Chef Jason McLeod, Pastry Chef Stephanie Prida and Sommelier Dan Pilkey of RIA at Elysian Hotel - Chicago, IL

Elysian Hotel, 11 East Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 880-4400
Hours: Tues-Sat 6pm-9:30pm

RIA is the softer, elegant, two-Michelin-star sister of the boisterous Balsan in The Elysian Hotel. And though the chef we tasted with has since departed, his right hand man, Chef Danny Grant, has taken over the kitchen, and he continues to seduce diners with luxurious ingredients used to their best advantage. Dishes are clean and modern, and are carried by surprising but harmonious flavor combinations. Wine Director Dan Pilkey’s wine preferences lean Old World, and are apt matches for Grant’s polished dishes—his pairings are a delight in their novelty and compatibility with the food. Pastry Chef Stephanie Prida’s desserts are stylish and true to the ingredients that inspire them. Even after a cream-foie-truffle-filled meal, her cakes are delectably moist and rich; each flavor stands out, and there’s always a hint of acidity to bring balance and keep forks digging in for more.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Milk-poached Sea Scallops, White Wine Cooked Octopus, Caviar and Cream Infused Fume Blanc
  • Huckleberries, Brown Butter, Cinnamon Tuile, and Meyer Lemon Ice Cream

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