Hensel310
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  • Review Count
    10
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  • First Review
    April 3, 2014
  • Last Review
    July 27, 2014
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    3.5
 
 
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Libertad is a casual, chef-driven neighborhood restaurant featuring Latin American inspired cuisine. <br><br><br /><br />Executive Chef Armando Gonzalez, whose experience includes Chicago"s most notable restaurants, pairs bold and exciting flavors for a seasonal menu of small plates ideal for sharing and experiencing the diverse mosaic of the countries that make up Latin America.<br /><br><br><br />Noted mixologist Adam Seger has put together a fun and creative cocktail menu while Sommelier Shebnem Ince compiled a succinct wine list that complements the menu with by the glass and bottle selections.<br /><br><br><br />You'll quickly find that Libertad personifies the true neighborhood restaurant - a place you want and can dine at all the time because it's welcoming, relaxing and offers a menu so good it's hard to choose. The answer to that dilemma? Visit often.
 
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Miserable experience
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/27/2014
 2005
Dined on 7/27/2014
 2005
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Four of us went to brunch at Libertad. it was not busy.
We ordered the eggs benedict, the omelette and a pork scramble. The pork scramble was the only dish that was half way okay.
Have you ever heard of an omelette with peas? this dish was like eating a pea pie, disgusting. There were other vegetables in this rubbery concoction but there were so many peas that the other flavors were lost.
There was no salt and pepper, hot sauce, not enough set ups on our table, (I had to get up and ask for all 3) and to make matters worse, a two top came in 20 minutes after we were seated, and they were served 10 minutes before we were. the music was too loud, even for the 24 year old who was dining with us. Worst brunch EVER."
Dined on 7/27/2014
 2005
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Cafe Lucci’s motto, “Good Food, Good Wine, Good People,” is the distinguishing hallmark of this North Shore family-owned and operated restaurant, which is a favorite for neighborhood regulars, including many executives and professionals who hail from nearby corporations and businesses. Cafe Lucci also is a weekend and special-occasion destination for many folks who live in Chicago and have discovered an exceptional dining experience in Glenview.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Delicious and great service
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/10/2014
 2005
Dined on 7/10/2014
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"First visit to Cafe Lucci.
Zagat gave good marks to this resto so I gambled and took my pal to lunch for her birthday.
We were not disappointed. Lovely old school place. Great menu, nice wine list and the service is outstanding.
We split an arugula and a seafood salad...both were quite large. Tons of seafood on the salad.
Our waiter served my pal a giant piece of tiramisu with a candle at no charge. Unheard of in this day and age. Big points for that.
The prices are extremely fair for the large portions.
All in all, I would recommend to all and return for dinner.
"
Dined on 7/10/2014
 2005
Special Features: great for lunch, notable wine list
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As the more casual sibling of renowned Spiaggia, Cafe Spiaggia has come into its own as a favorite dining destination for locals and visitors alike. In an artful, warm setting featuring reproductions of 15th century Italian murals, the contemporary Cafe serves dishes reminiscent of authentic Italian sidewalk eateries and trattorias. Chicago Magazine said, “This stylish Cafe sends out lively versions of regional classics…topnotch handmade pastas, fine main courses, and the best tiramisu and ice creams in town."
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Nice meal with a view
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/20/2014
 2005
Dined on 6/20/2014
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"The food at the recently renovated Cafe Spiaggia tastes as wonderful as the new decor looks. The room looks great.
The menu is small but serves great dishes from all of the food groups. We had the ravioli in pesto, the Amish chicken (half a chicken!) and the crab/seafood pasta and a fritto misto. There were 2 clean plates and since the chicken portion was so large, we left with half the bird. All entrees were delicious and beautifully plated.
As always a great bread selection and we had a trio of gelato, chocolate hazelnut, raspberry and a chocolate chip with banana.
You can make a meal here a leisurely as you want as our waiter never rushed us to leave our table.
I would recommend to all."
