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Boka Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bokachicago.com
  • Phone: (312) 337-6070
  • Hours of Operation: Open daily at 5PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Lee Wolen
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Affiliations: Dine Originals - Member Restaurants
  • Catering: Boka Catering Company is available for holiday parties, private dinners at home, weddings of all sizes and corporate functions. Award winning Chef Giuseppe Tentori can design a custom menu to fit your needs. Please contact Abby at 312.238.9896.
  • Special Events & Promotions: To request more information, please visit http://www.bokagrp.com/eventsandcatering.php
    or call 312.337.6070

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Willow
  • Public Transit: Red Line "El" stop at Clyborn & North Ave
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking also available.
A word from Boka
Michelin starred Boka Restaurant has been a fixture in Chicago dining since 2003. A new chapter of the restaurant begins with the acquisition of new Chef/Partner Lee Wolen. Lee who honed his skills at both El Bulli and Eleven Madison Park, was recently awarded a Michelin Star and 4 stars from Chicago Magazine for his work at The Lobby.He was also named Breakout Chef of the year by Time Out Chicago in 2013. Boka’s space was given a complete re-design by acclaimed designer Simeone Deary (Elysian Hotel) in January of 2014. In its 10 year history Boka's Chefs have received both Food and Wine’s coveted Best New Chefs in 2008 and Best New Pastry Chef in 2013. Boka's food features contemporary, American cuisine, focusing on seasonality and sourcing as many local ingredients as possible. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "Loved Boka. Everything about it was unique and perfectly matched. From the service to the decor to the food. Thumbs up. I had the roasted broccoli salad, grilled octopus and sturgeon. Every bite was flavored perfectly. The the real butter w/ the rolls...to die for. My date had the burrata salad, grilled octopus and roasted duck. Fantastic!!! Will definitely be going back."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Carrots were amazing. Don't miss those. Everyone else really liked the cauliflower dish. I had the duck which was good but the carrots were the highlight. Service was great. The basement bathrooms need light - somewhat spooky for a woman to go down there alone - that is my only criticism. All in all I would go to Boka again."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dining experience at BOKA. The chef, Lee Wolen came out to greet us and our waiter, Gil was extremely knowledgable! When he found out my husband was a Cleveland Indians fan, as is the chef's mom, he grabbed another waiter, Eric who had a nice chat with him about their favorite team. Every bite of food was delicious and the care and combinations of flavors were just splendid. I will be back soon!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Came here for a celebratory business dinner with a colleague. First time dining at the restaurant. It was a Thursday evening and there were plenty of empty tables, but a lively atmosphere nonetheless. Everybody -- from the hostess to our waiter, to the people who brought our dishes, to the gentleman who refilled our waters -- was helpful and courteous. The portions are small, especially relative to the prices, but the food was really delicious. Lots of fresh and seasonal ingredients. Carrot "salad" with goat cheese was a must-try. Another highlight was the amuse-bouche chilled zucchini & mint soup. A special treat!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I have eaten at most of the Michelin Star restaurants in Chicago & must say this is my favorite. The Cod Ravioli in sweet corn sauce, was exceptional and my Braised Beef Short Ribs were perfectly seasoned & cooked without the usual excessive marinate that typifies many other restaurant's preparation. The La Croix Poignant Sancerre & the Field Stone Cabernet Sauvignon were very reasonably priced & delicious. The service was top notch, attentive & very friendly but not interruptive as in many of the higher end restaurants like Spiaggia, Tru, & The Black Byrd. You can have an exquisite high end meal in this restaurant for less than $120 per person including 2 glasses of wine each. Run, don't walk to this great dining experience!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Everything about this restaurant is dramatically improved; only the name remains. The food has gone from the "okay" category to the sensational. The decor is much more comfortable. We had one of the best meals we've had in Chicago in a while. The menu is fairly small, but various, and the items are interesting and brilliantly prepared. Foodies -- get ready!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "From the moment we walked in to the moment we left, everything was exceptional. Loved the round booths, my boyfriend and I could sit close together. The ambience is refined and relaxing, which went well with the meal. The drinks: We like to try the signature drinks and we were not disappointed here! The food: our waiter Gil was nice and professional and knew his food. He recommended the carrot salad and it was off the charts! Remember that heaven thing I mentioned? And the chilled corn soup - also exquisite! The chef can pat himself on the back for that one as well. I would have liked to see more vegetarian - even vegan - options, but the cauliflower entrée was fantastic. Even better than the short ribs that my boyfriend ordered."