Discover Trending Restaurants in Chicago

Chicago is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, with a dining scene to match. Already renowned for an amazingly diverse range of food, the Windy City is now full to the brim with trendy restaurants serving everything from beef tartare to fresh cavatelli. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Watch the seasons go by in the center of Lincoln Park on the edge of the North Pond, or indulge in some people-watching in the trendiest new hot spots. Our guide to trendy restaurants in Chicago highlights the hippest, hottest spots to eat at right now.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House - Chicago, Shaw's Crab House & Oyster Bar - Chicago, Mon Ami Gabi
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Seafood, French
Neighborhoods:Gold Coast / Streeterville, River North (Chicago), Lincoln Park
Party Size
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Date
Time
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Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House - Chicago

$$$$·Seafood·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4,820 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Business Meals

Another relative of the original Gibson’s, Hugo’s is their attempt to create the finest seafood restaurant in Chicago. Open and busy since 1997, the Frog in the title isn’t just for fun. Diners can en...

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

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
12,239 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries

Part of the popular Lettuce Entertain You group, Shaw’s is a combination of a “jazzy sophisticated seafood restaurant and carefree, lively oyster bar.” It might be a surprise to learn that Shaw’s also...

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Seafood in Chicago / Illinois
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Mon Ami Gabi

$$$$·French·
Lincoln Park
5,855 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Serious diners looking for classic French cuisine head to Lincoln Park’s throwback to the 1950’s bistro scene: Mon Ami Gabi. Beautifully presented chairs and tables sit on a tiled floor surrounded by ...

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French in Chicago / Illinois
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Sepia

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
4,236 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

There are many reasons to visit this restaurant on Jefferson Street; from impeccable service to the sublime quality of the food, Sepia excels in every front. In fact, diners rave about the beautiful p...

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Contemporary American in Chicago / Illinois
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The Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
144 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
  • Romantic

One of famous chef Michael Mina’s restaurants, Margeaux is part of the Waldorf Astoria hotel not too far from the Gold Coast. Mina has tried to encapsulate the ambiance of 1920's French dining, with t...

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Nonnina

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
1,934 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

The owners looked to their grandmothers for the inspiration for this place, hence its name, and the menu is an ode to traditional Italian food in all its forms. The duck ragu, shrimp risotto, and gnoc...

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North Pond

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
3,855 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Fit for Foodies

Right on the edge of the North Pond Nature Sanctuary sits a contemporary American restaurant surrounded by so much greenery, one may as well be eating outside. Even the interior has motifs of birds an...

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Best Overall in Chicago / Illinois
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TAO Asian Bistro - Chicago

$$$$·Asian·
River North (Chicago)
1,157 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays

For those that have never heard the term “clubstaurant,” it could be time to visit Tao for a delicious education. Situated in the historic River North castle, Tao is set over multiple levels and incor...

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Gibsons Italia

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
1,653 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Scenic View

Curved silver booths and vibrant artwork on the walls greet diners at this River West Italian eatery. It’s the sibling restaurant of Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse, a Chicago icon and celebrity favorite. T...

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Steakhouse in Chicago / Illinois
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Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
14,578 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic

Joe’s on East Grand Avenue is classy from the moment diners enter the formal and elegant dining room. Dark wood and spotless tablecloths that match the walls both echo a time gone by, when food was ab...

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Seafood in Chicago / Illinois
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SUSHI-SAN

$$$$·Japanese·
Chicago
794 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Hot Spot

Diners looking for trendy restaurants need to look no further than River North’s Sushi San. Serving up the best sushi in Chicago accompanied by hip-hop music and minimalist wooden décor, Sushi-San is ...

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il Porcellino

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
2,670 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic

River North is a trendy part of the city, home to some of the hottest club and eateries. Il Porcellino has slotted right into this enticing vibe, with the look and feel of a contemporary Italian resta...

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Quartino

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
9,555 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups

Is there anything trendier than the small plates dining revolution? River North’s Quartino has embraced this aspect of dining culture, offering a huge range of flavors that will please even the pickie...

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Italian in Chicago
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Ja' Grill Hyde Park

$$$$·Jamaican·
Hyde Park
496 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Hot Spot

Our perspective is coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the restaurant’s description: Ja' Grill Hyde Park invites you to experience the Islands of Jamaica right here in Chicago. Serving “authent...

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Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Lincoln Park
7,321 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion

Tapas is a food trend that’s here to stay, and this Lincoln Park restaurant has been getting the small plates vibe right for decades. Bright, welcoming, and lively, the Spanish themes run through both...

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Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
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Summer House Santa Monica

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
5,148 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

When the nickname for a hometown is The Windy City, it’s great to go somewhere that brings the summer vibes all year 'round. The Summer House employs bright décor and greenery to provide a perennial f...

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Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
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HUB 51 and Ben Pao

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
5,185 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual

River North is full of trendy restaurants and bars, so how does one stand out? By keeping the décor simple and the menu diverse, which is exactly how HUB 51 have achieved the status of one of Chicago’...

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