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  • Review Count
    7
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  • First Review
    January 26, 2014
  • Last Review
    April 14, 2014
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    3.9
 
 
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Classic Italian dishes with a contemporary flair have made Trattoria No.10 a Chicago favorite since 1989. Specialties on the daily menu include unique, homemade ravioli, rustic pastas, freshly prepared risotto, fresh fish selections and grilled filet of beef. The subdued elegance of the interior, with arched walkways, murals and original art provides an intimate atmosphere that is perfect for business lunches, pre-theater dining, romantic dinners or private parties.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 04/09/2014
 2013
Dined on 04/09/2014
 2013
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Went for the pasta dishes, including handmade ravioli, and they were all delicious. Though the ravioli dishes were tasty, the flavors of the non-handmade pastas that we ordered (farfalle w/ duck confit and seafood black tagliatelle) impressed everyone at the table. Split 4 half portions of pasta between 4 friends (not all females) plus the dessert tasting platter and we left satisfied, definitely not hungry. The bread basket w/ a very yummy white bean dip was happily refilled upon request and probably helped fill us up. Also enjoyed a bottle of pinot nero with our dinner. Total came out to under $40/person before tip, which is very reasonable! Service was wonderful, though our table was a bit squished in the corner. Lovely meal overall."
Dined on 04/09/2014
 2013
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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Graham Elliot Bistro is the third restaurant from Chef Graham Elliot. With focus on the technique and craft of cooking, Graham Elliot Bistro brings the "perfection of simplicity" to the table. Local, farm fresh ingredients help to provide a seasonal menu paired with small production wines and craft beers. Chef Elliot's genuine, approachable personality along with his love of food and music is the inspiration for the bistro.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 02/04/2014
 2013
Dined on 02/04/2014
 2013
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Finally tried this place for Restaurant Week and it was awesome! Portions were just about right for petite females like me & my friends, but may be a bit on the light side for others. We unanimously agreed that the best starter was the chestnut bisque, with amazing complexity in flavor after all the components (esp the rosemary marshmallow) were mixed together and a hearty pork broth-like depth to each spoonful. Best entree was the beef stroganoff, so tender that it practically melted at the touch of a fork, and perfectly complemented by the soft & chewy mustard spaetzle. Both the banana split and baked chocolate desserts were mindblowingly good. Servers were friendly & laid back, just like the atmosphere of the restaurant."
Dined on 02/04/2014
 2013
Special Features: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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bellyQ, the latest restaurant from innovative Chicago chef Bill Kim (Belly Shack and UrbanBelly), is an exciting new concept featuring Asian barbecue and seasonal, locally farmed ingredients. The Randolph Street space showcases Chef Kim's culinary talents with flavors that are rooted in tradition yet decidedly modern in taste and execution. Expect a menu that's smoky and bright, spicy and clean, surprising yet comforting. At bellyQ, Chef Kim crafts unforgettable flavor combinations that awaken your taste buds and satisfy your soul in a space that invites you in and inspires you to hang out a while.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
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Dined on 02/02/2014
 2013
Dined on 02/02/2014
 2013
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Came on a slow night (Super Bowl) for Restaurant Week since every other night was booked from 5-9pm. Decor is cool w/ ventilators over some tables for korean bbq. Semi-open kitchen meant I could watch Chef Kim expedite & finish plates. I really wanted to give 4 stars for food because the dishes were all very well thought out in flavor & the level of execution was there, but everything was somehow too salty! Looking past that, the Thai style fried chicken (boneless!) was a hit with amazing sauce & not greasy at all, while the smoked slices of rare wagyu had great subtle flavor & paired well with the kimchi potato salad (though the papaya pickles made the dish too acidic). Dessert donuts & red lotus cocktail were delish. Service was pleasant."
Dined on 02/02/2014
 2013
Special Features: fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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This distinctly urban restaurant and wine bar provides an elegant yet casual feel, ideal for lunch, dinner or after work cocktails. Townhouse's unique menu offers a large selection of small plates, sandwiches, salads and entrees to suit any taste.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 01/30/2014
 2013
Dined on 01/30/2014
 2013
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Tried this place for Restaurant Week since the menu looked promising (components of each dish seemed well thought out & balanced in flavor), but I suppose not all food that sounds good on paper tastes good. The starter, indicated as a SCALLOP dish, was actually a large bowl of hot sunchoke puree "soup" with a few small scallops, 3 grapefruit segments, and a sprinkle of napa cabbage as garnish on top. It was a bit salty, which made any sunchoke flavor indistinguishable, but still edible thanks to the acidic grapefruit. The duck breast in the entree tasted alright with good seasoning, but the quinoa had an oily charred aftertaste and the (obviously canned) cranberry reduction tasted like cherry cough syrup. Dessert & service were both decent."
