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The Best Bars for Foodies in Chicago

The OpenTable Team

From Chicago’s beginnings as a hub of transportation, manufacturing, and commerce to its current status as one of America’s most hip and modern cities, the Second City has always been at the forefront of American culture. And when it comes to its vibrant bar and restaurant scene, there are countless spots to choose from. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. These Chicago establishments capture all the attitude, spirit, and charm of one of the greatest cities in the world, offering up amazing cocktails, craft beers, fine wines—and often, fantastic food, to boot. Impress your friends and family and score a spot; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:Gibsons Italia, TAO Asian Bistro - Chicago, RPM Italian
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Steakhouse, Asian, Italian
Neighborhoods:River North (Chicago)
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Gibsons Italia

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
1,115 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Big and beautiful describes this large Canal Street Italian institution, part of an acclaimed chain across four different states. In Chicago, Gibsons Italia is three levels of ItalRead more
96% recommended
Scenic View in Chicago / Illinois
5 people mentioned the NY Strip
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TAO Asian Bistro - Chicago

$$$$·Asian·
River North (Chicago)
831 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
One of the more jaw-dropping institutions in all of Chicago, Tao is a spectacular, two-level dining and drinking space with a unique feel. The darkly cool Tao features a massive stRead more
93% recommended
Asian in Chicago / Illinois
10 people mentioned the Fortune Cookie

RPM Italian

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
10,985 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
E! stars Bill and Giuliana Rancic are part of the group behind this modern and beautiful Italian-influenced restaurant and wine bar in the booming River North neighborhood. There'sRead more
92% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
293 people mentioned the Garlic Bread
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SUSHI-SAN

$$$$·Japanese·
River North (Chicago)
672 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
“Fresh Fish, Fresher Beats” is the tagline for this very, very neat Grand Avenue sushi institution beloved by younger crowds. The cool features abound at Sushi San, where diners caRead more
93% recommended
Japanese in Chicago / Illinois
7 people mentioned the Kim Chi

Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House - Chicago

$$$$·Seafood·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4,693 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Not too many restaurants in Chicago (or anywhere else) boast of their frog prowess right there in the name, but Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House specializes in one of the rarest of disRead more
93% recommended
Seafood in Chicago
159 people mentioned the Frog Legs

Margeaux Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria

$$$$·French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
747 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Capturing the exciting, ritzy vibe of 1920's Paris, Marteaux Brasserie is a legendary French bistro experience right in the middle of one of Chicago's most magnificent hotels. The Read more
89% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Chicago / Illinois
19 people mentioned the Dover Sole

RPM Steak

$$$$·Steak·
River North (Chicago)
4,746 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
The sister restaurant of the Bill and Giuliana Rancic RPM Italian restaurant, RPM Steak brings the same style and taste to the traditional Chicago steakhouse atmosphere. The resultRead more
94% recommended
Steak in Chicago / Illinois
186 people mentioned the Cotton Candy

Sepia

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
3,794 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Sepia presents a throwback to bygone Chicago bars. Crafted out of an old print shop, this beautiful farm-to-table bar and restaurant is a jewel of a visit. Its ambiance comes from Read more
88% recommended
26 people mentioned the Arctic Char

il Porcellino

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
1,931 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
il Porcellino exudes straight cool, with a dark, sensual feel inside the restaurant; decorated with old-school black-and-white pictures that capture an earlier time, it's positivelRead more
97% recommended
48 people mentioned the Garlic Bread

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse - Chicago

$$$$·Steak·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
6,278 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
One of the Windy City's dining institutions, Gibson's has been serving up delicious steaks and spirits since 1989. It's a hot spot for the whole city—workers, locals, young professRead more
91% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
71 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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Blackbird

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
4,473 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
As good as the Beatles song. Blackbird comes from the mind of acclaimed, James Beard Award-winning chef Paul Kahan, and delivers superb traditional Midwest cuisine and excellent coRead more
91% recommended
92 people mentioned the Endive Salad
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Naoki

$$$$·Japanese·
Lincoln Park
537 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Here's a hidden jewel in Chicago. To find this acclaimed sushi bar from chef Naoki Nakashima, you'll have to trek through its kitchen and see the host stand. It's all about the advRead more
95% recommended
Japanese in Chicago / Illinois
17 people mentioned the Edamame
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Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
12,960 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
The Chicago outlet of the legendary Miami Beach seafood location offers is delicious, fresh creations for the Windy City. Stop in for one of the legendary stone crab dishes and paiRead more
97% recommended
Seafood in Chicago / Illinois
1,240 people mentioned the Stone Crab
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HUB 51

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
4,780 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Bar Seating
If you're looking for variety in your dinner and drink selections, try Hub 51. This River North institution has an extensive, delicious menu, with everything from tacos to sushi toRead more
95% recommended
57 people mentioned the Short Rib

Mon Ami Gabi

$$$$·French·
Lincoln Park
4,834 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
This delicious French bistro in the Lincoln Park area offers up plenty of European favorites — including escargot and filets with béarnaise sauce — and a massive selection of wine Read more
96% recommended
French in Chicago / Illinois
67 people mentioned the French Onion Soup

Nonnina

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
1,394 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
River North's Nonnina Italian restaurant is an upscale destination with superb food and fine wines. There's an old-school, welcoming atmosphere to Nonnina's, with a family mural byRead more
94% recommended
18 people mentioned the Duck Ragu

Shaw's Crab House - Chicago

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
10,809 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Live music and the aromas of great seafood fill the air at Shaw's, a local favorite that's always a good time. Head to Shaw's to take in a live jazz show and dine on some of the toRead more
94% recommended
Seafood in Chicago / Illinois
291 people mentioned the Oyster Bar

Chicago Cut Steakhouse

$$$$·Steak·
River North (Chicago)
6,969 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
Chicago steakhouses are rightfully fabled for their atmosphere and their food, and Chicago Cut Steakhouse is one of the Windy City's best. Modern and beautiful and right next to thRead more
90% recommended
107 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Le Colonial - Chicago

$$$$·Vietnamese·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4,588 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Plush and beautiful, Le Colonial brings diners on a relaxed trek to Vietnam for colorful, creative Asian cuisine. Located right on Rush Street, Le Colonial is known for their expanRead more
93% recommended
56 people mentioned the Red Snapper
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Booth One - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
610 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
The new iteration of the fabled Chicago hot spot called the “Pump Room,” Booth One is a prime spot for a night out on the Gold Coast. There is a very classic vibe found throughout Read more
92% recommended
14 people mentioned the Dover Sole
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