The Best Breakfast Restaurants in Chicago

Chicago has always been a food city. In fact, the city and its wealth were built on food. Since its incorporation, Chicago acted as the shipment hub for the Midwest’s agricultural trade, later becoming a leader in food processing throughout the United States. Like many booming cities, industry attracted immigrants, eager to work—and they brought their cuisines with them. To this day, Chicago continues to be one of the country's most beloved food cities. 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. Whether you're in the mood for a fluffy cinnamon roll or a hearty corned-beef hash, when it comes to breakfast in the Windy City, there are countless choices. From funky diners to five-star restaurants, the following spots serve up the best breakfast in Chicago.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Mon Ami Gabi, Quartino, Bernie's Chicago
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:French, Italian, American
Neighborhoods:Lincoln Park, River North (Chicago)
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Mon Ami Gabi

$$$$·French·
Lincoln Park
5,825 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

“Sundays are for relaxing and, after a hard week, indulging. Mon Ami Gabi is known for their French classics, but diners come back time and time again for their Sunday brunch. To start, this bistro of...

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French in Chicago / Illinois
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Quartino

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
9,597 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Afternoon Coffee
  • Great for Brunch

While diners typically flock to this bustling establishment to enjoy small plates, carafes of wine, and unique cocktails, their weekend brunch menu selections take breakfast to a whole other level. Of...

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Good for Groups in Chicago / Illinois
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Bernie's Chicago

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
736 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch

Located in Chicago's River North neighborhood, Bernie's is an inviting restaurant that is casual, yet refined. The interior space features turquoise banquets, coffered ceilings, and a diverse collecti...

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Le Colonial - Chicago

$$$$·Vietnamese·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
5,738 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies

Combining upscale French and Vietnamese fare, Le Colonial has a stunning interior, balcony seating, and a seasonal patio. Although they do not offer classic breakfast items, many diners can’t recommen...

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Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Lincoln Park
7,344 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion

This classic Chicago eatery is known for their lively atmosphere, Spanish tapas, paella, sangria, and of course, their Spanish-inspired brunch menu. Bloody mary fans love their “make your own” bar, fe...

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Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
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Shaw's Crab House & Oyster Bar - Chicago

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
12,242 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

Sure, Shaw’s Crab House is known as Chicago’s premier seafood restaurant, but they also serve an irresistible brunch. For a set price, diners are let loose on their five-station buffet, featuring thei...

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Seafood in Chicago / Illinois
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The Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
134 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies

Serving up traditional French fine dining, Margeaux Brasserie is inspired by the 1920s. Owned by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina, this stylish restaurant offers traditional brasserie dishe...

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Summer House Santa Monica

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
5,099 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Each weekend, Summer House Santa Monica serves up a brunch that is sure to please. This open, bright, and airy restaurant is a joy to dine in, especially on a sunny day—thanks to their retractable gla...

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Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
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Chicago Cut Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
8,150 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View

For those looking for the best breakfast in Chicago, a steakhouse may not come to mind. However, at Chicago Cut Steakhouse, their breakfast menu hits all the right notes. Best of all, when the weather...

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Steakhouse in Chicago
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Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar - Chicago

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Lincoln Park
1,007 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Hot Spot

A combination of rustic and industrial, this chic pizzeria offers a warm, yet elegant setting. Although they specialize in traditional Italian cuisine with a twist, their weekend brunch is where diner...

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North Pond

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
3,837 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Fit for Foodies

Located inside Lincoln Park, North Pond offers modern American fare, highlighting locally sourced ingredients. Diners will appreciate the views as they take in Chicago's breathtaking skyline. The stru...

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American in Chicago / Illinois
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HUB 51 and Ben Pao

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
5,199 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups

A self-proclaimed social dining hub, this contemporary restaurant is located in Chicago's River North neighborhood. Known for their diverse dishes and lively atmosphere, their brunch could easily be n...

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Maya Del Sol

$$$$·Latin American·
Oak Park
2,914 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups

If diners desire a hip, lively experience, Maya Del Sol may be the place, with its unique Latin American fare and patio dining. Known for their vibrant dishes and creative cocktails, this is a must-tr...

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Best Overall in Near West

The Florentine

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / Loop
1,003 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Great for Lunch
  • Quiet Conversation

Located in the beautiful JW Marriott Chicago, the Florentine is an Italian restaurant with plenty of character and charm. Their chef-driven menu features seasonal, modern Italian cuisine served in a w...

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Little Goat

$$$$·American·
West Loop
5,001 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies

As soon as diners step into Little Goat, they will immediately notice the beautiful decor and lighting. Offering a gourmet spin on comfort food classics, this is the perfect place to grab an exquisite...

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Great for Brunch in Chicago / Illinois
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NoMI

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
3,171 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

Located inside the Park Hyatt, NoMi is an elegant restaurant with an outdoor rooftop patio. Weather permitting, this rooftop garden and bar is open from May until October, situated seven floors above ...

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The Bristol

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
1,848 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

This rustic space is all about farm-fresh produce, nose-to-tail-dining, and communal seating. Offering a unique dining experience, their brunch menu is fresh and incredibly unique. For the best breakf...

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Contemporary American in Chicago
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Beatrix - River North

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
3,975 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

A funky, elegant restaurant, Beatrix is known for their healthy, delicious menu items, iconic coffee, and pastry counter. No matter what diners are in the mood for, this neighborhood eatery will hit t...

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20 East

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
125 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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Wildberry Pancakes & Cafe

$$$$·American·
Schaumburg

Not for the faint of heart, Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe serves up breakfast in large portions. This bright, beloved cafe sits across from Millennium Park, less than a half-mile from the stunning Chica...

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