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Local Favorites: The 20 Best Restaurants in Chicago

The OpenTable team

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.

Restaurants:SUSHI-SAN, Momotaro, Bellemore
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Japanese, American
Neighborhoods:River North (Chicago), West Loop
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SUSHI-SAN

$$$$·Japanese·
River North (Chicago)
644 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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 excelleRead more
94% recommended
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Momotaro

$$$$·Japanese·
West Loop
2,029 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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 Read more
87% recommended
Japanese in Chicago / Illinois
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Bellemore

$$$$·American·
West Loop
968 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
What happens when the Chicago restaurant empire Boka Group teams up with chef Jimmy Papadopoulos? You get Bellemore, a spacious, luxurious new-American restaurant with food as gorgRead more
91% recommended

Proxi

$$$$·Global, International·
West Loop
1,050 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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 intRead more
92% recommended
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Somerset

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,282 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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-clRead more
94% recommended

The Publican

$$$$·American·
West Loop
6,068 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
Since it opened in 2009, The Publican has been one of the most fun, boisterous spots in the city to eat pig, drink beer, and be merry. The food, to this day, is deliciously craveabRead more
100% recommended
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Swift & Sons

$$$$·Steakhouse·
West Loop
2,200 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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 hiRead more
91% recommended
Steakhouse in Chicago
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RPM Italian

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
10,905 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
There’s no shortage of great Italian restaurants in this town, but RPM Italian shines as one of the brightest. The space is handsome and sleek; the vibe glamorous and sophisticatedRead more
92% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
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Ema

$$$$·Mediterranean·
River North (Chicago)
2,261 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Healthy
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 oRead more
92% recommended
Mediterranean in Chicago / Illinois
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Summer House Santa Monica

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
3,682 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
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 Read more
90% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
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Boka

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lincoln Park
4,762 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • 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 coRead more
95% recommended
Contemporary American in Chicago / Illinois
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Duck Duck Goat

$$$$·Chinese·
West Loop
2,994 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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 lazRead more
92% recommended
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Beatrix - Fulton Market

$$$$·American·
West Loop
1,010 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
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 mRead more
93% recommended

Little Goat

$$$$·American·
West Loop
4,308 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Great for Brunch
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 torRead more
92% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
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Mott Street

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
733 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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 Read more
94% recommended
Contemporary American in Chicago
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True Food Kitchen - Chicago

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
1,402 reviews
  • Healthy
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Vegan
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 cRead more
96% recommended
Healthy in Chicago / Illinois

Bar Biscay

$$$$·Seafood·
West Town
214 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
A Basque restaurant with trippy-nightclub lighting? You’re at Bar Biscay, one of Chicago’s newest and hottest restaurants. Snack on platters of cured meats and cheeses while waitinRead more
93% recommended

Nico Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
2,172 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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 tRead more
82% recommended
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GT Prime Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
935 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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 SteakhouseRead more
88% recommended
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Blackbird

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
4,473 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Seasonal
Chef Paul Kahan is a Chicago legend, and Blackbird is where he first made his mark. It’s still just as relevant as it was in 1997, serving elegant, refined versions of Midwestern fRead more
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