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Gourmet cuisine in downtown Chicago

Tru features gourmet cuisine and is headed by Chef Rick Tramonto. From the Web site explaining what "Tru" means:
"Tramonto Unlimited, being true to one's art or craft, keeping the flavor of an ingredient true, unlimited creativity using unlimited resources from around the world."

The Chef can create a completely vegan meal with advance notice.

Reservations are absolutely necessary. Jackets are also required for men.

Added by JEC on Mar 18 06 (last updated May 16 15)

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Huge disappointment! My husband and I went here for our anniversary. I called weeks ahead to alert the staff that I am vegan and was assured they would prepare something special. But the meal was lackluster. The chef had nothing planned. I had to explain to our waiter what "vegan" means because he didn't know. The amuse bouche they served me contained gelatin and had to be sent back. I was served bland couscous and vegetables (might as well have gone to Reza's) while my non-vegan husband feasted on extravagant dishes. At the end of the meal, they served chocolates and other treats to take home, but I was told that none of it was vegan. Other than a brief apology, they did nothing to make up for the shortcomings. I really felt like a second-class customer. If you want great vegan dining, try Trotters!

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I got treated for my birthday at Tru, and the experience was phenomenal. The Chef had created a completely vegan three-course menu for me (we went for the prix fixe option) which featured a fantastic 21-vegetable ragout appetizer, a truffle with white mushroom risotto, and raspberry and chocolate sorbet with fresh berries for dessert.

The service is impeccable, and the servers do everything (serve and clear dishes, pour water, etc.) in synchronization at your table. It's truly a treat.

Most importantly, everyone who served our table knew that I was vegan, knew exactly it entailed, and provided appropriate recommendations without me having to ask -- for example the bread server offered me olive oil instead of butter. Every detail of the experience was thought through. I absolutely recommend it as a very special treat for yourself or as your treat for someone else.

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At Huron and St. Clair - one block East of Michigan Avenue.


Accepts Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible


$$$ - expensive


  • American Express Diner's Club MasterCard Visa


  • French
  • Eclectic (Varied)


  • Quiet


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5:30pm - 10am
5pm - 11pm

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