exciting. Service choreography was exaggerated: Two servers that fill our water glasses in perfect synchrony -- looks too pretentious for my taste

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Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary there. The food was outstanding as was the service. Plus, we were given a take home menu with the date and our names printed in it. It's a nice memento.

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LC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

The food was very good.However, given the two Micheline stars, I expected to be wowed either by the taste, the presentation or the combination of flavors, and I was not on any of the dishes. Also, the service was professional and attentive. However, it lacked a bit of warmth. Having said that, you can't go wrong with Tru in terms of food and professional service. And if looking for a quiet restaurant, where you don't have to yell to have a conversation, it's one of the best.

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Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening, great food. Special attention to detail as always. Thank you for the kitchen tour!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ambiance and the food was magnificent. Great for a special occasion!

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JA
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is one of our very special occasion places and again it didn't disappoint. Although our waitress started a bit stiff and off putting she warmed up nicely. The staff was very attentive without being overbearing. The food was right on and interesting. The presentation was delightful. The wine pairings were very complimentary of the food. We loved the slow, but perfectly paced progress of the meal. Try never falls short of expectations.

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L
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

TRU is always a favorite of ours for a special occasion.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

MOST OF THE FOOD IS VERY SALTY. ONLY 30 % OF THE FOOD FROM THE COURSES IS EATABLE.
THE DESERT IS GOOD.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband insisted we celebrate my birthday on the actual date although I was stressed out from serious health issues, stolen credit card and missing a test for my driver's license required this year. As always, HE knew best! Our evening at TRU was, in truth, the best we ever could have had. Delicious food, and wine, soothing music, superb service and a beautiful setting. We'll be back!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service with a perfect seasonal tasting menu crafted by talented chefs.

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