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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Chicago / Illinois

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Chicago / Illinois? 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 Gaijin restaurant
4.9
4.9 (10)
$30 and under
Japanese
West Loop
About the restaurant
Gaijin by Chef Paul Virant is Chicago’s first okonomiyaki restaurant, offering both Hiroshima and Osaka styles of the savory Japanese pancake. A self-described gaijin, or “outsider” in Japanese, Virant playfully embraces this perspective and honors traditional preparations and techniques, as well as his well-known passion for pickling and preserving.

Designed to deliver a lively and interactive culinary experience, the 60-seat space is anchored by a custom 12-foot griddle and chef’s counter and offers individual Hiroshima teppan griddles for table service.

The dessert menu features kakigori, a shaved ice dessert, along with mochi donuts and other Japanese-inspired treats. The bar program showcases highballs and a focused selection of beer – including a Moody Tongue-Gaijin collaboration house lager, sake, Japanese whisky, and wine.

We can’t wait to see you at Gaijin!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Sat at the chef counter - great spot except the party next door was tapping their feet on the rest bar which rumbled the entire thing. Food was great, happy hour as well.
A photo of PLANTA - Queen restaurant
4.9
4.9 (26)
$30 and under
Vegetarian / Vegan
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
Under Chef David Lee, PLANTA is dining as it should be – an unguilty pleasure. Created in 2016, PLANTA is a celebration of delicious and innovative plant-based cuisine served in a beautifully-designed space, without pretension and with an overflow of good vibes. PLANTA Queen River North features signatures like Ahi Watermelon Nigiri and Bang Bang Broccoli while expanding plant-powered horizons with ceviche, dumplings, noodles, sustainably-crafted cocktails, and more. PLANTA reimagines and reinvents plant-based dining, providing flavorful (and fun) proof that the power of plants can change the world.
Top review
EricM
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Andrew is the friendliest most helpful person!! Honestly everyone who works at Planta is so kind!! We loved the power lunch special and hope it comes back soon!! Every dish is amazing! Dragon roll is a “must order,” each visit!! So are the udon noodles and sushi burritos!! Overall Planta is food heaven for all but especially if you are vegan ( my family isn’t vegan and still loves it)!!! Eat junky or healthy it scrumptious!!!!
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Chicago, IL | Lakeview restaurant
4.8
4.8 (507)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Lakeview / East Lakeview
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 8, 2024
The food was quite good and we had two cocktails which were so delicious and the meat was delicious with the sauces and on it’s own. The waiter was kind and checked on us frequently too! Very romantic scenery.
A photo of Takito Kitchen - Wicker Park restaurant
4.7
4.7 (717)
$30 and under
Mexican
Bucktown / Wicker Park
About the restaurant
Takito Kitchen is a seven-year-old, "award-winning" modern taqueria (taco joint) in Wicker Park featuring Mexican-inspired cuisine with fresh ingredients & complex flavors, along with handcrafted margaritas; 100% gluten-free menu & freshly squeezed juice margaritas:-)
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
The food / service was outstanding. Price was great. Would definitely go back again
A photo of Parachute restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1718)
$31 to $50
Korean
Avondale
About the restaurant
~Temporarily Closed~

10 years is an incredible ride—Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We expect to bring something new and exciting to the Parachute umbrella in the not-so-distant future. Until then, we look forward to seeing you at Anelya

