Boka

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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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J
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The dinner was lovey, and the service was excellent. However, we were seated next to a family of 4 (two questionably active children) on one side, and a business meeting of three on the other. Guess I was expecting a certain crowd to be in attendance, and wound up with commotion on either side. I was shocked that the restaurant knew we had a birthday, yet we were still seated in such an undesirable seats. The restaurant wasn’t full. This could have been avoided.

Nonetheless, I tipped 20% on ~$375 and likely won’t be back.

Best,
Jim

JO
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is 5 stars, and the food was fantastic! The flavor profiles in every dish were beautiful. I’ll definitely be returning to Boka in the future!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and phenomenal service.

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best tasting menu value in Chicago. Very creative and delicious.

VB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overall great - food was outstanding, presentation - outstanding, desserts not so much. Service could be better.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was such an amazing experience! The tasting menu was surprising, delicious, and detailed. Every member of the staff was helpful, knowledgeable, and fun. We would highly recommend!

F
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite dining experience, very relaxed setting, attentive and knowledgeable staff, outstanding cuisine
Worth multiple visits

M
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal

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IF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and even better food. Thanks.

R
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It was New Years Eve, 7 course dinner, 4 of the courses were excellent, 3 average, the pasta was Luke warm and lacked flavor, the fish also cool instead of warm and had a strong dish taste. My duck was very fatty, my husbands was better.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve tasting menu! Everything exceeded expectations! Tasting menu was exceptional! Service outstanding! Couldn’t have been more enjoyable for our out of town guests! Have been going out with same group for last 20 years in Chicago! This was our best choice ever! Kudos to chef and staff for such an awesome experience!

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I liked the oysters

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food.

N
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my husband's birthday and the restaurant was perfect on any account.

RP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Boka was superb. The food, every course, was flawless. The timing of the courses was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and I am embarrassed it took me 10 years of living in Chicago to go here. We will be back and for the tasting menu. In addition it was my husbands birthday and the small touches they added, including the complimentary dessert were greatly appreciated.

SA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best service and food. Thank you for making our anniversary date special.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food was awesome. Had some noisy neighbors but it wasn’t too disruptive. They even gave me a piece of chocolate cake with my name write on the plate for my birthday.

LH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really great experience and our waiter was so friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. Only drawback was the octopus appetizer was a little overdone. Otherwise the food was fantastic!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great date night location; definitely wouldn’t get the winter tasting menu again. It was okay, just not worth the price tag for what we got.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic experience there! So happy we celebrated birthday over there in Boka. Tasty food, great service and very friendly staffs. Will definitely come back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cute and great service

ME
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such great food & service. Worth every penny! I highly recommend going here. You won’t be sorry.

SA
Chicago
82 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding food and service at BOKA. We go there before attending plays at Steppenwolf. it’s a tremendous restaurant experience.

JK
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife called BOKA her #1 dining experience of 2019 and I agree - Fantastic!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A new dinning experience was the desire, so I decided to take my wife out to Boka for dinner. The ambiance of the restaurant we visibly pleasant & inviting. The meal was delicious and the service was great. Surprisingly, the offerings for the main course menu was small. I will definitely like to visit again sometime soon.

KW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Brandon was a phenomenal server and had perfect suggestions!

A
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

It was my wife birthday and despite they gave us a birthday menu, the dessert was not served with a a candle.

I love Boka and that's we went back, at the same time they gave us a tiny table by the entrance. It was ok for my wife being in the corner but it was really unpleasant to me.

DN
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely restaurant. Great food, gracious wait staff and a beautiful atmosphere. For fine dining, a welcoming, approachable restaurant. Highly recommend.

c
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner in a really cool environment. This was the most unpretentious Michelin starred restaurant that I have eaten in. The chefs tasting menu was creative and well executed and very approachable.

BJ
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

High level of credit for the friendliness and assistance of Service. Wine choices are excellent and cocktails unusual of interesting and delicious taste. Fish and venison dish orders are both unbelievably well prepared and spot on for taste. However what is included on the dish is not so appetizing.

JC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the decor very stylish and the service great

YJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasting menu was exquisite

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience. Both my mother and I enjoyed the food and drinks there.

l
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff and our waiter, Jack made my friend Chris’ 30th birthday a lovely experience. He personalized the experience by bringing out a champagne toast and was very attentive to our tables needs. Would tell all my friends to come to BOKA. Thank you for a great time!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outstanding

S
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boba had been off our radar for awhile. Big mistake. One of the best places in Chicago. Will be back soon!

J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely delicious!! Will be back again soon!

BK
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I love boka. Everything is always delicious and the dumplings I could eat everyday. My only little complaint is that the food comes out luke warm. I have ordered the full duck a few times and every time they bring it out and present the full thing before cutting it up, which leads to it being not hot enough when plated. If you order the duck ask if they can skip the presentation so that you can hopefully eat your duck hot. The dish definitely needs it since there is a thick and flavorful skin.

CK
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I visited Boka one of the nights of our honeymoon and the entire staff made our night so special. We both got the tasting menu and all of it was amazing. It was plated beautifully and tasted perfect. Cannot recommend Boka enough.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food was delicious, dessert was ok.

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