Dined on 01/30/2014
 2013
Special Features: vibrant bar scene
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NAHA offers a seasonal contemporary American menu that comes alive with the passions and flavors of the Mediterranean and effortlessly blends the culinary, design and management talents of the cousins Nahabedian.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 01/27/2014
 2013
Dined on 01/27/2014
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Second year doing Restaurant Week here (arguably the best deal out of all the places). We'll keep coming back as long as the menu choices look phenomenal. Tarte tatin was delicious with the most heavenly piece of pork belly, and the nordic salmon w/ salad had great nuanced flavors. The veal breast roulade was a tad bit rich but still tasty nonetheless. The duck breast was outstanding, cooked just right with all components of the dish perfectly harmonizing with each other. I highly suggest splurging on the *additional* gateau basque cake (meaning you get 2 desserts; my other one was the almond financier and yes, I finished both). Both desserts were delectable, great balance of flavors & textures! Service was good, though a bit cut and dry."
Dined on 01/27/2014
 2013
Special Features: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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The bar has now been raised in River North!! Chef Dirk Flanigan’s new “Elevated Tavern Food” menu has something for everyone, with a wide array of different dining options. Chef Flanigan is famous for his unique flavors and all of his dishes are sure to amaze. You will be hard pressed to pick a favorite and you’ll likely have to come back time and again to try everything. The focal point of the dining room is a wood burning pizza oven, located in an old elevator shaft, which can crank out pies that are simply delicious. You can have all this great taste in a super casual atmosphere while all your favorite sporting events are being shown on 70″ HD TVs. Check out our food menu and get the full rundown on this fun dining experience.<br /><br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
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Dined on 01/25/2014
 2013
Dined on 01/25/2014
 2013
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Went for Restaurant Week. Pleasantly surprised by the flavors & quality of the food for a casual sportsbar/gastropub type of place. We had huge flatscreens all around us to watch the Bulls game plus a cozy warmth from the brick oven on one side. Started with mussels in coconut curry broth, which my dining partner & I raced to finish because it was THAT good, and a smoked steak tartare with the smoke still wafting out of the mason jar at the table. Both were impressive, though the accompanying baguette could have been sliced thinner or toasted less. Huge portion entrees were tasty: salmon was perfectly seared; fish & chips w/ fried brussels had the right amount of acidic garnishes and was not greasy or heavy at all! Service was pleasant too."
Dined on 01/25/2014
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot
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A global unique melding of contemporary Indian and Latin American cuisines. Lauded by Chicago Tribune 3 stars, Time, FT, WSJ, Gourmet, Travel & Leisure, Chicago, Bon Appetit, Esquire. Tapas, fusion entrees, regional Indian fare. Featuring marquis items by eight celebrity chefs for the James Beard Vermilion Women in Culinary scholarship and CFW program, as a woman led entity.<br /><br />Heart of downtown Chicago, we offer a global wine list, artisan latin & signature cocktails (raves by Food & Wine, Wine Enthusiast), a fashionable lounge ideal for after-work. The perfect venue for social or corporate events with an eclectic twist to seafood, meats, tasting menus, and a custom vegetarian menu. <br /><br />Our innovative cuisine includes tandoori skirt steak, lobster portuguese (#1 dish worldwide USA Today), chimichurri NY Strip, tamarind blackened ribs, seafood saffron paella, regional Indian fare, a custom vegetarian menu of over 20 options, & decadent desserts.<br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
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Dined on 01/24/2014
 2013
Dined on 01/24/2014
 2013
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Came w/ friends for Restaurant Week since the menu looked interesting and had a good variety of options for each course. The complementary amuse (of something cardamom fritter & spiced butternut squash soup?) started off the meal on a great note with a very flavorful & mildly spicy kick. Though I enjoyed my artichoke empanadas, our table agreed that the citrus fennel salad was the best-tasting starter. My tandoori tilapia was tasty overall, especially with the cucumber dressing on the side drizzled over the fish, but a little too salty. I also wish the rice had a bit more flavor & moisture to stand up to the fish. The bite of butter chicken that I sampled from my friend was heavenly. The flan dessert was so delicious too! Service was great."
Dined on 01/24/2014
 2013
Special Features: fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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