Alinea’s avant-garde molecular gastronomy and cutting-edge food presentation force us to reexamine how we process food — how it tastes, smells and makes us feel. Naturally, that revelatory experience comes with a hefty price tag.
At Alinea, there aren’t any à la carte dishes; instead you feast on a multi-course tasting menu, whose cost depends on the type of experience you book. For an up-close-and-personal meal with extra dishes, book the Alinea Kitchen Table. It has the best spot in the restaurant — your group can watch chef Grant Achatz and his team craft the masterful dishes. You must pre-pay for a table of six guests at $385 each.
The first-floor Gallery tables allow you to book for parties of two or four for $285 to $355 per person. Gallery diners receive a 16- to 18-course tasting menu, and there are two seatings nightly.
Two upstairs dining rooms, dubbed the Salon, serve an abbreviated Gallery menu at 10 to 14 courses. It’s the most flexible option, as you can make reservations for one, two, four or six for $175 to $255 per person.
Wine pairings with all meals come at an additional cost.
You will book a table rather than a seat at the Chicago restaurant, so you if you have an odd number in your party, you will still have to pay for the complete table. Your booking will include food, a service charge and taxes.
Something to keep in mind: All reservations require that you pay in advance, and all sales are final and non-refundable. However, you can transfer a reservation.
Dinner at Alinea is expensive and recommended for special occasions, but we assure you that this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant will create a lasting impression.