Boka

4.9
5539 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 5539 people are saying
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AmandaH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, the servers and the environment was super friendly. Can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family meeting

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Bokabulous
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleased with the experience. We'll definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences that I have had. Everything was phenomenal.

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Nicolas
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastique ! On a adoré

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shele
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Boka is a gem. The food is creative, beautifully prepared and delicious. My only complaint, and it’s a minor one, is I’d prefer more vegetable matter with the dishes. The service is excellent. Just enough oversight without hovering. My husband and I were very impressed in our first time at Boka. It won’t be our last!

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vipDBS3
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Such a pleasure to have duck and venison. So thoughtful and helpful with our food allergies. thx.

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MarioC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I book this reservation for a guest at NoBu and they really enjoyed having dinner here. Sb

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was superb. It’s a little distracting to sit in the middle of the dining room with staff going around you on all four sides. Other than the seat, the drinks, striploin, octopus, and char was amazing! Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Fine dining with a relaxed and hip atmosphere. Highly recommend Boka.

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melissa
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Boka after a Steppenwolf Matinee. Dinner and Service at a high-top in the bar was superb. We had the Squash Agnolotti and the Duck for 2. The Syrah, which was recommended, was also excellent. Loved the artwork!!

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vipDeedee
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can we say, the most delicious duck ever eaten, the honey glaze was beyond fantastic, great service, ambience, everything and romantic too..

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were Incredibly accommodating to my milk protein and soy protein allergy and were so kind about it! I often feel bad asking for accommodation and usually opt to just not eat much, but they accommodated each meal of the prix fix menu so I could enjoy the experience! Thank you!!!!!

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VSMKE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. Service was great. Beautiful restaurant.

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TimA
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and remarkable flavorful food cooked and plated to perfection.

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WalterM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our server was excellent, very knowledgeable and helpful. He asked about food allergies etc

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Izzy
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience2

Amazing food. Waiter was great, but not really attentive. Maybe just the masks, but hard to communicate. Was a business dinner and a few minutes after sitting down someone turned up the music. We asked to have it turned back down and they did. But, 15 min later it got turned back up again. Place is also starting to look a bit tired.

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vipA2fan
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and exceptional food. Lovely ambiance for a more quiet private intimate dinner, so ideal for a romantic dinner or a group dinner at which you want to be able to easily hear only your own conversation.

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vipSchmuli
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boka excels in an industry that requires excellence to be celebrated. With its deserved Michelin star, Boka provides the ideal dining experience. The eight-course tasting menu with wine pairings delighted at every turn. The menu was thoughtful and delicious.

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JM123
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boka was absolutely phenomenal. I have several dietary restriction which make dining out challenging. The staff at Boka was excellent. Both servers who helped me were aware of my restrictions. It was even more impressive that the chef was able to accommodate my restrictions on most dishes I most wanted to try! The chocolates at the end of the meal were such a surprise treat, since I usually can't eat that kind of thing. And every bite of food was completely amazing. (Even though Chef had to prepare it with one hand tied behind is back not being able to use gluten, dairy or almonds!!) One of the best meals I have ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited from NY for my anniversary. We read reviews and decided to try Boka. We ordered the tasting menu was AMAZING!! The cocktails were hand crafted and delicious!! Must try whenever able! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

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Logan
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a phenomenal tasting menu experience at boka. Great food, great service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It’s was great overall, though the manager was a bit too aggressive/demanding towards the hosts.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible. We did the tasting and it swept us off our feet. Every bite was well thought out and took us on a culinary journey

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food5service4ambience3

I made reservations for the patio area a month ago but got a call from the manager saying that due to bad weather and for the health of the employees They would seat us indoor. However, I saw people being seated at the same time in that area. And the weather was the same. Very disappointed and will not go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The service was really lack-luster for such an expensive restaurant. We did the chefs tasting menu, they didn’t even ask about the wine pairings. I also had told the restaurant it was a special occasion and they didn’t acknowledge that. Not my favorite.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Just ok nothing really spectacular about this place. I would jot go out of my way to try it.

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Kellieh
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service was not spectacular. We waited for drink orders and refills. It was also difficult to understand the accents of the all the different people bringing the food. It was a different person every course. But the tasting menu was lights out. Delicious from start to finish.

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TariqS
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space, very kind and thoughtful service throughout the experience, and exceptional food. It was a truly memorable meal!

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JimC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food were outstanding. We chose entrees off the standard dinner menu rather than prix fixe. One surprise was how good the spirit free cocktails were. Inspiring! We'll be back.

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HeidiD
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had friends visiting from Cleveland, they were blown away by the food the atmosphere and overall the entire dining experience .

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience!! Tasting menu, add truffle course!! You guys are the best!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasting menu and wine pairings were delicious. Wait staff was extremely friendly and informative about the dishes. Would definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal!!

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1991SC
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Our table had the 8-course tasting menu & it was very underwhelming. For $165 a person, we expected so much more. Nearly every dish felt as if it was missing something. It left a lot to be desired unfortunately. Service was good, but the food was why we went & why we left disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First-class experience per usual at Boka.
The quality, attention to detail, service, and everything in between was just phenomenal.

Special shoutout to our guy Augustus for being a consummate pro.

Hope to be back soon.
Many thanks to all @ Boka!!

JS
vipJimS
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boka continues to be the restaurant that sets a very high bar for great service and great food. A gem of Chicago dining. Always go above an beyond.

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MichaelS
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience1

I love Boka...always have, but for me, there seems to be a disconnect in the extremely high quality of the food and service and the ambience. Our food was so good and Jack, our server was both engaging and efficient. The music pumped in to the room in which we ate, sounded more like I should have ordered a beer and burger with fries. It was bar music in one of the best restaurants in Chicago. It was a such a dichotomy. I'm not sure what you're going for here, but I would have preferred a more subdued sound track for my beautifully prepared Arctic Char.
We'll be back, but we're asking for the back dining room which seemed much more quiet.

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LaurenS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible dining experience, from start to finish every detail was perfect. Food and wine were incredible and you must order dessert!!

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You can order delivery directly from Boka using the Order Online button. Boka also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 337-6070.

Boka is rated 4.9 stars by 5539 OpenTable diners.

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.

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