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Elske, Chicago, IL
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Elske

4.7
4.7
745 Reviews
$50 and over
American

**We are able to accommodate vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten free, dairy free, nut/peanut free & shellfish free restrictions. Please email us at info@elskerestaurant.com regarding other restrictions & allergies not listed above, as we may be unable to accommodate certain restrictions.

About:
Elske means love in Danish, a nod to both David Posey’s Danish mother and the fact that the couple got engaged in Copenhagen. “Our travels in Denmark have really influenced us,” Chef Posey said. “We like that clean, simple aesthetic.” The dining room — all crisp lines, minimalist décor & soft lighting — is anchored by a wide open kitchen on one side & a small patio with a working fireplace on the other. Combined with the friendly service, it creates the impression that you’re eating in a supremely tasteful Scandinavian friend’s weekend home.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 11 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Danish

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:45 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 733-1314

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Anna & David Posey

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (312) 733-1314

  • Neighborhood

    West Loop

  • Cross street

    Ada Street

  • Parking details

    We do not offer valet parking. Non-metered street parking is available on Randolph St and Ada St.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 745 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago

    American

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  1. JB

    JackB

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was remarkable. Our server was so knowledgeable. The timing of the food was perfect. A wonderful find
  2. SS

    SS27

    Miami

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    El lugar es bastante acogedor la variedad y creatividad de los alimentos es buena, las bebidas también están ok. La oportunidad de mejora es el tiempo de preparación de los alimentos que puede ser lento entre plato y plato.
  3. K

    Kelly

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a delicious dinner and delightful service!
  4. JG

    JosephG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lots of nuance and attention to layers--of flavor, texture, and (significantly) temperatures--. Leeks could have used a *little* more bite--but it's a stunning dish. Duck liver tart brought duck to a new level for me. Hay custard did the same for grapefruit. Yeast ice cream with date molasses?--Ohhhhhhh--. Downside: kind of loud--too many hard surfaces. And the art on the walls was nowhere near the standard the art on the plates--get some real art, please?
  5. JS

    JaneS

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    THE BEST! Delicious food and wonderful service. Love how the menu changes and there’s always something new to try. But I hope they never take off the charred leeks because they are my favorite! Plus whimsical desserts that keep me coming back for more!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a beautiful and intimate restaurant in Chicago!
  7. CA

    ChicagoAE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service and ambience are top notch. Doesn’t get much better than this. Would recommend to all!!
  8. HW

    HWTM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was an incredible meal. The tasting menu was so good paired with wines. Pescetarian accommodations were super easy and I ended up with one of the best risottos I’ve ever had and a delicious mushroom tart. The frozen anise jelly with mint and the yeast ice cream with apples, puffed tapioca and date molasses was a perfect finale.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    A curtain at the door to stop the draft would be very helpful. Dining at the bar was freezing and drafty. The kitchen did a good job accommodating my food intolerances. We had the pre fix menu. Overall everything was good but didn’t blow my socks off.
  10. e

    efeld22

    Chicago

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We just had a couple of drinks and a snack at the bar before our reservations elsewhere. Service was amazing. Monica really knows what she is doing in making our drinks. She was able to "go off menu" when I couldn't find what I was looking for on the menu. Wonderful experience.
  11. L

    Lilly

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The restaurant is warm and cozy, service is good and food is creative and interesting.
  12. CD

    ClarkD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and service. Amazing wines pairings, but be sure to get a juice pairing for the table. Absolute standout. Become a regular here if you can. You won’t regret it.
  13. D

    Dineout

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Elske remains a solid choice for an elegant evening out or to celebrate a special occasion. The room, the food, the service are each impeccable and I am always glad I chose to return. I look forward to my next opportunity to visit.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Was great, probably will come again sometime
  15. M

    Madi

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    We were really excited to try Elske, after having recently been to Wherewithall and doing their coursed meal. We wanted to try something with a michelin star and had really high hopes for dining at Elske. However, it left nothing to be desired. The tasting menu was nothing exciting and had an awful duck course that was nothing but blood. Then, when factoring in the price for the meal it seems even worse. The only good thing was the wine pairing, which had delicious wines but skimpy servings. The service was also perfectly fine but nothing to write home about. I am a lover of restaurants, especially Chicago ones and don’t mind paying for a high quality meal, however Elske was a major let down.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food journey. The tasting menu dishes are innovative, and their flavors are well-balanced. The service and atmosphere are well, though the table arrangement is a little crowded. The juice pairing is a must-try.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was a great experience. Wine pairing is very interesting.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time! We went on a very very cold day right before the holidays so it was nice and quiet and very intimate! Highlights were the amazing tortellini (which was buttery perfection!) and a tart cherry and rice pudding dessert. Fabulous ambiance, service, and food!
  19. c

    catherine

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we came here for our anniversary and had such an amazing time. our server, maggie, was really knowledgeable, helpful, and gave us some spectacular wine recommendations. we enjoyed everything and can’t wait to come back.
  20. T

