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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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

For Valentine's Day at BOKA we will exclusively offer a 6 course tasting menu for $130/person, not including beverages, tax, and gratuity. There will be no a la carte menu offered. Optional wine pairings are available.

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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

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (93)
Fit for Foodies (85)
Creative Cuisine (83)
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Good for a Date (82)
Romantic (74)
Good for Anniversaries (68)
Tasting Menu (47)
Handcrafted Cocktails (46)
Notable Wine List (46)
Worth the Drive (44)
Quiet Conversation (42)
Cozy (40)
Good for Birthdays (39)
Neighborhood Gem (38)
Pre/post Theatre (31)
Hot Spot (29)
Authentic (27)
Business Meals (26)
Bar Seating (20)
Local Ingredients (20)
Fun (17)
Good for Groups (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Seasonal (13)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Healthy (8)
Organic (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
People Watching (4)
Casual (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Tapas (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined a day ago

One of best meals I’ve ever eaten
From the grilled octopus celery root soup fresh made bread to the mouth watering short rib and monkfish...outstanding
Service very attentive..Thanks Ellen Allen and Shawn(great highball) Pear dessert one of the best I’ve ever had!!
One of the best restaurants I’ve eaten in Chicago and deserving of all of your rewards
Have to convince more Southsiders to visit as we came all the way from Beverly but we will be back

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Amazing food and service! They made my birthday very special

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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

This place was absolutely amazing from the moment we walked in. Service was outstanding and the kitchen and staff really took care of our table for my best friends birthday. The seasonal special they had that was not on menu was a ribbon pasta with scallops and black truffle . Two words: RICH and PERFECT! Wish I had a bigger appetite because everything was made so well I could've stayed and ate all night. Will definitely be recommending this restaurant to every and anyone.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent service. The fact that they personalized the menu for my husbands birthday and they even did a customized small birthday cake upon my request. The general manager reach out through email to make sure the evening was special.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

I've been looking forward to trying this place out for sometime and and finally found a good excuse to splurge. I was not disappointed. We were seated a bit late for our reservation but that was not a big deal to us. Regardless, we were given an extra course and accompanying wine.
Food was amazing, everything! I cannot wait to go back again. I'll bring friends.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

The vibe inside the restaurant was very classy and cozy. It also had a unique style with dim lighting. The food was delicious with a lot of different flavors. The heirloom carrots and chicken were fantastic. My only complaint is that it was very pricey, but is a great spot for anniversaries.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

We went to Boka for an anniversary dinner and they did not disappoint. The portions are small considering the price, but the guidance you receive from the wait staff is excellent and you will be able to navigate the menu easily. If you are thinking of going, check the reviews to understand the average cost per person - easily $100/person with drinks - so you will not be surprised. Enjoy!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 5 days ago

Appreciated that they recognized our anniversary with some special touches.

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·Dined 6 days ago

I took my uncle here for his birthday who was visiting from California. He is used to fine dining and exquisite wine and Boka was a huge hit! From the beautiful decor, to the fabulous service, to the amazing cuisine. All of our food selections were filled with robust flavors you just didn’t want it to end. My scallops were to die for. Will definitely come back.

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Our service from the hostess to the bartender to our server was amazing. We had a amazing food and everyone was attentive personable and made sure we had one of the best dinner experiences in Chicago. Our waiter made sure we understood our drinks and dinner options and added a special touch to our desert.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The food is very very salty
Chicken was salty and not tasty
Fish was the same

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We had the 8 course meal and not a single one disappointed. Excellent!

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Paleo Friendly, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

This restaurant is my absolute favorite. The food is exquisite and the service is great. This restaurant is wonderful for every occasion.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Service was above and beyond anywhere I’ve been, even for a Michelin Star. Food was great with terrific wine pairings. Ask for wine pairings for each dish... the by the glass options are very good.

