The Most Unique Restaurants in Chicago

The OpenTable Team

Chicago has always been popular when it comes to travel destinations in the U.S. It's a big city with a small-town feel and a day here can mean a swim in Lake Michigan, an evening at Wrigley Field, visiting some of the country's greatest museums and more, all without breaking your budget. The Windy City is also known for its culinary treasures. It gets a lot of hype for hot dogs, deep dish pizza and Italian beef sandwiches, but Chicago also has plenty of truly eclectic food options to sample. We've asked the savviest foodies in the nation where they're eating these days, so we could put together this list of where to find the most unique restaurants in Chicago. Grab a table and enjoy!

Restaurants:Herb, Temporis, Oriole
Price Range:$$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Thailändisch, Moderne amerikanische Küche
Neighborhoods:Uptown, West Town, West Loop
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Herb

$$$$·Thailändisch·
Uptown
346 reviews
  • Kreative Küche
  • Passend für Feinschmecker
  • Für Rendezvous geeignet
Herb is one of Chicago’s most upscale Thai restaurants. Located in the north suburbs, they have a focus on fine-dining in an elegant atmosphere. The setting incorporates lovely wooRead more
100% recommended
Passend für Feinschmecker in Chicago
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Temporis

$$$$·Moderne amerikanische Küche·
West Town
290 reviews
  • Besondere Anlässe
  • Passend für Feinschmecker
  • Degustationsmenü
Temporis is an intimate, contemporary American restaurant in the heart of West Town that definitely qualifies as one of the most unique restaurants in Chicago. They focus on a singRead more
96% recommended
Bester Service in Chicago / Illinois
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Oriole

$$$$·Moderne amerikanische Küche·
West Loop
1,132 reviews
  • Besondere Anlässe
  • Degustationsmenü
  • Romantisch
If you are looking for a fine-dining experience that will wow your date, head to Oriole in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. Executive Chef and Owner Noah Sandoval runs the show heRead more
98% recommended
Beste Gesamtbewertung in Chicago / Illinois
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ALTHEA

$$$$·Vegetarisch·
Downtown / Loop
381 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Gute vegetarische Auswahl
  • Kreative Küche
Most vegan eateries are on the smaller side or tend to be pretty casual and under-the-radar, which is why Althea is one of the most unique restaurants in Chicago. It is an elegant Read more
88% recommended
Gesund in Chicago / Illinois
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Oceanique

$$$$·Aus Dem Meer·
Evanston
1,244 reviews
  • Besondere Anlässe
  • Gut für Jahrestage
  • Kreative Küche
Oceanique provides a fine dining experience that focuses on uniquely prepared fresh fish. It is a family owned and operated restaurant that locals adore for its elegantly crafted gRead more
93% recommended
Aus Dem Meer in Chicago / Illinois
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Amerikas

$$$$·Lateinamerikanisch·
Oak Park
394 reviews
  • Nachbarschafts-Restaurant
  • Kreative Küche
  • Passend für Feinschmecker
Amerikas is a casual dining restaurant tucked away in an intimate, candlelit setting in Oak Park, a suburb west of Chicago. It’s a cozy place with a small dining room and tiny bar Read more
100% recommended
Bestes Essen in Near West
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Longitud315

$$$$·Lateinamerikanisch·
Highwood
1,304 reviews
  • Nachbarschafts-Restaurant
  • Passend für Feinschmecker
  • Authentisch
Longitud315 is a casual Venezuelan restaurant opened by Chef Tony Castillo. The eatery is a creation of Chef Tony Castillo, who based the menu on his memories of cooking side to siRead more
93% recommended
Bestes Essen in North Suburbs
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New Rebozo Oak Park

$$$$·Mexikanisch·
Oak Park
428 reviews
  • Authentisch
  • Zwanglos
  • Kreative Küche
If you’re looking for one of the most unique restaurants in Chicago that also has a vibrant, bustling energy, check out New Rebozo. Opened by local legend Dudley Nieto, it’s one ofRead more
87% recommended
Mexikanisch in Chicago / Illinois
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The Chocolate Sanctuary

