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Boka, Chicago, IL
Award-winning

Boka

4.8
4.8
6593 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 57 times today
Experiences are available.

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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

Experiences

  • Boka New Year's Eve Dinner

    $295.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 31, 2023 only
    Come enjoy New Year's eve at Boka! We will be offering a celebratory 9-course tasting menu along with an optional reserve wine pairing to elevate the evening. We hope to see you to commemorate the past year and cheers to 2024! Tickets: tickets are $295 per person for the 9-course tasting menu. You may opt in for a reserve wine pairing at $205 per person. Menu: Bluefin Tuna, Caviar, Foie Gras Nantucket Bay Scallop Maine Lobster Ocean Trout Black Truffle Cavatelli Roasted Rohan Duck Dry Aged Chatel Wagyu St. Germain & Pear Orange Blossom Butterscotch We can accommodate the following dietary restrictions/preferences: vegetarian, pescatarian, and gluten free. Please reach out to info@bokachicago.com if you have more questions.
    Boka New Year's Eve Dinner Photo
  • Boka New Year's Eve Dinner

    $295.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 31, 2023 only
    Come enjoy New Year's eve at Boka! We will be offering a celebratory 9-course tasting menu along with an optional reserve wine pairing to elevate the evening. We hope to see you to commemorate the past year and cheers to 2024! Tickets: tickets are $295 per person for the 9-course tasting menu. You may opt in for a reserve wine pairing at $205 per person. Menu: Bluefin Tuna, Caviar, Foie Gras Nantucket Bay Scallop Maine Lobster Ocean Trout Black Truffle Cavatelli Roasted Rohan Duck Dry Aged Chatel Wagyu St. Germain & Pear Orange Blossom Butterscotch We can accommodate the following dietary restrictions/preferences: vegetarian, pescatarian, and gluten free. Please reach out to info@bokachicago.com if you have more questions.
    Boka New Year's Eve Dinner Photo
  • VIlmart & Cie Champagne Dinner

    $325.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 13, 2023 only
    Indulge in a night of curated Champagne from Vilmart & Cie alongside a 5 course menu prepared by BOKA's Michelin starred culinary team. “Vilmart & Cie. is not only one of the greatest grower-estates in Champagne, but one of the finest Champagne producers of any type in the region. ” Peter Liem, Champagneguide.net Wine served that night will include: Grand Cellier Brut 2018 Grand Cellier D'Or Brut 2010 Coeur de Cuvée en Magnum 2015 Cuvée Emotion Rosé Chardonnay Ratafia de Champagne Vilmart & Cie looks back at a long history of grape growing and winemaking. It was founded as récoltant manipulant house in 1890, in the village of Rilly-la-Montagne. Laurent Champs, the fifth generation of the family, oversees the domaine.

What 6,593 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
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Contemporary American

  • Chicago

    Good for special occasions

  • Chicago

    Contemporary American

6,593 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Literally, the best meal that we’ve ever experienced! Service was amazing, ambience perfect, I literally don’t have one complaint or issue. Highly highly highly recommend!!!!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mandy at the bar was fabulous, the food was amazing.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excepetional! The best in town, definitely will be back

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I did not know what to expect of Boka by any metric, but every surprise that appeared during the meal was a pleasant. Loved all the staff, very thorough! Sam was very helpful, informative, and considerate. I was a big fan of the wide variety of N.A. drinks they had available. The New Amsterdam was a highlight. The whole meal flew right by, I hope we didn't overextend our time at the table.

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  5. Milian

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my husband’s birthday, the staff wished him happy birthday since we came in. He got a personalized birthday menu with his name on it. Our waitstaff was so pleasant and attentive. The food was absolutely delicious. The scallops were amazing and we wanted to get a second order. The duck was phenomenal. It was a must try! We enjoyed the food and drink and everything at Boka. Thank you all for making my husband’s birthday a very memorable one.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought my girlfriend here for her birthday and we were not disappointed. The food and service was excellent and they made sure to accommodate us with an intimate booth for the special occasion. The staff was very professional and attentive, as you would expect at a restaurant of this caliber. Two recommendations would be the Interpolate This for a delicious & unique autumnal cocktail and the Ricotta Gnudi for a melt in your mouth appetizer that is to die for (we both agreed this was the best thing we had). Looking forward to coming back and trying the duck.

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  7. JasonW

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent in every way. The tasting menu did not disappoint; each dish was inventive, and the flavors shined.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience with the tasting menu. Enjoyed every dish.

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  9. Burlingfoodie

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love BOKA! Cocktails - Butterfly ; Old fashioned -were fantastic. As always, food was excellent. fresh, beautifully prepared. Interesting starters: fois grois, pasta with truffles and scallops were a hit. Entrees: short rib, duck and chicken also delicious. Service was wonderful. Great suggestions on wine and food. Professional, yet low-key.

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  10. DaveY

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a lovely experience that I had with Boka, it was my girlfriend’s birthday, they brought a special menu paper for her. And at the end, they brought a cake for her. It was a totally surprise. It made the night into higher level.

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  11. JeffreyK

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The courses on the tasting menu were wonderful, except for the fois gras. It was served cold and the taste as a result was vinegary. We would have enjoyed it more heated. The staff was attentive and quite informative. Nice experience.

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  12. FWH1977

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    wonderful service, impeccable attention to detail, all around simply wonderful. thank you for making it truly a special evening.

