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10 Hard-to-Get Reservations in Chicago

The OpenTable team

Every day, we have hundreds of thousands of reservations flying through our system—and some are tougher to get than others. According to our data, these are the restaurants in Chicago where it’s hardest to snag a reservation. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:goosefoot, Oriole, Girl & the Goat
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Lincoln Square, West Loop
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goosefoot

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lincoln Square
783 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Creative Cuisine
For fine dining in a calm, minimalist setting, with as much attention to detail paid to the overall scene as to the food itself, head to goosefoot. This is Chris and Nina Nugent’s Read more
100% recommended
Best Overall in Chicago / Illinois
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Oriole

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
1,033 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Tasting Menu
Oriole is the rare fine-dining spot that feels like a dinner party; the industrial-chic design and open kitchen make it a far cry from the hushed, gilded places of yore. The food iRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Chicago / Illinois
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Girl & the Goat

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
10,430 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Chef Stephanie Izard isn’t just the first female Top Chef winner—she’s also the lady behind one of Chicago’s most celebrated restaurants. Cuisine-wise, Girl and the Goat is probablRead more
95% recommended
Contemporary American in Chicago / Illinois
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Les Nomades

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,618 reviews
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Walking into Les Nomades feels like walking in on a secret; the space, which is in a gated brownstone, is warm and intimate, with the kind of low-key, relaxed elegance that is impoRead more
94% recommended
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City Winery Chicago at the Riverwalk

$$$$·Wine Bar·
Downtown / Loop
126 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
There are few better places to drink wine in Chicago than at City Winery on the Riverwalk, which is set up right on the water for prime outdoor-drinking vibes. In colder-weather moRead more
85% recommended
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Acadia

$$$$·Contemporary American·
South Loop
1,050 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Acadia is an amazing restaurant in the South Loop, where chef Ryan McCaskey creates seven-course tasting menus inspired by his childhood summers in Maine. The space is open and briRead more
Best Overall in Chicago / Illinois

Parachute

$$$$·Korean·
Avondale / Irving Park
1,304 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Parachute is one of Chicago’s most-talked-about restaurants, and it’s not hard to see why. Chefs Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark’s take on Korean-American food is singular and unique,Read more
87% recommended
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Gibsons Italia

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
1,123 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
What do get when you cross one of the city’s greatest steakhouses with some of the city’s most delicious pastas? You get Gibsons Italia, a restaurant from the same people behind thRead more
96% recommended
Scenic View in Chicago / Illinois
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Maple & Ash

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
3,205 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
This is the Midwest, after all, which means there are lots of places to eat steak in this town—and Maple & Ash is certainly one of the most fun. This is a place that leans into claRead more
97% recommended
Steakhouse in Chicago / Illinois
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Three Dots and a Dash

$$$$·Polynesian·
River North (Chicago)
1,125 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
There are few bars in Chicago as transportative as Three Dots and a Dash—head down a tiki-torched-lined alley, then down a flight of stairs, and you’re in a full-blown tiki wonderlRead more
95% recommended
Late Night Find in Chicago
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