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Boka, Chicago, IL

Boka

4.8
4.8
5885 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 63 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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: (888) 338-3812

  • 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

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What 5,885 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
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Contemporary American

  • Chicago

    Notable Wine List

  • Chicago

    Contemporary American

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  1. R

    Roosters

    Austin

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Hoping for a great dining experience, but found it disappointing and overpriced. From the staff who barely want to make eye contact while overselling their dishes, I cannot recommended this restaurant.
  2. AA

    AlekA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I and my partner enjoyed every bit of the dining experience, the ambiance was romantic, the food was amazing except the puree that came with the 5th course of lamb, it was an eggplant puree, just tasted weird. The wine we chose was absolutely great. Our server Jack was the best 👌. In general, I'd say 8.5 out of 10.
  3. TR

    TracyR

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you are a foodie at all, this is a must visit restaurant in Chicago. The service, the ambiance, the presentation, and the food were all incredible! Cannot recommend enough!
  4. JC

    JoyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was delicious! The service was outstanding and we were pleasantly surprised by a little treat because we had mentioned that we were celebrating a birthday. Our hostess Samanatha was very friendly and answered any questions we had! We also really enjoyed the spirit-free drinks, neither of us can take alcohol but the drinks we had were tasty. We’ve never been to a Michelin star restaurant before and this set the bar very high. Wonderful experience!
  5. SR

    ShahR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was too salty in our taste. Less salt in food would have made my rating a 5.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, fantastic service and wonderful experience.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place, great food
  8. AS

    AndreaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tasting menu with wine pairing was superb. The pace of the courses was perfect (about 2-2.5 hours for 7 courses). Our server and the other staff members were well educated on each course and the wine pairing. Highly recommend.
  9. TP

    TPrez

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding. Tasting menu was absolutely delicious.
  10. BA

    BigAl1998

    Fort Lauderdale

    116 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    116 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our anniversary here and had a fantastic time. We tried the tasting menu and had the wine pairing. The food was unbelievable and the wine was fantastic. Each wine was one we had never had or heard of and they were just fantastic!!
  11. WR

    W1R8C

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievable dining experience!!! Every dish was beautifully prepared and absolutely delicious. Service was top notch and cocktail and wine pairings with the meal were outstanding. Do not miss this Chicago Gem!!!
  12. CT

    ChuckT

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service was fantastic with the tasting menu. I recommend asking to be seated in the terrace as the main dining room includes the bar area which can become quite noisy.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Ordered the duck and the braised short. Both were the best of each I've ever had. Wonderful flavors. I also ordered the passionfruit soda, which mightve been the best drink I've ever had. The only thing that could've made the experience better would be a change in lighting, which should be a bit brighter during night time. Will be going back for sure.
  14. TR

    TRideLady40s

    Singapore

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was absolutely delicious and an incredible experience!
  15. MM

    MattM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the 7 course tasting menu. The staff was VERY knowledgeable, food was fantastic and the night was excellent.
  16. MS

    MelanieS

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was amazing except for the Hokkaido scallop (too salty!) and the Japanese cheesecake (I wanted more cake and less coconut foam). The foie toast, the gnocchi and the halibut were my favorite! Servers were so nice and sweet! I can’t remember their names (a big guy and another one from Mexico City). The restaurant is beautiful but having the ac and fans on at the same time had me very cold all night (not fun), however, I will go back!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    High quality & delicious food! Amazing birthday celebration experience.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    Excellent service, beautiful food presentation, food was a bit meh for the price. Food lacked flavor and taste appeal. I wish the food quality matched the beauty of the presentation and the level of service and ambiance.
  19. SG

    SamanthaG

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Rather disappointed with Boka. Did extensive research in finding restaurants to enjoy on my trip to Chicago, including Chef Grant's list of places to eat. The service was slow. The courses did not come out with great timing. The dishes were sub-par and salty. It didn't feel as special as other one Michelin stars. We both got the chef's tasting and a $100 bottle of wine and really wish we ate elsewhere after spending the amount we did. Yikes!!
  20. VP

