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Where we love to eat in Chicago

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by The OpenTable team
Updated October 05, 2021

Chicago's a city that loves its restaurants, and OpenTable loves food. So there was no shortage of suggestions when we asked employees to name their favorite spots to book around the Windy City. Check out the list below for Japanese in Lincoln Park, Mexican in the South Loop, barbecue in Berwyn, and more.

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4.7
4.7 (1749)
$31 to $50
American
Lincoln Park

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About the restaurant
Willow Room is located in Lincoln park, serving European/American bistro food set in a classic yet unique atmosphere.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Feb 25, 2024
The hostess was able to add guests to our table seamlessly!
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4.6
4.6 (1420)
$50 and over
Japanese
Lincoln Park

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About the restaurant
Now offering a signature Omakase menu with a selection of seasonal ingredients crafted by Chef BK Park.

The Omakase experience will include approximately 20 bite size pieces including sashimi, appetizers, warm plates, nigiri, and dessert. Price is $125 per person, plus tax and a mandatory 20% gratuity will be added to the final bill. Cancellations within 24 hours will be subject to $25.00 fee per person. Please alert our team of any allergies or dietary restrictions when booking.

Juno is an intimate Japanese restaurant in the heart of Lincoln Park. Led by the expertise of Executive Chef/Owner BK Park, Juno strives to perfect a combination of quality and consistency in food and service. Juno offers a variety of traditional & non-traditional Japanese dishes as well as an extensive list of sashimi, nigiri and premium sake.

Top review
BrianMontana
Dined 2 days ago
Again Grace was wonderful with helping us make our selection for dinner. The special cocktail was incredibly smooth and the cod in miso was a nice surprise 😁
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4.6
4.6 (1147)
$50 and over
French
River North (Chicago)

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About the restaurant
Brindille, named "Best New Restaurant in 2013" by Chicago Tribune, offers a glimpse into refined Parisian cuisine and atmosphere from the James Beard-award winning team that brought you NAHA. Enjoy classic French fare in a refined, sexy dining room with fine china and French linens. Let the wine list walk you through all the regions of France and the Old World. Tasting menus available upon request.
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eloisep
Dined on Aug 25, 2023
Excellent dinner in every way. The food was fabulous---including the watermelon tomato gazpacho, the tarte Tatin (savory) and the duck. And great cocktails too! And I can't say enough about our server, Evan. He was wonderful, gracious, helpful--just perfect in every way. He helped my 90+ year old mom into her uber to go home--what a gracious man. The ambience is lovely---not too loud, but not too quiet--just a fabulous experience in every way.
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4.8
4.8 (3624)
$31 to $50
Italian
River North (Chicago)

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About the restaurant
Coco Pazzo is a Tuscan-inspired long-time favorite. Porterhouse Bistecca alla Fiorentina & whole Mediterranean Sea Bass filleted tableside. Housemade pasta, hand-tossed pizza and daily specials. Enjoy the wood-burning oven while you sit and eat at the bar. As close to Italy as you can get, you will enjoy dining in this 1905 former warehouse loft space. Soaring ceilings with theatrical lighting , blue velvet drapes surround the dining room. Sit near an open window and enjoy passersby in this vibrant River North neighborhood. Steps from the Merchandise Mart and a short walk over the river from the Loop. Feel the welcoming and warm hospitality of this Gambero Rosso Top Italian Restaurant & Best Italian Wine List recipient, and Wine Spectator award winner. Outdoor patio open weather permitting.
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QuentinVvip
Dined 2 days ago
Best Italian in Chicago. The fiorentina steak is the closest I ever got to the real deal outside of Florence and certainly in the USA. Also great value.
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4.2
4.2 (4670)
$50 and over
Traditional Spanish
South Loop

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About the restaurant
Mercat offers an authentic dining experience that combines fresh meats and produces with the energetic spirit of a Barcelona market.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
This was our first time visiting for a birthday dinner. The location is beautiful and has a very tasteful charm. The staff was friendly and attentive. The food was delicious and came out quickly. We split 4 tapas and the gambas with toast was the standout for us. This is the type of place I’d recommend for an event, special occasion or if you just want a more quiet and intimate environment.
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4.3
4.3 (57)
$30 and under
Italian
Lakeview / East Lakeview

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About the restaurant
Please visit our website to make a reservation.
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LorraineL
Dined on Aug 26, 2022
Loved the outdoor patio. We just had appetizers and wine. All delicious with gracious service.
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4.5
4.5 (2596)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Italian
River North (Chicago)

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About the restaurant
PROSECCO, in the heart of the River North Gallery District, is a chic, yet welcoming restaurant serving comfort foods from all 20 regions of Italy and Chicago's largest selection of sparkling wine.

