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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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was pretty amazing - even after all these years since it opened - however, the service was INCREDIBLY slow. Our reservation was at 8:00 pm and we did not even receive bread until 9:00 pm, and our first course until almost 9:30 pm. Hopefully this was just a one off experience as the food was great.

CC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, food and service were incredible. This is my 4th time going to Boka and i'll keep coming back. There were three of us and we shared 3 entrees including the venison, the duck and short rib. All of them were cooked to perfection and delicious.

F
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn't been back for a while, now I don't know why! Great menu, service and overall experience.

JL
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic meal here. We have dined here many times and are never disappointed

MR
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Boka never disappoints! It earns it's Michelin star with every course, from the Amuse Bouche to the mignardises.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Engagement!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic service! Great food! Well spent time.

Z
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Welcoming and Exceptional experience. The food was perfectly prepared and the service was considered at every moment. Each flavor was noteworthy and we had such a fun time analyzing the flavors and choices made by the chef. Something to look forward to on our next trip to Chicago.

ND
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance. Amazing food and very sleek service!

MS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always great food and service. Our favorite restaurant in Chicago.

AG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Boka staff made our night feel very special. The food, service and atmosphere were all very impressive, and we couldn't have been happier with our dinner celebration - thank you!

BJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boka blew me out of the water. Sure, I don't go to restaurants like this, but I wasn't expecting this. From them putting happy anniversary on my wife and my menu, and the red snapper being the only fish my wife has ever liked. The service was phenomenal, atmosphere was incredible, food was some of the best I've ever had. I want, nay, I NEED to go back to Boka. I'd give more than 5 stars if I could. Thank you to the wonderful staff for making that night one my wife and I will never forget.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience food and service was excellent!!

FJ
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Attentive service. Not rushed at all. Exceptional wine list.

WD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding!
Every bite was perfect !
We really had a very enjoyable experience here. The only thing I would like to see changed is the portion size of the entrees. They were too small. If even one more piece of lamb or short ribs were added it would be an appropriate sized plate of food for an entree.

NL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boka was a fantastic experience! The atmosphere was upscale, understated, chic. Beautiful and special. The food was beyond expectations....the flavors were paired perfectly and everything we ate was delicious. For appy, I had the grilled octopus and my daughter had the ricotta dumplings....both mouth watering. We were actually making "yummy" noise as we ate :0. For dinner I had the red snapper and my daughter had short ribs...... Taste perfection! The entrees are smaller but it gives you a chance to savor every bite. Don't rush! We split the Dark Chocolate Matcha for dessert...had no idea what to expect but it was a beautiful presentation and the taste made me swoon. Honestly, a wonderful evening and one of the best restaurants I've dined at in a while. Make it your business to get a reservation!

r
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Dining at Boka was a delight. Food is prepared with precision and is delicious.

CF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening at Boka. The service, the flavors, the timing, it's all wonderful. Highly recommend!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

The first thought I had when entering the restaurant was “Oh no, it smells like stale kitchen”. A subtle stench of a VFW/cheap banquet hall that hadn’t been cleaned in a while was lingering throughout the evening. The food was what one would expect from a Michelin-starred restaurant, although... not really. It was seafood heavy, without a lot of variety, and only one red meat tasting (a fairly decent venison). The “premium” wine pairing to our 8-course tasting menu left a lot to be desired. To start, there were three desert wines spread in-between various courses, and only one red (which, I must admit, was incredible). Everything else was “ok” white wines. Not a lot of variety. At the end, we ended up spending $750 for a two-person dinner, and walked away slightly disappointed.

KF
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant I’ve been to in a long time. Service was amazing, food even better. Great unique cocktails, and fantastic quirky decor.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing venue and ambiance. Food was very good but honestly I expected more from a Michelin star restaurant. The servers and wait staff were so friendly, so skilled, and so considerate.

ES
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. The foie gras and the duck are not to be missed!!!

I
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best in the country and another amazing meal at Boka!

C
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We all enjoyed every bite -- but my favorite was the beef tartare! Always a treat to dine at Boka!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal I have had all year. Every single course was perfect. The hazelnut and coffee dessert was heaven.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing, they took very good care of my lady for her birthday.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food great night

C
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

- Entrées and starters have the same meaning: the menu is not easy to understand for a French;
- Entrées: the accent is on the second « e », not the third;
- one of the servers could barely elaborate about what he was talking about;
- the restrooms could have been cleaner;
- the overall ambiance was good;
- nice decor;
- the food (tasting menus): good overview of the US approach of gastronomy.

C
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing culinary experience at Boka. I had the tasting menu, and it was wonderful from beginning to end. Not only each dish was a jewel in itself, also the whole menu was both diverse and consistent. The service was thoughtful, everyone was very nice. I enjoyed the place and the way it was decorated (liked the "classic style" Dave Grohl's portrait). I would recommend my friends, and will be back when back to Chicago!

GC
Manitoba
407 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service at Boka are always top notch. The Grilled Beets and the Kabocha Tortelli appetizers were very good. The Braised Short Ribs, Red Snapper, and the Roasted Chicken were
excellent. We also enjoyed the bottle of 4557 Paratus Cabernet Sauvignon. Highly recomended!

MH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food but nothing special. Service was a real disappointment. Server made us feel like he was doing us a favor by letting us eat there. Ate there two years ago and it was packed and food was better. This time had a 9pm reservation on Sat night and it was relatively dead. Makes me think others have had a similar experience

i
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This must be one of the best restaurants ever. Perfect in every detail. It literally left me speechless.

ML
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Impeccable service. Amazing ambiance. Craft cocktails expertly crafted. Boka is a gem I will come back to when I visit Chicago again.

JA
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great great food. Service very good but a little bit slow. We had a great night and recommend for sure

F
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience

OT
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boka was excellent as always. For an appetizer we had the yellow fin tuna, and it was excellent with a nice presentation. For entrees Laura had the red snapper and I had the halibut. Both were excellent. Our server Augustus was very knowledgeable about the food presentations, and the wine. All in all a great restaurant for special occasions.

EP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a nice atmosphere.
We had a wonderful time.

C
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. Excellent food and service.

PF
Sydney / NSW
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a fantastic night at Boka before finishing our US trip. We loved every dish - and that is rare! Great design of restaurant and amazing looking food.

C
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal, and fantastic service!

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