Tru

★★★★☆
Progressive French Restaurant in Chicago
  • 676 N St Clair St

    Chicago, IL 60611

    Cross street: At Huron St, The Magnificent Mile and the Gold Coast

    Map & Directions
  • 312-202-0001

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We selected Tru for a 29th wedding anniversary night out on our recent trip to Chicago .We didn't know exactly what to expect but decided to give it a try and are we glad we did!! It was an exquisite dining experience the food oh my

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★★★★★

We selected Tru for a 29th wedding anniversary night out on our recent trip to Chicago .We didn't know exactly what to expect but decided to give it a try and are we glad we did!! It was an exquisite dining experience the food oh my

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Our evening started out bad when we were sat in the corner by the windows which were leaking cold air all night. I had to ask twice before anyone did anything to raise the heat and it took about an hour for us to start feeling warmer. We also did not receive our initial drinks for about 25 minutes. Also, apparantly the drink I ordered was $51,00 each and I had 2 but was never initially told about the price. I started out with the Seared Foie Gras and it was the worst I ever had. It was rubbery on the outside and cold and runny on the inside. In fact I had to cut it with a knife and could not really eat it. Then I had the venison for my mane dish and my wife had the jidori chicken. Both were unimpressive and the chicken was extremely bland. We also had a hard time understanding our wait staff. I have eaten at many top restaurants throughout the country and this was by far at the bottom of my overall list. Very expensive for an overall poor experience. You can pick from a host of other great restaurants to experience a great meal!

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★★☆☆☆

Our evening started out bad when we were sat in the corner by the windows which were leaking cold air all night. I had to ask twice before anyone did anything to raise the heat and it took about an hour for us to start feeling warmer. We also did not receive our initial drinks for about 25 minutes. Also, apparantly the drink I ordered was $51,00 each and I had 2 but was never initially told about the price. I started out with the Seared Foie Gras and it was the worst I ever had. It was rubbery on the outside and cold and runny on the inside. In fact I had to cut it with a knife and could not really eat it. Then I had the venison for my mane dish and my wife had the jidori chicken. Both were unimpressive and the chicken was extremely bland. We also had a hard time understanding our wait staff. I have eaten at many top restaurants throughout the country and this was by far at the bottom of my overall list. Very expensive for an overall poor experience. You can pick from a host of other great restaurants to experience a great meal!

Pros: None

Cons: Almost everything

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The food was lovely but the portions very small and the prices very high. The atmosphere was stiff. When we arrived, we had a hard time getting anyone to acknowledge our presence, offer us a cocktail or give us a menu. In fairness, the service improved as the evening went on. Bottom line: great food in a sterile atmoshpere.

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★★★☆☆

The food was lovely but the portions very small and the prices very high. The atmosphere was stiff. When we arrived, we had a hard time getting anyone to acknowledge our presence, offer us a cocktail or give us a menu. In fairness, the service improved as the evening went on. Bottom line: great food in a sterile atmoshpere.

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The food a Tru was truly a let down. The food was interestingly presented but there was a distinct lack of flavor in most dishes, especially considering the $110 cost of the basic tasting menu without wine. Even worse, everyone was still not really full because of the exceptionally small portions, even for this type of dining. The best dishes were fresh sushi fish pieces and the cheese, which is source externally. The jacket required attitude reflects that the old school attitude towards food that may once have been great. The service was excellent though.

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★★☆☆☆

The food a Tru was truly a let down. The food was interestingly presented but there was a distinct lack of flavor in most dishes, especially considering the $110 cost of the basic tasting menu without wine. Even worse, everyone was still not really full because of the exceptionally small portions, even for this type of dining. The best dishes were fresh sushi fish pieces and the cheese, which is source externally. The jacket required attitude reflects that the old school attitude towards food that may once have been great. The service was excellent though.

Pros: cheese cart, service

Cons: food without much flavor, tiny, tiny portions for a very high price, stuffy jacket only requirement

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Wow--my husband and I couldn't believe our good fortune getting a table at what is supposedly one of the best restaurants in Chicago. It was our first dining experience in Chicago after moving here from New York. We both LOVE amazing dining experiences, but this one was TOTALLY off the mark.

The evening we went was cold--it was snowing and blustery. The appetizers and the "amuse bouche" that came out were all tiny, cold little blobs of what I can only describe as tasteless gelatin. The rest of the meal was also very disappointing, and the service, which has been described here as impeccable, was actually comical, as you could almost see the two waiters who were synchronized in removing and setting plates on the table counting as they did so--very stilted--it made us both uncomfortable.

Having spend $700 on our meal, we thought we would have one of the most memorable evenings of our lives. Four months later, I'm still fuming at the amount of money we spent at a restaurant that obviously is resting on its laurels (we were told Rick Tramonto no longer works at the restaurant, and that a new chef has taken his place).

We were sorely disappointed.

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★☆☆☆☆

Wow--my husband and I couldn't believe our good fortune getting a table at what is supposedly one of the best restaurants in Chicago. It was our first dining experience in Chicago after moving here from New York. We both LOVE amazing dining experiences, but this one was TOTALLY off the mark.

The evening we went was cold--it was snowing and blustery. The appetizers and the "amuse bouche" that came out were all tiny, cold little blobs of what I can only describe as tasteless gelatin. The rest of the meal was also very disappointing, and the service, which has been described here as impeccable, was actually comical, as you could almost see the two waiters who were synchronized in removing and setting plates on the table counting as they did so--very stilted--it made us both uncomfortable.

Having spend $700 on our meal, we thought we would have one of the most memorable evenings of our lives. Four months later, I'm still fuming at the amount of money we spent at a restaurant that obviously is resting on its laurels (we were told Rick Tramonto no longer works at the restaurant, and that a new chef has taken his place).

We were sorely disappointed.

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After reading the reviews, and achieving a reservation on a Saturday night, we were excited about the opportunity to eat at one of Chicago?s finest restaurants. We were well aware of the price points and fully expected the evening was going to be a $500 night. Upon arrival, Tru is everything you expect it to be. The ambiance is extraordinary, the service is impeccable, and the wine list is impressive. We selected the chef?s selection for our dinner and two medium priced Bordeaux?s. When the food started to arrive we began to realize Tru is much like the commercial where the people eat at a great restaurant, then have to purchase food for the way home as they are still hungry. There was not a single portion served that was over 2 ounces, none of it was hot, and every course was delivered on a plate that dwarfed the dish. Even the ?Main Course? of Salmon and Venison were each less than 2 ounces. The food tasted exceptional, and clearly the chef is a magician blending taste together that is unexpected, and wonderful. But at the end of the night and $700, we remained hungry. Tru is a place to be seen and enjoy some fabulous tastes, but if you are hungry and expect a meal, you are at the wrong place.

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★★★☆☆

After reading the reviews, and achieving a reservation on a Saturday night, we were excited about the opportunity to eat at one of Chicago?s finest restaurants. We were well aware of the price points and fully expected the evening was going to be a $500 night. Upon arrival, Tru is everything you expect it to be. The ambiance is extraordinary, the service is impeccable, and the wine list is impressive. We selected the chef?s selection for our dinner and two medium priced Bordeaux?s. When the food started to arrive we began to realize Tru is much like the commercial where the people eat at a great restaurant, then have to purchase food for the way home as they are still hungry. There was not a single portion served that was over 2 ounces, none of it was hot, and every course was delivered on a plate that dwarfed the dish. Even the ?Main Course? of Salmon and Venison were each less than 2 ounces. The food tasted exceptional, and clearly the chef is a magician blending taste together that is unexpected, and wonderful. But at the end of the night and $700, we remained hungry. Tru is a place to be seen and enjoy some fabulous tastes, but if you are hungry and expect a meal, you are at the wrong place.

Pros: The wine list is unbelievable and the explosions of taste in their dishes is unbelievable

Cons: You will spend $700 and not receive a full meal as the portions are embarrassingly small, and you will leave unfulfilled.

