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2300 N. Lincoln Park West

Chicago, IL 60614


With L2O set to close after service on December 31, now is the time to appreciate Matthew Kirkley’s talent with the wonders of the ocean. The $225 14-course tasting menu playfully focuses on the craggy seacoast. Imagine mousse-like parsley-mussel tarts served over a glass bowl coupled with seashells; crisp rye bread fritters filled with a creamy blend of briny periwinkles and smoky Jamón Ibérico; and immaculately fresh slices of abalone dressed in a broth made from the fish’s own juices and bits of black truffle. Although the $140 four-course prix fixe menu isn’t as impressive, Kirkley’s skill with shellfish proves mesmerizing. An often-daring wine list and first-rate service make L2O a one-of-a-kind haute cuisine odyssey.

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Dishes We Liked

(All part of the $225 14-course tasting menu.) Mussel tart, lemon, parsley; spot prawn, pickled lemon, lardo, pea; periwinkle, Jamón Ibérico, pumpernickel, watercress; abalone, royale of sweet corn, chorizo, truffle; cream puff, Chartreuse 

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Additional Information:

Price: $50-plus
Cuisine: Seafood, contemporary
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
Noteworthy: Wheelchair accessible
Hours: D Thu-Mon.
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