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 Lists. 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, Chicago, West Loop

goosefoot

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lincoln Square
913 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 Service in Chicago / Illinois
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SUSHI-SAN

$$$$·Japanese·
Chicago
794 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Creative Cuisine
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
93% recommended
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Sepia

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
4,043 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
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
96% recommended
Notable Wine List in Chicago

Taxim

$$$$·Greek·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
779 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
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)
1,474 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Scenic View
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
Scenic View in Chicago / Illinois
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North Pond

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
3,583 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Scenic View
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
97% recommended
American in Chicago

The Izakaya at Momotaro

$$$$·Japanese·
West Loop
340 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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
95% recommended
Japanese in Chicago
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Pelago

$$$$·Italian·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,638 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
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
Notable Wine List in Chicago

The Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria

$$$$·French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Business Meals
  • Fit for Foodies
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

Everest

$$$$·French·
Downtown / Loop
2,244 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Scenic View
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
89% recommended
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Cold Storage @ Swift & Sons

$$$$·Seafood·
West Loop
416 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Happy Hour
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
Romantic in Chicago / Illinois
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Les Nomades

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,717 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic
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
100% recommended
Notable Wine List in Chicago

TAO Asian Bistro - Chicago

$$$$·Asian·
River North (Chicago)
1,157 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
90% recommended
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Sai Cafe

$$$$·Japanese·
Lincoln Park
410 reviews
  • Kid-friendly
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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
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Tarantino's

$$$$·Italian·
Lincoln Park
521 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Bar Seating
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
100% recommended
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Mon Ami Gabi

$$$$·French·
Lincoln Park
5,391 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
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

Blackbird

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
4,477 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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