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Elske, Chicago, IL

Elske

4.8
4.8
526 Reviews
$50 and over
American

OUTDOOR SEATING:
Patio seating is weather dependent. Our patio is uncovered, and indoor seating may not be available in case of rain.

About:
Elske means love in Danish, a nod to both David Posey’s Danish mother and the fact that the couple got engaged in Copenhagen. “Our travels in Denmark have really influenced us,” Chef Posey said. “We like that clean, simple aesthetic.”

The dining room — all crisp lines, minimalist décor and soft lighting — is anchored by a wide open kitchen on one side and a small patio with a working fireplace on the other. Combined with the friendly service, it creates the impression that you’re eating in a supremely tasteful Scandinavian friend’s weekend home.

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Booked 29 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Danish

  • Hours of operation

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

  • Phone number

    (312) 733-1314

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Anna & David Posey

  • Private party facilities

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

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (312) 733-1314

  • Neighborhood

    West Loop

  • Cross street

    Ada Street

  • Parking details

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

  • Additional

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

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 526 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago

    Notable Wine List

  • Chicago

    American

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  1. JN

    JoelN

    St. Louis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Likely one of the best meals I have had in Chicago. If you are looking for an experience. Look no further.

  2. JF

    JuliaF

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Third time back. Always a great meal.

  3. AK

    AndrewK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience5

    Incredible food, but a misleading wine pairing and poor service as a direct result. Our server, Megan from Detroit who has been there for about a year, described the pairing as the equivalent of 3 glasses of wine with 3 oz of 5 different samples. However, the only time we got more than 2 oz was when another server handled the pour and in no instance were the pours equal. Both of the diners (myself and partner) are experienced bartenders and are quite well aware of how to time a pour. If we would have had another oz of wine with each dish, it would have been an exceptional experience - but as it was, we were sadly disappointed. The food and wine worked brilliantly together and were certainly deserving of high praise. Its a shame the service didn't meet the quality of the food.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service were excellent. Both the juice and wine pairing were good too.

  5. JR

    JaniceR

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    wonderful in every way and, as always the food was original, surprising, and truly fine. The wine selections are also excellent and the staff is terrific.

  6. SW

    StephenW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was creative but approachable… Cocktails were amazing! The ambience though is the true star of this restaurant! Five stars!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful from start to very end

  8. u

    urbanguy

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love this place. It’s a go-to in our neighborhood.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Bar eating experience was excellent! Great service, wonderful atmosphere and a truly unique experience. Very comfortable environment and more casual than business casual in a good way.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was just really nice. I dined solo and had a wonderful evening there. Sometimes being solo will result in worse quality. But not today.

  11. n

    nickname

    Chicago

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food preparations, innovative yet satisfying, friendly service, nice venue.

  12. NI

    NathanaelI

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and atmosphere. Truly remarkable experience.

  13. C

    Chipwoow

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, including no-trade-offs vegetarian options, Great, flexible service. Delicious wine list.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    La comida es rica pero no deliciosa por el precio, el postre es bastante empalagoso.

  15. MG

    MitchellG

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Every bite here is always outstanding. Monica at the bar is wonderful!

  16. ML

    MarcusL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had one of the best experiences dining out ever here. Definitely will be back

  17. AA

    AlexA

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I took my girlfriend here for her birthday. It was our first Michelin restaurant and tasting menu in Chicago. It was absolutely magical. The food, service, drinks, and ambience was epic. This is an AMAZING date spot that's a little hidden gem.

  18. DR

    DianeR

    Chicago

    57 reviews

    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoy Elske so much. The food is creative and unusual, the staff is relaxed and knowledgeable. I look forward to sitting outside in nicer weather.

  19. C

    Corina

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4

    The service got worse and worse when we decided not to go with the tasting menu and not to order more drinks. Food was not amazing, the sturgeon is worth it! The pastas were overly salty.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Elske just keeps getting better. Great, creative menu, expert kitchen performance, and friendly and helpful service staff.

  21. MF

    MaxF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a favorite, great service and food. Feels like food for the urban wood elf. Tastes earthen. You should go. Everyone is nice.

  22. AN

    AlexN

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Go for the tasting menu. Don't be afraid of dishes that contain fish, they are magical.

  23. LL

    LizL

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved it. Every dish SLAPPED. Cocktails and wine pairings were lovely

  24. A

    Aga5757

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best restaurants in Chicago! Dishes are beautiful and tasty. Great ambiance and service. Highly recommend this restaurant!

  25. MC

    MichelleC

    Baton Rouge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food , cocktails and service . A special touch having the chefs being the food to the table and deceive each dish on the tasting menu. Very open to making accommodations based on food likes / dislikes . Would dine again!

  26. P

    Paul

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another outstanding meal. Such creativity and imagination in the food and outstanding service

  27. AU

    AndrewU

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was excellent. Of particular delight were the halibut, the lamb, and the cheesecake dessert. The wine pairings went very well, with each wine getting better than the previous (I personally loved the Moscato with dessert). Those of us whom had the juice pairings found them intriguing but not quite as enjoyable in all cases (the apple with juniper was not well received). Nonetheless, the overall experience was truly amazing, with exceptional service.

  28. MP

    MP7699

    Chicago

    149 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    149 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great dinner. Food and service were all excellent. We are so glad Elske is back!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Very good service. Expected a little more from the food given the reputation but overall very good. Probably would rate better had my expectations been lower.

  30. CA

    CherishA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Elske blew me away. went here as a birthday gift for my girlfriend, did NOT expect to fall in love with the restaurant as well. Would absolutely recommend it, love the experience, the food, and our service. Made the night very special :)

  31. K

    Kevin

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely wonderful food and service. One of the best in the city.

  32. S

    Spike

    St. Louis

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was fabulous across the board. We will be back

  33. c

    chilawyer

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best meal we have had in years. Impeccable, warm service. Tasting menu was delicious, well paced and full of excellent flavors.

  34. DP

    DPC34118

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5

    Definitely was expecting the food to be more transcendent in terms of flavor. It was good, but not Michelin star level imo. Smoked sturgeon had no smoked flavor and quite fishy. Service and ambiance were awesome.

  35. RJ

    RJohnso

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, exceptional service. Great special occasion spot

  36. RH

    RudeleyH

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service was impeccable.

  37. JR

    JaniceR

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    as always, wonderful, imaginative food, interesting wines and a lovely setting. very attentive but unobtrusive service. really worth a special trip.

  38. N

    Nicolas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Food was amazing. Wine pairing was perfect. Very creative menu, and service was good. Except for one thing: in one of our plates, a white fish, the chef left a small piece of paper. Probably from the wrapping of the fish. I found it in my mouth, while eating that delicious fish. I told the waiter, and he apologized. But in a restaurant of this quality, with this range of price, i expected that someone offered me a glass of wnie, some desert or cheese, just to compensate this mistake that I think is unexpected in a place like that, where the service is as important as the quality of the food.

  39. M

    Michaelc

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best dining experiences in Chicago. We will definitely be back soon. Our server was great, the food was awesome and the experience could not have been better. We eat at these type of places all the time and this is one of the best.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Really lovely place. Enjoyed being there the first time this week. Loved the endive salad especially!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

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

FAQs

Elske is rated 4.8 stars by 526 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 29 times today
Google Map for Elske

1350 W Randolph St Chicago, IL 60607

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Ada Street

  • Neighborhood

    West Loop

  • Hours of operation

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

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Danish

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Anna & David Posey

  • Additional

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

  • Phone number

    (312) 733-1314

  • Private party facilities

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

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (312) 733-1314

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