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "friends were in from out of town and we chose BOKA because we like all the restaurants in the BOKA Group. Our server, Brian, was outstanding in both the food and wine service...obviously well-trained. The only weak spot of the evening was the amuse bouche, a zucchini soup, which was not particularly tasty or exciting. It needs some help or needs to be replaced."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "It was our third time in Boka and definitely not the last. Food was great and they have quite big selection of wines. Bartender is a master of drinks and can get you anything you want. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Delicious food, amazing service, beautiful dining room. Can't say enough about this place - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This restaurant was amazing. The service was great, the food was awesome and the ambiance was perfect for a date night. It is a little pricey but other than than I would recommend it HANDS DOWN!!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "I the city for a rural town 11 yrs ago. I had forgotten what a fine dining experience was and Boka reminded me of what I was missing. The restaurant's decor was modern but the dining experience had a classic European feel. One took ones meal slow so as to enjoy both the food and company. The meal consisted of courses picked from a single page menu divided into salads, starters and entrees. The pacing was excellent. I was able to take my time and enjoy the citrus overtones of my wine against the citrus and caramelized sugars in the Roasted Broccoli salad and to enjoy the smokey hints in the Grilled Spanish Octopus against the roasted pork broth, burnt orange and scallions. The portions were perfect and the service was extraordinary."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Good... Not great. Food wasn't hot enough. Service was very good"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I hadn't gone to Boka for a long time, and was glad we gave it another try. The food was excellent and I like the refresh they've done with the restaurant. Overall it was a great experience"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The entire experience was off the charts, we will most certainly be going back soon!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food was outstanding and the service, impeccable. I realized I'd left my salad knife on my bread plate after the first course had been cleared, and someone swooped in an offered to take it from me before I had time to ask. Remarkable attention to detail. I have nothing but high praise for this place."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Boka has a great space but the food can be average served in small portions at high prices. Drinks are carefully prepared but that does not mean you will like them. For the prices they can do better with the food and drinks."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Next time we'll ask for a table in the garden room. It's much prettier than the other room which is very dark. This is a very good restaurant."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "First visit since revamp and new chef. Even better than before. Great attention to detail. flavorful and seasonal amuse buche. Very knowledgeable wait staff, able to describe entrees to a tee. Interesting cocktails; quite smooth. Scallops were perfect. White Burgundy served at just the right temperature, not ice cold. gnudi with arugula pesto was superb."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "A festival for the taste buds. Unexpected, innovative and delicious combinations in every course."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Boka offers expertly mixed drinks, a great wine list, a whimsical Alice in Wonder Land/modern atmosphere and hands down amazing fish dishes to make an after theater dinner a real treat. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a romantic evening or a great evening with foodie friends. Spend time at the bar for a drink and also wonder around. It's an all around great experience from top to bottom."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "This was our first time at Boka or any restaurant of its stature and it was everything we expected even while by being nothing we expected. The service was impeccable and with the staff understanding our needs (post-dinner theater), timed the service to have us done at the appropriate time. But the food! The preparations are such as a surprise the menu descriptions can't come close to describing what you get. And yet everything far exceeded what I expected combining ingredients in a way I couldn't have even imagined. Next time I will be even more adventurous in what I order."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the service matched. Roasted chicken and grilled short rib were very good. Get the roasted peaches for dessert, you will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Three of us pretty serious about cooking and eating had a truly satisfying meal at Boka. Each plate was complex and delicious. The server fielded all our odd questions with style and aplomb. Will definitely go back with cooking friends. Would be wasted on those not interested in what's on the plate."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I had been to BOKA several times many years ago before its reopening and thought the food was really great, but after awhile it did feel a little tired so I was excited at a chance to try the "new" BOKA. We had a reservation for 2 on Friday night at 9:15pm. 9:15 rolls around, no table, 9:30 rolls around, no table. We then ask how long it will be and are assured no more than 5 minutes. 