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Hard to Get Reservations in Chicago

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.

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6 Restaurants
Updated 26 February 2020
Restaurants:goosefoot, Girl & the Goat, Les Nomades
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Contemporary French
Neighborhoods:Lincoln Square, West Loop, Gold Coast / Streeterville
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goosefoot

$$$$
Contemporary American
Lincoln Square
4.9
931 reviews
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 tiny, 34-seat BYO in Lincoln Square, with a tasting menu that is elegant, thoughtful, and undoubtedly delicious. You’ll head home with some handmade chocolates, a packet of seeds for your garden, and a smile.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Girl & the Goat

$$$$
Contemporary American
West Loop
4.8
12197 reviews
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 probably best described as “global”—but labels don’t matter here. This is delicious, exciting food, the kind of stuff you’ll be thinking about the rest of the weekend.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Les Nomades

$$$$
Contemporary French
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4.9
1920 reviews
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 impossible to manufacture. The food itself is as special as the place itself, with a French-ish menu that’s at once classic and fresh. We particularly love the salmon, soft-shell crabs, and roasted duck breast.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Parachute

$$$$
Korean
Avondale / Irving Park
4.6
1448 reviews
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, with takes on classic dishes like bibimbap, mandu, and dukbukki that are at once thoughtful, exciting, and new.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Gibsons Italia

$$$$
Steakhouse
River North (Chicago)
4.8
1956 reviews
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 the renowned Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, which gives both steak and pasta top billing. The result is the best of both worlds, with Italian dishes prepared with the same directness and care as the many cuts of beef. Just make sure to get a martini to wash it all down.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Maple & Ash

$$$$
Steakhouse
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4.8
3882 reviews
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 classic steakhouse tradition, with excellent versions of the seafood towers, the wedge salads, the rainbow of sides—and the steaks, cooked over a live fire, consistently measure up.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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