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Al's #1 Italian Beef

169 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654-3713
+1 312-943-3222
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good29%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“fries” (121 reviews)
“giardiniera” (23 reviews)
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10:00 am - 10:00 pmAll hours
American, Fast food, Italian, Delicatessen
169 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654-3713
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great juicy meat lovers plank of celestial yumminess!! The spice level is pleasant and the salads are great too! Dine in or Take Away - but I'd dine in so to enjoy the flavors right out of the pot! If you're in...More

Thank wenfamily
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here as part of a walking tour and I was so happy to try the famous Italian beef sandwich. The atmosphere is underwhelming, think McDonalds but the food is so much better. The Italian beef sandwich with peppers is something you need to...More

Thank Laurie S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

During our long barhop trek, we got hungry again! We split the Italian beef sandwich with sweet and hot peppers, hit the spot perfectly! Definitely hit this location as they have their act together! Simple goodness!

Thank Debora M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I asked a college what restaurants are a must during my first trip to Chicago. He said that was easy Al's Beef. I walked around town during a recent visit to Chicago for a business meeting. I made it my mission to make sure I...More

Thank David A
Reviewed 31 October 2017

We got a reg. beef with provolone, a small beef with American, and a Chicago dog. All but the dog was good. The dog and the sport peppers made it happen. We would probably try another place. If it were not for the dog, this...More

Thank TGuan863
Reviewed 27 October 2017

Me and the mol ordered up 2 beef sandwiches, fries, loaded fries and a tomalley. Came in over $30 the tomalley thing was not good. The fries were ok The sandwiches were ok, bit lacking in flavour for me and too wet. Must be an...More

Thank Bjorn_Toulose
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

Charming little place with an excellent dipped beef sandwich! Make sure you are hungry and you won’t be disappointed!!

Thank ColemanRanch
Reviewed 23 October 2017

This small shack cranks out the best Italian Beef sandwiches anywhere.Not fancy, but fat and tasty. We had the regular beef, sweat peppers, dipped. the spices came through the tender beef. Overall very good.

Thank dukeboy1951
Reviewed 14 October 2017

I have seen this place visited by many chefs and celebrities on the Food Network, so it was on my "to try" list for many years. I was not disappointed! The place itself is very modest. Located downtown, easy walk from our hotel on Wacker...More

Thank russkwtx
Reviewed 12 October 2017

We saw this on Man V Food after we researched places to eat for our visit to Chicago. OMG it was amazing, we visited a couple of times, words can't describe how amazing the steak sub was. From the outside of the building you wouldn't...More

Thank kazzrobo
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27 August 2015|
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Response from rd400r | Reviewed this property |
Don't eat the bread and you're good to go make sure to get the hot peppers on the beef with the juice....big difference.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 169 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654-3713
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Near North Side
  • Neighbourhood: Near North Side
  • Phone Number: +1 312-943-3222
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