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The entire staff makes you feel welcome and pampered with their warm, efficient service. It is highly unusual that every member of a restaurant staff is superb, but Tru manages to deliver that. The valet was friendly and courteous. The hostess/coat check girl was a smiling bit of welcome who ushered us into Tru's zen-like dining room. The banquette was comfy and luxuriously upholstered. The fine modern art on the walls was a sight to behold. The captain truly run s a tight ship. Your water glass will never even approach empty, let alone half-full. Elana (sp?), the sommelier is knowledgeable and friendly. She is a pleasant departure from the usual stuffy, pretentious sommeliers one encounters when fine-dining. She chose a Cabernet for us that was sublime. The wait staff was very warm and extremely efficient. As for the food, we chose the $95 three course Prix Fixe option. It is actually more than three courses. Every time we thought we had a respite, they brought us another culinary wonder. The cuisines spanned the gamut from melt-in-your-mouth to a party on your tongue. The lobster bisque was extraordinary. Tru's food is fun and delicious which is what truly fine food should be. The pop rocks in one of the treats they brought to us put a smile on our faces. The cheese course was outstanding. My chocoholic self favored the candy cart at the end of our dinner. The captain handed us caramel chocolate truffle suckers that were amazing. Holy Toledo! Gale Gand's sweet-making talent is unsurpassed. The tiny ice cream sandwiches are to die for. It is true that Tru is a serious investment. By the time we paid for our meals, beverages, tip, and valet, we were out $450, but it was worth every penny and we've had higher tabs. We will definitely return. If you seek a special occasion experience (saw lots of birthday celebrations going on) or are fortunate enough to be in a position to dine here on a regular day, run, don't walk. Tru is an experience not to be missed.

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★★★★★

The entire staff makes you feel welcome and pampered with their warm, efficient service. It is highly unusual that every member of a restaurant staff is superb, but Tru manages to deliver that. The valet was friendly and courteous. The hostess/coat check girl was a smiling bit of welcome who ushered us into Tru's zen-like dining room. The banquette was comfy and luxuriously upholstered. The fine modern art on the walls was a sight to behold. The captain truly run s a tight ship. Your water glass will never even approach empty, let alone half-full. Elana (sp?), the sommelier is knowledgeable and friendly. She is a pleasant departure from the usual stuffy, pretentious sommeliers one encounters when fine-dining. She chose a Cabernet for us that was sublime. The wait staff was very warm and extremely efficient. As for the food, we chose the $95 three course Prix Fixe option. It is actually more than three courses. Every time we thought we had a respite, they brought us another culinary wonder. The cuisines spanned the gamut from melt-in-your-mouth to a party on your tongue. The lobster bisque was extraordinary. Tru's food is fun and delicious which is what truly fine food should be. The pop rocks in one of the treats they brought to us put a smile on our faces. The cheese course was outstanding. My chocoholic self favored the candy cart at the end of our dinner. The captain handed us caramel chocolate truffle suckers that were amazing. Holy Toledo! Gale Gand's sweet-making talent is unsurpassed. The tiny ice cream sandwiches are to die for. It is true that Tru is a serious investment. By the time we paid for our meals, beverages, tip, and valet, we were out $450, but it was worth every penny and we've had higher tabs. We will definitely return. If you seek a special occasion experience (saw lots of birthday celebrations going on) or are fortunate enough to be in a position to dine here on a regular day, run, don't walk. Tru is an experience not to be missed.

Pros: superb service, outstanding cuisine, lovely atmosphere, good location

Cons: price

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I cannot say enough wonderful things about this restaurant. In fact, to even call it a restaurant is like calling the Mona Lisa a painting or the Grand Canyon a big hole. It has everything - high-quality, well thought out preparations, class, decor (including amazing art), expertly-trained serving staff, etc. etc. I will be honest and say I have had better food in my life (at least for the appetizer and entree. I have NEVER had better desserts. Pastry chef, Gail Gand is a sweet genius. And I don't even "like sweets"!). But the entire package is unsupassed. The price tag is considerable for the average diner but well worth it. I would eat frozen vegatables and eggs for a month straight to go there again. It is a place where dining is considered an art form. The staff took such care in our experience. For example, it was my dining companion's 60th birthday and besides the candle and birthday note in chocolate at the end of our meal, they presented us with personalized menus, wishing him a happy Birthday. He was fully stunned! Our waiters were so well-trained (but I think I said that already...). I also admire the layout of the room. Tru could easily fit a few extra tables in there and increase the headcount by 10 or 15/night. But instead they allow the diners plenty of room and privacy to enjoy the meal in the beautiful surroundings. Ah - and one last note. THey are one of the few restaurants that offer TRUly gender egalitarian service. My male dining companion and I were always served at the EXACT SAME TIME (including the water). I was even the wine taster. Thank goodness for dining in the 21st Century!

If you have a special occasion coming up or just want to experience a meal in a way that counters the "stuff yourself" mentality that dining in America has sadly become, I recommend that you go to Tru. I admit that the meal would not be appreciated by someone who prefers more hefty flavors and portions. But for those who see dining as art, Tru is the place to go.

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★★★★★

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this restaurant. In fact, to even call it a restaurant is like calling the Mona Lisa a painting or the Grand Canyon a big hole. It has everything - high-quality, well thought out preparations, class, decor (including amazing art), expertly-trained serving staff, etc. etc. I will be honest and say I have had better food in my life (at least for the appetizer and entree. I have NEVER had better desserts. Pastry chef, Gail Gand is a sweet genius. And I don't even "like sweets"!). But the entire package is unsupassed. The price tag is considerable for the average diner but well worth it. I would eat frozen vegatables and eggs for a month straight to go there again. It is a place where dining is considered an art form. The staff took such care in our experience. For example, it was my dining companion's 60th birthday and besides the candle and birthday note in chocolate at the end of our meal, they presented us with personalized menus, wishing him a happy Birthday. He was fully stunned! Our waiters were so well-trained (but I think I said that already...). I also admire the layout of the room. Tru could easily fit a few extra tables in there and increase the headcount by 10 or 15/night. But instead they allow the diners plenty of room and privacy to enjoy the meal in the beautiful surroundings. Ah - and one last note. THey are one of the few restaurants that offer TRUly gender egalitarian service. My male dining companion and I were always served at the EXACT SAME TIME (including the water). I was even the wine taster. Thank goodness for dining in the 21st Century!

If you have a special occasion coming up or just want to experience a meal in a way that counters the "stuff yourself" mentality that dining in America has sadly become, I recommend that you go to Tru. I admit that the meal would not be appreciated by someone who prefers more hefty flavors and portions. But for those who see dining as art, Tru is the place to go.

Pros: amazing service, quality, and attention to detail

Cons: Ummm... can't think of any real "cons"

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I have been using this site for years, but this is the first time I have been motivated to post a review.

Food: Mostly unimpressive. While hardly a die-hard foody, I've been to a fair number of high end restaurants in Chicago across a range of price levels. The food at TRU, while appealingly presented, was almost uniformly disappointing. At this level of price and sophistication, I expect food that is not only well-prepared but also interesting to eat. Of the 9 courses, only a small handful met the latter goal, and shockingly, a few even failed the former. Emblematic was a lobster dish smothered in some sort of broth that rendered the entire course a monochrome of bland.

Service: Obnoxious. A stark contrast to the warm service I have received at other high (and low!) end restaurants, the staff at TRU was cold and seethed with a sense superiority. I constantly felt like I was being judged as a diner. For example, waiters repeatedly stopped by the table to adjust wine glasses so that they were perfectly in line. In one particularly irritating display of condescension, a drop of wine rolled down the side of my glass onto the tablecloth. The waiter who came by to micromanage my glasses glared at the spot with disdain. He returned a few minutes later and?while I was eating!?lifted up my plate to put a napkin over the spot in the manner of putting a piece of newspaper over doggy doo on the carpet.

