Boka

4.8
4100 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” and Boka restaurant was awarded 2015 “Restaurant of the Year” at Chicago’s coveted Jean Banchet Awards. Boka’s food features contemporary, American cuisine, focusing on seasonality and sourcing as many local ingredients as possible. Pasty Chef Meg Galus joined Boka’s kitchen in 2015 and provides a seamless transition between savory and sweet, mirroring Wolen’s use of excellent, high quality ingredients that are prepared and plated beautifully.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Fish
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Daily from 5:00PM
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Phone number
(312) 337-6070
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Lee Wolen
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Willow
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Parking details
Street parking also available.
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Public transit
Red Line "El" stop at Clyborn & North Ave
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Special events & promotions
To host your upcoming event at Boka, visit bokagroupevents.com.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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Boka serves fancy contemporary American food, but it still manages to be cool and fun despite being nice and expensive.

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TT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. The staff knows every dish on the menu.

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O
Toledo
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we've ever had. My wife and I went there and we were seated as soon as we got there. The staff is extremely friendly and inviting. Our server Brandon was outstanding.He was very attentive throughout the evening and very helpful in the selection process. We start off our meals with a cocktail which was outstanding. My wife and I had the tasting menu paired with the standard wine selection. The dishes were creative and outstanding flavor. The wines paired perfectly with the food. Definitely a place we would go back to for special occasions

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GD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of our go to’s! Great spot before going to steppenwolf! Ask for Brandon, does a very nice job.

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AR
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were both amazing!

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EC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special thanks to Augustas! He was extremely welcoming, personable and friendly.

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P
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great grilled octopus and ethereal dumplings . Beautiful presentations. Delicious sauces that were light and bright.
Amuse bouche and chocolat truffles were delicious and such a pleasant surprise.
We can't wait to return.

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S
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Our party of three opted for the two fish dishes - halibut and sea bass. Both were extremely fresh and cooked perfectly, and the sauces were delicious. But my halibut dish was served lukewarm. Considering the main dishes are pricey - $38.00 for the halibut, this was not acceptable. I opted to eat it anyway rather than have them start the dish over again, since the original wait to serve it was a bit long. I opted for a decaf cappucino to accompany our two desserts. The cappucino was almost stone cold. They replaced it immediately and added a third dessert at no extra cost, and apologized profusely for the cold coffee and the lukewarm fish. To their credit they deducted my fish dish from the final bill.

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P
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The flavors of the octopus were well melded with the sauce and accompanying foods. The short ribs melted in one’s mouth. Service was prompt, knowledgeable and friendly. It is easy to understand why Boka has been successful for so many years. Another outstanding optio in Lincoln Park and worth the ride from the Loop

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Explosive dinner. My top three in Chicago.

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RK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food. The duck for two may be the best we've had anywhere. It may be attributable to a private event but the noise level was too high for a restaurant this good. That said, I can see the attraction for the more casual crowd.

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DB
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazing dining experience! Augustas (Sorry if i misspelled the name) was amazing, he was able to give us great recommendations on drinks and he was very friendly. I would return just because of him

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CS
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

one of the best meals that i've eaten in a few weeks.

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KN
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for a 70th birthday celebration and had the Chef's Menu with the wine pairings. A spectacular meal, an event actually, that went on for more than four hours. I would highly recommend the experience.

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S
Cleveland
104 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrated our anniversary at Boka. Graham took care of us and he was fabulous! Very engaging and had great recommendations. Delicious cocktails to start. Scallop crudo appetizer was very good. Bass and short rib entrees were spectacular. A perfect evening!

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KI
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner for my husband's birthday. The tomatoes and octopus dish were amazing, the most tender octopus I have ever eaten. The fish and short rib were also delicious as was the apricot ice cream dessert. The service was superb, and the atmosphere is nice, not stuffy at now.

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AS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

While it has nice decor the service and cocktails were lackluster. Price for experience very underwhelming. I could have easily eaten nearly anywhere on restaurant for the same price point and walked away satisfied instead of feeling cheated. Swift & Son, Girl & Goat, etc.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, wonderful decor. Loved everything about this place!

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Engagement celebration

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r
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish I had at Boka was super tasty. My favorite was the short rib. The presentation on all of the dishes was also great.

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Mexico City
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Festejamos nuestro aniversario un fin de semana en Chicago y después de probar un corte y una pizza Estilo Chicago decidimos probar algún restaurante Michelin. El restaurante está un poco lejos del centro y la zona turística; por fuera es muy discreto y por dentro es un ambiente casual pero lindamente decorado, aunque no te dejes engañar por el ambiente porque la atención es excepcional, no te asedian ni te desatienden, siempre al pendiente. La comida deliciosa, pedimos el menú de degustación, estuvo muy completo, las raciones son suficientes y los platillos deliciosos desde las entradas, la ensalada, la pasta y la carne, los postres con sabores distintivos y con mucho sabor, tuvieron un lindo detalle en nuestros platillos que se agradece, nos sentimos muy a gusto. Lo recomiendo ampliamente para una ocasión especial.

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JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Both the food and the service were outstanding. We enjoyed every minute there. Highly recommended!

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RW
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience at Boka was top notch. From the attentive staff to the amazing food - I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Boka takes great care of you, learns your name, favorites, and provides excellent service and really interesting well-prepared food. Thanks for a great anniversary date night.

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

With the 8 course summer '18 tasting menu, everything was exceptional. The service was beyond top notch and they treated us well for our anniversary. I enjoyed every course including the extra bread and amuse-bouche, truffles at the end, but with the exception of one (beef tongue with a beet reduction, cherry, turnip sauce). I would have preferred trying the short rib there I think.

Overall the experience was beyond compare and I'm quite happy with our visit. Cocktails were well crafted, too. Lovely staff!

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AJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing flavors, ambiance, service. Thank you ! Not to mention the best cocktails in the world . It is always very special for me at Boka. Thank you thank you thank you.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service!

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CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best food experiences I have had in Chicago. Beautifully prepared plates, depth of flavor is unmatched. Price is a bit steep, but worth the expensive for a special evening.

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A
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of Chicago’s finest. Impeccable service creative, delicious food. Noise level makes casual conversation easy.

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OT
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. What an incredible experience. We are outside, which was quiet and intimate. The service was amazing - everyone was so kind. We were celebrating our first wedding anniversary and they wrote happy anniversary on our desert and served us complimentary sparkling wine! The food was really rich, but the portions were perfect. The sommelier helped my husband pair a wine with the duck, and I had a lovely rose. It was a wonderful celebration.

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BK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a blast at BOKA for my friends' 30th. Wonderful service, great atmosphere, moderate prices, and outstanding food and wine!

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KD
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was phenomenal! Would absolutely come again.

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TF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally awesome experience from the start to the finish. We did a tasting menu and it was so refined and perfect that we can't wait to dine there again. Beautiful !!!

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E
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was able to accommodate two of our party who had food allergies. This was extremely helpful.

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AG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Memorable meal experience. Incredible flavors. Service was personal, attentive and not rushed

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VC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing staff and 10 stars to the amazing chef. Will definitely recommend to friends!

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OT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Beautifully presented and attentive and friendly service!

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TC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening. The food was amazing. Will definitely be back.

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F
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food. Our favorite Chicago restaurant. We love eating g here. A trip to Chicago isn't complete unless we stop in here.

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JS
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just excellent in every way, both food and service.

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BD
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great! The staff friendly and helpful. Loved the living moss wall decor.

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