The Hawaiian Islands shaped some of the world's most ancient civilizations, who gathered by the shore to dive for the delicious mahimahi, coconuts, and grilled pineapple growing beneath its crystal waves. Transport yourself to this legendary culinary region with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of island-inspired fare and drinks for dinner at sola in North Center. Using locally sourced ingredients, chef and owner Carol Wallack perks up palates with clean, contemporary American cuisine accented with Hawaiian and Asian flourishes. Settle into the warm, welcoming environment—or venture out to the patio during warmer months—while ogling the dinner menu, which features starters such as tempura oysters paired with sea beans and caviar ($14), seasonal soups ($7), and truffle parmesan fries ($8). An entree of scallops comes sidekicked with black rice, lychee, baby carrots, and tatsoi truffle vinaigrette ($30), and can be further complemented by one of the restaurant’s innovative desserts, which regularly inspire taste buds to rise up and high-five each other in victory.
Sola is recommended by Time Out Chicago; Zagat awarded sola a 25 for food, a 21 for décor, and a 22 for service. More than 375 Yelpers give sola a four-star average, more than 175 OpenTable users give it a 4.1-star average, and Metromixers offer up a 4.2-star average.
- It always feels like a warm, sunny day when we eat chef Carol Wallack's Hawaiian-influenced food. Just take a few bites of artichoke fritters, pork-filled postickers, tempura-fried calamari or mains such as bacon-wrapped cobia and cocoa nib–crusted scallops—and you'll warm up instantly. – Time Out Chicago
- One of the city's best kept secrets and should stay that way to keep the crowds from descending on one of my favorites. It doesn't get the play as one of the top restaurants, but the great food, modern decor and top notch service make a solid argument for sola to be among the heavy weights. – KeithD5642, Zagat
Even in the dead of a Chicago winter, chef Carol Wallack and her crew imbue Sola Restaurant with the warmth of the Hawaiian islands. In the kitchen, Carol relies on locally sourced, sustainable ingredients to craft Hawaiian-inspired fare, balancing sweet and spicy flavors in dishes such as poke, a raw fish salad. Her passion for the Pacific sun and surf continues into the dining room, where a sandy color scheme and soft, lantern-like lighting evoke an evening spent stranded on a deserted island. Each month brings special announcements, such as a celebrated ingredient on which Wallack places special emphasis. The wine and beer lists also continually evolve along with the menu. These efforts have earned Sola Restaurant plentiful press and awards, such as Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence 2010.
3868 N Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60613