Fine dining meets masterful storytelling

Indulging in a meal at Chicago’s CLAUDIA is like stepping inside an epicurean storybook. Up to 15 courses of whimsical dishes surprise and delight with their vibrant colors, bold flavors and unique French-meets-Japanese flair with a dash of North Shore. And that’s just what chef Trevor Teich envisioned for his happily ever after: a one-of-a-kind dining destination where the meal tells a tale through each carefully crafted dish.

The storybook theme is as evident in the food as it is in the design of the restaurant itself. Housed in a late-19th-century white cottage, the dining room artfully accents the building’s architectural charm with modern touches, such as mixed metal touches, striking contemporary artwork and chic velvet booths. A shelf housing a collection of literary classics, including The Wizard of Oz and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, brings the central motif full circle in a cheeky way.

Though this Bucktown brick-and-mortar only opened in 2021, the CLAUDIA concept has been woven into the fabric of Chicago’s dining scene since 2015, when Teich’s twice-monthly pop-up experience of the same name received praise from diners — a trend likely to continue in this new fairy-tale setting.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Whimsy and nostalgia are the order of the day at the Chicago restaurant. While you’ll still find white tablecloths and exquisite service, you can also expect a slightly more relaxed atmosphere where you’re encouraged to play with your food and engage in casual conversation with your servers.
  • While the tasting menus change regularly, you can always count on a few of Teich’s innovative staples, including “Snails In The Woods,” a braised and tempura-fried snail dish featuring mushroom and truffle “soil,” shaved truffles, fresh herb “moss” and edible flowers.The signature snail also serves as the restaurant’s emblem, which you might find embossed on the sign out front and on the pins worn by front-of-house staff.
  • Sommelier Jessica Dennis’ carefully curated wine menu complements Teich’s playful cuisine, focusing mostly on Italian and French varietals with a Japanese plum sake thrown in for fun. As a bonus, most of the bottles are sourced from vineyards that employ organic and biodynamic practices.
  • For a slightly more casual yet no less exquisite experience, The Bar at Claudia is a must. Cozy blue velvet booths invite you to savor elevated comfort foods like lobster pot pie à la carte along with an impressive list of signature sips.
  • The beverage program at The Bar at Claudia is as thoughtfully curated as Teich’s nightly menus. More than 100 classic cocktails (and 11 signature drinks) are crafted tableside, including A Tale As Old As Time — a bold libation featuring four types of whiskey and burgundy truffles.

The Chef

  • A North Shore native, Teich has been tinkering with a fine-dining concept for eight years, but one thing that’s never changed is the restaurant’s name. CLAUDIA is an homage to Teich’s mother, whom he names as his constant source of inspiration.
  • Teich honed his skills at some of the country’s best restaurants, including Lincoln Park’s now-shuttered L2O, Chicago fine-dining favorites NoMi and Acadia, as well as Las Vegas’ Twist by Pierre Gagnaire.
  • While the COVID-19 pandemic forced Teich to shut down CLAUDIA’s pop-up operation, it inspired him to pursue his dream of finding a permanent home for his labor of love in 2021.

Gluten-free options
Private dining
Reservations required
Getting There
1952 North Damen Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60647
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