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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Near West

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Near West? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Gaia Italiano restaurant
4.9
4.9 (315)
$30 and under
Italian
Berwyn
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Food and service were superb! Great menu as well! Highly recommend this place!
A photo of La Barra - Riverside restaurant
4.8
4.8 (933)
$31 to $50
Italian
Riverside
About the restaurant
La Barra Riverside is brought to you by Mary and Pat Leone. We feature sharable Italian small plates, award-winning pizza, great wines and hand-crafted cocktails. The beautiful space includes a private dining room and a gorgeous outdoor patio. Please be aware that our kitchen closes at 9pm Tuesdays - Thursdays and Sundays. On Fridays and Saturdays, our kitchen closes at 9:30pm. Join us for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm-3pm.
Top review
Brookfielder
Dined 2 days ago
The food was absolutely delicious for all three guests, especially the Eggplant Parmesan. It was crisp, chucky and not soggy. They were like eggplant steaks. The Chicken Parmesan was plentiful and the Eight-Finger pasta with chicken was great. However, despite the fact that the restaurant was not busy at that time (4:30ish), the waiter was not cognizant of our needs. We were low on drinks by the time dinner arrived (as we enjoyed appetizers beforehand) and it took us three tries to get the waiter's attention, mostly through the bus boys. A guest was ready to walk to the bar to get a refill on her glass of wine.
A photo of Crepas Culichi - Oak Park restaurant
4.7
4.7 (188)
$31 to $50
Dining Bar
Oak Park
About the restaurant
We open daily for Brunch on Mon-Thu at 10 AM and Fri-Sun at 9 AM and do not accept reservations; we do only walk-ins first come first serve. Dinner reservations are accepted daily beginning at 4:00 PM.

Relax and unwind at our vintage-inspired restaurant bar. The décor features white marble accents, gleaming gold details, and clear glass fixtures, creating a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. Enjoy brunch or dinner in a laid back ambiance and sip on a signature cocktail while savoring delicious fare. Perfect for casual get-togethers or a leisurely weekend treat, our restaurant bar is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy good company and great food.

Top review
LittleRedTTvip
Dined on Jun 21, 2024
Delightful. Delicious. Delectable! We had a wonderful experience with our out of town guest. The perfect dining experience.
A photo of The Chew Chew restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1744)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Riverside
About the restaurant
The Chew Chew has 27 years of providing great food & hospitality in the quaint Village of Riverside, IL. We are located just one-mile east of the Brookfield Zoo. Happy hour daily 4-6pm. Indoor seating for 100 people (multi-level), full-bar & outdoor patio May-October (weather permitting). Thank you for voting us Chicago's #1 Neighborhood Restaurant on Open Table. If you cannot find a reservation online, please call us direct 708-447-8781. We look forward to serving you soon.
Top review
JackieBvip
Dined 3 days ago
Great service , hot bread , delicious espresso martini , Chimichurri steak
A photo of La Catedral Cafe & Restaurant - North Lawndale restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5)
$30 and under
Mexican
North Lawndale
About the restaurant
An award-winning, Mexican café serving up a Guadalajara-inspired, extensive menu
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Feb 25, 2024
The new location is nice, I loved the decor, more modern. Food was great!
A photo of La Parra Restaurant and Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (486)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Berwyn
About the restaurant
La Parra Restaurant & Bar, in Berwyn, IL, is a premier dining establishment serving the Chicago, Cicero and Oak Park areas. We specialize in home made pastas, tapas and the best cocktails you'll ever try. We offer a Mediterranean style menu, a full bar, and dine in or carry out options.

For your next night out, visit La Parra Restaurant & Bar in Berwyn. The best Mediterranean around!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We stumbled upon this restuarant on our way to the movie theater. We are so happy we did! Excellent drinks, excellent food and service. The fresh pasta was amazing! We can't wait to go back when we visit Chicago again
A photo of Citrine Cafe restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1225)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Oak Park
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Oak Park IL, Citrine offers Mediterranean influenced cuisine with American flair. The menu includes seasonal fish and vegetable dishes, braised meats cooked in clay pots and fresh bread from our brick oven.
Top review
Kathyvip
Dined 2 days ago
For this visit to Citrine, had invited a couple friends to join us there who had never dined at Citrine. They really liked it and said they would return. Matthew was our server (he has been our server many times) and he was super. We could not have asked for more. Management - Maya was there, overseeing the restaurant and it was good to see her. The food was excellent as were the desserts and drinks. Drinks: my friend said her cosmo was excellent and ordered another. Both of the gents had seconds on their drinks. Another nice thing about Citrine is its consistency. The food is always good. Always. Our experience with the service here has always been very good. I have nothing but nice things to say, but then again, that is why we return!
A photo of La Catedral Cafe & Restaurant - Little Village restaurant
4.8
4.8 (78)
$30 and under
Mexican
Cicero
About the restaurant
A Mexican coffee house-restaurant located in the Mexican Capital of the Midwest, Little Village, offers a variety of different, non-traditional coffee and ice cream flavors. We also have an extensive menu of European inspired Mexican dishes that include options like paninis, salads and all-day breakfast. La Catedral, is a name inspired by the cathedral in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, which is also reflected in the establishment's logo.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
This has become one of my favorite places for brunch! All of their food is amazing
A photo of Maya Del Sol restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3714)
$30 and under
Latin American
Oak Park
About the restaurant
*All online reservations will secure a table on the covered and heated portion of our patio.

*All parties will have 90 minutes to enjoy themselves.

*Parties are currently limited to 6 guests.

*We are following local, state, and federal guidelines regarding COVID 19 restrictions, in addition to our own precautions. Visit mayadelsol.com for a full list of our COVID procedures.

*We reserve the right to modify our policies without notice.

Top review
SueZvip
Dined 1 day ago
I will be dreaming about the chips! Outstanding everything!
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