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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in North Suburbs

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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 Sushi Badaya Restaurant restaurant
5.0
5 (40)
$31 to $50
Sushi
Highland Park
About the restaurant
Sushi Restaurant | Omakaze
Sashimi & Sushi Roll & Maki
Sushi Restaurant Highland Park
Prepared daily with top quality & fresh ingredients by Sushi Badaya Restaurant
Omakaze Signature Course. Varities of top rated Wine and sake are also available.

Top review
Brunnehildevip
Dined on May 8, 2024
Wow! Our first visit - and an unmitigated sucess except for one minor flaw, not the fault of the restaurant. Immaculate, charming room, with its traditional minimalism relieved by a plethora of life-like artificial cherry blossoms. Welcoming staff gave us friendly, attentive service from Joy, our delightful server, to the hard-working bussers, despite a busy night with multiple tables of diners. Interesting cocktails, highlighted by the special Espresso Martini. Next time we'll try some of the sake or whiskey selections. We sampled appetizers: Both the bluefin carpaccio and the fork tender calamari batayaki. Standard miso soup and house salad accompanying the kitchen entree were fresh and delicious. We love nigiri, and Chef Moon does not disappoint. The rice was perfect, and all 10 types of fish were very fresh and cut perfectly, with thoughtful garnishes that enhanced the flavors of the sea. The only disappointment was the behavior of our fellow diners, including two VERY LOUD men, whose conversations we heard in too much detail and two unruly children whose pblivious parents permitted them to run around the dining room and poke the wall decorations with their chopsticks. When those people left and the room reverted to a quieter ambiance, we greatly enjoyed the experience. We'll be back, and, fingers crossed, those others will choose a different night to dine.
A photo of Chatterbox of Long Grove restaurant
4.7
4.7 (8)
$30 and under
American
Long Grove
About the restaurant
Chatterbox of Long Grove, located in Long Grove, Illinois, specializes in serving small plates, craft beer and crafted cocktails. The menu and libations are served in a rustic barn atmosphere that offers live music on weekends and a family friendly environment. Chatterbox of Long Grove has a patio for outdoor seating, Taco Tuesdays, Wing Wednesdays and Slider Thursdays.

NOTE FOR WEDNESDAYS:
On Wednesdays we only allow walk ins with the exception of reservations for trivia. You'll have to select the trivia event in the experiences section to book a reservation.

**Please note: GROUPS OF 6 OR MORE WILL BE CHARGED A 20% SERVICE FEE & WILL BE ON ONE CHECK**

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 12, 2024
Usually the food and service is much better. Being that it was Mother's Day, it was slammed.
A photo of SLYCE Coal Fired Pizza Company - Highwood restaurant
4.7
4.7 (213)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Highwood
About the restaurant
Thank you for choosing SLYCE, where pizza is our passion. We have preserved the art of making hand crafted artisanal coal fired pizzas. Our mission is simple: Have a simple menu that allows us to focus special attention to every ingredient that comes into our building. We choose and use the best quality ingredients possible. We do not believe in premade, mass produced food. We source locally grown or raised products whenever possible and use one of the cleanest natural burning resources to heat our ovens. At SLYCE less is more, as our fresh ingredients are delicately placed, not piled on, to create a perfectly balanced pie. Our dough is made in house daily, hand stretched to order, and baked next to a burning pile of coal giving it a thin, bubbly crust with charred edges and leopard spotting on the bottom. So sit back and relax, as we hand craft you one of your favorite, perfectly charred pies.
Top review
MichaelD
Dined 5 days ago
Food was very good as was the service. As we were leaving, we learned that there was no soap in either washroom. While it was only a mild inconvenience for us, it left us wondering what the employees were washing their hands with (assuming they were washing their hands) after using the restroom. The idea left us with some trepidation as we were on our way out.
A photo of Authentico restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1304)
$30 and under
Mexican
Lake Forest
About the restaurant
The Authentico cuisine is healthy Mexican combined with a modern twist. We offer the freshest ingredients available to create dishes from scratch every day. Even the tortillas and sauces are created fresh daily. Authentico's ambiance is a blend of rustic and old world with a modern flair.