-Chefs Beverly & Johnny


Top review
Anne
Dined on Mar 22, 2024
We LOVED everything we ate at Parachute. We shared the Korean fried chicken, haemul pajeon, 30 day dry aged bulgogi, yukgaejang, and s'mores patbingsu. The vibe ws really fun and our service was great. When they open again, I'm certain they will bring the same care and expertise to another excellent experience.
A photo of Altiro Latin Fusion - Geneva restaurant
4.6
4.6 (286)
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican
Geneva
About the restaurant
Altiro Latin Fusion offers traditional dishes in both small plate and traditional meal-based options. The modern, sleek decor complements the food and creates a colorful yet restrained ambiance. Diners at Altiro Latin Fusion can choose from dishes created by Executive Chef Roberto Avila. We use locally sourced ingredients to create food with French, Italian, Spanish and South American influences.
Top review
ChristineL
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Food was good until I found a long black hair in my steak taco . The server did apologies and he took off my husband’s last beer that we ordered but he should have also taken off the taco. Will not be going back.
A photo of SLYCE Coal Fired Pizza Company - Highwood restaurant
4.6
4.6 (214)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Highwood
About the restaurant
Thank you for choosing SLYCE, where pizza is our passion. We have preserved the art of making hand crafted artisanal coal fired pizzas. Our mission is simple: Have a simple menu that allows us to focus special attention to every ingredient that comes into our building. We choose and use the best quality ingredients possible. We do not believe in premade, mass produced food. We source locally grown or raised products whenever possible and use one of the cleanest natural burning resources to heat our ovens. At SLYCE less is more, as our fresh ingredients are delicately placed, not piled on, to create a perfectly balanced pie. Our dough is made in house daily, hand stretched to order, and baked next to a burning pile of coal giving it a thin, bubbly crust with charred edges and leopard spotting on the bottom. So sit back and relax, as we hand craft you one of your favorite, perfectly charred pies.
Top review
LoveEatingOutvip
Dined on May 31, 2024
Unfortunately our pizzas were not too warm. And like everywhere, prices have gone up a lot!
A photo of Grapes & Grains restaurant
4.4
4.4 (27)
$31 to $50
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
West Loop
About the restaurant
GG, as it is affectionately referred to in the neighborhood, is a piano bar located in the heart of West Loop, featuring Chicago's top talent.

Exposed brick, vintage chandeliers, chesterfield couches, and intimate lighting pay sexy homage to Old Chicago. The main floor boasts 2,500 square feet of gorgeous lounge space complete with a baby grand piano and sabrage room providing the most lively of atmospheres. Guests can reserve a live music experience on select evenings or learn the nuances of whiskeys and wines at one of our monthly masterclass events.

Experience live music performances at GG Wednesday through Sunday. Be entertained on Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM, Fridays 7:00PM-1:30AM, Saturdays 7:00PM-2:30AM, and Sundays 6:00-9:00PM, with no minimums and no live music fee. First come first serve seating and standing room available after 9pm on Fridays & Saturdays.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Great spot for music and drinks. The atmosphere was fun and exciting!
A photo of Kōmo restaurant
4.4
4.4 (119)
$31 to $50
Japanese
West Loop
About the restaurant
Komo is a boundless Japanese dining experience in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago. Known for his exceptional reputation of all things sushi, Executive Chef Macku Chan showcases a new dimension to his cuisine, combining seasonal ingredients for a modern take on traditional Japanese cuisine. Each dish is unique and incorporates creative and playful elements.
Top review
SherylCvip
Dined 3 days ago
Such a great experience and great value for food for being a fancier resturant. Total bill for 2 people with 20% tip included was 300. But we had a bottle of wine, 3 apps, 3 entrees and dessert. For a chicago resturant thats upper scale thats a great price, my sister and I split the bill so 150 a piece. Great ambiance and a complimentary sake shot when coming in the door.
A photo of SLYCE Coal Fired Pizza Company - Rosemont restaurant
4.4
4.4 (18)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Rosemont
About the restaurant
Thank you for choosing SLYCE, where pizza is our passion. We have perfected the art of coal fired cooking; imparting a unique flavor profile into our artisanal pizzas, small plates, salads, sandwiches and more. We choose the best quality ingredients to showcase our curated menu; importing from around the world. Our menu is paired with an elevated level of service to provide a memorable dining experience.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 20, 2024
Our server Oscar was really incredible. Thoughtful, went the extra mile.
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