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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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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good30%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“fries” (125 reviews)
“sandwiches” (34 reviews)
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American, Fast food, Deli
169 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654-3713
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Reviewed 6 days ago

By the loop they have a few other restaurants. They were quick to get us our food. It was very good but messy.

Thank Friendsfamily2013
Reviewed 1 week ago

You have to get it with the giardinera and dipped! I was picturing something like a french dip, where they gave me some Au Jus and I dipped it myself, but instead they dip the whole sandwich. I was told I had to try it...More

Thank igotmojo
Reviewed 1 week ago

Was in Chicago and wanted to try this Italian beef sandwich which I heard so much about. Went to Al's on Ontario St. The people inside were real nice. I asked them how I should get it made, and she told me the award winning...More

Thank Gregory B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Quick overnight in Downtown Chicago for a mornings not meeting and saw the TA reviews for Al’s a few blocks away. We had the big beef and polish sausage (Maxwell) combos. Sandwiches and fries were great! Enjoyed the plain, vintage atmosphere and prices were good....More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was told to have a Chicago Italian Beef sandwich and found this place. A little hole in the wall, counter service which was not great but a good sandwich.

Thank Stacey W
Reviewed 19 May 2018 via mobile

Italian beef sandwich that was fully dipped with hots was delicious. Chili dog was very good too. The folks working there were friendly and welcoming. I’m very happy I made time to visit. Thank you for exceeding my expectations! A Chicago tradition!!!

Thank kara7374
Reviewed 8 May 2018

Popped in to Al's Italian Beef for a quick snack. Fast, friendly service delivered a great beef sandwich with hot and pickled peppers laden with their gravy. It was eaten in a few minutes, which probably says it all. All in all a good value...More

Thank Reevesie9
Reviewed 25 April 2018

Not really. It feels quite like a take-out joint and something that I can now tick off my bucket list, but nothing I would repeat. Average meal- no raving here.

Thank Jemkh
Reviewed 24 April 2018

Nice clean place on Touhy Ave. The french fries were good. The sandwich was a beef sandwich but not what I would call "Italian". It differed from every Italian Beef because this had a tomato based au jus. Also, my wife and I both bit...More

Thank K8760XOnathanb
Reviewed 19 April 2018

Never heard of a Chicago Italian beef sandwich until last week when I was in Chicago on business and some locals told me about it....OMG, thin sliced beef with sautéed onions & peppers on a soft roll and then DIPPED in an au jus....SO delicious!...More

Thank Steven B
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Response from Friendsfamily2013 | Reviewed this property |
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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

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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
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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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