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The Best Chicago Restaurants, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

You’re in Chicago for 48 hours, and you’re hungry. What’s the plan? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the best restaurants among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find the best restaurants in Chicago—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. You'll want to follow their lead.

Restaurants:goosefoot, SUSHI-SAN, Sepia
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Japanese
Neighborhoods:Lincoln Square, River North (Chicago), West Loop
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goosefoot

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lincoln Square
783 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 wiRead more
100% recommended
Best Overall in Chicago / Illinois
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SUSHI-SAN

$$$$·Japanese·
River North (Chicago)
678 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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 Read more
95% recommended
Japanese in Chicago / Illinois

Sepia

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
3,801 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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. Read more
87% recommended

Taxim

$$$$·Greek·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
668 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Authentic
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 tRead more
93% recommended

Gibsons Italia

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
1,126 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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 IRead more
95% recommended
Scenic View in Chicago / Illinois
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North Pond

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
3,384 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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. ChRead more
93% recommended
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The Izakaya at Momotaro

$$$$·Japanese·
West Loop
279 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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, Read more

Pelago

$$$$·Italian·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,550 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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 theRead more
83% recommended

Margeaux Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria

$$$$·French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
755 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • 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 expRead more
89% recommended
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Naoki

$$$$·Japanese·
Lincoln Park
540 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
If you love the charm of a speakeasy and the unbeatable taste of sushi, you won't want to miss Naoki. It was named one of the Best Restaurants in Chicago by Zagat, Chicago MagazineRead more
95% recommended
Japanese in Chicago / Illinois
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Everest

$$$$·French·
Downtown / Loop
2,128 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
Fantastic views, delectable bites and an award-winning chef give you the perfect trifecta that is Everest. Risotto, oysters, and lobster are just a few options on the menu. EverestRead more
Scenic View in Chicago / Illinois
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Erie Cafe

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
885 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
If you're in the market for a steak that's cooked to perfection every single time, make sure you put Erie Cafe at the top of your list. One of the best places to eat in Chicago, thRead more
93% recommended

Cold Storage Seafood

$$$$·Seafood·
West Loop
385 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
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 dRead more
81% recommended

Les Nomades

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,620 reviews
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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 Read more
94% recommended
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TAO Asian Bistro - Chicago

$$$$·Asian·
River North (Chicago)
853 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 aRead more
92% recommended
Asian in Chicago / Illinois

Sai Cafe

$$$$·Japanese·
Lincoln Park
390 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Bar Seating
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 bRead more
100% recommended
Best Overall in Chicago / Illinois

India House, Chicago

$$$$·Indian·
River North (Chicago)
666 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Authentic
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 bestRead more
Indian in Chicago / Illinois

Blackbird

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
4,473 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
James Beard award-winning chef Paul Kahan brings the authentic taste of Midwestern cuisine. At Blackbird, you can find some of the best food in Chicago. The dishes range from vegetRead more
91% recommended
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Eight Bar and Patio

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
56 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
Whether you're looking for an early lunch or late-night fare, you'll find it at Eight Bar and Patio. The atmosphere is a focus here at one of the best bars in Chicago, where you caRead more
98% recommended
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Booth One - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
610 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Booth One offers classic American dining. Here, you can indulge in full main courses on the dinner menu or opt for bar food if you're stopping in for a drink or two. Take a step inRead more
92% recommended
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