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Elske, Chicago, IL

Elske

4.8
4.8
608 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

19:00


Booked 37 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

  • Area

    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

    Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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What 608 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
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Chicago / Illinois

    American

  • Chicago

    American

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  1. TC

    TheCertifiedWino

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my third trip to Chicago in the past 6 months and each time I've had some amazing culinary experiences. My dinner at Elske, without a shadow of a doubt, has been the BEST meal I've had in the city thus far. From the texturally engaging Endive Salad to the intensely savory veloute on the Chicken dish, there wasn't a single miss. I chose my own 3-course adventure, but I'm already itching to experience the full summer tasting menu before the items switch-up for a fall refresh. As a hospitality professional, creating an inviting space is always my priority, and the team here did that from the moment I walked through the door. A full sensory experience that included the intangible warmth of hospitality as the sixth layer to an already perfected atmosphere. I highly, HIGHLY recommend Elske. You'll likely see me here again on my next visit, ha! -The Certified Wino
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The venue was elegant and simple. Food came out quickly and well timed. Left feeling full, In terms of Michelin restaurants it’s one of the best values in Chicago. Wine pairing was great and great value. Food was good, however had higher expectations. It’s a good entry level restaurant into Michelin dining.
  3. FV

    FVS2

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unique and delicious dishes paired with wines that complement. Friendly and knowledgeable staff serve you in a cozy open air dining room and patio space complete with fireplace.
  4. TJ

    TheJ

    Portland

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Elske may be passed it’s prime. Prior to the pandemic this was one of our favorite restaurants. It was our first time back in 2 1/2 years and the quality of the food and the service just were not as good. Dishes were less flavorful and the time between courses was too long. We finally cancelled the main course when it still hadn’t arrived 2 1/2 hours after we were seated. Some of the tables seemed to be served in a timely manner, others did not. No one likes to be rushed, but our wait was far too long. To their credit, they did comp our wine as an apology, but it is sad to leave a restaurant hungry.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    went because of restaurant having a michelin star service waitress didn’t explain the menu unless asked food lacks flavor the chicken thigh lacks flavor the steak has chewing gum texture, i have no idea how this restaurant received a michelin star i’m very confused left the restaurant without eating the entrees
  6. j

    julesk

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the set menu with the wine pairing and the juice pairing! really amazing!
  7. LI

    LaurentI

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great patio for a safe dinner outside. The smell of the fireplace could alter the smell of the dishes if you are too close. The tasting menu with the non alcoholic pairing is memorable. Good value for the price. Worth its one star Michelin.
  8. S

    Sara

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the more memorable meals I've had in Chicago recently. Interesting flavors, textures and takes on dishes; excellent service and great vibes. The outside area is very cozy and charming.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Refreshingly different. Have not had Scandinavian food since a trip to Vanos in 2019.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The food, service and atmosphere were wonderful, loved the fire expecially!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every single dish from the gouda on crackers to the meringue was unforgettable and absolutely delicious. I cannot wait to return to try everything on their next menu. A beautiful date spot to celebrate. Our server was outstanding and so kind. I will be recommending this restaurant to many many people. Thank you
  12. M

    Mereleven

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had been to Elske a couple of times pre-pandemic and were excited to return. This time was our favorite visit so far. Everything was exquisite, from the food, to the wine, to the service. I am gluten sensitive and was happy that they were able to accommodate while still providing a lot of options since many restaurants narrow it down to just a couple of items. The gluten-free crackers served with the aged gouda were some of the best I've ever had--truly interesting and not the bland, dry wafers I'm usually served. My husband and I shared the charred leeks and I had the confit maitake with cornbread polenta while he had the grilled swordfish. Everything was interesting and well-balanced. We were too full for dessert so we enjoyed after-dinner drinks instead. Our server was attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable. This was one of the best dining experiences we've had in years.
  13. A

    Akaplan

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, excellent service. They went above and beyond to accommodate a special birthday request. Fantastic experience and will definitely be coming back!
  14. CG

    ChicagoGoldCoastFoodie

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful experience from beginning to end from the food, service, and atomsphere.
  15. t

    tablefortwo

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food with an amazing staff. Thank you for making my girlfriend and I's anniversary so special!
  16. PH

