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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Chicago

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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 The Berkshire Room restaurant
4.9
4.9 (36)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
The Berkshire Room is an upscale lounge specializing in craft cocktails all created by a talented team. The atmosphere is retro classy and definitely worth a visit before or after dinner for cocktails with friends. There is ample seating either in the private side rooms, the booths in the lounge area or at the bar. The clientele that frequent the Berkshire Room rave about the dealers' choice, which allows guests to choose the spirit, flavor profile and glassware. The bartender then customizes a unique and customized cocktail.

Besides the tasty cocktails and the relaxing ambiance, the Berkshire also offers bar snacks and small dishes. The Berkshire room is located within River North's swanky ACME hotel.
Top review
LisaB
Dined 2 days ago
Went early on a Tuesday and the ambience was quiet and private, which is what my group wanted. Cocktails were excellent and the charcuterie and cheese were a nice accompaniment. Service was excellent.
A photo of AJI restaurant
4.9
4.9 (50)
$50 and over
Japanese Speciality
Lakeview / East Lakeview
About the restaurant
An experience is what we offer— an unforgettable experience for your senses. Our 15 course omakase meal is perfectly complimented with great music, ambiance, and charming service. Our small staff has been in the sushi industry collectively for over 30 years and we have nothing but respect and passion for good service and food. Nothing excites us more than to be a part of an unforgettable evening with you and your loved ones.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
A gem of a restaurant in Lake View East. Christian greets you and is also your mixologist/host. Your two chefs work in tandem to deliver course after a course with exquisite flavor profiles. The flip board above clacks as it delightfully displays your courses ingredients. Cocktails were a delight, and their sake list was incredible. For a night to treat yourself or an intimate event, Aji is perfect. I haven’t been this geeked out in a long time!
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Chicago, IL | Lakeview restaurant
4.8
4.8 (503)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Lakeview / East Lakeview
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!
Top review
Carl
Dined 4 days ago
Fathers Day for 5. Ordered Yakiniku Party for 4 and still had leftovers. Service is quick and friendly with easy meter parking.
A photo of Forno Rosso Pizzeria - West Loop restaurant
4.7
4.7 (563)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
West Loop
About the restaurant
Bringing traditional Vera Pizza Napoletana to the West Loop

Please note we do not take reservations for our Patio outdoors, it is first come first serve. We also operate on a 90 minute dine time for the entire restaurant. Thank you for your corporation

For Our Gluten Free Diners please make reservations for gluten free dough. In our effort to serve the best and safest quality product our gluten free is available in limited supply, we strive to always have it available sometimes demand is greater and we do run out.

Pizza in Napoli is soft and foldable and can be considered “wet” by American standards. For this reason, people in Napoli generally eat their pizza with a knife and fork. Blackened char spots on the pizza crust is a tell–tale sign of Pizza Napoletana that has been cooked in a blistering hot, wood-burning oven.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 5, 2024
The food is great, the Argentinian waiter was fantastic, the only annoying thing is the rule of min 3 people to allow a reservation. This rule prevents 2 friends or couples to reserve a table. Food for thought!!
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Chicago, IL | Streeterville restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2292)
$31 to $50
Japanese
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
The waitress went through the menu very thoroughly and explained each option amazingly. The sauces were to die for. Super clean too. Overall amazing experience!
A photo of Grapes & Grains restaurant
4.6
4.6 (22)
$31 to $50
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
West Loop
About the restaurant
GG, as it is affectionately referred to in the neighborhood, is a piano bar located in the heart of West Loop, featuring Chicago's top talent.

Exposed brick, vintage chandeliers, chesterfield couches, and intimate lighting pay sexy homage to Old Chicago. The main floor boasts 2,500 square feet of gorgeous lounge space complete with a baby grand piano and sabrage room providing the most lively of atmospheres. Guests can reserve a live music experience on select evenings or learn the nuances of whiskeys and wines at one of our monthly masterclass events.

Experience live music performances at GG Wednesday through Sunday. Be entertained on Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM, Fridays 7:00PM-1:30AM, Saturdays 7:00PM-2:30AM, and Sundays 6:00-9:00PM, with no minimums and no live music fee. First come first serve seating and standing room available after 9pm on Fridays & Saturdays.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Connor was a great performer! We loved the drinks, Cecil is the man.
A photo of Friends Station restaurant
4.5
4.5 (145)
$30 and under
Shabu-shabu
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
Unique and cozy rotary Shabu-Shabu hot pot restaurant nestled in the heart of Chicago's river north. Grab some friends and come on in!
Top review
Lauravip
Dined on May 19, 2024
Casual place with great service and lots of options
A photo of The Metropolitan restaurant
4.4
4.4 (511)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown / Loop
About the restaurant
You’re invited for an exclusive ‘guest pass’ dining experience at Chicago's finest Private Business and Social Club, The Metropolitan, on floor 67 of the iconic Willis Tower. This reservation includes limited access to our Private Club. Member events, benefits, charge privileges etc, are for Members Only. While enjoying the Club, ask about your invitation to Membership for future All Club ACCESS to Dine. Host. Connect. Work. And Play. 

DRESS CODE: Smart Casual. No rips or tears in denim, athletic wear, hats or sandals. Jackets are recommended for gentlemen in Craftsman.

Text: 312-940-9375 or Call: 312-876-3200.

All food and beverage purchases are subject to an automatic 20% Service Charge, a portion of which may be distributed by the Club to certain food and beverage service employees. The Service Charge is not a tip or gratuity. Please inform your server if you or anyone in your party has food allergies or special dietary requirements. ©Invited. All rights reserved.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Understated yet appropriate. The Service throughout was Seamless and Gracious. Staff: Lisa, Mona, Donato; Gracious, However not Intrusive. Fabulous Evening. Thanking Y’All for your Hospitality. Well Served
A photo of Kinzie Chophouse restaurant
4.3
4.3 (2576)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
Kinzie Chophouse is a destination for delectable steaks, fresh seafood, curated wines, and artisan cocktails. With a 34-year legacy, our iconic steakhouse stands as a local favorite and a must-visit destination. As a woman-owned establishment, we bring a unique touch to your dining experience, infusing our menu with Greek influences that add a delightful twist. We take immense pride in our expansive selection of exclusive USDA Prime cuts, both dry-aged and wet-aged, resulting in unparalleled flavor profiles that are truly unique to our menu. Enhancing your dining experience is our coveted Award-Winning Wine List with over 650 meticulously curated bottled selections. Step into our newly renovated bar for happy hour and savor one of our signature craft cocktails. From business meetings, intimate gatherings and large groups we look forward to hosting you and making your evening memorable! Located in the heart of Chicago in River North. Open for lunch, dinner and happy hour.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 21, 2024
Steak 11/10. This food was fantastic. Stayed open a little late to accommodate us as well. Will be going back shortly!
A photo of Mya by MEDI restaurant
4.0
4 (74)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
Explore Mediterranean delights at Mya by Medi! Located in River North, it's your lively dining destination. Sip specialty cocktails and dine in a chic Middle Eastern-inspired setting. Mya is perfect for special occasions, romantic evenings, or simply enjoying fabulous food and drinks with a vibrant crowd. Join us for an unforgettable feast that blends Mediterranean flavors with modern entertainment.

Entertainment is on Fridays and Saturdays

Please be informed that there is 15 min grace period for reservation holds. If you are running late please contact the restaurant. Reservations for a party of 2 are for 1hr and 30 min. Parties of 3 or more of are 2 hours.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 7, 2024
Great food, great people, great vibes ! cool little fire show too, could’ve been better but still more than just your typical dining experience
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