Overall: Based on the food alone, I would have given the restaurant three stars. But the offputting service and exorbitant prices have resulted in an overall "Not Recommended" review. Shortly after my visit, a friend went for a business dinner and had similar comments. I now warn away anyone I can.

Alternate suggestions: For about the same price, Moto is a much better way to spend your time. For less than half the price, Spring does a wonderful tasting menu.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been using this site for years, but this is the first time I have been motivated to post a review.

Food: Mostly unimpressive. While hardly a die-hard foody, I've been to a fair number of high end restaurants in Chicago across a range of price levels. The food at TRU, while appealingly presented, was almost uniformly disappointing. At this level of price and sophistication, I expect food that is not only well-prepared but also interesting to eat. Of the 9 courses, only a small handful met the latter goal, and shockingly, a few even failed the former. Emblematic was a lobster dish smothered in some sort of broth that rendered the entire course a monochrome of bland.

Service: Obnoxious. A stark contrast to the warm service I have received at other high (and low!) end restaurants, the staff at TRU was cold and seethed with a sense superiority. I constantly felt like I was being judged as a diner. For example, waiters repeatedly stopped by the table to adjust wine glasses so that they were perfectly in line. In one particularly irritating display of condescension, a drop of wine rolled down the side of my glass onto the tablecloth. The waiter who came by to micromanage my glasses glared at the spot with disdain. He returned a few minutes later and?while I was eating!?lifted up my plate to put a napkin over the spot in the manner of putting a piece of newspaper over doggy doo on the carpet.

Overall: Based on the food alone, I would have given the restaurant three stars. But the offputting service and exorbitant prices have resulted in an overall "Not Recommended" review. Shortly after my visit, a friend went for a business dinner and had similar comments. I now warn away anyone I can.

Alternate suggestions: For about the same price, Moto is a much better way to spend your time. For less than half the price, Spring does a wonderful tasting menu.

Pros: Cheese was excellent, and the restaurant itself is attractive

Cons: Everything else (food, service, value)

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Of all the restaurants in this city and elsewhere around the world. I have encountered nothing that has swayed me away from Tru being my favorite. The service is amazing. Everything is done like a dance. I recall once, someone in my party mumbling about her lack of reading glasses- and as soon as she turned her head, someone was there on knee with a box of reading glasses at her disposal. I've always done the 9 course spontaneous menu and was ALWAYS beyond please. The portions are perfect, though the cheese course is usually when the stomach signals the "Help! I'm getting too full for my own good and there's not even chocolate in here yet!" alert. Each experience here doesn't even take away from the last. Everyone I have brought here from the West Coast to Europe has declared it their favorite restaurant- and they're no strangers to fine dining, either. Some are saying it's too expensive, but honestly- especially at my age and being close to broke myself, it's definitely worth it. There are only a handful of uber-fine dining experiences that are offered in Chicago and this one's up at the top. So if you stop busting your brains about the pricey bill- which I think you should know about before you even enter- and let Tru's impeccable service and kitchen work their whimsical magic, you might actually enjoy yourself...a lot.

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★★★★★

Of all the restaurants in this city and elsewhere around the world. I have encountered nothing that has swayed me away from Tru being my favorite. The service is amazing. Everything is done like a dance. I recall once, someone in my party mumbling about her lack of reading glasses- and as soon as she turned her head, someone was there on knee with a box of reading glasses at her disposal. I've always done the 9 course spontaneous menu and was ALWAYS beyond please. The portions are perfect, though the cheese course is usually when the stomach signals the "Help! I'm getting too full for my own good and there's not even chocolate in here yet!" alert. Each experience here doesn't even take away from the last. Everyone I have brought here from the West Coast to Europe has declared it their favorite restaurant- and they're no strangers to fine dining, either. Some are saying it's too expensive, but honestly- especially at my age and being close to broke myself, it's definitely worth it. There are only a handful of uber-fine dining experiences that are offered in Chicago and this one's up at the top. So if you stop busting your brains about the pricey bill- which I think you should know about before you even enter- and let Tru's impeccable service and kitchen work their whimsical magic, you might actually enjoy yourself...a lot.

Pros: Caviar Staircase, Service, FOOD

Cons: Cons? What cons?

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My experience at TRU was a once in lifetime expereince. To start, the wine selection was astounding, and, among other delicious wines, we had a 1990 Clois de Papes that was a wondering pairing with the beautiful and exquisite dishes that we had that evening. It was also refreshing to note that TRU had an extensive array of dessert wine as well. The presentation was beyond mystical and beautiful, and was a perfect accompanyment to the delicious fare. The service was fabulous, and the waiters seemed to know a great deal about the food its preparation, and explained the food & sauce preparation when we complimented a specific dish. There was one dish that we all found to be a bit salty, an oil poached salmon (although the white bean mousse it came with was like a silky cloud), and when my father noted that to one of our waiters. I was afraid of his reaction, as constructive criticism and fine dining do not usually go hand in hand, however, the waiter was extremely gracious, and genuinely seemed to welcome any input and comment to the food. He said that he would relay our comments to the kitchen. This was significant in that although it was a haute cuisine restaurant, it was open to suggestions and comments. Let's face it- we all need a little feedback now and then, and TRU's open and humble attitude was genuine and refreshing. My father's comment was true- a fish as rich as salmon does not need to be poached in oil to make it delicious- the texture was chewy and unpleasant, and the flavor was salty. The rest of the dishes were exquisite. It was a great experience, and the restaurant lives up to its reputation. The expereince did not end with the evening, as they gave us a delicious banana bread to enjoy the next morning for breakfast. TIP: This is not a place for the faint hearted- be prepared for a six hour assault to all five senses! My husband & family enjoyed TRU beyond words. P.S. My sister and I loved Gale Gand's Food Network show "Sweet Dreams."

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★★★★★

My experience at TRU was a once in lifetime expereince. To start, the wine selection was astounding, and, among other delicious wines, we had a 1990 Clois de Papes that was a wondering pairing with the beautiful and exquisite dishes that we had that evening. It was also refreshing to note that TRU had an extensive array of dessert wine as well. The presentation was beyond mystical and beautiful, and was a perfect accompanyment to the delicious fare. The service was fabulous, and the waiters seemed to know a great deal about the food its preparation, and explained the food & sauce preparation when we complimented a specific dish. There was one dish that we all found to be a bit salty, an oil poached salmon (although the white bean mousse it came with was like a silky cloud), and when my father noted that to one of our waiters. I was afraid of his reaction, as constructive criticism and fine dining do not usually go hand in hand, however, the waiter was extremely gracious, and genuinely seemed to welcome any input and comment to the food. He said that he would relay our comments to the kitchen. This was significant in that although it was a haute cuisine restaurant, it was open to suggestions and comments. Let's face it- we all need a little feedback now and then, and TRU's open and humble attitude was genuine and refreshing. My father's comment was true- a fish as rich as salmon does not need to be poached in oil to make it delicious- the texture was chewy and unpleasant, and the flavor was salty. The rest of the dishes were exquisite. It was a great experience, and the restaurant lives up to its reputation. The expereince did not end with the evening, as they gave us a delicious banana bread to enjoy the next morning for breakfast. TIP: This is not a place for the faint hearted- be prepared for a six hour assault to all five senses! My husband & family enjoyed TRU beyond words. P.S. My sister and I loved Gale Gand's Food Network show "Sweet Dreams."

Pros: A global sensory experience & supremely extensive wine list

Cons: Marathon dining not for the faint of heart

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My husband always treats me to an extraordinary restaurant for our anniversary and my birthday. After experiencing Charlie Trotters, Everest, Trio, and Avenues, I looked forward to Tru.

After we were into the first course, another patron wearing far too much scent was seated near me. I could no longer taste my food due to the perfume. I saw no open tables, so I just dealt with it.

When I got home, I emailed customer service suggesting that the staff be trained to seat people wearing obvious scent in a designated area as I was sure that the staff had been trained not to wear scent. I did not ask for anything but acknowledgement of my idea.