Top review
Dennisvip
Dined 4 days ago
Martha our server and Delmar were outstanding! Food was delicious! Thanks!
A photo of Disotto restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1189)
$30 and under
Italian
Highwood
About the restaurant
Let Disotto transport you to another place & time, like visiting your Nonna's wine cellar on the Italian countryside for a homemade meal.
Top review
MonicaFvip
Dined 1 day ago
Food was delicious Server was slow (we still didn’t have drinks after we had been seated for 30 minutes- she said the bartender was slammed - but- a large table next to us and sat after us had their drinks several minutes before we did, so….)
A photo of Joanie's Pizzeria of Long Grove restaurant
4.6
4.6 (513)
$31 to $50
Pizzeria
Long Grove
About the restaurant
Loaded with family traditions and a secret family pizza sauce. Renovated space including a new bar and a bright, welcome interior which house some of the original recipes from the first Village Pizza of Long Grove. Flat-screen televisions fill the dining rooms, now featuring a video-gambling room. The patio will be open during warm months. We offer thin, hand-tossed round pizzas, and the House favorite Square Detroit style!

Also famous for our broasted chicken, tasty St. Louis style ribs and fresh and flavorful salads. Come in today and try for yourself!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great Food & Service Consistently Good & Great menu
A photo of Estacion restaurant
4.5
4.5 (66)
$30 and under
Caribbean
Evanston
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
ValerieK
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent food and friendly and attentive service. Recommend the place
A photo of Pizzeria DeVille - Libertyville restaurant
4.5
4.5 (13)
$30 and under
Italian
Mundelein / Vernon Hills / Libertyville
About the restaurant
Welcome to the rejuvenated Pizzeria Deville, a beloved culinary landmark now infused with new life and expertise in the heart of downtown Libertyville, Illinois. We're thrilled to announce our reopening under new ownership, bringing over 30 years of experience in the pizza and restaurant industry to your favorite local spot.

At Pizzeria Deville, our passion for pizza is matched only by our commitment to quality. Experience the unique flavor of our homemade pizzas, baked to perfection in our signature wood-fired oven. Our menu goes beyond pizza, offering an array of homemade salads, appetizers, and entrées that cater to every taste.

Dine with us and immerse yourself in an atmosphere where each meal is a journey. Our two-level eatery, featuring an open kitchen concept, offers a cozy ambiance that blends the charm of Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist. Our bars, stocked with a wide selection of beverages, are the perfect complement to your dining experience.

Top review
Bridget
Dined on May 14, 2024
Great overall experience! Everyone loved their food, and the service was friendly and inviting.
A photo of Cafe El Tapatio - Glenview restaurant
4.4
4.4 (358)
$30 and under
Mexican
Glenview
About the restaurant
Cafe El Tapatio was established in 1974 becoming a Chicago Staple for Authentic Mexican Cuisine and Drinks. Brought to the North Shore in 2017, Cafe El Tapatio brings the heat to the suburbs in a hip and urban environment. Focusing on traditional Mexican flavors we go above and beyond the typical run of the mill Mexican restaurant bringing one entrees like Arrachera XX, Pollo en Mole de Reyna, Camarones al Tequila, and Salmón Citrico; alongside various other traditionally flavored dishes. In regards to our drinks, all our specialty cocktails are made with small batch boutique 100% Blue Agave Tequila.

We hope to see you soon! We're open for Lunch and Dinner during the week and Brunch and Dinner on weekends.

Find us on Instagram & Facebook: @cafeeltapatiogv

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Great staff Salsa was succulent Steak was moist, juicy and seasoned Top Drawer!
A photo of Singh's Kitchen restaurant
4.3
4.3 (51)
$30 and under
Indian
Mundelein / Vernon Hills / Libertyville
About the restaurant
A fine Casual Indian Bar & Restaurant
Vegan | Gluten Free | Halal
Downtown Libertyville, Illinois

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 18, 2024
Wonderful experience - food was wonderful and service was amazing. Owners are engaged and spent time with us telling us about their history.
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