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Al's #1 Italian Beef

#197 of 7,709 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Near North Side
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169 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654-3713
+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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Atlanta, Georgia
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

First time trying Italian Beef in Chicago, came here after seeing it on a food channel show. Beef and peppers were very good, I was told dipped was the only way to go. Will get it "wet" (gravy on inside only) instead of dipped next time, bread just too soggy for me.

Thank jimf477
Zionsville, Indiana
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173 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Service fast and good, reasonably clean. Beef was okay... nothing special. Probably will try another place in the future.

Thank Dave K
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Al's is terrific. They pack the philly full of beef and dip the whole thing in aujus. It was kind small with only about 8 tables but they weren't that busy when we went. They have pictures all over the walls of famous people that have eaten there.

Thank Snipor
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4 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We saw an episode on the travel channel that included this place and had to try it! Lives up to the reputation of #1! So delicious, and love that they dip the sandwich in au ju! We will be back on our next visit!!

Thank Lori H
Charlotte, North Carolina
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75 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Saw this place on a Food Network show about great Beef Sandwiches in Chicago so we decided to try it when we were in town. We were not disappointed. It really is tasty, sloppy and juicy. Fries were very good too. Get your sandwich and then go to the Cubs Game. Perfect!

Thank jazzlady123
Severna Park
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Al's Italian Beef is great, a fabulous place to stop on your way to see the Sox play. Prepare to get greasy and to have your hands smell all night from the gravy but man is the sandwich great. Yeah you smell the gravy on your hand for hours but that's all part of the enjoyment. Best Italian Beef ever.... More 

Thank Paul G
Placerville, California
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sorry, just didn't like their Italian beef sandwich. No flavor, bread was soggy (even thought we ordered it dry), and just not what we expected. Didn't have time to one somewhere else

Thank yukonmom
Omaha, Nebraska
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58 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017

The place is a bit more of a Dive than I expected. I had read it was small, but it really is VERY small (seats for maybe 20 ??). The sandwich was very good. Everyone at our table was satisfied. Great stop if you want something quick (5mins to get your food) and then head back out.

Thank Nebraskan00
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Stopped in with my brother about a week ago for a quick bite. Both of us have many, many years of enjoying Italian beef, combos, etc, all over the city and some suburbs. For both of us, this was the worst we've had, ever. The grim shreds of beef had little flavor, and seemed like it had been held for... More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

The best beef in Chicago is at Al's Beef. Great french fries, Italian sausage and for a real treat, get a dipped combo sausage and beef with sweet and hot. Not quite the ambiance of the original Taylor street location but the food is just as great.

Thank Thomas K

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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
Fast food, Italian, American, Delicatessen
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery, Parking Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?