9:40 rolls around and we finally get called only to walk up and find our table isn't set. We proceed to wait another 10 minutes up front when we could have been sitting at the bar. No apologies for this wait and looking around the bar and the front we find we are not the only ones that have been waiting 30+ minutes. Need the service to back up the food"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend to Boka for her birthday and it was my first time back since the remodel and Chef Wolen taking the reins. It exceeded my expectations set by the previous chef. The food was outstanding and the service was even better. One of my top 3 dining experiences in Chicago in the 4 years that I have lived here."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Seriously, this was an amazing meal. Started with the broccoli salad because PV said it was a "must." Hate broccoli, but this was a wonderful combination of flavors (and very rich and velvety in texture) and the broccoli was transformed. On to the grilled octopus, and PV was right: best ever. But the highlight was the short ribs -- what an unusual combination of flavors. I only ate a quarter of it (or less), so I had the rest for lunch today and it was even better than yesterday. My only negative: the waitress said the 3 courses were light and "do-able" -- so untrue! I was full with half the broccoli course, had to give away half the octopus. These courses are very RICH!!!! Too rich to get through in one sitting."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • " We chose the restaurant because it was close to Steppenwolf Theater. The menu, viewed on line, looked limited but interesting. We were very surprised to walk into a serenely and tastefully decorated environment It was a very charming place. The food was excellent! (the best beet salad I've ever had.) The portions were not huge, which was a good thing. Each course was accompanied by a variety of different ingredients, and garnished for a fine presentation. I am looking forward to bringing friends to this restaurant. Also, the wait staff was very gracious."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Excellent experience, high quality products, and superbly executed cuisine."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Beautiful space. Reminded me of being in a Wes Anderson film. The food was delicious, the service was wonderful. Kind, careful, attentive staff without rushing anyone. Scallops were delicious, Heirloom Carrots were a home run. Chicken dish was to die for. We loved it. Perfect place for a special birthday dinner."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Wow! 4 of us dined and were awed by every aspect. Eric, our waiter was informative and friendly. Each course a masterpiece in flavors. Simply spectacular and very reasonable for the experience and quality. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Our reservation was 8:45 no space before, a couple of table empty, the new decoration to dark for my, the food excellent as well as the wine good recommendations the service people and well trained, definitive a place to Know in Chicago"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This was my second time dining at Boka, and it absolutely matched the wonderful time I had the first time. We started with cocktails before dinner at the bar—they were AMAZING. Dinner was spectacular. This is a slam dunk for dining with any out-of-town guests. The service is perfect and the food is just phenomenal. A neighborhood gem for sure. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Immediately upon entering we were greeted in a professional and friendly manner by the hostess. She seated us at a lovely booth. Our waitress was knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and attentive. The food...words are not enough. Unique and delicious combinations, great selections,beautiful presentations. Three of us shared several dishes and were quite satisfied. Everything is fresh and flavorful."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Our group really enjoyed dinner at Boka! The decor, the service, the opportunity to enjoy reserve wines by the glass and of course the food were all a real treat! We enjoyed every dish, highlights include: broccoli salad, foie gras terrine, grilled octopus. heirloom carrotsm, grilled short rib, roasted chicken breast and loup de mer. If you have not yet been to Boke under Lee Wolen, I encourage you to go now!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was our first trip back to Boca after the remodel. We found it wonderful! Food it was fabulous, service attentive, ambience welcoming. We wish they would consider opening for the after theater crowd on Friday nights too."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Great ambiance, food was delicious, good service, overall an excellent experience. We will dine again"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "For all the justified talk about the food culture in Chicago, we have had few wonderful "total experience" meals in our long stay here. BOka took us back to our five star expense account pan European previous life. Thank you."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Loved the menu, quality of the food. The service from the bar was so very poor--20 minutes to get a vodka!! And, then another 15 to get a beer with dinner. (We could see the bar from our table and it appeared the bartender was more interested in chatting with two women at the bar than filling orders. And, the restaurant was not that busy so really no excuse.) Our bottles of wine arrived promptly. Server was very nice but seemed a bit out-of-sorts that we did not order all the courses together. Timing for the evening was just off. However, we had a good time."
    Dined on 7/16/2014