I have yet to hear from anyone at Tru. This was nearly a year ago. Tru will not see me again.

We had the tasting menu. The courses that I could taste were good. The staff is a bit pompous. The atmosphere is a proper setting.

Spend your money with Charlie Trotter or Avenues. Those establishments care about their patrons.

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband always treats me to an extraordinary restaurant for our anniversary and my birthday. After experiencing Charlie Trotters, Everest, Trio, and Avenues, I looked forward to Tru.

After we were into the first course, another patron wearing far too much scent was seated near me. I could no longer taste my food due to the perfume. I saw no open tables, so I just dealt with it.

When I got home, I emailed customer service suggesting that the staff be trained to seat people wearing obvious scent in a designated area as I was sure that the staff had been trained not to wear scent. I did not ask for anything but acknowledgement of my idea.

I have yet to hear from anyone at Tru. This was nearly a year ago. Tru will not see me again.

We had the tasting menu. The courses that I could taste were good. The staff is a bit pompous. The atmosphere is a proper setting.

Spend your money with Charlie Trotter or Avenues. Those establishments care about their patrons.

Pros: ambiance

Cons: staff is overtrained in some areas and oblivious in others

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In two words: Utterly delightful.

Briefly, Tru is not for those whose idea of food is narrowly defined, or for those who are not adventurous - both with flavors, textures AND appearances. If you have issues with eating something you don't recognize, Tru may not be for you.

Service was, at first, a bit stiff, but my wife and I enjoy getting wait staff to loosen up. There were several attending us who played along quite nicely.

On to the food. After a couple of "amuse bouche" items, we selected the "Chef's Collection" degustation. It's about 9-11 small plates.

Each course was amazing. In many of the courses, textures and flavors changed from bite to bite. There were no sharp, intrusive flavors - just subtle and elegant ones. There were flavors and textures that I experienced for the first time. There were some outrageous combinations, like venison and ginger snaps, which I ended up giggling about - and loving! One of the descriptions of Tru includes the idea of whimsey. While many of the presentations are indeed whimsical, the description applies far more to the flavors you experience. With some of the courses, the flavors were just insane. High art [food] with a wry, subtle sense of humor.

We ordered two wines - one half bottle of Champaign for the first part, and a full bottle of a Chateauneuf du Pape for the second part.

Our dinner lasted from 6:15pm-11:00pm. The bill? A LOT.

Was it worth it? Yep.

Three small minor nits:

1. If you're going to outfit your wait staff in suits - please make sure the suits all fit. One of the attendants' jacket had the sleeves up over his knuckles.

2. The use of emulsions/foam is becoming a little overdone at high end restaurants, and I certainly wouldn't mind it going away - or being used a lot more sparingly.

3. The menu that was mailed to us several days later was full of spelling errors. Spellchecker anyone?

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★★★★★

In two words: Utterly delightful.

Briefly, Tru is not for those whose idea of food is narrowly defined, or for those who are not adventurous - both with flavors, textures AND appearances. If you have issues with eating something you don't recognize, Tru may not be for you.

Service was, at first, a bit stiff, but my wife and I enjoy getting wait staff to loosen up. There were several attending us who played along quite nicely.

On to the food. After a couple of "amuse bouche" items, we selected the "Chef's Collection" degustation. It's about 9-11 small plates.

Each course was amazing. In many of the courses, textures and flavors changed from bite to bite. There were no sharp, intrusive flavors - just subtle and elegant ones. There were flavors and textures that I experienced for the first time. There were some outrageous combinations, like venison and ginger snaps, which I ended up giggling about - and loving! One of the descriptions of Tru includes the idea of whimsey. While many of the presentations are indeed whimsical, the description applies far more to the flavors you experience. With some of the courses, the flavors were just insane. High art [food] with a wry, subtle sense of humor.

We ordered two wines - one half bottle of Champaign for the first part, and a full bottle of a Chateauneuf du Pape for the second part.

Our dinner lasted from 6:15pm-11:00pm. The bill? A LOT.

Was it worth it? Yep.

Three small minor nits:

1. If you're going to outfit your wait staff in suits - please make sure the suits all fit. One of the attendants' jacket had the sleeves up over his knuckles.

2. The use of emulsions/foam is becoming a little overdone at high end restaurants, and I certainly wouldn't mind it going away - or being used a lot more sparingly.

3. The menu that was mailed to us several days later was full of spelling errors. Spellchecker anyone?

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Everything about this restaurant was fabulous! The food was so good, we didn't mind the price at all. It was worth it! We got the Chef's tasting-amazing! The service is amazing! This is a great place to go for a special occasion such as a wedding anniversary.

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★★★★★

Everything about this restaurant was fabulous! The food was so good, we didn't mind the price at all. It was worth it! We got the Chef's tasting-amazing! The service is amazing! This is a great place to go for a special occasion such as a wedding anniversary.

Pros: FOOD, service, atmosphere

Cons: absolutely none

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Order the Black Truffle Lobster Risoto, order the Australian Lamb. This place has incredible service, definitely the best place in Chicago.

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★★★★★

Order the Black Truffle Lobster Risoto, order the Australian Lamb. This place has incredible service, definitely the best place in Chicago.

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Unless you're willing to spend upwards of $200 PER PERSON for dinner, don't eat here. Tru's executive Chef is an award winning splendor, and you can taste it in the food, but I have to say for this sort of money, we could fly to New York and experiences some better cooking round-trip!

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★★★★☆

Unless you're willing to spend upwards of $200 PER PERSON for dinner, don't eat here. Tru's executive Chef is an award winning splendor, and you can taste it in the food, but I have to say for this sort of money, we could fly to New York and experiences some better cooking round-trip!

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A new 9-table Salon lets you sample the ambiance, coordinated service, and ingenious creations without dropping $110-$135 a person on three hours of degustation antics.

Its five caviar offerings and five savory ones start at $12. Theyre tiny in size but huge in creativity and quality. Four tiny sandwiches--maybe 2 inches across--included one of butter-poached lobster with mango on a tiny brioche; another was filled with chile-spiced peeky-toe crab. They came with a salad of lambs-tongue lettuce, each tiny but flavorful leaf seemingly brushed individually with a few molecules of dressing. I dont know if its the superior ingredients or the ingenious combinations and gifted cookery, but an eye dropper of food here seems to pack as much flavor and more pure pleasure than a ladleful elsewhere.

Its obviously not the amount of food that makes this place so special, but the careful hunting out of extraordinary ingredients and the specialized talent that delivers so much pleasure. Nowhere is that more obvious than in the $36 slow-poached egg. Its cooked for 90 minutes to develop a unique consistency, then added to a cream-and-Champagne sauce with 1/8-inch croutons that crunch and simplicity to contrast with the smooth, rich sauce and delicate osetra caviar. The salty roe, sinfully-rich cream, unctuous egg, and elemental bread each makes its own statement to the delight of your taste buds.

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★★★★★

A new 9-table Salon lets you sample the ambiance, coordinated service, and ingenious creations without dropping $110-$135 a person on three hours of degustation antics.

Its five caviar offerings and five savory ones start at $12. Theyre tiny in size but huge in creativity and quality. Four tiny sandwiches--maybe 2 inches across--included one of butter-poached lobster with mango on a tiny brioche; another was filled with chile-spiced peeky-toe crab. They came with a salad of lambs-tongue lettuce, each tiny but flavorful leaf seemingly brushed individually with a few molecules of dressing. I dont know if its the superior ingredients or the ingenious combinations and gifted cookery, but an eye dropper of food here seems to pack as much flavor and more pure pleasure than a ladleful elsewhere.

Its obviously not the amount of food that makes this place so special, but the careful hunting out of extraordinary ingredients and the specialized talent that delivers so much pleasure. Nowhere is that more obvious than in the $36 slow-poached egg. Its cooked for 90 minutes to develop a unique consistency, then added to a cream-and-Champagne sauce with 1/8-inch croutons that crunch and simplicity to contrast with the smooth, rich sauce and delicate osetra caviar. The salty roe, sinfully-rich cream, unctuous egg, and elemental bread each makes its own statement to the delight of your taste buds.

