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Boka

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5188 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 5188 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Didn’t like our steak at all, it tasted very strange and gamey. Service was slow but okay. The waiter kept walking away so fast before we could ask questions so everything just took forever. I wouldn’t go back.

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vipStephS
London
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Did the tasting menu- overall it was meh.

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vipScott
Orlando
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

All courses were delicious. Service was good but not Michelin star good. Expected better explanations/descriptions for tasting menu courses. We had to pour our own wine several times. Hoped for a more interactive engaging experience for a chef’s tasting menu. Given COVID restrictions, we were pleased they were open and thought they probably did the best they could.

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KatelA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I had an excellent night at Boka celebrating her birthday. It was my third time there and I have never been disappointed. I absolutely plan to return.

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vipSTroy219
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW!! Delicious! We had the 5-course tasting menu. Phenomenal!

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vipnicolas
Miami
85 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, we did the tasting menu with reserve pairing, best option. Service outstanding

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Cece
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Went to Boka to celebrate a milestone anniversary. We had the tasting menu which was wonderful. The service was amazing! We will definitely be back.

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BenjaminT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the 5 course tasting menu.

The Uni cream did not have enough Uni flavor. A lot of cream, needed something to absorb the heaviness of it all.

Raw fish was really good. Toasted quinoa add nice texture to it. The tomato broth really brought it together well.

Black sea bass was extremely good. The squash was cooked very well and the cauliflower purée was excellent, especially with the small balls of lime flavor.

New York strip was very flavorful and tender. The brown mousse like thing wasn’t really needed and took away from the dish as it masked the beefy flavor of the steak

Grape dessert was very refreshing and not too sweet. Cheese cream was the star. Would’ve liked a little more of a crunchy component besides the meringue or even more of the meringue itself

Chocolate dessert was really decadent with a slight bitterness. The added lime flavorful brought a nice contrast to the chocolate

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Thomas
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, food, and overall experience! Wine parings were spot on

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vipdkmom
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had prebooked the table on the terrace next to the Patio door. I had confirmed it on the Thursday before, and again on Saturday when I changed our reservation. I was told it was written into our reservation and it was still available.
We were seated a few tables from the patio door instead of what we had confirmed. Didn't want to ruin the evening and make a fuss but this is not ok.
We all had the tasting menu. The sizes were a bit small, which left the males at the table wanting more. They added an extra dish before deserts, and also had a late night snack at home.
Every dish were beautifully presented and very tasty. Started off with sea urchin served with smoked trout roe, which lifted this dish to something outstanding. Then shima aji with a tomato broth. This was probably my favorite of the evening, because the salt and the sourness just balanced perfectly. Then we had a poached black bass that was cooked to perfection, served with cauliflower pure and the perfect butter based sauce with hints of lime. Our main course was a bit disappointing. The NY Strip Steak was accompanied by a few chanterelles, gem lettuce and corned tongue. The latter was delicious but the entire dish was disappointingly cold and on the saltier side. Now all the males in the family felt that they were far from full and they ordered the beef tartare as well. It was presented beautifully but they all said it was too sweet and that the sweetness overpowered the beef. The first desert was a concord grape coconut dish. It was probably the best desert I have had for a very long time. The main desert was a fudge sorbet with a lime foam. Also extremely well executed and delicious balance of sweet and sour.
We ended the dinner with amazing pineapple truffle and marshmellow sweets.
The wine tastings were as always at Boka perfect and interesting. Love that we are always introduced to new wines. Service was as good as always, and Boka went out of the way to take Covid precautions serious. Kudos!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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vipBarbaraK
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was impeccable but all four in our party felt that the food was lacking. The tomato salad and beets were good but we all felt like something was missing. The octopus was ok as were the dumplings. The chicken and skirt steak were again tasty, but portions were small and for the price, underwhelming. Desserts were definitely the stars of the evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food with great service.

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JohnP
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overall this was a lovely experience! It was my girlfriend's birthday and we were only in Chicago for the weekend, very happy with the restaurant choice. The place was absolutely gorgeous, the service was good and the food was excellent! My only real complaint was the bill, I know it's fine dining but it was very expensive (we ordered the 5-course tasting menu with the drink pairings).

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Jakub
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant I have ever been. Great good, superb atmosphere. Will come back soon!

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Reverend
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of Chicago's best restaurants lives up to Lee Wolen's genius. Dined on the outdoor patio on a chilly night so we had it to ourselves. Heat lamp kept us cozy. The whole duck for two was nicely deconstructed and the confit melted in your mouth.

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AgataB
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was very good however some other guests were really loud and using inappropriate language as well as cursing out loud. nobody from the staff members or manager talked to them about this disturbing behavior.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Halibut had to be returned twice, luke warm and fishy. Not Bokas best performance.

