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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Near West

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants in Near West? 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 Gaia Italiano restaurant
4.9
4.9 (315)
$30 and under
Italian
Berwyn
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Food and service were superb! Great menu as well! Highly recommend this place!
A photo of The Chew Chew restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1743)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Riverside
About the restaurant
The Chew Chew has 27 years of providing great food & hospitality in the quaint Village of Riverside, IL. We are located just one-mile east of the Brookfield Zoo. Happy hour daily 4-6pm. Indoor seating for 100 people (multi-level), full-bar & outdoor patio May-October (weather permitting). Thank you for voting us Chicago's #1 Neighborhood Restaurant on Open Table. If you cannot find a reservation online, please call us direct 708-447-8781. We look forward to serving you soon.
Top review
terrikvip
Dined 5 days ago
Nice, quiet dinner. Great service and excellent dishes. My husband had the Branzino and I had the Crab Louis. Both dishes were new to us. We also shared the pork belly tacos as an appetizer.
A photo of La Notte Ristorante Italiano - Oak Park restaurant
4.8
4.8 (708)
$31 to $50
Italian
Oak Park
About the restaurant
La Notte executive chef and owner Giovanni Matteo Mancini has a multitude of recipes which draw on his upbringing in Italy, but also his families ancestral recipes from Rome, Tuscany, and Bari.

Years of experience and creativity allow him to bring the essence and flavor of Italy out in his cooking while creating new and sumptuous dishes.

All of Giovanni's dishes are made to order satisfying every customer’s needs. Accommodating dietary restrictions and allergies when needed, but always providing fresh delectable dishes for every palate.

Giovanni brings the flavor of Italy and the ambiance of upscale downtown Chicago dining to Oak Park's Marion Street district.

His contemporary twist on old favorites of authentic Italian cuisine make you come back for more time and again

Now Offering Valet Service for $8 from 6PM -10PM

Top review
VictorL
Dined on Jul 2, 2024
You can tell it was a scratch kitchen the food was top notch. Meatballs were delicious!!!
A photo of La Barra - Riverside restaurant
4.8
4.8 (933)
$31 to $50
Italian
Riverside
About the restaurant
La Barra Riverside is brought to you by Mary and Pat Leone. We feature sharable Italian small plates, award-winning pizza, great wines and hand-crafted cocktails. The beautiful space includes a private dining room and a gorgeous outdoor patio. Please be aware that our kitchen closes at 9pm Tuesdays - Thursdays and Sundays. On Fridays and Saturdays, our kitchen closes at 9:30pm. Join us for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm-3pm.
Top review
Brookfielder
Dined 2 days ago
The food was absolutely delicious for all three guests, especially the Eggplant Parmesan. It was crisp, chucky and not soggy. They were like eggplant steaks. The Chicken Parmesan was plentiful and the Eight-Finger pasta with chicken was great. However, despite the fact that the restaurant was not busy at that time (4:30ish), the waiter was not cognizant of our needs. We were low on drinks by the time dinner arrived (as we enjoyed appetizers beforehand) and it took us three tries to get the waiter's attention, mostly through the bus boys. A guest was ready to walk to the bar to get a refill on her glass of wine.
A photo of La Parra Restaurant and Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (486)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Berwyn
About the restaurant
La Parra Restaurant & Bar, in Berwyn, IL, is a premier dining establishment serving the Chicago, Cicero and Oak Park areas. We specialize in home made pastas, tapas and the best cocktails you'll ever try. We offer a Mediterranean style menu, a full bar, and dine in or carry out options.