$$$$·Amerikanisch·
Gurnee
1,590 reviews
  • Für Rendezvous geeignet
  • Kreative Küche
  • Besondere Anlässe
The Chocolate Sanctuary has been open since 2015, serving up meals, desserts and other chocolate delights in a fun and casual atmosphere. It’s a super unique restaurant in the GurnRead more
92% recommended
Brunch in North Suburbs
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King Shabu Shabu

$$$$·Japanisch (Shabu-Shabu)·
Riverwoods
107 reviews
  • Gesund
  • Spaß
  • Die Fahrt wert
If you are looking for a dining destination that also offers up a little adventure, head to King Shabu Shabu. This is definitely one of the most unique restaurants in Chicago in thRead more
100% recommended
Beste Gesamtbewertung in North Suburbs
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Three Embers

$$$$·Amerikanisch·
Lincolnshire
268 reviews
  • Vor/nach dem Theater
  • Besondere Anlässe
  • Gut für Jahrestage
Three Embers is an upscale dining spot located in Lincolnshire, a northern suburb of the city. This is the place to go for a fresh take on Midwestern steak and seafood. They base tRead more
86% recommended
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Nirvana Wine & Grillerie

$$$$·Weinbar·
Mundelein / Vernon Hills / Libertyville
361 reviews
  • Beachtliche Weinkarte
  • Für Rendezvous geeignet
  • Kreative Küche
Nirvana is all about providing an all-around experience rather than just a quick meal. They have a focus on small-batch wines and menu ingredients sourced from natural, sustainableRead more
100% recommended
Beste Gesamtbewertung in North Suburbs
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Barton G. The Restaurant - Chicago

$$$$·Moderne amerikanische Küche·
River North (Chicago)
635 reviews
  • Besondere Anlässe
  • Gut für Geburtstage
  • Spaß
Barton G. The is one of the most unique restaurants in Chicago and it will appeal to anyone craving new experiences and quality food. Their mission here is to shock and awe your seRead more
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Onward

$$$$·Amerikanisch·
Edgewater
236 reviews
  • Nachbarschafts-Restaurant
  • Kreative Küche
  • Besondere Anlässe
Onward offers a fun and playful take on new American food in the Edgewater neighborhood, close to Loyola. Opened by the former owner of Grace, it is a comfy, upscale space with a fRead more
100% recommended
Amerikanisch in Chicago / Illinois
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Chrissoulas

$$$$·Griechisch·
Mundelein / Vernon Hills / Libertyville
300 reviews
  • Für Rendezvous geeignet
  • Authentisch
  • Kreative Küche
Head to Chrissoulas to relax in a casual, comfortable environment in Libertyville in the north suburbs of Chicago. The focus here is on Greek and Mediterranean food with both new aRead more
90% recommended
Griechisch in Chicago / Illinois
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Yugen

$$$$·Japanisch Spezialitätenküche·
West Loop
101 reviews
  • Besondere Anlässe
  • Romantisch
  • Degustationsmenü
Executive Chef Mari Katsumara leads both the savory and pastry kitchens at Yugen and instills every dish with a blend of Japanese heritage and classic French training. It is one ofRead more
100% recommended
Beachtliche Weinkarte in Chicago / Illinois
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Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar

$$$$·Osteuropäisch·
Ukrainian Village
208 reviews
  • Passend für Feinschmecker
  • Kreative Küche
  • Für Rendezvous geeignet
Heritage Restaurant and Caviar Bar is an all-day restaurant with breakfast items like kolachki, eggs, smoked pork shoulder, and kimchee. In the evenings, the place turns into a fulRead more
95% recommended
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Libertad

$$$$·Lateinamerikanisch·
Skokie
2,322 reviews
  • Kreative Küche
  • Passend für Feinschmecker
  • Für Rendezvous geeignet
For delicious Latin American food, head to Libertad in downtown Skokie, headed up by Chef Marino Gil. The menu is full of bold and exciting flavors and seasonal dishes that represeRead more
95% recommended
Beste Gesamtbewertung in North Suburbs
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