Boka

4.8
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5089 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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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