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Ranked #185 of 9,883 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$60 - US$80
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighbourhood: Near North Side
Cross street: Kinzie
Reviewed 29 June 2014

This is a restaurant to enjoy when you want to make an evening out of your dining experience that treats all of your senses.
Site: the views are amazing along with the restaurants decor and the courses are a series of edible artworks. Take the time to look at each piece and enjoy the detail and work that goes into each creation.
Smell: enjoy the aromas of the food and also the wine pairings. Taste: wonderful bursts of flavour from the food and how the paired wines worked so well with the various courses.
Sound: the waiters and servers were all very knowledgeable, courteous and enhanced each course with the explanation of the chefs interpretation of the creations.
This was a truly memorable dining experience.

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

A friend of mine recommended Sixteen. It was well worth the visit. The view of the lake from the terrace, the drinks, and the dessert (coconut flavored one was to die for). The only negative was the wind that kept on blowing over chairs and people's meals. Even that was apart of the experience.

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Thank anjavuk
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

I may quickly run out of superlatives while attempting to describe the fabulous gastronomic venture that my wife and I enjoyed on June 24th in the imaginatively named restaurant Sixteen, on the 16th floor of the Trump International Hotel and Tower. The room is spectacular with 30-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, offering a panoramic view on Lake Michigan, the Chicago River and the landmark Chicago skyscrapers including the Wrigley Clock Tower and the Chicago Tribune gothic top. We sat in the main room but in addition a spacious terrace affords an even more unimpeded view, great for cocktails, and with tables attributed on a first come-first served basis (some can be reserved for a hefty extra 100 dollars). The menu of the terrace is different from that in the restaurant. You sit there at your own risk given Chicago sometimes temperamental weather and the terrace had to be evacuated in a hurry when we were sitting in the retaurant due to a sudden thunderstorm. The staff was quick in cleaning up afterwards and reseating people…
The restaurant room is spacious, modern and elegant with a wood-covered wall and well spaced tables, with a gigantic 14-foot chandelier cascade of Swarowski crystals. We arrived at 6:30 PM and stayed quite late so we enjoyed both the day view and the night view, both spectacular.
We were offered (and took) a gourmet tasting menu of 9 courses plus amuse-bouches (for 185 USD), and pairing wines (8 different ones) for 125 USD (there is also a premium pairing for 750 USD, we went for the “cheap” one…).
There were two different menus: a Night Menu, with emphasis on seafood except for veal with morels, and a Day Menu with one salmon course but also foie gras, rabbit, egg, chicken and spring lamb. I took the Day Menu and my wife the Night Menu, as advised by the maître d’hôtel. The pairing wines were different for each menu, so we altogether sipped 16 different wines!
The menu lists read like a long poem that was eloquently described with appropriate theatricality by the waiters who took turns! The Night Menu featured The Moonless Night, The Crescent Moon, The White North Star, The Veil of Night, The Fairy Ring, The Eclipse, The Good Night Moon, and a Kiss Goodnight. The Day Menu featured The Rising Sun, Melting Snow, A Garden Springs, The Egg Comes First, Then The Chicken, The Flowering Sun, Eclipse, April Showers, and May Flowers. These are not the ones that are currently described on the restaurant web site.
The menus were described on an ingenious circular dial featuring the sun and the moon in the center and the 12 zodiac signs at the periphery, and two windows that showed the pairing of each dish in the Day and Night menus (you get a cardboard version of it to take home when leaving, in an elegant little paper bag also containg a couple of macarons…).
Each course was truly a piece of art, served on modern design dishware with a black theme for the night menu and white theme for the day menu. Decoration was outstanding including small flowers and gold leaves! But most importantly each course was a delight in the mouth! One example (it would take forever to describe everything): the Melting Snow came as a globe of a white ice crust that quickly melted when a hot broth of porcini mushroom tea from a small glass alembic was poured on it, revealing foie gras with radish, grapefruit and celery salad. Each course was equally mind-blowing in originality and taste.
Three different desserts followed, all wonderful.

The pairing of wines was outstanding, each explained enthusiastically be the sommelier who sounded like he had visited each vineyard in person, with emphasis on small ecological growers off the beaten track. Wines were from France, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, Austria and USA.
Service was out of this world, with enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff with a truly creative way to make everything sound special… We paid in all 689 dollars excluding tip, not cheap but we felt that it was well worth it.
The creativity of executive chef Thomas Lentz and sommelier Dan Pilkey has been recognized by two stars in the Michelin Guide. It made us wonder what it takes to get three stars (we did not manage to get into Alinea but did not feel in the end that we missed anything…).

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Reviewed 25 June 2014

Smail cafe on the 16th floor of Trump Tower. Great place to view the Chicago downtown skyline. Food is imaginative and excellent, justifying the high price. Treat yourself!

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

Went to Sixteen for a business reception, and it was certainly one of the most extravagant receptions I have been to in many years. The restaurant was closed for our private party, so I cannot comment on the menu items for regular business. The catering included a prepared to order risotto bar (with morel mushrooms and fresh peas), a bar of shellfish, and incredible hors d’oeuvres and desert. The wait staff was very attentive, wine glasses were never left to run dry. The view from the balcony is straight east down the Chicago River into Lake Michigan and includes the Wrigley Building in full splendor at night. This view is one of the most spectacular in Chicago. Given the opportunity I would strongly consider using Sixteen as a venue for a business or private party in the future.

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Thank Cord-69
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