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About A10 Hyde Park
A10 is the only restaurant south of Chinatown named to Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list in 2014. Our menu has been described by the Chicago Tribune’s food critic Phil Vettel as “a little French, a little Italian and a lot of American”. He added that A10 “should drop the 0 and call the restaurant A1, because that’s how good I think it is”. Chef Matthias Merges couldn’t agree more with the Chicago Tribune, adding that the menu is "about 75 percent recognizable and 25 percent dishes you may not have tried before but you’re gonna love!"
We’d be truly honored to welcome you to our table for your next dinner or event.
Chicago, IL 60615
Contemporary American, Italian, French
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
53rd & Harper
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
A parking lot is available 1 block north on Harper Court. Street parking is also available.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, View, Wine
A10 Hyde Park Ratings and Reviews
I took my out-of-town visitors to A10 for a dinner in Hyde Park. They had driven in and were staying across the street. They both had the grilled strip steak, which they said was cooked to their expectations. I had the glazed porchetta served with spoon bread which was delicious. We agreed that our meats were well seasoned. And served with uniquely prepared vegetables that complimented the entree meat. We shared a piece of pie for dessert. My guests were pleasantly surprised with the restaurant.
This was my third visit to A-10. I was there for dinner shortly after it opened, and Sunday brunch later. The restaurant is not open for lunch. It has limited seating, so not so good for large groups or spur of the moment seating. Our server was very attentive, checking with us frequently. The ambience of subdued; the decor is minimalist. This is one of my top choices for visitors to the neighborhood or out-of-towners. Just plan ahead.
My friend and I both had pasta dishes. She had the tortellini in a wasabi-English pea puree. I had the gemelli, with sunflower seed pesto and roasted chanterelles. We both liked our dishes. We had to order bread separately. We chose the foccaccia baked in an iron skillet which gave it a delightful crust. It was served with a tomato jam and an herb butter. What a treat.
Service was excellent- top-notch. Food was good and interesting though not everything we sampled was worth five stars, and the portions were a tiny bit small. Overall very good though. Our only minor complaint was that we had brought our two-year-old along for dinner, and the children's menu pasta was a tiny bit spicy which he didn't like. The waiter was very nice though, and improvised a little bit, bringing some toast which out son was able to eat and enjoy. They were very welcoming and said they love children, which is a plus. But we are likely to get a babysitter next time. :-)
The service was very good but the food was disappointing. The restaurant was less than half full at 6:30 on a Friday night and yet the noise level was so high.
I had warm spinach salad to start. It was good but but not warm. I was surprised that the boiled egg in the salad was cold. Their carbonara was too sour and did not have enough bacon. For dessert I had a carrot cake trifle that was disappointing. The cake was toasted, dry and tasted stale.
As usual, I wanted to live this place, but the food let me down: hardly any fancy mushrooms in the mushroom pasta, and no apparent lime in the key lime pie. The kind wait staff took the offending pie off my bill, but more attention in the kitchen would be worth more than such heroic gestures.
The good - Spinach salad was delicious and they make their own tonic for their gin and tonic. The wine they suggested as a pairing for my pasta was spot-on.
The bad - Spinach salad was listed as a "Small plate" it was a meal size salad - would have changed my order had I known that. The foccacia bread appetizer came out served in a cast iron pan, but was not warm. Also no instructions on how to eat it.
The ugly - the host seemed at best, non-plussed that I was there. I was seated without assistance and had trouble getting into the booth. First impression was poor and little was done to improve on it. My table wobbled and immediately my water spilled (due to the table wobble). Every time I did something that wobbled the table (such as cutting the cold focaccia bread with the steak knife I was given to do so) my water spilled.
There are other options to eat in this neighborhood. I suggest you look to those if you are looking to have a special meal out.
Food was very good, although the pasta bolognese was salty. Chicken Piccata portion was huge & warm Spinach salad was yummy. Service could use some work. Although we asked for a table in the dining room, the hostess sat us in the bar area even though throughout the evening the dining room had several empty tables. Small but very nice menu.
The food is interesting and quite good - for example, a very nice take on pasta carbonara - but it is a bit overpriced for what you get. We ordered a tasty cauliflower "entree," but, at $19, the markup is kind of obscene for a plate that probably costs under a couple of bucks to prepare. I also think it would help if they served a salad with their dinners, or, at a minimum, provided bread, instead of trying to get you to pony up for a "small plate" of focaccia (at @$9.00). I get that it isn't easy to make a go of it in Hyde Park, but a price point and some amenities that will make repeat business likelier will prove a better gambit than soaking one-time diners. Oh, and the wonderful desserts almost stole the show! Despite my reservations, I truly hope this unique, thoughtful eatery makes it. Hyde Park needs it!
Had another great experience at A10-- this time on a Saturday night sitting outside. Service was wonderful, excellent spinach salad, homemade pasta and steak special. People watching in Hyde Park can't be beat. Even the giant Kilwin's cow came and hung out on the corner for a while. Great fun and great food. Thanks A10!
Service was friendly and prompt.
The appetizers were pretty good. The olives are excellent. Foccacia bread was good but nothing that special. French fries but the aioli very tasty.
The octopus dish was excellent and probably the best thing on the menu. The Porkchop was too salty. The rigatoni with Bolognese sauce was also excellent but the Bucatini was not very good. Would agree with previous reviews that the pasta dishes were a bit small for the price. I would still highly recommend the octopus dish.
For dessert we have the softserve shortcake.
This was just average.
No valet. No drink refills. Just FYI.
Parking is a bit tricky but there is a multi level parking lot at Harper Square that is very close.
The available menu for Wednesday nights has very little option for large groups. Very disappointed in the choices, as well as not being notified of the limit of options when reservation was placed. Potential customers should be notified while calling to place the reservation. The food, once received, and after a very long wait, and while not busy, tasted decent but nothing special.
The server forgot multiple items and requests, and she seemed irritated when she had to be reminded of the requests. Service like that is the reason people do not return.
I would not recommend A10 for any reason, nor would I return if I have the choice.
The restaurant was memorable in appearance and those sitting near the windows had a great people watching experience (a brew fair was going on around the corner). The service was good and we liked the pasta dishes and broccoli salad -- original, excellent ingredients, fine housemade pasta. Portions seemed small given the prices. The dessert special, described as a peach cobbler pie, was a disappointment. Made of tasteless apples and some random peach slices, the crust was sodden and heavy.
I wanted and expected to love this place. The menu is ambitious and creative, but the execution was so-so. Fresh pasta was too thin and overcooked. The plates are described to be shared, but I don't see how we would have done that easily. The focaccia was outstanding.
A member of my party ordered salmon. She wasn't asked about how cooked she wanted it, and it arrived quite rare, seared more than cooked. She sent it back and they graciously prepared and served her a fresh piece. It too was underdone and the server should have checked back right away. When she finally did check back, my friend was done trying and declined to order anything else. They comped us two desserts, but they left the salmon on the final bill. We would not go back and cannot recommend it. Sadly, though 'cause it has a cool vibe. I just can't say that you're sure to get a great meal.
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