Moto Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 945 W Fulton Market

    Chicago, IL 60607

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  • 312-491-0058

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You won't need to go out after dinner at moto -- and you probably won't have time anyhow! This is a dining "experience". Be prepared for an all-evening affair to be savored, course by course. And glass by glass, as their wine selections

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★★★★★

You won't need to go out after dinner at moto -- and you probably won't have time anyhow! This is a dining "experience". Be prepared for an all-evening affair to be savored, course by course. And glass by glass, as their wine selections

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My wife and I went here for our anniversary, and have taken other couples here to celebrate. The food is unique and the whole experience is great. You have to experience it. And the wait staff is very enjoyable and fun.

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★★★★★

My wife and I went here for our anniversary, and have taken other couples here to celebrate. The food is unique and the whole experience is great. You have to experience it. And the wait staff is very enjoyable and fun.

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Yes it's pricy but what an experience! It's like dinner and a show and even the menu is something that you can eat. What an edible arrangement throughout the evening. The menu is a 10-20 course menu where you have tastings of different flavors and varieties. Great wine pairing if you're into that thing, check it out for yourself but there's definitely none like it!

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★★★★★

Yes it's pricy but what an experience! It's like dinner and a show and even the menu is something that you can eat. What an edible arrangement throughout the evening. The menu is a 10-20 course menu where you have tastings of different flavors and varieties. Great wine pairing if you're into that thing, check it out for yourself but there's definitely none like it!

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had the 10-course and almost felt obligated to get the flight since there was a limited selection otherwise (and too difficult to pair with one varietal anyway). there were a few highs and lows in the proceedings - most notably an ironically tepid onion soup broth after a long delay for that course - but that was more than rectified with an extra desert or two. some of the wine pairings were questionable, but in the end it was a unique dining experience and worth trying at least once. in particular we enjoyed the cuban sandwich cigar and the graham cracker chocolate bomb, but there were other surprises that could only be captured with a digital olympus to be believed.

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★★★★☆

had the 10-course and almost felt obligated to get the flight since there was a limited selection otherwise (and too difficult to pair with one varietal anyway). there were a few highs and lows in the proceedings - most notably an ironically tepid onion soup broth after a long delay for that course - but that was more than rectified with an extra desert or two. some of the wine pairings were questionable, but in the end it was a unique dining experience and worth trying at least once. in particular we enjoyed the cuban sandwich cigar and the graham cracker chocolate bomb, but there were other surprises that could only be captured with a digital olympus to be believed.

Pros: unique dining experience...good as advertised

Cons: limited bar/wine selection

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Adventures and expensive yet always on the money. The wait staff is always attentive. the food always spectacular. Moto has five course meals with wine pairings. Let the chef go wild.

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★★★★★

Adventures and expensive yet always on the money. The wait staff is always attentive. the food always spectacular. Moto has five course meals with wine pairings. Let the chef go wild.

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We did the ten course tasting menu and found Chef Cantu's food was excellent from beginning to end. The highlights of the night were the Wahoo, the unique take on Pork and Beans and the Apple Pie ala mode Truffles. The food was prepared using unique techniques (liquid nitrogen anyone) that meant your eyes were telling you different things than your taste buds. Overall definitely the most fun we have ever had eating out.

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★★★★★

We did the ten course tasting menu and found Chef Cantu's food was excellent from beginning to end. The highlights of the night were the Wahoo, the unique take on Pork and Beans and the Apple Pie ala mode Truffles. The food was prepared using unique techniques (liquid nitrogen anyone) that meant your eyes were telling you different things than your taste buds. Overall definitely the most fun we have ever had eating out.

Pros: Great Service. Unique food

Cons: Iffy part of town

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I must start by saying that I am a Chef & Culinary Instructor, so I understand the preparations, techniques, and machinery used. The skill level needed to execute this experience is nothing short of scholarly and don't think "average diners" get it. I saw some not so hot reviews and have to ask what they were thinking. Go to Benihanas - This is a cutting edge, gastronomic playground with all of the bells and whistles.

My experience was on par with El bulli, Alinea, and the French Laundry and yes, I have been to all three. Where they might be different in style, design, and mssion - They are some of the world's best and Chef Cantu lived up to this high level. Bravo Chef and entire staff!!!!!!!

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★★★★★

I must start by saying that I am a Chef & Culinary Instructor, so I understand the preparations, techniques, and machinery used. The skill level needed to execute this experience is nothing short of scholarly and don't think "average diners" get it. I saw some not so hot reviews and have to ask what they were thinking. Go to Benihanas - This is a cutting edge, gastronomic playground with all of the bells and whistles.

My experience was on par with El bulli, Alinea, and the French Laundry and yes, I have been to all three. Where they might be different in style, design, and mssion - They are some of the world's best and Chef Cantu lived up to this high level. Bravo Chef and entire staff!!!!!!!

