The Best Restaurants with a View in Chicago

The OpenTable Team

Chicago is one of America’s friendliest cities, hailing visitors with a warm Midwestern greeting every time. It’s also one of the most affordable, accessible and gorgeous cities in the country, so there’s no wonder it is a top destination for tourists from around the world. Whether you are visiting Millennium Park and The Bean, awesome museums like the Art Institute and the MCA, catching a Cubs game or strolling along beautiful Lakeshore Drive, there are plenty of things to see and do here in the Windy City. The culinary scene here is also a big draw. Originally known for it’s Italian Beef Sandwiches, Deep Dish Pizza and Hot Dogs, there is a lot more on the menu here in this foodie haven. And why not combine a delicious meal with a beautiful view of the skyline, river or Lake Michigan? We asked the savviest diners in town to tell us about the best Chicago restaurants with a view! Check out our list and book a table to wow your friends and family with a fabulous all-around dining experience.

Restaurants:Riva Crabhouse on Navy Pier, City Winery Chicago at the Riverwalk, Cite
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Seafood, Wine Bar, American
Neighborhoods:Gold Coast / Streeterville, Downtown / Loop

Riva Crabhouse on Navy Pier

$$$$·Seafood·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4,910 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
This upscale seafood house is in the Gold Coast neighborhood in a perfect location jutting out over the water on Navy Pier. Riva’s has breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline andRead more
88% recommended
Scenic View in Chicago / Illinois
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City Winery Chicago at the Riverwalk

$$$$·Wine Bar·
Downtown / Loop
167 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
City Winery has multiple locations around the country and this outpost in the heart of downtown Chicago lives up to the famous name! Located on the Chicago Riverwalk, it features aRead more
85% recommended
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Cite

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
2,787 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Perched high atop one of the tallest residential buildings in the world, Lake Point Tower, Cite has a prime location for amazing city views. This elegant restaurant offers a 360-deRead more
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Terrace 16

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Near North
457 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
Terrace 16, located on the 16th floor of Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, is a new American restaurant with a bustling indoor bar and dining room, a convivial bar and an Read more
88% recommended
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Signature Room at the 95th

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
6,107 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
Located atop the former John Hancock Center, The Signature Room at the 95th features exquisite food, amazing service and one of the most dazzling skyline views you can find in the Read more
86% recommended
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Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
6,127 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Waterfront
Located adjacent to the Loop on State Street, the Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse offers a phenomenal view of the Chicago River for diners to enjoy. It features a large outdoor patio Read more
90% recommended

Shore Club

$$$$·Global, International·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
264 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Shore Club is an upscale beach-front bar, restaurant and resort located in a prime spot right on Lakeshore Drive. The space features floor-to-ceiling windows that offer the most piRead more
91% recommended
Scenic View in Chicago
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Gibsons Italia

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
1,407 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Gibson’s Italia is a modern steakhouse in the River North neighborhood that overlooks the west bank of the river. It features a breezy bar area with tan leather chairs and a sweepiRead more
94% recommended
Great for Lunch in Chicago / Illinois
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Dick's Last Resort - Chicago

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
815 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
Dick’s Last Resort is a fun, no-frills American BBQ joint located in the Marina City Towers in the River North neighborhood of Chicago. Open since 1988, it is one of the most livelRead more
82% recommended
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Joanie's Pizzeria of Long Grove

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Long Grove
484 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Kid-friendly
Joanie’s Pizzeria occupies a newly renovated space in the Northern Suburb of Long Grove. It’s a casual dining Pizza Place known for its family traditions, homemade BBQ sauce and a Read more
95% recommended
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Chicago Cut Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
7,730 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
A hotspot in the River North neighborhood, Chicago Cut Steakhouse features a fine dining menu focused on their signature USDA-certified prime beef, which is hand cut and dry aged oRead more
92% recommended
Steakhouse in Chicago

LH Rooftop

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / Loop
227 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
LH is definitely one of the best Chicago restaurants with a view. And you don’t just have to settle for one dining area with a stunning view because this trendy spot has three leveRead more
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Harry Caray's Tavern - Navy Pier

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
593 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Comfort Food
Located in the Gold Coast neighborhood in a perfect spot out on Navy Pier, Harry Caray’s Tavern is a classic Chicago restaurant. Locals and travelers alike pack into this casual plRead more
82% recommended
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Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago

$$$$·Barbecue·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
829 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Comfort Food
Carson’s Prime Steaks and Famous Barbecue is an upscale dining spot located in the Gold Coast neighborhood. It’s a longtime favorite of both locals and tourists and is family ownedRead more
95% recommended

ALTHEA

$$$$·Vegetarian / Vegan·
Downtown / Loop
388 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Creative Cuisine
ALTHEA is a casual elegant restaurant that focuses on Vegetarian and Vegan food that tastes fantastic. Located on the 7th floor of Saks Fifth Avenue on the Magnificent Mile, the spRead more
88% recommended
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The Kitchen American Bistro | Chicago

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
1,734 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
The Kitchen is a casual elegant eatery located in the historic Reid Murdoch Building downtown in the River North neighborhood. Situated right on the Chicago River, the restaurant hRead more
93% recommended
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Terzo Piano

$$$$·American·
Downtown / Loop
3,917 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Scenic View
  • Creative Cuisine
Terzo Piano, located downtown on the 3rd floor of the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, is an upscale American restaurant and a favorite spot of museum-goers. It featureRead more
89% recommended
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Park View at Ravinia Festival

$$$$·American·
Highland Park
68 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Creative Cuisine
Located on the second floor of the Dining Pavilion, Park View is a French-inspired Highland Park favorite that is open all summer long. The beautiful, relaxed setting features specRead more
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Tree Top at Ravinia Festival

$$$$·American·
Highland Park
85 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Tree Top is one of the latest restaurants to open at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park. The idea here is a Chef’s Table concept featuring global cuisine from seasonal produce that Read more
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