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10 Hard-to-Get Reservations in Chicago

The OpenTable team

Every day, we have hundreds of thousands of reservations flying through our system—and some are tougher to get than others. According to our data, these are the restaurants in Chicago where it’s hardest to snag a reservation. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:goosefoot, Oriole, Girl & the Goat
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Lincoln Square, West Loop
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goosefoot

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lincoln Square
742 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
For fine dining in a calm, minimalist setting, with as much attention to detail paid to the overall scene as to the food itself, head to goosefoot. This is Chris and Nina Nugent’s Read more
100% recommended
Best Overall in Chicago / Illinois
19 people mentioned the Chestnut Soup
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Oriole

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
915 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Oriole is the rare fine-dining spot that feels like a dinner party; the industrial-chic design and open kitchen make it a far cry from the hushed, gilded places of yore. The food iRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Chicago / Illinois
16 people mentioned the Wagyu Beef
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Girl & the Goat

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
9,938 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Chef Stephanie Izard isn’t just the first female Top Chef winner—she’s also the lady behind one of Chicago’s most celebrated restaurants. Cuisine-wise, Girl and the Goat is probablRead more
95% recommended
Contemporary American in Chicago / Illinois
483 people mentioned the Green Bean
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Les Nomades

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,553 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Quiet Conversation
Walking into Les Nomades feels like walking in on a secret; the space, which is in a gated brownstone, is warm and intimate, with the kind of low-key, relaxed elegance that is impoRead more
94% recommended
Best Overall in Chicago / Illinois
21 people mentioned the Grand Marnier
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City Winery Chicago at the Riverwalk

$$$$·Wine Bar·
Downtown / Loop
125 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • People Watching
  • Special Occasion
There are few better places to drink wine in Chicago than at City Winery on the Riverwalk, which is set up right on the water for prime outdoor-drinking vibes. In colder-weather moRead more
83% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Chicago / Illinois
3 people mentioned the Grilled Cheese
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Acadia

$$$$·Contemporary American·
South Loop
1,028 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Acadia is an amazing restaurant in the South Loop, where chef Ryan McCaskey creates seven-course tasting menus inspired by his childhood summers in Maine. The space is open and briRead more
81% recommended
Notable Wine List in Chicago / Illinois
14 people mentioned the Amuse Bouche
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Parachute

$$$$·Korean·
Avondale / Irving Park
1,196 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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 and unique,Read more
91% recommended
31 people mentioned the Baked Potato
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Gibsons Italia

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
877 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
What do get when you cross one of the city’s greatest steakhouses with some of the city’s most delicious pastas? You get Gibsons Italia, a restaurant from the same people behind thRead more
96% recommended
Steakhouse in Chicago / Illinois
5 people mentioned the NY Strip
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Maple & Ash

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
3,027 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
This is the Midwest, after all, which means there are lots of places to eat steak in this town—and Maple & Ash is certainly one of the most fun. This is a place that leans into claRead more
97% recommended
Best Ambiance in Chicago / Illinois
33 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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Three Dots and a Dash

$$$$·Polynesian·
River North (Chicago)
1,005 reviews
  • Fun
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Hot Spot
There are few bars in Chicago as transportative as Three Dots and a Dash—head down a tiki-torched-lined alley, then down a flight of stairs, and you’re in a full-blown tiki wonderlRead more
93% recommended
14 people mentioned the Coconut Shrimp
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