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Boka, Chicago, IL
Award-winning

Boka

4.8
4.8
6862 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

7:00 PM


Booked 81 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2022
  • 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

What 6,862 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
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Contemporary American

  • Chicago

    Contemporary American

6,865 Reviews
  1. Emily

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner, from the starters to the desserts every bite exploded with flavors in your mouth. Thank you very much for a wonderful experience

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  2. Renee

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the most amazing meal of my life, every detail carefully thought out, beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. Service was impeccable.

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  3. NancyB

    Atlanta Metro

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Incredible food. For a Michelin star dining experience, tables way too close and this is not the best ambiance with other party near us way too loud. Front of house needs help. Did tasting menu which can’t complain at all about. Did wine pairing and never saw sommelier once. Our server poured the wine and did great job on memorizing his script but really knew nothing about the wine and asking questions, he tried to answer and can tell he had no idea and should have gotten someone to answer then fake his way through it. He then told us he had to go to another table to pour wine and dismissed us. The people bringing our courses were very short on telling us what we had and couldn’t hear half the time as talking to only one of us and not both. Again great food but front of the house and neighboring table on top of us made for a less than 4 to 5 star experience.

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  4. AS2017

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A Michelin restaurant for many years. Chef innovative, service impeccable, ambience suitable for special occasions in a quiet setting.

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  5. lyndal

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and presentation were both excellent. The service was attentive, but not intrusive. We enjoyed all of the meal, The list is impressive. The birthday boy even got a special piece of chocolate cake for dessert which he definitely enjoyed.

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  6. DavidD

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I went with my girlfriend for our anniversary, and the restaurant was amazing. The service was exceptional and made sure we were comfortable at all times. Food was fantastic!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal, slightly limited menu but everything was delicious. amazing service and ambience. Will be back for more

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  8. LeenS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food and service!! Only reason I gave it a 4 wish portions were bigger!

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  9. Kevin

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My guest and I had the seasonal tasting experience with a wine pairing. The food and wine were outstanding. What fell short was the presentation of the experience. There were different servers presenting each course, some of whom we could not understand, partly due to heavy accents and partly due to the noise level in the restaurant. We enjoyed the food, despite not knowing quite what we were eating with some of the courses. As for ambiance, the restaurant should try to elevate the dress code. Many patrons were wearing jeans or casual wear. My check with tax and tip was just shy of $700. I’d expect a more formal vibe at a Michelin starred restaurant.

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  10. Sara

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat at the bar and our server/bartender Alexa was delightful. She made our experience exceptional! The food was delicious: we had the kampachi, gnudi and roasted chicken and all of the dishes were incredible. We cannot wait to go back to try the tasting menu.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    TL;DR: If you have the money to spend and want to be adventurous, this is a good spot for you. If you're saving up for a special occasion and don't normally go to $$$ restaurants, skip this one and opt for an RPM or other place where the menu is predictable and you're sure to walk away with a satisfied palate. Pros: - Lovely ambience. The restaurant had a lively feel and sitting at a two-person table, I was able to hear 95% of what my coworker was saying and actually see the food I was eating. Cannot say the same for other high-end restaurants where the music is too loud or lights dimly lit. This had a lovely vibe (albeit very, very small entrance area that would not be comfortable in the winter, summer is fine). - Service was impeccable. Our server gave an air of expertise but also made us feel incredibly comfortable--as if we were long time friends visiting him at his workplace. When our last dessert course left us with a sour taste, he brought us a banana chocolate creme that was much more satisfactory to end the night on. He even sent us home with several loaves of green tea bread so that we (and our significant others) could have some Boka-taste to share. - Very unique dishes and beautifully presented. We did the 8-course dining option with no alcohol pairing (opted for non-spirit drinks instead). Cons: - Food was 2/5 in my opinion. The meat dishes were overpowered by the salty sauce pairings. The desserts were unique, but ending the night on a rhubarb was far too sour. For such a highly rated restaurant, I really hoped to love every dish... but most of them I truly didn't care for. I was glad this was a work meal comped by my company, otherwise I would have been very disappointed to have spent the money out of pocket with my spouse or friend for a special occasion.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful time. The food was outstanding (best short rib and duck I’ve had) the waitstaff was also very attentive and made for a great experience.

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  13. Wantedmore

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service from the wait staff for my friend's birthday. They were attentive and threw in several surprises to keep us entertained and well fed.

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  14. jy2018

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We tried the tasting menu and it was amazing. My favorites were the hiramasa and the buckwheat porridge. However, there was nothing I didn’t like!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Waited 25 min past res time for table. Slow service, food was really salty.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were visiting Chicago and were able to get a reservation. The restaurant is comfortable, well appointed. The food is top quality and beautifully presented without being too”swell.” And we had fun!

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  17. Doug

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful setting and excellent service. The duck and truffle chicken were amazing. I have never had chicken so tender it melts in your mouth.

