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Boka, Chicago, IL
Award-winning

Boka

4.8
4.8
6768 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 73 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, American, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (312) 337-6070
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Lee Wolen
  • Private party facilities
    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.
  • Private party contact
    our Event Sales Manager: (312) 337-6070
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Lincoln Park
  • Cross street
    Willow
  • Parking details
    Street parking available.
  • Public transit
    Red Line "El" stop at Clyborn & North Ave
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Restaurant Week 4 Course Tasting Menu

    $59.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Join us for Restaurant Week from January 19 to February 4. Guests can enjoy a special 4-course prix fixe dinner menu for $59 with an optional wine pairing for and additional $40. During this time we will NOT offer our regular à la carte or 8-course tasting menu. Price does not include taxes, fees and service charges.
    Restaurant Week 4 Course Tasting Menu Photo

What 6,768 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Contemporary American

  • Chicago

    Contemporary American

6,768 Reviews
  1. Notfoodieheartfood

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated a birthday and they made every part special! Definitely coming back

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best restaurant in Chicago. You cannot go wrong with Boka!

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  3. Taylor

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had our 1st wedding anniversary dinner here and it was amazing. We've been here a few times now and it's great every time. I highly recommend it!

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  4. SurajS

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved everything about the place . The food , the drinks , the service all was 5/5

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  5. BonnieB

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Boka never misses. Consistently an outstanding experience.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal from start to finish. Food/drink/service all impeccable

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  7. JonathanC

    London

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazingly talented chef ! Roasted trio of chicken was brilliantly done and the braised turnip salad was amazing!!

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  8. KathleenS

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    wonderful experience, exceptional food and service

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  9. Adri

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the pleasure of dining at Boka (1 Michelin Star) in Chicago, IL and I must say it was an unforgettable experience. From the moment I stepped inside, I knew I was in for something special. If you’re a fan of American upscale cuisine (or simply a lover of good food), Boka is a must-visit. The menu boasts upscale American dishes prepared with care and authenticity. I savored every bite of my meal—the flavors were rich, hearty, and utterly satisfying. Whether you’re craving short rib, delish beef tartare, or chicken liver mousse and scallop, Boka's delivers. The staff went above and beyond to ensure a delightful dining experience. Attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable, they made me feel right at home. My server (the bartender) provided excellent recommendations, and my glass was never empty. Kudos to the entire team for their warm hospitality.   Boka strikes the perfect balance between cozy and lively. The old/modern American-inspired decor— perfect cozy light, exact volume of the music, gold Decoratives, and wood, unique designs—creates an inviting atmosphere.   I was seated in the corner having a great view, which allowed me to enjoy my meal without any noise disruptions. The attention to detail in the decorations, especially in that area, impressed me.   In summary, Boka’s is a gem. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply want a memorable meal, this restaurant delivers on all fronts. I wholeheartedly recommend it to fellow food enthusiasts.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We loved the service more than we can express. The special attention to Jazmin's birthday was very well done.

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  11. RenataL

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed ourselves immensely. Wonderful service and food that surprised and delighted. We were particularly appreciative of the solid selection of nonalcoholic cocktails, house made sodas, and wines.

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  12. ad25

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I went to Boka with my girlfriend for our anniversary and, overall, was happy with the restaurant. The service was the best I’ve ever had. The ambiance was also phenomenal— romantic and modern without being pretentious. We opted for the 8 course tasting menu. The food was very good, although I expected a bit more. Many of the dishes had a similar smokiness to them, which was enjoyable for one course or maybe two, but it then started to feel a bit repetitive which was disappointing. I also thought some of the dishes were on the edge of being too salty, which isn’t acceptable for a meal of this price point. In fact, the value is really where I thought Boka fell short. I left not feeling hungry (although not stuffed) and have had tasting menus that provided more elaborate dishes at a lower price. We paid roughly $600 total for the meal, and I think it was about 150-200 dollars too much for what we got. The food was adventurous, particularly the shaved fois gras which was unlike anything I’ve ever had…but I can’t decide if that’s a good thing (and I like essentially everything). I was disappointed that we didn’t try their wagyu, caviar, or duck dish, which would have helped to justify the price a bit more as well. I will add that my girlfriend got the standard wine pairing which was very good overall. Most of the wines were from Portugal or Greece which was interesting, but it would’ve been nice to have some more from France, Spain, Italy or California. Perhaps those are only available in the more expensive wine pairing. That said, we got 7 glasses of wine total with generally good pours, so the value for the wine felt fair compared to the food. I’d recommend Boka if you’re looking for unbeatable service, stellar ambiance and very good food — but you probably won’t have a life changing meal with food you’ll be dreaming out.

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  13. JanaB

    Cincinnati

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was amazing. Service was excellent. The noise level was high and the tables were very close together. Not really great for a romantic/quiet dinner. Overall, I would definitely go back for the food - which is awesome.

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  14. BradG

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner. Food service ambiance all fantastic. Surprising how many people come to such a nice restaurant dressed like shlubs but that not Bokas fault! Loved the whole evening. Thank you !

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the tasting menu! Every course was well balanced and delicious. It was a perfect mix of light and rich dishes. The service was amazing. Our serve was one of the best we’ve had in years.

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  16. GuyK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Augusta took great care of us, and ensured we had an absolutely amazing experience! The food, drinks, atmosphere, and service were spectacular. I’ll definitely be back.