Dined on 6/20/2014
 2005
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, scenic view, notable wine list
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Allium is marked by a more approachable environment, featuring farm-to-table, regional American cuisine. Allium continues to uphold the Hotel’s trademark of exemplary, engaging service in a new relaxed atmosphere, making it the ultimate Chicago gathering place. <br /><br />Allium’s seasonal menu focuses on sustainable ingredients. Vegetables drive the ever-evolving menu, sourced both from local farmers and the Hotel’s own rooftop garden. Meats, one of the Midwest’s greatest culinary staples, are well represented, from dry aged filet chop to the menu’s From the Meat Locker section, featuring a selection of premium steaks and chops from Midwestern ranchers.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Allium delights
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/26/2014
 2005
Dined on 5/26/2014
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Allium is a wonderful restaurant featuring highly attentive service, a lovely setting and beautifully prepared delicious food.
The service is impeccable and unobtrusive. The available wines by the glass are thoughtfully selected and represents a wide range from around the world. The food is sensational. The unique menu features an interesting take on main courses. The shrimp risotto is rich and delicious. The hamburger is served with a fried egg and crispy onions and is fabulous. The brussels sprouts with bacon are amazing. But the cheese crisp is incredible. Skip the rolls and order this cheese crisp. Desserts are as delicious as they are stunning.
Highly recommend Allium.
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Dined on 5/26/2014
 2005
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Seasons 52 is a casually sophisticated fresh grill and wine bar that invites you to discover the sensational flavors of our seasonally inspired menu. At Seasons 52, you’ll enjoy a warm, welcoming ambiance with rich mahogany accents, custom built wine cellars, and lush greenery that create an air of casual sophistication. With an award-winning international wine list of over 100 wines, with 52 or more available by the glass, we will find the perfect match to complement your menu selection.<br /><br />Our restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily, with extended hours on the weekend. We also feature live entertainment at our piano bar nightly.<br /><br />If you are searching for a place to host your next group function, look no further. Seasons 52 is the perfect setting for your private or semi-private event. Together we will create the event of the season! For more information, we invite you to visit our website at www.Seasons52.com.<br /><br />We look forward to serving you soon.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
High on Flavor, Low on calories
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/09/2014
 2005
Dined on 5/09/2014
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Seasons 52 never disappoints.
This "doesn't really feel like a chain" restaurant, has wonderful ambiance, beautiful interior, great service and a consistently delicious menu. The beauty of this restaurant is that each and every menu item has no more than 475 calories...total. The portions are generous and the flavors are outstanding. My guests who had never visited the restaurant, each cleaned their plate not because there wasn't enough food but because their meals were just so darn tasty.
The desserts are always a visual and gastronomical treat. Each of the selections is served in a wide glass beaker, about 6 sweet spoonfuls.
So although the taste is fabulous, the guilt is minimal.
Visit Seasons 52!"
Dined on 5/09/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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Beatrix is a neighborhood restaurant, coffeehouse and meeting place located in Chicago’s River North. Our chef partners Susan Weaver, Rita Dever and John Chiakulas have created a menu inspired by food made in Lettuce’s test kitchen. <br /><br />Beatrix is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night offerings. <br /><br />All pastries, breads and sweets are baked in house daily. Some of our favorites include Seeded Rye English Muffins, Honey Butter Cinnamon Buns and Thin & Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies. Our coffee and tea program will showcase two iconic Chicago roasters, Intelligensia and Metropolis.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Food Glorious Food
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/07/2014
 2005
Dined on 5/07/2014
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Beatrix is a terrific restaurant to enjoy a meal. The food is consistently delicious, the servings fill the plate---no petite portions here!
the ambience is lively and the service is gracious.
As far as menu choices, I can highly recommend the turkey meatloaf, the salmon, the quinoa cakes, the braised pork (enormous) and pretty much every dessert. I have visited Beatrix for brunch but have heard several enthusiastic recommendations from those who have.
This was my 6th visit to Beatrix. Dependable, reasonably priced and large portions are all good reasons to return, again and again."
