The Best Brunch Restaurants in Chicago

The OpenTable Team

Both locals and tourists alike need fuel to start their day—and no matter what neighborhood you're in, a memorable brunch is never far away in the Windy City. 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. You’ll find everything from neighborhood gems to buzzy pizzerias, airy seafood spots to white-tableclothed steakhouses—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best brunch spots around the city. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:Shaw's Crab House - Chicago, Margeaux Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria, Mon Ami Gabi
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Seafood, French
Neighborhoods:River North (Chicago), Gold Coast / Streeterville, Lincoln Park

Shaw's Crab House - Chicago

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
11,543 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Shaw's Crab House is a big and bustling restaurant that pays homage to fish and seafood specialties. Besides the usual popular dishes, the kitchen here presents treats like PacificRead more
94% recommended
Seafood in Chicago

Margeaux Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria

$$$$·French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
931 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Margeaux Brasserie offers a classic, French dining experience that will transport you back to 1920s Paris. Chef Michael Mina has crafted a decadent menu with signature dishes like Read more
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Mon Ami Gabi

$$$$·French·
Lincoln Park
5,283 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Mon Ami Gabi is a classic French bistro that embraces the culture of France in its menu and atmosphere. They are famous for their Sunday brunch, which features items like the omeleRead more
97% recommended
French in Chicago / Illinois
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Summer House Santa Monica

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
4,319 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
Situated in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, Summer House offers the perfect escape into the warmth and beachy vibes of the West Coast. The restaurant has complete beach house decor Read more
90% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
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Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Lincoln Park
6,715 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
Located in Lincoln Park, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! Is Chicago’s original tapas restaurant. Chef Gabino Sotelino designed a delicious sharing menu of tapas, pintxos, and paella so that guesRead more
97% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
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North Pond

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
3,558 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Scenic View
Located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood with a view of the dramatic Chicago skyline, North Pond has one of the loveliest locations in the city. Chef David Sherman has built a menuRead more
97% recommended

HUB 51 and Ben Pao

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
5,000 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
Located in River North, HUB 51 is a hotbed of entertainment, dining, and drinking every day of the week. Considered a “social dining hub,” it’s a great spot for groups and businessRead more
93% recommended

Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar - Chicago

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Lincoln Park
1,008 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
Stella Barra is an upscale mini-chain that focuses on artisanal pizza. They feature both red and white thin-crust pies plus a few starters and salads, and you can order your pie exRead more
89% recommended
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Chicago Cut Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
7,679 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Waterfront
Chicago’s Cut Steakhouse is a steak-centric spot that serves up USDA-certified prime beef, hand cut and dry aged on site. It features a variety of made-to-order cuts along with fisRead more
91% recommended
Scenic View in Chicago
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Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse - Chicago

$$$$·Steak·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
6,731 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse is an exciting place to meet for brunch with a lively setting and beautiful atmosphere. They serve their lunch menu for brunch on Saturday and Sundays aRead more
95% recommended
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Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
13,831 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Joe’s is a go-to spot for both seafood and steak lovers and is a spinoff of the legendary Miami Beach original. The seafood is flown in fresh daily and, of course, the Florida stonRead more
97% recommended
Seafood in Chicago / Illinois
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Le Colonial - Chicago

$$$$·Vietnamese·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
5,184 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Le Colonial is a restaurant that celebrates the vivid flavors and spirit of Colonial Southeast Asia. Perfect for a date, space has exquisite decor and savory authentic Vietnamese cRead more
96% recommended
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Quartino

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
9,497 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Quartino is an urban Italian restaurant and wine bar that offers what many Italian food lovers consider the best brunch in Chicago. You can order one of their deliciously spicy friRead more
93% recommended

Gibsons Italia

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
1,390 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Gibson’s Italia is a modern steakhouse in the River North neighborhood of Chicago that features a wide selection of beef and authentic Italian pasta and risottos. Their lunch and bRead more
92% recommended
Hot Spot in Chicago / Illinois
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Nonnina

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
1,613 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Authentic
Nonnina is an old-school Italian restaurant with an upscale vibe. The menu leans to grandma’s recipes, bringing them into a sleek atmosphere that makes for the perfect brunch spotRead more
95% recommended

SUSHI-SAN

$$$$·Japanese·
Chicago
794 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Creative Cuisine
Located in River North, Sushi San serves up fresh fish, crispy hand rolls, binchotan roasted meats, and an ice-cold beer—all to the soundtrack of a DJ pumping out beats. They featuRead more
91% recommended
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RPM Steak

$$$$·Steak·
Chicago
5,123 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, RPM Steak is a modern version of a traditional steakhouse and has an award-winning wine list, a contemporary menu, and a fantastic brRead more
92% recommended
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Sepia

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
4,030 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Sepia is a stylish and warm restaurant that has both a rustic and contemporary feel. Chef Andrew Zimmerman created a product-driven seasonal menu that showcases the purity and qualRead more
89% recommended
Notable Wine List in Chicago / Illinois
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Brunch

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
298 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
If you're looking for brunch, why not head to the restaurant itself! Brunch is a fun and lively brunch place on New Orleans Street that features a menu of fun, shareable options liRead more
90% recommended
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Blackbird

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
4,476 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
Blackbird is a critically acclaimed restaurant that has been churning out imaginative Midwestern cuisine in the West Loop for the past few years. The atmosphere is smooth and elegaRead more
91% recommended
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