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
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Whole Roasted Dry Aged Duck*
salsify, kumquat, shallot
broccolini, yuzu kosho, honeycrisp apple
My girlfriend and I had an excellent anniversary dinner here! It has a great, intimate atmosphere, especially during covid. The food here was the best food I’ve eaten since the start of the pandemic. I can’t remember the last time I’ve eaten literally piece of food off of every plate at a meal. We had a wonderful time.
Fantastic evening with friends celebrating their engagement! We did the tasting menu + wine pairing and it couldn’t have been better. Not having to decide anything and being pleasantly surprised course after course + learning about new wines as it progressed was such a treat. We haven’t dined out like this in a year because of covid so this was EXTRA special! Thank you Boka team & Chef Wolen, unreal!
What a great experience. Our server was amazing. There was no one less than 20 feet around us from other diners at any time. Strict mask policy. Made us feel safe and we had a lovely time.
Delicious meal for my mother in law's bday. We had a party of 6. We felt very safe - restaurant had other customers but the tables are spaced much further than 6 ft away so we weren't close to any strangers. Everyone had an appetizer and entree then we got a few desserts. Service was very professional and nice. They accommodated our dietary restrictions (some gluten free, one who doesn't want any garlic, a few who want all sauces on the side) with no issues. I've been coming to BOKA since it opened prob 18 or more yrs ago. It has always been a wonderful place to go with great food in a great atmosphere. Definitely recommended.
Food was as to be expected, amazing. Had an early Valentine's day and of course got the tasting menu's. They even made some mock cocktails for me to pair with dessert which was very fitting. Had 2 desserts, one which was supposed to be a pallet cleanser but honestly was WAY more memorable and awesome than the main dessert. Definitely worth the trip and honestly, it is sad to say but during Covid it really is a better event because there are fewer people and the romantic ambiance is more about the two of you.
Everything was outstanding, the octopus and duck were unbelievable good. In the end, they even had a slice of chocolate cake for my girlfriend’s birthday. Highly recommend
Fantastic food, great service. Table set-up disappointing, not at the expected level.
Our server, Augustus, was amazing. The rest of the staff was great as well. Did the tasting menu and it was great. Short rib was the best piece of meat I ever ate.
My Fiancé and I were celebrating our anniversary and proposed at the restaurant. Servers we great, very attentive and even brought out complimentary champagne, chocolates, and printed the menu with the date and the occasion as a keepsake. We had a wonderful experience and everyone working is extremely knowledgeable about all the dishes and super attentive
we did the 6 course tasting. one dish was better than the next. professionally paced delicious but non pretentious menu. excellent
Anniversary dinner. We called for pre-arrangements and they were handled very well.
Food was pretty good. Staff was very nice. They provided some really nice gestures like a free dessert and a personalized copy of the menu. We were seated outside of the restaurant in the front and felt excluded from the ambience on the inside. Granted we did have to reschedule our reservation and this is probably why we had the seat we did. Inside of the restaurant has an impressive ambience.
Outstanding! We went for our first wedding anniversary and the chef tasting menu was out of this world!
One of the best restaurants in Chicago and beyond. Consistent quality and service with courses that delight the palette a d the souls.
Everything was great!
My favorite in town !!! I visit every time I come up to see friends
Great fine dining! The interior design is very fascinating. Each courses is very creative and delicious. Service is pretty well too. Do a good job concerning COVID
Amazing food and service, while observing pandemic safety protocols.
We went here as our last supper before the latest COVID shut down and to celebrate my husband and his law partner buying their law firm. Boka did not disappoint! We all ordered the 5 course tasting menu with drink pairings. It was truly amazing and my husband and I had trouble deciding what our favorite course was. The first course with uni and smoked trout roe was delicious and was paired with a local cider, which was unexpected yet perfect. My other favorite was the dry aged duck with salted peppercorns paired with a grenache blend from Chateauneuf-du-Pape. However, the black bass with cauliflower and paired with a white rioja was delightful too! Each course was magical, especially the pre-dessert that technically made the dinner 6 courses. The servers were amazing and knowledgeable about each course and the drink pairings. One might expect the atmosphere of a restaurant on this level to be stuffy but it was not. There were couples as well as groups of people clearly enjoying themselves and having a good time.
Outstanding food and service. Felt very safe dining at boka.
Wait staff very attentive, explained our choices exquisitely!
Amazing!! The staff was so friendly/helpful and all COVID guidelines were strictly followed making for a wonderful/safe experience.
Didn’t like our steak at all, it tasted very strange and gamey. Service was slow but okay. The waiter kept walking away so fast before we could ask questions so everything just took forever. I wouldn’t go back.