Pros: Superlative service, ingredients, cooking techniques

Cons: Not for those looking for a conventional "classy" dining experience

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This is a very special place. I have dined in MANY highly rated expensive places in Chicago and elsewhere--and this is really an event. The dining room is austere, but beautiful-the focus is clearly on the food, and the service--RIDICULOUS.

If you can afford this-make it your night out. My date and I had the chef's market--a seven course extravangnza with wine--WOW!!!

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★★★★★

This is a very special place. I have dined in MANY highly rated expensive places in Chicago and elsewhere--and this is really an event. The dining room is austere, but beautiful-the focus is clearly on the food, and the service--RIDICULOUS.

If you can afford this-make it your night out. My date and I had the chef's market--a seven course extravangnza with wine--WOW!!!

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After my one and only dinner experience at Tru, I'm baffled how it managed to receive so many positive reviews. My wife and I both had the three course menu which offers about 8 choices per course. On paper, many dishes sounded tempting.

The amuse bouche was a selection of small tasters, e.g. a little braised beef or a soup in shooter glass. Nothing was bad but nothing was good either, I certainly wouldn't have wanted more of anything from the selection. All in all a very, very average greeting from the kitchen.

From then on things only got worse. The black truffle and lobster risotto was a nightmare, the rice kernels were completely overcooked and mushy and had the size of a small pea. I've had black truffles many times in the past and I can guarantee that as hard as I tried to find it, there was absolutely no taste of of them in this mush. The lobster part of the dish consisted of a few slivers of very overcooked meat. Overall it tasted like a very bad tomato risotto.

Main course was black-striped seabass with foie gras. Again, the fish was completely overcooked and bone dry as was the foie gras which should be crisp on the outside and moist and tender in the inside.

Desserts were OK, not great. Service was fine if a little pretensious, the synchronized water pouring is simply ridiculous. The wine list is impressive if you're a label drinker, just buy anything which has a high Parker rating and in as many vintages as possible. With that method, my teetoller spinster aunt could do the same job as the sommeliers.

The couple running Tru must have some talent to have gained their excellent reputation but apparently they weren't working on the day of my dinner. In any case their chefs are completely incapable of producing anything even close to a decent meal. I was expecting a 2 Michelin star/18 Gault Millau points experience. In reality, for the meal we were served, they'd be lucky to get 11 points from GM.

I've been to many one, two and three Michelin star restaurants in Europe, many which were less expensive than Tru and the level of cooking skills displayed in all of them was universes away from what Tru had to offer. I wouldn't return to Tru, if dinner were free, it was that bad.

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★☆☆☆☆

After my one and only dinner experience at Tru, I'm baffled how it managed to receive so many positive reviews. My wife and I both had the three course menu which offers about 8 choices per course. On paper, many dishes sounded tempting.

The amuse bouche was a selection of small tasters, e.g. a little braised beef or a soup in shooter glass. Nothing was bad but nothing was good either, I certainly wouldn't have wanted more of anything from the selection. All in all a very, very average greeting from the kitchen.

From then on things only got worse. The black truffle and lobster risotto was a nightmare, the rice kernels were completely overcooked and mushy and had the size of a small pea. I've had black truffles many times in the past and I can guarantee that as hard as I tried to find it, there was absolutely no taste of of them in this mush. The lobster part of the dish consisted of a few slivers of very overcooked meat. Overall it tasted like a very bad tomato risotto.

Main course was black-striped seabass with foie gras. Again, the fish was completely overcooked and bone dry as was the foie gras which should be crisp on the outside and moist and tender in the inside.

Desserts were OK, not great. Service was fine if a little pretensious, the synchronized water pouring is simply ridiculous. The wine list is impressive if you're a label drinker, just buy anything which has a high Parker rating and in as many vintages as possible. With that method, my teetoller spinster aunt could do the same job as the sommeliers.

The couple running Tru must have some talent to have gained their excellent reputation but apparently they weren't working on the day of my dinner. In any case their chefs are completely incapable of producing anything even close to a decent meal. I was expecting a 2 Michelin star/18 Gault Millau points experience. In reality, for the meal we were served, they'd be lucky to get 11 points from GM.

I've been to many one, two and three Michelin star restaurants in Europe, many which were less expensive than Tru and the level of cooking skills displayed in all of them was universes away from what Tru had to offer. I wouldn't return to Tru, if dinner were free, it was that bad.

Pros: Central location, nice bar

Cons: food cooked by incompetent chefs

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This dining experience is absolutely outstanding. Chef Tramonto's Collection is definitely recommended. From the Crenshaw Melon-Basil juice to the Osetra Caviar staircase - this is just the beginning of an evening to remember. The Poached Maine Lobster Risotto is definitely a must have. The service is impectable - very attentive - present for every request before one even thinks to ask. Each course is perfectly orchestrated...every morsel a work of art. Excutive Pastry Chef Gale Gand's dessert The art collection brings even more to the atmosphere from Andy Warhol's Marilyn to Yves Klein's Venus Bleuse - Tru brings together an experience that is delectable , unique, and worth every penny.

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★★★★★

This dining experience is absolutely outstanding. Chef Tramonto's Collection is definitely recommended. From the Crenshaw Melon-Basil juice to the Osetra Caviar staircase - this is just the beginning of an evening to remember. The Poached Maine Lobster Risotto is definitely a must have. The service is impectable - very attentive - present for every request before one even thinks to ask. Each course is perfectly orchestrated...every morsel a work of art. Excutive Pastry Chef Gale Gand's dessert The art collection brings even more to the atmosphere from Andy Warhol's Marilyn to Yves Klein's Venus Bleuse - Tru brings together an experience that is delectable , unique, and worth every penny.

Pros: Excellent Service, Quiet, Romantic

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Perhaps the best overall restaurant experience I had ever imagined. Having been to the finest restaurants in 52 countries TRU is unequivocally the best! TRUS impeccable service, perfect presentation, extensive, well rounded wine list brought a tear to my eye.

I could wax on about each delightful course, the staff etc. But alas, it is something that can only be fully appreciated if in fact it is experienced in totality. Please plan to arrive early and spend the entire evening.

My 88 year old Grand mother quipped; This is better than the nice restaurant that you took me to in San Francisco, therefore Chicago is better than San Francisco

My grandmother could find no fault. Neither could I. Our party of five left the restaurant with the feeling of amazement and wonder. We surrendered to the passion which is TRU.

Thankful for the experience.

Edward Skupien
Frank Family Vineyards

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★★★★★

Perhaps the best overall restaurant experience I had ever imagined. Having been to the finest restaurants in 52 countries TRU is unequivocally the best! TRUS impeccable service, perfect presentation, extensive, well rounded wine list brought a tear to my eye.

I could wax on about each delightful course, the staff etc. But alas, it is something that can only be fully appreciated if in fact it is experienced in totality. Please plan to arrive early and spend the entire evening.

My 88 year old Grand mother quipped; This is better than the nice restaurant that you took me to in San Francisco, therefore Chicago is better than San Francisco

My grandmother could find no fault. Neither could I. Our party of five left the restaurant with the feeling of amazement and wonder. We surrendered to the passion which is TRU.

Thankful for the experience.

Edward Skupien
Frank Family Vineyards

Pros: Service, Wine List, Food

Cons: None, None, None

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We went for my fiance's birthday. The service, while a bit stiff, was impeccable. The food however, was hit or miss. We went with the Chef's tasting. The soups were amazing, and creatively presented. The main course(s) of venison and steak were delicious. The fish courses were unremarkable, and a foie gras on french toast, competes as one of the worst things we've ever eaten - soggy, slimy and unbearably rich. Overall, the food was pretty good, but at the prices hardly inspiring. I can't imagine we'd go back.

