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Chicago's Most Iconic Restaurants

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by The OpenTable team
Updated 15 December 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 (6668)
$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.
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LiamNvip
Dined 2 days ago
Our server Fernando was wonderful and added so much more to the experience. Food and cocktails were great. The sommelier was amazing and obviously knew his wines and gave us some interesting tidbits about the barolo region and the wine producer.
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4.8
4.8 (4926)
$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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SallySvip
Dined 6 days ago
The 4 -course meal for $95 was perfect. There are enough choices for each course to find a good one, even for picky eaters. By the last course I was full, and the food was creatively prepared, very tasty.
A photo of Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab restaurant
4.9
4.9 (16274)
$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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angelarvip
Dined 6 days ago
Joe's Stone Crab in Chicago holds a special place in my heart as I come here every year to celebrate my birthday, and it never disappoints. It's truly one of my favorite dining spot in the city. The mixed grill is a standout dish that keeps me coming back. One of the highlights of dining at Joe's is the freshness of their seafood. I look forward to their oyster selection. A fun menu option that I highly recommend trying is the Madagascar Shrimp – it came with a side of key lime sauce that was amazing. The service is top-notch, with attentive staff who go above and beyond to ensure that every visit is memorable. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or simply craving exceptional seafood, Joe's Stone Crab is the place to be. With its delicious offerings, inviting ambiance, and impeccable service, it's no wonder it's my go-to spot year after year.
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4.7
4.7 (11140)
$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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DeniseT
Dined 4 days ago
Dining at The Gage is always a treat. The staff is friendly and welcoming. Their food and beverage menus offer a wide range of choices. Conveniently located near Millennium Park, the Art Institute and Symphony Center. Try it!
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4.8
4.8 (7260)
$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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LAF3vip
Dined 2 days ago
My wife and I are long-time Chicagoans and we patronize many fine restaurants in the city. Without question, Le Colonial is one of the best restaurants in Chicago. This weekend we celebrated my birthday there. The service and food are excellent, all taking place in beautifully appointed, lively surroundings. Le Colonial is definitely "the place" for special occasions. We have been to Le Colonial several times and look forward to returning again!
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4.8
4.8 (6456)
$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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KarlL
Dined 1 day ago
The meal was awesome. Steak was great. The only thing I would recommend not getting is the dry, pasty brownie. 
A photo of Shaw's Crab House & Oyster Bar - Chicago restaurant
4.8
4.8 (13366)
$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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BarbaraWvip
Dined 5 days ago
Shaw's is my favorite restaurant. I love the selections. The food is delicious and the price is very fair. Service is extraordinary. I always go there on my birthday.
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4.6
4.6 (5294)
$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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AmyreC
Dined today
Great neighborhood “go to” place! Our server was lovely!!!
A photo of Mon Ami Gabi restaurant
4.9
4.9 (7366)
$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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Kirivip
Dined 4 days ago
This consistently wonderful French bistro never misses. The ambience, food, and service are first rate, and the building in which it is located is beautiful.
A photo of Shanghai Terrace restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2156)
$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 1 day ago
Always the best! Anyone who likes Chinese food should have the Shanghai Terrace experience. Great service staff too.
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