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The Top Restaurants by Cuisine in Chicago

Where’s the best Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, or Indian food in town? Where’s the best steak, the best pizza, the best plate of oysters? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among Chicago’s most expert, seasoned diners, broken down by each type of cuisine.

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7 Restaurants
Updated February 20, 2020
Restaurants:Swift & Sons, SUSHI-SAN, Brass Tack
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Steakhouse, Japanese, Unspecified
Neighborhoods:West Loop, Chicago, Gold Coast / Streeterville
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Swift & Sons

$$$$
Steakhouse
West Loop
4.8
3822 reviews
STEAKHOUSE: We’re in the Midwest, after all, and there are few places in Chicago to get a steak as good as the ones at Swift & Sons. Chef Chris Pandel knows how to cook a piece of beef, and his seafood dishes—like the hamachi crudo—should not be missed, either.

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SUSHI-SAN

$$$$
Japanese
Chicago
4.7
794 reviews
JAPANESE: Sushi San might be wacky and irreverent—they have a section of their menu labeled “nigiri bombs”—but the food is consistently some of the best Japanese in town. You’ll find excellent specimens of classic sushi and nigiri—the San-Sets, in particular, are great for sharing—as well as Japanese-fusion dishes, like octopus tacos and ceviche-topped shrimp chips, that actually work.

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Brass Tack

$$$$
Unspecified
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4.5
401 reviews
FRENCH: Walking into Margeaux Brasserie, a French restaurant helmed by world-renowned chef Michael Mina, feels like walking into the Paris of another era: the booths are handsome and deep; the cast-zinc bar sparkles; the servers pour Champagne and wheel around cheese carts. Dine on steak tartare and moules frites and sole meuniere, and be transported.

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Duck Duck Goat

$$$$
Chinese
West Loop
4.8
4550 reviews
CHINESE: What happens when Chicago icon Stephanie Izard opens an homage to American Chinatown restaurants? She nails it. Everything at Duck Duck Goat, from the wood-paneled decor to the lazy Susans to the pitch-perfect Peking duck, is thoughtful and spot-on, and while this isn’t authentic Chinese cooking—crab rangoon, anyone?—it’s great cooking, period.

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Ema

$$$$
Mediterranean
River North (Chicago)
4.7
3679 reviews
MEDITERRANEAN: Walking into Ema, the Mediterranean restaurant on the ground floor of the Hyatt Place Hotel, feels like a breath of fresh air: the tables and counters sparkle, the ceiling is hung with tangles of ivy, and sunlight filters in through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Dip some fresh flatbread into some honey-drizzled labneh, order a round of kebabs or a plate of lamb meatballs, and enjoy.

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Proxi

$$$$
Global, International
West Loop
4.6
1874 reviews
INTERNATIONAL: Duck dumplings, or baby-potato carbonara? Burrata with sourdough, or Indonesian pork curry? These are the choices you’ll face at Proxi, a restaurant in the West Loop devoted to international street food. This is global cuisine in every sense of the word, and it works: the kitchen has mastered the diverse menu, and the staff is eager to help you navigate it.

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Parachute

$$$$
Korean
Avondale / Irving Park
4.7
1521 reviews
KOREAN: Parachute is one of Chicago’s most-talked-about restaurants, and it’s not hard to see why. Chefs Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark’s take on Korean-American food is singular and unique, with takes on classic dishes like bibimbap, mandu, and dukbukki that is at once thoughtful, exciting, and new.

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