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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JS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! We loved it all.

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

Amazing food, incredible service, memorable experience!

n
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been to Boka several times over the years and always find the food and service to be excellent. Nice added touch is the personalized menu for special occasions such as birthday or anniversary.Waitstaff is personable and efficient without being overbearing. One of our favorite places in the city and a bonus is it is near Steppenwolf theater.

SP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there after we got married as this has been our anniversary place yearly.
We love it and the staff is so courteous and great that they will keep us coming back.

OT
Grand Rapids
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for an anniversary dinner and had a fantastic meal. The service was great and I will definitely go back for the 8 course meal next time.

g
Chicago
73 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic anniversary dinner. Very accommodating staff. Superb service and excellent food. Wine list is a bit limited for my taste.
Highly recommended.

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

Everything was incredible! The staff was excellent, Evie was really accommodating and made a drink up for us when we didn’t see something we liked on the menu. Chris was a great server. The tasting menu was really well put together. We would go back in a heartbeat.

KL
Denver
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The venison didn't have any flavor, and needed seasoning or a sauce. The duck was somewhat better but still didn't pop with flavor. Service was excellent!

KM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every dish was amazing! Nice balance of flavor.

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

They go above and beyond to make your meal special.

RG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Some of the best food in Chicago. The pastas (truffle pasta and ricotta dumplings) were the absolute highlight.

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great dinner with a wonderful business friend. Exceptional service, ambience and food. Was a wonderful evening very enjoyable. I’ll be back.

MB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience, food, and environment. The evening was made even better by the exceptional service by Augustus, highly recommended requesting his service. This will become our go to place for entertaining clients.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days 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.

CS
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Michelin star is definitely deserved. The price point is actually quite reasonable considering. We found the food to be complex and delicious. The cocktails and wine selection were also quite good. Service was impeccable with the kitchen even sending out a happy birthday vegan chocolate sorbet for me with "Happy Birthday" written on the edge of the bowl in chocolate sauce. I am dairy-free and they accommodated me with no questions asked and were sure to mention with each course how they had modified to dish for me. Highly recommend for a romantic dinner, a business dinner or just a special night out with friends.

KW
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Loved the intricate complex food and wine pairings. Would definitely recommend going!

i
Chicago
80 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boka is always outstanding -- it's our favorite Chicago restaurant, bar none. Memorable food, impeccable service, a beautiful setting -- what more could you ask for?

CC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
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 on October 15, 2019
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 on October 15, 2019
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 on October 14, 2019
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 on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Engagement!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic service! Great food! Well spent time.

Z
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
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 on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance. Amazing food and very sleek service!

MS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
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!

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