The Best Restaurants with a View in Chicago

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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Cite, Terrace 16, Signature Room at the 95th
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:American, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Gold Coast / Streeterville, Near North
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Cite

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
3,171 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion

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-degree view that takes...

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Terrace 16

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Near North
874 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 ever-changing menu. ...

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Signature Room at the 95th

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
6,454 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

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 city. The interior i...

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Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
6,937 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 that is open during ...

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Shore Club

$$$$·Global, International·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
455 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront

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 picturesque views of L...

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Gibsons Italia

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
1,694 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Scenic View

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 sweeping, panoramic view o...

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Steakhouse in Chicago / Illinois
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Chicago Cut Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
8,265 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View

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 on site. They also of...

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Harry Caray's Tavern - Navy Pier

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
670 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Waterfront

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 place to enjoy the ult...

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Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago

$$$$·Barbecue·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,134 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date

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 owned and operated, so gu...

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ALTHEA

$$$$·Vegetarian / Vegan·
Downtown / Loop
634 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Vegan
  • Healthy

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 space features stunnin...

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Terzo Piano

$$$$·American·
Downtown / Loop
3,772 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Scenic View
  • Fit for Foodies

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 features the signature cuis...

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