Alinea is food for your mind as much as it is your stomach. From when you first walk into the restaurant and the large door from the front opens, you are transported into another world. If you have an adventurous palate, don't hesitate to make a reservation here; it is the experience of a lifetime. Alinea rightly holds its spot as a world class restaurant and a pioneer into molecular gastronomy. Each plate is different from the next but the meal as a whole is cohesive. A pure delight, and I honestly could not see any restaurant matching the experience you have here.
It's an EXPERIENCE. When you're there, you have to remember you're paying for the experience in addition to the food.The food by itself is not worth price. The food and experience are subjective depending on who you ask. My experience was good. There were courses that were amazing to eat and unlike anything else I've had - those were mostly the seafood dishes. Chef Grant has an amazing palette for seafood, other cuisines not as much. The other dishes were high quality but not top tier as if you were to get them from a high quality restaurant of that cuisine. The experience made it fun though, as you were eating it in new ways than before. The price was steep, and it's a once in a very long time experience to pay. I might come back in 5-10 years if I did. The 6 person kitchen table has a clear glass wall where you can see the staff and sometimes Chef Grant, and I would highly recommend that. If the price was lowered, I would consider giving this a 5 rating.
Great service and show but food was interesting but not worth $900 a person. Sat in Chefs Kitchen Table. I’ve dined at Alinea in main room as well several years ago. I remember the food being better back then. I worry that Alinea feeds on the perception that exotic ingredients or elaborate presentations set to music make up for an OK flavor. I love foodie experiences and high quality food but just can’t say the experience this time was worth $900 a person.
Absolutely incredible! The only down side is that no food will ever compare after you dine here. Best meal I have ever had not even exaggerating. Will be coming back soon without a doubt.
If you are looking for best services and presentations if foods, Alinea is the one you should go. No complaints at all, fully satisfaction about their services, creations and presentations. When it comes to tastes, to me it's too much of the seasonings. I believed the chefs have put a lot of time and efforts on every dishes served, but some of the combination of seasonings are over utilized. The chefs seems like want to create a new special taste of food, so mixed of taste on the dish was prepared. The very last dessert served, is so disappointed, nothing special, just some nitrogen chocolate ice cream with some blue berries, blue berry marshmallows and some cream or syrups, they called the presentation, the paint. The missing star didn't give, is the tastes of the foods, don't really accept it. Overall it's still a great experience to have.
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