Oriole

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917 reviews
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Contemporary American
Oriole is a restaurant hidden down an alley-like street in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, offering an extended tasting menu presented by Executive Chef & Owner Noah Sandoval. The Michelin-starred and Jean Banchet award-winning team hosts 28 in an intimate and elegant dining room shared with an open kitchen. Never bending to industry trends, the dishes and service at Oriole give guests a thought-provoking and interactive experience, where the diner is the true focus of the meal.

We each look forward to welcoming you to Oriole.

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Oriole is a fancy and expensive tasting menu restaurant that’s great for a special occasion.

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Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here to celebrate a birthday, and from the moment we arrived till the moment we finished the service was nothing short of excellent. The creativity in the dishes was world class, and the freshness of the ingredients were on the same level. If you are someone who appreciates fine dining, and are able to have an experience like this do not pass on it. Chef Sandoval's menu provides a wonderful dining experience, that alone speaks for itself; but the attention to detail and care of the patrons by the staff is what takes the experience from great to memorable. The price point is slightly high, and moreso if you get a pairing however you can order drinks a la carte with the transitioning of dishes with recommendations from the staff as well. Overall, the unassuming entrance under the small awning in the middle of the alley opens up into an intimate space, warmly lit, with a great view of all the action in the kitchen as you wait for your dishes to arrive. We were even given a short tour of the kitchen; such a memorable evening!

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CH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal with outstanding service. Have eaten at a lot of top notch places and Oriole definitely in top 3 all time.

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CL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner at Oriole on Thursday night (9p reservation), and every single thing was excellent. The food was absolutely incredible, delicious, creative, unique, and seasonally appropriate. However, the service was even better. Every aspect of the experience was clearly well thought out and flawlessly executed. The staff were warm and friendly, highly knowledgeable, and eminently professional. The space itself is fantastic as well - cool design, comfortable, and somehow quiet without making you feel awkward for carrying on a lively conversation. The kitchen is open to the restaurant (as in fully open - floor to ceiling) yet operates in near-silence. The pacing was perfect, there was never an awkward wait between courses but also never a feeling of being rushed; the staff was extremely attuned to our pace and adapted accordingly. I cannot recommend Oriole highly enough for what was easily the best dining experience I have had in Chicago to date (which includes many of the spots similar to Oriole around town).

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Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth the price. Surprised that I left very full and satisfied.

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k
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular cuisine with outstanding wine paring combined with professional staff make for a memorable dinner. Will definitely return

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OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best culinary experience I have ever had in every aspect. The best meal I’ve eaten and some of the most well paired wines I’ve ever had.

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E
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just superb! Way above other 2 stars restaurants!!

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BB
Baltimore
39 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two nights after Alinea I didn't know what to expect from this "newcomer" but WOW!!! Every dish competed with the one before to be our new favorite. We've eaten all over the country but I can safely say this has surpassed Eleven Madison Park, Per Se, Le Bernedin and, yes, Alinea. New Favorite restaurant - thank you Oriole.

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TO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic experience at Oriole. The food was phenomenal and the service was outstanding. Thank you!

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F
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oriole provides one of the best dining experiences in Chicago. I enjoy dining at Oriole and take great pleasure in treating friends to a rare dining experience there.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good but not innovative enough.

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FW
London
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A succession of highly imaginative dishes, perfectly paced and all executed at consistently top quality!

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DK
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous as always. I think this was my 14th or 15th time there (I’ve lost count), and can’t wait for my 15th or 16th. A post-dinner cocktail at Kumiko only added to the luxurious evening.

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AL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FABULOUS. Possibly the best meal I've ever had. The service really took it to the next level.

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BT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. Creative, playful and plenty to eat in total (each course seems like you crave more but at the end you’ve full).

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DA
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I continue to find it the best Restaurant in Chicago. Incredible food with brilliant wine pairings. Unique location and charming decor. Prices are high but worth it for special occasion.

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RC
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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IS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner, service and wine!

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c
Nashville
14 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Chicago and Top 5 restaurants in the country.

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TS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Michelin starred restaurant In Chicago!!

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CD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the time you walk in the outer door of this old building to receive the warm welcome drink, and are then admitted through the massive horizontal doors that are part of a still-functioning elevator, the experience at Oriole is personal, of the highest quality, and ultimately very satisfying.
I have never eaten food prepared with such attention to detail, where the unusual ingredients complemented each other so well, and were never combined to shock or be novel for novelty's sake.
I am in awe of the mind that can think about flavor and texture in such a way as to produce these kinds of dishes. The highlights for me that particular evening were the fois gras with frozen creme fraiche and strawberries, the japanese milk bread with ramp butter, the loup de mere, the unbelievable capellini and the pea sorbet.

The wine pairings were lovely (mostly whites), but there was a lot of wine (about 18 oz per person). Nobody forced me to drink it all (I couldn't), but I would likely have been just as happy ordering a half bottle of white and half bottle of red for the two of us. The verbal descriptions of each wine were a little over-detailed, but not in the least condescending. I just didn't need to know whose feet trod on the grapes!
The service is highly expert, warm and genuine without a hint of pretence. I got the feeling that the staff were very proud of their positions, which they had worked very hard for years to get, and felt honored and lucky to be there.