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vipMike
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fine except our server mis-informed us about medium and medium rare for our steaks. Pink or rare? They were too rare. I ate mine but one of the other people couldn’t eat his rare/red steak. So the rest of us ate while the individual just sat there, we were almost done when his meal finally came. Our server was very apologetic but it kind of ruined our dinner. And at the prices we paid we expected more.

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MattK
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining out, Augustus was amazing. Food was super good, and really had such a nice time. Thank you!

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vipSarahS
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing and the food was even better. I did the food and wine tasting menu and it was perfectly served and the right amount of time between courses. I love the little breads to go too. Thank you for a wonderful experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wish there were more vegetarian options

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vipCool
Chicago
99 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boka is always sublime & in the middle of a pandemic it is an oasis of pleasure. We wanted multiple courses & our exemplary server was kind enough to suggest a better order based on his knowledge of what was coming. We began with the clean but complex aji, followed by a generous portion of perfectly slow-cooked halibut rich with uni. Next came our pasta course of the pillowy ricotta dumplings, which were a bit too cool but so delicious that we gobbled them up. Rich sweetbreads followed, a savory first-time treat for my dinner companion. Duck was the main course, fulsome with crispy skin & we had to take some home because it was all so over-the-top & fulsome & we wanted to save room for dessert. Our server was attentive without being overbearing & unobtrusively enforced the masking rules, which was appreciated. The whole experience took me back to an anniversary dinner I had with my beloved late husband in the early days of Boka during which we ordered the many appetizers, coursing them out for a prolonged & sensuous dinner. We must all do our best to keep treasures like Boka alive in these challenging times!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite spots for a special occasion. The food is always amazing and the service is beyond compare. We also felt very safe with the Covid measures.

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vipSueC
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boka is always a solid perfect choice. The practice of safe dining during COVID was reassuring. The experience was all we hoped and expected from Boka. Augustas took great care of us.

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vipKeithF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about the experience was fantastic, from staff to ambiance, to the cuisine. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing as we did the chef’s special...

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HilarioD
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spent a date night with my partner there. It was EXACTLY what we needed

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All boxes checked. Kudos to the whole staff. There wasn’t one small detail went unnoticed. This was an experience that we have been on the hunt for and it was more then memorable.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was outstanding, and the service perfect, we celebrate out 20th anniversary and even we did not advice in advance they had some nice details for us

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great dinner at Boka and I really enjoy tonight’s meal just myself lol

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, great service

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I decided to celebrate our 1-year anniversary at BoKa and it was a really great experience. There is a certain amount of anxiety that comes with eating inside during COVID and the staff at BoKa did a wonderful job of making us feel safe and comfortable. We choose the tasting menu and a wine pairing which was a delicious experience that my wife and I would highly recommend! Thanks again for a memorable evening BoKa.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s tradition among my friends to celebrate birthdays here. Despite the restrictions and changes due to COVID, we had a lovely night. Dare I say it even felt “normal.” The food was excellent as well as the service. My friend whose birthday we were celebrating felt very special. Would highly recommend for others celebrating special occasions. I would also comment that we all felt very safe dining there and the precautions were being adhered to.

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LuciaC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The cocktail was outstanding, the bar man makes excellent cocktails.
We had the tasting menu and were disappointed for the meat, just average. Apart from the meat the rest was great. The fish was amazing and the desserts over the top.
We were placed in a dark spot and I asked to be seated in a different spot where there was more light or outside and I was told all were booked. When I made my reservation I didn’t see the option for sit in an specific spot otherwise I would’ve requested in the patio or the lighter place.
Something that we found excellent was the Covid protocol, they did follow it by the book and were very cautious with it. We felt safe eating at Boka. We had eaten in other upscale restaurants during Covid and Boka was by far the most cautious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved and and will without doubt be back again...but only post Covid. 😞

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vipMichelleT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We loved Boka, but the experience was not good. We have been to numerous high end restaurants during the virus situation and subsequently since the governor issued his new mandate. Of all the restaurants we have been to Boka took it over the top with distancing. The waiter would not come within 6-10 of our table to pour our wine or do anything until all the masks were on. When as if he would take a group picture he said no ( he had gloves and mask on and could have backed way up), but..we understand the new ruling but this was an extreme compared to every other experience we have had. We will be back, but not until after the governors ruling ends.

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BulletBud
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here on 9/5/20 for our 50th Wedding Anniversary. Augustus gave us outstanding service and the food was delicious, as always. The Halibut and Dry Aged NY Strip Steak were scrumptious as were our appetizers.

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vipTrishS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Place was too empty and quiet but food service was great🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂

FAQs

Boka does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar.

Boka is rated 4.8 stars by 5188 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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