The Most Famous Restaurants in Chicago

The OpenTable Team

Famous restaurants in Chicago span a wide range of dining styles from tourist-friendly deep-dish pizza joints to neighborhood Italian spots along the North Shore. Add in the ethnically diverse eateries of the West Loop and, and for those with big budgets and a taste for the gourmet, the world-class fine-dining venues of the Magnificent Mile. But where do the savviest, most seasoned diners eat out in Chicago? This is the Tastemaker 18. We used data covering thousands of restaurants to determine the top spots among OpenTable's smartest expert diners. Anyone visiting or residing in the Windy City, who are looking for a meal that sums up the city's excellent dining scene, should check out these 18 famous restaurants.

Restaurants:George Trois, The Chew Chew, The Chocolate Sanctuary
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:French, Contemporary American, American
Neighborhoods:Winnetka, Riverside, Gurnee

George Trois

$$$$·French·
Winnetka
80 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Worth the Drive
Classically trained chef Michael Lachoqicz presents a trio of acclaimed restaurants at his Restaurant Michael in Winnetka. The most celebrated is George Trois, an intimate, 20-seatRead more
93% recommended
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The Chew Chew

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Riverside
1,225 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
The Chew Chew in Riverside started as a small sandwich shop in 1996. Its popularity required a move to its current two-story space, a charming venue adorned with vintage railroad dRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Near West

The Chocolate Sanctuary

$$$$·American·
Gurnee
1,653 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
With its intriguing concept of cocoa-inspired cuisine (and not just for dessert), The Chocolate Sanctuary is one of the most famous restaurants in Chicago. Locals and visitors seekRead more
94% recommended
Great for Brunch in North Suburbs
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Il Vicinato Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Little Italy / University Village
375 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
The family-owned Il Vicinato Ristorante has welcomed Chicagoland diners since 1983 and has changed little on its menu of Italian classics since its early days. The nostalgic neighbRead more
85% recommended

The Shanty Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gurnee
677 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
In 2010 and again in 2018, Guy Fieri filmed episodes of his Food Network show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” at The Shanty Restaurant, bringing national attention to the Wadsworth eRead more
98% recommended
Best Value in North Suburbs

Oriole

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
1,153 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Romantic
Oriole, one of the most famous restaurants in Chicago, has achieved the highest levels of critical acclaim yet remains decidedly unpretentious. With an open kitchen as the centerpiRead more
99% recommended
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Herb

$$$$·Thai·
Uptown
352 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Herb, a sophisticated Thai restaurant in Edgewater, is the brainchild of chef-owner Patty Neumson. The acclaimed chef’s enthusiasm for holistic living and nutritious cuisine compleRead more
94% recommended
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Staropolska

$$$$·Eastern European·
Logan Square
79 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
Chicago locals with a taste for Polish cuisine – or for great cuisine in general – love Staropolska for its hearty Eastern European classics. The Logan Square venue is a bright spaRead more
95% recommended

Milt's Barbeque for the Perplexed

$$$$·Barbecue·
Uptown
209 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Great for Lunch
Milt’s Barbeque for the Perplexed in East Lakeview fills the upscale kosher barbecue niche in the Chicagoland dining scene that few knew existed. The concept isn’t so perplexing – Read more
94% recommended
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Temporis

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Town
290 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
One of the most famous restaurants in Chicago, notable for its dramatically presented tasting menu and striking modern space, is Temporis. The Noble Square restaurant has received Read more
97% recommended
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Onward

$$$$·American·
Edgewater
236 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for Anniversaries
At the upscale Rogers Park hot spot Onward, chef Patrick Russ presents elevated versions of American comfort food with rustic touches. Both lunch and dinner menus artfully add gourRead more
96% recommended
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Froggy's

$$$$·French·
Highwood
602 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
A North Shore institution since 1980, Froggy’s French Café is a neighborhood bistro with a cozy and welcoming atmosphere, plus some top-notch French cuisine. The venue includes theRead more
100% recommended
French in Chicago / Illinois

Oceanique

$$$$·Seafood·
Evanston
1,274 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
For more than 30 years, Oceanique has presented top-notch French seafood with touches of Asian and Latin flavor. Chef-owner Mark Grosz treats seasonal produce with as much care as Read more
93% recommended
Best Overall in Chicago / Illinois

Longitud315

$$$$·Latin American·
Highwood
1,343 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Longitud315 serves up South American fusion fare with a focus on open-flame-grilled meats and seafood. Venezuela-born chef Tony Castillo’s dishes cover the diverse cuisines of the Read more
95% recommended
Best Overall in North Suburbs

Mirabella Italian Cuisine

$$$$·Italian·
Avondale / Irving Park
333 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Worth the Drive
Mirabella Italian Cuisine in Avondale is an upscale Italian steakhouse with a warm ambiance. The white-tablecloth dining room with romantic lighting sets the scene for indulgent paRead more
96% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Chicago / Illinois

Hemmingway's Bistro

$$$$·Bistro·
Oak Park
572 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
Hemmingway’s Bistro, inside the historic White Inn hotel, takes inspiration from Paris in the 1930s for both its décor and cuisine. The food – breakfast, lunch and dinner plus a laRead more
96% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Chicago / Illinois

Libertad

$$$$·Latin American·
Skokie
2,322 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
Chef Armando Gonzalez’s contemporary Latin American cuisine draws diners from all over Chicagoland to Libertad in Skokie. His dinner menu of mix-and-matchable small plates, dividedRead more
96% recommended
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Cafe Touche

$$$$·Bistro·
Edison Park
434 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
The Edison Park neighborhood bistro Café Touche serves generous portions of authentic French cuisine in a light, bright space. Its lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch menus cover the cRead more
95% recommended