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Diners' Choice: Romantic restaurants in Chicago

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the most romantic in Chicago? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Geja's Cafe restaurant
4.9
4.9 (5446)
$50 and over
Fondue
Lincoln Park
About the restaurant
For over 59 years, fondue dining at Geja’s Café has been a favorite indulgence for Chicagoans as well as out-of-towners. It’s a perfect way to kindle romance, celebrate a special occasion or simply join family and friends for a fun and unforgettable dining experience.
To start we offer a Swiss Gruyere cheese fondue, served with fresh breads, fruits and vegetables for dipping. Our crisp house salad, dressed with tangy Dijon vinaigrette, offers a counterpoint to the rich, warm cheese fondue appetizer.
Next, you’ll cook your choices of Australian lobster tail, Gulf shrimp, beef tenderloin, fresh sea scallops or boneless chicken breast in a pot of sizzling soybean oil or broth. The main course is served with fresh vegetables and eight gourmet dipping sauces.
Our famous chocolate fondue is flamed table-side, and presented with marshmallows for roasting and other delectable dippers.

A 4 % operational fee is added to all checks to work in concert with Chicago's One Fair Wage Ordinance.

Top review
BetsyG
Dined 2 days ago
Another wonderful experience at Geja's. A great place for special occasions. They truly do make you feel special!
A photo of North Pond restaurant
4.9
4.9 (4655)
$50 and over
American
Lincoln Park
About the restaurant
Inspired by the market, Chef César Murillo utilizes exceptional ingredients at the height of their season. His tasting menu reflects the Arts & Crafts approach of the dining room - complex layers of subtle craft beneath a simple decorative style.

We offer a four-course tasting menu with an optional wine pairings. The menu is not á la carte, however, it provides options for each of the courses.
We accept reservations for a maximum of 8 people at one table. All tables for more than 4 people are seated in our main dining room.
North Pond is open for dinner Thursday through Sunday beginning at 5:30pm.
Sunday Brunch begins at 10:30am and is a three course prix fixe.
We do not offer valet parking. A cancellation charge of $25 per person is applied to all same day cancellations.

We are closed for our annual summer break from July 1 through July 10. We reopen for business on Thursday, July 11.


Top review
ChristineG
Dined 2 days ago
We have made it tradition for the three of us to get together for our summer birthdays. When we started doing this a while ago, we selected different venues very year, driven by a quest of a gourmet food and quality ambiance experience. But we have returned for the last 4 years to North Pond. There menu always delights and never is boring or a repeat. The chef is just outstanding and the wait staff provide just excellent service. And the ambience whether inside or on outside tables is great. The setting in the Park and the Pairie architecture delights our senses.
A photo of GT Prime Steakhouse restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2053)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
With an emphasis on sourcing from local farms and cuisine highlighted by seasonal ingredients, Executive Chef/Partner and Food & Wine Best New Chef 2008 Giuseppe Tentori has curated a share plate meat-centric menu highlighting various cuts of steak and seasonal vegetables. Follow along on Instagram @gtprimesteakhouse for all menu updates and specials!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
I went for birthday and had the best experience last night. The whole staff was wonderful. The food was amazing and came out very fast. The strawberry lemon drops are to die for!!!
A photo of The Omakase Room at Sushi-san restaurant
4.9
4.9 (55)
$50 and over
Japanese
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
The Omakase Room at Sushi-san is a culmination of Master Sushi Chefs Kaze Chan and Shigeru Kitano’s combined experience defining the Chicago sushi scene. While the menu and service are informed by tradition, guests can expect a transcendent experience that breaks down the formality and austerity usually accompanying omakase dining. Each dinner in the warm, modern, and intimate ten-seat space features luxury ingredients from around the world. Sophisticated and carefully curated beverage pairings are available to complement the meal.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
This was a great experience. Very well put together and the quality of the fish was incredible. Will come back
A photo of Sayat Nova restaurant
4.8
4.8 (641)
$30 and under
Middle Eastern
Downtown / Loop
About the restaurant
Located just steps from Michigan Avenue in the heart of Chicago's thriving Streeterville neighborhood, Sayat Nova is a cozy, romantic enclave tucked back from the city's urban sprawl. Since 1970, we have offered Armenian cuisine that presents a slightly earthier variation on typical Mediterranean fare.
Top review
Mobyvillevip
Dined 7 days ago
A warm welcome when we arrived was followed by a concerted effort on the part of all staff to give us a very special dinner. We enjoyed a booth in a niche, and all our favorite foods were even better than we'd been obsessing about ever since we made the reservation. Beverage refills were on the button, All stars all around!
A photo of Jeong restaurant
4.8
4.8 (798)
$50 and over
Contemporary Korean
West Town
About the restaurant
Modern Korean dining in an elegant yet approachable atmosphere.

