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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

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (113)
Fit for Foodies (98)
Good for a Date (95)
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Creative Cuisine (90)
Romantic (84)
Good for Anniversaries (78)
Good for Birthdays (56)
Tasting Menu (49)
Handcrafted Cocktails (47)
Quiet Conversation (42)
Worth the Drive (42)
Notable Wine List (40)
Cozy (38)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Business Meals (27)
Pre/post Theatre (27)
Authentic (24)
Hot Spot (23)
Local Ingredients (23)
Bar Seating (22)
Fun (18)
Seasonal (17)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Good for Groups (13)
Healthy (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Casual (6)
Organic (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Comfort Food (4)
People Watching (4)
Tapas (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Scenic View (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Great for Lunch (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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 7 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Quite a nice place to dine in! Everything is Fantastic about this place! They do offer valet parking for a fee which is very convenient! Great for special occasions and date nights!

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Food was excellent, presentation was excellent, service was very good. It’s incredibly dark so my dad had a tough time reading the menu. But otherwise, it was quite good. Would recommend to anyone.

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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Impressed with the knowledgeable staff. We had the tasting menu and all 8 courses were inventive and delicious- highly recommend! The interior has a dark, cool vibe that you could dress up or down depending on your occasion.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Everything was delicious and the service was wonderful. Our waiter helped select a great bottle of wine, advised on portion size and which items were his favorites. EVERYTHING we are tonight was amazing.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Fantastic spot, deserves more than a single Michelin star. Everything about this place is polished and it exudes a casual elegance that makes it a favorite date spot for us.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I had an excellent time. I have new allergies which they accommodated gracefully. They always surprise my palate with combinations of delicious tastes— I always say I discover new taste buds whenever I eat here. The food was delicious, our waitress was extremely knowledgeable and we will continue to come here for all our special occasions.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 10, 2017

What an experience ! We came here last year for cocktails before our diner at the next door , (3 michelin star restaurant) and found this place nice and friendly. So we came back to try it , and it well was worth it , and we didn't know then, they had a 1 michelin star , which they highly deserve.
The staff is wonderful, starting from the Valet to the bus boy, all are great). went on a late thursday night (9:30 pm)., and thought maybe it was too late (not for me, but for the kitchen...) and in no way did we fell pushed to finish our meal and eventhough, we left late and we're the last table in our room, while finishing our wine, the waiter (Jack) was very pleasant, helpful, knowledgable, kind, unobtrusive, and does his job to perfection !
The menu , you just want to try everything on there.
The food ; ALL the plates served were a burst of flavors to the tastebuds.
The carrots , how can they make of such simple ingredient to be sooo good and flavorful ? the Octopus, is perfectly cooked, not chewy and well paired.
Entrees were just the same, delicious !
Seared Scallops and Long roasted beef short rib, is to die for.
The ravioli es wonderful.
make room for desert, they are so tasty.
Will be back, and would love to try the tasting menu if it were least expensive...
Love this place ! keep up the good work and go before they get an extra star !

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Delicious and quaint. Food was great and the service was perfect great first night in Chicago

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

A wonderful meal with a first rate service. All the dishes we ordered came beyond expectation. The description of the dishes made us curious and with more appetite. Highly recommend the restaurant with your eyes closed! Congratulations.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Very good experience, food delicious and service was very good.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 8, 2017

From the moment we walked into Boka I could tell it was going to be a great night. Staff greeted us wishing us a happy anniversary, sat us at a lively table at the front of the restaurant, and providedus with complimentary champagne.
We opted for the 8 course tasting menu and it was incredible. I wasn't sure which wine to choose so the wine manager helped; he was great. Every course was wonderful, I wouldn't change a thing.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 2017

By far the best meal I had in Chicago. The whole package is superb. Starting with the confirmation call that details all you need, through and attention to details (allergy, dividing dishes we shared) to the food itself which was darn tasty!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Visiting from out of town. Loved everything about this place. Completely understand why this restaurant yeah won so many awards. Service was great and super helpful in picking food. We loved the tartar and short rib.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Fabulous, flavorful, creative, textured and perfectlay cooked dishes. Definitely do the tasting menu! Perfect for place for a foodie.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

From cocktails to the end of the meal the entire experience was top notch! Food was stellar, service was excellent, ambiance perfect. Will definitely return!

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

An exquisite, exquisite dining experience at Chef Lee Wolen's Michelin-starred Boka in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. Boka's menu, along with its architecture, interior decor, and superior service were nothing short of utter perfection. Wolen's powerful flavors and concise plating will no doubt impress you, providing an uncomplicated yet highly sophisticated and complete sensory experience. BRAVO, Boka!!!

