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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Chicago

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall 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!

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5.0
5 (355)
$30 and under
Sushi
Lakeview / East Lakeview
About the restaurant
COZY AND WARM RESTAURANT. FRESH AND DELICIOUS RESTAURANT. WE ARE NOT NO.1 RESTAURANT. HOWEVER WE DO OUR BEST TO SERVE OUR CUSTOMERS.
Top review
NedNvip
Dined on May 15, 2024
Always a wonderful experience at this little gem. Great service , where they remember your name ! Interesting and innovative food ! BYOB! How can you go wrong
About the restaurant
Step inside The Cellar Door, a unique experience from The Oakville Grill & Cellar in the Fulton Market District of Chicago that emulates the offerings of featured California vineyards, rotating monthly.

The Cellar Door tasting room offers seating for up to six guests from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and from 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays. During the tasting, you’ll savor select pours from the vineyard’s current selection. A chef-curated cheese & salumi pairing is available to add on to the experience.

Please note that access to the full dinner menu is not included in this experience, and reservations are required ahead of time to secure a table after or before the experience. Our team will do our best to accommodate any last-minute requests.
Top review
Lg790
Dined on May 25, 2024
This was a wonderful experience and I’ve already booked my next tasting. Small and intimate. The sommelier was so knowledgeable.
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4.9
4.9 (51)
$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 on Jun 8, 2024
Amazing omakase experience! The staff was incredibly knowledgeable and was engaging throughout the whole experience! Will definitely be coming back soon!
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4.9
4.9 (9)
$30 and under
Japanese
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
Three Dots and a Dash introduces Tokyo Last Call, a Japanese-inspired listening pop up sponsored by Suntory and -196. Curated by Beverage Director Kevin Beary and Bar Manager Scott Kitsmiller, this series aims to transport guests to Japan's cocktail scene. Collaborating with renowned Japanese bars like Trench, Katana Kitten, SG Club, and Bar Goto, Three Dots and a Dash promises an immersive experience blending music, drinks, and atmosphere. The menu boasts cocktails utilizing Suntory spirits and rare Japanese whiskeys available for select pours, complemented by guided tastings led by Suntory's US brand ambassador, Davey Jones. Each menu draws inspiration from traditional Japanese techniques and flavors, creating a unique journey through Japan's bustling bar scene.

Bar Goto: April 4-7 (Guest Bartender: Kenta Goto)
Katana Kitchen: April 11-14 (Guest Bartender: Lorenzo Cyril)
Bar Trench: April 18-21 (Guest Bartender: Rogerio Igarashi)
SG Club: April 25-28 (Guest Bartender: Takumi Hoshi)
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 27, 2024
Amazing ambiance, decor, and drinks. Loved how unique everything was! Would definitely recommend and go again
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4.9
4.9 (51)
$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 6 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!
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4.9
4.9 (2197)
$50 and over
Contemporary French
Gold Coast / Streeterville
About the restaurant
One of Chicago’s finest dining experiences awaits you in this elegant town home setting that balances formality and friendliness. Your dinner may be paired with fine wines, as uncommon ingredients come together in perfect harmony. In operation since 1978, Les Nomades remains true to its distinctive character as an oasis of civilized tranquility amidst the bustling activity of its Streeterville location. Culinary creations delight the most discriminating palates. Savor Sautéed Foie Gras, or Lobster Ravioli with seared scallops; Roasted Breast and Confit Leg of Duck, or Duo of Roasted Partridge and Bison. Artisan cheeses are extraordinary and the pastries are sublime.
Please keep in mind that proper attire is required including a jacket for gentlemen.
Top review
BarryMvip
Dined 4 days ago
Wonderful food outstanding wine list and a wait staff that caters to your needs. Special place for a special day or a romantic encounter.
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4.9
4.9 (190)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Pilsen
About the restaurant
Winner of the 2022 Jean Banchet Award for Best Bar, THE ALDERMAN is an intimate, 16-seat cocktail bar tucked away, behind closed doors, within Pilsen Yards. The cocktail list rotates some of its original cocktail features, while the twists on American classics are staples of the cocktail list.

With a plush velvet banquette and a 4-seat counter, it’s the perfect room for a night cap, a date, or a casual evening of one to several astonishingly good cocktails.
Top review
ChicagoDinervip
Dined 5 days ago
Great Kyle menu and experience. Really knowledgeable staff and super attentive. This is a great place. If you enjoy craft cocktails, they must visit in Chicago.
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4.9
4.9 (386)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
At Centennial, our passion is craft beer and our focus is simple: to celebrate craft beer. Beer can bring people together on a common ground and has the ability to create a community. Beer can elevate food. Beer is culture.

We feature 56 taps with a selection of 36 rotating craft beers. In addition to our taps, we feature a high volume of beers available in bottles and cans, as well as a curated selection of craft spirits and wines.

Centennial also features chef-driven food with an emphasis on craft beer. The menu focuses on beer pairings and incorporating beer as an ingredient. Centennial also features smoked, char grilled, and wood-fired ingredients.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
Excellent beer and food. Our server made some great recommendations from huge choice and they were all excellent . If you like good beer and are in chicago you should visit
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4.9
4.9 (1104)
$30 and under
Italian
Lincoln Park
About the restaurant
Riccardo Michi comes from a restaurant Family in Milan established since 1943 called Girarrosto, one of the first Tuscan restaurants in town and still operating.

After moving to the US, Riccardo opened Sonny Bono, IL Giardino Ristorante and Madeo Ristorante in Beverly Hills. In 1987 he helped his cousin Roberto Ruggeri open the first Bice restaurant in New York City. Since then, he has worked in the opening of many of the restaurants in the group. In 2002 Riccardo moved to Chicago with his wife Veronica to be the executive chef of Bice on Ontario.

Finally Riccardo and Veronica, also a chef, decided to open their own place and in 2006 called Riccardo Trattoria. Considered by many to be the top Italian restaurant in town, receiving the Bib Gourmand from Michelin in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Now, Riccardo and Veronica have opened Riccardo Enoteca, right across the street from Riccardo Trattoria on Clark.
Top review
abbyjvip
Dined 4 days ago
Great spot, service was good, place was cute and clean
A photo of Jeong restaurant
4.8
4.8 (791)
$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
TheaterGirl
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
We love Jeong! This was our third visit there and each time has been a memorable evening. The food is incredible and the service is outstanding. The people are so warm and welcoming- I’m already thinking about our next time back.
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