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Favorite Local Restaurants in Chicago

Chicago has always been one of the country’s most celebrated culinary destinations—and with the always-getting-better classics mixing with a wave of new, boundary-breaking restaurants, the food scene is only getting better. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find cavernous sushi restaurants and neighborhood gems, glamorous Italian spots and new-age steakhouses—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. You'll want to follow their lead.

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The OpenTable team
13 Restaurants
Updated February 25, 2020
Restaurants:SUSHI-SAN, Momotaro, Proxi
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Japanese, Global, International
Neighborhoods:Chicago, West Loop
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SUSHI-SAN

$$$$
Japanese
Chicago
4.7
794 reviews
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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Momotaro

$$$$
Japanese
West Loop
4.8
3078 reviews
It’s hard to have a bad time at Momotaro: the vibe is animated and lively, space is soaring, and the food—which, at a lesser place, might be an afterthought—is excellent. Don’t be intimidated by the menu, which is long and diverse; the friendly staff will help guide you through it, giving smart suggestions along the way.

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Proxi

$$$$
Global, International
West Loop
4.7
1842 reviews
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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Somerset

$$$$
American
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4.5
2218 reviews
To many, the concept of “country-club cuisine” may bring to mind steam tables of overcooked vegetables and hockey-puck burgers and mediocre omelet stations. Luckily, the country-club cuisine of Somerset is from the country club of our wildest dreams, where thick club sandwiches and whole grilled dorade and white-peach bellinis abound. It’s fun; it’s luxurious; and it’s a perfect place to spend an evening.

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Swift & Sons

$$$$
Steakhouse
West Loop
4.8
3744 reviews
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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Ema

$$$$
Mediterranean
River North (Chicago)
4.7
3591 reviews
Walking into Ema, on the ground floor of the Hyatt Place Hotel in River North, 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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Summer House Santa Monica

$$$$
American
Lincoln Park
4.7
6306 reviews
It’s always summer at Summer House Santa Monica, even when the wind is whipping off Lake Michigan, even when snow batters its windows and its glass roof. Sip on a watermelon smash or a glass of rose; nibble on tuna nigiri or guacamole or a platter of fish tacos; and soak up the sun.

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Boka

$$$$
Contemporary American
Lincoln Park
4.7
6034 reviews
Boka is the flagship restaurant of the Chicago empire Boka Restaurant Group, the place that launched no less than a dining revolution. The contemporary-American menu still feels contemporary—we love the vegetable-heavy dishes in particular—and the space is both upscale and cool. The excellent service doesn’t hurt, either.

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Duck Duck Goat

$$$$
Chinese
West Loop
4.8
4428 reviews
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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Beatrix - Fulton Market

$$$$
American
West Loop
4.7
1988 reviews
With its breezy vibe and unpretentious menu, Beatrix has hit on a concept that truly works—and at their third and most-recent location in Fulton Market, they’ve dialed it in even more. This is a place that lends itself as much to daytime coffee-swigging to evening cocktail-sipping, and the food—like the local burrata and “enlightened Caesar”—never disappoints.

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Little Goat

$$$$
American
West Loop
4.8
5434 reviews
Chef Stephanie Izard knows how to cook what people want to eat. Exhibit A: Little Goat, chef Izard’s take on a classic diner—if that classic diner had saucy Yucatan-spiced pork tortas alongside banh-mi-spiced burgers and sweet-onion-brioche French toast and perfectly crisp tonkatsu. Yup, this is better than your average greasy spoon: it’s food we want to eat, all the time, at any time of day.

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True Food Kitchen - Chicago

$$$$
American
River North (Chicago)
4.6
2273 reviews
In a city with no shortage of gluttonous establishments, it’s important to have a reliable healthy option to turn to. Enter True Food Kitchen, the Chicago outpost of the national chain, a place where you can dine amongst rows of plants and other healthy-looking people and leave happy, full, and virtuous.

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GT Prime Steakhouse

$$$$
Steakhouse
River North (Chicago)
4.7
1653 reviews
Up until the launch of GT Prime Steakhouse, we didn’t realize that the steakhouse model—the huge cuts of meats, the rainbow of sides—needed to be disrupted. But GT Prime Steakhouse proves otherwise. Instead of hulking slabs of meat, you get carefully portioned slices, served with salts and sauces to be sprinkled with. The effect is modern and elegant—and with a kitchen this thoughtful, it’s easy to be delighted.

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