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Diners' Choice: American restaurants in Chicago / Illinois

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall American cuisine in Chicago / Illinois? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Molly's Kitchen & Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (447)
$30 and under
American
Mount Carroll
About the restaurant
Located in Mount Carroll, IL, Molly’s Kitchen & Bar serves
Classic Cuisine and Cocktails made from scratch.

Top review
LoriM
Dined 2 days ago
We love everything about Molly's. The cocktails, food and employees are Amazing! We are so thankful to have this gem in our little neck of the woods.
A photo of North Pond restaurant
4.9
4.9 (4654)
$50 and over
American
Lincoln Park
About the restaurant
Inspired by the market, Chef César Murillo utilizes exceptional ingredients at the height of their season. His tasting menu reflects the Arts & Crafts approach of the dining room - complex layers of subtle craft beneath a simple decorative style.

We offer a four-course tasting menu with an optional wine pairings. The menu is not á la carte, however, it provides options for each of the courses.
We accept reservations for a maximum of 8 people at one table. All tables for more than 4 people are seated in our main dining room.
North Pond is open for dinner Thursday through Sunday beginning at 5:30pm.
Sunday Brunch begins at 10:30am and is a three course prix fixe.
We do not offer valet parking. A cancellation charge of $25 per person is applied to all same day cancellations.

We are closed for our annual summer break from July 1 through July 10. We reopen for business on Thursday, July 11.


Top review
AmyKvip
Dined 1 day ago
A lovely evening. The food, wine, and service were amazing. A night at North Pond makes any occasion special!
A photo of Fried Green Tomatoes restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4736)
$31 to $50
American
Galena
About the restaurant
Fried Green Tomatoes proudly serves steaks and boasts a Wine Spectator Award winning wine menu. Outstanding service and an inviting atmosphere make Fried Green a must stop while in downtown historic Galena, Illinois. Fried Green Tomatoes is the place for steak, fresh scallops, and homemade lasagna. Reservations accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: We are a multi-level dining facility in a historic downtown building. For the dining enjoyment for all of our guests, we do not provide highchairs or booster seats.

We try our best to accommodate your requests but we do not guarantee certain tables.

Top review
RussellK
Dined 6 days ago
Nice ambience and attentive wait staff. Food was excellent.
A photo of Edge by Goldmoor Inn restaurant
4.8
4.8 (972)
$31 to $50
American
Galena
About the restaurant
Oct 2022 - Rated Tripadvisor Best of The Best - Top 10 Date Night Restaurant In The U.S.
Unmatched Old World décor, a diverse wine cellar, and premier personal service are all complemented by our chef's creative cuisine. Enjoy dining in one of our cozy booths, elegant tables with breathtaking views overlooking the Mississippi River or our interactive Chef's Table.

Top review
CarolJ
Dined 5 days ago
Friendly and knowledgeable wait staff. Creative menu options as well as familiar items - all outstanding. Cocktails made to perfection. Beautiful view. The strawberry cheesecake dessert was amazing. We will be back!
A photo of Vine and Plate restaurant
4.8
4.8 (47)
$30 and under
American
Crystal Lake
About the restaurant
At Vine & Plate, we serve globally inspired plates and wine from around the world. We believe that good wine and good food bring people together, creating the moments that life is all about.
Top review
Meganvip
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent restaurant for something different. Lamb lollipops are delicious. Charcuterie Board is perfect for two people, Recommend more fruit with it though. We sat outside but inside it's quite intimate. Highly recommend.
A photo of Ada Street restaurant
4.8
4.8 (997)
$31 to $50
American
Bucktown / Wicker Park
About the restaurant
Located in the Elston Industrial District--not quite Bucktown, not quite Lincoln Park--Ada Street offers dinner service five days a week.
Top review
MeghanaPvip
Dined 2 days ago
SO good. Could not recommend more. Also very affordable.
A photo of Goblin & The Grocer restaurant
4.7
4.7 (302)
$30 and under
American
Michigan City, IN
About the restaurant
The Goblin & The Grocer is a restaurant, market & take away built to be an inviting year-around lake retreat & respite. As hosts we are passionate about serving thoughtfully prepared, locally sourced food & drink with a unique combination of service that is knowledgeable, friendly & laid back.
We are proud of our Award Winning Bloody Marys, Brunch with Bottomless Mimosas &
Farm to Table Menu



Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
Some of best food we have had in years … will definitely be going back … highly recommend
A photo of RL Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (6937)
$31 to $50
American
Gold Coast / Streeterville
About the restaurant
If you do not find availability online, please call the restaurant directly at 312-475-1100.

Located adjacent to the Ralph Lauren Chicago flagship store on Michigan Avenue, RL Restaurant features the vision and décor of Ralph Lauren in a modern club atmosphere.
RL Restaurant offers classic American cuisine inspired by Ralph Lauren’s personal favorites. Seasonal dishes range from a chopped vegetable salad to a lobster roll sandwich, grilled fish of the day and steaks. On the cocktail list, guests can choose from classic drinks and a diverse selection of wines and other fine spirits.

Top review
cocofvip
Dined 2 days ago
Just had a great dinner last night outside on the patio. The food, service and atmosphere was wonderful as usual. molly, the manager is so professional and welcoming.
A photo of Bluegrass restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2463)
$30 and under
American
Highland Park
About the restaurant
Bluegrass is a casual restaurant located in Highland Park. With a cozy setting nestled into the west side of town it is a true destination dining location. Complete with a warm friendly bar and an American flare, Bluegrass blends in a little Southern influence into its repertoire. The wine and beer selections are all American, along with a full back bar, all hand selected to echo the quality of the fare. Aside from a beautiful setting, the restaurant has extraordinary food and service with a remarkable value.
Check our website for details on the events during the summer, as well as our Facebook page. We have many wonderful, rotating specials therefore consult our online menu regularly.

Top review
KenB
Dined 3 days ago
Been many times. Great food and friendly service.
A photo of Seasons 52 - Oak Brook restaurant
4.8
4.8 (8527)
$31 to $50
American
Oak Brook
About the restaurant
Seasons 52 is a Fresh Grill and Wine Bar offering a seasonal menu that is naturally lighter and always flavorful. Our seasonal menus feature ingredients at their peak of freshness, oak-fire grilled or brick oven roasted (without a fryer in sight) to be naturally lighter and more flavorful. We also offer an extensive list of wines by the glass and bottle. Here, you'll always feel free to enjoy every bite, every sip, every moment. Lunch and dinner daily with happy hour Monday-Thursday from 3-6PM.
Top review
Liz8
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent in every way! Can’t wait to go back. Wonderful
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