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.

The OpenTable team
Restaurants:SUSHI-SAN, Momotaro, Proxi
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Japanese, Global, International
Neighborhoods:Chicago, West Loop
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

SUSHI-SAN

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

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 clas...

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Momotaro

$$$$·Japanese·
West Loop
2,671 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

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 m...

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Special Occasion in Chicago
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Proxi

$$$$·Global, International·
West Loop
1,540 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion

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 fo...

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Somerset

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,878 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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 Somers...

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Swift & Sons

$$$$·Steakhouse·
West Loop
3,191 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic

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—lik...

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Ema

$$$$·Mediterranean·
River North (Chicago)
2,978 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date

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 ...

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Mediterranean in Chicago / Illinois
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Summer House Santa Monica

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
5,248 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem

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; ...

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Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois

Boka

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lincoln Park
5,532 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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 t...

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Contemporary American in Chicago / Illinois
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Duck Duck Goat

$$$$·Chinese·
West Loop
3,923 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Hot Spot

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 pitc...

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Beatrix - Fulton Market

$$$$·American·
West Loop
1,568 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch

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...

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Great for Brunch in Chicago / Illinois

Little Goat

$$$$·American·
West Loop
5,068 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies

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-m...

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Great for Brunch in Chicago / Illinois
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Mott Street

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
829 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot

What kind of restaurant is Mott Street? It’s Korean, it’s Chinese, it’s Thai, it’s Mexican. You’ll find empenadas alongside everything-spiced wings, kimchi-stuffed cabbage next to hoisin-sauced burger...

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True Food Kitchen - Chicago

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
1,969 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Great for Lunch
  • Healthy

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 ...

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Healthy in Chicago / Illinois

Nico Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
2,565 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date

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 occasion. We l...

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GT Prime Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
1,376 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List

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. I...

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Steakhouse in Chicago / Illinois