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Al's #1 Italian Beef

#196 of 7,676 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Near North Side
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169 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60610
+1 312-943-3222
10:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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2,455 reviews
1,356 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,576 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Al's #1 Italian Beef at 168 West Ontario Street is our No. 1 destination for Italian beef sandwiches in Chicago. I've read a lot of surveys on the best Italian beefs in Chicago and Al's usually is rated among the top 10, but never at the top of the list. Well, nobody asked me. We've sampled Italian beefs at several... More 

1 Thank Taylor B
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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62 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've had this style of Chicago beef in three places. 2 were Al's locations, and one was not. The Al's locations were amazing! The beef has a flavor that is so yummy! I cannot wait to get back to Chicago again so I can taste it again!

Thank kray257
Temple, Texas
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55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I was told that I had to try an Italian beef while I was in Chicago, used TripAdvisor to find this place and was not disappointed. The one we went to was small and didn't have a bathroom but who cares cause that Italian beef was bomb! I got it with double beef and "wet" and, good lord, was it... More 

1 Thank Wholelottakids
San Antonio, Texas
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

If you're in Chicago, you have to get Al's Italian beef. It's a must. You have to order it with hot and sweet peppers, provolone, dipped. No need to get napkins. You'll need a bath after instead. It will be messy but it will be awesome.

1 Thank J S
Forrest City
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We went to als one Friday after a wake we had a beef sandwich it was so good I had to get two to take to the hotel it was very good

Thank Donzell G
Melbourne, Australia
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Staggering home from a night out on the town I stumbled across Al's Beef and was not disappointed at all. The beef sandwich I had was the perfect late night feed, with tasty condiments accompanying the beautiful beef, it made for happy eating.

Thank Damon B
Chicago, Illinois
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2,455 reviews
1,356 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,576 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

For one reason or another, it has been a while since we last ordered out from Al's #1 Italian Beef restaurant at 169 West Ontario Street. It's like having pizza or ribs once a month. You don't know what you are missing until you haven't had it in a while. That's how we felt about Al's Italian beef sandwich, the... More 

1 Thank Taylor B
Waverly fl
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102 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Had my first Al's beef. Added peppers and made it wet. Very tasty. They have good fries too. Had to help my wife finish hers. Oh the agony of more meat. What a treat. Don't forget the sodas are cold.

Thank cheapfisherman
Marion, Iowa
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Beef had excellent flavor and the homemade fries were awesome. I ordered the mini beef and it was filling.

Thank nchiafos
York, Pennsylvania, United States
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

While not completely living up to the hype, we found Al's to be an excellent lunch choice. Staff was friendly and service was quick. We did however feel the portions were on the small side, considering the price. We shared a bunch of items including the grilled polish sausage, beef sandwiches and hotdogs. Hands down the three of us picked... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20
Fast food, Italian, American, Delicatessen
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery, Parking Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 169 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60610
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Near North Side
  • Neighbourhood: Near North Side
  • Phone Number: +1 312-943-3222

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?