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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
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Shaw's Crab House - Chicago

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
10,618 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
95% recommended
Seafood in Chicago / Illinois
291 people mentioned the Oyster Bar

Margeaux Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria

$$$$·French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
690 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
83% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Chicago / Illinois
19 people mentioned the Dover Sole

Mon Ami Gabi

$$$$·French·
Lincoln Park
4,751 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
96% recommended
French in Chicago / Illinois
67 people mentioned the French Onion Soup

Summer House Santa Monica

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
3,608 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fun
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
91% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
91 people mentioned the Monica

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Lincoln Park
6,027 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
96% recommended
Tapas / Small Plates in Chicago / Illinois
1,042 people mentioned the Sangria

North Pond

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
3,362 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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
89% recommended
20 people mentioned the Amuse Bouche

HUB 51

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
4,739 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Good for Groups
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
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
57 people mentioned the Short Rib
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Stella Barra Pizzeria - Chicago

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Lincoln Park
911 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
96% recommended
Pizzeria in Chicago / Illinois
22 people mentioned the Gluten Free Pizza

Chicago Cut Steakhouse

$$$$·Steak·
River North (Chicago)
6,808 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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
90% recommended
107 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse - Chicago

$$$$·Steak·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
6,089 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
92% recommended
Steak in Chicago / Illinois
71 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
12,728 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
96% recommended
Seafood in Chicago / Illinois
1,240 people mentioned the Stone Crab
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Le Colonial - Chicago

$$$$·Vietnamese·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4,477 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
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
94% recommended
56 people mentioned the Red Snapper
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Quartino

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
8,779 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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
91% recommended
109 people mentioned the Calamari

Gibsons Italia

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
1,039 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Waterfront
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
96% recommended
Best Ambiance in Chicago
5 people mentioned the NY Strip
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Nonnina

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
1,335 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • 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
93% recommended
18 people mentioned the Duck Ragu

SUSHI-SAN

$$$$·Japanese·
River North (Chicago)
611 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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
95% recommended
7 people mentioned the Kim Chi

RPM Steak

$$$$·Steak·
River North (Chicago)
4,610 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
95% recommended
Steak in Chicago / Illinois
186 people mentioned the Cotton Candy
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Blackbird

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
4,473 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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
87% recommended
92 people mentioned the Endive Salad
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Sepia

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
3,737 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
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
84% recommended
26 people mentioned the Arctic Char

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
23 people mentioned the French Toast
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