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  • First Review
    October 5, 2014
  • Last Review
    October 19, 2014
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Balsan at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago is a contemporary bistro showcasing refined, yet rustic fare with an American sensibility. Served in a relaxed social setting, the market-driven menu offers a wide range of options including family-style dining, shared plates and updated classics. It is located in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood on the third floor of the Waldorf Astoria Chicago at 11 East Walton Street.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
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Dined on 10/11/2014
 2012
Dined on 10/11/2014
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Brunch menu has changed unfortunately: they got rid of the $24 2-course menu wherein the 1st course was a brunch board with deli meats, cheeses, madeleines, scones, and 4 different spreads followed by a 2nd entree course. Now, one would have to order the brunch board as a separate menu item for $20. (This is apparently a recent change brought on by a switch in chef at Balsan, but the quality of the food hasn't been affected much, maybe improved a bit.) We tried the country pork terrine instead as a shared appetizer, which was delicious & reminiscent of Paris, though the grilled baguette slices were overly charred/too crunchy for my taste. My shrimp & grits entree was perfect and quite a large portion. Also, the Lillet martini is delicious!"
Dined on 10/11/2014
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Gyu-Kaku Chicago is all about fun and food. You are your own chef, cooking tasty morsels perfectly to your liking, right there at your table. It is an ideal way to share a meal with family and friends. Gyu-Kaku has a variety of original sauces which it uses as marinades and provides for basting of its select meats, poultry, seafood and vegetables. Grilled by the customer over a glowing charcoal brazier, each item becomes a unique and delectable taste experience. Enjoy!
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
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Dined on 9/28/2014
 2012
Dined on 9/28/2014
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Third time here, very pleased while introducing it to our friends who have never been. Somehow, we managed to spend less while ordering more food (of comparable prices, all from the Happy Hour menu) than last time dining with the same number of people... surely can't complain about that! My favorite cuts are still the bistro hangar steak (over the similar cut of harami skirt steak) and kalbi short rib (#2 highly recommended). My friends also really enjoyed the spicy pork, so we ordered a second serving of it. The Gyu-kaku Nigori sake complemented the meats very well. We left happy with warm stuffed bellies and will definitely be back!"
Dined on 9/28/2014
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Gyu-Kaku Chicago is all about fun and food. You are your own chef, cooking tasty morsels perfectly to your liking, right there at your table. It is an ideal way to share a meal with family and friends. Gyu-Kaku has a variety of original sauces which it uses as marinades and provides for basting of its select meats, poultry, seafood and vegetables. Grilled by the customer over a glowing charcoal brazier, each item becomes a unique and delectable taste experience. Enjoy!
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
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Dined on 7/19/2014
 2012
Dined on 7/19/2014
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Second time here after only 2 weeks, because the first experience was that good! Unfortunately, the very temperamental grill at our table put a damper on our meal this time. We had a bit of a hard time getting the attention of our server for what would be a total of 5 times to re-ignite our grill before being moved to another table about 70% of the way through our meal. Thankfully, the manager took it in stride and was very gracious and professional dealing with our situation. Though we got a new plate of the meat that was left half-cooked & half-eaten on the uncooperative grill at the old table after we moved, we were not offered anything extra as compensation for the inconvenience, discontinuity, and difficulty of our dining experience."
Dined on 7/19/2014
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Gyu-Kaku Chicago is all about fun and food. You are your own chef, cooking tasty morsels perfectly to your liking, right there at your table. It is an ideal way to share a meal with family and friends. Gyu-Kaku has a variety of original sauces which it uses as marinades and provides for basting of its select meats, poultry, seafood and vegetables. Grilled by the customer over a glowing charcoal brazier, each item becomes a unique and delectable taste experience. Enjoy!
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
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Dined on 7/05/2014
 2012
Dined on 7/05/2014
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Our 1st time at Gyu-Kaku after several recommendations from friends, and we're glad to have checked it out. Not sure if there is a particular draw to self-grilling raw meats fresh at the table for Asians, but the overwhelming majority of diners there were Asian (including us) and many were families. Make sure to go for the Happy Hour menu that is available 11am-6pm daily (plus 9:30-11pm on M-Th), because you save considerably on the total cost of the meal. Ours came out to be under $80 for 3 people, including a bottle of sake, which is pretty awesome for upscale-ish Japanese-Korean fusion bbq. We got 7 meats (mostly the "lean" and "juicy" cuts of beef, plus some pork options), 3 veggies, 1 starter, and 2 desserts. Will definitely be back!"
Dined on 7/05/2014
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, fit for foodies
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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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Dined on 6/14/2014
 2012
Dined on 6/14/2014
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Wonderful birthday dinner here. First time dining outside of Restaurant Week and the ambience was definitely calmer, though the service pace was still uncomfortably slow and the server was rather unattentive for the standards typical of this type of restaurant. I was in a bit of a rush that day too, so had to finish eating on time (we ended up taking the mignardises to go wrapped in a tissue). Both the duck and halibut entrees were delicious, but the two desserts we ordered stole the show and were polished off with tremendous speed. The gateau Basque custard cake remains my favorite dessert at Naha. This restaurant is becoming a regular option for me for special occasion dinners, so hope its service improves in the future."
Dined on 6/14/2014
 2012
Special Features: hot spot, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Join us at Eddie V's - Chicago and let the comfortably sophisticated environment, sparkling atmosphere, and sounds of live jazz that fill the air set the tone for an exceptional dining experience. Choose from a varied selection of the finest seafood available, or indulge in our critically… acclaimed prime center cut steaks, aged 28 days and broiled to perfection. Complement your meal with a selection from our wine menu - an award-wining list of more than 200 wines curated by our Master Sommelier. If a more relaxed experience is desired, visit our V Lounge where you can sip classic and creative cocktails, and enjoy signature appetizers against a backdrop of soulful jazz and seductive lighting. Whatever the occasion, from a quiet weeknight dinner to a special private event, let us handle every detail. We'll do the work. You bask in the glory.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
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Dined on 4/26/2014
 2012
Dined on 4/26/2014
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Tried out this place for a special occasion after receiving a dining voucher in the mail for promotion of the opening of this restaurant. Really pleased with the outstanding service throughout the evening. We had an early dinner reservation on a Saturday and the place as half empty/pretty quiet for most of our meal. As fans of seafood, we ordered the jumbo lump crab and steak & lobster tartare for appetizers, then the ahi tuna and swordfish for entrees. The fish was cooked & seasoned perfectly; all of the seafood tasted incredibly fresh! I also had a Moscow Mule with my meal, which was delightfully refreshing and decently strong. The one thing that fell short was the dessert, which was too sweet and had too hard of a crust on the bottom."
Dined on 4/26/2014
 2012
Special Features: special occasion
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