    PeterH

    Nottingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a lovely evening. The service was impeccable and the hosts were friendly and knowledgeable. We had the tasting menu, which was tasty. The wine pairing was excellent and fair value. Overall as an experience it was a great evening.
  17. N

    Novamatic

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Wonderful food and an overall great experience. They accommodated dietary issues on the tasting menus and the food was delicious. The wine pairings were a bit inconsiderate (3 out of 5 were wonderful).
  18. MC

    MattC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spent our last night in Chicago with the team at Elske. One of the best dining experiences we've had in 15 years. The summer menu was exceptional. A few of our favorites: Aged Gouda, Charred Leek, Salt Cured Anchovies, Grilled Swordfish & literally every dessert. David and Anna created a very special place at Elske.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my girlfriend’s belated birthday (had to cancel earlier due to Covid). But the whole experience was amazing, from the food to the service. The food options were extremely accomplished for my gfs dietary restrictions.
  20. J

    Jason

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent experience. Completely worth the hype.
  21. E

    Ekm72

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic, one dish better than the next. Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable. The spot is quite nice; we will definitely be back.
  22. D

    Downtowner

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal food and service.
  23. A

    Arparp

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food, wine and service was amazing, please get comfortable chairs and stools
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful quiet restaurant tucked away! We were visiting from NYC and cannot wait to dine there again! Exquisite menu!
  25. JL

    JennaL

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal, service and ambiance. Don’t miss out on dessert!
  26. DL

    DevonL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Elske was incredible—the perfect balance of interesting and classic. The cocktails were fantastic. The service was excellent. The ambiance was beautiful and cozy and calm. Perfect for date night, highly recommend the tasting menu.
  27. D

    Daniel

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner at Elske was great as always. Focus on really good food with a very no-nonsense approach, laid-back, friendly service and no circus. Would recommend any day.
  28. K

    Kathy

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were outstanding without being pretentious. Can’t wait to go back.
  29. EC

    ErinC

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside, the patio is beautiful. We did the set menu with the juice pairing. Every course was an adventure, and the juices were such a fun and different add-on. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was great. The whole experience took under two hours, but we did not feel rushed at all. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be enough food, but I couldn’t finish my last course!
  30. S

    Stesha

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Sunflower Seed Parfait is not normally something that would peak my interest but OH MY GOD. WOAH. I normally would order something chocolate-y or decadent, but I am so glad I decided to order outside my comfort zone! The main courses are wonderful too!
  31. JE

    JonathonE

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gracious, inviting, delicious food and outstanding hospitality. I always want to stay a bit longer
  32. A

    Aaron

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A perfect experience. Attentive staff with great recommendations, great atmosphere (we dined on the patio), and delectable food. A highlight was the Fermented black bean agnolotti with spring peas, braised morels, and sherry. A must-get when morels are in season! Everything had a great balance of flavour and texture. We'll be back!
  33. J

    Jason

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastci experience. My wife and I each had the Set Menu. She added the wine pairing and I had the no-alcohol drink pairing. She loved the wines and the N.A. drinks were creative, complex, and amazing as well. The food is out of our "normal comfort zone," which we knew going into it. But, everything that came to the table was just awesome - albeit not what we might normally order. The restaurant's attention to detail in all aspects was spot-on. We had no complaints about anything and only compliments. We would both definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an elegant dining experience. The only issue was the price - it's really expensive. But once and if you can get past that, everything else was just awesome.
  34. E

    Elske

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love, love, love, our dining experience at Elske.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A phenomenal meal (we did the set menu, pescatarian, with wine pairings) with fantastic service!
  36. A

    Andy

    Chicago

    230 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    230 reviews

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding in every way.
  37. JS

    JessicaS

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was fantastic!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s our favorite in chicago
  39. E

    Erica

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A really beautiful spot with fabulous service. I enjoyed their seasonal features!
  40. HC

    HeatherC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, really creative, delicious, and meticulously prepared. One person of our threesome is vegetarian, and the set menu they provided was fantastic--possibly even better than the non-vegetarian version. The wine pairings were nuanced and really complemented the food. Service was relaxed and friendly, but at the same time impeccable. Really a terrific meal and experience.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

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

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

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

FAQs

Elske is rated 4.8 stars by 608 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

19:00


Booked 37 times today
Google Map for Elske

1350 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Ada Street

  • Area

    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

    Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • 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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