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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%
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American, Fast food, Delicatessen
169 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654-3713
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I were visiting Chicago, and my husband had a food to-do list of things to try: Chicago deep dish, Italian beef sandwich, and Chicago dogs. We managed to check off the first too, but will have to have a hot dog next...More

Thank Jenna6
Reviewed 12 January 2018

Having frequented this place sice i was a kid, this is the best beef sandwich anywhere. Nioce thing about this place is they have non-traditioanl "Al's" items on the menue...something for everyone.

Thank akrumbein
Reviewed 9 December 2017

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 27 November 2017

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 18 November 2017 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 16 November 2017

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
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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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Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
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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