Dined on 5/07/2014
 2005
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch
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A 16-foot Buddha, which floats above a reflecting pool filled with Japanese carp, presides over the scene at Tao. A favorite destination for celebrities and athletes, this Pan Asian restaurant specializes in authentic Hong Kong Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisines. Tao has three levels of dining including the prized "Skybox" which offers views of this former movie theater unparalleled in New York. In addition to its 300 seats, Tao includes a sushi bar, lounge and two bars at which to enjoy the food and the show. Appetizers range from $8 - $18; Entrees: $16 -$39. Offering $27.50 Prix Fixe Lunch Menu year round.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Disco Dining
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/25/2014
 2005
Dined on 4/25/2014
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Definitely worth a visit but don't expect a peaceful meal. This place is hopping, busy, crowded, with a steady stream of people and plates of food coming at you from every direction. there is dining on the balcony so there are also people above you. the main dining room features a giant Buddha which is about 40-50 feet tall. Disco music thumps throughout the meal and gets louder as the evening progresses. The food, once we were seated, 45 minutes after our reservation (TAO bought our second round of drinks.)
This is a fun place to go with a large party. However, if someone in your group has a hearing problem, you will need to use sign language to speak to them."
Dined on 4/25/2014
 2005
Special Features: good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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Experience Tuscan cuisine at vibrant and lively Coco Pazzo Café, sister restaurant of the more formal Coco Pazzo. Just steps away from Magnificent Mile shopping, Northwestern Hospital, Prentice Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute, the Café offers a casual atmosphere with a sophisticated menu and multiple wines by the glass. Enjoy the warmth of the Modigliani inspired murals, theatrical flower arrangements and the copper topped bar which is available for dining. And, when the weather allows, choose a seat on the comfortable patio. Coco Pazzo Café has been voted by Chicago Zagat readers as one of the finest alfresco restaurants in town
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
what service?
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/20/2014
 2005
Dined on 4/20/2014
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"the food at Coco Pazzo is dependable . Unfortunately our waiter spent more time hiding from our table than actually being present. There were long lapses after we were seated, another long lapse for him to take our order, again, a very long lapse to receive the food and finally, we actually had to fetch him via the manager to receive our bill. the manager ate brunch with his hostess, in full view of our table while we were still waiting for our food.
On the other hand, the bus boys, servers who brought water and cleaned up worked very hard."
Dined on 4/20/2014
 2005
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Eno Vino Wine Bar & Bistro Voted "Madison's Best Wine Bar" By Madison Magazine Readers, 2014.. Eno Vino offers 250+ wines by the bottle & another 45 by the glass. From the beginning, Eno Vino was established as a place to share great wine, sensational, hand-crafted cocktails and fresh, inviting food. Whether you would like to entertain friends, enjoy an evening out with a loved one or unwind during happy hour ~ we invite you to enjoy an evening at Eno Vino!
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Eno Vino--Wonderful
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/17/2014
 2005
Dined on 4/17/2014
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Great wine list, terrific ambience and delicious food.
Despite the out of town, in a mall location, this restaurant tries hard and succeeds on every level.
Our waitress, Paige, was very very good, attentive, knowledgeable, charming and unobtrusive. The food was beautifully prepared, well presented and delicious. I would return."
Dined on 4/17/2014
 2005
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Bellwether features an eclectic menu that includes steaks and fish as well as outstanding wine, beer, and spirits. The dining room features a massive wine room, vodka display, and 30 foot waterfall.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Great for pre-movie dinner
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 04/03/2014
 2005
Dined on 04/03/2014
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Bellwether is a large and pretty space. The cuisine is basically bar food with a few dishes that showed improvement on that genre.
Several large screen TVs so if you want to follow hockey, baseball, basketball or football, this would be a very nice place to do so.
I think there were about 10-12 bottled beers ..not to mention the ones they have on tap.
The noise level is not a problem so you can carry on a normal conversation. Service is very good, accommodating.
Prices are moderate."
Dined on 04/03/2014
 2005
Special Features: good for groups, kid-friendly
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