Boka

4.9
5574 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
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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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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
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  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine outdoors
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OdileD
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service in particular was excellent, amazing attention to detail!

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vipMollieM
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious and the staff was great about making adjustments to the tasting menu to meet our dietary needs.

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vipClaudiaU
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed the 5 course prefixed menu. In addition, the restaurant accommodated our dietary restrictions such as I do not consume dairy and my friend does not like eat fish. They were willing to accommodate and that made our experience really enjoyable. The servers were really attentive and we did not feel rushed. This was a place we got to relax enjoy drinks and a long dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was great! We were a little bummed we were charged for water. Other than that, Boka knocked it out of the park!!

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vipMaryW
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was so well crafted and each bite perfect. The first 4 wine pairings complemented each dish as did the last but the final wine, a port was a bit predictable. The other wines were so different and interesting, I wish the sommelier picked something equally so for the finish. Overall it was a sensational meal.

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CaseyK
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely amazing evening of an 8 course tasting with wine pairing. The food was superb! It was a little noisy- I expected a quieter atmosphere, but overall it was an AMAZING experience. Will most definitely return.

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vipJustJoe
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic front to end !

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vipFoodie
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Boka for my birthday and it was a wonderful experience. The staff was very attentive, the food was beyond amazing and they made me feel very special on my birthday!

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Parpsou
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service are excellent.
One small critic: the light level is a bit too low and the temperature could have been set a bit lower.

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vipBorgie
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely ambiance and very tasty food! Everything is good and worth going.
And now the ‘but’, I found out it has a Michelin star?!? Then I expect more…. especially the service.

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vipPs88
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. The 8 course tasting menu was diverse and very flavorful. The food is certainly worthy of 2 Michelin stars. Would definitely go back again when visiting the area.

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Todo excelente

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Very bland and meaningless. This was a cartoon meal with a lot of descriptive words and no substance. Amazing that this place is able to stay in business. Beware.

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DanielH
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boka is a world class restaurant. They made exceptional gluten free modifications that my wife enjoyed as much as I enjoyed the standard preparation. If you are looking for an unmatched dining experience I can highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipAlly
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful 8 course tasting menu for my wife's birthday with our daughters. Great service, great food. Second time there. Highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We did the seven course tasting with the wine pairing for my husbands 40th birthday, and the the food and service were absolutely spectacular. Each meal was well thought out and was beautifully paired with the wine. Option size was just perfect to be able to finish all seven courses, but be Left just full by the end of the meal.

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vipAmazingAmazingAmazing
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best food in Chicago. unclear how or why any one would ever go to Alinea when this is right there and so much better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boka was really satisfying as always

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Danny
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Really below expectations, food overly sweet, dark place with no possibility to see what you eat, strange mixture of bar and good food restaurant.I would not recommend it!

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vipWesL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food. The duck especially!

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raquelw
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a pleasure coming here! Love the menu and seasonal flavors . Food was a little cold when it came out but they did an excellent job heating up quickly.

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CarlyAlice
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I chose Boka for my birthday celebration and it was absolutely outstanding. From the creative and delicious dishes, to the impeccable service, I could not have been more thrilled. Boka went out of its way to make the night special for me; I look forward to returning to try the tasting menu!

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vipMalcolmD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food, but served lukewarm. Desserts excellent.

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HarryR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely amazing!!!! Top restaurant in chicago by far!!!!

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vipBillUn99
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great people! Great value

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LondonGal
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic dining experience at Boka! The crispy roast duck is outstanding and is the best I’ve had in the US, beating many I tried in NYC. Boka lives up to its Michelin Star with delicious complex flavors in every dish. Fantastic service for a wonderful meal.

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vipLdikin
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We LOVE Boka - it's our 2nd time coming back since Covid hit. The food was incredible, but the overall experience - a little disappointing. Not the end of the world, but definitely something that needs attention/training.

We were a table of 2 couples, wanting to try the 9-course Tasting menu at $165/person, we had concerns whether they'd be able to accommodate our food restrictions. (I am sensitive to dairy/eggs and one other guest was sensitive to dairy.) Our waiter had assured us that it would not be a problem. However, a problem it was. The very first dish that was modified for me, ended up being given to my husband. And out of the 8 courses, the plates were given to us incorrectly EVERY TIME there needed to be an ingredient modification. To a point of us asking, "are you sure this doesn't have eggs and dairy?" and then having the waiters switch the plates....

On top of it, we had asked for earl gray tea - but were served English Breakfast instead... As a very passionate tea drinker, it was a no brainer for me to tell that the tea was NOT Earl Gray (it's the ONLY tea I ever order... We had asked the waiter whether this was indeed earl gray, and his comment was "oh, did you want earl gray? this is English Breakfast, but we can make you earl gray" .... Then the tea comes back out, but it's brewed soooo strongly that it's impossible to drink without diluting it. We asked for some hot water, but the waiter had offered to just dilute the tea in the kitchen.... When he brought it back out it was still super strong.... Enough for at least 6 cups, once diluted (if brewed properly.) Yes, we, tea drinkers are snobs when it comes to having that cup made just right. (As many coffee drinkers would probably agree, when it comes to having that perfect cup of espresso.) At the end of the day, the food was still outstanding, but these little hick-ups definitely impact the overall experience. Especially when you're walking out with a $1,000+ dollar bill for four.

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RobP
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were welcoming on arrival, and there was a warm and buzzy atmosphere. The service was impeccable, the food was outstanding, and the cocktails inventive. The sweet potato Agnolotti appetizer was excellent!

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SofiaC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Pato mas delicioso que he comido en mi vida! Súper recomendable

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Jack
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the eight course dinner which was fabulous. Perhaps next time we will also do the wine pairings but it gets pricey in a hurry!

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ChiaraC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time at Boka and it was a fantastic experience start to finish. I will be back!

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MAMP
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and even better service- we will happily go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere and service!!

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Lala
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boca has a small menu but everything is delicious! Recommend the octopus, beef tartare and Arctic char.

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vipStephanL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly exceptional food

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible! My fiancé and I had did the Tasting Menu and were consistently blown away by the food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was our 20th anniversary - we were not wowed by the food. The service was good and dietary needs were met.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food and vibes

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AlyssaB
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!! Had such a wonderful experience. The staff was great and the food was beyond amazing.

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vipBrittany
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstandingly delicious food, superb service. It's worth the price but it's not crazy expensive.

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You can order delivery directly from Boka using the Order Online button. Boka also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 337-6070.

Boka is rated 4.9 stars by 5574 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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