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Al's #1 Italian Beef

#182 of 7,599 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
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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Marion, Iowa
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Johnston, Iowa
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55 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I don't go to Chicago often, however when I do this is and Giordano's pizza are the first restaurants that come to mind. I like this place, it is a hole in the wall. Nothing fancy. Typically get the beef sandwich with peppers dipped. Just classic. Fries are great. Have to go at least once if in town.

Thank krogersku
Sao Paulo, SP
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191 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Simple sandwich, but tastes good. You can choose how you want the souce on the sandwich: soaked or on top. You can also add cheese and peppers. As a side dish I recommend the blue cheese fries.

Thank vipedri
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608 reviews
341 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 268 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a short trip to Chicago we ate Ethiopian, Mexican and bbq but towards the end we found ourselves craving some all American dirt, and this little diner seemed to hit the mark. It was a wee bit on the scruffy side but the staff were friendly and the food was great. One Chicago dog and a blue cheese burger... More 

Thank Howellsey
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50 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went on a recommendation! Glad we did. The beef sandwiches are amazing. The gravy run down my arm, my jumper soaked it up and made me stink all day but it was so worth it!! Go there..... now!!

Thank zoe1978
Chicago, Illinois
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351 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Been to several als beefs but this one is my favorite the guys working are very nice and very professional and personal and they work hard especially the 2 cooks always going none stop and my order is always correct there very attentive and the place is always clean its a tiny place but they bang out the orders great... More 

Thank luna6373
Chicago, Illinois
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2,057 reviews
1,106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,383 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm 76 but not too old to know that Al's #1 Italian beef sandwich is the best in Chicago. I've said it before in earlier reviews. Well, this is my seventh review of the takeout and drive-through restaurant at 169 West Ontario Street, a block west of La Salle, and I keep coming back because Al's is the best Italian... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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181 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another Chicago classic that I was told I had to try. I went with the combo of beef and sausage on one bun (not something I had even considered before walking in the door). Got hot peppers and ordered it dipped with a side of fries. It was a literal hot mess and I had to do my best to... More 

Thank valzebub
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127 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

I almost ran out of days to make it on this trip but I fit it in!! Hands down the best Italian beef sandwich I have had in Chicago! Order big and get it dipped hot, I promise you won't regret it!

Thank econotraveller41

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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
Italian, American, Fast food, Delicatessen
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, 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?