Pros: The entire experience

Cons: The patrons that do not understand the operation

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My dining companion and I had a most marvelous evening as Moto's guests. The service and attentiveness of the staff was impeccable. Our GTM experience lasted nearly 5 hours, but the time passed all too quickly. The pacing was well thought out and no detail was left unattended... fresh linens , expert wine service, crisp, efficient presentation of each course accompanied by concise informative descriptions. The whole event was orchestrated like an opera, each taste and visual sensation building upon the previous. The wine pairings were genius. We both marveled at the amount of time and research that must have gone into such a body of work. Bravo to the chef and staff...we were amazed, amused, satisfied and delighted by every aspect!

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★★★★★

My dining companion and I had a most marvelous evening as Moto's guests. The service and attentiveness of the staff was impeccable. Our GTM experience lasted nearly 5 hours, but the time passed all too quickly. The pacing was well thought out and no detail was left unattended... fresh linens , expert wine service, crisp, efficient presentation of each course accompanied by concise informative descriptions. The whole event was orchestrated like an opera, each taste and visual sensation building upon the previous. The wine pairings were genius. We both marveled at the amount of time and research that must have gone into such a body of work. Bravo to the chef and staff...we were amazed, amused, satisfied and delighted by every aspect!

Pros: beyond the typical dining experience...food as performance art!

Cons: absolutely none

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As a regular at Moto, I feel as though it needs to come with a warning label as well as a diclaimer on the menu. Warning: Be prepared to be schocked and amazed. People who have dull taste buds need not continue. They offer attentive service, outstanding ciusine and a staff that is knowledgeable and accomodating.

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★★★★★

As a regular at Moto, I feel as though it needs to come with a warning label as well as a diclaimer on the menu. Warning: Be prepared to be schocked and amazed. People who have dull taste buds need not continue. They offer attentive service, outstanding ciusine and a staff that is knowledgeable and accomodating.

Pros: ambience, service, food, wine

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Did the GTA first time through, great, but the wine got to me, was sick that night. Second time out we did the 10 course, got the same stuff we got (just less of it) from the GTA. We specifically were asking for a new menu this time, they have on the computers what we ate last time. When we made a request for the "ball that you break open with mallet", which was on the frappin internet website, they said, no. This time around we ordered no wine, immediately our experience contrasted from our first. I felt rushed out the door and also pressured all night for wine by that loud hostess. We had the same waiter (asian guy smiley), he was awesome, but halfway through we got some mumbling toad that took over for him and he sounded like it was his first night. Oh well. All I ask is that you people stick (close) to the menu on the website because if I'm coming over again, I want something different. It seems we were given left overs from the GTA people that night. What was served was nothing on the internet menu when I got home, it was all GTA stuff, the same stuff we had. Oh well, unless they stick to their guns I aint comin back. (And I'd like to)

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★★★☆☆

Did the GTA first time through, great, but the wine got to me, was sick that night. Second time out we did the 10 course, got the same stuff we got (just less of it) from the GTA. We specifically were asking for a new menu this time, they have on the computers what we ate last time. When we made a request for the "ball that you break open with mallet", which was on the frappin internet website, they said, no. This time around we ordered no wine, immediately our experience contrasted from our first. I felt rushed out the door and also pressured all night for wine by that loud hostess. We had the same waiter (asian guy smiley), he was awesome, but halfway through we got some mumbling toad that took over for him and he sounded like it was his first night. Oh well. All I ask is that you people stick (close) to the menu on the website because if I'm coming over again, I want something different. It seems we were given left overs from the GTA people that night. What was served was nothing on the internet menu when I got home, it was all GTA stuff, the same stuff we had. Oh well, unless they stick to their guns I aint comin back. (And I'd like to)

Pros: powerful eats.

Cons: Buy wine or else

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Best new years i ever had! I'm definatly comming again this year.
An exampel, chese with the history of the chees printed on top with eateable green ink!

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★★★★★

Best new years i ever had! I'm definatly comming again this year.
An exampel, chese with the history of the chees printed on top with eateable green ink!

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I don't know how anyone could have a bad experience! My dinner was perfect from the taste of food to the flawless service. There was a wine I didn't care for, and the waitress brought me a double pairing for the next corse! She even brought me one course again because I liked it so much. I would reccommend to the people who had a bad experience to try it again. Every place deserves a second chance!

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★★★★☆

I don't know how anyone could have a bad experience! My dinner was perfect from the taste of food to the flawless service. There was a wine I didn't care for, and the waitress brought me a double pairing for the next corse! She even brought me one course again because I liked it so much. I would reccommend to the people who had a bad experience to try it again. Every place deserves a second chance!