I gave 5 stars for everything except value, only because it is hard to argue that any meal for two that costs over $700 (with wine pairing) provides true value for money. Would I go back? In a heartbeat.

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RT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time, but I have eaten high-end and this is one of the best so far across the board. Service, food, ambience.
It's a definite must try for any foodies who want to experience culinary refinement.

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OT
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply phenomenal. From beginning to end a fantastic experience.

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JS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. We made a special trip from out of town and this was a definite highlight of the trip. I dream about going back. Each course was so good. Seafood heavy, and definite Asian influence, both of which I love. Two of us got the reserve wine pairing (great selection), and two of us had the non alcoholic pairing. It was a great way for the non drinkers to enjoy some very tasty drinks. Definitely worth the experience. Service was friendly and attentive without being snooty.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! AMAZING did I say AMAZING. Wow 👏🏼👌👍🏽👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼🎉

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AH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I've ever had. Wine pairing was thoughtful and fit perfectly with every course.

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New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Given I was back in Chicago I decided to revisit, after several months, Oriole. The menu on this visit contained a lot of new items/combinations while retaining my favorite courses (i.e. capellini and A5 Wagyu) from my prior visit. The remaining courses were highly inventive and creative; definitely pushing the taste and texture boundaries to new levels of complexity. For me every course was highly enjoyable. The berkshire pork course was particularly inventive and the japanese milk bread introduced a dedicated bread course to the experience. So why 4 stars instead of 5? The quality of the service was not consistent with an establishment of 2 or 3 Michellin Star status/aspirations. During my evening at Oriole I was attended to by at least 6 different persons. In my opinion this 1) introduces a degree of chaos to what should be a relaxed dining experience and 2) reduces the degree of personal service received. The service seemed more mechanical/rehearsed, during this visit, instead of genuine. In addition, there was one attendant who behaved as if he did not want to be there; mumbling things instead of concisely communicating with me and other patrons.

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CF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional. In a class of its own.

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e
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was incredible. Every course was stunning, the perfect place to celebrate a special birthday.

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OT
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, wonderful service, food and ambiance.

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oriole exceeded our expectations. Every dish was full of flavor and creativity. Ingredients were fresh and interesting. The service was intuitive, sharp and friendly. No gimmicks. The pacing was perfect and allowed us to take our time. All around a stand-out dining experience.

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SZ
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is simply one of the most amazing dining experiences one will ever have the privilege of experiencing. There is an attention to detail and attention to everything at Oriole. Nothing is overlooked and the food is unsurpassed.

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EL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dominic and Eden are a pleasure. The food was incredible. I've already booked my next reservation!

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C
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I have been to many fine dining restaurants around the world including other Michelin Starred and Top 50s. Without a doubt the best fine dining experience I have ever had. From the Uni/Caviar starting course to the final dessert sampler, the experience was flawless. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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TO
Chicago
160 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Does not get can't better than this when it comes to varied fla or and textures. Virtually every course a work of art. Many courses are new since our last visit!

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WI
London
33 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal of my life. Oriole is operating on a whole other level. Chef Sandoval is a genius with flavors and the kitchen’s ability to meld complementary tastes while retaining laser-like clarity of a highlighted flavor is uncanny. Examples are the white asparagus creme with caviar and uni - and the crab that cake through in the shumai, broth and Japanese milk bread.

If you want to pay for a Fear Factor food episode, Oriole is not your place. If you want the best meal you’ve ever had - Oriole is for you.

And Oriole’s service is so good it’s going to become an adjective - as in “I sure wish this place had Oriole-esque service”.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If someone asks me what’s the best meal or service I ever had I would say this place. Need I say more?

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A
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is awesome! I love the food here better than Alinea! Such a wonderful epicure’s night! Will definitely come back! I especially love the foie gras, Loup de mer, soufflé, sushi set and the caviar, and seguí of course!

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G
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our son to Oriole to celebrate his 21st birthday. He chooses not to drink, so he was able to take advantage of the non alcoholic drink pairing which was a wonderful option. Every bite was perfectly delicious. Not one course missed the mark. Total perfection. I have never seen my son eat so slowly.
You can not help it because you really do want to savor every flavor and texture. I also applaud this restaurant for focussing on the food rather than gimmicky whimsy. Our waitress, Ericka, was stellar. Totally knowledgeable and professional but also welcoming and friendly. The service was perfect. Bathrooms were tidied between customers. The bathroom had little bottles of scope and antiperspirant wipes! They thought of everything. I could not recommend this restaurant more highly.

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W
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience again! Our whole group raves about the service level, but were most impressed with how it never felt pretentious. We did not do the pairings this time, but were actually thrilled with the wine bottles recommended. Confirms Oriole as our favorite Chicago restaurant once again.

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