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Boka, Chicago, IL

Boka

4.8
4.8
6311 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

7:30 PM


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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: (312) 337-6070

  • 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 6,311 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
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Contemporary American

  • Chicago

    Contemporary American

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  1. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I really like it. Service was great. Food was great. Learned a few things.
  2. TomG

    Des Moines

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Duck was to die for and Short Ribs were sublime. Cocktail list creative
  3. JoshS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience and Augustus our server was excellent.
  4. JordanW

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasting is believing! Fantastic and delicious. Service was world class - food was everything you read ... down to the home-made butter. Just awesome
  5. JessicaB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. Each course was solid. We did the wine pairings and those were well curated and interesting wines.
  6. Mike

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food at a reasonable price. We had the tasting menu and several dishes were outstanding. Hamachi, white asparagus, calamansi-based dessert - all memorable. The trout sauce was so good that I wanted every little bit of it.
  7. FabioMaycon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Francisco is the Best in service. Thanks USA Brazilian team lovely the dinner
  8. Anne

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was excellent. The ambience is relaxed and friendly.
  9. Teresa

    Houston

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The service was excellent. The tasting menu was excellent except the wagyu was not cooked properly as we noticed it was on the chewy side and the tongue was too dried. Other than that the rest of the courses were excellent especially the Tasmanian trout.
  10. Ciel

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Our food was lovely and started off strong, but we spent more time than we would have preferred. We were expecting to spend around an hour to an hour and a half and ended up leaving after almost two and a half hours. We were waiting quite some time for our food between each course, and our server seemed very busy. He was able to check in maybe twice during the entire meal. We enjoyed our food, but it wasn’t necessarily worth the price, and it definitely was not worth the wait. Definitely try the carrot tartare and the halibut! The Server Assistant, Daniel, was very lovely and polite. He swiftly cleared and reset our tables between every single course and was very attentive. The ambience was lovely in the greenhouse/courtyard area and the lights dimmed as the sun went down. The music level was perfect and subtle.
  11. SheS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When you want it done just right, dinner at Boka is always a most excellent choice. A true Chicago gem.
  12. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The service and vibe was pleasant but I was a bit underwhelmed by the food. The oysters were nothing special and the beef tartar was pretty good but not to the level I’d expect from a place that is so well awarded. The gnudi was incredible by far the best dish we had I would come back only for that. For the entree I ordered the chicken (a recommendation from the server) and it was quite underwhelming.Additionally the drinks were very small and overpriced but were interesting and tasted good. Overall I’d say it was good but there are many other restaurants in the city you can find with similar atmosphere and better food for less $.
  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent in every respect! We truly enjoyed our dinner.
  14. AlejandroC

    Central Coast

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambience. I highly recommend the Chef Tasting menu. In addition, the wine lis is superb and an incredible pairing.
  15. math

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had the tasting menu. Pricy of course, but really delicious. And even the less expensive wine pairing (I hesitate to use the word "cheaper") was exotic and interesting.
  16. GaryCo

    Manitoba

    458 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    458 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Boka has always been my "go to" restaurant but that will change now. When we arrived, we asked for a table in the side room but were told by the hostess, in a rather that unfriendly manner, that she could not seat us there. We were hoping to have a quiet dinner and conversations with some old friends. Instead, we were seated next to a table with some young women who spoke and shrieked very loudly. That was very disappointing. The food also did not meet our expectations. Our scallop appetizer was luke warm and the scallops were gelatinous and undercooked. The braised beef was good but was also luke warm. It appeared that our food sat in the kitchen too long. This is inexcusable in a Michelin Star restaurant. Finally, while they have an extensive wine list, it was impossible to find a nice cabernet under $150.00. It appears that the wine is marked up 3 times. We probably won't go back to Boka.
  17. GordonL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An incredible meal! Excellent portion sizes, timing, and flavor. Our som and servers were all incredibly friendly and informative. I particularly enjoyed the seafood emphasis on our tasting menu, it was filling but very light on the stomach. See you again!
  18. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was absolutely incredible. The wine pairings and each of the 7 courses were excellent. Would dine here again in a heartbeat.
  19. toatway

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal. Impeccable service. Comfortable ambiance. A tremendous restaurant.
  20. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was a amazing experience! I would recommend the tasting menu.
  21. Rory

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Boka always feels like a warm hug from a good friend. The lively dining room made the perfect setting for a late night dessert fest that was better than I could have imagined!
  22. MarioT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alexa was awesome.! My wife and I went for date night. Food was unbelievable and the service and atmosphere was perfect. Best steak tartare I’ve ever had
  23. EllenF

    Chicago

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Boka is our favorite restaurant for special occasions. Food was delicious, server and host welcomed us back, service was impeccable. We were celebrating my husband’s birthday as he chooses every year. Best evening!!
  24. DeanC

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have dined at Boka numerous times over the years but this is our 1st time back since pre-pandemic. Simply outstanding from start to finish and Fernando our tour guide helped plan the layout & timing of our courses throughout. The place is a gem.
  25. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A pricey meal worth every penny. Tartare and oysters, pasta, duck, wine pairings…all fantastic. Service was excellent and never stuffy or stiff. One of the best meals I’ve had in the city without a doubt.
  26. ChiEater

    London

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bar seating. Alexa is an awesome bartender. Food always great.
  27. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    it's just the entrees came way too slow... Everything else was fine.
  28. NathalieQ

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting from Canada, and this evening was truly memorable. Absolutely wonderful meal, great ambiance and professional service. The duck was to die for, will remember forever. Our friends loved the fish (still talk about it), and my husband was delighted by his vegetarian dishes. Our first Michelin starred evening, and hopefully not our last. Thank you!
  29. DLane

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful birthday dinner celebration at Boka on Thursday evening. The vibe is energetic with a mixed crowd. Our waiter was very knowledgeable on the selection and especially the wine list and recommended great varietals. Definitely worth the Michelin star.
  30. Janie

    Minneapolis

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a delight, one of our best dining experiences in USA
  31. Unknown

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Not sure the food was Michelin star worthy. If you are looking for Michelin - level cuisine, I wouldn't go there.
  32. ErinQ

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic service, wine and food. Will definitely be back
  33. GloriT

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal service and attention -to -detail from arrival to departure. Would highly recommend. Dining is casual elegance, comfortable, roomy, lovely ambiance. We never felt rushed, we felt like welcomed house guests.
  34. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extraordinaria sorpresa para cenar, maravilloso lugar y platillos. Sin duda delicioso
  35. LuisS

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food was generally exceptional. The entrees were the weakest course however. The real reason for the 4 stars is because the overall wait to receive the check and process my payment was far too long.
  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints. Service is always proactive and anticipatory. Casual yet elegant. Tuxedos to track suits. Great cocktails even though I don’t drink. Save room for abfab desserts even if you typically pass on the sweets. 12 out of 10 in a Spinal Tap amperage fashion.
  37. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, the services was great and the place is beautiful as well
  38. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff at Boka exceeded our expectations and made our anniversary dinner a memorable one. The food and service were amazing and they paid attention to the small details to wish us a happy anniversary.
  39. lowisren

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing time and the tasting menu was delicious, unique, and adventurous. The staff was friendly and welcoming.
  40. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I really enjoyed Boka. Drinks were very good, ambiance was great, and the food was phenomenal. The one thing I’ll note is that if you bring someone who is easily thrown off by combination of ingredients for a dish or simply by the name, you’ll have a tough time getting them to fully enjoy the menu. Other than that, no complaints.

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 6311 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 54 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: (312) 337-6070

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