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!"
In addition to the restaurant, A10 also offers a bar next door offering the same dining menu and a huge selection of spirits, wine and beer curated by Alex Bachman, the mastermind behind Chicago’s Billy Sunday cocktail lounge.
On Sundays, A10 offers a brunch that’s been described as “next level” by Chicago magazine.
We’d be truly honored to welcome you to our table for your next dinner or event.
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
$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, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Weekend Brunch, Wine
A10 Hyde Park Ratings and Reviews
food very not great and the service was ...
food very not great and the service was VERY slow!
A10 is A+
Went there for an early dinner before a performance at U of C. She had the salmon salad and I had the roast chicken. We each loved our dinners. Service was fun and friendly. Upbeat decor right on the strip for fun people watching. Next time we will save room for desert - it looked wonderful!
Been there twice in two years. Decent bu ...
Been there twice in two years. Decent but not exceptional at anything. I expect to return but will try to sit away from loud groups of singles who dominate the center of the restaurant.
Not enough menu choices, the decor was mediocre, my food arrived cold, I ordered a pitcher of the popular drink, it came out in a vase. Total disappointment!!!
Good for Hyde Parkers
For any one in Hyde Park (or outside) it is a place that is a .good. restaurant. The kind of place I like to eat out, where it is a little upscale, a little fancy, somewhere you can take someone important, yet not intimidatingly formal.
This is the best place in Hyde Park if ...
This is the best place in Hyde Park if you would like to go out for dinner to celebrate a special occasion. The food is very tasty and special enough to change from more common dinner entrees and starters. I can also recommend the cocktails and the wine selection is quite good as well. My personal favorite is the grilled octopus.
Portion sizes are small for the price. D ...
Portion sizes are small for the price. Dessert descriptions don't match well. I ordered a strawberry ice cream dessert described with crumble topping and there were bacon bits in it. I am a vegetarian so I didn't eat it. This was my 2nd time going. Un the future I would go only for drinks and maybe a starter.
All the courses were delicious the one c ...
All the courses were delicious the one complaint we had was the potato was served cold. Otherwise good experience, pleasant and attentive waiter. Wine was fine and at a reasonable price.
food arrived cold after 90 minutes
Service was very slow - I don't think it was our servers fault. The kitchen was very slow - even though the restaurant was not crowded. We were there for over 90 minutes before we received our entrees. Our enrees were fairly cold.
We dined at A10 for my husband's birthday and it was a disappointing experience. The service was terrible. It took far too long to merely get a cocktail. It is understandable if the restaurant is busy but it was not. It had more open tables than full tables. Our food was delayed which I was also able to overlook as I understand that the kitchen can get behind. It took forever to get a dessert menu. At that point we opted to skip dessert because it also took forever for the waiter to return to take our order. Will never return. Will never recommend.
Excellent attention to allergies
I have a severe gluten allergy, and the staff at A10 were really helpful. They listened carefully and helped me pick the right options.
Do not serve brunch anymore!
We drove to Hyde Park for brunch because I had read great reviews. When we arrived, learned that they no longer serve brunch. Lunch menus consisted of 6 sandwiches... We decided to stay and shared a BLT. It was good, due largely to the decadent toasted brioche bread. Server meant well, and was friendly but asked a lot of 'odd' questions...
Normally love this place but both pastas ...
Normally love this place but both pastas were way over salted.
Total Rip Off
I have never felt so ripped off. We went today for their special Easter brunch. It was a $35 per person prix fixe menu, which got you a small plate of dry and tasteless breads, and one entree with no side dishes and lukewarm coffee. That's it. The food was mediocre, and it was so vastly overpriced I felt like a total chump paying it. We complained, and they brought us a free mimosa, but that was after we already paid $12 for the first tiny and tart mimosa. I will never ever go back. For our party of four I paid over $200, and left to go find some lunch.
Not my definition of Brunch...
My husband I and went to A-10 for brunch on Easter. We wanted to go to a location that was close to home with a quite vibe. A-10 fits that description, however, what they call "brunch" was just an overpriced sweets plate with coffee and and entree. My husband had the french toast, plus a side of eggs and bacon. That alone cost $50. I had shrimp and grits, which came out cold and had to be sent back. When it came back, the grits were warm but the shrimp were burnt on one side. Including 2 mimosas, out bill was $115, not including tip. I really want to like this restaurant, but they are so overpriced for what they serve its ridiculous. Moreover, the service is just mediocre. This was our 2nd time visiting. Probably won't be back.