1
★★★☆☆

We went for my fiance's birthday. The service, while a bit stiff, was impeccable. The food however, was hit or miss. We went with the Chef's tasting. The soups were amazing, and creatively presented. The main course(s) of venison and steak were delicious. The fish courses were unremarkable, and a foie gras on french toast, competes as one of the worst things we've ever eaten - soggy, slimy and unbearably rich. Overall, the food was pretty good, but at the prices hardly inspiring. I can't imagine we'd go back.

Pros: service

Cons: expensive, uptight

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Although the food was quite delightful. There was something very tense about this place. We were there until late, and at some point the mood relaxed, The waiter seemed human, I believe the chef had left for the evening.

One of the most expensive meals I ever had, but doesn't rate in my top food list at all.

1
★★★☆☆

Although the food was quite delightful. There was something very tense about this place. We were there until late, and at some point the mood relaxed, The waiter seemed human, I believe the chef had left for the evening.

One of the most expensive meals I ever had, but doesn't rate in my top food list at all.

Pros: Decor

Cons: very expensive

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Good concepts but faltering execution. Granted most dishes were very good, and the foie gras was the best I ever had, but others, like the raw tuna and chorizo, were inedible. The fighting fish in the bowl look tired of being caged next to other dead fish parts and the effect was lost. Caviar had been opened too long and was starting to taste rank. Made specific menu request, which were ignored until pointed out. It's nice that staff is instructed to call guests by their name, but if you can't pronounce my French surname, don't bother faking the French accent. Way too expensive to tolerate any mistakes and this place had quite a few.

1
★★★☆☆

Good concepts but faltering execution. Granted most dishes were very good, and the foie gras was the best I ever had, but others, like the raw tuna and chorizo, were inedible. The fighting fish in the bowl look tired of being caged next to other dead fish parts and the effect was lost. Caviar had been opened too long and was starting to taste rank. Made specific menu request, which were ignored until pointed out. It's nice that staff is instructed to call guests by their name, but if you can't pronounce my French surname, don't bother faking the French accent. Way too expensive to tolerate any mistakes and this place had quite a few.

Pros: attentive service, lovely decor and art

Cons: , uneven execution, did I mention price

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Chef Tremont and his crew must have a good time with their joke on the guests. Although the food is presented in an artistic way, almost playful, one does not come to a restaurant for taking pictures of food, but to eat. The Kitchen Table selections by the Chef, were skimpy, not very tasty, with only one Caviar Stair for 4 people and Ginger Ale Floats as a dessert. We informed them of our dislike for Ginger Ale, but still got it. Our guests from Switzerland were very disappointed. We will never go back there. This is a joke played out at the expense of the gullible and the kitchen staff must have a great time laughing at them. Roquefort as the "King of Cheeses", you got to be kidding!

1
★★☆☆☆

Chef Tremont and his crew must have a good time with their joke on the guests. Although the food is presented in an artistic way, almost playful, one does not come to a restaurant for taking pictures of food, but to eat. The Kitchen Table selections by the Chef, were skimpy, not very tasty, with only one Caviar Stair for 4 people and Ginger Ale Floats as a dessert. We informed them of our dislike for Ginger Ale, but still got it. Our guests from Switzerland were very disappointed. We will never go back there. This is a joke played out at the expense of the gullible and the kitchen staff must have a great time laughing at them. Roquefort as the "King of Cheeses", you got to be kidding!

Pros: Presentation of Food, Service

Cons: , Price, Desserts

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Ritz, schmitz.....there is only room on the top for one pastry chef and Gale Gand is it. Supreme service, great courses, and incredible desserts make this the Number on restaurant in Chicago....

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★★★★★

Ritz, schmitz.....there is only room on the top for one pastry chef and Gale Gand is it. Supreme service, great courses, and incredible desserts make this the Number on restaurant in Chicago....

Pros: Parking, Food, Service

Cons: none

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The best dining experience that I have ever had. Food is outstanding, service is impeccable, wine list is extensive. Decor is contemporary and very well done. The signed menus are a nice touch at the end of the meal.

2
★★★★★

The best dining experience that I have ever had. Food is outstanding, service is impeccable, wine list is extensive. Decor is contemporary and very well done. The signed menus are a nice touch at the end of the meal.

Pros: Food, Service, Ambiance

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Absolutely over-the-top fantastic! I treated my boyfriend as part of an "evening of elegance" (we attended the symphony after dinner), and we both agreed that the experience enabled us to step out of our ordinary, hum-drum lives and into one of wealth and privilege--at least for a few hours.

2
★★★★★

Absolutely over-the-top fantastic! I treated my boyfriend as part of an "evening of elegance" (we attended the symphony after dinner), and we both agreed that the experience enabled us to step out of our ordinary, hum-drum lives and into one of wealth and privilege--at least for a few hours.

Pros: conveniently located, phenomenal cuisine, very attentive staff

Cons: extremely expensive, can be intimidating

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Tru is a good restaurant, don't get me wrong. However, it would be impossible for any restaurant to be worth $400+. It is a beautiful place with impeccable service. The flatware and tableware are exquisite. The food itself is visually stunning. The taste left something to be desired. If this meal had cost me $200 less than it did then I would have given Tru a perfect score on all accounts but sadly I just can not convince myself that it was worth the price.

1
★★★☆☆

Tru is a good restaurant, don't get me wrong. However, it would be impossible for any restaurant to be worth $400+. It is a beautiful place with impeccable service. The flatware and tableware are exquisite. The food itself is visually stunning. The taste left something to be desired. If this meal had cost me $200 less than it did then I would have given Tru a perfect score on all accounts but sadly I just can not convince myself that it was worth the price.

Pros: impeccable service, beautiful decor, stunning food present

Cons: PRICE, PRICE, PRICE

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Last September, I went on a Monday night and had a wonderful time. So, I decided to come back this September with 5 of us. This time, it was a Saturday night and it was noisier and busier! We were greeted pleasantly and seated right away. But our head waiter was difficult to hear over all the noise. He was too soft spoken, although nice. All 5 of us ordered from the Collection side of the menu. The first course for all was the spectacular caviar staircase. This year, only 3 were brought out to be shared among the 5 of us. We were disappointed in this because for the price, we expected each one of us to receive his/her own. Aside from that, everything else was exceptional! I would highly reccomend this fabulous restaurant, but I would suggest going on a week night for less noise and better enjoyment.

2
★★★★☆

Last September, I went on a Monday night and had a wonderful time. So, I decided to come back this September with 5 of us. This time, it was a Saturday night and it was noisier and busier! We were greeted pleasantly and seated right away. But our head waiter was difficult to hear over all the noise. He was too soft spoken, although nice. All 5 of us ordered from the Collection side of the menu. The first course for all was the spectacular caviar staircase. This year, only 3 were brought out to be shared among the 5 of us. We were disappointed in this because for the price, we expected each one of us to receive his/her own. Aside from that, everything else was exceptional! I would highly reccomend this fabulous restaurant, but I would suggest going on a week night for less noise and better enjoyment.

Pros: Excellent service, Outstanding food, Nice ambiance

Cons: Noisey on weekends, Expensive

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It doesn't get much better than this in Chicago. The experience is amazing and even though the price is high the value is there if you appreciate fine dining.

2
★★★★★

It doesn't get much better than this in Chicago. The experience is amazing and even though the price is high the value is there if you appreciate fine dining.

Pros: Experience, Taste, Quality

Cons: Price

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UNROMANTIC. That's what I have to say about Tru. I expected a lot from Tru's dessert tasting, especially when I requested a nice secluded table in advance. What I got was seated at a table for 4 in the middle of the room, with no privacy to be close to my girlfriend and let her know that I loved her. On top of that, the dessert tasting was simply terrible. Nothing was prepared well, and we were close to simply walking out. Elsewhere. Elsewhere. Thtat's what I'd recommend for anyone.

