Temporis

4.8
108 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
Temporis is a 20 seat restaurant located in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago. We take reservations for dinner on Tuesday through Saturday, from 5pm to 9pm. Reservations are preferred as walk-ins may be difficult to accommodate - please contact us to book at your preferred time. Our eight to ten course tasting menu presents a simple yet refined representation of the ingredients and flavors we love to work with. We are currently charging $125 for this menu. Please allow 2.5 hours for your dining experience.

We believe that food that is inspired will translate into dishes that are the right blend of modern, yet approachable, familiar yet creative. This is the key to a memorable meal. Wine pairings ($95) and a bottle list will be offered, as well as some classic cocktails and non-alcoholic options. The atmosphere is intimate and modern. Business-casual or “cocktail” attire is suggested.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Tuesday - Saturday, 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(773) 697-4961
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Sam Plotnick & Don Young
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Cross street
Walton
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SD
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant the is under the radar in the fine Chicago dining scene. Strongly recommend this place.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience this evening has been phenomenal. From the first moment through the door to the very end, Laura, Audrey and Gustavo were all very welcoming, and accommodating. The service was impeccable-not intrusive, very polite yet still warm and genuine. The food was simply amazing! Each dish was meticulously thought out and plated appropriately. Some courses were pure and quietly beautiful, while others were wildly delicious. The portions were appropriate for the 10 course experience and Chef Donald Young executed impeccably. I have a nuisance of an allergy yet I still received incredible dishes which did not effect the integrity of Chef’s vision for the course. Thank you! I would suspect that if he doesn’t already, a Beard nod/ award should be awarded. The restaurant is only shy of 2 years old yet the owner, Sam Plotnick, has a jewel of a restaurant in his hands. You can sense the passion and pride in the food and service. I anticipate a Michelin star going to this incredible restaurant in the near future. Our only regret is that we do not live in Chicago so we can dine here more often. Thank you for an incredible experience!

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JF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Everything was perfect

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CH
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. If you are in Chicago. Go there.

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JH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for my wife's birthday. We found the food delicious top to bottom, didn't find any courses that were so so. Reserve wine pairing very good, only one of five that we felt missed the mark. Service was very good, but I would say not outstanding. Highly recommended.

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J
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I celebrated my engagement at Temporis and had a wonderful time. The tasting menu was a memorable journey. We were able to refresh our palate on fresh herbs served at the center of the table. I would highly recommend this place to anyone with a sophisticated palate and an interest in expanding their culinary experiences. The presentation is beautiful, the food is phenomenal, and the service exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend the wine pairing and dining for a celebration, special occasion, or a memorable evening.

I look forward to coming back before the restaurant becomes too popular!

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RN
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Temporis is a hidden gem! The set menu is outstanding and changes every couple of months. They have a notable wine list and provide two options for wine-pairings. The service is always fantastic and the ambiance pleasant. The restaurant only has a few tables, so you should definitely book ahead. Having only a few tables also makes it a unique and enjoyable experience. Great for special occasions as well as business meals.

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G
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Talented and creative chefs. Enjoyed celebrating our anniversary.

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E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Very inventive dishes but the taste combinations did not always work. The dishes were visually stunning. Of the 10 dishes served, 5 were outstanding and 5 were less successful. The service was a little overbearing -- we were brusquely interrupted several times in order to let us know the wine pairing had been decanted for 90 minutes or something else of minor importance. The decor was nice and the bathrooms impeccable. For the price, I was expecting something more elevated and, for the venue, the service to be more attuned to casual elegance. They are clearly trying very hard but their reach exceeds their grasp. Wish I liked it more but my wife says she would be harsher in her appraisal.

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m
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is fantastic but service was very slow with too much time between courses. Also, portions were a little large for a tasting, so we were uncomfortably full after about 6 of 10 courses. We asked to speed thing up about half way, and we were still there almost 3 hours. Even though they knew we were there for my birthday, they didn’t do anything special (not even a candle). Also, soap was broken in one of the bathrooms, which we told them, but when we returned to the bathroom, they hadn’t done anything to fix it. Food is worthy of a Michelin star, but pacing needs to be fixed as does things like the soap issue.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 10th anniversary and it was a true delight. The staff was so friendly and the food was incredible. This is a unique spot and if you enjoy multi-course, exceptional cuisine, make a visit here!

