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Sun, 4/22
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Boka

4.8
3793 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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” 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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Fish
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Hours of operation
Open daily at 5PM
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Phone number
(312) 337-6070
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Lee Wolen
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Willow
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Parking details
Street parking also available.
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Public transit
Red Line "El" stop at Clyborn & North Ave
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Special events & promotions
To host your upcoming event at Boka, visit bokagroupevents.com.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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5.0Dined a day ago

One of the best dining experiences I've had. Everything was phenomenal. We started with the Spanish Octopus, which they carefully brought out on 2 plates nicely divided. I had the short ribs, which were very tender and juicy. We also had the porcelat. Amazing!!! We loved everything. The pallova dessert and hazelnut were delicious. Service was top notch. Will return!!! Can't wait.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Five stars! My wife took me here for my birthday. The food was outstanding, service was impeccable, highly would recommend this restaurant.

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Generally ok but the Steppenwolf crowd is REALLY NOISY in the front window seating. Fois Gras was a let down ... but food is quite good.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

5 stars across the board. Deserves a second Michelin Star!

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Excellent Food and Service at Boka. The Food has a lot of Varietees and is very creative. Great choice of wine from all over the world. The Duck for 2 is excellent!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Enjoyed this pre- show dinner. Very good service and food quality.
We decided to only have appetizers and it was plenty of food for the two of us. Desert was also excellent.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Unbelievable. Get the chef's taste menu.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Birthyday celebrate in style, best service in the city!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I went for the tasting menu with their reserve wine pairing. My expectations were high, given the high marks for a Chicago restaurant and I have been to a fair number of places of the same caliber.
The flavors were rarified and exciting and perfectly complemented by the wines paired with each course. Each course was a symphony of flavors that all shine through, but combine to a whole that’s both complex and subtle.
Case in point: rock shrimp in a green garlic sauce flavored with lemongrass and combined with blanched ginger and fresh dill. The deep ocean flavor and sweetness of the shrimp were there, but only as one note in this complex harmony of flavors, where ever so faintly a note of dill shines through.
Really amazing! It left a grin on my face as I left.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Food and service were excellent. It still remains a mystery to me why this has been my first trip to Boka. First, it is open on Mondays. Second, Michelin star. Third, James Beard nominations. Fourth, Decor. Fifth, all of this with a focused a la carte menu. I travel to Chicago quarterly, and try and pick the hot spots. I will return to Boka without hesitation and recommend to anyone visiting.

The lamb loin was perfectly cooked, but it was the flavor of the smoked celery root puree and black garlic jus that elevated the dish to the next level. The lamb neck, serve on the side, was okay. I was most excited about the lamb neck, so a bit disappointed; however, it did not matter, because the loin dish was perfect.

We also had the fluke, then octopus and shrimp dishes. The fluke was excellent. The octopus was incredibly tender. The shrimp was the least favorite, but it was still excellently cooked. My issue was that of temperature with the shrimp. The shrimp was perfectly cooked, but cool, yet the dish was warm, so it kind of had a luke warm feel to it. Still delicious.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Best meal we've ever had. For real. Every bite of every dish was a delight, and the servers were wonderful. Can't wait to go back so we can try the tasting menu.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The carrot tartare was the best part of the meal. I'd never been so transported by a single bite of food before our meal at Boka.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

My wife and I dined as a welcome back to Chicago dinner. This was one of our best meals ever. Our server was amazing, she answered every question and was super attentive. Turnip soup was out of this world and I don’t like turnips.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Honestly, the single best culinary experience we’ve ever had. Meg surprised us with several opportunities to experience something that was far more than we could have ever thought. Brandon was, by far, the best and Carlos didn’t miss a beat. We will return to Chicago just to experience Boka again. Thank you all for the stellar experience!!!! I hope that you all were as blessed as we were! See you again, Boka!!!

