avec

4.7
441 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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avec, a wine bar from the award-winning team behind One Off Hospitality, opened in October 2003 out of a partnership between Executive Chef Paul Kahan, Donnie Madia and wine steward Eduard Seitan. The rustic menu, which features Midwestern takes on Mediterranean classics, takes its cue from the wine-growing regions of Southern France, Italy, Portugal and the coast of Spain. Beyond reflecting the aromas, flavors and colors of the Mediterranean in its cuisine, avec’s moderately priced wine list focuses on the boutique vineyards of southwestern Europe. avec is the proud sister restaurant of Blackbird, The Publican, The Violet Hour, Big Star and Publican Quality Meats.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am - 2:00pm


Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 3:30pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday 3:30pm - 1:00am


Brunch: Sunday 10:00am - 2:00pm
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(312) 377-2002
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Perry Hendrix
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Valet available.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.6

The second restaurant in Paul Kahan's empire, and a Chicago classic.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My husband and I went for brunch @ 11am on a Sunday. Once we found the (hidden) front door we were greeted warmly. The choices for seating are two: side-by-side @ the bar or at a six person communal table on wooded seats (pillow cushions available).

The menu for brunch was limited - which almost caused us to leave: we wanted breakfast food. We decided to share the French toast and the Mexican eggs with sardines (No thanks! You can keep the fish!). The French toast was more "cakey" than "bready" - which I loved! It was tasty and fluffy (yes, it was fluffy, sort of pillowy) and was served on syrup accompanied by a sweet fruit compote (plums?) and almonds. My husband did not like it but enjoyed the egg dish which was served very hot with homemade potato chips on top...a new take on hash browns, I guess.

The service was friendly and quick. The food was hot and fresh. The coffee was good and our mugs were never empty.

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K
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Also every dish was delicious! Well thought plates with unique ingredients and sauces.

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LD
Munich
25 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Great service.

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AB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Some dishes were too spicy, but food is usually really good.

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g
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Superb meal. We ate a whole whitefish, a Branzino dip, paella, and pizza and devoured every bite. The Branzino dip, the whole fish, and the navy beans served with the whole fish were particularly noteworthy.

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L
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Not really worth the price and doesn't live up to the reviews. I had been wanting to try this place for years and finally did. Pretty disappointed. Went with a couple other ladies and we all agreed this place just wasn't great. For the price there are so many other options in Chicago. I wouldn't come back.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Not good for a business meal

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It was my third time at Avec. As the other ones, excellent food and service, good prices for food and wine list, and relaxed and casual. It is an outstanding choice for creative mediterranean food at good prices.

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K
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The staff wasn’t flexible at all with food allergies. We waited 50 mins to get our food. Waitress wasn’t paying attention at all. Very loud and cold inside.

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K
Minneapolis
48 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food and service. Great selection of international wines.

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MT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were running late and avec was nice enough to still accommodate us and allow us to choose to sit at the counter versus the community tables. The table set up is pretty packed so recommend sitting at the counter if you are going with only one other person. The food is unique and rich and the service was great.

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NL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Avec was an amazing find. We read that it gets busy, so we came in for an early dinner--4:45--and were seated right away. The food was delicious and the service attentive. We ordered the dates, the pork shoulder and the lamb neck--mouthwateringly delicious choices. We didn't mind eating communal style, but were unable to have much of a conversation once the place filled up.

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OT
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks to Sandra for outstanding, unobtrusive service and for guiding us to just the right red wine fur our meal. Chatted cabbage is absolutely amazing—with the quinoa and radicchio was as gorgeous as it was delicious. Paella was tasty. And the bread in unfailingly delicious. So glad we were able to snag a reservation, even if it was 4:30pm!

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A
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, food is alway good, but the seating is so close together! We were pretty up sitting on top of the couple next to us.

