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676 N. St. Clair (at At Huron St, The Magnificent Mile and the Gold Coast)
Chicago, IL 60611
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Reviews

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Best

We selected Tru for a 29th wedding anniversary night out on our recent trip to Chicago .We didn't know exactly what to expect but decided to give it a try and are we glad we d...

Worst

Our evening started out bad when we were sat in the corner by the windows which were leaking cold air all night. I had to ask twice before anyone did anything to raise the heat a...

STILL GLOWING CAN""T WAIT TO DO IT AGAIN 5/31/2011

We selected Tru for a 29th wedding anniversary night out on our recent trip to Chicago .We didn't know exactly what to expect but decided to give it a try and are we glad we did!! It was an exquisite dining experience the food oh my the food I can still taste the lavender infused pea soup and all the other tastings were equally memorable. The service was absolutely impeccable, they managed to convey enthusiasm in their presentation and a sincere interest in making sure.you enjoyed your total experience. the wine pairings were Delicious and the extras like pastries for the next morning were a very thoughtful surprise! We also ate at charlie trotters and we were VERY disappointed but that's another review.although we'll never eat at ct again we will DINE at TRU again and have recommended it to all our interested friends.Thanks to all the staff at TRU for a fantastic experience ,you made our trip and we ""ll see you again the next time we come to Chicago. more

Bad Overall Experience 12/6/2009

Our evening started out bad when we were sat in the corner by the windows which were leaking cold air all night. I had to ask twice before anyone did anything to raise the heat and it took about an hour for us to start feeling warmer. We also did not receive our initial drinks for about 25 minutes. Also, apparantly the drink I ordered was $51,00 each and I had 2 but was never initially told about the price. I started out with the Seared Foie Gras and it was the worst I ever had. It was rubbery on the outside and cold and runny on the inside. In fact I had to cut it with a knife and could not really eat it. Then I had the venison for my mane dish and my wife had the jidori chicken. Both were unimpressive and the chicken was extremely bland. We also had a hard time understanding our wait staff. I have eaten at many top restaurants throughout the country and this was by far at the bottom of my overall list. Very expensive for an overall poor experience. You can pick from a host of other great restaurants to experience a great meal! Cons: Almost everything more

We decided to have the full tasting menu with the wine pa... 9/9/2008

tisha Provided by Partner
We decided to have the full tasting menu with the wine pairing. It was incredibly filling. I can't say that it was one of our favorite dining exper... more

When planning on attending Tru, think of it as... 9/9/2008

emunn Provided by Partner
When planning on attending Tru, think of it as an experience. I wasn't sure what to prepare for when going, and it was perfect from beginning to en... more

Great Food, but none the less overpriced. I... 9/9/2008

WilliamKeiser Provided by Partner
Great Food, but none the less overpriced. I felt the service wasnt at the level of the prices on the menu! more

Good food; stiff atmosphere 8/30/2008

The food was lovely but the portions very small and the prices very high. The atmosphere was stiff. When we arrived, we had a hard time getting anyone to acknowledge our presence, offer us a cocktail or give us a menu. In fairness, the service improved as the evening went on. Bottom line: great food in a sterile atmoshpere. more

expensive, disappointing food without flavor 5/31/2008

The food a Tru was truly a let down. The food was interestingly presented but there was a distinct lack of flavor in most dishes, especially considering the $110 cost of the basic tasting menu without wine. Even worse, everyone was still not really full because of the exceptionally small portions, even for this type of dining. The best dishes were fresh sushi fish pieces and the cheese, which is source externally. The jacket required attitude reflects that the old school attitude towards food that may once have been great. The service was excellent though. Pros: cheese cart, service Cons: food without much flavor, tiny, tiny portions for a very high price, stuffy jacket only requirement more

The Emperor's New Restaurant? 3/30/2008

Wow--my husband and I couldn't believe our good fortune getting a table at what is supposedly one of the best restaurants in Chicago. It was our first dining experience in Chicago after moving here from New York. We both LOVE amazing dining experiences, but this one was TOTALLY off the mark. more

Great Food, but none the less overpriced. I... 3/28/2008

Great Food, but none the less overpriced. I felt the service wasnt at the level of the prices on the menu! more

