Boka
Boka

Boka

  • 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
  • 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: 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Boka reviews from OpenTable diners
298 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (257)special occasion (206)romantic (160)neighborhood gem (124)notable wine list (110)hot spot (86)good for groups (49)great for outdoor dining (39)vibrant bar scene (27)late-night find (13)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Unforgettable - Just Really Superb In Every Way
    JustpassingthruAustin
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    I don't know where to start. Everything- the greeting, taking of the coats, a personal escort to the table, presentation of the drink and dinner menus by the waiter, world class cocktails, almost invisible wait staff yet our water glasses were always full, wine glasses poured appropriately and never empty, impeccable service with an intimate knowledge of the menu and preparation......and then the food- W O W. It's easy to spend a lot of money here, but the value received makes an evening spent here seem like such a bargain. I am simply amazed and thankful I discovered Boka.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK, but not worth a trip.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    The room is nice and the service is great, but the food is a bit rich and too many flavor contrast. My entree was fish and that's all there was, except for something that might have been mashed potatoes under the fish. Hard to tell, though, because there was so little of it.
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  • Great food, very nice place
    DanielVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Went to Boka with my wife and another couple. Great food, unrushed, super attentive service. Not a place I would bring my kids, but a great location for a romantic dinner. You could go casual or dressy very comfortably. Recommended.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stimulating favors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    This story at this restaurant is the complex and contrasting flavors in each dish. The chef combines contrasting flavors and textures of each dish to create a "playground" for your nose, mouth, and tongue. Sweet and sour, aromatic and dry, smooth and textured- It is an interesting and complex experience. The ambiance is pleasant and stff friendly and knowledgeable but if you go just for relaxation without some attention ton complex flavors, you are missing out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Our server, Eric, was great. Before we ordered I was asking him about the ingredients in some of the entrees and it explained it was because I have a gluten intolerance. Without saying anything to me, he notified the kitchen of my allergy and they brought out a sampling of some delicious gluten free soup, and then some gluten free bread for me to have before my meal arrived. The atmosphere was perfect for a conversation but not too quiet where it felt super stuffy. Very cool restaurant and amazing service.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Dinner
    Gonzo70VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Boka is one of our go to restaurants for a romantic, enjoyable, delicious dinner. So consistent; impressive cuisine and incredibly friendly service. Venison is one of my favorite foods and the version I recently consumed at Boka was about the best preparation I have ever consumed; amazing! Loved the octopus starter and the sunchoke soup as well. Already itching to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boka even better than before
    GraceBKVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I have been a fan of Boka for many years. But this was the first time we have returned since they closed and reinvented themselves. The results are even better than before. Both of us agreed it was the best meal we have eaten in Chicago in some time. The roasted carrot salad is divine- I shared this with my husband but would have preferred it all for myself. Other dishes- the octopus, the walleye, our chocolate cake were all outstanding but the best entree was the venison.Expertly prepared and the flavor was excellent. It would be my choice for next time if still on the menu. Our waitress was great and the room is comfortable. As you can tell, I am already planning my return meal!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Food, Service and Drinks
    Lauren
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This restaurant gave me a pleasant surprise. It was my first time dining here, and I loved everything about it. Loved the ambiance, the food and the wine was out of this world. The cocktails looked great, and the other people in our party had some good beer. Service was also spectacular. I would go back as soon as I am in Chicago again. Delicious all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The New Boka
    Agnes04VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We truly enjoyed our Boka date night this past Friday. Service - impeccable. Matt and Kyle, managers, were very welcoming and truly cared about our dining experience. We chatted for a bit...they were both super nice. Bar - Tim, the bar manager, does a superb job on the cocktails. I had the Bee's Knees...perfectly balanced gin drink with honey and lemon. Tim is very personable and a great bartender...thanks again! Dinner - what an awesome experience! Chef Lee (who also came out to say hello) is super talented. We enjoyed: Heirloom carrot salad - what a creative take on a salad...the smoked goat cheese was a standout. One of the best salads I've ever had (and I eat a salad every day :) Ricotta Gnudi - pillowy soft and super flavorful Chicken - top 5 in the city for me (and I also eat chicken almost every day...lol). Loved the idea of brioche under the skin. Cool idea that adds so much flavor to the dish! Walleye - nice, subtle dish...loved the mushrooms. Desserts were great as well...overall a memorable dining experience. Boka is totally deserving of the Michelin start (congrats again). Can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    LnAdining
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The hostess was cheery and happy to see us upon entering. The service staff was very knowledgeable and friendly and our server was professional but warm and was always there when we had a question about the food. The food was amazing! We did not have a bad course and we enjoyed the tasting menu which was 5 courses with pairings. My date and I left satisfied and would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service top notch
    TheaterFanaticVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I keep reviewing Boka because they deserve the great ratings. Their wait staff excels in professionalism and efficiency. The food is just outstanding -- always an excellent vegetarian option (this time roasted broccoli). The chicken was fantastic and the Ricotta dish with mushrooms was imaginative and so good I had to share. The venison loin was beautiful and I tasted someone's heirloom carrots and hope it's on the menu the next time I am there. SO WORTH a reservation even if not for pre-theater dining.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place is a gem
    jeaross
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Found Boka after reading a blip about the chef in a food magazine. it was well worth it. The food, service and atmosphere were all phenomenal. There was an error with one entree and it was quickly corrected and some drinks were comped. This is a place anyone would enjoy. I work as a chef in Florida and am picky, I would definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Wonderful
    DiningElle
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Very disappointed in the food. Heirloom carrot salad was good. Scallop dish was great but completely unmemorable. Tried the Monkfish, but left it on the plate, spit out the one bite of short rib because it was all fat ( but the favor was good). Favorite part of the meal was dessert of poached pairs, pistachios- delish! Ambience very interesting. Sort of traditional masculine with Art Deco touches. Booths are great. Service very good.
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  • Dazzled!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We were in town for 2 days and I had read reviews here on Open Table and boy did it exceed our expectations. There were 2 of us so we split plates. The gnudi and the carrot salad were both incredible in completely different ways. Then we split both the duck and the chicken and can not say enough about how amazing they were. Service was fantastic as well. Would definitely go back again and recommend to everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Huge Disappointment
    noname
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    So so food, tiny portions, very pricey ... and a very noisy front room... We had some gnocchi that was below average in taste and texture, short ribs that were salty and fatty, some really nice sturgeon, an overpriced bottle of wine from a boutique vineyard that left a lot to be desired. The service was very good and very helpful. We were seated next to a very loud table and were graciously moved to a quieter spot, even though the table was set up for a larger party.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Getting better with age
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Boka's dinning room has undergone a design makeover. The menu is also new. Both are excellent. I would recommend the foie gras appetizer if you are a carnivore and the carrots if you aren't. Venison loin, scallops and chicken were all cooked expertly and the desserts were to die for.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing and Spectacular
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food is impecible, vibrant, well crafted, and tastes spectacular. Well worth the money you spend on wonderful works of art. Environment and decor are modern with darker tones for a romantic feel. The rooms may tend to get noisy but that is just the sound of conversation and people having a good time. I highly recommend trying this place because you will have food that tickles your tastes and sensations that you generally can't get anywhere else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great evening
    AKNorseChick
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    When we have a very special occasion, Boka is our favorite spot. From the quirky and comfortable surroundings to the exceptional service to the carefully prepared dishes, Boka delivers. We love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oh, the tastes!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The taste combinations were wonderful! The artichoke soup comes with the "dry" ingredients in the bowl and then the wait staff pours in the creamy liquid. The octopus was tender; we shared and they split it for us, keeping intact their exceptional presentations. My scallops and the husband's venison were both presented with interesting added bits of complementary ingredients that made the meal. It was a tasting experience more than any place I have been. We went to a play afterwards and were not stuffed, but satisfied. The entree price was reasonable but the starters seemed high. The service was incredible; management deserves kudos for how flawlessly the gears mesh!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Boka birthday
    Young
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The ambiance and the corner table banquette was perfect since we had a lot to talk about. The service was excellent!! They were very responsive and attentive. The soups were to die for, the fois gras the best I've had. However, we were a little disappointed with the broccoli entree. The blue cheese was too over powering and also overshadowed the wonderful scallops we shared. The broccoli was not notable for $22.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • good food, rushed service
    Alex
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Food was great. Service was a bit rushed and uncomfortable. The espresso and desserts weren't all that great. But the chicken, wow, the chicken!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    JCBT
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Awesome food - orginal menus and delicious! My guests from Latin America loved it! Service was great also.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Truly A Treasure
    Hockeygal
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Every dish is excellent. Very different preparation, adventurous and gutsy puts this wonderful restaurant in a class by itself!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food = Great night
    BestinChicago
