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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 20. 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 20 famous restaurants.

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

$$$$·French·
Winnetka
57 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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
100% recommended
Best Overall in Chicago / Illinois
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The Chew Chew

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Riverside
1,109 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
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
100% recommended
Best Overall in Near West

The Chocolate Sanctuary

$$$$·American·
Gurnee
1,430 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
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
90% recommended
Great for Brunch in North Suburbs

Il Vicinato Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Little Italy / University Village
352 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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
100% recommended
Best Overall in Chicago / Illinois

The Shanty Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gurnee
315 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Worth the Drive
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
91% recommended
Contemporary American in North Suburbs

Oriole

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
1,024 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • 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
98% recommended
Best Overall in Chicago / Illinois
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Herb

$$$$·Thai·
Uptown
302 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
100% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Chicago
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Staropolska

$$$$·Eastern European·
Avondale / Irving Park
51 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Comfort Food
  • Cozy
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
88% recommended

Milt's Barbeque for the Perplexed

$$$$·Barbecue·
Uptown
209 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Comfort Food
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
95% recommended
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Temporis

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Town
252 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
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
100% recommended
Notable Wine List in Chicago / Illinois
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Onward

$$$$·American·
Edgewater
184 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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
100% recommended

Froggy's

$$$$·French·
Highwood
519 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
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
95% recommended
Best Ambiance in North Suburbs

Oceanique

$$$$·Seafood·
Evanston
1,195 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
95% recommended
Notable Wine List in North Suburbs

Longitud315

$$$$·Latin American·
Highwood
1,229 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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
96% recommended
Best Overall in North Suburbs

Mirabella Italian Cuisine

$$$$·Italian·
Avondale / Irving Park
266 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Good for Birthdays
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
86% recommended

Hemmingway's Bistro

$$$$·Bistro·
Oak Park
477 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
98% recommended
Best Overall in Near West

Libertad

$$$$·Latin American·
Skokie
2,236 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fun
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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
100% recommended
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Cafe Touche

$$$$·Bistro·
Edison Park
253 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
86% recommended

Hearth - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Evanston
699 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Quiet Conversation
Hearth is a rustic-chic restaurant inside the Homestead Hotel in Evanston, not far from the shore of Lake Michigan. Diners have a choice of seating inside a wood-paneled dining rooRead more
89% recommended
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DrinkHaus Supper Club - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
West Loop
256 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Fun
  • Good for Birthdays
Contemporary versions of Creole and southern classics is the signature of DrinkHaus Supper Club, a hip, lounge-like restaurant that emphasizes hand-crafted cocktails. The West LoopRead more
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