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About Boka

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” and Boka restaurant was awarded 2015 “Restaurant of the Year” at Chicago’s coveted Jean Banchet Awards. Boka’s food features contemporary, American cuisine, focusing on seasonality and sourcing as many local ingredients as possible. Pasty Chef Meg Galus joined Boka’s kitchen in 2015 and provides a seamless transition between savory and sweet, mirroring Wolen’s use of excellent, high quality ingredients that are prepared and plated beautifully.

1729 North Halsted
Chicago, IL 60614
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Fish

Hours of Operation:
Open daily at 5PM

Cross Street:
Willow

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 337-6070

Website:
http://www.bokachicago.com/

Catering:
Boka Catering Company is available for holiday parties, private dinners at home, weddings of all sizes and corporate functions. Award winning Chef Giuseppe Tentori can design a custom menu to fit your needs. Please contact Abby at 312.238.9896.

Parking Details:
Street parking also available.

Public Transit:
Red Line "El" stop at Clyborn & North Ave

Executive Chef:
Lee Wolen

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
To request more information, please visit http://www.bokagrp.com/eventsandcatering.php
or call 312.337.6070

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

BOKA will be offering two seating options to ring in 2018! The first seating will be from 5-7pm and will exclusively offer a 5-course menu ($120/person). The second seating will be from 7:30-11pm and will exclusively offer a 7-course menu ($150/person). Optional wine pairings too! No a la carte.

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Private Dining

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.

Boka Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (99)
Fit for Foodies (93)
Creative Cuisine (84)
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Good for a Date (82)
Romantic (75)
Good for Anniversaries (72)
Good for Birthdays (50)
Tasting Menu (50)
Handcrafted Cocktails (47)
Notable Wine List (43)
Worth the Drive (41)
Quiet Conversation (38)
Neighborhood Gem (37)
Cozy (36)
Business Meals (31)
Authentic (27)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
Hot Spot (22)
Local Ingredients (22)
Bar Seating (21)
Fun (16)
Seasonal (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Good for Groups (11)
Healthy (11)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Organic (8)
People Watching (6)
Casual (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Tapas (4)
Scenic View (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 7 hours ago

An absolutely all around fantastic and place. Service was present and in point whine being unobtrusive. The food was of good value and very well executed, and the ambience was lively but still incredibly relaxed. When a meal is at a price point above the hundred per person mark, it usually takes a lot for me to feel as if I want to return (as there are usually a ton of places to explore) but I definitely want more if Boka. Wonderful job, you guys. Thank you so much.

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 (Chicago)·Dined a day ago

Fantastic! Dessert was amazing we had pear and coffee/hazelnut

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 2 days ago

We had fabulous service from Brandon. The ambiance was great and the food was wonderful. Have no complaints for the Michelin star this place has.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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·Dined 2 days ago

This place is overrated. It might be special years ago, but now is being outdated with the menu selection . Even the freshness of some sea food items on the tasting manu was questionable...
Overall impression was disappointing.

Service is highly professional and superb.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Food was fantastic and the service was just as good. Great ambiance. Will definitely come back soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined 2 days ago

Boka never ceases to please with imaginative cuisine, exceptional service, and an outstanding cocktail program in an urban chic environment. If you enjoy fine dining with a maximum of attention to perfection in an unpretentious welcoming environment, you should make Boka a regular destination.

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Miami)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was wonderful. Upon finding we were attending Steppenwolf later our server had someone go pick up our will call tickets. I was blown away!

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·Dined 4 days ago

Superb upscale food and attentive, smart staff in relaxed atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Loved the food and the attentive but relaxed service. Would definitely highly recommend this place!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Simply amazing. High end “foodie”spot. Impeccable service & every level of high quality request that could be made. Exceptional food quality

Tags: Organic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Went for a birthday and even though it’s the most I’ve spent in a meal in Chicago, it’s worth it. The birthday girl and I wanted to share both of our Entres they split the playing for us before we even considered that that was a possibility

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 4, 2017

My wife and I were looking for excellent food and experience. We got both! Boka is excellent, not inexpensive, but a great experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

It was a nice dinner. The course menu was really good. The risotto was to di for as well as the dessert

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

No complaints about any of the dishes we tried. Great flavors and textures. We were not crazy about the deserts, yet still could not complain about them either.

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Overall, fabulous restaurant! We were 45 minutes late (horrendous traffic) for a Saturday night reservation and I would have totally understood if we were turned away but I called and was told no problem. We immediately got a table upon arrival. Waiter was great and ambiance was very nice. I did order sea bass, which was very fishy. I told waiter and he offered up another meal. I declined and ate off my date's plate. Within minutes, the kitchen sent out another entrée (same as what they noticed I was eating). They said I couldn't leave hungry. I was very impressed. Although it was completely not necessary, they took the meal off the bill. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Everything we tried was delicious. The cod was incredible and the chicken was fabulous.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great flexibility with plate sharing, and with expediting presentation without sacrificing quality if you need to get to a show.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I was not as impressed as I'd hoped to be. The restaurant is quite dark, and the food was served on dark plates so you could barely see what you were eating. The presentation could be improved. Most of the elements were piled on top of one another. In most cases, I had no idea what I was eating. I also thought each course could have been explained better. At $600 for 4 people (without tip), I was expecting to be wowed, which I was not. Flavors were interesting; I just wish I'd known what they were.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always a great meal here

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was great. Vegan dishes were outstanding as well as the venison and octopus. Excellent manhattan with large ice.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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food5
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

They promoted the duck it was average at best. Disappointed with our experience.Was there 6 years ago much better then.

