The Best Seafood Restaurants in Chicago

Chicago started out as a place where European immigrants settled for agrarian work. It grew into the world's largest grain port in the 1800s, survived the Great Chicago Fire and then rose to become a transportation hub as a midway point between the eastern and western states. The central location makes it a cultural melting pot. Today, it has risen to the top spot of the culinary map. You can find pretty much every type of food here, especially if you have a craving for fish. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Book at one the best seafood in Chicago today.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:SUSHI-SAN, Swift & Sons, Pelago
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Japanese, Steakhouse, Italian
Neighborhoods:Chicago, West Loop, Gold Coast / Streeterville
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

SUSHI-SAN

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

From the team behind Ramen-San, Sushi-San delivers consistently delicious food that many think is some of the best seafood in Chicago. Located on Grand Ave in the River North neighborhood, their focus...

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Swift & Sons

$$$$·Steakhouse·
West Loop
3,210 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries

Swift and Sons is a traditional steakhouse in the sense that it serves steaks in a large, opulent dining room but it also adds its own special finesse to that recipe. Located in the Fulton Market neig...

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Steakhouse in Chicago

Pelago

$$$$·Italian·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,696 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

Pelago is part of the Raffaello boutique hotel in Streeterville and serves some of the most elegant and refined fine dining cuisine in all of Chicago. He is also the owner of the successful Lo Scalco ...

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Bistronomic

$$$$·French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4,234 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

At bistronomic, diners can find a menu of modern cuisine rooted in French culture. The kitchen draws from local Midwest farms to find fresh ingredients and Chef Martial Noguier helps them come to life...

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French in Chicago / Illinois
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Juno

$$$$·Japanese·
Lincoln Park
1,065 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion

Many locals think that Juno has the best seafood in all of Chicago. It’s an intimate Japanese restaurant in the heart of Lincoln Park with an elegant setting. Diners here can expect an upscale vibe an...

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Japanese in Chicago

Nico Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
2,565 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Bar Seating

Nico’s Osteria is a tried-and-true, authentic Italian seafood restaurant located at Thompson hotel in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast. Chef Joe Lambert runs the kitchen here and comes up with house-...

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GT Fish and Oyster

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
3,918 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion

This upscale seafood restaurant is the work of Boka Restaurant Group and named after chef/partner Giuseppe Tentori. Located in the River North neighborhood, GT Fish and Oyster feature both traditional...

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Seafood in Chicago / Illinois

Riccardo Trattoria

$$$$·Italian·
Lincoln Park
2,197 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies

Chef Riccardo Michi launched Riccardo Osteria following the success of his past restaurants in Lincoln Park and this one is living up to the same hype as the others got. Located in Fulton Market, the ...

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Italian in Chicago
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Quality Crab & Oyster Bah

$$$$·Seafood·
Lincoln Park
1,618 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual

Oyster Bah brings high-quality seafood to the heart of Lincoln Park and locals here just love it. This casual eatery feels just like a quaint New England Seafood Shack thanks to the fish and fishing p...

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Seafood in Chicago

Formento's

$$$$·Italian·
West Loop
1,982 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion

Located in Fulton Market District in the city’s West Loop, Formento’s is an Italian restaurant steeped in the fresh flavors of regional cuisine. The owner wanted to stick to grandmother’s recipes and ...

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