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 30, 2017

GREAT MEAL AND EXPERIENCE. THIS WAS MY FIRST TIME IN CHICAGO AND THOUROUGHLY ENJOYED THE RESTURANT AND OVERALL EXPERIENCE.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Boka was Outstanding ! Great meal experience !! My wife and thoroughly enjoyed the meal . Service was top notch!

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The staff at Boka is simply phenomenal. The food was delicious as well but it was the service that blew our minds-the staff truly went out of its way to make our night a magical night! We will always remember their wonderful gestures and will be sure to tell all of our friends about our amazing experience tonight.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

I don't say this lightly, but my dinner at BOKA was a perfect dining experience. We all chose the tasting menu, and were rewarded by a three-hour delight. Every course was adventurous and well-explained by our friendly and knowledgable waiter. Perfectly timed, flavored, and plated. The final "wow" moment was a sealed menu following the meal so we could remember every delightful morsel. A+

An Ideal spot for our post-Steppenwolf-matinee dinner.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Casual, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Amazing food. Never been so satisfied with any restaurant!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Knowing that Boka is a Michelin-starred restaurant, experience, establishment, I had certain expectations that unfortunately were not met.

I enjoyed the ambience of the restaurant: the lighting, the hum of conversation, the walls/ceiling/floors/tables. I enjoyed the silverware and plating. We sat under the heater though. The wine list was extensive in that it featured wines from the world. Cocktails looked interesting though we didn’t get to try as we preferred to do some wine.

Moreover, my party wanted to do the tasting menu. Our waiter asked us if we had any restrictions (we didn’t) or preferences—and maybe this is where we went wrong. Two of us did not like duck (I know, blasphemy) but our waiter was like, “OK, well we’ll do duck for one of your party and for the other two, the chef will do something else.” We got very excited because past tasting experiences weren’t so accommodating to individual preferences. The two non-duck people were excited that the one person was to try the duck as we wanted to see its presentation and perhaps try a taste (if it is that good we weren’t averse to having duck). However, by our 6th course, we realized that no duck was coming. Our waiter apologized for the lack of duck later in the evening but from course 5-8, our hearts had sunk. Moreover, during the course, there were delays in platings/service as a dish was skipped, and we had to wait further from one course to the next.

All in all we enjoyed interesting takes on sashimi, oysters, scallops (our second favorite), bass, risotto (our favorite), octopus, venison (had a lot of gristle but wasn’t gamey), sesame and earl gray tea ice cream desserts (that counted as two courses). It was just unfortunate that we had these expectations re: a more personalized experience that was never realized given the miscommunication re: duck, the delay in entree presentation (the waiter asked how our fish was before got a fish; our paired wine was almost finished when it did arrive.)

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 (México)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The 8 course tasting menu with wine pairing was outstanding!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent in all regards with knowledgeable staff. The chicken - something I rarely eat in restaurants because of limited quality - was superb. The fluke appetizer and beef tartare were also excellent.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Easily one of the best meals ever. Fantastic menu, impeccable service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food was good, but as usual in these pricey restaurants, the portions were way too small. The atmosphere was pleasant, but it was too dark to see your food!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Chose Boka for it's reasonable proximity to Second City and were pleasantly surprised by the outstanding meal. The menu is very imaginative and the chef has some unlikely pairings but they work very well. Will definitely go back next time we're in Chicago.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

First time here and would definitely go back again!! Perfect restaurant for us to celebrate a birthday. Plate portions were split to share and each serving was just "enough" with room for dessert. We left feeling full and satisfied. Every single thing we ordered was phenomenal...I'm not exaggerating. EXCELLENT!! Great selection for both vegetarian and quality meats.
Superb table service by all the attendants. The atmosphere, service and quality of food made it for a fantastic experience. Highly recommend for anyone considering. A+!!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Wow ! A great tasting menu experience. Very accommodating. We had a vegetarian, kosher, pescatarian and an omnivore. We all had the tasting menu and everyone was blown away by the food. Well done

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

This restaurant is a lovely space to dine in and the food was declicious. We thought the serving size was a bit on the sparse side for the price. We celebrated our daughter's 30th birthday, and they brought out a dessert with beautiful writing and a candle. Nice touch!! We are all foodies, and we were not disappointed on that score!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Food and service represent what Michelin stars are all about. If this one star there's a lot of restaurants on Chicago that don't even deserve their one

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