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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
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Riva Crabhouse on Navy Pier

$$$$·Seafood·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4,743 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
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
87% recommended
Scenic View in Chicago / Illinois

City Winery Chicago at the Riverwalk

$$$$·Wine Bar·
Downtown / Loop
126 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • 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
2,567 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
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
Scenic View in Chicago / Illinois

Terrace 16

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Near North
242 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • 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 Read more
81% recommended

Signature Room at the 95th

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
5,885 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
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
87% recommended

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse - Chicago

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
5,385 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
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
82% recommended

Shore Club

$$$$·Global, International·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
200 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • People Watching
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
Scenic View in Chicago
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Gibsons Italia

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
1,121 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
96% recommended
Scenic View in Chicago / Illinois
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Dick's Last Resort - Chicago

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
815 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Fun
  • Waterfront
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
81% recommended

Joanie's Pizzeria of Long Grove

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Long Grove
422 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
100% recommended
Pizzeria in Chicago / Illinois

Chicago Cut Steakhouse

$$$$·Steak·
River North (Chicago)
6,981 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
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
89% recommended

LH Rooftop

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / Loop
223 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
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
576 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
  • 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 plRead more

Carson's Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue - Chicago

$$$$·Barbecue·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
612 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
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
96% recommended

ALTHEA

$$$$·Vegetarian / Vegan·
Downtown / Loop
218 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Healthy
  • Good Vegetarian Options
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
92% recommended
Healthy in Chicago / Illinois

The Kitchen American Bistro | Chicago

$$$$·Contemporary American·
River North (Chicago)
1,632 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • 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
90% recommended

Terzo Piano

$$$$·American·
Downtown / Loop
3,800 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
88% 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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Wollensky's Grill - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
536 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
Wollensky’s Grill is a gastro-pub style steakhouse brought to you by the nationally-acclaimed restaurant group, Smith & Wollensky. It’s a casual restaurant with a laid-back dining Read more
87% recommended
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