Excellent food - Pretty good service
We had a very nice meal. As vegetarians we were not disappointed by our options - there were more menu choices than things we could eat. We ordered a combination of small plates, "for the table" selections, pasta main plates, and dessert. I would have preferred that it did not come out all at once, or that we be asked our preference. That being said, everything we delicious and we would certainly return. We had an early evening reservation so we could attend a show at U of C and had no problem with timing.
Food was overpresented and not done well. Overall balance in taste, substance, cooking was 'off'. It was a very disappointing dinner. The people were lovely but the food selection was poor. Trying to be something they couldn't back up with the actual food.
Must have more vegetarian and vegan options. Chef left before we can order our dessert. Cocktails delicious. Ambiance perfect. Need to work on variety on menu.
I am not loving the new menu.
I get that they have to put more attainable options for the people who are not foodies but they completely dumbed it down. To extreme and it was so hard to find something I liked. Come on guys, give another try!
We found this experience disappointing. The reputation was very high so we expected a lot. Drinks and appetizers were excellent, and the ambiance was very agreeable. But entrees were average in flavor and imagination. One person's order was mistaken and it took a long time for the right dish to be brought. We want to support great dining in Hyde Park, but A10 needs to keep up its end of the bargain.
Came for dinner on Valentine's Day and a ...
Came for dinner on Valentine's Day and absolutely loved the meal and wine pairings. My only complaint is that the service model is very strange...no fewer than 5 people served us throughout the night. All were very kind and hospitable but it really hindered the pace of our meal. Overall, I'd highly recommend A10, especially when specialty menus are available.
The staff engaged us at every moment wit ...
The staff engaged us at every moment with outstanding service. The menu selections were outstanding. The price for a 3-course meal was a bit high for Hyde Park but my spouse thoroughly enjoyed the total experience.
We had a server who was not great. When ...
We had a server who was not great. When our salad was delivered to a wrong table, rather than have another made for us, she went to that table and without explanation removed it and then gave it to us. She openly questioned why another staff member had done something (he's brought me a glass of wine I'd asked him for), and when the manager came over to explain that my meal would be slightly delayed because of a kitchen error, she came to our table after he left and asked me why he had been at our table rather than asking him. Finally, and this is a perve, when I thanked her for pouring me an additional glass if water, she responded "No problem." As a server, the response should really always be "it's my pleasure" or something similar as serving customers is what the job is and it shouldn't be even barely suggested it might have been a problem. This was the third time we'd been to A10 and two of the three times the service, while not horrible, fell subtly short of being truly professional. While the food is always quite good, the restaurant could really stand to better train its wait staff.
We love A10. This was a great brunch exp ...
We love A10. This was a great brunch experience and we brought new diners, who also loved it. It did not start out well as the hostess was not friendly, bordering on rude. Beyond that we had a great meal.
How I found paper in my dessert
Good looking place. Nice service. Excellent salad and Oxtail focaccia too much bread and baked clam had way too much breading Then I found a piece of paper baked into the bread pudding...they comped the dessert but it really took away from the whole experience
The appetizers were a major disappointment. We ordered four: three were very small and terrible, and the fourth came after the main course arrived. The server asked us 50 times over the course of 5 minutes if we were ready to order. Despite assuring us there was no hurry, we all felt pressed to move things along. (The restaurant was only half full - I don't know why they were in such a hurry to get us out.) The main course dishes were good, as was the beer. Overall, it was a terrible experience, and we will not return.
Terrible restaurant, noisy, expensive, bad food
If you are eager to go to noisy place, pay lots of money for a medium-quality food (and by the way, tiny amount of food per plate), scream to try to get listened by your companions, I totally recommend A10. Never coming back.
