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- $57 for a dinner for two with one appetizer, two entrees, and one dessert
- $107 for a dinner for four with two appetizers, four entrees, and two desserts
- $157 for a dinner for six with three appetizers, six entrees, and three desserts
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Mark Payne, deca Restaurant + Bar’s executive chef, once traveled nearly 300 miles for a bit of maple sap. It came fresh from the trees at Burton’s Maplewood Farm in Medora, Indiana, and it was destined to create a marinade for an entree of flame-roasted quail. It may be an extreme example, but it’s typical of the spirit in which Payne approaches his ingredients and his relationships with Midwestern farms. He travels to local markets across the city atop his Harley Softail. He orders fresh goat cheese from Indiana. A network of area farmers supplies deca directly with everything from asparagus to baby lettuce.
After putting so much effort into stocking his shelves, it makes sense that Payne’s culinary style embraces simplicity, bestowing most ingredients with only a few refined touches intended to highlight their flavors. The menu’s combination of understated elegance and accessibility helped deca Restaurant + Bar earn Michelin Bib Gourmand awards in 2012, 2013, and 2014. With a strong emphasis on French techniques and presentations, the menu features dishes such as a cranberry-crusted rack of lamb with celery-root gratin and mussels in an aromatic broth spiked with Bell’s Winter White Ale.
Given deca Restaurant + Bar’s location within the lobby of The Ritz-Carlton Chicago—itself on the 12th floor of Water Tower Place—a certain amount of old-fashioned elegance characterizes the eatery’s vaguely art deco ambiance. Neutral creams, tans, and rich earth tones lend a cozy warmth throughout the spacious dining room. Simple linen-free tables fill the carpeted floors, with padded chairs as well as sofas serving as seating options. Small lamps and wall sconces filled with bioluminescent jellyfish cast a soft glow throughout the room.