Boka

4.9
5483 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Michelin starred Boka Restaurant has been a fixture in Chicago dining since 2003. In January 2014, Chef Lee Wolen joined as Executive Chef/Partner after the restaurant underwent a major renovation. Since his time at Boka, critics have taken notice. Phil Vettel of Chicago Tribune and Eater Chicago both named Lee as “2014 Chef of the Year.” Most recently, Lee was named 2015 “Chef of the Year." Boka’s food features contemporary, American cuisine, focusing on seasonality and sourcing as many local ingredients as possible.
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 5483 people are saying
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JenniferG
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing flavors, stunning presentations, fantastic wines and a wonderful experience overall. We so appreciated the personal touches to make our dinner celebration memorable!

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TimeForWine
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable evening with unique preparations and spot on wine pairings.

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Gaby
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary and the experience was incredible! Fully recommended

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food preparation was outstanding. We will be back

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vipwjmr
Chicago
183 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were at Boka to celebrate our anniversary. Everything was outstanding. From the time we checked in until the time we left, we were treated wonderfully. Everyone that came to our table wished us a Happy Anniversary. Food was beyond wonderful. The Spanish octopus was light and delicious. We shared the duck for work. Also, wonderfully prepared. Chocolate and Hazelnut desserts and a fine Cabernet rounded out our celebration.
We have loved Boka in the past and we will be back, soon!

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RPandya
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and impeccable service!

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vipMadelynL
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful and knowledgeable about the food and wine pairings. The food and wine were absolutely delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a great time at Boka. The service staff was amazing all around. The food was delicious. So glad to have gone there.

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vipAndy
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely spectacular meal and service to match! Could not have been a more delightful evening. Tasting menu was worth every penny as each dish was perfectly presented, served and enjoyed. Been a while since we have been there and will not wait as long to go back!

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AgneP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place, I would definitely recommend it and will come back soon!

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AdamB
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boka slaps! Seriously though, it’s really good. Great bourbon selection, exceptional service, best duck I’ve ever had. It’s a must if you’re dining in Chicago!

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CynthiaB
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The place is beautiful. The service is above and beyond. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

beyond my expectations

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RyanG
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a lovey experience dining at Boka!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food I have ever had

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the tasting menu with wine pairing. Perhaps the most balanced and thoughtful tasting menu I’ve ever enjoyed. Service was absolutely outstanding point, and the relaxed atmosphere is inviting and warm. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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twislr72
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Experience was perfect! Great environment, amazing knowledgeable staff. The tasting and pairing option was exactly what we were looking to experience while in Chicago.

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vipRedhead
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff extremely knowledgeable and made excellent recommendations for wine and cuisine. Ambience is perfect, doors were open and air circulating. A great place for a quiet or special dinner. Hadn't been there in several years and it was as good or better than I remembered. Tables well placed for COVID distancing. Wait staff attentive without being obtrusive. We all enjoyed him, as well as the meal.

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SeanH
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would go again 100%, staff was attentive but not overbearing.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Above and beyond my expectations. I was expecting great service and food as the Boka company never disappoints but this was far beyond what we could imagine. We went for our 5 year anniversary and our server, Kevin, made it so special. We will definitely be returning when we’re back in Chicago.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was really excellent! Couldn’t have asked for a better evening and experience. We decided to try the tasting menu and it was out of this world!

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vipAuGre
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boka is consistently exceptional. Whenever we have a special occasion to celebrate, Boka is first on our list to make a reservation. Couldn’t recommend more.

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Kritchie
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasting menu was worth every dollar - top notch food and experience coupled with amazing service!

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vipAshley
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place is amazing.

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vipPati
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always! Excellent service, delicious food and wonderful ambiance.

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jasminel
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was so spectacular that i can’t even find the words to describe it! the service and presentation were unrivaled and the evening altogether was wonderful. at the time of booking my reservation, there was only space at the bar. i was unsure what kind of dining experience i would have seated at the bar, but make no mistake, there were no short comings. attention to detail was ever so present and they exceeded my already high expectations. i would definitely eat there again shall i find myself in chicago.