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MF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Super hip and great value for inventive and exciting cuisine. The chefs clearly take pride in what they do, and the chorizo date appetizer will haunt your memory for weeks, drawing you back to Avec for another sensational meal.

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V
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic food and attentive service in a casual setting with communal seating.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Buen lugar y comida

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AW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed our anniversary dinner. The food was really good minus the whole bass being a tad bit dry.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food well prepared. Noise level was overbearing. Service was delightful and very helpful

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Boise
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food very good. The pork shoulder dish was enormous, good for two even three to share!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always. This is one of my favorite restaurants in the city.

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DC
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The chorizo bacon wrap was awesome.
The butcher streak was full of flavours

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MK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, creative. Lots of flavors. Small plates are great.

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F
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Go with the small plates. Universally terrific. Some of the entrees (paella, for instance) feel like experiments that didn't quite hit the mark. Small but excellent wine list and an eclectic beer list. It's a super loud but fun spot.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

one Of the best dinners in my life

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J
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always. Perfect!

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JM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I only saw shared tables or bar seating, so I wouldn’t recommend going for an intimate or special occasion, but it’s fine for a regular date night or dinner. The food is delicious, and the wine list has plenty to choose from. The brandade and paella were my favorites.

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Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Cool vibe. Communal seating is a little awkward. But the food ... oh my. Must try the dates. and I don't like dates! Such imaginative food. Highly, highly recommend.

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M
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We went to Avec for an anniversary. Very, very good food with a great environment. It’s pretty relaxed service with a lively atmosphere.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely amazing. Bacon wrapped chorizo dates are a MUST order.

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GW
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food - we loved the avocado salad and the bacon wrapped chorizo dates! The location is cramped, but you definitely have your own space when seated. Definitely recommend.

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Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Avec used to be my favorite restaurant - but the food quality and service have gone down. They also squished us in and put a chair at the end when the seats next to us were open.

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b
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was ok, we saw a few fruit flies on our food, that kind of ruin the experience!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2017
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Food was wonderful! Service was Horrible!!! I can stress how bad service was., slow , and rude. Our server never checked on us. Never offered refills on wine. We had bought a glass while we checked out bottle selection. Never got option to buy bottle we picked. Had to stop her to order entrees. When we finally order entree then she came back to make sure we really want ed them . Suggested the would take too long.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Avec is incredible. It utilizes fresh and delicious ingredients to amplify dishes and really seize the maximum potential of flavor and texture. This was only my second time at Avec, but I will definitely be back for their dates alone. I am told their menu changes, but the dates have always been a constant - and for a great reason! Perfectly cooked, with the texture of the meat and the date not giving too much of a "mushy" feel as I've tasted in other meat-date dishes. The sauce it came with didn't overpower the savory taste of the date itself, which was the star of course. But at the same time, it complemented the dates perfectly, with a subtle balance of both sweet and salty. I literally have 0 criticisms when it comes to the dates, which I am definitely getting every visit.

The cocktails are also a good amount of "strong" without being too alcohol-y. They're creative, but also play on particular mixed drinks you may have had before, so it's not completely foreign.

Overall, food, drink, atmosphere (the service was excellent) was 5/5, 10/10. Would HIGHLY recommend, am definitely coming again.

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F
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Tasty food and nice atmosphere. Great for special celebration.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Hands down best food I had in Chicago

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The flavor profile of every single dish that we ordered was amazing. The salad was an afterthought and I am still talking about it 5 days later.

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GC
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I made a reservation for my husband's birthday dinner through open table. I made a special request saying It was for the birthday. I was a little disappointed with the fact that they never acknowledged about my husband's birthday. Many restaurants we've been, they always acknowledged our anniversaries and birthdays. It's not a big deal that they didn't say anything or put a candle out, but it would've made our dining experience much more special. I highly recommend Avec for creative Mediterranean food. However, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it for a special occasion.

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r
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Avec. Been my fav restaurant forever. Consistently amazing food ambiance service. Yummmmm

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