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Our Top 10 Restaurant Picks in Chicago Right Now

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by The OpenTable team
Updated 02 August 2019

There’s never been a better time to be a foodie in Chicago. It's not just about deep dish and Chi-style dogs- the Windy City has it all, from upscale ‘cue and lively Latin American fare to sublime sushi and white-hot new spots like Kumiko. Check out where OpenTable staffers are dining in Chicago now, and book a table to experience a few of our favorite restaurants.

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4.3
4.3 (2700)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
West Loop

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About the restaurant
BLVD Steakhouse is a classic American steakhouse inspired by Hollywood's Sunset Blvd—the golden era's famed strip of dining and entertainment establishments. Our space embodies the glamour and luxury that defined Old Hollywood, offering sophisticated yet approachable service with a chef-driven menu of prime cuts, fresh seafood, and other seasonal favorites from Celebrity Chef/Partner Joe Flamm. Outside, our massive full season patio with a sprawling bar evokes an enchanted ‘secret garden’ look and feel with lush greenery, linen curtains, luxe upholstery, and romantic string lighting.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Our server was amazing I love her customer service
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4.3
4.3 (3864)
$30 and under
Barbecue
Gold Coast / Streeterville

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About the restaurant
Since opening our doors in 2010, Chicago q has mastered the art of elevated BBq favorites. From our “Competition” Pulled Pork, St. Louis Ribs, Sliced Brisket, and crisp Coleslaw, Chicago q celebrates delicious, award-winning BBq from the Carolinas, Texas, Missouri, and Tennessee.

Whether dining in the comfort of our Savannah-style dining room or underneath the lights of our seasonally-constructed pergola, know that you’re getting the finest BBq Chicago has to offer. While you’re here, check out Chicago q’s extensive beverage menu, boasting a well-cultivated bourbon collection with hand-picked flights featured alongside craft cocktails – sure to perfectly compliment the smoky BBq flavors. Chicago q also offers private rooms for special events, accommodating up to 50 guests, as well as, catering to your home or office. Email events@latsko.com for your event & catering needs!

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MN22
Dined on 14 Feb 2024
Great attention from servers……………………………………………………..
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4.8
4.8 (1025)
$50 and over
American
West Loop

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About the restaurant
**We can accommodate vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten free, dairy free, nut/peanut free & shellfish free diets. Before booking, please email us at info@elskerestaurant.com regarding any restrictions not listed above as we may be unable to accommodate certain restrictions, or diners with multiple restrictions.

About:
Elske means love in Danish, a nod to both David Posey’s Danish mother and the fact that the couple got engaged in Copenhagen. “Our travels in Denmark have really influenced us,” Chef Posey said. “We like that clean, simple aesthetic.” The dining room — all crisp lines, minimalist décor & soft lighting — is anchored by a wide open kitchen on one side & a small patio with a working fireplace on the other. Combined with the friendly service, it creates the impression that you’re eating in a supremely tasteful Scandinavian friend’s weekend home.

Top review
AliceTvip
Dined 2 days ago
What a delightful spot! We had high expectations for Elske, and it did not disappoint. We had the tasting menu and wine pairing. Every course was truly delicious, and all the servers were very attentive. Monica, our server/bartender, was a gem. My husband had the pickled cucumber martini and it was perfect. Thanks for a great night!
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4.6
4.6 (1420)
$50 and over
Japanese
Lincoln Park

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About the restaurant
Now offering a signature Omakase menu with a selection of seasonal ingredients crafted by Chef BK Park.

The Omakase experience will include approximately 20 bite size pieces including sashimi, appetizers, warm plates, nigiri, and dessert. Price is $125 per person, plus tax and a mandatory 20% gratuity will be added to the final bill. Cancellations within 24 hours will be subject to $25.00 fee per person. Please alert our team of any allergies or dietary restrictions when booking.

Juno is an intimate Japanese restaurant in the heart of Lincoln Park. Led by the expertise of Executive Chef/Owner BK Park, Juno strives to perfect a combination of quality and consistency in food and service. Juno offers a variety of traditional & non-traditional Japanese dishes as well as an extensive list of sashimi, nigiri and premium sake.

