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Grace Restaurant - 42 Reviews - 623 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (312) 928-9200

Grace Restaurant

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623 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661
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Grace Restaurant - Chicago, IL
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Grace Restaurant - Chicago, IL
Grace Restaurant - Chicago, IL
Grace Restaurant - Chicago, IL
Grace Restaurant - Chicago, IL
Grace Restaurant - Chicago, IL

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Best

Communal tables, shared plates - avec truly embodies its name (French for ""with""). The deep flavors and fresh ingredients attract crowds.

Worst

We heard this place was unreal - especially from reading the reviews on this website. The wine, cheeses and breads were excellent, but thats where it stopped. The food was just...

Communal tables, shared plates - avec 7/10/2012

Communal tables, shared plates - avec truly embodies its name (French for ""with""). The deep flavors and fresh ingredients attract crowds. more

Communal and Casual 1/27/2010

My friend and I wanted to play catch-up so I decided to take her to Avec because of all the rave reviews.... more

Communal and Casual 1/27/2010

jinkwell Provided by Partner
My friend and I wanted to play catch-up so I decided to take her to Avec because of all the rave reviews. We were not disappointed. Unfortunately... more

Too close for my comfort 2/18/2009

The only thing that's good about this place is that it has an interesting menu. But it stops at that. Their version of communal dinning is outrageous. The table we were sat at would normally fit 6 people. However there was 10 of us and a child in a high-chair squished in there together. I have no problem sharing a table with others, however I would at least like enough room to move my arms around so I could cut up my food. During most of my dinner, I was actually touching elbows with a complete stranger. Also, the waiter suggested that we order several small plates to try out different things. But there was no room where to put the food, so they just brought out one plate at a time. Even though I was hoping to get out of there as soon as possible, it took over 2 hours just to get 4 small appetizer plates and one glass of wine. Don't go there!!!\r Pros: Interesting Menu Cons: Seating more

My favorite place!!! 1/5/2009

I totally love this place!! the atmosphere + food combined = mmmmm..... best place to get together with your girlfriends, or boyfriends )))) single? might be a nice idea to stop by.... you might be sitted next to a single girl/guy )))) Bon Appetit more

I love this place! 5/28/2008

Best food in the city! Get the dates and the pizza. Wine selection is wonderful! The day we went we waited for about an hour for a table but it was well worth it! more

Didn't Live Up to the Hype..... 3/29/2008

We heard this place was unreal - especially from reading the reviews on this website. The wine, cheeses and breads were excellent, but thats where it stopped. The food was just subpar. We ordered small plates and split a salmon dish and cauliflower crustini. The Salmon was undercooked and the crostini was unedible. The lamb small plate was pretty tasty. The waitstaff was excellent and the wine and beer menues extensive. But don't expect a good meai. We left starving!!!! Pros: Great wines and beers Cons: Subpar foods more

Good Mix of People, Fresh Take on Traditional Dishes 2/3/2008

I've only been here once, and I went as I saw it received rave reviews on Chicago Metromix. Earlier reviews are dead on when they say that you have to come prepared to wait, or, arrive relatively early. I came to dinner on a Sunday night at 7, was seated immediately, but I can tell you that not even ten minutes after we arrived, there was a mass of people waiting to be seated. The atmosphere is high energy, boisterous but contrary to what City Search says, it doesn't allow for ""first date conversation"". Well, unless you guys are seated next to each other. As for the service, I can assure you that whatever kinks they had in the very beginning, they've been worked out since. The service is impeccable, and as a first timer, don't be ashamed to ask questions on how to order and what they recommend - the wait staff is more than helpful and generous with their time. The chorizo stuffed dates are amazing as was the pork loin. I will definitely come back. Pros: great wine list, great service, cute chefs in the kitchen, great ambience Cons: loud, young professionals who want to be heard sitting next to my party more

Hands down, my favorite restaurant in Chicago 10/31/2007

Sadly, I just moved away from Chicago, but when I do go back, the one restaurant that I really crave is avec. Bustling with groups and couples sitting at the bar, the atmosphere is loud and boisterous--it's not the kind of place one goes for conversation. And reservations are not taken, so be prepared to stand when the tiny restaurant is elbow-to-elbow. The broad wine list complements the menu of small plates, which takes advantage of fresh, seasonal ingredients and Mediterranean flavors. I can't wait to go back. Pros: Convivial atmosphere; comprehensive wine list; delicious food Cons: Can be noisy more

excellent food, good wine choices, fresh cheeses 10/21/2007

The food & wine are something to rave about, but I don't really like the sharing tables biz and I prefer to sit up at the bar since it actually feels private. I give the food and waitstaff 100% but be prepared for some overbearing loud-talking scenesters who want to be seen and heard. The cheeses and olives excellent and never had a bad glass of wine here. Blackbird is a lovely restaurant by same owner if you need some privacy and romance. Pros: quality of food and wine and waitstaff Cons: scenesters and lack of privacy (for me) at tables--too squashed more