Over priced and under food restaurant 2/17/2008

After reading the reviews, and achieving a reservation on a Saturday night, we were excited about the opportunity to eat at one of Chicago?s finest restaurants. We were well aware of the price points and fully expected the evening was going to be a $500 night. Upon arrival, Tru is everything you expect it to be. The ambiance is extraordinary, the service is impeccable, and the wine list is impressive. We selected the chef?s selection for our dinner and two medium priced Bordeaux?s. When the food started to arrive we began to realize Tru is much like the commercial where the people eat at a great restaurant, then have to purchase food for the way home as they are still hungry. There was not a single portion served that was over 2 ounces, none of it was hot, and every course was delivered on a plate that dwarfed the dish. Even the ?Main Course? of Salmon and Venison were each less than 2 ounces. The food tasted exceptional, and clearly the chef is a magician blending taste together that is unexpected, and wonderful. But at the end of the night and $700, we remained hungry. Tru is a place to be seen and enjoy some fabulous tastes, but if you are hungry and expect a meal, you are at the wrong place. Pros: The wine list is unbelievable and the explosions of taste in their dishes is unbelievable Cons: You will spend $700 and not receive a full meal as the portions are embarrassingly small, and you will leave unfulfilled. more

Run, don't walk, to Tru for special occasions or when you don't mind paying to be pampered and tastefully thrilled 1/31/2008

The entire staff makes you feel welcome and pampered with their warm, efficient service. It is highly unusual that every member of a restaurant staff is superb, but Tru manages to deliver that. The valet was friendly and courteous. The hostess/coat check girl was a smiling bit of welcome who ushered us into Tru's zen-like dining room. The banquette was comfy and luxuriously upholstered. The fine modern art on the walls was a sight to behold. The captain truly run s a tight ship. Your water glass will never even approach empty, let alone half-full. Elana (sp?), the sommelier is knowledgeable and friendly. She is a pleasant departure from the usual stuffy, pretentious sommeliers one encounters when fine-dining. She chose a Cabernet for us that was sublime. The wait staff was very warm and extremely efficient. As for the food, we chose the $95 three course Prix Fixe option. It is actually more than three courses. Every time we thought we had a respite, they brought us another culinary wonder. The cuisines spanned the gamut from melt-in-your-mouth to a party on your tongue. The lobster bisque was extraordinary. Tru's food is fun and delicious which is what truly fine food should be. The pop rocks in one of the treats they brought to us put a smile on our faces. The cheese course was outstanding. My chocoholic self favored the candy cart at the end of our dinner. The captain handed us caramel chocolate truffle suckers that were amazing. Holy Toledo! Gale Gand's sweet-making talent is unsurpassed. The tiny ice cream sandwiches are to die for. It is true that Tru is a serious investment. By the time we paid for our meals, beverages, tip, and valet, we were out $450, but it was worth every penny and we've had higher tabs. We will definitely return. If you seek a special occasion experience (saw lots of birthday celebrations going on) or are fortunate enough to be in a position to dine here on a regular day, run, don't walk. Tru is an experience not to be missed. Pros: superb service, outstanding cuisine, lovely atmosphere, good location Cons: price more

When planning on attending Tru, think of it as... 10/13/2007

When planning on attending Tru, think of it as an experience. I wasn't sure what to prepare for when going,... more

for a TRUly memorable evening 9/16/2007

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this restaurant. In fact, to even call it a restaurant is like calling the Mona Lisa a painting or the Grand Canyon a big hole. It has everything - high-quality, well thought out preparations, class, decor (including amazing art), expertly-trained serving staff, etc. etc. I will be honest and say I have had better food in my life (at least for the appetizer and entree. I have NEVER had better desserts. Pastry chef, Gail Gand is a sweet genius. And I don't even ""like sweets""!). But the entire package is unsupassed. The price tag is considerable for the average diner but well worth it. I would eat frozen vegatables and eggs for a month straight to go there again. It is a place where dining is considered an art form. The staff took such care in our experience. For example, it was my dining companion's 60th birthday and besides the candle and birthday note in chocolate at the end of our meal, they presented us with personalized menus, wishing him a happy Birthday. He was fully stunned! Our waiters were so well-trained (but I think I said that already...). I also admire the layout of the room. Tru could easily fit a few extra tables in there and increase the headcount by 10 or 15/night. But instead they allow the diners plenty of room and privacy to enjoy the meal in the beautiful surroundings. Ah - and one last note. THey are one of the few restaurants that offer TRUly gender egalitarian service. My male dining companion and I were always served at the EXACT SAME TIME (including the water). I was even the wine taster. Thank goodness for dining in the 21st Century! Pros: amazing service, quality, and attention to detail Cons: Ummm... can't think of any real ""cons"" more

We decided to have the full tasting menu with the wine pa... 8/22/2007

We decided to have the full tasting menu with the wine pairing. It was incredibly filling. I can't say that... more

This was my wife's and my splurge dinner out when we were... 6/13/2007

This was my wife's and my splurge dinner out when we were in Chicago last January. Fantastic meal from... more

Always a Great Experience 6/12/2007

tru is definitely my favorite restaurant in Chicago. My wife and I have been going for years now - probably... more

Overall, this is the finest dining experience I have ever... 6/11/2007

Overall, this is the finest dining experience I have ever had. The food, of course, was exquisite - no... more

