Chicago Reviews

Dec 2013
I recently went to Deleece with some friends for dinner. It had been awhile since I ate there last and was reminded how nice it is to have this little place in the neighborhood. So many things sounded great on the menu, we decided to share several things between the four of us. The mussels were great and I really enjoyed the beet and fennel salad. Also, the wine list is great and our server was a great guy (but I can't, for the life of me, remember his name).

Thanks again for being in the neighborhood Deleece!

Nov 2013
Great food and great wine! Amazing crab cakes, delicious Linguine with shrimp and truffle sauce. Our server was so knowledgeable of both the food and wine. Loved the cozy, intimate atmosphere. Everything is made fresh to order, so there were no problems modifying for special requests. Would definitely return!

Nov 2013
I'm always happy when I leave Deleece after brunch or dinner. The entrance for Deleece is tucked away in the lobby of the music box theater on Southport, so keep your eyes peeled.
First of all, let me vent. Whats with all the small brunch spots in Chicago?

I mean, we are a city that LOVES to brunch and I personally hate waiting an hour for breakfast staring impatiently at the brunchers who had the foresight to make a reservation. (yeah that's me....enviously staring)

Deleece solves my quagmire! This much room in the city? HOLLA! I have never had to wait for a table for brunch. The bloody mary's are great and the dining room in full of light with a beautiful tin ceiling. I am never disappointed with the Benedicts and their iced americanos are like delicious rocket fuel. They also have a great patio during the warm months here in Chicago.

September 2013
Deleece is awesome! The prices are pretty high, but when it comes to fine dining in the Lakeview area, Deleece is as good as it gets! The restaurant has a nice interior, with cool canvas prints of the city on the walls. The patio is pretty large, although I've never lucked out with warm enough weather to enjoy it myself. It gets pretty crowded, so I definitely recommend calling ahead for reservations. They definitely try to maximize capacity, so it lacks intimacy or a romantic feel...that being said, Deleece is still totally worthy of 5 stars because of its amazing food and service.

As for the food: My boyfriend has ordered the steak every time we've been, and while I'm not going to pretend to know anything about steak, he raves about it. I stick to the seafood...the diver scallops are out of this world! They could make a scallop fan out of anyone...butttt if you're hungry definitely get an appetizer because its a fairly small entree, despite being the most expensive item on the regular menu. Most recently I ordered the sea bass daily special, served on a bed of julienne veggies and polenta. Everything about it was absolutely perfect! I've also tried the salmon, which is cooked with this amazing glaze that almost makes it a little crispy.

And as good as the food is, the service is still very friendly and down to earth. From the hostess to waiters to busers, I have nothing but great things to say about the staff. If you're looking for a neighborhood spot of celebrate something special, definitely consider Deleece!

July 2013
We began with the mussels and fried calamari..Before I get into the details of the food, I want to preface this by saying that my boyfriend will NOT under any circumstance eat fried anything. This of course has created a very serious rift in our relationship as I am a fried food junkie. Well Deleece, tonight you have brought us closer than we have ever been before, I saw a side to my man that has changed the way I see him. I was drooling over the calamari as my boyfriend quickly reached his fork into my crispy circles of heaven. As his fork reached his mouth I looked deep into his eyes as he said, "Wow, this is really good. You know I hate fried food but this is seriously good." He proceeded to have half of my dish and right then and there I just knew, this is the man I want to spend my life with.

The mussels, Oh the mussels! I'm really picky about eating anything that comes out of a shell, and if mussels aren't straight out of the ocean they develop a bitter mixed with bad sea water taste to them. As my curiosity overcame my fear, I am delighted to say that the mussels and the sauce they came in were out of this world!

For our grand finale we had the scallops and the duck. OH MY GOSH...pardon our manners but we practically licked our plates clean. Now pardon my french but DAMN that was good!

The martinis were fantastic, the wine list is excellent and the service was beyond five stars. We will definitely be returning and I highly-highly recommend Deleece!

June 2013
After having not returned to Deleece for over a year following my first meal, I have now dined there twice this month (both excellent experiences); it is definitely time for an updated review.

Last week my wife and I dined at Deleece for a special six course wine pairing dinner showcasing the talents of the new executive chef (Ernesto). We were immediately impressed when some of the staff recognized from our prior visit last year as we entered. The entire evening was so much fun; the new chef is outstanding and all six courses were great, especially the scallop course and the duck breast. Ernesto presented each course to the dining room, a wine distributor selected and presented some excellent wines to pair and the owners were in house and were extremely friendly, mingling with all the guests. During our first visit to Deleece we enjoyed the food, but just did not find the ambiance all that warm or inviting (for us service is as important as the cuisine); on this visit we were even more impressed by the food and noticed marked improvement in the service and ambiance.

After such a positive second visit to Deleece we wanted to come back on a normal evening to see if we would be as enthralled with the experience as the wine dinner. With relatives in town from Boston we figured Deleece would be a great venue for a family dinner. All six of us (with vastly differing tastes) loved our meal tonight and once again were impressed by the quality of the food as well as the warmth from the front of the house staff. Even though we are still fairly new at Deleece we were made to feel like long time regulars. Everything from the cocktails through all three courses was spot on; Deleece truly has a wonderful menu with something for everybody (in fact so many dishes seemed appealing to me I really struggled to narrow down my selections).

Since our favorite walking distance restaurant lost some key personnel a few months ago (including the executive chef) my wife and I have been searching for a new neighborhood restaurant to become regulars and we now feel as though we have found a home in Deleece.