The Best Bars for Foodies in Chicago

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 our Tastemaker List. 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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Gibsons Italia, TAO Asian Bistro - Chicago, SUSHI-SAN
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Steakhouse, Asian, Japanese
Neighborhoods:River North (Chicago), Chicago
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Gibsons Italia

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
1,696 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Scenic View

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 Italian food deliciousne...

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Steakhouse in Chicago / Illinois
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TAO Asian Bistro - Chicago

$$$$·Asian·
River North (Chicago)
1,221 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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 statue that watches ov...

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SUSHI-SAN

$$$$·Japanese·
Chicago
794 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Hot Spot

“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 can park themselves at...

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Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House - Chicago

$$$$·Seafood·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4,810 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 dishes: frog legs. If y...

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The Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
178 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
  • 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 Marteaux is an authe...

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Sepia

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
4,268 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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 gaze-worthy pictures...

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Contemporary American in Chicago / Illinois

il Porcellino

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
2,746 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion

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 positively enrapturing. It's ...

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Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse - Chicago

$$$$·Steak·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
6,807 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Business Meals

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 professionals, tourists, an...

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Steak in Chicago / Illinois

Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
14,695 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals

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 pair it with a fine win...

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Seafood in Chicago / Illinois
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HUB 51 and Ben Pao

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
5,195 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch

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 to offer its hungry pa...

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Mon Ami Gabi

$$$$·French·
Lincoln Park
5,927 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 and domestic and int...

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French in Chicago / Illinois
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Nonnina

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
1,998 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 by the beautiful bar a...

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Shaw's Crab House & Oyster Bar - Chicago

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
12,297 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies

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 top-notch seafood—crab...

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Seafood in Chicago / Illinois

Ja' Grill Hyde Park

$$$$·Jamaican·
Hyde Park
497 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Hot Spot

Ja' Grill Hyde Park invites you to experience the Islands of Jamaica right here in Chicago. Serving “authentic Jamaican cuisine.” Signature dishes include Jerk Chicken, Curry Goat, Ox Tail, Ital Stew ...

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Chicago Cut Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
8,273 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 the Merchandise Mart s...

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Le Colonial - Chicago

$$$$·Vietnamese·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
5,862 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

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 expansive wine list and e...

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