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Discover the Best New Restaurants in Chicago

Some may call it "The Second City", but when it comes to this town, Chicago is first-rate. The thriving metropolis buzzes with innovation, business, technology, cuisine and culture. The best new restaurants in Chicago sit at the very edge of culinary creativity, providing locals and visitors with an extraordinary array of cutting-edge cooking. But where are the smartest, savviest diners in Chicago headed out to when looking for the best new restaurants in the city? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. Here, we've gathered information from the Windy City's in-the-know diners to put together this list of the 20 best new restaurants in Chicago. From brand-new pizzerias serving the classic Chicago-style deep dish to downtown fusion and experimental spots with prime seafood, steaks and burgers, the best new restaurants in Chicago have something for everyone. Grab a table in Chi-town tonight and enjoy!

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The OpenTable Team
10 Restaurants
Updated October 23, 2019
Restaurants:Jeong, Kumiko, Riccardo Osteria
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary Korean, Dining Bar, Italian
Neighborhoods:West Town, West Loop
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Jeong

$$$$
Contemporary Korean
West Town
4.9
578 reviews
A minimalist spot near Eckhart Park, Jeong is a stylish and acclaimed Korean spot that's among the best new restaurants in Chicago. This is a place to go for a uniquely curated dining experience. The elegant food includes a tasting menu boasting silken tofu with king crab. There is also chili-braised fern and salmon tartare with creme fraiche. For a la carte diners, try the sashimi with mackerel and wild ride or broccoli with smoked mayo and a fuji apple. The restaurant also features pressed duck confit with kabocha and sesame leaf kimchi. Stick around for dessert and try the chocolate cake with boricua ice cream, black sesame crumble, and matcha fluff.

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Kumiko

$$$$
Dining Bar
West Loop
4.8
369 reviews
Kumiko is the sister restaurant of Noah Sandoval's Kikko, presenting the same inventive Japanese cuisine in a larger, more open format. Head in for late-night dining at Kumiko to try a selection of steam buns and Japanese milk bread toast. On the full food menu, try one of the many Japanese small bites. These include oyster with compressed melon, confit short rib with sushi rice, or king salmon with sea grape. Go for one of the inventive cocktails with your meal. The "Walk Softly" features rice vodka, dry vermouth, and brut champagne.

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Riccardo Osteria

$$$$
Italian
West Loop
4.5
500 reviews
One of the standouts in the West Loop neighborhood, the Riccardo Osteria is one of the best new restaurants in Chicago. This is the perfect place for an upscale seafood meal after a day of sightseeing or strolling around this trendy Chicago area. Grab a seat at the bar or in the exquisite dining room for the oysters or a selection from the menu of Italian favorites. Try the eggplant and zucchini Parmigiana or the "Diavola" pizza with spicy soppressata and provolone. Risotto is a house speciality. Go for the "Gamberi e Zucchini," with prawns, pancetta, and heirloom tomatoes.

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Cira

$$$$
Mediterranean
West Loop
4.6
1036 reviews
This West Loop neighborhood hot spot is one of the most celebrated new restaurants in Chicago. Cira's Mediterranean menu is an inventive twist on coastal cuisine. Grab a seat in the bright and airy greenery-accented dining room for one of the restaurant's Mediterranean-inspired small plates. For dinner, try the "Feast of Cira," a family-style selection with plenty of seasonal flavors for the table. Select from some of the small plates like falafel, chorizo with Spanish olives, or chicken liver mousse with date relish. Heartier fare includes swordfish Puttanesca with capers and basil and grilled Cornish hen with tocca pancakes.

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Cabra - Chicago

$$$$
Peruvian
West Loop
4.7
1897 reviews
One of the hippest and coolest new restaurants in Chicago, Cabra presents a colorful menu of creative Peruvian cuisine. This hotel rooftop bar delivers plenty of amazing views of Chicago along with the inventive food. Head to the top of the Hoxon Hotel to try some of the cuisine and cocktails from celebrated chef Stephanie Izard. Start with the classic ceviche with bass, shallot, and baby sweet potato slices, or try the bigeye tuna with serrano-cilantro and jicama, A "Fun Cold Stuff" menu features chilled octopus with olive mayo, and the "Fun Bites" selection boasts avocado dip with taro and sweet potato chips.

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Funkenhausen

$$$$
American
West Town
4.8
732 reviews
This fun beer hall-style restaurant in the West Town section of Chicago is the place to go to for good times with family and friends. The vast, open space at Funkenahusen is a lively good time bolstered by a creative menu. The cuisine is a mash-up of classic German ad classic Southern. Stop in during the daily happy hour for the very straightforward "A Big Garlicky Pretzel," hot Schnitz sandwich with dill ranch, or a spicy smoked chicken leg with white barbecue sauce. Pair those with a giant 17-ounce boot of Krombacher Pilsner beer or one of the restaurant's featured cocktails.

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Bandit

$$$$
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
West Loop
4.7
731 reviews
This throwback spot in Chicago's West Loop is a stylish and creative place for a young and energetic crowd. Among the best new restaurants in Chicago, Bandit is full of elevated bar fare for patrons. Crispy tater tots come with caviar and French onion cream, and a warm pretzel comes with Merkts sharp cheddar beer cheese. Try the Nashville hot chicken tenders with pickle slaw and avocado ranch. Diners can even order them "ridiculously hot" if they're on the wilder side. Sandwiches include the lobster roll with red pepper mayo and the double "Bandit Burger" with charred and pickled onions.

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Robert's Pizza and Dough Company

$$$$
Pizzeria
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4.8
901 reviews
Chicago is one of the best pizza cities in the world, and the unique Robert's Pizza and Dough Company is one of the city's standout spots. This "craft pizza" location is one of the best new restaurants in Chicago, with a creative menu of twists on classic pizza styles. For an inventive taste, try the duck prosciutto pizza with Calabrian chile, fresh mozzarella, and tomato sauce. There's also "The Jay," with house-made fennel sausage, Calabrian peppers, and tomato sauce. A chorizo pie features piperade, whipped goat cheese, olive, and manchego. There are plenty of classics on the menu, including three-cheese, mushroom, and caramelized onion.

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The Smith - Chicago

$$$$
American
River North (Chicago)
4.6
1733 reviews
A classically-styled "American Brasserie," Chicago's The Smith is part of a nationally-renowned American chain. It's an exciting and stylish spot with a locally-driven, farm-forward menu. Head in during the daily happy hour for a wide range of specials. Along with the $1.50 oysters, try some of the Smith's cocktails on tap. Diners can "Make a Mule" with house-made ginger beer and their favorite spirit, or try the Clark + Kenzie with local gin, Italian apertivo, and Malort. Dinner includes several American-style specials like shrimp and grits, brick-pressed chicken, or a Maine lobster roll. Stop in on Tuesdays for lobster night or Fridays for fish tacos.

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Ocean Prime - Chicago

$$$$
Seafood
Downtown / Loop
4.8
2072 reviews
As guessed from the name, Ocean Prime is a premier place in Chicago for seafood. In one of the best spots in the city on Michigan Avenue and Upper Wacker, Ocean Prime is one of the best new restaurants in Chicago. The stylish interior and creative menu makes it the perfect place for dinner after a day exploring the city or strolling on the Chicago Waterfront. Start with favorites like Port Judith Calamari with sweet chili sauce, "Surf and Turf" with sea scallops and slow-braised short ribs, or jumbo lump crab cake with kale and pickled fennel. Prime seafood includes blackened snapper with corn spoon bread and Florida grouper with crispy garlic potatoes, shallots, and a lemon caper reduction.

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