Enjoy classic comfort foods -- from house-made pasta to nightly beef, fish and game menu additions.

Prices are moderate, but those wishing to indulge in an evening of culinary mischief will not be disappointed!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Great experience and delicious food. Very good service and fairly priced.
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4.8
4.8 (754)
$31 to $50
Japanese
West Loop

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About the restaurant
Try our unique omakase where our chefs will work around your restrictions to course out a mix of traditional, and non-traditional, fare. With signature dishes like our fish & chips and bluefin truffle sashimi, dressed nigiri pieces, and our off menu "special rolls", let our chefs take care of you. Otherwise, order from the menu with many small-bite options, nigiri/sashimi, maki, entrees, or order the chef special rolls à la carte. We pride ourselves on our fish quality. We also have vegetarian off menu special rolls and many vegetarian options!

We have a full bar, which features a full selection of Japanese whisky, sake, cocktails, and more.

Also, since this comes up so often, all of the (many, many) plants throughout the restaurant are real!






We have no affiliation with any other Tanoshii and Sushi Mike

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KellyK
Dined 2 days ago
Very good food. A little pricey but one of the best sushi spots in the West Loop
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4.8
4.8 (2615)
$30 and under
Italian
Lincoln Park

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About the restaurant
Riccardo started his career at a very young age in Milan's prestigious "GIRARROSTO" family owned. Then, in 1982 he moved to the United States and he opened the famous Sonny Bono's in Los Angeles. In 1987 he started to work with his cousin Roberto Ruggeri, with him he opened Bice New York, Los Angeles and many others around the world.

Together with his wife (and sous chef), Veronica, and his cousin (and hostess), Barbara, he decided to continue his gastronomic artistry and creativity in his restaurant named after himself "Riccardo Trattoria."

Here through the craftsmanship of an Italian food connoisseur, dishes are prepared with an almost zen-like essentiality that has shaped Riccardo's professional and existential life course. Some highlights of the menu are Veal Chop Milanese, Veal Shank Osso Bucco, Pappardelle with Short Rib Ragu, various classic Rissotto preparations, and for dessert options like Panna Cotta, Homemade Tiramisu and Tuscan Ricotta Cheesecake round out the menu.

Top review
AnnSvip
Dined 2 days ago
Big menu, great food and service and polished yet lively ambience.
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4.7
4.7 (4146)
$30 and under
Italian
Lincoln Park

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About the restaurant
Cozy Italian Restaurant serving fresh pasta & other authentic Italian dishes in Chicago's Lincoln Park & Lakeview Neighborhoods
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
We had delicious entrees and everybody took some home because they were so large.Great overall vibe and great service. Caesar is large enough to share.
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4.5
4.5 (893)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Bucktown / Wicker Park

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About the restaurant
Located in West Town, Arami’s warm and charming ambience is matched by the contemporary Japanese cuisine it serves. Chef Nelson Vinansaca offers a tier of thoughtful and delectable omakase featuring a variety of specialty nigiri. Omakase menus range from a 5-piece nigiri to a 16-course chef tasting menu with various additions like beverage pairings, truffles and caviar.

Top review
Marco
Dined on Sep 6, 2023
it's an extraordinary sensory voyage that leaves you in awe of the culinary mastery on display. It's an experience worth savoring, cherishing, and returning to time and time again.
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4.6
4.6 (1089)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Lakeview / East Lakeview

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About the restaurant
Uncommon Ground is a local, sustainable, farm to table restaurant specializing in seasonal, regional comfort food. Established in 1991, this Lakeview restaurant has been leading the way in fresh, local, healthy cuisine. Uncommon Ground also features Greenstar Brewing, the first certified organic brewery in Illinois. Two cozy fireplaces in the winter and an expansive sidewalk cafe in warmer months for dining al fresco. Monthly art shows line the walls with talented local artists and the acoustic listening room features live music nightly.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent food. I ate the fish taco’s. They were delicious. Service was great.
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4.7
4.7 (481)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
China Town

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About the restaurant
Derived from the Chinese Pinyin word “huo lu”, meaning fire pit, HOLU is a modern Asian steakhouse featuring the world’s finest meat — including USDA Prime beef, dry aged in-house with Himalayan pink salt, as well as snow aged Japanese A5 Wagyu, Australian Wagyu, North American Wagyu and more. Complemented with the most sustainable seafood and freshest organic vegetables available, omakase style menus are prepared on a smokeless, ceramic charcoal grill. The bar highlights thoughtfully curated, progressive cocktails as well as select wine, spirits, sake and beer. HOLU is located in Chicago’s West Chinatown neighborhood. Reservations are accepted for parties up to six. Complimentary lot parking is available.
Top review
Robynvip
Dined 4 days ago
Loved our night! The staff, especially Luis, were fantastic. Pace of our meal was wonderful. Food was extraordinary paired with phenomenal drinks, highly recommend
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4.7
4.7 (1669)
$31 to $50
American
Bridgeport