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★★☆☆☆

UNROMANTIC. That's what I have to say about Tru. I expected a lot from Tru's dessert tasting, especially when I requested a nice secluded table in advance. What I got was seated at a table for 4 in the middle of the room, with no privacy to be close to my girlfriend and let her know that I loved her. On top of that, the dessert tasting was simply terrible. Nothing was prepared well, and we were close to simply walking out. Elsewhere. Elsewhere. Thtat's what I'd recommend for anyone.

Pros: Our server was nice

Cons: Everything else.

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This is one of the great restaurants not just of Chicago, but of the world. People who complain that the servings are small are people who don't get that a small, perfect diamond is better than a great big ol' cubic zirconium. I've eaten my way through a lot of the great restaurants of Chicago and Paris and of all these restaurants if I had to transport just one to a desert island with me, it would be Tru. If you don't get what a great restaurant this is, stick with the Cheesecake Factory and by all means, open up more tables for those of us who know what we're eating.

2
★★★★★

This is one of the great restaurants not just of Chicago, but of the world. People who complain that the servings are small are people who don't get that a small, perfect diamond is better than a great big ol' cubic zirconium. I've eaten my way through a lot of the great restaurants of Chicago and Paris and of all these restaurants if I had to transport just one to a desert island with me, it would be Tru. If you don't get what a great restaurant this is, stick with the Cheesecake Factory and by all means, open up more tables for those of us who know what we're eating.

Pros: everything

Cons: too few open tables

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My girlfriend and I were expecting a lot after reading some of the reviews. We understood that Tru was extremely expensive, but with expensive restaurants, we expect the service to be equally good. It was very subpar. Our server couldn't match wines to foods appropriately and the food was

1
★★☆☆☆

My girlfriend and I were expecting a lot after reading some of the reviews. We understood that Tru was extremely expensive, but with expensive restaurants, we expect the service to be equally good. It was very subpar. Our server couldn't match wines to foods appropriately and the food was

Pros: Ambiance is alright

Cons: Service, Cuisine

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i feel like i was mugged coming here...spent $400 for two people and food plates were the size of a penny....definitely not worth the cash.

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★☆☆☆☆

i feel like i was mugged coming here...spent $400 for two people and food plates were the size of a penny....definitely not worth the cash.

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I didn't know what to expect after reading these mostly great, sometimes scathing reviews. Now I know. The scathing ones were crazy. Loony. Cuckoo. Yes, our experience was three hours long. Barely noticed. Yes, one glass of chardonnay costs $20 (but another glass costs $9--not that unusual). Yes, the most expensive prix fixe selection is $135--and it comes with four ounces of caviar--so what did you expect? The food is creative and ultra-fine, presentation for each dish is delightful, and the service is the best I've experienced anywhere, ever, period. At the end of our meal, we got a little box of petit fours--I think it was because we were so obviously enjoying ourselves (and because I couldn't finish my dessert), but they are probably that nice to everyone. If you're concerned about price, start eating mac'n'cheese every night and save up. Then go to Tru.

2
★★★★★

I didn't know what to expect after reading these mostly great, sometimes scathing reviews. Now I know. The scathing ones were crazy. Loony. Cuckoo. Yes, our experience was three hours long. Barely noticed. Yes, one glass of chardonnay costs $20 (but another glass costs $9--not that unusual). Yes, the most expensive prix fixe selection is $135--and it comes with four ounces of caviar--so what did you expect? The food is creative and ultra-fine, presentation for each dish is delightful, and the service is the best I've experienced anywhere, ever, period. At the end of our meal, we got a little box of petit fours--I think it was because we were so obviously enjoying ourselves (and because I couldn't finish my dessert), but they are probably that nice to everyone. If you're concerned about price, start eating mac'n'cheese every night and save up. Then go to Tru.

Pros: Service, Holistic experience, Quality/pres. of food

Cons: Price

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My experience at Tru was nothing short of perfection. Price is only a "Con" if you are looking for a cheap night out. My fiancee and I each had the chef's menu (8 spontaneous courses...hers was all seafood) and several glasses of wine/champagne each, all for $315, plus tip. The portions were small, but after 8 of them we were both very full. Highly recommended, especially for a special occaision.

2
★★★★★

My experience at Tru was nothing short of perfection. Price is only a "Con" if you are looking for a cheap night out. My fiancee and I each had the chef's menu (8 spontaneous courses...hers was all seafood) and several glasses of wine/champagne each, all for $315, plus tip. The portions were small, but after 8 of them we were both very full. Highly recommended, especially for a special occaision.

Pros: Incredible service, Friendly staff, Good food

Cons: Pricey

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Reservations are a must. If you like to be impressed and money is no object, then this is the place for you. Service is well worth it and so are the desserts. Food had an excellent presenation but lacked bold flavor. I had the Chef course which was 8 courses of surprises. Good experience, would go back again, but after I payed the bill for this trip.

2
★★★★★

Reservations are a must. If you like to be impressed and money is no object, then this is the place for you. Service is well worth it and so are the desserts. Food had an excellent presenation but lacked bold flavor. I had the Chef course which was 8 courses of surprises. Good experience, would go back again, but after I payed the bill for this trip.

Pros: Flawless Service, Great Presentation, Awesome Desserts

Cons: Pricey, Very Formal

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And at Tru you are paying for the service. Me and my significant other celebrated pre Christmas weekend by having dinner at Tru. We had the Chef's Special 9 course seafood only selection. Although the meal was a bit pricey, the service was world class, she has not stopped talking about the experience yet. Her smile was priceless. Oh, the food was pretty good too, I don't give the food a perfect score; the 9 course selection only allowed for small portions which although delightful doesn't allow one to really savor any one thing.

2
★★★★☆

And at Tru you are paying for the service. Me and my significant other celebrated pre Christmas weekend by having dinner at Tru. We had the Chef's Special 9 course seafood only selection. Although the meal was a bit pricey, the service was world class, she has not stopped talking about the experience yet. Her smile was priceless. Oh, the food was pretty good too, I don't give the food a perfect score; the 9 course selection only allowed for small portions which although delightful doesn't allow one to really savor any one thing.

Pros: Service, Elegant

Cons: Pricey, It was Cold!!!

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The most memorable item of the evening was the tab....$500 for two (just a half bottle of wine). The food is excellent and much goes into the presentation as most of it comes in teeny tiny well crafted morsels. The soup literally comes in a spoon! hahahaha! This is not the spot for veteran foodies as most will find that the balance of price and value can be met for less at a very long list of restaurants around the world. Tip: fly to new orleans on a last minute fare, grab a bite at Commander's Palace, see a band and return on the red eye. You might have some money left over....

2
★★★★☆

The most memorable item of the evening was the tab....$500 for two (just a half bottle of wine). The food is excellent and much goes into the presentation as most of it comes in teeny tiny well crafted morsels. The soup literally comes in a spoon! hahahaha! This is not the spot for veteran foodies as most will find that the balance of price and value can be met for less at a very long list of restaurants around the world. Tip: fly to new orleans on a last minute fare, grab a bite at Commander's Palace, see a band and return on the red eye. You might have some money left over....

Pros: service, presentation, desserts

Cons: $250/person no wine, think about it?, soop in a spoon

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I took my fiancee to TRU. We have been to many upscale resturants and found this place to be outstanding. A clas all its own. It is definately worth a second trip.

2
★★★★★

I took my fiancee to TRU. We have been to many upscale resturants and found this place to be outstanding. A clas all its own. It is definately worth a second trip.

Pros: honest, serene, tranquil

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The most amazing dining experience that I have ever had and it was just that--an experience. I was talking about it for days after I went. I don't think my tounge has ever tasted such a wide variety of complimentary flavors. simply amazing.

2
★★★★★

The most amazing dining experience that I have ever had and it was just that--an experience. I was talking about it for days after I went. I don't think my tounge has ever tasted such a wide variety of complimentary flavors. simply amazing.

