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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in South Suburbs

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in South 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 Bella Mia restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2146)
$30 and under
Italian
Midlothian
About the restaurant
From the Italian Specialties to the Steaks and Chops Bella Mia is sure to put a smile on your face. That downtown feel right here in the Suburbs!
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
This is one of the best restaurants in the Chicago area. Great service and food.
A photo of Ken's on Western restaurant
4.8
4.8 (386)
$30 and under
American
Burbank
About the restaurant
We are about family, tradition, food, libations, classic favorites, great times with close friends. New ideas collide with old school class. Enjoy!
Top review
StevenR
Dined 4 days ago
Great service, cocktails, & food.. left stuffed with a take home box
A photo of Palermo's 95th Fine Italian Cuisine restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1203)
$30 and under
Italian
Oak Lawn
About the restaurant
For outstanding Italian cuisine, look no further than Palermo's 95th. This family run, award winning restaurant specializes in authentic veal, steak, pasta, and fresh seafood creations for lunch and dinner. Established in 1961 by Ben and Nina Calderone, the family tradition still continues thru their sons, Anthony and William. Sherman Kaplen of WBBM radio says, "Palermo's 95th is a true diamond among the southwest side Italian restaurants!" The grilled shrimp and calamari and the 8-finger cavetelli are outstanding. Plus check out their extensive wine and martini list. Featured on WTTW Check Please!
Top review
BigD
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
Great place to eat on the way to/from the airport. Very, very good. Recommended by a friend and did not disappoint. Will be returning.
A photo of Sorriso Ristorante restaurant
4.7
4.7 (784)
$30 and under
Italian
Frankfort
About the restaurant
Bringing Southern Italian to the South Suburbs of Chicago

With a long standing tradition of bringing quality Southern Italian cuisine to the south side of Chicago, The Greco family is well known for their classic dishes as well as always having exciting, eye-catching, and taste-bud tantlizing specials.​

Since 1975, the Greco Family has always been a name synonymous with Fine Italian dining and Sorriso Ristorante continues this tradition of quality and comfort.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We have been coming to Sorriso for 4+ years and have never been disappointed in the food or service. Love the veal dishes, the nice selection of wine by the glass and the incredible tiramisu. The wait staff is pleasant, helpful and attentive without hovering.
A photo of Rockefeller's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (570)
$31 to $50
American
Oak Lawn
About the restaurant
Rockefeller’s is a modern take on the traditional steakhouse. Our focus on service and quality is paramount to our guests! With a sleek and stylish aesthetic for all occasions.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The staff was nice, professional, considerate and down to earth. The food was good.
A photo of Francesca's Fortunato restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1856)
$31 to $50
Italian
Frankfort
About the restaurant
Francesca’s Fortunato is located in the charming downtown area of Frankfort. The menu features the zesty earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Carpaccio was absolutely delicious. Linguine with rack shrimp superb wine selection very good. Definitely come back.
A photo of Franconello Italian Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (354)
$30 and under
Italian
Evergreen Park
About the restaurant
Visit Franconello's for Italian dining at its finest! We serve all homemade appetizers, entrees, and desserts. We specializes in 2 inch center cut pork chops, Sausage Franconello style, and pastas, including homemade gnocchi. Among the dessert specialties are tiramisu, cannoli dip, carrot cake, and gelato.

Please Call us at 773-881-4100 for Parties larger than 4 and we will help accommodate your group.

Top review
TrishC
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent food and service. Went for my daughter’s bday and they brought her a sweet treat and sang. Very nice.
A photo of Lou Malnati's - Midway restaurant
4.5
4.5 (8)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Midway
About the restaurant
Whether you’re coming or going, our location near Midway airport is a great destination to grab your slice while in Chicago. At Lou Malnati’s, you can get one of the most authentic Chicago pizza experiences from one of the oldest in the game. Experience Legendary Chicago Deep Dish and thin crust at the place that’s been perfecting it for 50+ years, with family recipes and high-quality ingredients that you just don’t find everywhere.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 30, 2024
It was really good. NO PARKING needs more parking had to park at McDonald’s and walk.
A photo of HMD Bar and Grill restaurant
4.4
4.4 (31)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Chicago Ridge
About the restaurant
HMD Bar and Grill opens a new chapter in the history of a popular dining area in Chicago's southwest suburbs.

We are excited to welcome all our guests to a completely new, upscale restaurant featuring American and pan-European fusion cuisine based on locally sourced ingredients and an uplifting guest experience!

At HMD Bar and Grill, the food will be coming out under the watchful eye and sharpened knives of Chef Kestas Mickus and his team.

What sets us apart
- Our amazing upscale casual menu with hearty food for every occasion
- Wide selection of wines and beers for every palate
- Roomy and comfortable party rooms
- Cozy outdoor patio with fireplaces

Top review
Crandall
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Eat at rooftop. Too windy & lot of traffic noise. Cheese curds were very good with ranch & Chipotle sauce. Chicken sandwich was dry. Would have been better with the Chipotle sauce. French fries were very good. But steak sandwich was tough. Blue cheese martini & Knob hill old fashion were outstanding. Parking was a challenge. Next time will dine on patio. They do have a lot of options.
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