Chicago >Food & Dining > Avenues
108 E Superior, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061141.895426 -87.624959
Neighborhoods: Central, Near North Side
Very nice, but your wallet will hurt – Everything about this place SCREAMS "I have money, and I like to spend it". That aside, the place is VERY romantic, quiet, with service that is second to none, and food that is to die for. However, the old adage holds true; as the prices get higher, the portions gets smaller and the plates bigger. The food, while absolutely spectacular, was in small, elegant portions. A wonderful romantic place for two, if you can afford it; It was nearly $200 for two people, without drinks. The service, though, was incredible. Our waiter was an expert on EVERYTHING that was on the menu, and was able to make some excellent suggestions. The buss boys and other service people were perfect in how they were always just out of sight, but always there when you asked, instantly. If you can afford it, WOW!
Absolutely the best! – Avenues is a hidden treasure. Within the posh Peninsula hotel the restaurant is world class and would probably rate 2 to 3 Michelin Stars in Europe. The fish and seafood offered is the freshest in Chicago, service is impeccable - and they have a great view, too (Water Tower Park). I can't follow the previous rater saying it was too expensive. $69.00 Prix-fixe for 3 courses is a bargain and if you are into indulging try the $95.00 Chefs Degustation Menu. Worth every penny!!! Clearly one of the very best in Chicago! And don't forget Sunday Brunch - the focus is on quality - not quantity: just exquisite.
Improvements needed – Lost our reservation. Late taking dishes away and pouring juice. Didn't replace fork and knife on time. Though foods were fresh, need more selections to call a brunch buffet. Roast beef was little well-done and it was not warm enough. Clearly understaff for the price that we are paying. The chinas and utensils are from France and England, respectively. The price should reflect on foods and services.
First class! – The last time I was in, the door that opens near the elevators from the street was closed, so you had to go past the concierge desk in a big circle to get into the bar. This might be to reduce walk-in traffic, but it does create a cozy area for about a dozen people where the actual foyer would be.
Everything is first class, from the selection of liquors and wines to the service - quietly efficient, not doting. You aren't there to impress the staff, and they've seen it all anyway. Quiet even when busy, the atmosphere is sedate and elegant.
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