The Most Unique Restaurants in Chicago

The OpenTable Team

Chicago has always been popular when it comes to travel destinations in the U.S. It's a big city with a small-town feel and a day here can mean a swim in Lake Michigan, an evening at Wrigley Field, visiting some of the country's greatest museums and more, all without breaking your budget. The Windy City is also known for its culinary treasures. It gets a lot of hype for hot dogs, deep dish pizza and Italian beef sandwiches, but Chicago also has plenty of truly eclectic food options to sample. We've asked the savviest foodies in the nation where they're eating these days, so we could put together this list of where to find the most unique restaurants in Chicago. Grab a table and enjoy!

Restaurants:Herb, Temporis, Oriole
Price Range:$$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Thai, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Uptown, West Town, West Loop

Herb

$$$$·Thai·
Uptown
352 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Herb is one of Chicago’s most upscale Thai restaurants. Located in the north suburbs, they have a focus on fine-dining in an elegant atmosphere. The setting incorporates lovely wooRead more
100% recommended
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Temporis

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Town
290 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
Temporis is an intimate, contemporary American restaurant in the heart of West Town that definitely qualifies as one of the most unique restaurants in Chicago. They focus on a singRead more
96% recommended
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Oriole

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
1,156 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Romantic
If you are looking for a fine-dining experience that will wow your date, head to Oriole in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. Executive Chef and Owner Noah Sandoval runs the show heRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Chicago / Illinois
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ALTHEA

$$$$·Vegetarian / Vegan·
Downtown / Loop
388 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Creative Cuisine
Most vegan eateries are on the smaller side or tend to be pretty casual and under-the-radar, which is why Althea is one of the most unique restaurants in Chicago. It is an elegant Read more
88% recommended
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Oceanique

$$$$·Seafood·
Evanston
1,274 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
Oceanique provides a fine dining experience that focuses on uniquely prepared fresh fish. It is a family owned and operated restaurant that locals adore for its elegantly crafted gRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Chicago / Illinois

Amerikas

$$$$·Latin American·
Oak Park
407 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Amerikas is a casual dining restaurant tucked away in an intimate, candlelit setting in Oak Park, a suburb west of Chicago. It’s a cozy place with a small dining room and tiny bar Read more
100% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Chicago / Illinois
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Longitud315

$$$$·Latin American·
Highwood
1,350 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Longitud315 is a casual Venezuelan restaurant opened by Chef Tony Castillo. The eatery is a creation of Chef Tony Castillo, who based the menu on his memories of cooking side to siRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in North Suburbs

New Rebozo Oak Park

$$$$·Mexican·
Oak Park
428 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
If you’re looking for one of the most unique restaurants in Chicago that also has a vibrant, bustling energy, check out New Rebozo. Opened by local legend Dudley Nieto, it’s one ofRead more
87% recommended
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The Chocolate Sanctuary

$$$$·American·
Gurnee
1,655 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
The Chocolate Sanctuary has been open since 2015, serving up meals, desserts and other chocolate delights in a fun and casual atmosphere. It’s a super unique restaurant in the GurnRead more
94% recommended
Great for Brunch in North Suburbs
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King Shabu Shabu

$$$$·Shabu-shabu·
Riverwoods
120 reviews
  • Healthy
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
If you are looking for a dining destination that also offers up a little adventure, head to King Shabu Shabu. This is definitely one of the most unique restaurants in Chicago in thRead more
100% recommended
Best Food in Chicago / Illinois
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Three Embers

$$$$·American·
Lincolnshire
276 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Three Embers is an upscale dining spot located in Lincolnshire, a northern suburb of the city. This is the place to go for a fresh take on Midwestern steak and seafood. They base tRead more
87% recommended
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Nirvana Wine & Grillerie

$$$$·Wine Bar·
Mundelein / Vernon Hills / Libertyville
384 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Nirvana is all about providing an all-around experience rather than just a quick meal. They have a focus on small-batch wines and menu ingredients sourced from natural, sustainableRead more
100% recommended
Notable Wine List in Chicago / Illinois

Barton G. The Restaurant - Chicago

$$$$·Contemporary American·
River North (Chicago)
638 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fun
  • Good for Birthdays
Barton G. The is one of the most unique restaurants in Chicago and it will appeal to anyone craving new experiences and quality food. Their mission here is to shock and awe your seRead more
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Onward

$$$$·American·
Edgewater
236 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
Onward offers a fun and playful take on new American food in the Edgewater neighborhood, close to Loyola. Opened by the former owner of Grace, it is a comfy, upscale space with a fRead more
100% recommended
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Chrissoulas

$$$$·Greek·
Mundelein / Vernon Hills / Libertyville
367 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
Head to Chrissoulas to relax in a casual, comfortable environment in Libertyville in the north suburbs of Chicago. The focus here is on Greek and Mediterranean food with both new aRead more
90% recommended
Fit for Foodies in North Suburbs
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Yugen

$$$$·Japanese Speciality·
West Loop
115 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tasting Menu
Executive Chef Mari Katsumara leads both the savory and pastry kitchens at Yugen and instills every dish with a blend of Japanese heritage and classic French training. It is one ofRead more
100% recommended
Best Overall in Chicago / Illinois
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Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar

$$$$·Eastern European·
Ukrainian Village
208 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Heritage Restaurant and Caviar Bar is an all-day restaurant with breakfast items like kolachki, eggs, smoked pork shoulder, and kimchee. In the evenings, the place turns into a fulRead more
95% recommended
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Libertad

$$$$·Latin American·
Skokie
2,323 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
For delicious Latin American food, head to Libertad in downtown Skokie, headed up by Chef Marino Gil. The menu is full of bold and exciting flavors and seasonal dishes that represeRead more
95% recommended