Overrated food and oppressive service 5/20/2007

I have been using this site for years, but this is the first time I have been motivated to post a review. Pros: Cheese was excellent, and the restaurant itself is attractive Cons: Everything else (food, service, value) more

Chicago Fine Dining: A Tru Story 3/21/2007

Of all the restaurants in this city and elsewhere around the world. I have encountered nothing that has swayed me away from Tru being my favorite. The service is amazing. Everything is done like a dance. I recall once, someone in my party mumbling about her lack of reading glasses- and as soon as she turned her head, someone was there on knee with a box of reading glasses at her disposal. I've always done the 9 course spontaneous menu and was ALWAYS beyond please. The portions are perfect, though the cheese course is usually when the stomach signals the ""Help! I'm getting too full for my own good and there's not even chocolate in here yet!"" alert. Each experience here doesn't even take away from the last. Everyone I have brought here from the West Coast to Europe has declared it their favorite restaurant- and they're no strangers to fine dining, either. Some are saying it's too expensive, but honestly- especially at my age and being close to broke myself, it's definitely worth it. There are only a handful of uber-fine dining experiences that are offered in Chicago and this one's up at the top. So if you stop busting your brains about the pricey bill- which I think you should know about before you even enter- and let Tru's impeccable service and kitchen work their whimsical magic, you might actually enjoy yourself...a lot. Pros: Caviar Staircase, Service, FOOD Cons: Cons? What cons? more

A Truly Unique Dining Experience 3/2/2007

My experience at TRU was a once in lifetime expereince. To start, the wine selection was astounding, and, among other delicious wines, we had a 1990 Clois de Papes that was a wondering pairing with the beautiful and exquisite dishes that we had that evening. It was also refreshing to note that TRU had an extensive array of dessert wine as well. The presentation was beyond mystical and beautiful, and was a perfect accompanyment to the delicious fare. The service was fabulous, and the waiters seemed to know a great deal about the food its preparation, and explained the food & sauce preparation when we complimented a specific dish. There was one dish that we all found to be a bit salty, an oil poached salmon (although the white bean mousse it came with was like a silky cloud), and when my father noted that to one of our waiters. I was afraid of his reaction, as constructive criticism and fine dining do not usually go hand in hand, however, the waiter was extremely gracious, and genuinely seemed to welcome any input and comment to the food. He said that he would relay our comments to the kitchen. This was significant in that although it was a haute cuisine restaurant, it was open to suggestions and comments. Let's face it- we all need a little feedback now and then, and TRU's open and humble attitude was genuine and refreshing. My father's comment was true- a fish as rich as salmon does not need to be poached in oil to make it delicious- the texture was chewy and unpleasant, and the flavor was salty. The rest of the dishes were exquisite. It was a great experience, and the restaurant lives up to its reputation. The expereince did not end with the evening, as they gave us a delicious banana bread to enjoy the next morning for breakfast. TIP: This is not a place for the faint hearted- be prepared for a six hour assault to all five senses! My husband & family enjoyed TRU beyond words. P.S. My sister and I loved Gale Gand's Food Network show ""Sweet Dreams."" Pros: A global sensory experience & supremely extensive wine list Cons: Marathon dining not for the faint of heart more
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Owner Message

  • TRU offers a dining experience marked by elegance and luxury. The restaurant is built around gastronomic creations, impeccable service and highly stylized d?cor. Dedicated teams of servers aim to surpass the expectations of guests while offering fine dining with a sense of humor. From the sophisticated main dining salon to the comfortable and stylish lounge, staff anticipate and fulfill the desires of every guest. An on-premises Wine Director provides counsel on the restaurant?s 1,700-bin list, including wines from every region of the world.

    The highly acclaimed TRU is a creation of chef/partner Rick Tramonto and executive pastry chef/partner Gale Gand. A highly skilled team of chefs under the guidance of executive chef Tim Graham prepares diverse, often unique, culinary masterpieces in three-course prix fixe or multi-course collection tasting menus. Pastry chef Meg Galus delights guests with her outstanding and novel dessert creations.

    Beauty at TRU is found not only in the cuisine, but also in the atmosphere. A world-class collection of tableware complements the artfully conceived fare in a setting punctuated by museum-quality art along with music set in perfect harmony with the ambiance.

Editorial

  • In Short
    Having removed its large bar/waiting area and replaced it with black carpeting, granite tables and lounge chairs, Tru has made its bar more comfortable and spacious for seating,...

  • 12/11/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon - Thu: 6:00pm - 9:30pm Fri: 6:00pm - 10:00pm Sat: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payments:

    American Express, Diner's Club, Carte Blanche, Master Card, Visa, Discover
  • Neighborhoods:

    Central, Near North Side
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