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About Permanently Closed - TRU

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.

676 North Saint Clair Street
Chicago, IL 60611
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary French / American

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.

Cross Street:
Huron

Dress Code:
Jacket Required

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 202-0001

Website:
http://www.trurestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available on Saint Clair Street directly in front of the restaurant during dinner hours; $16 per vehicle.

Executive Chef:
Anthony Martin

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.

Private Party Contact:
Private Dining Manager: (888) 440-8058

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please visit the special events section of our web site, www.trurestaurant.com for more information.

TRU - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (14)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Romantic (12)
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Good for Anniversaries (12)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Good for a Date (6)
Worth the Drive (5)
Business Meals (3)
Authentic (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Healthy (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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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 (Des Moines)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 21, 2017

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

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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·Dined on September 20, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

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

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Most professional service, exquisite tasting food!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 1, 2017

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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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on August 16, 2017

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

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Exceptional

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 15, 2017

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!

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

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)·Dined on August 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

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

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·Dined on August 5, 2017

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

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 26, 2017

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)·Dined on July 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 20, 2017

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)·Dined on July 15, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 14, 2017

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)·Dined on July 13, 2017

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!

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 7, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Vegan, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 1, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

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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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on June 17, 2017

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 17, 2017

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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 16, 2017

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

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 15, 2017

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)·Dined on June 13, 2017

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!

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 9, 2017

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

Tags: Tasting Menu
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