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Chicago's Most Iconic Restaurants

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by The OpenTable team
Updated December 15, 2023

Seasons change, trends come and go, but these restaurants have withstood the test of time—and have become integral parts of the Chicago dining scene. Here are Chicago’s OpenTable Classics: the places that continue to excel after 10+ years. There’s a reason they’re still around: they keep giving us a reason to come back.

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4.8
4.8 (6760)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Lincoln Park

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About the restaurant
Boka is the flagship restaurant of the Chicago empire Boka Restaurant Group, the place that launched no less than a dining revolution. The contemporary-American menu still feels contemporary—we love the vegetable-heavy dishes in particular—and the space is both upscale and cool. The excellent service doesn’t hurt, either.
Top review
Adrivip
Dined 3 days ago
I had the pleasure of dining at Boka (1 Michelin Star) in Chicago, IL and I must say it was an unforgettable experience. From the moment I stepped inside, I knew I was in for something special. If you’re a fan of American upscale cuisine (or simply a lover of good food), Boka is a must-visit. The menu boasts upscale American dishes prepared with care and authenticity. I savored every bite of my meal—the flavors were rich, hearty, and utterly satisfying. Whether you’re craving short rib, delish beef tartare, or chicken liver mousse and scallop, Boka's delivers. The staff went above and beyond to ensure a delightful dining experience. Attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable, they made me feel right at home. My server (the bartender) provided excellent recommendations, and my glass was never empty. Kudos to the entire team for their warm hospitality.   Boka strikes the perfect balance between cozy and lively. The old/modern American-inspired decor— perfect cozy light, exact volume of the music, gold Decoratives, and wood, unique designs—creates an inviting atmosphere.   I was seated in the corner having a great view, which allowed me to enjoy my meal without any noise disruptions. The attention to detail in the decorations, especially in that area, impressed me.   In summary, Boka’s is a gem. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply want a memorable meal, this restaurant delivers on all fronts. I wholeheartedly recommend it to fellow food enthusiasts.
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4.8
4.8 (5044)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
West Loop

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About the restaurant
Upon walking into Sepia, it’s clear that this is a special restaurant; the exposed-brick walls and crystal-dripping chandeliers make this one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the city. The food is just as wonderful as the ambiance, with a modern American menu that incorporates touches of Southeast Asian, Korean, and Mediterranean cuisines. It’s no wonder Michelle Obama called it one of her favorite restaurants.
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SusanNvip
Dined 2 days ago
Wonderful food and wine. The sommelier was particularly attentive and his recommendations were perfect.
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4.9
4.9 (16793)
$50 and over
Seafood
River North (Chicago)

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About the restaurant
Joe’s Stone Crab is a Miami institution, and when it opened in Chicago, it became an instant institution of its own. You’re here, of course, for stone crab, platters of it that you’ll crack open and devour—but don’t sleep on the steaks, too, which are some of the best in the city.
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MaureenCvip
Dined 5 days ago
Our waiter was terrific!!! Food outstanding as always, my fav restaurant in city. I recommend your restaurant to everyone!!!
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4.7
4.7 (11350)
$30 and under
American
Downtown / Loop

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About the restaurant
The menu at The Gage, a handsome, elegant gastropub in Millennium Park, spans the globe, with dishes like crispy harissa drumsticks, poutine, Thai coconut curry, and a perfect rendition of fish and chips. And if you’re game for game, The Gage has some of the city’s best examples of it, with an excellent bison tartare, venison burger, and roasted New Zealand rack of elk.
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SarahMvip
Dined 2 days ago
Love the food, service and atmosphere here! Our server, Matt, was outstanding. Told him we needed to get to theater for 7 p.m. show and he made sure our appetizers, dinner and drinks were served promptly! Everything is delicious and unique!
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4.8
4.8 (7387)
$31 to $50
Vietnamese
Gold Coast / Streeterville

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About the restaurant
For a quiet, lovely, and delicious dinner, head to Le Colonial, a French-Vietnamese restaurant in Gold Coast that’s been serving top-notch dishes like spring rolls, banana-leaf-steamed trout, and lemongrass chicken since 1996. The service is friendly and attentive—and if you’d like, they’re more than happy to help you navigate the expansive menu.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Amazing dinner and service as usual! From the greeting throughout the Dinner, everything was flawless.
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4.8
4.8 (6667)
$50 and over
American
Gold Coast / Streeterville

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About the restaurant
Right next to the world’s largest Polo store you’ll find RL Restaurant, Ralph Lauren’s first foray into the dining sphere. You’re here for American classics like shrimp cocktail, pigs in a blanket, dover sole, and crab cakes, all served in a handsome room that is both clubby and chic.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Feb 14, 2024
Great time! The staff was pleasant and the food was excellent! The best corned beef sandwich I’ve had in years!
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4.8
4.8 (13741)
$50 and over
Seafood
River North (Chicago)

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About the restaurant
There are few better places to dine on gorgeous seafood than Shaw’s Crab House, a Chicago institution in River North. Choose between the 1940s-style dining room or the more-casual Oyster Bar, and get to work; we particularly recommend the stone crab claws, the chilled shellfish platters, and whatever oysters are on the menu that day.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
although a bit pricey, the quality and quantity are fully worth it …
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4.6
4.6 (5476)
$30 and under
American
River North (Chicago)

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About the restaurant
Chips and guacamole? Tuna poke? Burrata with pesto? King-crab California rolls? You’ll find all of them on the menu at HUB 51, and that’s just in the appetizers section. Join the crowd of hip, good-looking people and dig in.
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Lasanz85
Dined 6 days ago
Always a great option—doesn’t disappoint on service, food, or vibe. Will always come back!
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4.8
4.8 (7518)
$30 and under
French
Lincoln Park

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About the restaurant
Mon Ami Gabi has been serving French bistro classics—think escargots, chicken-liver mousse, steak au poivre, and trout almondine—for twenty years. The plant-filled space is also a lovely place to spend a lunch or dinner, with tiled floors, mirror-lined walls, and tons of natural light.
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KathrynK
Dined 3 days ago
Everything was divine! I had the gem salad with chicken and it was delicious. The chicken preparation was like nothing I’ve ever tasted. HIGHLY recommend! What a treasure nestled right here in Lincoln Park!
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4.8
4.8 (2187)
$31 to $50
Chinese
Gold Coast / Streeterville

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About the restaurant
On the seventh floor of the Peninsula Hotel you’ll find Shanghai Terrace, a gorgeous jewel box of a restaurant serving upscale Cantonese food. The dim sum in particular is not to be missed—especially the pork buns and peekytoe-crab dumplings—and the views are not to be missed.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
The service was impecable as was the food. We had the 3 course duck experience and it was delicious. A fantastic way to celebrate our Valentine’s Day date.
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