The Best Seafood Restaurants in Chicago

The OpenTable Team

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.

Restaurants:Bar Biscay, Oriole, SUSHI-SAN
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Seafood, Contemporary American, Japanese
Neighborhoods:West Town, West Loop, Chicago

Bar Biscay

$$$$·Seafood·
West Town
217 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Bar Biscay, named for the Basque part of the Atlantic Ocean, includes the cuisine of Northern Spain and Western France. The land has a wild coastline, packed with Galician seafood,Read more
87% recommended
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Oriole

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
1,156 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Romantic
Oriole is a restaurant tucked away down an alley-like street in the West Loop neighborhood. It features an extended tasting menu presented by celebrity chef and owner Noah SandovalRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Chicago / Illinois
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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 neighRead more
91% recommended
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Swift & Sons

$$$$·Steakhouse·
West Loop
2,656 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 thRead more
86% recommended
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Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar

$$$$·Eastern European·
Ukrainian Village
208 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
A caviar bar in the Ukranian Village was just what the neighborhood needed to step up its food offerings. They serve food all day, including breakfast items like kolachki and an EaRead more
95% recommended
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Pelago

$$$$·Italian·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,628 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
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 sRead more
84% recommended
Notable Wine List in Chicago / Illinois
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Bistronomic

$$$$·French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
3,643 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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 helRead more
94% recommended
French in Chicago / Illinois

mfk.

$$$$·Seafood·
Lakeview / East Lakeview
464 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Mfk is on the border of Chicago’s East Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods and locals love it for it’s low-key neighborhood vibes. It specializes in seafood, Spanish and CatalaRead more
95% recommended
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Juno

$$$$·Japanese·
Lincoln Park
874 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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 expecRead more
89% recommended
Japanese in Chicago / Illinois
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Cold Storage @ Swift & Sons

$$$$·Seafood·
West Loop
416 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Cold Storage is a unique Chicago seafood and raw bar brought to Chicagoans by BOKA Restaurant Group. Located on the ground floor of the Fulton Market Cold Storage Facility, the resRead more
Romantic in Chicago / Illinois
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Aba

$$$$·Mediterranean·
West Loop
1,408 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
If you like being in the know about the “next big thing,” Aba should be on your list. It’s a Mediterranean restaurant with a rooftop patio located in Chicago’s historic Fulton MarkRead more
97% recommended
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Nico Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
2,442 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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 Read more
83% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Chicago / Illinois
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GT Fish and Oyster

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
3,726 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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 featRead more
89% recommended
Seafood in Chicago / Illinois
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Riccardo Trattoria

$$$$·Italian·
Lincoln Park
2,048 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 inRead more
91% recommended

Two Lights Seafood & Oyster

$$$$·Seafood·
Old Town
256 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
Two Lights Seafood and Oyster is a charming seafood enclave in Old Town, Chicago that has a bright, seaside feel, counter seating and beautiful minimalist decor. The goal of the reRead more
88% recommended
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Beacon Tavern

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
1,417 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
If you want a romantic evening in the perfect starlit setting, head to Beacon Tavern, an upscale favorite that is definitely one of the best seafood restaurants in town. Located stRead more
94% recommended
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Quality Crab & Oyster Bah

$$$$·Seafood·
Lincoln Park
1,367 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 thRead more
93% recommended
Seafood in Chicago / Illinois

Formento's

$$$$·Italian·
West Loop
1,602 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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 grandmRead more
90% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Chicago / Illinois

Portsmith

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
353 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
Portsmith is one of the best seafood restaurants in Chicago and is a top choice for anyone who loves an elegantly crafted dining experience. At this restaurant, they strive for theRead more
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