    VincentP

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took wife here for anniversary dinner. Food was perfect... everything else was perfect as well. I highly recommend the tasting menu! The only thing I would suggest adding is a wet wipes to clean the fingers before the meal. Thanks Boka!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant & staff. Flavors of every dish exploded in your mouth. Will definitely be back!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    SW Indiana

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Server seemed distracted and inattentive. Disappointed in overall service.
  23. DC

    DanielC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been both times and absolutely loved both experiences. The first time I went was the best meal I ever had and the second time wasn't far behind. I've gone with friends and family both times and they all felt the same way. The staff and atmosphere are just as great as the food. I'd recommend it to anybody and I really can't wait to go back!
  24. m

    mcsnickers

    Kansas City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Did the tasting menu - food and presentation were amazing. Appreciated the list of items along with a little take home bite. Impeccable service. Very knowledgeable sommelier.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pricey but great
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Loved it
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, can’t wait to go back
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m always leaving this place very satisfied
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    The kids were at camp so my husband and I went for a date night at Boka. We enjoyed seats at the bar, which is typically a place we enjoy seating in restaurants, but was a little lacking in service as they were so busy. Beyond that we enjoyed the food. My favorite was the cucumber appetizer and the popcorn ice cream for dessert.
  30. K

    Katherine

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Was not happy how when I first arrived I was seated at the smallest table in the restaurant besides the fact there were plenty of booths and larger tables available to sit on the terrace. But hostess was willing to accommodate our request, I suppose because it was my birthday celebration. We had two waiters, the female waiter was lovely and the male waiter was a little difficult at first. But the food was incredible and the ambience was amazing. Overall even though some hang ups, a great experience.
  31. NB

    NBDB

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fabulous. Chicken is awesome as is the gnocchi. Do not skip dessert! Best white burgundy I have had since I was in burgundy!!
  32. S

    Steve

    Phoenix

    257 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    257 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed dinner the other evening. Service from all was perfect. We had the Duck for 2. It was wonderful as were the apps. Great Octopus to start your dinner.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and wine. Excellent service.
  34. A

    Alyssa

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful tasting menu. Creative and inventive dishes! Lovely atmosphere and service.
  35. TP

    TaPi

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Small portions. Too few menu options. Food was good but wanted more of it and more options. Service on the slow side.
  36. RG

    RaoulG

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service and fantastic food.
  37. DS

    DeborahS

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience from start to finish. Best duck we have ever had. Service was extraordinary.
  38. OB

    OscarB

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Boka was just okay for me . This was my first visit , I was extremely excited as I’ve never been to a Michelin star restaurant that I can remember . We got the 7 course tasting menu & honestly I wasn’t impressed . The portions were extremely small & the food was good but not great . I’ve had better experiences & food at the other sister restaurants “Izakaya & Momotaro” for a better value . Not very personable or as inviting as I’m used .
  39. NJ

    NateJ

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Boka was absolutely incredible. This a great space to enjoy Michelin starred quality at a moderate price point. The duck is sensational and the staff was friendly and knowledgeable about the courses and ingredients. We will definitely be back for the tasting menu!
  40. GC

    GingerC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a world class destination dining experience. We loved the place, the food and the entire experience. We had the tasting menu. Everything was delicious and complex - lots of balanced and unusual ingredients. Nothing that you could make at home. Very flavorful without being overpowering. Excellent textures. Service is also unbelievable. We live in the city of Chicago and service at restaurants in our neighborhood is terrible since Covid. Boka's service is incredible. There were loads of servers all working together to ensure that our 7+courses arrived at the right temperature when we were ready for them. The only issue is the price. It's worth it, but it's something we only indulge in once a year.

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 5885 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 63 times today
Google Map for Boka

1729 North Halsted, Chicago, IL 60614

Additional information

  • 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

  • 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: (888) 338-3812

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