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Where’s the best Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, or Indian food in town? Where’s the best steak, the best pizza, the best plate of oysters? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among Chicago’s most expert, seasoned diners, broken down by each type of cuisine.

Restaurants:Blackbird, Nico Osteria, The Publican
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Italian, American
Neighborhoods:West Loop, Gold Coast / Streeterville
$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
4,295 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
AMERICAN: Chef Paul Kahan is a Chicago legend, and Blackbird is where he first made his mark. It’s still just as relevant as it was in 1997, serving elegant, refined versions of MiRead more
95% recommended
Contemporary American in Chicago
91 people mentioned the Endive Salad
$$$$·Italian·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,949 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
ITALIAN: With its elegant decor, friendly staff, and open kitchen, Nico Osteria is a truly lovely place to spend a meal—and the menu, which features seafood-forward Italian cuisineRead more
88% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Chicago / Illinois
52 people mentioned the Lobster Spaghetti
$$$$·American·
West Loop
5,906 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Creative Cuisine
GASTRO PUB: Since it opened in 2009, The Publican has been one of the most fun, boisterous spots in the city to eat pig, drink beer, and be merry. The food, to this day, is delicioRead more
91% recommended
American in Chicago
195 people mentioned the Pork Rinds
$$$$·Steakhouse·
West Loop
1,854 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
STEAKHOUSE: We’re in the Midwest, after all, and there are few places in Chicago to get a steak as good as the ones at Swift & Sons. Chef Chris Pandel knows how to cook a piece of Read more
90% recommended
21 people mentioned the Wagyu Beef
$$$$·Japanese·
River North (Chicago)
382 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
JAPANESE: Sushi San might be wacky and irreverent—they have a section of their menu labeled “nigiri bombs”—but the food is consistently some of the best Japanese in town. You’ll fiRead more
93% recommended
6 people mentioned the Kim Chi
$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
3,308 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
SEAFOOD: You’re at GT Fish and Oyster for, well, fish and oysters: this is the best seafood spot in town. Ask your server for the best raw stuff they have that day, and then order Read more
95% recommended
115 people mentioned the Tuna Poke
$$$$·Mexican·
Logan Square
559 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
MEXICAN: Dos Urban Cantina, a Mexican restaurant in Logan Square, is at once casual and cool, trendy but lowkey—and the perfect spot to dine on dishes like street-style corn, quesoRead more
94% recommended
22 people mentioned the Tamal
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$$$$·French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
437 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
FRENCH: Walking into Margeaux Brasserie, a French restaurant helmed by world-renowned chef Michael Mina, feels like walking into the Paris of another era: the booths are handsome aRead more
89% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Chicago / Illinois
16 people mentioned the Dover Sole
$$$$·Chinese·
West Loop
2,375 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Fun
CHINESE: What happens when Chicago icon Stephanie Izard opens an homage to American Chinatown restaurants? She nails it. Everything at Duck Duck Goat, from the wood-paneled decor tRead more
96% recommended
138 people mentioned the Dumplings
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$$$$·Mediterranean·
River North (Chicago)
1,665 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good Vegetarian Options
MEDITERRANEAN: Walking into Ema, the Mediterranean restaurant on the ground floor of the Hyatt Place Hotel, feels like a breath of fresh air: the tables and counters sparkle, the cRead more
95% recommended
Mediterranean in Chicago / Illinois
40 people mentioned the Falafel
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$$$$·Global, International·
West Loop
659 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
INTERNATIONAL: Duck dumplings, or baby-potato carbonara? Burrata with sourdough, or Indonesian pork curry? These are the choices you’ll face at Proxi, a restaurant in the West LoopRead more
94% recommended
14 people mentioned the Black Pepper
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$$$$·Korean·
Avondale / Irving Park
1,039 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
KOREAN: Parachute is one of Chicago’s most-talked-about restaurants, and it’s not hard to see why. Chefs Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark’s take on Korean-American food is singular andRead more
87% recommended
31 people mentioned the Baked Potato
$$$$·Indian·
West Loop
248 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Spicy
INDIAN: Chicagoans go to Jaipur for some of the city’s very best—and authentic—Indian food: samosas stuffed with spiced lamb, scarlet-red tandoori chicken, and platters and platterRead more
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$$$$·Seafood·
West Town
143 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
SPANISH: A Basque restaurant with trippy-nightclub lighting? You’re at Bar Biscay, one of Chicago’s newest and hottest restaurants. Snack on platters of cured meats and cheeses whiRead more
93% recommended
4 people mentioned the Razor Clams
$$$$·Thai·
Uptown
241 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Healthy
THAI: With its three- and five-course prix-fixe menus, Herb is one of the best values in town; you’ll find thoughtful, elegant, and straight-up delicious Thai food, for a fraction Read more
91% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Chicago
4 people mentioned the Amuse Bouche
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