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Terrible drafts. Had to move tables. Amazing food

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great experience
Would 100% recommend to anyone visiting the city or thinking of going to the restaurant
Did the 9 course tasting menu. Worth it

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Excellent service, inspired food. Very enjoyable evening, highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

It was a fantastic dining experience! The nine-course tasting was excellent, and the service was just as impressive.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We loved the relaxed atmosphere and the food was great! And out server was very knowledgeable about the food, cocktails, and the wine. She was great

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Wonderfully executed, creative food with excellent non-pretentious service. My only minor dang would be the wine list pricing, Which is lacking bottles at the lower end of the price range.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Carefully prepared and tasty main courses (fish), although the chef displayed an interesting fondness for mayonnaise. Incredibly fresh bread, excellent wine selection, attentive service. I was surprise that we were charged for the sparkling water which our server had mentioned as an option, along with still water and tap water. Overall an excellent meal at a restaurant very conveniently located for the Steppenwolf.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Love Boka, always. Great food, excellent service and I love their updated decor. Portions are tiny so be warned on that. Otherwise a perfect spot. Always enjoy it here.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Food was exquisite and lived up to the stellar reputation. Every course was a work of Art. Duck for two was amazing.
Our attendant Brandon was the icing on the cake.
Thank you for a beautiful experience!!!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Fantastic time with amazing service and great food

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Food was very good but very expensive for the portion size. Beets were delicious but 23 dollars - really? I like smaller portions but I don’t like higher prices just because. The ambience was quite nice. The service was so stuffy and slightly pretentious. It took an act of parliament to get a glass of wine. Way too much waiting before we were offered a drink. If the service were friendlier and less pretentious and the pricing were in line with reality this would be an amazing place. For a slow, special occasion dinner it’s great.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

A really lovely, upscale dinner for two! We did the tasting menu and it was the best thing we could have ordered!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

The service and food both were simply amazing- everything was absolutely perfect.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Augustus is an excellent server who added to the overall experience. The food is also memorable and will come back to try other seasonal menus.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Me and my wife had one of our best restaurant experiences ever at Boka. It was the highlight of our trip from Sweden to Chicago. Great, passionate staff. Food from heaven. Great wine selection. Lovely atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This dining experience is a delight. The food, servers, and ambiance are exceptional. One of our top places to dine!

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We were surprised by the wine list as it was very limited and we felt very expensive. We ordered a $250 bottle of wine which was half our bill. We told them ahead of time it was our anniversary and that meant we got a plate with Anniversary written in chocolate. Our seat was undesirable next to two glass sliders looking at the entryway and hostess station. Food was excellent. Do not dress up. People in jeans and sneakers all over.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The service at Boka is phenomenal. Everyone is smiling and happy to assist.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Food was great along with service. Enjoyed dining there very much!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

In town just for the weekend to visit our son. We are “foodies” and we’re not disappointed. Food was tasty and elegant. Service staff was incredibly knowledgeable and extremely pleasant without being hovering. A great relaxed dinner with family. What could be better?

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Every things was fantastic!
Will be back next time we visit Chicago

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We went for a date night and had the 9-course tasting menu with wine pairing. The food was delicious and well matched with the wine. Our waiter was friendly, knowledgable, and chatted with us about each course. I would absolutely recommend Boka for a date night or special occasion!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Had the tasting menu while on a work trip to Chicago. Such a wonderful dinner and the great service. Thanks!!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great atmosphere and wonderful food. Wait staff was very attentive and knowledgeable of the menu!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Boka is amazing - charming space. Greeted us promptly and very friendly. Our server Jack was perfect - there when we needed, great suggestions. House made "mocktails" that are very unique and delicious. Good wine by the glass list. Shared the sunchoke appetizer which was delicious. Had the chicken and lamb entrees - both outstanding and not too large. Unique house made desserts and truffles to finish. Perfect all the way through!!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food was extraordinary - presentation, taste, portions, sequencing

The service was outstanding. Augustus was witty, professional, and very knowledgeable.

Gorgeous setting.

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