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Chicago has always been one of the country’s most celebrated culinary destinations—and with the always-getting-better classics mixing with a wave of new, boundary-breaking restaurants, the food scene is only getting better. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find cavernous sushi restaurants and neighborhood gems, glamorous Italian spots and new-age steakhouses—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. You'll want to follow their lead.

Restaurants:SUSHI-SAN, Momotaro, Bellemore
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Japanese, American
Neighborhoods:River North (Chicago), West Loop
$$$$·Japanese·
River North (Chicago)
382 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
Sushi San might be wacky and irreverent—they have a section of their menu labeled “nigiri bombs”—but the food is consistently some of the best Japanese in town. You’ll find excelleRead more
93% recommended
6 people mentioned the Kim Chi
$$$$·Japanese·
West Loop
1,690 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
It’s hard to have a bad time at Momotaro: the vibe is animated and lively, space is soaring, and the food—which, at a lesser place, might be an afterthought—is excellent. Don’t be Read more
89% recommended
Japanese in Chicago
26 people mentioned the Wagyu Beef
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$$$$·American·
West Loop
589 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
What happens when the Chicago restaurant empire Boka Group teams up with chef Jimmy Papadopoulos? You get Bellemore, a spacious, luxurious new-American restaurant with food as gorgRead more
89% recommended
26 people mentioned the Oyster Pie
$$$$·Global, International·
West Loop
659 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Duck dumplings, or baby-potato carbonara? Burrata with sourdough, or Indonesian pork curry? These are the choices you’ll face at Proxi, a restaurant in the West Loop devoted to intRead more
94% recommended
14 people mentioned the Black Pepper
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$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
870 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
To many, the concept of “country-club cuisine” may bring to mind steam tables of overcooked vegetables and hockey-puck burgers and mediocre omelet stations. Luckily, the country-clRead more
93% recommended
14 people mentioned the Squid Ink Pasta
$$$$·American·
West Loop
5,906 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Creative Cuisine
Since it opened in 2009, The Publican has been one of the most fun, boisterous spots in the city to eat pig, drink beer, and be merry. The food, to this day, is deliciously craveabRead more
91% recommended
American in Chicago
195 people mentioned the Pork Rinds
$$$$·Steakhouse·
West Loop
1,854 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
We’re in the Midwest, after all, and there are few places in Chicago to get a steak as good as the ones at Swift & Sons. Chef Chris Pandel knows how to cook a piece of beef, and hiRead more
90% recommended
21 people mentioned the Wagyu Beef
$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
9,869 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
There’s no shortage of great Italian restaurants in this town, but RPM Italian shines as one of the brightest. The space is handsome and sleek; the vibe glamorous and sophisticatedRead more
94% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
286 people mentioned the Garlic Bread
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$$$$·Mediterranean·
River North (Chicago)
1,665 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good Vegetarian Options
Walking into Ema, on the ground floor of the Hyatt Place Hotel in River North, feels like a breath of fresh air: the tables and counters sparkle, the ceiling is hung with tangles oRead more
95% recommended
Mediterranean in Chicago / Illinois
40 people mentioned the Falafel
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$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
3,049 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
It’s always summer at Summer House Santa Monica, even when the wind is whipping off Lake Michigan, even when snow batters its windows and its glass roof. Sip on a watermelon smash Read more
92% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
83 people mentioned the Monica
$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
4,295 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
Chef Paul Kahan is a Chicago legend, and Blackbird is where he first made his mark. It’s still just as relevant as it was in 1997, serving elegant, refined versions of Midwestern fRead more
95% recommended
Contemporary American in Chicago
91 people mentioned the Endive Salad
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lincoln Park
4,311 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Boka is the flagship restaurant of the Chicago empire Boka Restaurant Group, the place that launched no less than a dining revolution. The contemporary-American menu still feels coRead more
92% recommended
Contemporary American in Chicago / Illinois
108 people mentioned the Short Rib
$$$$·Chinese·
West Loop
2,375 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Fun
What happens when Chicago icon Stephanie Izard opens an homage to American Chinatown restaurants? She nails it. Everything at Duck Duck Goat, from the wood-paneled decor to the lazRead more
96% recommended
138 people mentioned the Dumplings
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$$$$·American·
West Loop
724 reviews
  • Casual
  • Healthy
  • Great for Brunch
With its breezy vibe and unpretentious menu, Beatrix has hit on a concept that truly works—and at their third and most-recent location in Fulton Market, they’ve dialed it in even mRead more
96% recommended
15 people mentioned the Pot Roast
$$$$·American·
West Loop
3,733 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
Chef Stephanie Izard knows how to cook what people want to eat. Exhibit A: Little Goat, chef Izard’s take on a classic diner—if that classic diner had saucy Yucatan-spiced pork torRead more
94% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
102 people mentioned the French Toast
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
593 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
What kind of restaurant is Mott Street? It’s Korean, it’s Chinese, it’s Thai, it’s Mexican. You’ll find empenadas alongside everything-spiced wings, kimchi-stuffed cabbage next to Read more
89% recommended
26 people mentioned the Dumplings
$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
1,094 reviews
  • Healthy
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Casual
In a city with no shortage of gluttonous establishments, it’s important to have a reliable healthy option to turn to. Enter True Food Kitchen, the Chicago outpost of the national cRead more
95% recommended
Healthy in Chicago / Illinois
17 people mentioned the Dumplings
$$$$·Seafood·
West Town
143 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
A Basque restaurant with trippy-nightclub lighting? You’re at Bar Biscay, one of Chicago’s newest and hottest restaurants. Snack on platters of cured meats and cheeses while waitinRead more
93% recommended
4 people mentioned the Razor Clams
$$$$·Italian·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,949 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
With its elegant decor, friendly staff, and open kitchen, Nico Osteria is a truly lovely place to spend a meal—and the menu, which features seafood-forward Italian cuisine, rises tRead more
88% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Chicago / Illinois
52 people mentioned the Lobster Spaghetti
$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
754 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Up until the launch of GT Prime Steakhouse, we didn’t realize that the steakhouse model—the huge cuts of meats, the rainbow of sides—needed to be disrupted. But GT Prime SteakhouseRead more
91% recommended
13 people mentioned the Wagyu Beef
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