As you might expect, everything at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Sixteen restaurant (located on the 16th floor of Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago) is larger-than-life. The hosts dress like they’re about to walk down a Paris runway, and the views of the cityscape through the floor-to-ceiling windows are dazzling.

Then there’s the food. Meticulously crafted American cuisine highlighting seasonal ingredients is presented seamlessly by a polished waitstaff. In warmer weather, the restaurant’s alfresco terrace — with hands-down the best views of the city in Chicago — has the city’s most sought-after tables.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• The dinner menu changes frequently, almost daily, so you’ll be surprised with new dishes every time you dine at this Chicago restaurant. For a real adventure, go for the blind tasting menu and put your table at the mercy of the chef's whims (sounds scary, but you won’t be disappointed).

• An entire wall of the restaurant consists of floor-to-ceiling windows, giving you an amazing view of Lake Michigan, the Chicago River and the Wrigley Building clock tower.

• All the dishes at Sixteen are presented with great care and concocted with remarkable attention to detail.

• The service is very attentive. The staff is polite and gets the timing of the meal just right — no course ever felt too fast or too slow.

• Kids are welcome at the Five-Star restaurant, in fact, the restaurant goes out of its way to cater to the little gourmands. A special children’s menu with tot-friendly treats like pizza bagels and mac and cheese comes decorated with either princesses or Transformers.
Things to Know
• Sixteen is located inside Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago at 401 N. Wabash Ave. in downtown Chicago. Head up to the 16th floor, where you can enjoy the view of the Chicago River along with your breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner at this aptly named restaurant.

• This Five-Star Chicago restaurant serves up morning selections to early birds starting at 6:30 until 10:30 a.m. Lunch is offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner is from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and it extends to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

• You won’t see a lot of people wearing jeans at Sixteen, where the dress code ranges from smart casual to dressy chic for evening. Don’t worry about getting decked out for breakfast or lunch — a collared shirt works for the guys and office-appropriate attire for the ladies will suffice during the day at the Chicago restaurant.

• You can snag a reservation at the Chicago restaurant several different ways, the simplest being to just call directly (312-588-8030) or visit If you’re staying at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, the concierge can also get you a table.
The Food
• The lobster, spinach and poached egg on griddled brioche, with hollandaise, breakfast potatoes and roasted tomato is one to try for breakfast, perfectly exemplifying the refined techniques and carefully sourced ingredients that is a trademark of Sixteen.

• The smoked foie gras is a delightful way to start your lunch with kumquat, turnip and verjus served a la carte or as part of Sixteen’s enchanting six course tasting menu.

• For dinner service, a savory cured duck breast with citron, pear and chestnut, was featured on the thoughtfully composed 2016 menu entitled: A Study in Ingredients (a prime example of the commitment to seasonal fare at Sixteen).

• Other standout dishes at dinner include tidal fish and shellfish with trofie pasta and seaweed and an exceptional Four Story Hill Farm veal with green and white asparagus and pickled rhubarb.
The Drinks
• Pair your meal with a distinctive selection from the exceptionally curated wine program by Sommelier Parag Lalit. Lalit has thoughtfully arranged a selection of wines that achieve harmonious flavor balance with the current menu focused on seasonal ingredients.

• Some of the special vintage bottles of wine you'll find at Sixteen come from all over the world. We were especially impressed with the range of wines by Spain’s Bodegas Vega Sicilia including a 1996 bottling of their famed Unico, Burgundy’s Domaine Dujac and Chateau la Mission Haut-Brion.

• The Bar at Sixteen offers a diverse menu of specialty cocktails including the must-try Sweet 16, a refreshing mixture of Grand Marnier, Benedictine, rose hip liqueur and grapefruit juice.

• Other standouts from the cocktail menu include the Mauve Violette, a floral mix of sparkling wine, crème de violette liqueur and molecular black currant and grapefruit spheres or pearls and the Drunken Monk, a blend of pineapple and mint, muddled and topped with Patron Silver and green chartreuse with a sea salt rim.
Getting There
401 North Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611
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