Did the tasting menu- overall it was meh.
All courses were delicious. Service was good but not Michelin star good. Expected better explanations/descriptions for tasting menu courses. We had to pour our own wine several times. Hoped for a more interactive engaging experience for a chef’s tasting menu. Given COVID restrictions, we were pleased they were open and thought they probably did the best they could.
My friend and I had an excellent night at Boka celebrating her birthday. It was my third time there and I have never been disappointed. I absolutely plan to return.
WOW!! Delicious! We had the 5-course tasting menu. Phenomenal!
Amazing, we did the tasting menu with reserve pairing, best option. Service outstanding
Went to Boka to celebrate a milestone anniversary. We had the tasting menu which was wonderful. The service was amazing! We will definitely be back.
We had the 5 course tasting menu.
The Uni cream did not have enough Uni flavor. A lot of cream, needed something to absorb the heaviness of it all.
Raw fish was really good. Toasted quinoa add nice texture to it. The tomato broth really brought it together well.
Black sea bass was extremely good. The squash was cooked very well and the cauliflower purée was excellent, especially with the small balls of lime flavor.
New York strip was very flavorful and tender. The brown mousse like thing wasn’t really needed and took away from the dish as it masked the beefy flavor of the steak
Grape dessert was very refreshing and not too sweet. Cheese cream was the star. Would’ve liked a little more of a crunchy component besides the meringue or even more of the meringue itself
Chocolate dessert was really decadent with a slight bitterness. The added lime flavorful brought a nice contrast to the chocolate
Amazing service, food, and overall experience! Wine parings were spot on
We had prebooked the table on the terrace next to the Patio door. I had confirmed it on the Thursday before, and again on Saturday when I changed our reservation. I was told it was written into our reservation and it was still available.
We were seated a few tables from the patio door instead of what we had confirmed. Didn't want to ruin the evening and make a fuss but this is not ok.
We all had the tasting menu. The sizes were a bit small, which left the males at the table wanting more. They added an extra dish before deserts, and also had a late night snack at home.
Every dish were beautifully presented and very tasty. Started off with sea urchin served with smoked trout roe, which lifted this dish to something outstanding. Then shima aji with a tomato broth. This was probably my favorite of the evening, because the salt and the sourness just balanced perfectly. Then we had a poached black bass that was cooked to perfection, served with cauliflower pure and the perfect butter based sauce with hints of lime. Our main course was a bit disappointing. The NY Strip Steak was accompanied by a few chanterelles, gem lettuce and corned tongue. The latter was delicious but the entire dish was disappointingly cold and on the saltier side. Now all the males in the family felt that they were far from full and they ordered the beef tartare as well. It was presented beautifully but they all said it was too sweet and that the sweetness overpowered the beef. The first desert was a concord grape coconut dish. It was probably the best desert I have had for a very long time. The main desert was a fudge sorbet with a lime foam. Also extremely well executed and delicious balance of sweet and sour.
We ended the dinner with amazing pineapple truffle and marshmellow sweets.
The wine tastings were as always at Boka perfect and interesting. Love that we are always introduced to new wines. Service was as good as always, and Boka went out of the way to take Covid precautions serious. Kudos!
Service was impeccable but all four in our party felt that the food was lacking. The tomato salad and beets were good but we all felt like something was missing. The octopus was ok as were the dumplings. The chicken and skirt steak were again tasty, but portions were small and for the price, underwhelming. Desserts were definitely the stars of the evening.
Great food with great service.
Overall this was a lovely experience! It was my girlfriend's birthday and we were only in Chicago for the weekend, very happy with the restaurant choice. The place was absolutely gorgeous, the service was good and the food was excellent! My only real complaint was the bill, I know it's fine dining but it was very expensive (we ordered the 5-course tasting menu with the drink pairings).
Best restaurant I have ever been. Great good, superb atmosphere. Will come back soon!
One of Chicago's best restaurants lives up to Lee Wolen's genius. Dined on the outdoor patio on a chilly night so we had it to ourselves. Heat lamp kept us cozy. The whole duck for two was nicely deconstructed and the confit melted in your mouth.
Food was delicious, service was very good however some other guests were really loud and using inappropriate language as well as cursing out loud. nobody from the staff members or manager talked to them about this disturbing behavior.
You can order delivery directly from Boka using the Order Online button. Boka also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar. Boka also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 337-6070.
Boka is rated 4.8 stars by 5211 OpenTable diners.
Boka does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://onelink.quickgifts.com/merchant/boka-restaurant-chicago/.
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.