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Tahoe
138 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome performance and delivery on all levels. Bravo!

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London
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One word: Marvelous!

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OG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very intimate setting, the staff was very attentive and helpful. Food was unique and the flavors were exceptional. Wining pairing was great and they were very generous with the pours! Food and wine was on par with similar, more expensive tasting menus we’ve done recently.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous!! Highly recommend for an amazing foodie experience!

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V
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience and food. The service was exemplary and the food was out of this world. There were so many nice touches that they did throughout the entire night. I have to say that the Foie Gras ice cream was such a fun a wonderful new experience. And as we progressed through each course we were really impressed at how they built on one another into just an amazing overall experience.

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KH
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Where do I begin?! While I have had the opportunity to dine all over the U.S., and even globally, this incredible dining experience was singularly, utterly, and uniquely brilliant, even among many Michelin-starred restaurants. The first thing that I'd like to share is that the flavor combinations, complexities and matching (including the reserve wine pairings) were off-the-charts amazing. By the end of the meal, we had thrown in the towel, as our palates (and brains) could not possibly process another manifold, mosaic and marvelous course! I would wager that even the most sophisticated palates will be challenged (in the most surprising and wonderful ways) to take in the veritable bounty of intricate essences. Kudos, Team Temporis, for providing to us one of the most seminal and influential culinary experiences imaginable. Some highlights: the escargot, the capellini, the ONION(!), the venison. Oh, and just in case you were wondering, the dining experience itself is...well, sensual (yes!), from the dinnerware to the flatware, nothing is left to chance, and everything is strategic, additive, to the overall experience. The only note (suggestion) I would leave for the team: Perhaps consider revisiting the background music playlist...(it was just a bit too near rave-y / uptempo at times...). Otherwise, keep doing what you are doing, keep the course, remain brave, fearless - and absolute success shall follow!

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a
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding tasting menu, creative and simply delicious. As good as any tasting menu I've had.

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G
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing evening.
The food was delicious, the wine pairing well executed and the staff delightful.
One of the finest meal I had in Chicago in a very long time.
Very special place. I hope it does well as it clearly deserves it!

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LB
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing culinary experience in a quaint yet high-class setting. I would strongly recommend this restaurant to anyone that appreciates fine dining.

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JD
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dining experience, creative and memorable cuisine, personal attention and impressive wine list.

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K
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic culinary experience.

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MF
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience for a foodie! Get to Temporis before it becomes as insanely popular as it deserves to be. Chefs Sam Plotnik and Don Young have done a superb job. The food is a wonderful 10 course meal. The service is impeccable. The ambiance is very contemporary and very conducive to a 2.5 hour feast for your senses. One of Chicago's best.

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j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Temporis is the city's best kept secret. They have some of the most incredible food that will impress any foodie without being unapproachable. Each plate had thoughtful balance and aesthetically delightful plating. The food was inventive without forgetting that the flavor comes first. The chefs show a wide range of techniques across the menu. You would never know that there are only two chefs behind the curtain of the coziest kitchen. One would be in awe of the precision and inventive dishes that come out of the small kitchen. Each dish came out at the perfect temperature. (My worst nightmare is when food comes out cold when it should be hot, and you spend too much money for less than mediocre food.) Temporis thinks of every detail and timing. Excellent pace between each course. I cannot rave about the food enough.
The space itself is very sleek and cool without being uninviting. When first walk in you are welcomed by the most warm and friendly staff. The wine pairing (I did the reserve, high worth it) was perfectly matched and transitioned beautifully from one wine course to the next. The amount of information given was not too much and not too little.
Additionally, I included extra notes on my open table reservation. The chefs and staff went above and beyond my expectations. It was a personalized meal for me and my dinner date. If you are looking for a really special meal for any occasion, go to Temporis.

