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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in North Suburbs

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in North Suburbs? 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 NaKorn restaurant
4.9 (301)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
NaKorn started with our belief that authentic Thai food should be found not only in Thailand—but here, as well.

Our menu offers a perfect blend of bold flavors with traditional, old-world recipes in a modern presentation. Using only the finest ingredients, we created unique dishes layered with flavors.

Top review
Dined 1 day ago
I love dining here. It is my favorite restaurant in Evanston. Lovely decor, friendly staff. Every visit is a delight of all my senses.
A photo of Okay Cannabis- Wheeling restaurant
4.9 (27)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
A cannabis dispensary store, bakery, café, consumption lounge, and full bar – all in one storefront. Okay Cannabis Experience is now open in Wheeling, IL! Okay is a cannabis-lifestyle dispensary for experienced & cannabis- curious people seeking to reset their state of mind, friendships, and social equity. In these challenging times, we believe that you’re okay, and I’m okay, and together—we’re all okay. Okay is already receiving rave reviews for incredible customer service, fantastic pricing & daily specials, a top-notch loyalty rewards program, and an incredible dispensary vibe unlike any other. Okay & West Town Bakery are both managed by the Fifty/50 Restaurant Group.
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
I love this place! Great people, good vibes and chill atmosphere.
A photo of Libertad restaurant
4.8 (3124)
$30 and under
Latin American
About the restaurant
Libertad is a casual, chef-driven neighborhood restaurant featuring Latin American inspired cuisine.

Executive Chef Mark Mendez, whose experience includes Chicago’s most notable restaurants, pairs bold and exciting flavors for a seasonal menu of small plates ideal for sharing and experiencing the diverse mosaic of the countries that make up Latin America.

Noted mixologist Ziyad Asrar has put together a fun and creative cocktail menu while Sommelier Shebnem Ince compiled a succinct wine list that complements the menu with by the glass and bottle selections.

You'll quickly find that Libertad personifies the true neighborhood restaurant - a place you want and can dine at all the time because it's welcoming, relaxing and offers a menu so good it's hard to choose. The answer to that dilemma? Visit often.

Top review
Dined 6 days ago
Perfect spot for Sunday brunch with the ladies. Had the Pan de Avo and the eggs were poached to perfection! Hugo’s service was excellente, he was attentive and kind to offer suggestions and added the touches for a special birthday celebration. Will definitely be back!
A photo of House 406 restaurant
4.7 (1471)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
House 406 is a modern American restaurant perfect for your next date night. Our extensive spirits, wine & beer list offer something for everyone.

Please note that all outdoor reservations will be made either in our heated tent or open air seating with additional heaters. All reservations will be limited to 1 hour and 45 minutes. Parties later then 15 minutes will forfeit their table.

Top review
Dined on May 14, 2024
Very good! Lovely appetizer. And we all loved our entrees. I would go back for sure.
A photo of Spirit Elephant restaurant
4.7 (1394)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Award-winning, plant-based cuisine. We cater to food-lovers, not just vegans. Try one or our specialty craft cocktails (both alcoholic and zero-proof) and be sure to save room for our wildly tasty desserts. Our space has an urban, airy vibe and our expansive, beautiful bar is a great place to meet friends after work for happy hour. Feel like some air? Book your reservation on our cozy, elegant patio and add the outdoors as an enhancement to your experience. We specialize in events at our beautiful venue (indoors and out). Our goal is to give you a memorable experience every time. Come in and enjoy a meal while you do good for your health, the planet, and all its inhabitants. We hope you will eat plants, and feel beautiful.
Top review
Dined 2 days ago
I am not a vegetarian but really enjoyed this restaurant. Buffalo cauliflower wings and black bean burger were flavorful and substantial.
A photo of Starfish Sushi - Lincolnshire restaurant
4.6 (565)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Starfish Sushi is bringing the best of traditional and contemporary Japanese cuisine to Lincolnshire in an atmosphere that’ll make you feel like you’re in a sleek downtown restaurant without ever leaving the suburbs. You’ll feel welcomed as soon as you walk in and are seated in our cozy, modern space. Explore our drink menu for your choice of a cocktail, wine, beer, or sake. Whether you’re dining on sushi, sashimi, steak, ramen, or another dish, count on it being freshly prepared with the highest quality ingredients and presented in an artful way. Sit back, relax, and prepare for a culinary adventure you’ll want to experience again and again.
Top review
Dined on May 10, 2024
Very lovely place - beautiful decor, and attentive service. Easy parking. We enjoyed the agadashi tofu appetizer and three sushi rolls. All were very good. We like our 'spicy' rolls to be a little spicier, but otherwise excellent! Prices are reasonable for this type of cuisine in this area. Drink menu was very broad - something for everyone. There was even a free one-bite appetizer! Enjoyed our evening.
A photo of Estacion restaurant
4.4 (65)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Discover a culinary voyage to the vibrant flavors of the Caribbean at Estacion, where every bite brings the soulful essence of Puerto Rico to your plate. Led by acclaimed head chef Mark Mendez, our passionate team takes pride in presenting authentic Puerto Rican cuisine in its purest form, offering a dining experience that pays homage to the rich culinary heritage.
Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Great cocktails. Authentic dishes. Easy street parking. Skip the line at Peckish Pig and give this one a try!
A photo of Ordo restaurant
4.4 (63)
$30 and under
Highland Park
About the restaurant
To be a symbol of the unity of different peoples, cultures and their gastronomic traditions. To be a link between past and present, while maintaining the authenticity of traditional cuisines. Promote healthy nutrition without additives, supporting recipes, technologies, environmentally friendly natural products, clarity and simplicity of taste sensations of national dishes.
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
This was our family's first time here. Everything was delicious! And our server had great recommendations about what to order. We definitely will be back!
A photo of Mas Salud Evanston restaurant
4.1 (56)
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
About the restaurant
From the same hospitality team that created Salud Kitchen comes Mas Salud. Already known for their tacos, Salud expands on the culinary journey set forth for each customer. A traditional tapas style dining experience that takes you through southern and central America all the way to spain. Starting with mayan hummus and mexican meatballs to Spanish style grilled octopus and chorizo. Pairing this mouth watering food with one of our homemade cocktails makes for one unforgettable night. Their extensive selection of wine by the glass and reserve list of exclusive blends will satisfy all palates. Mas Saluds modern artsy design elicits flash photography as well as numerous social media posts. From walking under umbrellas as if you were in the streets of Portugal or Columbia to lounge seating and hanging chairs, there's an atmosphere for everyone. An eclectic soundtrack of music provides the perfect backdrop to a night of tapas and margaritas.

Top review
Dined on May 8, 2024
First time dining there. Excellent food and service and value.
A photo of The Parched Pug restaurant
4 (90)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Mundelein / Vernon Hills / Libertyville
About the restaurant
We're a fun gastropub for humans with great drink, food and games. We also help our best friends by partnering with local animal rescues in the Libertyville area.

Come experience Lake county's first self-pour craft beer, wine, and cocktail wall! In addition, we offer upscale pub food and family-fun games, including Nanoputt™ and a library of over 200 new and traditional board games.

Join us on our 1900 sqft pet-friendly patio! Bring your dog and let them enjoy a treat on the deck while you relax by the waterfall.

Top review
Dined on May 11, 2024
I like this concept. You order and pay through the QR code. I really like the self pour beer concept. Food was excellent.
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