The Terrace rooftop: Al fresco dining with the best views in Chicago if you can afford it

The Terrace rooftop: Al fresco dining with the best views in Chicago if you can afford it
The view looking East from The Terrace. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

The Terrace rooftop (401 N. Wabash) formerly known as the Terrace at Trump (but that's another story) arguably offers the best views in Chicago of the skyline, the river and the lake.

The views along with the lush rooftop surroundings on the 16th floor of the 401 N. Wabash building transport guests to another world complete with elegant lighting, water elements, foliage, torches, and sexy, sophiscated seating areas with cozy sofas and tables.terrace5-1
This week, The Terrace, debuted their new summer menu inspired by the Greek philosophy of five elements, air, earth, sea, fire and quintessence (aether).

The food, drink and dessert menus are all arranged around these elements--with the presentations works of art.

Farm to beet salad (from the earth) with Roasted beets, beet green pesto, Garrotxa cheese, brioche soil and tender greens for $24.

Farm to beet salad (from the earth) with Roasted beets, beet green pesto, Garrotxa cheese, brioche soil and tender greens for $24.

The upscale menu features casual cuisine with a twist like a Chilled Maine lobster roll (from the sea) with lemon aioli and black truffles ($38); or Beef Jerky (from the air) that is house made and embellished with Green papaya, kohlrabi, chili, peanuts and fresh herbs ($20).

Terrace Beef Jerky.

Terrace Beef Jerky.

The Terrace Escargot with Green garlic butter, champagne, wild mushrooms, parsley and sour dough toast is one of my favorites--original recipe beautifully presented by chef Devin Kreller--and well worth the $21 price tag.

Terrace Escargot.

Escargot at The Terrace.

The dessert menu, overseen by Executive Pastry Chef Evan Sheridan, is filled with interesting and unique pastries that are beautifully prepared and presented including a crowd favorite at our table, the Flamed Alaska with Dark chocolate, amarena cherry, and vanilla cream chantilly ($16).

Flamed Alaska.

Flamed Alaska.

Drinks, all luscious creations, run the gamut from the $23 Sip of Sultry (from the Fire) consisting of Angel’s Envy, ginger, lemon, laphroaig mist, thyme syrup to Clouds of Heaven (quintessence) with Truffle infused Hennessy Paradis, CH Amaro, honey syrup, Cocchi americano rosa, smoke priced at $180.

Clouds of Heaven. Truffle infused Hennessy Paradis, CH Amaro, honey syrup, Cocchi americano rosa, smoke ($180)

Clouds of Heaven. Truffle infused Hennessy Paradis, CH Amaro, honey syrup, Cocchi americano rosa, smoke ($180)

If you want to experience the ambiance and views at The Terrace without blowing your whole paycheck--it is possible. You can order a draft beer (Grieskirchner Pilsner or Nectarine, IPA) for $12. Same for the Three Pepper, Seattle Cider.

Pair those with House Made Chips ($11) or Marinated Olives ($9)--and head to your favorite fast food spot for dinner.

Hours:
Beverages served from noon to midnight.
Kitchen service begins at 1:00 p.m.

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