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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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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good30%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“fries” (125 reviews)
“sandwiches” (34 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 am - 10:00 pm Hours
American, Fast food, Deli
169 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654-3713
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Italian beef sandwich that was fully dipped with hots was delicious. Chili dog was very good too. The folks working there were friendly and welcoming. I’m very happy I made time to visit. Thank you for exceeding my expectations! A Chicago tradition!!!

Thank kara7374
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Popped in to Al's Italian Beef for a quick snack. Fast, friendly service delivered a great beef sandwich with hot and pickled peppers laden with their gravy. It was eaten in a few minutes, which probably says it all. All in all a good value...More

Thank Reevesie9
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not really. It feels quite like a take-out joint and something that I can now tick off my bucket list, but nothing I would repeat. Average meal- no raving here.

Thank Jemkh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice clean place on Touhy Ave. The french fries were good. The sandwich was a beef sandwich but not what I would call "Italian". It differed from every Italian Beef because this had a tomato based au jus. Also, my wife and I both bit...More

Thank K8760XOnathanb
Reviewed 19 April 2018

Never heard of a Chicago Italian beef sandwich until last week when I was in Chicago on business and some locals told me about it....OMG, thin sliced beef with sautéed onions & peppers on a soft roll and then DIPPED in an au jus....SO delicious!...More

Thank Steven B
Reviewed 9 April 2018

My coworkers and I hopped around restaurants near our hotel and had the Italian beef sandwich here... Overall, it's just average for me, so I am not sure why all the rave reviews. Maybe it's a signature thing, but they either soaked the bread in...More

Thank knowmyhotels
Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Just delicious! I asked for the Al’s Italian sandwich dipped it was excellent although I would recommend you not to dip it completely because it softens a lot. The celery sauce (they call it hot peppers) is great but it might be too spicy for...More

Thank Marbeck M
Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

After a long day of sightseeing and walking around the city, we were more than stoked to see Al's Italian Beef in front of us. We had only heard good things about this place so the decision was easily made to go in and get...More

Thank holidaycoco
Reviewed 10 March 2018

We visited the Al's on the intersection of Clark & Belmont and, of course, I had to have the Italian Beef sandwich that my daughter raved about. It did not disappoint. Nice staff, clean restaurant, and excellent food.

Thank Tom S
Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

If you come to,or are from Chicago, you must come to Al’s and eat an Italian beef sandwich, deep and with peppers to this specific location. This small place has the best Italian sandwich, and fries, in the entire city! Is delicious. Don’t expect fancy...More

Thank memochciago
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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, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
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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