Top review
BrianMontana
Dined 3 days ago
Again Grace was wonderful with helping us make our selection for dinner. The special cocktail was incredibly smooth and the cod in miso was a nice surprise 😁
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4.8
4.8 (662)
$50 and over
Dining Bar
West Loop

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About the restaurant
Kumiko is a Japanese Dining Bar (ダイニングバー)* where food and drink are treated with equal reverence. Located in Chicago’s West Loop, Kumiko boasts incredible cocktails and spirits with exquisite food to pair.

Owner and mixologist Julia Momosé blends Japanese ingredients and techniques to create an elevated menu of beverages and bites.

Whether you come to savor some of Japan’s finest saké or walk in for a lovely dinner with friends, Kumiko welcomes you with warmth and gratitude.

Kumiko is currently 18+ and does not offer a BYOB option. Sign up for our mailing list to receive occasional updates and news.

Our staff is fully vaccinated and masked during service. For the safety of everyone, we respectfully ask guests wear masks when not seated at the table or bar. We will adjust this policy as the situation evolves in Chicago.

* pronounced dainingu bā

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
My favorite place! The drinks, the food, and the vibes are immaculate!!
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4.5
4.5 (5888)
$31 to $50
Mexican
River North (Chicago)

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About the restaurant
We are the city’s top Mexican restaurant for authentic modern cuisine, specialty tequila and mezcal cocktails, located in the heart of River North. Our culinary team features popular Mexican dishes, including our signature tacos, as well as fresh salsa and guacamole, ceviche, esquites and more.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
The food was great, it was very loud, and a bit pricey for the serving size of the plates.
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4.8
4.8 (7040)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
River North (Chicago)

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About the restaurant
Not just another steakhouse, Steak 48 - Chicago is a contemporary steakhouse featuring prime steaks, a raw bar and extensive fresh seafood selection, other unique appetizers and side dishes including a double baked truffle potato, asparagus fries and corn crème brûlée, classic cocktails and an extensive award winning wine list.

In order to support our service staff there is a 20% gratuity on all checks. At Steak 48, we encourage all of our guests to get dressed up for a great experience. In order to maintain an enjoyable environment for all guests, athletic wear, excessively revealing clothing, exposed undergarments will not be permitted. We prefer no printed t-shirts, hats or visors and always appreciate collared shirts or sports coats. Please dress as your elegant selves. You are going to have a great time!

If you are looking for any special accommodations please reach out directly to our host desk!

We look forward to seeing you!

Also available for delivery on Uber Eats!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Allie my server was amazing. Such a great experience I will definitely return
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4.6
4.6 (4799)
$31 to $50
Peruvian
River North (Chicago)

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About the restaurant
Tanta is dedicated to sharing the flavors and culture of Peru with Chicago, serving authentic Peruvian dishes and beverages in an approachable, fun and casual downtown setting. We provide service that is casual yet knowledgeable, genuine and attentive, utilizing locally sourced products and vendors that are sensitive to sustainable farming and fishing.

Tanta has two Chef’s Tables that each seat up to 10 people. These tables are located in our main dining room in between our open kitchen and cebiche bar which allows you and your guests to experience our chefs creating Peruvian cuisine while you dine.

The menu, created by Acurio and Tanta Chicago Chef Tito Rocha, takes diners on a voyage through Peru via its food. From the Pacific Ocean, through the Andes, to the desert, to the Amazon, Tanta celebrates the diverse landscape and ethnicities that make up Peru’s culture.

Top review
SirDrewtheHammer
Dined 4 days ago
Food was great. Recommendations were great. Nice place, good atmosphere
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4.6
4.6 (2257)
$31 to $50
Sushi
River North (Chicago)

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About the restaurant
Where the quality and simplicity of Japanese cuisine meets the bustling energy of a downtown essential. Fresh, high-quality fish, marinated meat and veggies off the Robata grill and an inventive assortment of cocktails create a playful juxtaposition of Japanese and American culinary styles. It’s a true riff on the expected and traditional.

Ranked by The Michelin Guide as one of the 9 best Japanese restaurants in Chicago, Union combines the tempered art of Japanese dining with a fresh, colorful and urban vibe. Union ups the ante on Japanese dining with its high-energy beat, creativity and playful approach to Japanese-influenced cuisine from one of Chicago's best know sushi chef's Mike Ham "Sushi Mike"

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
Godzilla roll was one of the best sushi rolls I’ve had ever!
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