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  13. JamesD

    Chicago

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Boka was absolutely amazing! My partner and I did the tasting menu for our birthdays. Each dish was as delicious as the next! The meal was memorable, unique, and interesting. I would recommend Boka to anyone who is looking for a fun dining experience for a special occasion. The service was also impeccable - everything was done to a tee. Thank you for a wonderful night!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, yet another exceptional experience at Boka.

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  15. ChicagoCarol

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding. We indulged in the tasting menu and it was all delicious with a lovely presentation. The shaved foie gras, wagu beef and desserts were particularly outstanding. Service was welcoming and attentive.

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  16. Andrew

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We expected a higher quality of food , they used to have better food.

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  17. Karenlee53

    Chicago

    116 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    116 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Boka had a Michelin star for a reason. The duck is to die first! Also the short-rib, also the….

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  18. EdselG

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tasting menu was legitimately the best meal of my life. (Narrowly topping Marea in NYC when they had Micheline star) I've been to a few Micheline star restaurants before, but the food here was on another level. The service and ambiance was amazing too.

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  19. Will

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My only regret is not getting the tasting menu. Everything I did try was comforting and exciting at once.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10, next time I am in Chicago I will be visiting again!

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  21. Sunny

    Greater Boston

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was deliciously unique in tasting and in presentation. The restaurant exceeded our expectations. We will try to dine here again in the future. It was excellent!

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  22. DougW

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I informed them we were celebrating an anniversary. When we arrived, they asked how long. It was written on our dessert plates. All around excellent service.

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  23. Lorenzo

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience at Boka showed once again why Boka is one of our favorite restaurants. Every aspect of the tasting menu is top-notch. The design of every dish, with creative blending and contrasts of flavors. The incredible wine-pairings, where even the standard pairings introduce you to new wines and pair wonderfully with the courses. The servers are as professional, knowledgeable and attentive as you can find anywhere. I hope this restaurant stays around forever.

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  24. AshleyRenee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Boka is so elegant and the menu is fresh, thoughtful and delicious. Service is top notch too, they really take care of you here and make you feel special.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kevin was amazing. Food was great, and so was service.

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  26. HungryItalianBoy

    Minneapolis

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic! Certainly worth a try, if you're a foodie.

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  27. BrittS

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal!! One of our absolute favorites. Highly recommend. We ordered of the ala carte menu and enjoyed every second of it.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Me and my wife came in to celebrate her birthday. They had a custom menu stating happy birthday and got a piece of birthday cake at the end of our meal. We got the tasting menu and the food was so good. Everything was amazing and they explained everything so well. The silverware was changed every course. 100% recommend for any special occasion.

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  29. NicG

    Montana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I absolutely would recommend Boka! The tasting menu was beyond amazing. One of the best experiences we have ever had.

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  30. SoCoLa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    We had high expectations because of the very good reviews and our experiences from other Michelin star restaurants. To our surprise, a lot of the service was below par (even compared to an average restaurant). First, our table wasn’t ready when we arrived. The staff did not offer to take our bulky jackets, neither at the reception or when getting seated (we had to ask twice while getting seated). The introduction of the menu was minimal, and when we choosed the tasting menu, they never asked if we wanted to combine it with the wine paring. We started with sparkling wine, and ordered the set menu. When the glass was empty, it took a long time before we were asked if we wanted a new glass. The recommendation for wine was a white wine that fitted only one course, before meat courses requiring red wine started. This would have been ok if the staff had followed up with a new suggestion for the meat courses. However, we were not even asked when the glass was empty - in fact not once during the rest of the meal. All the staff seemed stressed, there were new people serving each course with almost no introduction, and some staff mumbled so it was impossible to hear what they were saying. The food was good, but we missed the wow-effect of some incredible dishes we have experienced at other restaurants. This being said, they tailored the experience to our anniversary with a menu greeting, best wishes from our waiter, a greeting on the dessert plate that included the # of years, and a cake to take home and enjoy during breakfast next day. Kudos for that effort! To conclude, we had a bad experience with a service significantly below par. We hope this was only a bad day for the restaurant. If not, we question both the Michelin experience and the price level of the restaurant. Based on our experience, we cannot recommend this restaurant.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time and great service. Everyone made the experience very enjoyable

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was good but 8 courses were too much for me. I recommend à la carte

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the tasting menu on our visit and highly recommend if you are in a sampling mood. Each course had plenty to try and was paired nicely. Augustus was an excellent server and very well versed in the menu. Made our date night feel extra special.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Tabasco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fernando and his team provided the most exceptional experience for my wife and I. The kitchen brigade produced an amazing tasting menu and showed no concern with accommodating any of our dietary needs along the way. The Hiramasa was mind blowing, leaving our palates more refreshed with every bite. The chamomile foam was dish-lick worthy and was an amazing way to start our adventure. Highly recommend this for a special night out. You will not be disappointed!

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  35. YigalE

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great atmosphere. We enjoyed every dish!

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  36. Anon

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for our anniversary and thought the food was fantastic. We sat at the bar and the bartenders were incredibly kind and attentive. Highly recommend

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  37. Indya

    Caribbean

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We went to celebrate my husbands birthday. Great tasting menu. It’s expensive but we were actually full after the eight courses!

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  38. AbigailW

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great attention to detail and incredible food

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  39. PortugueseFoodie47

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We sat at the bar area and bartenders were great! Food was delicious and our overall experience top notch.

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  40. DavidM

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was excellent, but the service started out attentive and diminished as the evening went on. We had to flag someone down to order wine for our main courses after they had already arrived and had to pour our own wine as no one was watching the table to see when our glasses were empty. Again, nice place with excellent food. Just need to work on service.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Boka is rated 4.8 stars by 6593 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 57 times today
Experiences are available.

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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