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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in South Suburbs

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 The Barrel Club restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2061)
$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
Once again we had a wonderful and testy meal. The service was great as well! Highly recommend the steak and fritz! Yummy!
A photo of Rockefeller's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (562)
$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
SharonP
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
The food, service and chocolate martinis were fantastic! The attention to detail was what one would expect at a downtown upscale restaurant. We will definitely return.
A photo of Dancing Marlin restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3166)
$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
HenryA
Dined 2 days ago
Second time here and as expected, it was fantastic! Great food, great ambience, and Alysa (sp?) was the best server I’ve experienced in a long time. Every food choice was delicious. Will keep coming back.
A photo of Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Oak Lawn restaurant
4.4
4.4 (6090)
$30 and under
American
Oak Lawn
About the restaurant
Experience the perfect fusion of award-winning wines, Napa-style tasting rooms, and modern casual dining at Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants. Enjoy contemporary American cuisine influenced by international flavors from our scratch kitchen. Each dish is expertly paired with our selection of wines for the best food and wine match. Whether you explore the tasting room for a pre- or post-dinner adventure or join the world's largest wine club, we believe in the power of food and wine to create lasting connections. Dining reservations are highly recommended, but walk-in guests are always welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis. Gluten-free and vegetarian dishes are available.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Had an absolute wonderful birthday there food was great drink where amazing one of my favorite places to go
A photo of HMD Bar and Grill restaurant
4.4
4.4 (29)
$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
IreneM
Dined 1 day ago
Great food Good service Beautiful ambiance Covered seating outdoors Plenty of parking behind restaurant
A photo of Lou Malnati's - Midway restaurant
4.4
4.4 (4)
$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
PatriciaP
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Excellent experience. Love this location. Always on our radar when picking family up from Midway airport.
A photo of Toast It IZ restaurant
4.3
4.3 (150)
$31 to $50
American
Evergreen Park
About the restaurant
Toast It Iz is located near a retail complex in the wealthy Evergreen Park neighborhood. Toast It IZ combines the heart and soul of Southern and Creole-inspired cuisine with a dash of the downtown atmosphere. You may thank the restaurant's breakfast and brunch menu for establishing an enduring dining memory with dishes like gumbo grits and fried catfish, banana pudding waffles, lollipop lamb chops, pancakes it iz!, and mimosa towers.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Great experience , food was delicious I definitely will come back
A photo of The Rhoyal Bistro Live restaurant
4.1
4.1 (276)
$31 to $50
American
Calumet City
About the restaurant
The Rhoyal Bistro Live is south suburban Chicago's hottest all-new upscale casual dining experience and live entertainment venue. The Rhoyal Bistro Live features:

house made fusion recipes ready to tantalize your taste buds,
crafted specialty cocktails,
a hand selected wine list,
mimosa brunches,
private & semi-private spaces
and live music.
Top review
GaryH
Dined 1 day ago
I had a great experience at The Royal Bistro for Father’s Day. The brunch was excellent good music and the people were so friendly and attentive to your needs. I recommend that people try it at least once or maybe twice a week.
A photo of Red Star Kitchen + Bar restaurant
3.9
3.9 (153)
$30 and under
American
Matteson
About the restaurant
Welcome to Red Star Kitchen + Bar, where culinary artistry meets vibrant ambiance in a celebration of flavor and style. Nestled in the heart of Matteson, our restaurant invites you on a journey of gastronomic delight, blending modern sophistication with the warmth of a welcoming neighborhood gem.

Step into Red Star and be captivated by the contemporary design, where rich red hues and ambient lighting create an inviting atmosphere that effortlessly transitions from intimate dinners to lively gatherings. Our chic and comfortable setting sets the stage for a dining experience that goes beyond the ordinary.

Whether you're seeking a romantic dinner for two, a lively night out with friends, or a venue for a special celebration, Red Star Kitchen + Bar invites you to indulge in an experience where passion for food and a commitment to excellence converge. Reserve your table today and embark on a culinary journey that transcends the ordinary, only at Red Star.
Top review
ElzieB
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
Outstanding service from the first moment upon arrival. Friendly and professional greeting to the establishment. Escorted directly to table. Service was excellent. Our waitress was polite, helpful and friendly. Kesha offered us all the amenities available with such a genuine smile and professional attitude.
A photo of Bea’s Kitchen & Kocktails restaurant
3.9
3.9 (60)
$30 and under
American
Richton Park
About the restaurant
Bea's K&K ''Where every flavor tells a story! Good food in a Friendly Place. True ingredients, true flavors, true passion, a taste you’ll always remember''...... Brunch, Soul Food, Fine Dining Restaurant and Amazing Kocktails
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Thursday is bingo night. This is the place to go for a fun night of good food and music.
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