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LOREREY
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Espectacular! Comida increíble de altísima calidad, gran atención, lugar discreto pero me encantó la decoración. Festeje mi cumpleaños, no podría haber salido mas satisfecha.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good tasting menu. Lamb dish was amazing.

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jstep
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

For a special occasion, the tasting menu was exquisite with wine that was perfectly paired to each course. We will definitely be back to try the a la carte menu.

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MarleenK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at Boka made my son’s birthday extra special. Thank you!

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Mindy
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

This was my first time dining at Boka and based on all of their excellent reviews on Yelp and Opentable, I was very excited. This restaurant was also recommended to me by a colleague. My partner and I decided to do the tasting menu, but at the end of the night we were very disappointed. The pace of the meal was a little too slow (3.5 hours for 8 courses) and the dishes were very boring. The duck course was delicious, but nothing exceptionally special, and is the only dish I remember from the tasting menu. (We dined there two days ago). We also ordered the octopus a la carte and that dish was much better than anything on the tasting menu. After dinner I met up with some friends and warned them not to try the tasting menu from here, not worth the money and time. I honestly really want to give Boka another chance, but I don’t think I can convince my partner to come back. Very surprised this is a Michelin star restaurant.

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PaulM
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Alone at the bar, I enjoyed the eight courses with wine pairing, all quite good to delightful.

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MarcoF
New England
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Great value (compared to NYC)

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We are on the rear patio. Service and food were very nice.

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Greyfox
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service and very intimate. Would definitely go again.

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fc1981
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

We went to celebrate an early wedding anniversary at Boka and were extremely disappointed with everything. The restaurant is quite dark and dingy. After we got there, I did request outside patio which they were not able to accommodate. The server was also very tepid, not very engaged. I guess the expectation was for us to do the tasting menu but looking at the ambiance, I was not sure if I wanted to try that out. So we ordered a la carte. The food was mediocre at best. We had the Kampachi, beef tartare and octopus for our appetizers. Beef tartare did not taste fresh and octopus tasted like nothing. The kampachi was the only dish that was flavorful. I had the dry aged duck for my main course and my husband had roasted chicken along with a bottle of wine. Pretty decent but again nothing to write home about. We had a dessert which was forgettable. The most astounding aspect of the experience was that people in hospitality industry have struggled so much during the last year and when you have customers who are willing to drop in a pretty penny for your restaurant, you really need to focus on delivering a very high quality experience (Michelin star or not). If we learnt anything from last year it is that we could eat and do pretty much everything at home. So if people come to your restaurant to dine or celebrate, please make sure you are doing the best you can for them to have a memorable experience. I would not recommend this place at all, neither for celebration nor for general dining. There are lots of great options in a city like Chicago. Skip this one!

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TaylorP
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing as always. Wonderful service, beautiful food, cannot think of one bad thing to say.

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Erin
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely stunning food. Highly recommend everything we had: the ricotta ravioli, the kampachi crudo, the dry aged duck, and the roast blueberry for dessert. Our waiter was so friendly, too! My mother mentioned that I’m starting college in Chicago, so he asked the chef to write “Good luck” on the dessert, completely unprompted.

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EricH
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food. The 8 course tasting menu is an amazing culinary journey and the wine pairing complimented the dishes very well. Creative appetizers and wonderful fish (Tasmanian trout), dry-aged duck and lamb courses with very thoughtful sides, sauces and garnishes, not to mention the unique and delicious deserts (the sesame ice cream was incredible). Service was wonderful as well (with some beautiful touches for a birthday) and always willing to add interesting insights for the different courses and wines. Only critique point would be the temperature inside: we personally felt like the air conditioning was slightly unpleasant, but it was a warm evening outside. Overall, the dinner at Boka was a beautiful experience!

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You can order delivery directly from Boka using the Order Online button. Boka also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 337-6070.

Boka is rated 4.9 stars by 5483 OpenTable diners.

Boka does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://onelink.quickgifts.com/merchant/boka-restaurant-chicago/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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