***** (5 stars)
Celeste offers a different concept on each floor. Online reservations get you a table in the cozy cocktail bar on the second floor.
A fifteen page cocktail list offers something for everyone. My server was really into it, and actually created a cocktail to my taste from some new liqueurs they’d just received. There is also a limited but well-thought-out wine list.
The menu is brief, but excellent, with a number of small plates and a few entrees.
The octopus is a specialty, and was tender and flavorful, set off by bits of citrus and served on a creamy puree, topped with cilantro. It was delicious.
But my favorite was the smoked trout salad. The sour citrus wedges combined with the smoky trout and light dressing on the greens to something that was much more than the sum of its parts.
Food service was lightning fast, and the four bartenders did a good job of keeping up with the bustle. The low ceiling keeps noise to a reasonable level.
Celeste is definitely one of the better cocktail and dining experiences on Hubbard.
111 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654