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Absolutely amazing! And Jack was amazingly wonderful as well!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Service at Boka is always amazing, as is the food. Wonderful experience...and try to save room for dessert, their creations are always unique and delicious.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Just fantastic. Augustus was an amazing waiter and helped enhance what the back of the house was doing with the food. We couldn’t have enjoyed our experience any more than we did. Thank you!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Not the best service and portion sizes were too small.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Couldn't have asked for better food, service, ambiance, you name it. Told them we were coming for mine and my sister's birthday and they went the full nine yards, greeting us with complimentary sparkling wine was just the cherry on top of an amazing meal. The tartar and octopus appetizers are to die for. It seemed like every other table in the room was celebrating a birthday as well, and it makes sense because dining here is truly an experience. That being said, prices are reasonable for what you get so I don't necessarily think you need to save this place just for a special occasion. This was my first time dining here and i can't wait to go back!

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·Dined on January 5, 2018

It was GREAT!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Eat here every January when visiting Chicago.Always excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Boka is one of our favorite restaurants in Chicago. Having eaten at many of the more expensive restaurants deserving of applause, we find Boka consistently outstanding in every respect--food, service, ambiance. You may spend more money here, but you will never be disappointed in so doing.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Outstanding food and service. The bartender (Sean) was great beforehand recommending drinks and meals.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We had been going to Boka for years and this time the quality of food was not nearly as delicious as usual. The menu wasn't as compelling as in past years either. I heard the chef changed or is less present now and it shows. It's unfortunate but we'll try a new restaurant next time.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Fabulous Food! Service was spot on. We tried various dishes and found all to be spectacular. the Turnip Soup was the BEST soup I've ever eaten (and I dine out often). Fantastic location, beautiful environment, strongly recommended.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Excellent. Music was a little loud, change that and we are a 5 star.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

My wife and I ate here to celebrate her birthday. We were sat at a great table and the food was excellent. I would highly recommend Boka to anyone looking for a date spot, great food, or to celebrate a special occasion.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 2, 2018

From the time you open the door until you grudgingly leave this cozy oasis, everything about Boka is perfect. The service could not be better, the staff is knowledgeable and gracious, and the food inventive but accessible. Short but satisfactory list of wines by the glass; great list by the bottle. Boka didn't miss a beat and we will definitely be back when we have something to celebrate.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food and service at Boka managed to outdo the sumptuous ambiance. Truly a hit for our double-date babysitter night out!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Fantastic from start to finish. Refined food in a casual and still elegant atmosphere. Wish I lived here so I can go back often.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Organic, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Flavors were generally good. Service was likewise. The portions were truly small. The portion style I thought died in the 90s. No plans to return

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

It has a very noteworthy menu. The Mediterranean salad was very fresh. The monkfish and venison were cooked to perfection. We will definitely frequent this restaurant again. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Service was perfect and the meal was delicious. Portions were smaller than I was used to, but awesome!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Boka is a special place. We go there to celebrate. The kitchen prepares meals that are visually creative and the food tastes phenomenal. On this visit we ordered what appeared to be a simple chicken dish but Boka made it amazing with their presentation, perfect preparation and flavor combinations.

They elevate the dining experience with great atmosphere, unique cocktails, interesting menu choices, a wine list that accommodates various budgets and always with a heightened level of friendly service. For all that they deliver, Boka is an excellent value as well.

Highly recommended.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

My wife and I went to Boka for her birthday and we had a wonderful time. The tasting menu did not disappoint! She also got the wine pairings which were fantastic and improved each course of the meal. The presentation was on point and the flavors full and complex. The staff was knowledgeable and were at the table the right amount. The bill was high for the tasting menu, but worth it for the quality and variety of flavors.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great service and delicious creative entrees and desserts.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Cozy, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

PASTA special was amazing: homemade pasta w seared scallops in lemon garlic butter sauce.
FOie gras was too gamey and crunchy bits unnecessary
Venison delicious

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Michelin star restaurant with creative menu, great staff, and attentive service. Each plate is a flavorful artistic composition. Portions just right, not oversized. Nice small touches like heated milk for tea. Great for special occasions with personalized menu, champagne and special dessert on the house!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Friendly staff, great drinks, and definitely deserving of its Michelin Star! My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time here. We had the octopus appetizer and the dry roasted duck, which were phenomenal- compliments to the chef. My girlfriend ordered a custom made drink that was made exactly how she wanted it, and the staff was even kind enough to take pictures of us! It's definitely worth the price and I'd like to visit again sometime.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Well worth the price. Excellent food expertly prepared. Nothing less then delicious

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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