The Best Brunch Restaurants in Chicago

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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Shaw's Crab House & Oyster Bar - Chicago, The Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria, Mon Ami Gabi
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Seafood, American, French
Neighborhoods:River North (Chicago), Gold Coast / Streeterville, Lincoln Park
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Shaw's Crab House & Oyster Bar - Chicago

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
12,239 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 Pacific salmon, fresh king ...

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Seafood in Chicago / Illinois
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The Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
144 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
  • 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 duck wings a l’orang...

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Mon Ami Gabi

$$$$·French·
Lincoln Park
5,855 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 omelette Lorraine, creme ...

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French in Chicago / Illinois
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Summer House Santa Monica

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
5,148 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 and a beautiful retr...

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Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
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Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Lincoln Park
7,321 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion

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 guests could experience ...

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Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
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North Pond

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
3,855 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Fit for Foodies

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 menu around local market...

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Best Overall in Chicago / Illinois
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HUB 51 and Ben Pao

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
5,185 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual

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 business meetings, and their...

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Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar - Chicago

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

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 extra-thin, the Roman ...

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Chicago Cut Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
8,175 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View

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 fish options, pork chop...

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Steakhouse in Chicago
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Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse - Chicago

$$$$·Steak·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
6,783 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Great for Lunch

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 and are a favorite me...

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Steak in Chicago
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Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
14,578 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic

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 stone crab claws are the...

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Seafood in Chicago / Illinois
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Le Colonial - Chicago

$$$$·Vietnamese·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
5,751 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

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 cuisine. Their lunch/...

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Quartino

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
9,555 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups

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 frittatas, a stuffed ze...

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Italian in Chicago
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Gibsons Italia

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
1,653 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Scenic View

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 brunch menu has start...

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Steakhouse in Chicago / Illinois
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Nonnina

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
1,934 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

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 spot. Located in the swan...

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SUSHI-SAN

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

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 feature an all-day menu t...

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RPM Steak

$$$$·Steak·
Chicago
5,126 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Hot Spot

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 brunch! For seafood, t...

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Sepia

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
4,237 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 quality of the ingredien...

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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 like banana bread Fren...

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Blackbird

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
4,402 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 elegant; the dishes inspi...

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