Overall a disappointing dinner experience
An iffy start when we pulled up in front for valet service but there was no attendant to be found. After 5 minutes the hostess finally stepped out from the restaurant and offered to take our keys and have the car parked when he returned. We were seated promptly and enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere. We ordered an appetizer and a salad, both to share, and each ordered a pasta entre. First the salad arrived, rather than the appetizer. We sent it back as we had requested the salad to be served first. A few minutes later the appetizer did arrive; beef tartar which was top quality and quite delicious. After finishing the appetizer the salad was served, a caesar style with a warm bacon dressing. While the ingredients were again top quality, the dressing was quite bland with no acidic taste at all. Our pastas were served, again quality ingredients, but the chef needs to locate his spice and herb rack. My Bolognese sauce was again bland, almost tasteless, with no trace of garlic or onion and badly in need of salt. My wife's alfredo style cream sauce was similarly bland. When we asked for grated parmesan to add a little flavor to each pasta, it was a 10 minute wait as the waiter said they couldn't locate a small cup to serve it in. I have never been to a restaurant that features pastas on the menu and didn't offer grated cheese as a matter of course. To his credit, the waiter did recommend a wine which was quite good. Upon leaving to make a performance at the Court Theatre, again, no trace of the valet and 4 people waiting for cars, all trying to make the theatre. The one and only attendant finally appeared and ran back to the lot, which must be at least a block away, to get each car. All in all a 20 minute wait for our car and almost missed the curtain time. A10 advertises on the Court Theatre website and also advertises valet service. If you are going to promote that, you need adequate valet attendants, not a one man show to be overwhelmed by theatre goers
Decent meal, not worth the trip
We came as a party of seven during restaurant week, although only one of us took advantage of the restaurant week menu. Service was friendly and generally well-paced. Overall flavors were not exceptional as we expected them to be and some dishes did go unfinished. A10 seems like a nice restaurant for the area but we would not travel from the north side to visit again.
A10 needs to sharpen its attention to details
We were not enthusiastic. Our server forgot to place our entrée order with the result that dinner took three hours! When he finally brought our entrees, the roast chicken had little or no seasoning, was flavorless, and was undercooked (my wife barely touched hers, and when our server picked up the plate he never inquired about our satisfaction). However, shrimp soup, salad, and chocolate ice cream were excellent.
Our Favorite Restaurant
A10 is my wife and I's go to date spot. The food, drinks, service, and ambiance are all excellent. We particularly like their wine, homemade pasta, and desserts. One of our favorite aspects of A10 is that the service is attentive but deliberately slow paced. They do not rush you through the meal at all. Instead, they give you a lot of time to enjoy the meal and your company.
A10 does not dissapoint.
Perfect everything--wonderful service. All four of us ordered different items and we all were happy with our selections. I've eaten here 3 times and every time has been great. Wonderful food, casual atmosphere, unpretentious and knowledgeable staff.
A wonderful dining experience from ambie ...
A wonderful dining experience from ambience to food to service!! Wish A-10 were in Lincoln Park--- would be my new fave local restaurant!
For the second time eating there the foo ...
For the second time eating there the food is very salty. The servings of pasta are quite small. The desert chocolate icecream was rather bland and watery. The waiters are constantly in a rush to clear your plate even if othe people at the table haven't finished their course.
New chef and new menu at A10
I loved my previous visits to A10 and looked forward to more poutine, etc. I was disappointed to see an entirely new menu--because of a new chef, according to our server--without my old favorites. The new menu is Italian, well executed but not innovative.
Not so premium
I've been to A10 a number of times and was previously a fan (used to live in the neighborhood and have had some very good meals there!), but hadn't been in a few months and was disappointed by the food this time around. Some of the textures were off and the food overall lacked finesse-- ricotta custard served in acorn squash was gluey and overcooked, the squash itself dried out and unappealing, dessert was a crostata with a way too thick, crunchless noncommittal crust and a sad dollop of mascarpone (too heavy, didn't add anything to the dessert). The cocktails my husband had were still top notch, but the wine list has changed and no longer has many interesting Europeans by the glass. The server was very nice, but most of the food was served lukewarm and didn't taste fresh. An off night maybe? Too bad, it used to be much better and the prices are too high for this kind of food. I will avoid going back next time I'm in the area.
Watch the salt
Food is generally good though a bit over salted, a sin of most restaurants,....why not let the customers add salt to their dishes? It's a bit pricey for the size of dishes
A New Yorker joined us for dinner
Server was great and the menu choices were what we were looking for
food of little interest
The cocktail was good, so I would recommend the bar. The food is not as good as Chant abnd Promontory across the street, or Petite Folie and Sit down up which are a couple blocks away. For dinner, I had a shrimp soup, the base was tasty, but there was so much beans, it was no longer a soup. I then had the grilled octopus on a thin bed of frisee. It was pretty meager for an entree and rather tasteless compared to those I had in Spain a couple months ago. Not a good restaurant.
Not Terrible, but Not Great
My friend and I both ordered the parpadelle and we both sent it back. The bread crumbs added an unusual unavoidable crunchiness to the dish. Crunch paired with al dente noodles did not work for us. I asked to have the dish without the bread crumbs. It seemed they removed the bread crumbs and the rock shrimp as well. The shrimp in the replacement dish were the size of salad shrimp. My friend ordered the chicken meatballs and the dish looked terrible. According to him it tasted terrible too. The waitress was extremely kind which is the only reason I'd try this restaurant again. Of course, ordering a different dish.
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