    Tanya

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and amazing service👏 Creative food preparation
  21. B

    Blondethefoodie

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Celebrated my birthday here. Staff is amazing, food is a treasure. Must haves are endive salad, the pastas, and the bee pollen parfait for dessert. Favorite restaurant in Chicago
  22. v

    vincen

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cozy and special place
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Elske. The tasting menu and wine pairings were unique and so fresh. Easily the best duck we have ever had. Service was outstanding, and our server did an excellent job explaining all dishes and wines. This dinner was a joint birthday, and the birthday cakes brought out with the dessert course were delicious and thoughtful. Highly recommend Elske!
  24. H

    Heidi

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was unreal and the service was stellar; Monica was super accommodating and was a pleasure throughout our experience. The tasting menu was a great choice; 10/10 overall!
  25. W

    Wilmetter

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love great restaurants and this is one of Chicago's best. Absolutely stellar small plates & great service. Valet parking would be a plus!
  26. DS

    DxxS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very creative food; not all the combinations work perfectly but still interesting. Service was fine; a little too noisy.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing. Love the food. Highly recommend.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I had high expectations of our dining experience given reviews I had read. The restaurant is really cute and their menu is interesting. We chose the tasting menu and accompanying wine service. I rated the overall experience a three as they dropped the food at our table with the briefest of explanations. Most of the time we could not catch all of what was being served. The restaurant was packed so my assumption was they were too busy to spend any time explaining the food. Nothing we ordered was exceptional. It wasn’t bad just underwhelming. Our main server was friendly and accommodating. I think another night where they were not so busy might have been a better experience. The menu looked good and we wished we had ordered off of it instead of the tasting menu.
  29. AA

    AmyA

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful ambiance and amazing food. Incredibly cozy atmosphere.
  30. MB

    MarkB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing experience at Elske for my 50th birthday. Loved the ambience and the food is creative and delicious. Can’t wait to go back!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing ! Everything about it
  32. C

    Cindyt

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Wine pairings were not good and food presentation was lovely but did don’t enjoy the food itself.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Full disclosure: I am not someone who regularly dines at “higher end” restaurants, therefore my palate may be a little untrained. But speaking as someone who has worked at great establishments, knows a thing or two about great food, and is someone who was very much looking forward to dining here, I must say my expectations were simply not met. Though there were some fantastic dishes in the tasting menu, the overall experience did indeed lack. Some of the dishes were either too simply flavored(by that i mean that they tasted EXACTLY like a simpler and MUCH cheaper dish I’ve had before) or they weren’t as pleasant as I hoped they’d be. The service, though I do not have a complain for, was not as excellent and outstanding as other reviewers mentioned. They did not bring me a coffee they offered themselves without me asking for it first; additionally the 3% “optional” charge for employee benefits was added to my bill without me accepting. I am all up for helping service workers, but do not put “optional” if it’ll just be added automatically. I would have given this place Four stars, but given the price point, I simply expect a lot more. I have had more memorable meals with much more affordable menus. AGAIN, this coming from someone who has not dined at many fine establishments, nor someone who is a food snob(though it’s hard for me to prove that to you.) Anyways, I hope my criticism is taken as its meant, which is honest and sincere. Not trying to bash anyone here, I’m just saying I expected a lot more given the reputation and price point.
  34. T

    sherriTaekwondo

    New York Area

    96 reviews

    3.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    My visit was disappointing. The food was not as good as I expected. The service was very good. The tables are VERY close together, I could hear every word from the table next to me. The wine pairing was also not up to my expectations. Overall, it was my least favorite Michelin started restaurant experience.
  35. EG

    ElenaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice location and amazing tasting menu, definitely worth it
  36. T

    Taste4thebest

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely service and presentation. Good, unique, interesting and delicious food. Knowledgeable wine steward, described unusual selections.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was great,staff presentation of the food .
  38. g

    gabrieller

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Bar too close of the door. Cold and noisy. People gatherings around the bar.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Elsie promises a unique experience with a set menu that is the center of attention. It delivers with creative items beautifully prepared and presented
  40. CP

    ChristineP

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting Chicago from NYC. Outstanding meal and experience. Sat at the bar. Ordered the bread with Koji butter -amazing- and charred leaks, venison for an entree. All were cooked to perfection and flavors were incredible. One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. My waiter/ bartender was attentive and recommended the hay custard for dessert, which was delightful. Highly recommend to those looking for an interesting culinary experience.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Elske is rated 4.7 stars by 745 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Elske

1350 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Ada Street

  • Neighborhood

    West Loop

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:45 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Danish

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    We do not offer valet parking. Non-metered street parking is available on Randolph St and Ada St.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Anna & David Posey

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 733-1314

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (312) 733-1314

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