Chicago's Most Iconic Restaurants

Seasons change, trends come and go, but these restaurants have withstood the test of time—and have become integral parts of the Chicago dining scene. Here are Chicago’s OpenTable Classics: the places that continue to excel after 10+ years. There’s a reason they’re still around: they keep giving us a reason to come back.

The OpenTable team
Restaurants:Boka, Sepia, Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Seafood
Neighborhoods:Lincoln Park, West Loop, River North (Chicago)
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Boka

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lincoln Park
5,546 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

Boka is the flagship restaurant of the Chicago empire Boka Restaurant Group, the place that launched no less than a dining revolution. The contemporary-American menu still feels contemporary—we love t...

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Contemporary American in Chicago / Illinois
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Sepia

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
4,268 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

Upon walking into Sepia, it’s clear that this is a special restaurant; the exposed-brick walls and crystal-dripping chandeliers make this one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the city. The food i...

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Contemporary American in Chicago / Illinois

Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
14,695 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals

Joe’s Stone Crab is a Miami institution, and when it opened in Chicago, it became an instant institution of its own. You’re here, of course, for stone crab, platters of it that you’ll crack open and d...

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Seafood in Chicago / Illinois
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The Gage

$$$$·American·
Downtown / Loop
9,601 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies

The menu at The Gage, a handsome, elegant gastropub in Millennium Park, spans the globe, with dishes like crispy harissa drumsticks, poutine, Thai coconut curry, and a perfect rendition of fish and ch...

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Le Colonial - Chicago

$$$$·Vietnamese·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
5,862 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

For a quiet, lovely, and delicious dinner, head to Le Colonial, a French-Vietnamese restaurant in Gold Coast that’s been serving top-notch dishes like spring rolls, banana-leaf-steamed trout, and lemo...

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RL Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
6,219 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Business Meals

Right next to the world’s largest Polo store you’ll find RL Restaurant, Ralph Lauren’s first foray into the dining sphere. You’re here for American classics like shrimp cocktail, pigs in a blanket, do...

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American in Chicago / Illinois
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Shaw's Crab House & Oyster Bar - Chicago

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
12,297 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies

There are few better places to dine on gorgeous seafood than Shaw’s Crab House, a Chicago institution in River North. Choose between the 1940s-style dining room or the more-casual Oyster Bar, and get ...

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Seafood in Chicago / Illinois

HUB 51 and Ben Pao

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
5,195 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch

Chips and guacamole? Tuna poke? Burrata with pesto? King-crab California rolls? You’ll find all of them on the menu at HUB 51, and that’s just in the appetizers section. Join the crowd of hip, good-lo...

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Mon Ami Gabi

$$$$·French·
Lincoln Park
5,927 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Mon Ami Gabi has been serving French bistro classics—think escargots, chicken-liver mousse, steak au poivre, and trout almondine—for twenty years. The plant-filled space is also a lovely place to spen...

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French in Chicago / Illinois
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Shanghai Terrace

$$$$·Chinese·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,838 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

On the seventh floor of the Peninsula Hotel you’ll find Shanghai Terrace, a gorgeous jewel box of a restaurant serving upscale Cantonese food. The dim sum in particular is not to be missed—especially ...

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