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Boka, Chicago, IL

Boka

4.8
4.8
5946 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 71 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 337-6070

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Lee Wolen

  • Private party facilities

    Executive Chef Lee Wolen serves seasonal American cuisine in a warm & elegant fine dining atmosphere. Whatever your next occasion is, whether it be large, small, formal, or informal, BOKA can cater to all of your needs.

  • Private party contact

    our Event Sales Manager: (888) 338-3812

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Park

  • Cross street

    Willow

  • Parking details

    Street parking available.

  • Public transit

    Red Line "El" stop at Clyborn & North Ave

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 5,946 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Contemporary American

  • Chicago

    Notable Wine List

  • Chicago

    Contemporary American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    A little disappointed with our tasting experience. Summer tomatoes and hiramasa were terribly salty. Seafood dishes were excellent, the lamb was good but I feel like it fell short of my expectations. Desserts were great. The wine pairings were good. Service was good but I felt a bit rushed. Overall I expected better and will likely choose a different option next time.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jennifer and Daniel were amazing and we didn't want for anything! The hospitality was unparalleled to anything in Chicago! From steps of service, food, and most of all hospitality... Thank you Boka we will return soon!
  3. k

    kat12345

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Came here for the tasting menu with the standard wine pairing. The food and wine were phenomenal, and the service was on top of things; this is all great. However just taking down one start because the ambiance isn't really my personal preference for a Michelin starred restaurant. The place felt like a bit of a scene with loud music and more casual diners.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the expórtenle.
  5. MK

    MKCZ

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic anniversary dinner
  6. GC

    GaryCo

    Manitoba

    430 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    430 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food is always delicious. The service was very attentive.
  7. AR

    AustinR

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very memorable Anniversary dinner - the tasting menu was world-class.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A restaurant definitely deserves the Michelin star that they have
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All around incredible dinner!
  10. p

    plee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We opted for the tasting menu + reserve wine pairing. Very good experience. Each dish was very well prepared. Service was amazing.
  11. ED

    ElenaD

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service at Boka was excellent. The host was friendly and we were seated promptly even though we arrived a little early. The gentleman serving us at the bar was welcoming and attentive throughout our meal, and was happy to answer any questions we had about the offerings. As a first timer the tasting dinner was a must. Every dish was beautifully presented and the wine pairings were a great addition. Next time I would like to try some of the a la carte options as those looked very delicious as well. Overall we had a lovely evening, and I was truly impressed by the hospitality from our server. I look forward to dining here again next time we are in Chicago.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    I was disappointed in the quality of ingredients, the number of courses, and also reserve wine list. We did the tasting menu (where they forgot one dish and we had to remind them) and the reserve wine pairing. I expected much better. And at two people for just under $1,000, the experience should have been excellent.
  13. MM

    MartaM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great service, AMAZING drinks, wonderful food and ambiance
  14. JJ

    JohnJ

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely a Michelin Starred restaurant! In Europe it would be a 2-star. Nice neighborhood bistro vibe with bar in the center and busy young crowd. 7- course tasting menu was first class. Saucing was sublime. Wine list is also great. Not giant but well chosen wines from a broad array of regions around the world and throughout the US. Pricing was also well thought mixing higher priced well known gems with some really great values. Devin the manager and acting Sommelier was very helpful making a large contribution to the success of the meal. First time we ate hear 7 years ago the meal was excellent . I think they are doing even better today.
  15. FR

    FoodieReviewer

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely perfect evening! From the amazing food to the impeccable service I could not have asked for a better evening with my wife. Highly recommend!
  16. MD

    MargaretD

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service.
  17. SF

    SFoodie

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was beautifully presented and expertly prepared to highlight each ingredient. Staff was attentive but not bothersome. Pace of meal was perfect never feeling rushed or neglected.
  18. JM

    JMichael

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Civilized and delicious dining experience. Menu is limited and would have appreciated more choices.
  19. AB

    AnthonyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Had the 7 course menu and was very pleased. Each bite was an adventure. Don't miss out on this.
  20. CB

    ChristinaB

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was a wonderful anniversary experience for us. Thank you BoKa!
  21. A

    Albert

    Los Angeles

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have visited BOKA before. The entire experience was a delight. The food was in the exquisite category and the service impeccable. The entire evening was special and BOKA will certainly rate high on my list of the finest restaurants in Chicago. Albert
  22. TC

    TatianaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was great, small portions but filling. Great service. Will definitely visit again!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The 7 course tasting was an amazing experience. Each course out-performed the last. I expected everything to be perfectly executed and my expectations were exceeded.
  24. F

    Foodie312

    Chicago

    49 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Menu is pared down and pricing is very high for what the food is. Clueless service; the cocktail order took too long; the bread was served to one guest not four ( had to ask for it) the coffee was completely forgotten at the end of the meal after ordering it. Food was cold; pasta starter and the short rib. For the cost of the meal and service a huge disappointment. Not the Boka of the past; not that it needs to be but will not be going ever again.
  25. A

    Anonymous

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic overall!! Definitely recommend to anyone.
  26. S

    Sallyjo

    Grand Rapids

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Book was romantic, the tasting menu was exquisite and the service impeccable!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The ambiance was wonderful. The host and hostess were welcoming and management checked in on us twice throughout dinner. Our team consisting of a waiter and busser were attentive. However, the waiter was less enthusiastic about ensuring we were having a good time than our busser was. The bussers were very attentive and non-obtrusive. We opted for the ala carte options and found our courses delicious, filling and innovative. Yet the sweetbreads hot app was served with 3 pcs and since most items were plated for sharing, it would have been better to have either 2 or 4 pcs. Our cocktails were well poured and aesthetically pleasing. I would like to try the impressive bar or arboretum-like outdoor dining next time. Overall 👍🏽
  28. GL

    GabbyL

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Boka was amazing & visually lush! The duck is crispy & juicy all at once. I’m I’m still trying to figure out how they knew it was my Bday since my date & I never said anything. So yes, I def recommend this restaurant-their level of attentiveness is on point! Thank you
  29. Z

    Zoya

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasting menu was amazing and exciting as always and Jamaal was a great server along with Juan!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing dining experience. Highly recommend sitting at the bar if it’s an intimate occasion. Bartenders are amazing and the experience was unforgettable. The tasting menu was also superb. Every dish was a unique flavor. Even if your pallet does not favor fish dishes, the sauces will change your mind
  31. AM

    AmandaM

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Boka, they made us feel extra special for our anniversary and the food was outstanding. No complaints at all!
  32. JE

    JamesE

    Naples

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the tasting menu and it was one of the best meals we have ever had. Impeccable wines in the pairings ( we splurged on the reserve flight). The food was absolutely sublime
  33. BM

    BreonaM

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A perfect and lovely experience! Can’t recommend it enough.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience at the bar. I have been to Michelin star restaurants before and they do things right here. Gave me some good ideas for me to try out later. The team was very informative and kinda. They knew it was my birthday and gave me a menu of what I ate there. Pretty cool Thanks
  35. NN

    NicholasN

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food
  36. WK

    WilliamK

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you order judiciously, you need not spend a fortune. Two sublime small plates and a delicious dessert was more than enough for me!
  37. MK

    MichelK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience with top notch service and delicious food. The perfect spot to celebrate my wife's birthday in a relaxing environment.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been here twice and both times were remarkable. Great food and wine. Exceptional service. I look forward to coming back
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food and service was amazing! Was a little strange - our bill had a surcharge on it and when I inquired why - the waiter informed me it was to fund the staffs healthcare. I have never seen this before… Also a minor detail was a fairly large chip on one of the dishes the food was served in that I didn’t really expect at a Michelin star restaurant. The thing that really turned my friend off his meal that has been in the industry over 20 years was as our server brought out a to go bag for the table next to us , he dropped in on the floor and picked it back up and handed it to the customers. Overall the experience was great and I would not usually comment on such small negative details unless the restaurant is Michelin star rated or more expensive then average . I guess I raise my standards a little the more I pay.
  40. g

    gusindayton

    Chicago

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent fine dining with a reliable and reasonable prix fixe menu, quality ingredients, superb wine pairings, friendly attentive service, and a warm ambiance.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Boka offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 337-6070.

Boka is rated 4.8 stars by 5946 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 71 times today
Google Map for Boka

1729 North Halsted, Chicago, IL 60614

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Willow

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Park

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking available.

  • Public transit

    Red Line "El" stop at Clyborn & North Ave

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Lee Wolen

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 337-6070

  • Private party facilities

    Executive Chef Lee Wolen serves seasonal American cuisine in a warm & elegant fine dining atmosphere. Whatever your next occasion is, whether it be large, small, formal, or informal, BOKA can cater to all of your needs.

  • Private party contact

    our Event Sales Manager: (888) 338-3812

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