Pros: everything else

Cons: price

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With over 1,000 wines on the wine list, only one Chardonnay was offerred by the glass at $18 a glass. Give me a break. The portion sizes were horribly small, and nothing "tasty" worthy of note. The maine lobster portion size was a joke for the price fixe price, and you couldn't even taste the coconut emulsion. The shrimp appetizer was common and bland. I enjoy fine dining, and will gladly pay $100 for an entree only if it is worth it. I will not be returning nor recommending Tru. They have no right to charge what they do for what they serve.

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★★☆☆☆

With over 1,000 wines on the wine list, only one Chardonnay was offerred by the glass at $18 a glass. Give me a break. The portion sizes were horribly small, and nothing "tasty" worthy of note. The maine lobster portion size was a joke for the price fixe price, and you couldn't even taste the coconut emulsion. The shrimp appetizer was common and bland. I enjoy fine dining, and will gladly pay $100 for an entree only if it is worth it. I will not be returning nor recommending Tru. They have no right to charge what they do for what they serve.

Pros: service, decor

Cons: value, wine by glass, taste of food

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Feel like a prince or princess for a day, but sell the family jewels. FOUR HOURS for dinner! They even printed our names on the menu when we told them it was our anniversary. Very cool.

You know when comedians spoof "fancy, expensive restaurants" with pea-sized portions? Well, this is that restaurant.

2
★★★★☆

Feel like a prince or princess for a day, but sell the family jewels. FOUR HOURS for dinner! They even printed our names on the menu when we told them it was our anniversary. Very cool.

You know when comedians spoof "fancy, expensive restaurants" with pea-sized portions? Well, this is that restaurant.

Pros: SERVICE, atmosphere, creative food

Cons: PRICE

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I love beer and expressed disappointment with their offerings which were limited to 2. The staff went out the back door and down the street to the deli to fetch me a Heineken!

2
★★★★★

I love beer and expressed disappointment with their offerings which were limited to 2. The staff went out the back door and down the street to the deli to fetch me a Heineken!

Pros: great service, delicious food

Cons: expensive

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My husband and I went to Tru for our anniversary and experienced the highest level of bliss that food could ever possibly bring. We each had the 10-course chef's selection, which means there were 20 flawless dishes between us (and multitudes of desserts)! Every single detail was executed perfectly, from our service team's careful timing, unintrusive nature and explanations to the beautifully prepared food that is indescribable... every single course had its perfect place and was thought out, ordered carefully, and balanced. At least 5 other couples were there for anniversaries, and we were all glowing with enthusiasm and felt like kings and queens. There is no comparison to this restaurant except perhaps heaven.

2
★★★★★

My husband and I went to Tru for our anniversary and experienced the highest level of bliss that food could ever possibly bring. We each had the 10-course chef's selection, which means there were 20 flawless dishes between us (and multitudes of desserts)! Every single detail was executed perfectly, from our service team's careful timing, unintrusive nature and explanations to the beautifully prepared food that is indescribable... every single course had its perfect place and was thought out, ordered carefully, and balanced. At least 5 other couples were there for anniversaries, and we were all glowing with enthusiasm and felt like kings and queens. There is no comparison to this restaurant except perhaps heaven.

Pros: intense gorgeous food, amazing service, perfection achieved

Cons: none whatsoever!

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Tru is the definition of a special occasion restaurant. The food is amazing but their service is the most perfectly orchestrated and customer focused balet of movement I have ever experienced. They always anticipated every possible need without ever being intrusive. They accomodated every minor or unusual request with pleasure. The tasting menu was a wonderful collection of perfect flavors from the four piece amuse bouche and caviar staircase at the beginning to the incredibly playful desert cart that finished the meal. The decor was simple with beautiful artwork that complimented the food and service. The price tag was significant but I was so thrilled at how the entire experience had surpassed my expectations that I happily signed the check.

2
★★★★★

Tru is the definition of a special occasion restaurant. The food is amazing but their service is the most perfectly orchestrated and customer focused balet of movement I have ever experienced. They always anticipated every possible need without ever being intrusive. They accomodated every minor or unusual request with pleasure. The tasting menu was a wonderful collection of perfect flavors from the four piece amuse bouche and caviar staircase at the beginning to the incredibly playful desert cart that finished the meal. The decor was simple with beautiful artwork that complimented the food and service. The price tag was significant but I was so thrilled at how the entire experience had surpassed my expectations that I happily signed the check.

Pros: Perfect service, Wonderful food, Beautiful decor

Cons: Expensive

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Ate at Tru in the last week of June this year while on vacation in Chicago. While the food was good it was not great. Had the lamb as a main and enjoyed it. The quality of the meat was exceptional but the portion small by about 30%. Wine list was impressive but again far too over priced and lacking in Australian selections. Wait staff was efficient but mechanical and entirely aloof. My advice is to stay away from the sushi. It's mediocre at best and you should never expect to be served "real" sushi unless it is served at an exclusively Japanese restaurant prepared be a Japanese master. Too bad there seems to be little to none of these in Chicago.

2
★★★★☆

Ate at Tru in the last week of June this year while on vacation in Chicago. While the food was good it was not great. Had the lamb as a main and enjoyed it. The quality of the meat was exceptional but the portion small by about 30%. Wine list was impressive but again far too over priced and lacking in Australian selections. Wait staff was efficient but mechanical and entirely aloof. My advice is to stay away from the sushi. It's mediocre at best and you should never expect to be served "real" sushi unless it is served at an exclusively Japanese restaurant prepared be a Japanese master. Too bad there seems to be little to none of these in Chicago.

Pros: Elegant, Location

Cons: Price, Stuffy

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I have dined at some of the best restaraunts in Chicago and I have never felt more overcharged than I had at Tru. It is beautiful. The service is superb. However, it is still a restaraunt and food comes first. I don't doubt that there was an extrodinary amount of time spent on each dish. However, there was nothing that either my wife or I ate that was anything more than hype. Even though Les Frances is much less trendy, they deliver on the promise of fantastic food. My tab with tip (Chefs Table Menu) was $513.00. That is for two people. For that kind of money for Dinner, I should at least be able to rave about one of the 20 courses my wife and I had eaten combined. Beware, this is the Emporers new clothes of dining!

1
★★★☆☆

I have dined at some of the best restaraunts in Chicago and I have never felt more overcharged than I had at Tru. It is beautiful. The service is superb. However, it is still a restaraunt and food comes first. I don't doubt that there was an extrodinary amount of time spent on each dish. However, there was nothing that either my wife or I ate that was anything more than hype. Even though Les Frances is much less trendy, they deliver on the promise of fantastic food. My tab with tip (Chefs Table Menu) was $513.00. That is for two people. For that kind of money for Dinner, I should at least be able to rave about one of the 20 courses my wife and I had eaten combined. Beware, this is the Emporers new clothes of dining!

Pros: Service, Wine, Service

Cons: Price, Value, Food

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Everything about Tru tells you that they are trying to do everything a little better than everyone else. For example, for the chef's tasting menu..each of us (3) got a different dish on EVERY course. That means that each of us tried 30 different (excellent) dishes. No other chef in the US has done that. Not in NY, San Fran, or, N.O. The staff was amazing, especially Seven (that's her name). Her team was awesome. We got a tour, and a menu with our picture on it! Nice little extra touch. Charlie Trotter should bring his whole staff here to see what great service is! Very expensive, worth every penny!

2
★★★★★

Everything about Tru tells you that they are trying to do everything a little better than everyone else. For example, for the chef's tasting menu..each of us (3) got a different dish on EVERY course. That means that each of us tried 30 different (excellent) dishes. No other chef in the US has done that. Not in NY, San Fran, or, N.O. The staff was amazing, especially Seven (that's her name). Her team was awesome. We got a tour, and a menu with our picture on it! Nice little extra touch. Charlie Trotter should bring his whole staff here to see what great service is! Very expensive, worth every penny!

Pros: service, diverse tastes

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The progressive French cuisine here is to die for---still. The offerings, served as three-course prix-fixe or tasting menu collections, are stunningly creative but also emanate from a position of precision and know-how. Under the direction…

 

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