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Alinea - Dining Solo

yankeefan Sep 17, 2010 10:27 AM

Hi All,

I will be in Chicago for a work meeting next week and one night will likely be dining solo and have been to most of the real good haunts in Chicago that are friendly for dining like that, especially those centering around good beer.

I have always wanted to go to Alinea- is that a place you can go on your own? Not sure the setup, Im sure it is unique. Also didn't know what cost to expect for an average meal there and if it would fit with the expense report

Thanks a lot.


1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

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    willyum RE: yankeefan Sep 17, 2010 11:15 AM

    They take singles but good luck getting a reservation "next week", typically they are booked well in advance.

    "didn't know what cost to expect for an average meal"

    There's only one choice, $185 for the tasting menu. Plus tip, drinks and a relatively high tax. Check their web site.

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      TAsunder RE: yankeefan Sep 17, 2010 04:40 PM

      Also, aside from the cost and reservation issues you will face, you probably should know that dinner there takes 3-4 hours.

      1. nsxtasy RE: yankeefan Sep 17, 2010 05:25 PM

        You probably won't be able to get a reservation with such short notice, but you've got nothing to lose by calling them to ask. So give them a call.

        Good luck getting your expense report approved!

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          Nancy S. RE: nsxtasy Sep 18, 2010 06:15 AM

          Last week, I called to get a reservation for mid-November was told that the restaurant is fully booked through November.

        2. uhockey RE: yankeefan Sep 18, 2010 08:31 AM

          Dining there solo is great - if you can get a reservation, do it.


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