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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” (21 reviews)
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10:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Fast food, Italian, Delicatessen
169 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654-3713
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I had the Regular Beef @ 234 Wabash Avenue.. This location does not appear in TripAdvisor. This was my first Italian Beef and was quite good. Service is also quick.

Thank travglobT
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went to Al's roast beef for lunch! Seeing that it said it was # 1 we just had to find out! We ordered the medium with the fries 🍟! The fries were very tasty, lightly salted with a crispy crunch! The beef filled the sandwich...More

Thank Steady2015
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Lots of restaurants offer Italian beef sandwiches, but this is the real thing. Gotta get it "wet" to really enjoy, and hot peppers are another option I recommend. There are a number of locations around town, but the quality if pretty consistent. This is a...More

Thank DickandRobin
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Went here on a Friday afternoon no line, food arrived quick. Three of us, 3 sandwiches, 3 drinks and large loaded fries was about $43. I got the big roast beef with giardiniera which gave it a nice kick but not sure I'd get it...More

Thank MDWiese
Reviewed 1 week ago

I stopped by the Ontario Street location late afternoon on Sunday and maybe it was a bad day. Being a visitor from Georgia, I decided to see what the Italian beef was all about. I ordered the beef combo dipped with hot and sweet peppers....More

Thank Mike U
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had never had an Italian beef sandwich before. Ordered mine dipped wit', and now I'm spoiled. I don't see me ever going anywhere else ever for Italian beef. So. Damn. Good.

Thank Heady-By
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Searched for places with Italian Beef. Decided to go to where it all started. Was not disappointed. Get it dipped so the gravy soaks into the bread. Got mine with sweet and hot peppers. So glad I did!!

Thank Kevin B
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

We stopped based on a recommendation from my dad - who read about Al's in an article. It was so worth it!! The Italian beef was delicious. My husband got 2 Chicago style hot dogs & said they were awesome. The prices are great, the...More

Thank mefullerton
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Order only one thing. Beef with hot peppers and provolone dipped! Ok you could get sweet if you you can't take hot. Awesome sandwich.

Thank Kevin O
Reviewed 10 August 2017

After biking Chicago, we asked our guide for a "local" place to eat, preferably a Chicago loaded, dragged through the garden hot dog. If that's what you are craving, Al's beef will disappoint (for almost $5). I am sure if I had gotten the Italian...More

Thank daddy00
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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
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  • 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 - 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 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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