The Best Restaurants in Chicago, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

There are plenty of sites that make Chicago famous: the Sears Tower, Grant Park, the Bean, and many more. But Chicago is also renowned as one of the greatest food cities in America, a place where you can eat deep-dish pizza, barbecue, dragged-through-the-garden hot dogs, and Michelin-starred cuisine all within a few blocks of each other. There are countless restaurants that make the city such an unforgettable dining destination. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find everything from neighborhood gems to buzzy sushi bars, rustic Italian spots to white-tableclothed steakhouses—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:goosefoot, SUSHI-SAN, Sepia
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Moderne amerikanische Küche, Japanisch
Neighborhoods:Lincoln Square, River North (Chicago), West Loop
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goosefoot

$$$$·Moderne amerikanische Küche·
Lincoln Square
845 reviews
  • Passend für Feinschmecker
  • Besondere Anlässe
  • Degustationsmenü
Here, no detail is overlooked. It's evident the moment you walk into Goosefoot, one of the best places to eat in Chicago. French techniques enhance each dish, carefully prepared wiRead more
100% recommended
Bestes Essen in Chicago / Illinois
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SUSHI-SAN

$$$$·Japanisch·
River North (Chicago)
794 reviews
  • Für Rendezvous geeignet
  • Spaß
  • Hotspot
Think you know sushi? This place will make you think again. Sushi San takes the culinary art up a notch. An Omakase dinner, a six- or 14-course meal, is a cultural experience. The Read more
91% recommended
Japanisch in Chicago
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Sepia

$$$$·Moderne amerikanische Küche·
West Loop
3,972 reviews
  • Besondere Anlässe
  • Passend für Feinschmecker
  • Für Rendezvous geeignet
Executive chef Andrew Zimmerman made this place a top lister. Historical and contemporary flair complete its elegant interiors. You won't find traditional dinnerware here, either. Read more
87% recommended
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Taxim

$$$$·Griechisch·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
690 reviews
  • Kreative Küche
  • Nachbarschafts-Restaurant
  • Passend für Feinschmecker
Take your taste buds on a trip to the Mediterranean with a visit to Taxim. When the weather's warm, bask in fresh air overlooking the city while enjoying your meal on the rooftop tRead more
100% recommended
Griechisch in Chicago / Illinois
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Gibsons Italia

$$$$·Steakhaus·
River North (Chicago)
1,332 reviews
  • Malerische Aussicht
  • Besondere Anlässe
  • Für Rendezvous geeignet
Gibsons Italia, one of the top Italian restaurants in Chicago, is like nothing you've ever experienced. Run by chef Jose Sosa, and one of the best steakhouses in Chicago, Gibsons IRead more
92% recommended
Malerische Aussicht in Chicago / Illinois
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North Pond

$$$$·Amerikanisch·
Lincoln Park
3,469 reviews
  • Besondere Anlässe
  • Gut für Jahrestage
  • Romantisch
A trip to Lincoln Park, is incomplete without dining in North Pond. It's worth stopping in for the view alone, but the food here makes it one of the best restaurants in Chicago. ChRead more
98% recommended
Amerikanisch in Chicago / Illinois
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The Izakaya at Momotaro

$$$$·Japanisch·
West Loop
320 reviews
  • Für Rendezvous geeignet
  • Kreative Küche
  • Barbestuhlung
A modern take on Japanese cuisine awaits at The Izakaya at Momotaro. Familiar plates of nigiri and sashimi are served alongside more unique ones. Not your typical Japanese eatery, Read more
92% recommended
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Pelago

$$$$·Italienisch·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,605 reviews
  • Gut für Jahrestage
  • Beachtliche Weinkarte
  • Romantisch
Delicious food and the perfect, contemporary interiors. They combine to create a modern dining experience at Pelago. Simple yet soft colors and refined elements, highlighted by theRead more
82% recommended
Beachtliche Weinkarte in Chicago
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Margeaux Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria

$$$$·Französisch·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
929 reviews
  • Besondere Anlässe
  • Für Rendezvous geeignet
  • Romantisch
French cuisine sits front and center at Margeaux Brasserie in Waldorf Astoria, one of the best places to eat in Chicago. The luxe 1920s vibe sets the scene for a perfect dining expRead more
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Everest