At the moment, we are very limited in regards to accommodating dietary restrictions. We can only accommodate pescatarians. We are a very small team at the moment and once we are streamlined we will be accepting more dietary restrictions! Please bear with us!

Top review
cremeuxfan
Dined 2 days ago
Truly was amazing. Food was inventive and inspirational but not "preachy" or over-engineered. Cocktails were (unexpectedly) at the same level of creativity and tastiness. Service was genuinely nice and unfussy. Even the music was just... cool. Eager to try it again!
A photo of La Storia restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1003)
$31 to $50
Italian
Gold Coast / Streeterville
About the restaurant
La Storia is a genuine Italian experience where guests share in the rich culture of the Italian table. Join us in Chicago’s historic gold coast neighborhood and enjoy faithful renditions of beloved regional dishes. Indulge in our specialty handcrafted pastas, made in house, daily in the Sardinian style.

Patio seating is first come, first serve. In order to be seated, we ask that you arrive early and with your complete party. We ask guests to assist us by limiting the table times for parties: 2ppl (1hr 30mins), 3-4ppl (1hr 45mins), 5-6ppl (2hrs).

Top review
Delighted
Dined 7 days ago
Great restaurant all round. Wonderful waiter loved his friendliness and help with wine selection. Romantic atmosphere and the background music was a special treat. Definitely plan a return trip when next in Chicago
A photo of Sushi by Bou - Lincoln Park Chicago @ Lincoln Hotel restaurant
4.6
4.6 (170)
$50 and over
Sushi
Lincoln Park
About the restaurant
Step into Sushi By Bou Lincoln Park, where every bite whispers secrets of a bygone era. Our curated Omakase, meaning "Chef's Choice,"' promises ajourney through culinary artistry in a speakeasy setting. Opt for our classic 12-course offering at $60 or immerse in the lavish 'Bougie' Omakase, $100 for 17 pieces, seated hourly, The Lincoln Park Bou experience transports you to the prohibition era with its mysterious allure. Nestled within the Hotel Lincoln, our secret hideaway boasts a full menu of Prohibition-style libations, featuring exotic cocktails and premium sake to ignite your senses. Date Nights, Birthdays, or intimate private seatings, let us whisk you away on a journey of urban mystique. Visit all of our unique locations, each with its own culture-inspired vibe! Reserve now to secure a coveted seat at Sushi By Bou.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Amazing time- sushi chef and bartender/host was extremely personable and attentive
A photo of Rooftop at Nobu Hotel restaurant
4.5
4.5 (803)
$50 and over
Cocktail Bar
West Loop
About the restaurant
Soak in the vibes of Chicago’s famous Restaurant Row and the views of the stunning city skyline at the Rooftop at Nobu Hotel. The Rooftop encourages walk-ins.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
From the hostess to the server to the ambiance, everything was great! Enjoyed my time there and will be returning.
A photo of Grill on 21 restaurant
4.5
4.5 (177)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
Now Open!

A modern interpretation of the classic American Grill, Grill on 21 is an elevated dining experience within The LaSalle Hotel, an Autograph Collection hotel by Marriott.

Deftly paying homage to tradition while acknowledging modern-day tastes and lifestyles, our menu celebrates quality, seasonality, locality, responsibility, health, and authenticity. As a cohesive blend of classic style, contemporary cuisines, and highly personalized service, Grill on 21 turns the daily breakfast, lunch, or dinner into a moment worth savoring.

Top review
BlakeSvip
Dined 7 days ago
Food selection and quality are great and so was the service. Live music was enjoyable. Thank you.
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