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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

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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (91)
Fit for Foodies (89)
Good for a Date (82)
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Creative Cuisine (79)
Romantic (74)
Good for Anniversaries (73)
Notable Wine List (52)
Handcrafted Cocktails (48)
Tasting Menu (44)
Cozy (39)
Quiet Conversation (39)
Worth the Drive (38)
Neighborhood Gem (35)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Authentic (34)
Hot Spot (30)
Pre/post Theatre (28)
Business Meals (26)
Local Ingredients (22)
Bar Seating (20)
Fun (17)
Seasonal (15)
Good for Groups (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Healthy (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Organic (7)
People Watching (6)
Casual (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Just great!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful service! After a chat about drinks with the waitress, she surprised us with her favorite drink!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Some of the best food in Chicago. Cocktails were outrageously delicious and the server was exceptional. Well worth the money spent. Will return, probably often.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

I love almost everything about Boka. The decor and food was outstanding. The only complaint is the servers can be a little more attentive and when describing the dishes they can speak a little slower instead of rushing through it. The food was great! The highlight was the shaved foie gras and the duck. I would definitely like to come back and I would recommend this place to my friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Best waitress and staff. Food was off the hook. Truffle season!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 12, 2018

The food was wonderful and the service was excellent. One of our party thought the braised rib was slightly too salty and the kitchen very quickly took it back and brought out a new dish which was delicious.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Everything from our service to our drinks and food was amazing. Life changing food.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent service, atmosphere, and most importantly their food!

The only restaurant in Chicago, where I felt the need to come back and experience the dining all over again.

Highly recommend!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food and service was exceptional!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The meal was outstanding as always. We started off with the fluk appetizer. Laura had the bass, and I I had the venison. It was definitely the best venison I have ever had. Laura had the pear dessert which was heavenly.

Tags: Bar Seating, People Watching, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was delish. Great vibe.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

This was my first experience dining at a Michelin star restaurant and it was the best meal of my life thus far. Every single bite of food I put into my mouth literally made my girlfriend and I just speechless. We only had 1 perfectly balanced cocktail, yet we felt drunk at the end of the meal. I believe this is due to the large amount of endorphins released from the amuse bouche to the dessert. Never have we tasted such perfect pairings of flavors. My mission is to come back here again for their full tasting course and visit their other restaurants in the Boka Restaurant Group.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent suggestions from our wonderful servers! Very attentive! Enjoyed our experience!

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 (México)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Awesome food and great service

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Very good place with good food, very good for special day or family.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Food is great, cock tail is also very good!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Amazing food and service.
We will definitely return.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Restaurant week was mad gud my guy

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Worth it for Chicago restaurant week. Will definitely want to go again!

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 (Raum Hamburg)·Dined on February 6, 2018

The food and service was great! One of the best meals I ever had! We were also surprised as we got warm yummy bread up front and super delicious chocolate truffles after dinner.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Healthy, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2018

We went during restaurant week, so a limited menu was available however the choices we had all sounded incredible and the ones we chose were excellent. They had preselected wines to pair with each dish too. All seemed very thought out and out experience here was delightful, thank you for having us. I have nothing but good things to say about Boka!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2018

We came during restaurant week to check it out. Our server, Chris was light hearted, knowledgeable and enthusiastic! Our food and cocktails were amazing. We will definitely be back! :)

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2018

We visited Boka for Chicago a Restaurant Week, and I'm so glad we did! The service is top notch from the time you make your reservation, til you walk out the door. The ambiance was cozy and warm with great tunes. The food was all fantastic. The portions were generous for an upscale restaurant, beautifully presented with some nice little surprises thrown in. You won't be disappointed!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Amazing food. It is probably the best restaurant week deal. Beets with crunchy peanuts and Chaddar is so well-balanced, but the avocado moose is little too sour to my taste. Slow poached egg with pasta is very rich and flavorful. The egg is perfectly cooked and the yolk just blended into the creamy foam smoothly. It is a bit on the salty side but still very nice. Roasted chicken is tender and the look is fabulous with the golden colored skin, the flawless white meat and the thin filling in between. The paired sauce is so rich, reminds me of foie gras and adds some duck flavor to the dish. The dark chocolate dessert is interesting with layers of dark chocolate crunches, chocolate moose, and a chocolate cake in the center. Overall, this is a very pleasant meal. Will definitely go again.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Boka is always wonderful! The servers are amazing and the food is delicious. I love going to Boka!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 5, 2018

We went for restaurant week and enjoyed great food with service to match. Definitely recommend for a date or get-together with friends.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 5, 2018

A+ food, A+ drinks, A+ service, A+ decor. 100/100!

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 5, 2018

The food was delicious and extremely thoughtful!! In such a small details! Amazing!
Side note: the portions were very small, maybe they cut it in half because we were there for Chicago restaurant week.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 5, 2018

I would absolutely recommend Boka to anyone. It is probably the best American cuisine that I've ever had in the past. Came here during restaurant week and it well worth the price! Every dish is a surprise!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Amazing meal! Unlike anything we had ever had before. Quite the experience.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Note: I ordered a poached egg dish that must have been handled improperly as I was horribly sick less than an hour or two after I ate. Unexpected for a restaurant like this to get something like that wrong. My advice would be to only order dishes that are fully cooked since playing Russian roulette with your gastrointestinal system doesn’t seem like a fun game. Other than that all four courses were absolutely delicious, as well as the drinks. Perfect portions with interesting and unexpected flavor combinations. Service was outstanding. The only negative comment that I would give about the staff is that I would’ve expected to have been contacted after informing them of the mishap.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Waited 35 mins past my reservation. Also it was very crowded, hectic, and loud. I’m guessing it’s due to Restaurant Week. Will come back to see if a normal day is better.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Although it was restaurant week the quality was very good and staff very professional

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Everything was great. I especially appreciated that they were able to modify the restaurant week menu for lactose intolerance, which made me experience very nice! Only complaint is that the portions were small and I was still kind of hungry after I finished

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We went for Restaurant Week!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The food itself lived up to the reputation of a Michelin star restaurant. Creativity is one of the strong suits and prices were quite reasonable especially during the Chicago Restaurant Week. The restaurant was packed and the ambiance was quite loud. There were no empty tables anywhere but that was expected. Overall experience was good and would definitely consider dropping by again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

This was our fourth straight visit to Boka for Chicago Restaurant Week. The $44.00 prix fixe menu is a tremendous value, and the service is always impeccable. We’ll be back for Restaurant Week in 2019.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Overall everything was expertly prepared and seasoned. I really enjoyed the menu however the portions of the entrees were a bit small so my friend and I left still mildly hungry.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Restaurant week menu was fantastic!! The hamachi and grapefruit was refreshing and scallops were to die for. I had the chicken and it was very juicy. My boyfriend had the pork neck and that was so tender and delicious. For dessert the banana was amazing and the lemon creme fraiche cake was a nice compliment. My boyfriend had the dark chocolate and I was super jealous. It was so decadent with a rich taste of coffee.
We received our menu right away which is something we usually like however we did want to end with an espresso. So we felt a little rushed out. Otherwise it was a great experience and I would recommend to get the wine pairings!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2018

I am going to go back to Boka to trry it again. We went during restaurant week and I was not terribly impressed with the offered prix fix menu. I have heard wonderful thingss about teh restaurant and want to try the regular menu. The service was EXCELLENT = as was the wine pairing. Thus they certainly deserve another try.

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