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I have been at Althea about 10 times now and have tried many items in the menu. I have never been disappointed. The new addition to the desserts....Chocolate Chestnut Cheesecake was tremendously good!
Located on the 7th floor inside the Saks Fifth Avenue store ALTHEA is a delicious gem of vegan and vegetarian fare in a bright, modern space. Staff is attentive and the menu wide-ranging with a fabulous drink menu. Went for lunch will return for brunch and explore the drink menu. We shared the "crab" cakes, little gem salad and a risotto curry plus apple cobble for dessert. Everything was delicious!
Everything was divine!
Although our favorites were:
Snack: Kimchi dumplings
Starter: Italian chopped salad and crab cakes (tie for first)
Entree: Cacio de Pepe Kelp Noodles
Dessert: Coconut cream pie
Service was phenomenal
Will definitely be going back for more soon!
Food good, service lackluster and not attentive but they think they are are great. Food will take me back.
The food was outstanding. While I enjoyed Green Zebra food as long as it was around in Chicago, I am otherwise somewhat skeptical of pure vegetarian restaurants (other than ethnic ones of course). The food here was a revelation. I enjoyed every dish - the combination of textures and flavors truly hit the spot. The one oddity is the location. They need to find a way to make access easier. Good luck!!
Thank you so much for sharing this! We love that you loved your dishes, and appreciate the feedback about access -- it's something we're currently working on with our partners here at Saks. We hope to welcome you back in very soon!
First experience a few months ago for brunch brought me back.
This time - flavor was not “spicy” as indicated and a 30+min gap from one small appetizer to dinner. I had to acknowledge the wait time and it was a Wednesday night. Not busy.
May be hard to visit again :-/
Hi Erica, Thank you for joining us this week. I apologize for the wait time between your courses - completely understand that's frustrating, especially when they restaurant isn't particularly busy. If you'd like to reach out to me at altheachicago@matthewkenneycuisine[dotcom], we can discuss further, as we would love to welcome you back in and see you leave happy. Thanks again for stopping in, and I hope to hear from you soon. Kindly, Liz General Manager
There was a lengthy amount of time between when we placed our orders and when our orders were delivered to the table. Furthermore, I did not feel the food warranted the price. As I had brought 2 non-vegan colleagues to try vegan cuisine for the first time, I really wanted to impress them with flavorful and well prepared food. I was SO disappointed that I was unable to provide them a truly impact experience.
Hi Amanda, First off, thank you for stopping in. I'm sorry to hear your experience with us was disappointing. We love nothing more than turning new people on to plant-based cuisine, and we seem to have missed the mark in this case. If you're amenable, I'd like to discuss this with you a bit -- you can reach me at altheachicago@matthewkenneycuisine[dotcom]. We'd love to have you back in so you can leave happy. I hope to hear from you soon. Kindly, Liz General Manager
Excellent food with unique combinations. I will definitely be back.
Everything about our time at Althea was magnificent. The food, service and of course atmosphere. Never disappoints.
We took our vegan daughter here for her birthday. Everyone, non-vegans included, loved our food. The beet ravioli is a must try!
My mind is blown every time I go to Althea! The flavors that come from this plant based menu are incredible! And service from Dan was beyond superb!
I'm an omnivore that took a vegetarian friend here for her birthday. Everything was great and would definitely recommend to vegetarians and vegans. But none of the food we got (we ordered five different things to try) wowed us. I don't regret trying it out, but I probably won't be craving it any time soon.
Absolute MUST VISIT! Creative, delicious food in an intimate environment.
Thank you for sharing, Mark! So happy to hear you enjoyed your time here. Come see us again soon :)
A hidden gem. Amazing view of the city. My mocktail was out of this world. Service was great. Manager visited our table at the end. She was super friendly and I can’t wait to bring my husband back.
Thank you for stopping in, Tanya! It was a pleasure chatting with you and we're so glad you enjoyed your time here. We look forward to seeing you again soon and welcoming your husband in too!
Food, service, ambiance...everything was outstanding. Kinda quirky that it's inside Saks but the view is fabulous. Absolutely loved the kimchi dumplings, crab cakes, raw lasagna, kelp noodles, and veg burger. For dessert we tried the coconut pie and a couple of ice creams and they were insanely tasty. My friend is not vegan but was just along for the ride and ended up loving everything. Also the wine list is approachable PLUS organic and sustainable!! Service was genuinely friendly, knowledgeable, and down to earth. So happy this place exists, I'll be back many times!
Thank you for taking the time to share, Libby! We really appreciate the kind words. We always have new out-of-this-world ice cream flavors on the menu, so come see us again soon for your fix :)
We booked a table for Valentine's Day about a month in advance. We arrived five minutes before our scheduled time but actually got the table more than an hour and a half later!
There are many explanations and reasons for this, as we heard from a manager, but in practice it was simply time and order management!
Above all, as a vegan for the last 8 years, the food was mediocre and nothing more.
Although we didn't pay for the meal in the end, it was an unpleasant evening and our last time at this restaurant!
Food was sub par much better vegetarian and vegan food in this city. Waited half an hour past our reservation time for a table. Super overpriced as well.
Hi Matthew, I apologize for the very subpar experience you had with us on Valentine's Day. We failed to account for a number of factors and this led to high wait times, for which there's no excuse. I'm sorry to hear you did not enjoy the prix fixe menu, but I believe there are dishes here on our everyday menu that you'd love. If you're open to discussing further, please email me at altheachicago@matthewkenneycusine[dotcom]. We'd love to have you back in. Kindly, Liz General Manager
We had to wait about 20 mins for our table because they were running behind which was a tad bit frustrating, but the service was amazing, the food was out-of-this-world, and the staff was very warm, kind, alert, knowledgable, friendly, and professional. I would say this place is 3x DOPE!!! And, I will be returning.
Thank you! Again, our apologies for the delay with your table, but we are so glad you enjoyed your time with us. Come see us again soon :)
While the views and ambience were nice, we had to wait 45 minutes after our reservation time to be seated. They compensated us with free drinks, but unfortunately this circumstance was tough to overlook. The food was creative and presented well, but not very flavorful. If you’re just looking for upscale vegan dining in the most touristy area of town, this is what you get. If you want delicious vegan food, there are more affordable and well managed options.