For your next night out, visit La Parra Restaurant & Bar in Berwyn. The best Mediterranean around!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We stumbled upon this restuarant on our way to the movie theater. We are so happy we did! Excellent drinks, excellent food and service. The fresh pasta was amazing! We can't wait to go back when we visit Chicago again
A photo of Victory Italian - Oak Park restaurant
4.8
4.8 (219)
$30 and under
Italian
Forest Park
About the restaurant
*Our patio is first come, first serve. Your reservation assures you a table. If patio is available at your time of arrival we will gladly seat you there. We appreciate your understanding*
Victory Italian features authentic Chicago-style Italian Cuisine. While the menu boasts of Joe's Mama's Meatballs, you will find fresh made pastas, home-made ciabatta garlic bread, and many other of Chef's classics that have wowwed Chicago for decades! The wine list is one to delight all palates offering several regions of Italy, many appellations of California and a well balanced mix of global varietals. Dine in our space filled with Old-World sophistication, black and white photos of familiar faces and quintessential Chicago Style. Our Oak Park location showcases a beautiful wrap around bar perfect to invite friends to watch a game while enjoying one of our many craft beers or signature cocktails. Perfect for romantic dinners, social gatherings, business, or a night out on the town.

Top review
PatriciaDvip
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent food, love the pastas, and attentive service.
A photo of Piacere Mio restaurant
4.8
4.8 (254)
$30 and under
Italian
Forest Park
About the restaurant
NOW OPEN FOR LUNCH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY FROM 11 AM TO 4 PM

Modern Italian Restaurant with House Made Pasta, Risotto, Seafood, Meat and House Made Desserts by
Chef J. Marquez
Casual Dining with a Relaxed atmosphere.

Top review
thatguyvip
Dined 2 days ago
Fantastic neighborhood restaurant. Food and service is exceptional. We are lucky to have such a high quality spot in our area.
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4.7
4.7 (1225)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Oak Park
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Oak Park IL, Citrine offers Mediterranean influenced cuisine with American flair. The menu includes seasonal fish and vegetable dishes, braised meats cooked in clay pots and fresh bread from our brick oven.
Top review
Kathyvip
Dined 2 days ago
For this visit to Citrine, had invited a couple friends to join us there who had never dined at Citrine. They really liked it and said they would return. Matthew was our server (he has been our server many times) and he was super. We could not have asked for more. Management - Maya was there, overseeing the restaurant and it was good to see her. The food was excellent as were the desserts and drinks. Drinks: my friend said her cosmo was excellent and ordered another. Both of the gents had seconds on their drinks. Another nice thing about Citrine is its consistency. The food is always good. Always. Our experience with the service here has always been very good. I have nothing but nice things to say, but then again, that is why we return!
A photo of Hemmingway's Bistro restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1159)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Oak Park
About the restaurant
At Hemmingway's Bistro the menu combines classic French dishes with the freshest Midwest ingredients.
The daily specials reflect the chef's love for fresh seafood. Using mostly East-coast seafood flown in from Boston daily, the chef creates dishes like wild mushroom-crusted halibut on horseradish whipped potatoes and roasted sea bass on Caussoulet beans.
There is also a Parisian seafood bar offering towers of Plateau de Fruit de Mer with fresh oysters, clams, shrimp, and lobster.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
We had dinner here as part of our anniversary weekend celebration. It’s an older very charming place and we were given the perfect table in the corner. Our server was very attentive while giving us plenty of space and gave us great drink recommendations (fabulous martini). My wife had the scallops and I went for the lamb chops both of which were excellent. They offered us dessert on the house and we chose the cream brûlé which was also outstanding. Loved this place!
A photo of Soulé restaurant
4.2
4.2 (524)
$30 and under
Soul food
Cicero
About the restaurant
Soulé Chicago is a boutique restaurant inspired by the first line in Biggie Small’s legendary hip-hop single,“Juicy”: “It was all a dream…” and the soulful memories of Grandma Bea’s laughter and Momma’s smile. The soul food kitchen has always been a place where family, friends and tribe would gather to catch-up on love.
Soulé is no different.

We welcome you to Chicago’s West Town; home of the best creole-infused soul food delights on the planet. Our vision is bigger than food. We exist in celebration of culture and community…

Since 2017 Soulé has been the go-to creole-infused soul food destination for everyday people, tastemakers, celebrities and social media foodies in search of bursting and robust flavors of home cooked food. We are the official taste of home away from home.

Join us, family.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Our order came out wrong a few times, however it was resolved. Food was hot and delicious. I enjoyed the catfish, chicken and greens.
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