The OpenTable Team

The Best Restaurants in Chicago, According to our Tastemakers

There are plenty of sites that make Chicago famous: the Sears Tower, Grant Park, the Bean, and many more. But Chicago is also renowned as one of the greatest food cities in America...

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Restaurants:goosefoot, SUSHI-SAN, Sepia
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Japanese
Neighborhoods:Lincoln Square, Chicago, West Loop
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

goosefoot

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lincoln Square
912 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

Here, no detail is overlooked. It's evident the moment you walk into Goosefoot, one of the best places to eat in Chicago. French techniques enhance each dish, carefully prepared wi...

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97% recommended
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SUSHI-SAN

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

Think you know sushi? This place will make you think again. Sushi San takes the culinary art up a notch. An Omakase dinner, a six- or 14-course meal, is a cultural experience. The ...

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92% recommended
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Sepia

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
4,213 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies

Executive chef Andrew Zimmerman made this place a top lister. Historical and contemporary flair complete its elegant interiors. You won't find traditional dinnerware here, either. ...

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94% recommended
Contemporary American in Chicago
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Taxim

$$$$·Greek·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
863 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Creative Cuisine

Take your taste buds on a trip to the Mediterranean with a visit to Taxim. When the weather's warm, bask in fresh air overlooking the city while enjoying your meal on the rooftop t...

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Gibsons Italia

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
1,612 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View

Gibsons Italia, one of the top Italian restaurants in Chicago, is like nothing you've ever experienced. Run by chef Jose Sosa, and one of the best steakhouses in Chicago, Gibsons I...

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100% recommended
Steakhouse in Chicago / Illinois
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North Pond

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
3,789 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic

A trip to Lincoln Park, is incomplete without dining in North Pond. It's worth stopping in for the view alone, but the food here makes it one of the best restaurants in Chicago. Ch...

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96% recommended
Notable Wine List in Chicago
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The Izakaya at Momotaro

$$$$·Japanese·
West Loop
396 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion

A modern take on Japanese cuisine awaits at The Izakaya at Momotaro. Familiar plates of nigiri and sashimi are served alongside more unique ones. Not your typical Japanese eatery, ...

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88% recommended
Japanese in Chicago / Illinois
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Pelago

$$$$·Italian·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,676 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List

Delicious food and the perfect, contemporary interiors. They combine to create a modern dining experience at Pelago. Simple yet soft colors and refined elements, highlighted by the...

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91% recommended
Notable Wine List in Chicago
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The Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria

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

French cuisine sits front and center at Margeaux Brasserie in Waldorf Astoria, one of the best places to eat in Chicago. The luxe 1920s vibe sets the scene for a perfect dining exp...

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89% recommended

Cold Storage @ Swift & Sons

$$$$·Seafood·
West Loop
417 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Happy Hour
  • Bar Seating

Love seafood? Then a visit to Cold Storage Seafood at West Fulton Market is on the agenda. Oysters on the half shell, chowder and mussels are crowd favorites. With its industrial d...

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87% recommended
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Les Nomades

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,780 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

Elevate your French dining experience here. Les Nomades has long been one of the top restaurants in Chicago. Its fixed-price menu includes four or five courses, each made with the ...

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100% recommended
Best Overall in Chicago / Illinois
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TAO Asian Bistro - Chicago

$$$$·Asian·
River North (Chicago)
1,157 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays

The atmosphere of Tao Chicago is electric, as it is both a restaurant and a nightclub, with interiors designed to excite. You can choose to eat in the main dining room or ask for a...

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90% recommended
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Sai Cafe

$$$$·Japanese·
Lincoln Park
410 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

Sai Cafe is a perfect blend of artistic flair and addicting food. This restaurant offers Asian foods with unique selections. Locals rave about the Hamagi Jalapeno and Dynamite, a b...

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97% recommended
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India House, Chicago

$$$$·Indian·
River North (Chicago)
741 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups

India House concludes our list as one of the top Indian restaurants the Windy City has to offer. During the day, you can enjoy the lunch buffet, and get a good sampling of its best...

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82% recommended