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Diners' Choice: Best Value restaurants in Chicago / Illinois

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best value restaurants in Chicago / Illinois? 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 Waterleaf Restaurant - Glen Ellyn restaurant
4.8 (294)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Glen Ellyn
About the restaurant
Welcome to our classroom! Waterleaf, located in College of DuPage’s Culinary & Hospitality Center, is a dining experience that offers real-life training to Culinary, Baking & Pastry Arts, and Hospitality students. Patrons will enjoy menus utilizing fresh regional and seasonal ingredients prepared by Culinary & Pastry students as well as attentive service from our student servers.
Limited seating is available at each event and reservations are required. Reservations may be made until an event is sold out. For parties of 6 or more, please call us directly at 630-942-2284.

Top review
Dined on Apr 24, 2024
Wonderful! The food was delicious and the service was authentic, pleasant and made us feel special. Thank you so much for accommodating our baby girl!!
A photo of Rollapalooza restaurant
5 (355)
$30 and under
Lakeview / East Lakeview
About the restaurant
Top review
Dined on May 15, 2024
Always a wonderful experience at this little gem. Great service , where they remember your name ! Interesting and innovative food ! BYOB! How can you go wrong
A photo of Centennial Crafted Beer & Eatery restaurant
4.9 (382)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
At Centennial, our passion is craft beer and our focus is simple: to celebrate craft beer. Beer can bring people together on a common ground and has the ability to create a community. Beer can elevate food. Beer is culture.

We feature 56 taps with a selection of 36 rotating craft beers. In addition to our taps, we feature a high volume of beers available in bottles and cans, as well as a curated selection of craft spirits and wines.

Centennial also features chef-driven food with an emphasis on craft beer. The menu focuses on beer pairings and incorporating beer as an ingredient. Centennial also features smoked, char grilled, and wood-fired ingredients.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 11, 2024
Very yummy and good service, we will be back for sure
A photo of Staropolska restaurant
4.7 (182)
$30 and under
Eastern European
Logan Square
About the restaurant
Staropolska Restaurant is a Polish Restaurant located in the Logan Square area of Chicago and strives to offer the finest Polish and American cuisine with a superb dining experience.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Food was great, atmosphere was perfect. We had a group of 7 and were seated quickly.
A photo of Cafe Dacha restaurant
4.8 (155)
$30 and under
Eastern European
Highland Park
About the restaurant
Eastern European kitchen features authentic, homemade dishes from Slavic nations, serves select wines and handcrafted cocktails.
Top review
Dined on Apr 21, 2024
This is our second time at Cafe Dacha. The food was outstanding both times. The waitress recommendations were spot on. We will definitely be back.
About the restaurant
Step inside The Cellar Door, a unique experience from The Oakville Grill & Cellar in the Fulton Market District of Chicago that emulates the offerings of featured California vineyards, rotating monthly.

The Cellar Door tasting room offers seating for up to six guests from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and from 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays. During the tasting, you’ll savor select pours from the vineyard’s current selection. A chef-curated cheese & salumi pairing is available to add on to the experience.

Please note that access to the full dinner menu is not included in this experience, and reservations are required ahead of time to secure a table after or before the experience. Our team will do our best to accommodate any last-minute requests.

Top review
Dined 5 days ago
This was a wonderful experience and I’ve already booked my next tasting. Small and intimate. The sommelier was so knowledgeable.
A photo of Casa Madai restaurant
5 (11)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Casa Madai is an Omakase inspired restaurant fusing Japanese and Mexican cuisine in the most authentic and reverent way possible. This project has been brought to life by Ismael Lucero Lopez, a well known and respected sushi chef, whose experience began in Chicago in 1999 at Mirai Sushi. Working alongside his mentor chef Junzan Ichikawa, Ismael perfected the skills of proper Osaka sushi preparation and presentation. Not only was Junzan a mentor, he became the source of inspiration to continue in search for greater things, because he believed in Ismael and his potential. Since then, he has worked at multiple prestigious Japanese restaurants such as Japonais, Rebar, Kissaki Omakase in New York City, Tengoku, and Arami. From the midwest, to the east coast, Ismael has shared his passion for sushi and always works hard to be better everyday in his skill.
Top review
Dined on May 9, 2024
Impeccable fish. Unbeatable price. Expert preparation. Brilliantly balancing sushi purity while expressing their Mexican heritage. Must visit!
A photo of Via Carducci - Wicker Park restaurant
4.8 (618)
$30 and under
Bucktown / Wicker Park
About the restaurant
Rustic Southern Italian Cuisine features plenty of natural ingredients from the four basic food groups. Here at Via Carducci we use only fresh ingredients to insure the best possible quality. We feature regional Italian wines that best complement the cuisine of Southern Italy. Since we cannot take you back to Calabria, we have brought a little of Calabria to you.
Top review
Dined 6 days ago
Always a great stop in the neighborhood. Staff and Giovanni the owner are always attentive. Food is great. A real neighborhood Italian restaurant.
A photo of Komorebi restaurant
4.9 (234)
$30 and under
Bucktown / Wicker Park
About the restaurant
Japanese restaurant with elegantly plated sushi, rolls & cooked fare in a rustic-chic storefront.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 18, 2024
Their sushi special of 6 pieces is great. High quality and better than some top end omakase restaurants
A photo of Franco's Ristorante restaurant
4.9 (620)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
If your preferred time is unavailable please call for possible openings.

Franco's Ristorante is the perfect combination of old world Italian classics and your new favorite pasta dishes. We've been around for over 27 years and have perfected our craft. Some of our most famous dishes include whipped ricotta tuffo, sausage and peppers, eggplant parmigiana and gnocchi.

Our great food and atmosphere helped us earn the honor of being named the Chicago Reader's 2016 "best place for a cheap date" and "best local restaurant."

You will be wowed when you step inside our bright, airy and modern restaurant. You can enjoy a drink at our new marble-topped bar or cozy up to tables with bright red-leather chairs and banquettes in the dining room. In the summer we are happy to offer outdoor seating that allows dogs.

Top review
Dined on May 8, 2024
When we arrived we were greeted and seated right away. Very welcoming. The specials of the day were offered and explained by our waitress. She also made some excellent suggestions. Their wine selection is quite good and we had a hard time choosing which one to start with. We selected a wonderful Super Tuscan which everyone enjoyed. The appetizer of sausage and peppers had such great flavors. The food was amazing. We will definitely be back to try other items on the menu. Our server, Aida, was a real pleasure. Looking forward to our next visit to Chicago for more wonderful food.
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