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About the restaurant
Esquire's Best New Restaurants in America 2015

Duck Inn is a Neighborhood Gastro-Tavern & Dining Room situated at Loomis Street and the Chicago River in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood. Housed in a 100 year old pre-prohibition tavern, it showcases Michelin Rated Partner/Chef Kevin Hickey’s signature New American cuisine. An extensive beverage program filled with craft beers, contemporary cocktails and creative wine service matches the food offerings. Duck Inn serves brunch every Sunday, and dinner Wednesday-Sunday evenings. We also have the best Happy Hour in town; half off bar snacks, cocktails, draft beers and glasses of wine every Wednesday through Friday 5-6pm!

Sign up for our VIP Email List to receive advance notice of exclusive events, sales, first crack at reservations and other cool stuff: https://www.theduckinnchicago.com/signup/

Top review
AvaM
Dined on Jan 1, 2023
Delicious food and lovely atmosphere. Duck wings and duck dog are a must try.
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4.9
4.9 (399)
$30 and under
Barbecue
Berwyn

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About the restaurant
FitzGerald’s has been a place for gathering since it was built in the early 1900’s. Up to 1925, the frame building at 6615 W. Roosevelt was a roadhouse used as a hunting lodge and sporting team headquarters. As more buildings rose along Roosevelt Road, the property was home to several nightclubs, the best-known being The Hunt Club, which flourished through the 1950’s and early 60’s–acts included Turk Murphy, Bob Scobey and Lil Armstrong. After the Hunt Club closed, the space became the Deer Lodge, complete with pool tables and a fortune teller.

The FitzGerald family bought the building in 1980, and since that time FitzGerald’s has gained a national reputation for excellent live music in a casual, comfortable atmosphere. Along the way, the family purchased the buildings on either side of the club; the corner building now houses FITZGERALDS Sidebar, a neighborhood cocktail lounge as well as a private event space.

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EvanM
Dined on Nov 1, 2021
This was an amazing Dia de Los Muertos show that included live Mexican music, a performance with some of the most beautiful and spectacular costumes I have ever seen, and delicious home-style Mexican food. It was an unforgettable evening.
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4.8
4.8 (4190)
$30 and under
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Homewood

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About the restaurant
Maple Tree Inn was awarded the very prestigious honor of being named in the Top 50 Southern Restaurants In America by OpenTable in 2018. We are proud to announce that the Maple Tree Inn has permanently relocated to Homewood, IL. We have maintained almost 100% of our staff and they have made the move with us.
We are still committed to the art of Cajun/Creole cooking & maintaining our status as the first and longest-running Cajun/Creole restaurant in Chicagoland. We are featuring a menu of our signature dishes including our Hickory Buttered BBQ Shrimp, Country Gumbo, Jambalaya, Crawfish Étouffée, and many more! We have boutique wines on draft, signature hand crafted cocktails, and an impressive craft beer list. Our hand crafted, premium cocktail menu highlights the very best of our repertoire. We look forward to hosting you & providing you with all the comforts of New Orleans, just a little closer to home.

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DenoraG
Dined 4 days ago
I brought my husband here for his birthday and he loved it! Thank you Ross for everything! I appreciate it!
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4.0
4 (919)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Goose Island

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About the restaurant
Located along the Chicago river in the burgeoning Goose Island neighborhood, Azul is an upscale mariscos (seafood) restaurant serving an expansive menu of Latin-inspired fare. The concept aims to combine the ethos of an authentic mariscos restaurant with modern hospitality practices and all the touches of a sophisticated, lively spot.

Celebrating the rich flavors and fresh ingredients of Latin culinary culture, Azul’s chef-driven menu is brimming with refined representations of classic mariscos cuisine. Created by Executive Chef Michael Hernandez, Azul offers a variety of grilled, baked, fried and raw proteins as well as ceviches, seafood, cocktails and artfully arranged family-style platters.

