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Chicago's Most Iconic Restaurants

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by The OpenTable team
Updated December 15, 2023

Seasons change, trends come and go, but these restaurants have withstood the test of time—and have become integral parts of the Chicago dining scene. Here are Chicago’s OpenTable Classics: the places that continue to excel after 10+ years. There’s a reason they’re still around: they keep giving us a reason to come back.

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4.8
4.8 (6949)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Lincoln Park
About the restaurant
Boka is the flagship restaurant of the Chicago empire Boka Restaurant Group, the place that launched no less than a dining revolution. The contemporary-American menu still feels contemporary—we love the vegetable-heavy dishes in particular—and the space is both upscale and cool. The excellent service doesn’t hurt, either.
Top review
OldTownFoodLovervip
Dined 3 days ago
Every course was amazing. Scallops are the best I’ve ever had. All the sauce work is excellent. And service is unbeatable. Only wish is the portions a tiny bit larger for the price but that’s fine dining.
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4.8
4.8 (5179)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
West Loop
About the restaurant
Upon walking into Sepia, it’s clear that this is a special restaurant; the exposed-brick walls and crystal-dripping chandeliers make this one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the city. The food is just as wonderful as the ambiance, with a modern American menu that incorporates touches of Southeast Asian, Korean, and Mediterranean cuisines. It’s no wonder Michelle Obama called it one of her favorite restaurants.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
Amazing experience. Great food, great drink. Would highly recommend
A photo of Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab restaurant
4.9
4.9 (17109)
$50 and over
Seafood
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
Joe’s Stone Crab is a Miami institution, and when it opened in Chicago, it became an instant institution of its own. You’re here, of course, for stone crab, platters of it that you’ll crack open and devour—but don’t sleep on the steaks, too, which are some of the best in the city.
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Nonevip
Dined 2 days ago
Joes is always great Service was really good Everything about the experience was great
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4.8
4.8 (11646)
$30 and under
American
Downtown / Loop
About the restaurant
The menu at The Gage, a handsome, elegant gastropub in Millennium Park, spans the globe, with dishes like crispy harissa drumsticks, poutine, Thai coconut curry, and a perfect rendition of fish and chips. And if you’re game for game, The Gage has some of the city’s best examples of it, with an excellent bison tartare, venison burger, and roasted New Zealand rack of elk.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
My niece was visiting from Pittsburgh, PA, and while attending a conference I wanted to take her somewhere nice for dinner- the Gage was a new experience for her and we both enjoyed dinner.
A photo of Le Colonial - Chicago restaurant
4.8
4.8 (7607)
$50 and over
Vietnamese
Gold Coast / Streeterville
About the restaurant
For a quiet, lovely, and delicious dinner, head to Le Colonial, a French-Vietnamese restaurant in Gold Coast that’s been serving top-notch dishes like spring rolls, banana-leaf-steamed trout, and lemongrass chicken since 1996. The service is friendly and attentive—and if you’d like, they’re more than happy to help you navigate the expansive menu.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
I celebrated my 37th birthday with a party of six at Le Colonial. As always, the service was wonderful, and the food was delicious. It's one of my favorite restaurants, and I am so happy I chose to celebrate my birthday here.
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4.9
4.9 (6942)
$31 to $50
American
Gold Coast / Streeterville
About the restaurant
Right next to the world’s largest Polo store you’ll find RL Restaurant, Ralph Lauren’s first foray into the dining sphere. You’re here for American classics like shrimp cocktail, pigs in a blanket, dover sole, and crab cakes, all served in a handsome room that is both clubby and chic.
Top review
Kalivip
Dined 6 days ago
Excellent restaurant. Beautiful decor, great service, and delicious food. The crab cake was amazing.
A photo of Shaw's Crab House & Oyster Bar - Chicago restaurant
4.8
4.8 (13992)
$50 and over
Seafood
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
There are few better places to dine on gorgeous seafood than Shaw’s Crab House, a Chicago institution in River North. Choose between the 1940s-style dining room or the more-casual Oyster Bar, and get to work; we particularly recommend the stone crab claws, the chilled shellfish platters, and whatever oysters are on the menu that day.
Top review
Richardvip
Dined 6 days ago
Always a great place for seafood. I try new things every time I visit and am never disappointed.
A photo of Mon Ami Gabi restaurant
4.8
4.8 (7781)
$30 and under
French
Lincoln Park
About the restaurant
Mon Ami Gabi has been serving French bistro classics—think escargots, chicken-liver mousse, steak au poivre, and trout almondine—for twenty years. The plant-filled space is also a lovely place to spend a lunch or dinner, with tiled floors, mirror-lined walls, and tons of natural light.
Top review
GlynnisS
Dined 1 day ago
Service was attestation, food lived up to the hype, and the setting is beautiful. Wonderful evening. If you are thinking of it, go ahead and make the reservation. It's worth it!
A photo of Shanghai Terrace restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2253)
$31 to $50
Chinese
Gold Coast / Streeterville
About the restaurant
On the seventh floor of the Peninsula Hotel you’ll find Shanghai Terrace, a gorgeous jewel box of a restaurant serving upscale Cantonese food. The dim sum in particular is not to be missed—especially the pork buns and peekytoe-crab dumplings—and the views are not to be missed.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
The experience was exceptional. I only have good words for the food and specially, the service. Thank you.
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