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I read a review of Boka on line and since I was in Chicago for a few days, made a reservation. We arrived early on Wednesday Evening, and it was great. Not many people in the restaurant when we arrived, and that changed while we were dining. Our server, Kim (I think), was wonderful. She gave us a tour of the restaurant and was very helpful in choosing our meals. All in all, from start to finish, the food, ambiance, and the service were top notch. I would highly recommend Boka to anyone who was looking for a great restaurant in Chicago for a special occasion.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • The best meal I've ever had
    mymouthisgrateful
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Everything was unbelievable and the service was superb. I had the most amazing grilled short ribs; the texture alone was out of this world. My girlfriend had a fantastic chicken entrée and they went above and beyond with a nice gesture for her birthday. I must recommend the fluke to anyone interested in dining at this lovely place.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boka revisted
    Wellfedbutdisappointed
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I have been to Boka many times but not recently. It used to be my go to restaurant for fine dining. I had forgotten what a wonderful restaurant it is. The food is artfully prepared and very satisfying. Two of the four of us had dietary restrictions and they bent over backwards accommodating us. Our server was top notch. I have eaten at many fine restaurants lately but this one is the top of the list.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent evening, Highly Recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We were visiting Chicago with friends from London and we were able to go to several well known restaraunts during the week. Our friends from London thought Boka was the best restaraunt we ate at all week! Excellent food and service!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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  • EVERYTHING WAS WONDERFUL
    Gastronomicalgal
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food is terrific, the staff is delightful, and the chef is a gem... All in all, a wonderful evening and a great dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic place
    jazzerdoctorVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Boka was great! The food was delicious with innovative flavor combinations. We will definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Just the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Boka has secured its spot as my favorite Chicago restaurant. Saturday was my third visit and I brought my mother who was visiting from out of town. Our server was so fantastic—he provided great food insights and wonderful wine suggestions. AND he was fun. What I love about Boka is that the food is consistently inventive and delicious, the service is always wonderful, helpful, and adds to the experience, while the interior is lovely, cozy and not pretentious. It's a wonderfully warm and inviting spot with some of the best food I've had. I actually just want to thank Boka for such a wonderful and memorable and fun night with my mom. Next I'm bringing my sister which will be another guaranteed great night.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Fabulous Evening
    8Out
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We went to Boka to celebrate our anniversary, which was a gift from our children. I would have to say it was probably the best meal we ever had. The place was beautiful and everyone from the girl at the front door to the many servers that helped at our table, were terrific. They were nice. friendly and made it a fabulous evening. We had no complaints. We will definitely be back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excelleent
    Katy09VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Boka continues to be one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. I have never had a bad experience here. the renovation of the space and the menu earlier this year has continued the high level of innovation with the food and the wine. The service also continues to be stellar.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everythihg terrific
    Rick
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Recommended by close friends who live in Chicago, we were first time diners. Service was great, wait person informed about the food and wine, appetizers, main course and dessert all really good. We split scallop entrée for appetizer, then had both the short rib and duck, which was about as good duck as I have ever had. An olive oil cake was great dessert. Would come back any time. This restaurant is next door to Alinea, but doesn't share a chef or kitchen. Yet the chef, formerly at 11 Madison Park in NYC, is a craftsman in his own right.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Our waiter...Chris...was very helpful and knowledgeable about food options and particularly the type of wine we were looking for!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Finefoodlover
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Restaurant was a great surprise in a city full of nice restaurants , ambience was classy but romantic , noise level was perfect for conversation and food was delicious .we will be there soon.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, great food
    Waterdancer
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Surprised at the tiny menu, but everything our group ordered was excellent! Attentive service, lovely presentation of each course.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!
    Jencincy
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    My husband and I were in town for the weekend and read great reviews about Boka so we decided to give it a try. The ambiance is low key meets glam. The staff were so great, very attentive it made for an excellent experience. The food was beyond our expectations and simply amazing. Unique twists to so many great dishes we LOVED everything we tried!! We will defiently be going back when we come to Chicago again.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Incredible food.Impeccable service.
    hendie19
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The title says it all really. I'll definitely be returning. From the fall menu I highly recommend the venison.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Secret Oasis
    OllyMac
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Loved the atmoshere and green plant wall. Beautiful interior design, great menu and wine list. We really enjoyed our experience
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Excellent
    PopeyeVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The meal was excellent and the service was superb.
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