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Elske, Chicago, IL

Elske

4.7
4.7
653 Reviews
$50 and over
American
OUTDOOR SEATING:
Patio seating is weather dependent. Our patio is uncovered, and indoor seating may not be available in the 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 31 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

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What 653 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago

    Notable Wine List

  • Chicago

    American

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  1. JW

    JonathanW

    Calgary

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Exceptional service with our waiter. She was pitch perfect and so engaging. Of course the food was exceptional too with anchovies, maitake polenta and a delicious vanilla ice cream cake.
  2. TP

    ThomasP

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came in for my birthday dinner, and asked to change tables, so that I could have a view of the kitchen; I was immediately accommodated. Hands down the best meal I’ve ever had. I had the set menu with juice pairing: highly recommend for anybody who isn’t a big fan of wine. The craft that goes into the juices definitely shows. Anybody coming to Chicago with plans of having an amazing dining experience should go to Elske. I’ll be talking about this meal for a while.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous unique food in a non-pretentious environment.
  4. j

    johnd

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing cuisine with fantastic wine pairings. The service is excellent Attentive knowledgeable and delightful
  5. IS

    IvyS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food with unique flavors that fit deliciously well together.
  6. IL

    ILMSB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great. They have small plates and larger plates so you can try and enjoy various food. Not too large of a selection on their menu which makes it better. In my opinion prices are reasonable for a Michelin star restaurant
  7. DG

    DianaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing experience! The tasting menu was perfect. Beautiful place and excellent service.
  8. MW

    MikeW

    Dallas

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really nice tasting menu. Sat at the bar and had great service even though there were 9 or so courses it moved along quickly and was the perfect amount of food. Nice wine selections and a very unstuffy environment. I’ll definitely go back.
  9. AH

    AshleyH

    Chicago

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Swordfish and stuffed chicken leg were amazing! Service was pretty slow and we had to ask a few times for water refills and drink refills but waitress was very pleasant. Love the atmosphere.
  10. a

    alisu

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the set menu and loved it, with the juice pairings. The least interesting dish was the duck. But everything was perfect, from the service to the delicious and creative dishes.
  11. TW

    TomW

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, try the smokes eel
  12. SS

    SandySam

    Chicago

    105 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The duck was raw There was a lot of fat still and the skin was not rendered. The meat was still almost purple. I wanted to like the food but was disappointed. The wine pairing was fair but not impressive. We all left a lot of food uneaten.
  13. ML

    MaryL

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent. Rhoda? was her name she was delightful. very professional and friendly. The food was excellent. We will return again with friends. Thank you.
  14. W

    Woody

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic time. You will not get these flavors at any other restaurant in Chicago.
  15. JB

    JohnB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the third time we've celebrated our wedding anniversary at Elske. We've introduced friends to the restaurant. We enjoyed the "take out" service through the pandemic. Elske restaurant is wonderful. Creative food that always delivers upside surprises, impeccable and charming service and a welcoming ambience. For what they do, very reasonable prices. I highly recommend you go, I think you'll come back again and again.
  16. RB

    RonB

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our recent experience at Elske was outstanding, and we have come to count on this level of quality from this restaurant. Staff at the door greet patrons warmly and the restaurant itself is casual and relaxing. Our server, Rawda F. remembered us and even recalled the wine I had enjoyed from our last visit, a couple months ago. She was attentive throughout the meal and paced the meal well. The menu had many new dishes on it, and we were provided with helpful information to narrow down our choices. Few places in Chicago exhibit the creativity Elske does blending ingredients in ways to create unforgettable dishes. And the execution of every dish is impeccable. We started with a favorite, the anchovies and grilled toast. We loved the seasonal heirloom tomato dish. The shrimp with seasonal cantaloupe was incredibly flavorful - not a flavor combination I would have ever thought of! We ended with the stuffed chicken leg, which literally melted in the mouth; it was superb. A wonderful experience overall. We hope to return soon. Thank you for a lovely evening!
  17. BR

    BethR

    Charlotte

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Beautiful space, excellent service, great cocktails and wines by the glass. The (surprising) disappointment was the food: It was interesting, but not satisfying … if that makes sense.
  18. a

    annie2015

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely, for a repeat visit. Able to sit outside in the courtyard which was fantastic. Service is just right: understated and attentive, gracious. As proven by the Michelin rating, can order any item/s and be pleasantly surprised by the preparation, creativity, and quality. Elske is a gem.
  19. c

    cmcd

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    We ordered off the a la carte menu (seemed like a rarity), only 6 items and it took them over two hours to serve us! Our actual server was very nice and cordial but the cadence of our meal was entirely off. We went a full 30-40 mins between “courses.” The food was fine, nothing spectacular - kind of strange combinations of items. Restaurant has a really nice feel with open space to outdoors.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the tasting menu and the food was great. Service excellent and the restaurant has a nice design and architecture. Would go again.
  21. S