Pros: easy parking, friendly/geniune servers

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Had been several times before, and it was good, but was getting worse. This time however, it was AWFUL - a total disappointment. Moto hadn't gone down hill as much as it fell off a cliff.
Terrible service - waited 15 minutes after being seated for a menu/server. Wait staff continued to be completely uninterested in service, pouring flat water into sparkling water 5 separate times, and not offering fresh glass.
We felt as if we were being laughed at for eating the food they were giving us, having one course introduced (verbatim): "it, I don't know, gets chewy, and I guess you eat it or whatever..."
It was so bad we left before the birthday surprise. When we asked for the check early, the lead server didn't ask if anything was wrong, she simply said "You're full, huh."
Utter, total disappointment. For the money they ask you to spend, it's an insult. Will not go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

Had been several times before, and it was good, but was getting worse. This time however, it was AWFUL - a total disappointment. Moto hadn't gone down hill as much as it fell off a cliff.
Terrible service - waited 15 minutes after being seated for a menu/server. Wait staff continued to be completely uninterested in service, pouring flat water into sparkling water 5 separate times, and not offering fresh glass.
We felt as if we were being laughed at for eating the food they were giving us, having one course introduced (verbatim): "it, I don't know, gets chewy, and I guess you eat it or whatever..."
It was so bad we left before the birthday surprise. When we asked for the check early, the lead server didn't ask if anything was wrong, she simply said "You're full, huh."
Utter, total disappointment. For the money they ask you to spend, it's an insult. Will not go back.

Cons: service, food, wine

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Food was a gross science experiment. Does the chef taste anything? It was absolutely inedible. I went with four others, and we seriously sent at least 4 courses back virtually untouched. It was truly foul. They spent more time fingerpainting plates, than serving quality, tasteful food. Yeah, cool to print menu on edible paper. Did anyone ever taste it? Looks & smells like fish food.

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★☆☆☆☆

Food was a gross science experiment. Does the chef taste anything? It was absolutely inedible. I went with four others, and we seriously sent at least 4 courses back virtually untouched. It was truly foul. They spent more time fingerpainting plates, than serving quality, tasteful food. Yeah, cool to print menu on edible paper. Did anyone ever taste it? Looks & smells like fish food.

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We went to Moto excited to try something new. We had the 20 course menu to get the full experience. We had fun for maybe the first 4 courses and then the "shine" wore off. The service staff was attentive but the food was very slow. We sat with wine far too long before our food arrived. The food itself was not so fine. Even with all the technology available today Moto proves you can still make bad food. We were very dissapointed. Once you gat past the "bells and whistles" of the presentation and taste "behind the curtain", the flavors were not inspired. I do not reccomend Moto for a good meal. Its well thought out entertainment with poorly thought out flavor. If you must go. I suggest only the 5 course menu. After 20 courses we left feeling we had been suckered in. It was very sad indeeed.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went to Moto excited to try something new. We had the 20 course menu to get the full experience. We had fun for maybe the first 4 courses and then the "shine" wore off. The service staff was attentive but the food was very slow. We sat with wine far too long before our food arrived. The food itself was not so fine. Even with all the technology available today Moto proves you can still make bad food. We were very dissapointed. Once you gat past the "bells and whistles" of the presentation and taste "behind the curtain", the flavors were not inspired. I do not reccomend Moto for a good meal. Its well thought out entertainment with poorly thought out flavor. If you must go. I suggest only the 5 course menu. After 20 courses we left feeling we had been suckered in. It was very sad indeeed.

Pros: Good service, Good wine

Cons: Slow food, Poor flavors

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This place is unbelievable. We had the 10 course pairing, which included frozen romaine lettuce, kobe beef, liquid nitrogen, food cooked at the table. Unbelievable. And the presenters were impeccable in their delivery and style. Highly recommended.

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★★★★★

This place is unbelievable. We had the 10 course pairing, which included frozen romaine lettuce, kobe beef, liquid nitrogen, food cooked at the table. Unbelievable. And the presenters were impeccable in their delivery and style. Highly recommended.

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I took my daughter here (age 11) for New Years Eve! We loved everything. The server even "mixed-it-up" for my daughters three virgin drinks. Each course was a wonderful suprise and we wanted more! It's so hard to explain, you just have to go! If I had a boyfriend, I'd make him take me (us) all the time. Cirque De Sole' for the body.
I suggest this for the child of uncomprimising good taste in cusine, like mine. Caviar, Aged beef, etc.

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★★★★★

I took my daughter here (age 11) for New Years Eve! We loved everything. The server even "mixed-it-up" for my daughters three virgin drinks. Each course was a wonderful suprise and we wanted more! It's so hard to explain, you just have to go! If I had a boyfriend, I'd make him take me (us) all the time. Cirque De Sole' for the body.
I suggest this for the child of uncomprimising good taste in cusine, like mine. Caviar, Aged beef, etc.

Pros: Valet, Service, Experience/Taste

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This place blew me away. The food could not have been better. The wine pairings were very well thought out. Our table ordered the 10 course menu and we ate for nearly 3 hours! The sommelier poured us a glass of champagne that he said was part of the amuse course!

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★★★★★

This place blew me away. The food could not have been better. The wine pairings were very well thought out. Our table ordered the 10 course menu and we ate for nearly 3 hours! The sommelier poured us a glass of champagne that he said was part of the amuse course!

Pros: awesome food, fantastic wines, friendly staff

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Decor is minimal: earth-toned walls and carpeting, crisp white linens and almond-colored banquettes lining both sides of the dining room. Globally flavored electronica plays at conversation-friendly levels, while…

 

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