$$$$·Französisch·
Downtown / Loop
2,198 reviews
  • Romantisch
  • Besondere Anlässe
  • Gut für Jahrestage
Fantastic views, delectable bites and an award-winning chef give you the perfect trifecta that is Everest. Risotto, oysters, and lobster are just a few options on the menu. EverestRead more
Französisch in Chicago / Illinois
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Erie Cafe

$$$$·Steakhaus·
River North (Chicago)
926 reviews
  • Besondere Anlässe
  • Für Gruppen geeignet
  • Authentisch
If you're in the market for a steak that's cooked to perfection every single time, make sure you put Erie Cafe at the top of your list. One of the best places to eat in Chicago, thRead more
92% recommended
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Cold Storage Seafood

$$$$·Aus Dem Meer·
West Loop
413 reviews
  • Barbestuhlung
  • Zwanglos
  • Für Rendezvous geeignet
Love seafood? Then a visit to Cold Storage Seafood at West Fulton Market is on the agenda. Oysters on the half shell, chowder and mussels are crowd favorites. With its industrial dRead more
81% recommended
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Les Nomades

$$$$·Moderne französische Küche·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,690 reviews
  • Romantisch
  • Besondere Anlässe
  • Leise Unterhaltung
Elevate your French dining experience here. Les Nomades has long been one of the top restaurants in Chicago. Its fixed-price menu includes four or five courses, each made with the Read more
100% recommended
Beste Gesamtbewertung in Chicago / Illinois
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TAO Asian Bistro - Chicago

$$$$·Asiatisch·
River North (Chicago)
1,154 reviews
  • Besondere Anlässe
  • Für Rendezvous geeignet
  • Gut für Geburtstage
The atmosphere of Tao Chicago is electric, as it is both a restaurant and a nightclub, with interiors designed to excite. You can choose to eat in the main dining room or ask for aRead more
92% recommended
Asiatisch in Chicago / Illinois
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Sai Cafe

$$$$·Japanisch·
Lincoln Park
408 reviews
  • Nachbarschafts-Restaurant
  • Besondere Anlässe
  • Für Rendezvous geeignet
Sai Cafe is a perfect blend of artistic flair and addicting food. This restaurant offers Asian foods with unique selections. Locals rave about the Hamagi Jalapeno and Dynamite, a bRead more
100% recommended
Japanisch in Chicago / Illinois
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Temporis

$$$$·Moderne amerikanische Küche·
West Town
290 reviews
  • Besondere Anlässe
  • Passend für Feinschmecker
  • Degustationsmenü
Our perspective is coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the restaurant’s description: Led by executive chef Troy Jorge and proprietor Sam Plotnick, Temporis embraces the evolRead more
96% recommended
Bester Service in Chicago / Illinois
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India House, Chicago

$$$$·Indisch·
River North (Chicago)
689 reviews
  • Zwanglos
  • Leise Unterhaltung
  • Gute vegetarische Auswahl
India House concludes our list as one of the top Indian restaurants the Windy City has to offer. During the day, you can enjoy the lunch buffet, and get a good sampling of its bestRead more
100% recommended
Indisch in Chicago / Illinois
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Eight Bar and Patio

$$$$·Amerikanisch·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
56 reviews
  • Essen im Außenbereich
  • Barbestuhlung
  • Zwanglos
Whether you're looking for an early lunch or late-night fare, you'll find it at Eight Bar and Patio. The atmosphere is a focus here at one of the best bars in Chicago, where you caRead more
98% recommended
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Blackbird

$$$$·Moderne amerikanische Küche·
West Loop
4,476 reviews
  • Passend für Feinschmecker
  • Besondere Anlässe
  • Hotspot
James Beard award-winning chef Paul Kahan brings the authentic taste of Midwestern cuisine. At Blackbird, you can find some of the best food in Chicago. The dishes range from vegetRead more
91% recommended
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Naoki

$$$$·Japanisch·
Lincoln Park
559 reviews
  • Romantisch
  • Besondere Anlässe
  • Kreative Küche
If you love the charm of a speakeasy and the unbeatable taste of sushi, you won't want to miss Naoki. It was named one of the Best Restaurants in Chicago by Zagat, Chicago MagazineRead more
100% recommended
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