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

I cannot put my experience into words. It was beyond amazing, Jack, our server, was beyond knowledgeable, our food was exquisite..... I just cannot say enough. We were on a a date night. Every bite was an explosion of culture, flavor, and experience... our server went beyond his description of each and every tasting - even if we were unsure of the dish we somehow wanted it because of him. I mean it was just amazing and in the end they knew it was a night away from our kids and they gave us an exquisite finale to our dining experience with take home desserts for our little ones. I mean above and beyond for this restaurant and i hope everyone can take a glimpse in their journey to experience this amazing restaurant.

Tags: Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

I chose to restaurant in hopes of impressing my boyfriend for this 25th birthday. So happy we cam here for this special occasion. Thank you so much! I highly recommend this place especially for their incredible tasting menu.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Amazing meals, great wine list, reasonably priced.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Organic, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 27, 2017

I have one word for BOKA: fabulous!!! The food was creative in a very thoughtful way, and was perfectly prepared with elegantly balanced flavors. Delicious! The service was the best I have encountered in a long, long time. Overall, one of the best restaurant experiences I've had.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

I went for my birthday and they noted it on the menu as well as sat us in a nice booth. I would highly recommend this spot for special occasions the food and cocktails are very tasty.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Comida y servicio excelentes. Pedimos pato para 2 la carne y el pollo y estaba todo increíble.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent food ruined by lousy and arrogant service. A real shame.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

food and service was outstanding. Interesting menu that anyone would enjoy. Service was 1st class.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 21, 2017

One of the best duck entrees I've ever eaten, as well as the steak Tartar, definitely recommend to others. Only downside was service was almost TOO efficient, a bit rushed clearing plates between courses.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Fun neighborhood restaurant. Food was very good with lots of options. Craft cocktails were good too. Service was attentive without being intrusive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Love the changing menu and, despite our dietary restrictions, we always have choices. Desserts are amazing. Really enjoy the booths and that tables are not close to each other. Delicious every time! My favorite special occasion restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Perfect to meet with my girlfriend!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

WOW!!!!! The food was amazing, the service was outstanding, and I want to go back RIGHT NOW. Alex was great- he had amazing recommendations and was helpful without being pushy. I can’t wait to return!

Tags: Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food, service and ambiance were all phenomenal. I was there on a date and they seated us in the “fern room” in a corner booth. It almost seemed like I specifically requested that table but the restaurant must have predicted the date and gave us an intimate booth. We ordered 4 courses plus desert (including the slow roasted short rib- unbelievable) and they split / portioned everything out onto two plates for us, which was a really nice service. Desert was also exceptional - the chocolate, hazelnut, whatever, it was bomb. My only criticism, and it’s fairly minor in the grand scheme, was the timing. The first three courses were brought out in fairly rapid succession. It would have been nice if they spaced them out a little bit more but honestly not a huge deal. I would HIGHLY recommended Boka to anyone looking for an expectional dining experience.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

This dinner was the highlight of our first trip to Chicago! The ambiance is romantic but fun, excellent service but not stuffy. Our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly, we felt very comfortable talking with him and learning more about the amazing food and wine. If you can swing it, go for the tasting menu with wine pairing!

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Manitoba)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Boka is, hands down, one of the best restaurants in Chicago and elsewhere. Superior service by the wait team which included 2 Jacks, Brandon, and Ally. Phenomenal and creative foods are elegantly served in a timely fashion. My starter, a wonderful tortilla was very tasty. My entree, braised short ribs, were perfectly cooked and very tender.

I wholeheartedly recommend Boka. I have eaten here on many occasions and have never been disappointed. Great atmosphere, staff and food!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 17, 2017

One of the best meals I’ve had in ages! Food, service and ambience were wonderful!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Easily one of the best restaurants in Chicago. Everything we had was fantastic, from the cocktails and amuse bouche through dessert. The menu is not huge but everything is carefully put together in creative ways so that it doesn't taste like anything you've had before. The dry aged beef tartare, the heirloom carrots, the grilled bass entree and the beet entree with seeds were all amazing. It's a pretty spot with low lights and intimate tables. The service was fantastic. We ate before Steppenwolf, but will certainly come back just for the food.

I did rate good for vegetarians: While the selections are not extensive, we did have several vegetarian things that were delicious. Unlike a lot of restaurants that just put a token risotto or pasta on, they come up with innovative vegetarian selections.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Had a business dinner here and was not disappointed. We tried the chef's 8-course tasting menu, and the kitchen handled a food allergy in our group with aplomb. The waiter's recommendations for cocktails and wine were spot-on, and the food was exceptional. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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