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Diners' Choice: Romantic restaurants in Chicago / Illinois

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the most romantic 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 Black & Caspian restaurant
4.8 (221)
$30 and under
Lakeview / East Lakeview
About the restaurant
Black & Caspian Wine Bistro is a Modern Mediterranean Wine Bistro in Lakeview East.

Highly regarded locally, our modern international restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating, and a reputation for excellent service. We are known for creating stunning food experiences and our meals are known for being outstanding and well remembered. Our wine bar flows with great international selections – wine and good food pairing forever.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 21, 2024
Phenomenal food, drink, and service. Quiet and upscale atmosphere. Will be back! 
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Chicago, IL | Lakeview restaurant
4.7 (501)
$31 to $50
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
Dined 3 days ago
Still a fun place with good meats. They serve WAY too fast now (like, do you want us to leave, fast)! Plus the tables are so sticky. Made me feel like I was in an old bar. My arms were so sticky after I had to shower. Slow down the service and get the tables resurfaced!
A photo of The Green Post Pub restaurant
4.7 (7)
$30 and under
Northwest British
Lincoln Square
About the restaurant
Located in Lincoln Square's unique Rockwell Corridor, The Green Post (No. 49) is a testament to the centuries-old traditions and evolution of the Public House. Our aspiration is to offer guests a home outside of theirs; a place to meet with friends, host a meeting, read a book, play a game, work remotely, or watch a match amongst the historical architecture of our three rooms with additional garden spaces.
Top review
Dined on May 5, 2024
Really great atmosphere and great service. The food was really good too.
A photo of Leña Brava restaurant
4.6 (942)
$31 to $50
West Loop
About the restaurant
Located in Chicago's West Loop, Leña Brava is a culinary gem celebrating the dynamic flavors of Baja California Norte. Our kitchen, devoted to the art of live-fire cooking, breathes life into dishes that embody the essence of Mexican culinary traditions and the diverse tastes of Baja. Influenced by a fusion of Mexican, Mediterranean, and Asian cuisines, our menu transcends conventional boundaries, offering an array of vibrant ceviche, tantalizing agua chiles, succulent flame-kissed Pacifico seabass, and hearty steaks.

Under the skilled guidance of Chef Brian Enyart, with over two decades of innovation in Mexican cuisine, we showcase seasonal ingredients, capturing the essence of Mexico and Baja Norte's culinary landscape. Complemented by our open-plan kitchen and curated beverage program, spotlighting an immense mezcal collection and an array of Baja, New and Old World wines, Leña Brava invites guests on a culinary journey, where Mexican tradition harmonizes with innovation.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Abe outstanding experience, from the personal service to the exceptional food. The whole striped bass was fabulous! Will definitely recommend!
A photo of La Notte Ristorante Italiano - Oak Park restaurant
4.6 (706)
$31 to $50
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
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 11, 2024
Great Mother’s Day meal! Staff was amazing! Can thank them enough!
A photo of Igloos at The Drake Oak Brook restaurant
4.6 (253)
$31 to $50
Oakbrook Terrace
About the restaurant
*Igloos will open for the season Friday, November 3rd, 2023*

Enjoy the Drake dining experience inside one of our cozy, enclosed igloos. Please consider bundling up if the weather is colder. Each igloo will have two small heaters for your comfort. We will have different table seating available to accommodate your party, up to ten people.

Reservations are available for lunch and dinner Wednesday- Sunday.
*A 20% service charge will be added to all checks*

Reservations will be limited to 2 hours from the start time of your reservation time. We advise all parties to arrive on time to maximize on your experience.

There is a F&B minimum spend of $250 for dinner reservations on Friday and Saturday.

Late cancellations (under 72h before the reservation time) or no shows are subject to a $25.00 per person cancellation fee.

Our igloos are enclosed and heated but with severe rain or snow it is possible we will have to cancel your reservation due to poor weather conditions.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Feb 24, 2024
The Igloos were a unique experience. We enjoyed having lunch there. Service was excellent.
A photo of Gioia Ristorante e Pastificio restaurant
4.5 (431)
$31 to $50
West Loop
About the restaurant
GIOIA, meaning joy in Italian, brings the joy of Italian cuisine to Chicago. Infusing the romance and traditions of Italy with the energy and sophistication of Chicago's West Loop.

Join us for dinner, nightly beginning at 5pm, for delicious dishes created by our own, Chef Cristiano Bassani.
Have you seen our cacio e pepe in the making on social media?! You're in the right place! Our signature table side Cacio e Pepe and Gioia nei Paccheri are house favorites.

We will be open for lunch on Mother's Day! Join us on the patio or inside for a meal with friends and family! Our full menu will be available as well as a kids menu.

Check our social @gioiachicago for more of our signature dishes

Top review
Dined 4 days ago
Great food and drink. We started with Campari and Soda. Then a deconstructed Caesar salad. We have a very nice Super Tuscan bottle of wine to go with dinner. One pasta with clams and one pasta with mixed seafood - both were great, but too much food. However, there is apron for dessert which Was lava cake with ice cream and fresh fruit followed by very good coffee. It was a great evening.
A photo of Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi restaurant
4.4 (877)
$31 to $50
Downtown / Loop
About the restaurant
An elegant Chicago-style steakhouse featuring locally sourced beef, seafood and sushi. Dine in an intimate atmosphere featuring an open-air kitchen, firelight lounge, and complement your entree by indulging in a tantalizing Wine Spectator award-winning wine list and signature dessert selection. Valet parking available ($15 for 3.5 hours).
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Stk ordered med rare came Closer to medium. Also restaurant half full and we were a duce sat at a table for 2 in very back of restaurant next to a table of 15 or so while many 4 tops were open in mid restaurant not near large party. Spoke with staff before left and let them Now my dissatisfaction
A photo of The Ambassador Room restaurant
4.1 (53)
$31 to $50
Gold Coast / Streeterville
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of the Chicago's Gold Coast. Featuring Crafted cocktails and limited menu.
Top review
Dined on Apr 4, 2024
Great improvement again ! Energetic bar tenders. Right admosphere
A photo of Jameson's Charhouse-Countryside restaurant
3.8 (243)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Jameson’s Original Charhouse in Countryside is a family owned steakhouse that takes great pride in offering quality dining in a relaxed and comfortable setting.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Mar 29, 2024
Ours meals were delicious! My husband had the BBQ Ribs and said they were some of the best he had had. My filet was perfectly cooked for me. The fresh veggies were also done perfectly with just right amount of crunch ( I despise mushy veggies). No room for desert. We will be back!
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