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  18. JeanJ

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous dining experience! I would highly recommend!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service, the menu changed and they had no truffles.. the gnudi was a bit salty

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  20. LaurenS

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Tasting menu was superb and the reserve wine pairing was wonderful - when the sommelier came by the table he was so warm and passionate to share the background on different wines. The only negative was the service from our main waiter. He was moody and cold in a way that did not match the ambience or service from other members of the team.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb service & the food was amazing. First time dining here but definitely not the last.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was on our list of “final restaurants” before we leave Chicago for Miami, and we are so happy that we re-visited Boka tonight. So sad to leave it, but so thankful for it.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Slanted tables at an awkward and unprofessional incline meant any sauce poured on the dish collected on one side, creating an ugly unappetizing mess from a visual perspective. Air conditioning blowing on us frequently throughout the night. Asked to move tables but the host refused despite there being 5+ tables free and available for us next to us (that were not slanted either). We were one of the last parties for the night, so the issue wasn’t that the tables were reserved for other people. Instead they decided somehow that it would be better to turn off the AC every time it decided to turn on. This happened several times throughout our meal, ruining the meal and mood. Table was left dirty after each course. Had some weird liquid on the table that the server never bothered to clean but always made sure to set the silverware on… Very odd and poor attention to detail given that this restaurant has one star. Food was good and met standards for what was expected. Overall, for the terrible service, ambience, and good food, this was not worth the visit. Maybe if it was someone’s very last restaurant on a Chicago Michelin-guide bucket list it’d be okay, but otherwise would not recommend with many other, better options available. Go elsewhere.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite restaurant in Chicago. The food is always technically well executed and delicious. Service is always on point, great cocktails and wine options. Lovely atmosphere and design

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  25. MattH

    Portland

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The tasting menu is a must (with wine pairing). Absolutely outstanding experience.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If I had one final meal, I would go here. Great food but even better service. The staff on the Saturday night I was there were among the best I’ve seen in any venue ever. Thank you Boka for the memorable experience

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  27. ChamoneD

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and we had a great time. The food was amazing and the service was great. 10/10.

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  28. ericm

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We dined here to celebrate my wife’s birthday. The best meal we have had in a while. Very expensive but worth every penny.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just an amazing meal! Delicious, complex, beautiful. So many things my gluten free friend could enjoy, too. Outstanding service. My husband loved his Lion Mane mushroom entree, the best turnip I've ever eaten, delicious fish and truffle chicken Yum!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I’d like to share my experience at the restaurant. The night was beautiful, and I thoroughly enjoyed the tasting menu. However, as a red wine enthusiast, I wished there were more options available. Despite spending around $300 for the meal, I was disappointed with the interaction with the chef. I requested a photo with him and his signed book, but he seemed hesitant to engage, citing shyness. Seeing him socialize with friends at the bar while I waited left me feeling let down. It almost soured my evening, despite the excellent service from the bartenders. While the food was enjoyable, the lackluster interaction with the chef makes me hesitant to return to this Michelin restaurant. Additionally, I understand that not many patrons may purchase the chef’s book daily, but when someone does, I hope the chef won’t hesitate to engage with them and take a photo.

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  31. Kira

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, incredible service. Be prepared to pay but completely worth it!

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  32. DanM

    Grand Rapids

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing well conceived and artistic choices. I had a half duck breast , crispy and like a wagu steak , with perfect accompaniments. Amazing wine list-call ahead to decant your fav, and creative cocktails!

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  33. BobD

    Chicago

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is definitely a Michelin Star restaurant delivered with a pleasant manor and excellent food preparation and presentation. Wonderful evening and our waiter Jake was delightful and knowledgeable.
    BokaResponded on April 17, 2024
    Thanks for visiting us, Bob! We're thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful evening at Boka. It's great to know that you found our food to your liking. We're also glad that you found our service to be delightful. Your kind words truly mean a lot to us. We hope to see you back soon for another delightful experience!

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  34. aqueerafg

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We made sure to try new things, as opposed to better versions of things we know we already enjoy and it made the experience all the more richer. There wasn't one complaint about the food. A drink order was forgotten, but apology wine was also provided because of this, so worked out for my boyfriend. Very interesting house-made soda options and you have to get the banana bc it's just... you have to. Banana soda is a thing you have to try at least once in your life. Would definitely go again.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It had a nice speakeasy vibe . Food was good and service was excellent

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an amazing and beautiful experience this was. Boka has cemented itself as one of the absolute best restaurants I have been to. The service and food was extraordinary. Thank you for making our evening a memorable one!

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  37. JanetD

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first experience at Boka, and we were very impressed. We were in Chicago just for the weekend to celebrate my birthday. From start to finish, the meal was superb. Unusual ingredients were that worked well together. The service was flawless as well. They even brought me a small chocolate birthday cake! I will go back!

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  38. Darlene17

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I have anticipated this night since my friends went during restaurant week in January 2024. The food was delicious and the presentation of the food beautiful. But the service was a little disappointing for a Michelin star restaurant. I will go back because maybe the server was just having a bad night.

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  39. SteveS

    Philadelphia

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The only way I could get a table at Boka on a Saturday was at 5:15 pm with a one day reservation. It was worth eating so early. Augustus, our server was very professional and explained everything on the menu, made some great wine selections for us, and took our dietary restrictions. Our water glasses were never empty and they make an amazing Negroni. We started with the chicken liver mousse and the best parsnips I’ve ever had. I have no idea what the process is for “slow roasted cod”, but it turns out a fish that is buttery like sushi. We also had the chicken breast that was cooked perfectly. The ice cream they offer for dessert was pure decadence. Next time we’re going to try the tasting menu.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Augustus was extraordinary, made the experience exceptional! Venison cooked to utter perfection, didn’t have to chew… pasta sauce was out of this world. Thanks!

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FAQs

Boka offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 337-6070.

Boka is rated 4.8 stars by 6862 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 81 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Boka

1729 North Halsted, Chicago, IL 60614

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2022
  • 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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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