The communal seating encourages friendly... 10/20/2007

The communal seating encourages friendly conversation with strangers. I recommend the standby items that... more

The communal seating encourages friendly... 10/20/2007

DarrylT Provided by Partner
The communal seating encourages friendly conversation with strangers. I recommend the standby items that don't change, namely the majdool dates, t... more

What life should be all about... 8/27/2007

This restaurant is so amazing. The food is to die for! Everything I've eaten there, and I've been 7 times, I love! I won't recommend anything because simply if you close your eyes and point at something on the menu you can't go wrong. My friends and I go often now. The wine list is extensive and interesting and they do have the service down to an artform. Hip music, chic clientele and a decor that is modern and fresh makes this place quite a scene. You have to like meeting new people because of the European-South American shared tables. I have met some amazing people this way and if you haven't dined this way it simply is the best. Avec really is what life should be all about: good food, good wine, good music, and people coming together. Bring a couple of friends and join in the mix! more

A great small plates restaurant. The foccacia bread was a... 8/22/2007

A great small plates restaurant. The foccacia bread was amazing. The decor is very modern all-wood with... more

A great small plates restaurant. The foccacia bread was a... 8/22/2007

emunn Provided by Partner
A great small plates restaurant. The foccacia bread was amazing. The decor is very modern all-wood with community seating. more

contemp american cuisine, trendy casual, cafeteria style ... 6/22/2007

contemp american cuisine, trendy casual, cafeteria style seating - gives off friendly, social vibe,... more

Interesting menu 6/13/2007

This restaurant was packed! Communal seating, so don't expect privacy. There was a wait where we took a bottle of wine to the sidewalk, which was quieter for our wait.\r \r The olive oil for the bread was the most flavorful I have ever had. I took the recommendation of previous reviewers and got the dates - they were excellent - spicy! My absolute favorite was the roasted beet bruschetta. I never would've dreamt how well that would go with mint and goat cheese. Wonderful. \r more

Best food in town - creative, unbelievable taste, chic 5/27/2007

Avec has the most innovative, tasty food in Chicago. It?s a great place to go with friends or on a date. The decor is incredibly understated, but trendy? much like the food.\r \r The wait for seats is well worth it, and with 2 other restaurants next door, it?s good to grab a drink while you wait. Once you?re seated, the down to earth servers come willing to help and recommend. Bread is served, which is some of the best restaurant bread I?ve ever had anywhere. It?s made in the wood burning oven that gives it significant flavor.\r \r We began with a cheese plate with a number of great options that all were perfect. The wine that was ordered also made for a great experience. The wine glasses are the stemless variety that seems a lot cooler while being used at Avec.\r \r When the 4 small courses that were ordered arrived throughout the evening, we were amazed that they just kept getting better. The bacon wrapped figs highlighted the evening.\r \r In the end, Avec has become our favorite trendy restaurant in Chicago and will probably stay that way for awhile, given they don?t change their approach.\r Pros: Great food without genre, wine, price. Cons: No reservations/wait more

Creative, incredible flavors 1/4/2007

This place was fantastic! My husband and I ate at the bar as the wait for a table was longer (Friday night). Didn't matter at all where we ate-the experience was wonderful. The stuffed dates with chorizo are packed with flavors, sweet but complex with spice. We loved the fresh fish entree. What made it better was the presentation-everything was perfect for sharing with that rustic piece of bread on the side. We will return. Fun and cozy for a date. Pros: Food, wine, venue Cons: A little bit of a wait. more

Great food in the West Loop 11/21/2006

Same owner as Blackbird (and next door), they use a lot of seasonal ingredients to create sometimes unique, sometimes creative, and sometimes just basic dishes with great flavors. Also a fantastic wine list by the glass including a bunch of Spanish, Portuguese, and other wines you don't normally see but all are very good. Downsides include the inability to get in (no reservations and almost always a wait) and the communal seating throughout the restaurant so it may not be a great date place. Go for the food and wine, you won't be disappointed. Pros: Top notch food, fantastic wine list by the glass, interesting mix of people Cons: Communal seating, always a wait to get in more
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Editorial

  • In Short
    Communal tables bring strangers closer together at this foodie institution, which looks more like a sauna than a restaurant. The gunshot space is all about clean lines, cedar...

  • 10/29/2004 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Neighborhoods:

    Near West Side, West Side
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