Boka

4.8
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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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M
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tasty food and fantastic service!

MM
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was not the first time eating at BOKA but just like every other experience, the cocktails were yummy, the food delicious, and the service impeccable. I surely hope to come back once the risk of Covid19 infection is flattened out and people are allowed to come back. My heart goes out to the entire restaurant community, I wil support as best I can

CC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food and service was very good, but the food took a while to come out

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Will recommend!

JD
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband took me for my birthday, and it was a glorious experience.

f
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In Chicago primarily to have dinner at Alinea but had night before that also gave us the opportunity to find a dining experience so chose Boka which turned out to be next door to Alinea. Food was inventive, well presented (without the theatrics of its neighbor) and great tasting. Service was exemplary. Ambiance was lively--at times a bit loud but not distractingly so. Deserves its star and can stand proudly as an equal to its more famous neighbor.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic experience! A very attentive waiting staff made us feel like royalty and were willing to walk us through the 8 course adventure we endeavored on. The meal presentations are edible artwork!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible tasty menu and tailored service. They also created custom menus for my girlfriends birthday.

m
London
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all had an amazing tasting experience. Each course had the perfect marriage of savory flavors. Our service was impeccable on every level. Elliot and Brie you went beyond our expectations. Made my sons birthday extra special...Kudos to an outstanding chef and his team as well. Thank you @bokachicago

WL
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Although the choices are limited, the food is always excellent at Boka. Service is friendly and efficient. It's a wonderful place for dinner before Steppenwolf (use their valet parking).

MG
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Favorite restaurant in Chicago! From the food to the ambience - wonderful!

L
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did the tasting menu and loved it! Eight dishes to try including two small desserts and some of the dishes are not on the menu. Loved the venison and the shimi aji crudo (mackerel with a light apple and horseradish sauce). Tried the 2018 Ridge grenache blanc and loved it. It is similar to a chardonnay but a little richer in taste. The waiter was very helpful and had a true passion for the restaurant and its food. Also, we were celebrating a birthday and they personalized the menu, which was a nice touch! My boyfriend kept commenting how delicious and sophisticated the food was.

OT
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and great ambiance/surroundings. Food was excellent.

a
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad to have dined at Boka during this short trip to Chicago. . . Every course, flawless. . . Knowledgeable staff. . . Made it that much better.

OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was incredible. Everything was perfectly balanced. We had the ricotta dumplings, octopus, duck for two, and hazelnut dessert. I couldn’t think of one thing I’d want differently from the meal.
The weakest part of the night was service, it was a little slow in regards to clearing the table. However, the service was still very good. I would love to go back and bring other friends/ family who would also appreciate the quality experience. Overall wonderful

SC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding tasting menu, amazing service, beautiful ambiance. Would go back in a heartbeat.

i
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boka is always outstanding, and we treasure our dinners there. This time was special because our granddaughter, inspired by her older brother's having already done it three times, asked us to bring her and her boyfriend to dinner at our favorite restaurant as her Christmas present. Although it took two months to settle on a date, it was well worth the wait! Her date is also a foodie, and both of them were just blown away by the meal. And the pasta with truffles appetizer might just be my favorite dish at Boka ever, and that's saying something.

E
Cleveland
44 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a wonderful dinner day night. Always is great at Boka but this was our best yet. Splendid preparations of octopus and sous vide short rib fir my wife; beef tartare and artic char for me. Starting with a delicious amuse bouche. Ended with creative pumpkin mousse dessert. Recommended wine pairings were perfect. No reason to go next door !

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was one the best dining experience my boyfriend and I had in Chicago! Looking forward to coming back soon!

TO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food!!!
The duck was the best I have ever had.
The chicken was just as good.
Beef tartar was to die for.
Will definitely come back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, atmosphere and of course food. My dining experience was so special and truly outstanding.

MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Boka!

We dined with you 02/28/2020. We were also celebrating a birthday! We were greeted warmly and welcomed with open arms. The food and cocktails were fantastic. The playfulness of tasting your way through each component of the dishes to then discover the harmonious bite of each dish was rewarding and groundbreaking. We could not help but smile when we experienced the food that was presented to us.

What was lackluster was the service and environment. The music was very quiet, almost unnecessary to have it on at all at the volume it was at, which created somewhat of an awkward feel. All we could hear was the political conversation from the table next to us, which is the last thing you want to hear when you are trying to enjoy an evening. As for the service, it just felt off - from the blazers, to the impersonal approach to service, not to mention we had to get someone to grab our waitress for us multiple times - it just wasn't attentive. Our waitress didn't even give us her name.

But at the very least the food was great, so well done chefs! As for service, may be take a note from your sister restaurant Girl and the Goat. They've really got the perfect balance of elevated food/beverage and casual environment/service that Boka claims it set out to accomplish.

J
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can always count on BOKA to have THE BEST food, service, wine and perfect ambiance. Thanks BOKA!!!!

M
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great evening celebrating a special birthday. The food was outstanding as expected! The service was exceptional with each person helping us feel like they were are partners in creating a special dinner. Congruatulations on all levels in industry and consumer awards- well deserved.

SE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect food for a winter evening. The Ricotta dumplings were warm, smooth and full of flavor. Duck breast with the confit were a great paring of flavors.

B
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boka is really an excellent restaurant. We enjoyed a good time there.

Y
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I expected better in Food but service was more than excellent. We enjoyed definitely.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg. This place was insanely good. My wife and I were there to celebrate our anniversary. We had the octopus appetizer. It was insane.
I had the venison and she had the duck and we were raving. After dinner we spent literally 30 min telling each other how amazing they were.
We have been to other places at/near this price point, like Girl and the Goat and BLVD, but this place beats them both.

PJ
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in Chicago. The food is always creative and delicous. The service is always impectible.

I
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant we’ve ever eaten at! Drinks were unique and delicious. Food made my palette wanting more. Will definitely eat here again when we visit Chicago.

B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 1 year wedding anniversary, and they made it feel super special and like we were the only ones there.

HF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding

LW
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Dishes are tooooo salty....dessert too sweet.........

EM
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boka ROCKS!! 10/10 will be back ASAP! Do yourself a favor and order the ricotta dumplings and duck- you won’t be sorry!

OT
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing. Great vibe in the restaurant. Food was as advertised...phenomenal.

LM
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We opted for the tasting menu. Food was excellent and so was the service. We were just wishing for a "palate cleanser" in-between the transition from the lighter dishes to the main dishes and then another one going into the appetizer.

a
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous food and in a fun neighborhood with lots of additional entertainment options. Loved the proximity to the Stepenwolff Theater

AJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Phenomenal service, from the host stand, busing, and our server, Augustus. We will certainly be back.

I
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. Want a giant plate of the tajarin.

MW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food- very creative, outstanding service.

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