Top review
ChristinaW
Dined 3 days ago
Enjoyed the waitress greeting with welcome drinks. The food was delicious I will definitely be back.
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4.6
4.6 (414)
$31 to $50
Italian
West Loop

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About the restaurant
Reservations are available from our website https://gioiachicago.com
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Maria
Dined on Oct 2, 2022
It is a beautiful restaurant and great food, it was a little bit noisy but everything else was spectacular, food and drinks were outstanding.
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4.7
4.7 (948)
$30 and under
Greek
Mundelein / Vernon Hills / Libertyville

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About the restaurant
Recently ranked 6th in the country by Guilty Eats, and voted best Mediterranean seafood restaurant in Illinois by LUXlife Magazine, Chrissoulas is a locally owned and operated restaurant in Libertyville IL, focusing on made-in-house modern dishes inspired by Greek & Mediterranean flavors. Brothers Nick and Theo are proud to run a business in the town they grew up in. We invite you to try something new and exciting, and dine with us tonight...Opa!
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Dec 31, 2023
The service was amazing, the food was great. Easily accessible
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4.7
4.7 (1598)
$31 to $50
American
Skokie

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About the restaurant
Owner, EJ Lenzi, and managers bring over 100 years of combined restaurant experience to Chicago's North Shore. Teamed with a mature, experienced wait staff, and serving the finest food products available, EJ's Place has become the North Shore's premiere supper club. Established since 1997 and selected one of the Chicago Magazine's Best New Restaurants, EJ's menu consists of prime aged steaks and chops, pristine seafood, and traditional Italian specialties. EJ's Place serves only the best, from their family to yours.
Top review
AnthonyV
Dined on Feb 21, 2024
Excellent service with delicious food. Plan to go back again.
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4.8
4.8 (1024)
$50 and over
American
West Loop

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About the restaurant
**We can accommodate vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten free, dairy free, nut/peanut free & shellfish free diets. Before booking, please email us at info@elskerestaurant.com regarding any restrictions not listed above as we may be unable to accommodate certain restrictions, or diners with multiple restrictions.

About:
Elske means love in Danish, a nod to both David Posey’s Danish mother and the fact that the couple got engaged in Copenhagen. “Our travels in Denmark have really influenced us,” Chef Posey said. “We like that clean, simple aesthetic.” The dining room — all crisp lines, minimalist décor & soft lighting — is anchored by a wide open kitchen on one side & a small patio with a working fireplace on the other. Combined with the friendly service, it creates the impression that you’re eating in a supremely tasteful Scandinavian friend’s weekend home.

Top review
AliceTvip
Dined 1 day ago
What a delightful spot! We had high expectations for Elske, and it did not disappoint. We had the tasting menu and wine pairing. Every course was truly delicious, and all the servers were very attentive. Monica, our server/bartender, was a gem. My husband had the pickled cucumber martini and it was perfect. Thanks for a great night!
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4.8
4.8 (475)
$30 and under
Vietnamese
Lakeview / East Lakeview

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About the restaurant
Come enjoy Vietnamese cuisine from the Saigon region. Showcasing Pho, Banh Mi, eggrolls, fresh spring rolls, salad, and main dishes. Accompanied with homemade desserts that completes the meal. Complimented with a full bar with wonderful wine pairings and an array of hand crafted cocktails.
Our dining room is inviting and bright with and open kitchen so you may be able to see all the action that is happening.

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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Feb 25, 2024
My party of 4 all gave this place rave reviews! Food was outstanding!
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4.6
4.6 (948)
$30 and under
American
Highwood

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About the restaurant
Greenwood is located at 200 Green Bay Road amidst the bustling restaurant scene of Highwood. We are a lively modern American neighborhood kitchen and bar that applies an inventive approach to classic American cuisine, set in a rustic chic dining room, with engaged hospitality.
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ArwindMvip
Dined on Jan 1, 2022
Great local spot with a sophisticated menu that highlights a farm to table approach. The ambiance in the main dining area is awesome with an elegant feel while the outdoor “covered patio” has a more casual vibe. Looking forward to visiting more often, especially when the weather opens up to enjoy the true patio seating.
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4.7
4.7 (1433)
$31 to $50
Indian
La Grange

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About the restaurant

Kama offers fresh, bold modern Indian cuisine in downtown La Grange.

The father and son team of Manmohan and Vikram Singh have created a unique menu comprising of dishes from various regions of India and Indian inspired Americana. Following the tradition in Vikram's family kitchen, everything is made from scratch, to order and customized to your taste. The bar program, led by Agnes Kalusiewicz, infuses Indian spices and chutneys into scratch-made syrups, ensuring a unique and bold experience with every sip.

Kama symbolizes aesthetic pleasure of the senses – touch, smell, flavor, vision and sound. Food is our most intimate connection to nature and a source of everlasting memories.

Top review
MarkW
Dined on Feb 25, 2024
What an amazing restaurant that never disappoints! The bartender, Johnny, and the owners are so accommodating and warm. Come for the wide assortment of amazing Indian flavors and stay for the drinks!
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