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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in South Suburbs

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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 Maple Tree Inn restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4317)
$30 and under
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Homewood
About the restaurant
Maple Tree Inn was awarded the very prestigious honor of being named in the Top 50 Southern Restaurants In America by OpenTable in 2018. We are proud to announce that the Maple Tree Inn has permanently relocated to Homewood, IL. We have maintained almost 100% of our staff and they have made the move with us.
We are still committed to the art of Cajun/Creole cooking & maintaining our status as the first and longest-running Cajun/Creole restaurant in Chicagoland. We are featuring a menu of our signature dishes including our Hickory Buttered BBQ Shrimp, Country Gumbo, Jambalaya, Crawfish Étouffée, and many more! We have boutique wines on draft, signature hand crafted cocktails, and an impressive craft beer list. Our hand crafted, premium cocktail menu highlights the very best of our repertoire. We look forward to hosting you & providing you with all the comforts of New Orleans, just a little closer to home.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
We went here for our 18th wedding anniversary and it was amazing. We had a nice waiter who happened to be training a new waitress (who was lovely as well). Attentive, pleasant, quick and knowledgeable. The decor is lovely as well as the New Orleans music.
A photo of Crab King Cajun Boil and Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (96)
$30 and under
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Burbank
About the restaurant
Crab King Cajun Boil & Bar is a new business of seafood in this community. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of seafood and give you the best dining experience. At our new location, we strive to make Crab King Cajun Boil & Bar to be the best seafood restaurant in town.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 2, 2024
The only thing I would say would be for them to use actual plates instead of papel plates and utensils. Aside from that everything else amazing.
A photo of Bella Mia restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2114)
$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
JimZ
Dined 5 days ago
Bella Mia is always a pleasant Dining experience! The staff is courteous and caring. The food is always served piping hot and in a timely manner. Thanks to Randy and the entire team!
A photo of The Barrel Club restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2039)
$30 and under
American
Oak Lawn
About the restaurant
"The Barrel Club invites you to experience a fine collection of spirits in a comfortable yet classy atmosphere to compliment our mouth-watering menu - an experience you are sure to enjoy"
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
The food and service are always top tier! Oscar sets the bar with his amazing service and personality!
A photo of Dancing Marlin restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3152)
$30 and under
American
Frankfort
About the restaurant
The Dancing Marlin is all about small plates, sharing & great wines and cocktails on tap! There also is a full bar. The menu has something for everyone with fresh seafood being a specialty. The culinary team has created a small plates menu that is both affordable and amazing! We feature a communal dining table for up to 14 guests and the suburbs most creative Sunday Brunch. Our bar features 16 wines on tap and 8 "made from scratch", crafted cocktails. The bar also features 30 craft beers in bottles and cans. The restaurant features (3) private dining rooms that can accommodate up to 120 guests. All of this is packaged up in a modern restaurant design, produced by award winning design team. Knauer Inc!
Top review
Mbnoonervip
Dined 6 days ago
This is the perfect place to go for exemplary bites of this and that ! Perfect girlfriends birthday dinner. Sharing everything. Amazing fish tacos, best lobster rolls ever, crab topped guacamole and general tsaos cauliflower. Yummo. Lots of awesome dessert bites like pb&j Creme brûlée. Don’t knock it until you have tried it. So good. So good. Something for everyone !
A photo of Sorriso Ristorante restaurant
4.6
4.6 (772)
$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 Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Very busy evening due to graduation parties… One dish was supposed to be modified and wasn’t. The preparations were good. The waitress was congenial and made the best of the busyness.
A photo of Lou Malnati's - Midway restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3)
$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
Valeria
Dined on Feb 29, 2024
Waitress was amazing, felt plenty taken care of had a great night. Food was great
A photo of Francesca's Fortunato restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1816)
$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 on May 13, 2024
Very nice for casual dining. Very romantic for a date. Food and drinks were amazing.
A photo of Francesca's on 95th restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1294)
$30 and under
Italian
Oak Lawn
About the restaurant
Francesca’s on 95th is located in vibrant downtown Oaklawn. A restaurant with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, rustic cooking, friendly service, and fair prices.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Wonderful Everything, the food, the staff, the service. All fantastic and I'm so glad we were able to celebrate Mother's Day with Francesca's on 95th.
A photo of La Voute Bistro restaurant
4.4
4.4 (900)
$31 to $50
French American
Homewood
About the restaurant
Midwestern fare, French essence. Visit Homewood's French-Inspired restaurant located at La Banque Hotel.
Top review
DianeW
Dined 4 days ago
The Salmon with the avacado relish, mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus was fantastic . The calamari was great and I really enjoyed the crab cakes.
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