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Al's #1 Italian Beef

#184 of 7,631 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
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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San Antonio, Texas
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're in Chicago, you have to get Al's Italian beef. It's a must. You have to order it with hot and sweet peppers, provolone, dipped. No need to get napkins. You'll need a bath after instead. It will be messy but it will be awesome.

Thank J S
Forrest City
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to als one Friday after a wake we had a beef sandwich it was so good I had to get two to take to the hotel it was very good

Thank Donzell G
Melbourne, Australia
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Staggering home from a night out on the town I stumbled across Al's Beef and was not disappointed at all. The beef sandwich I had was the perfect late night feed, with tasty condiments accompanying the beautiful beef, it made for happy eating.

Thank Damon B
Chicago, Illinois
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2,238 reviews
1,223 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,446 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For one reason or another, it has been a while since we last ordered out from Al's #1 Italian Beef restaurant at 169 West Ontario Street. It's like having pizza or ribs once a month. You don't know what you are missing until you haven't had it in a while. That's how we felt about Al's Italian beef sandwich, the... More 

Thank Taylor B
Waverly fl
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99 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Had my first Al's beef. Added peppers and made it wet. Very tasty. They have good fries too. Had to help my wife finish hers. Oh the agony of more meat. What a treat. Don't forget the sodas are cold.

Thank cheapfisherman
Marion, Iowa
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 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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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 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 

Thank Cynthia S
Johnston, Iowa
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55 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 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 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

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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609 reviews
341 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

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 

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