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Discover Trending Restaurants in Chicago

The OpenTable Team

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 the Tastemaker 20. 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.

Restaurants:TAO Asian Bistro - Chicago, Gibsons Italia, Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House - Chicago
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Asian, Steakhouse, Seafood
Neighborhoods:River North (Chicago), Gold Coast / Streeterville
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TAO Asian Bistro - Chicago

$$$$·Asian·
River North (Chicago)
726 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
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 multiRead more
92% recommended
Asian in Chicago / Illinois

Gibsons Italia

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
1,030 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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 cRead more
95% recommended
Best Ambiance in Chicago
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Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House - Chicago

$$$$·Seafood·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4,623 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
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 foRead more
94% recommended
Seafood in Chicago

Aba

$$$$·Mediterranean·
West Loop
876 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot
  • Fit for Foodies
The sister restaurant to River North's Ema, Aba is a fine addition to West Loop's continuing tradition of trendy, upscale restaurants. Take the elevator to a large dining room, ordRead more
96% recommended
Best Ambiance in Chicago / Illinois
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Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
12,712 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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 Read more
96% recommended
Seafood in Chicago / Illinois
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SUSHI-SAN

$$$$·Japanese·
River North (Chicago)
605 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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 Read more
95% recommended

il Porcellino

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
1,805 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
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 contemRead more
94% recommended

Quartino

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
8,765 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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 plRead more
91% recommended

Blackbird

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
4,473 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
West Loop is famous for fine dining and great cuisine, so even the best restaurants have plenty of competition. Blackbird consistently stands out with its crisp, clean interiors anRead more
89% recommended
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Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Lincoln Park
6,016 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
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 theRead more
95% recommended
Tapas / Small Plates in Chicago / Illinois

Shaw's Crab House - Chicago

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
10,602 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • 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 leRead more
94% recommended
Seafood in Chicago / Illinois

Summer House Santa Monica

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
3,595 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fun
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 pRead more
91% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois

Sepia

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
3,734 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
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 aRead more
83% recommended

Mon Ami Gabi

$$$$·French·
Lincoln Park
4,747 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 Read more
96% recommended
French in Chicago / Illinois

Nonnina

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
1,328 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
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, shriRead more
94% recommended

Margeaux Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria

$$$$·French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
682 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • 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 FRead more
83% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Chicago / Illinois

North Pond

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
3,361 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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 haRead more
88% recommended

Naoki

$$$$·Japanese·
Lincoln Park
513 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
For diners that don’t mind splashing out, Naoki is the perfect place to sample the best sushi in Chicago. Set in upscale Lincoln Park, Naoki resides in the former private dining roRead more
94% recommended
Japanese in Chicago / Illinois

HUB 51

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
4,739 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Good for Groups
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
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 statuRead more
93% recommended
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Booth One - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
610 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
What is modern American cuisine? According to Gold Coast restaurant Booth One, it’s about seasonal ingredients combined with classic recipes such as Beef Wellington, Dover sole cooRead more
92% recommended
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