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d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. They adjusted nearly every dish to avoid an ingredient preference, which was far more than most similar restaurants will do for a tasting menu. Will be back!

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GL
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food, great service! Many favorites, and not a bad one in all 10 courses! Would definitely go again!

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DB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My third time at the restaurant and still wonderful. The food is very inventive with fantastic flavors and beautiful presentation. Drinks were great (thank you, Audrey), and Laura and Audrey do a wonderful job of pacing and describing the various courses. A terrific tasting menu that I would recommend to anyone. Also a very nice wine list with bottles in all ranges. Don't miss Temporis.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The service was excellent and the ambiance was quiet. The food was all prepared with care but days later I can't say anything really will last in my memory. The wine pairing, while generously poured, wasn't really a hit with every course. Therefore the value wasn't really there for me.

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S
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is really good. Last time I enjoyed every dish on the tasting menu was at Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare :) The fore gras ice cream is so good, it's so much better than the one in Band of Bohemian. It's not too fat or too sweet.

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RS
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding cusine. Sophisticated without being over-the-top. Pricey, but worth it. We left happy.

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TG
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow.

We celebrated Valentines Day at Temporis and wow - I am so glad we did. Tasting menus are always a treat but this was something amazing. I had the premium wine pairing and my husband had the regular pairing. Both were perfect. Five wine selections perfectly complemented the ten courses. The attention to detail : spectacular. Sevice : awesome.

This isn't just an adventure for the palate but for the eyes and nose as well. I don't want to give away any surprises in my review. When L2O in Lincoln Park closed, I feared we'd never have such an intimate food experience like that again. Temporis didn't disappoint in any regard.
Some tasting menus includes one course (or more) that you could live without. Not so here. Everyone was excellent, inventive and worthy. Well done!

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KG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Temporis for Valentine's Day and had the best experience! The staff was welcoming and attentive. We genuinely enjoyed every single item on the menu! (And usually there are one or two items on a tasting menu that you "appreciate for the art of cooking" -- here, everything was not only beautifully prepared, but delicious!) And bonus: everything smelled DELICIOUS! It was perfect for a fancy date!

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CJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! We even went back to view the kitchen and meet the chefs

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G
Chicago
299 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another impressive dining experience at Temporis. Yet again it was a fantastic all around evening. Such warm, personable and attentive service, beautiful and comfortable dining room, excellent wines and course-after-course of amazing cuisine. Definitely one of the most under-the-radar venues in town; Temporis has become among my favorite restaurants.

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LH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! it was an unforgettable dinner, celebrated a 30th bday.
The food was outstanding and great for foodies.
The server opened the door for us at the toilet, and set the chair every time we set down.
A 5 stars restaurant!

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LB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good. The food was very creative and they had a nice wine pairing. Tasting menu was good and just the right amount for our desire. We loved the creative use of micro greens that are grown on the premises.

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p
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cute interior and fun experience
Went midweek and was a little too quiet for my taste but food and service were topnotch
Tasting menu with wine accompaniment is way to go but driving home not option...

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T
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Temporis is what you expect in a modern fine dining establishment. Great atmosphere, service and surprising / creative / delicious food. Highly recommended.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best meals I ever had. Quite a unique menu that included duck, venison, octopus and scallops. The food was phenomenal, a symphony of flavors and smells.

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FF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant flies under the radar, and serves only a chef's tasting menu -- you don't really know what you will get until you arrive. But that is part of the fun -- the food was outstanding and highly creative with many combinations and cooking methods I would never have expected. Both food and service are outstanding -- be prepared to take your time and enjoy the experience. We took the 2.5 hours predicted. 9 courses of adventure and each was a pristine jewel, nothing was a true miss but the absolute stand-out was the course with octopus cooked sous vide -- spectacular flavor and the octopus itself had the texture of a good scallop -- slightly firm on first bite then soft and luscious. Best I have ever had.

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