    Sonya

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We tried the tasting menu. I had the vegetarian options which were even better than my spouse’s meal. The seats at the bar were quite uncomfortable though — which combined with the slow service (the labor shortage is real!) made the sitting experience a bit unpleasant. Everything else was beautiful. We loved the herbal flowery fragrance in the entire restaurant. All the staff were super friendly.
  22. f

    fujiapple

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meal was fantastic! The service was amazing. Our server was extremely helpful and knowledgeable, providing great recommendations. We ordered the sourdough bread, gouda, leeks, shrimp, maitake, spaccatelli, pork, and stuffed chicken leg. The flavors and textures were incredible. Definitely get the stuffed chicken leg - it was moist and tender with beautifully crisped skin.
  23. MR

    MikeR

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I go to Elske every 4 months and it is my favorite restaurant in Chicago. Beautiful ambiance. Sitting in the patio is very welcoming as a dining spot. The space inside is also very nice. The Tasting menu is wonderfully Scandinavian and unique. Every dish is perfection. They change their Tasting Manu dishes slowly so that by the end of the 4 months, it is a new menu. This time, the duck breast entree is the best I have ever had anywhere.
  24. WR

    WillyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A real surprise, we are French and are used to starred gourmet restaurants, and here we loved the creativity, the perfect mastery of tastes and seasoning. Congratulations to the chef and the whole team. The visuals of the dishes were also perfect.
  25. LP

    LPreview

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience- the food was excellent. Really appreciated some interesting dishes like eel. Would highly recommend.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous definitely recommend
  27. c

    chifoodie

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Went here on our 10th anniversary dinner and it didn't disappoint. The food was inventive, tasty and the service was not to fussy. The potato chip thing and the duck live pate were exceptional. The cocktails were also quite tasty.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal and service!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great- would highly recommend!
  30. H

    Hubfood

    Houston

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food. Interesting play on textures and nice flavor combinations. Friendly bartender
  31. JO

    JosephO

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Classic and fabulous time. Pushing $300 with tax, tip and additional wine, so a bit pricey, but one of my favorites nationally.
  32. N

    Nicholas

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our Experience was amazing. The flavors went very well through the entire tasting. The bottle of wine accompanied every dish well and I thank my Server for the recommendation of the wine. I look forward to bring friends and family back for another grand experience. Thank you again to the Chef team for a wonderful time.
  33. CS

    CasandraS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible, creative food. Lovely service. Beautiful space with lovely ambiance. Would highly recommend.
  34. MO

    MindyO

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! Seasonal, fresh and inventive. Fabulous wines by the glass. Try the Reisling..seriously!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my 28th birthday at Elske. Could not recommend more! We had an amazing experience.
  36. SW

    StephanieW

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the table that we got for our anniversary dinner. We had an amazing view of the side patio with the outdoor wood burning fireplace, herb garden, and zen design. The food was so unique and the wine pairings were superb. Great experience for our celebration!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Elske with spouse, had the set menu and juice pairing. Sat outside in the courtyard with a few other tables. Menu items were paced out and explained by server in detail along with juice pairings. It rained halfway through and everyone else left to go inside except for us. We were lucky enough to sit at a table under a covered porch. We hadn’t enjoyed a romantic and a “taste for the senses” dinner like this in 20 years. Compliments to the chefs and staff. Well done! Godt gået!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful time.
  39. K

    Kimberly

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    this place is rlly special. glad I was able to get a reservation during my time in Chicago. this is my first Chicago Michelin and I’m super happy it was. the service, ambiance, meal, was everything. I waited in the corner of the restaurant with designated seating, was able to place a drink order while I waited, then got seated pretty quickly, even though I was a bit early. the folks next to me told me I had to try the cheese and crackers. I also started with the bread and butter. those were both lovely, and something I would recommend trying, especially at the price point. however, the star of the show was truly the swordfish. my goodness, it melts in your mouth and the onion with dill was a genius combo. the onions were perfectly sweet and tart and added a lovely compliment to the fish. they know what they are doing obviously but I was still just shocked something like onions and fish could be interpreted so uniquely and without feeling like something was missing. the eggplant is like a subtle taste as it is sitting under the fish and functions almost like a sauce. I would eat this dish again today if I could. highly recommend. I was on a slight food tour so I couldn’t eat anything more, otherwise I would have gotten dessert which Walter [Weston?] at the bar told me they do rlly well. I’ll definitely be back to try their full tasting menu.
  40. MG

    MitchellG

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing meal, Monica at the bar is one of the best in Chicago! Always awesome!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

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

FAQs

Elske is rated 4.7 stars by 653 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 31 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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