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  17. julieb

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful experience. Everyone was friendly and knowledgeable. The pace of the meal was perfect. We didn't feel rushed or neglected at any point. I would definitely go back.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nothing but All good!!! My wife’s favorite place!!

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  19. MikeErin

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the tasting menu with wine pairing. It was phenomenal! Will absolutely be returning.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic tasting menu and wine pairing! Very friendly and knowledgable sommeliers.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The dishes were absolutely below expectation. Truffle on Gnudi was not fresh, overly ground, with an unpleasant presentation scattered everywhere like fish food. “Wagyu” was just a piece of average chewy fillet with almost no marbling at all. Scallop was cut up, probably just half a scallop. Sea bass was extremely salty. Overall very disappointing value. Do not recommend at all. Service was good though.

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  22. BrentRay

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal. Outstanding service. One of my top picks.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is an exceptional establishment that always gets everything right from the moment you walk through the door. Service and Staff are first rate, friendly, accommodating, but never overbearing, always coming to check in at the right moment. The food of course is beyond words, and this is the go to place for reliable exceptional dining in the city. There are many choices in our town but Boka delivers consistent and reliable excellence each and every time. As always, highly recommend the tasting menu with a wine pairing – you will not regret it!

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  24. DavidL

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first anniversary, and what a way to start it. Had to call to make an adjustment. Nice spacing between tables and nice decor throughout. One of the bartenders was his own show with drink prep, orders recall to the manager, and ticket to be put it. The flow to the table was very nice. The bread and butter were delicious, even the gluten-free bread. The appetizers were perfect. Main course presentation was great and entrees were soooo good. Dessert was a surprise with happy anniversary on the bowl, she was very happy with it. Thank you Boka Wait and Culinary teams

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  25. ChristopherK

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service from the time we walked in until the end of our dining experience. The entire staff was attentive and communicative. Overall, a great experience and atmosphere.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great. Recommend! Good date spot or for dinner with friends. Nose level was great for conversation.

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  27. foodie

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Over the top experience Come with my buddy who just had complete knee surgery 5 days Pryor . We decided to come up with our own tasting menu .OUTSTANDING and when the dessert came out they chef wrote on the bowl happy new knee day That was perfection Thank you

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  28. Keyadipe

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful birthday celebration, food was incredible, service and hospitality too. Thank you so much !

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  29. KJD86

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Boka was the perfect place to celebrate our first anniversary. Multiple staff members acknowledged our celebration and the food and service was flawless throughout the evening.

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  30. ChadM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service, always Excellent food and service

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  31. NickR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service, and atmosphere Sat at bar. Bartenders and servers were attentive, helpful but not intrusive

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  32. MGally

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenomenal food, ambiance, and service. Would recommend

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were simply exceptional! Could not have asked for anything better. Will be returning!

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  34. JacyZ

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Only if the serving staff can describe the dishes slightly louder and more clear, the whole dinner will be even more satisfying. Or maybe we got seated under the AC. Overall very nice job done! Appreciate all staff’s input towards this tasty menu.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Went for restaurant week in Chicago to get a little bit of a taste of the restaurant before deciding to go back for the full-experience. My experience was disappointing, not due to the food but due to the attention to details. Food was exceptional 5/5. The scallops were cooked perfectly and my favorite dish for the night. However, all the other dishes were excellent in their own way. Now comes why the review is only 2/5. - First, my starter beef tartar had a hair in it. Honestly this soured the rest of my experience as it went in my mouth and I was thinking about it for the rest of the dinner. - Second, one of our dishes came out wrong. We ordered the cod and they bought out a pork dish instead. So part of our group was eating while the other was not. Although they rectified the situation with bringing out replacement dishes in a timely manner and sent out a free dessert. I was not expecting these issues at this caliber of restaurant. The Ambiance of the restaurant was also pleasant. Which helped to alleviate some of the mistakes. In summary, food was delicious but the other moments have made me re-think about coming back for the full experience.

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  36. JuhiT

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant week was really good value and food was good enough to make me want try the more expensive tasting menu they offer.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant Week menu was absolutely delicious. Everything I expected from Boka! Always a delightful experience.

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  38. Lina

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Came here for restaurant week. We had a limited menu and I really enjoyed the items that I chose. The reason I knocked off one star is because my husband had the opposite opinion of his food. I tried a couple of the dishes and agree that they were not as tasty, especially the pasta dish for his entree. It was very bland in flavor. His brownie dessert was difficult to taste the brownie in, as it was just such a small portion. Again, I loved all my meals, which consisted of beef tartare, scallops, chicken breast, and a cheesecake for dessert. This was our first Michelin star restaurant experience. Not opposed to paying full price for future experience as we enjoy fine dining, but not sure I would come back to Boka for that.

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  39. InselG

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved celebrating my friends birthday. Great atmosphere and delicious food.

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  40. Elisabeth

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful experience at Boka for Chicago restaurant week! The food was delicious, and the quality is a you expect from a Michelin starred restaurant. Wine pairing was perfect, too. Service was impeccable and everyone was very friendly and helpful. Definitely will go again!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Boka offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 337-6070.

Boka is rated 4.8 stars by 6768 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 73 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Boka

1729 North Halsted, Chicago, IL 60614

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2022
  • Cross street
    Willow
  • Neighborhood
    Lincoln Park
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, American, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street parking available.
  • Public transit
    Red Line "El" stop at Clyborn & North Ave
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Lee Wolen
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (312) 337-6070
  • Private party facilities
    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.
  • Private party contact
    our Event Sales Manager: (312) 337-6070
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