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The Best Places to Eat in Chicago

The OpenTable Team

From seafood to soul food, the dining options in Chicago are endless; the city is known for its deep-dish pizza, boundary-pushing fine dining, and everything in between. 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 haute cuisine, rustic Italian to buzzy Japanese—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:goosefoot, SUSHI-SAN, Sepia
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Japanese
Neighborhoods:Lincoln Square, River North (Chicago), West Loop
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goosefoot

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lincoln Square
782 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
This intimate restaurant seats 30 people and invites everyone to really take the time to savor the flavors of Chicago. Goosefoot presents a fixed full-course tasting menu that chanRead more
100% recommended
Best Overall in Chicago / Illinois
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SUSHI-SAN

$$$$·Japanese·
River North (Chicago)
677 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
The best of Japan meets the best of Chicago in this exciting restaurant. Delectable seafood and Japanese specialties grace the menu, but the sushi is the must-try. Pair the beer, bRead more
94% recommended
Japanese in Chicago / Illinois
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Sepia

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
3,801 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Elegant Chicago dining at its very finest. Sepia offers a private dining experience to accommodate 60 for a seated meal and 100 for a cocktail party. Described as stylish and sexy,Read more
87% recommended
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Taxim

$$$$·Greek·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
668 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Authentic
At Taxim, chef-owner David Nikolaos Schneider serves up iconic and succulent favorites, done Chicago style. For supper, try the duck gyro. Spit-roasted duck sizzles in a blend of pRead more
93% recommended

Gibsons Italia

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
1,123 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
This place has it all: three floors, two fireplaces, and a rooftop patio! Gibsons is famous for making Chicago famous for steak, and their signature WR Chicago Cut is the iconic diRead more
96% recommended
Scenic View in Chicago / Illinois
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North Pond

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
3,383 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
This place has it all: three floors, two fireplaces, and a rooftop patio! Gibsons is famous for making Chicago famous for steak, and their signature WR Chicago Cut is the iconic diRead more
93% recommended
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The Izakaya at Momotaro

$$$$·Japanese·
West Loop
279 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
This almost-hidden gem is a must see! Chicago is a legendary harbor landscape filled with mystery and and opportunity. This impressive cocktail bar style restaurant is brimming witRead more
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Pelago

$$$$·Italian·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,549 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
This award-winning restaurant offers iconic Italian American dishes, and was the Gambero Rosso Top Italian Restaurant for 2018. Chef Mauro Mafrici offers a full menu, a five-courseRead more
84% recommended

Margeaux Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria

$$$$·French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
754 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
French fine dining at its most luxurious awaits you at the Margeaux Brasserie, where Chef Michael Mina brings his passion and flair for elegance to this incredible Chicago restauraRead more
90% recommended
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Everest

$$$$·French·
Downtown / Loop
2,128 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
For breathtaking views and a fine French meal, Everest is the tops. Ideally situated on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange, the view of the iconic Chicago cityscape is a Read more
Scenic View in Chicago / Illinois
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Cold Storage Seafood

$$$$·Seafood·
West Loop
385 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
This is a feast for seafood lovers! Cold Storage specializes in Chicago-style seafood and they do not disappoint. They offer small plates, seafood towers, a raw bar à la carte, andRead more
81% recommended
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Les Nomades

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,617 reviews
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Since the 1970s, Les Nomades has been one of Chicago's finest French restaurants. The decor is intimate and artful. The Les Nomades menu offers a four- or five-course option with aRead more
94% recommended
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TAO Asian Bistro - Chicago

$$$$·Asian·
River North (Chicago)
846 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
The epitome of cool Chicago nightlife, Tao Chicago includes a rocking nightclub, special events, and a 300-seat restaurant. The menu delivers Pan-Asian style offerings from the seaRead more
93% recommended
Asian in Chicago / Illinois
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Sai Cafe

$$$$·Japanese·
Lincoln Park
390 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Bar Seating
This restaurant prides itself on offering sushi and fresh seafood prepared to each diner's unique specifications. Sashimi is on the menu, of course, and maki. Chefs prepare seafoodRead more
100% recommended
Best Overall in Chicago / Illinois

Tarantino's

$$$$·Italian·
Lincoln Park
497 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
Enjoy Chef Marcello Mendonca's contemporary Italian dishes in a warm, inviting, and comfortable setting. Chef Marcello successfully pays tribute to Old World Italian cooking traditRead more
94% recommended

Mon Ami Gabi

$$$$·French·
Lincoln Park
4,836 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
For over 20 years, Mon Ami Gabi has been setting a standard in French cuisine in Chicago. The ambience is delightful. The restaurant sits in a beautiful residential building borderRead more
96% recommended
French in Chicago / Illinois
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Blackbird

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
4,473 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
Chef-owner Paul Kahan's flagship eatery has an innovative spirit: a spirit that has always driven progress and industry in Chicago. The fixed price lunch menu is a fan favorite. BlRead more
91% recommended
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Eight Bar and Patio

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
56 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
Fans love the casual atmosphere of this upscale restaurant with outdoor seating. The Eight Bar is a classic Chicago bistro. Start with the wild Burgundy escargots in lemon herb butRead more
98% recommended
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Freds Chicago at Barneys New York - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Italian·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,099 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
What's not to say about how fantastic this iconic restaurant is? Serving a wide range of popular American dishes, Freds boasts a proud menu with something for everyone. People don'Read more
90% recommended
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Booth One - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
610 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
This 1920s-inspired beauty is a restaurant and social club designed for those who love to mingle in the classic American style. Located at the site of the former Pump Room, Booth ORead more
92% recommended
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