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.

The OpenTable team
Restaurants:Nico Osteria, Swift & Sons, SUSHI-SAN
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Italian, Steakhouse, Japanese
Neighborhoods:Gold Coast / Streeterville, West Loop, Chicago
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Nico Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
2,565 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Bar Seating

ITALIAN: With its elegant decor, friendly staff, and open kitchen, Nico Osteria is a truly lovely place to spend a meal—and the menu, which features seafood-forward Italian cuisine, rises to the occas...

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Swift & Sons

$$$$·Steakhouse·
West Loop
3,210 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries

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 seafoo...

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Steakhouse in Chicago

SUSHI-SAN

$$$$·Japanese·
Chicago
794 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Hot Spot

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 specime...

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GT Fish and Oyster

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
3,918 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion

SEAFOOD: You’re at GT Fish and Oyster for, well, fish and oysters: this is the best seafood spot in town. Ask your server for the best raw stuff they have that day, and then order a bunch of seafood-c...

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Seafood in Chicago / Illinois

The Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
178 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
  • Romantic

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-zi...

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Duck Duck Goat

$$$$·Chinese·
West Loop
3,942 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Hot Spot

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...

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Ema

$$$$·Mediterranean·
River North (Chicago)
2,996 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date

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 ...

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Mediterranean in Chicago / Illinois
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Proxi

$$$$·Global, International·
West Loop
1,550 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine

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 internat...

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Parachute

$$$$·Korean·
Avondale / Irving Park
1,404 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot

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 ...

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Herb

$$$$·Thai·
Uptown
411 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine

THAI: With its three- and five-course prix-fixe menus, Herb is one of the best values in town; you’ll find thoughtful, elegant, and straight-up delicious Thai food, for a fraction of the other set men...

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