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Diners' Choice: Best Food restaurants in Chicago / Illinois

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall cuisine in Chicago / Illinois? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Rollapalooza restaurant
5.0
5 (355)
$30 and under
Sushi
Lakeview / East Lakeview
About the restaurant
COZY AND WARM RESTAURANT. FRESH AND DELICIOUS RESTAURANT. WE ARE NOT NO.1 RESTAURANT. HOWEVER WE DO OUR BEST TO SERVE OUR CUSTOMERS.
Top review
NedNvip
Dined on May 15, 2024
Always a wonderful experience at this little gem. Great service , where they remember your name ! Interesting and innovative food ! BYOB! How can you go wrong
A photo of Molly's Kitchen & Bar restaurant
5.0
5 (442)
$30 and under
American
Mount Carroll
About the restaurant
Located in Mount Carroll, IL, Molly’s Kitchen & Bar serves
Classic Cuisine and Cocktails made from scratch.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Will definitely be back! The food was delicious and Sara, our waitress was super! We sat outside and really enjoyed the atmosphere. What a treasure in Mt. Carroll!
A photo of The Omakase Room at Sushi-san restaurant
4.9
4.9 (51)
$50 and over
Japanese
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
The Omakase Room at Sushi-san is a culmination of Master Sushi Chefs Kaze Chan and Shigeru Kitano’s combined experience defining the Chicago sushi scene. While the menu and service are informed by tradition, guests can expect a transcendent experience that breaks down the formality and austerity usually accompanying omakase dining. Each dinner in the warm, modern, and intimate ten-seat space features luxury ingredients from around the world. Sophisticated and carefully curated beverage pairings are available to complement the meal.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Amazing omakase experience! The staff was incredibly knowledgeable and was engaging throughout the whole experience! Will definitely be coming back soon!
A photo of AJI restaurant
4.9
4.9 (49)
$50 and over
Japanese Speciality
Lakeview / East Lakeview
About the restaurant
An experience is what we offer— an unforgettable experience for your senses. Our 15 course omakase meal is perfectly complimented with great music, ambiance, and charming service. Our small staff has been in the sushi industry collectively for over 30 years and we have nothing but respect and passion for good service and food. Nothing excites us more than to be a part of an unforgettable evening with you and your loved ones.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Aji is a very good choice for Omakase. They fly in a lot of seasonal fish from Japan and the Sushi is very well put together. The food was delicious and the ambiance was right. Will definitely visit again when the occasion arises.
A photo of Villa Verone restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2335)
$30 and under
Italian
Geneva
About the restaurant
For a taste of old Italy, head to Villa Verone Ristorante Italiano, housed in an 1849 historic stone home in downtown Geneva. For over 27 years, Villa Verone has embraced the values of authentic southern Italian cooking and an Italian family. Come and enjoy a delicious meal, great atmosphere and fabulous service. Celebrate your next special event with us. Private rooms available.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Pietro is truly running one special restaurant. The staff is incredibly kind and attentive, the ambiance is stunning, and the food… out of this world.
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A photo of NaKorn restaurant
4.9
4.9 (307)
$30 and under
Thai
Evanston
About the restaurant
NaKorn started with our belief that authentic Thai food should be found not only in Thailand—but here, as well.

Our menu offers a perfect blend of bold flavors with traditional, old-world recipes in a modern presentation. Using only the finest ingredients, we created unique dishes layered with flavors.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
We had a wonderful meal. One of the people in our party is vegetarian, they were able to substitute the chicken for tofu.
A photo of Nabuki restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1438)
$50 and over
Japanese
Hinsdale
About the restaurant
Located in historic downtown Hinsdale. Chef Juan and Nabuki are committed to creating edible art. Offering a fusion of innovate dishes. Chef Juan exhibits his mastery of the art of Sushi by creating traditional Japanese dishes with a Latin flare.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Waiter was great. We asked to move r table, it was not a problem Great drinks too
A photo of Riccardo Enoteca restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1101)
$30 and under
Italian
Lincoln Park
About the restaurant
Riccardo Michi comes from a restaurant Family in Milan established since 1943 called Girarrosto, one of the first Tuscan restaurants in town and still operating.

After moving to the US, Riccardo opened Sonny Bono, IL Giardino Ristorante and Madeo Ristorante in Beverly Hills. In 1987 he helped his cousin Roberto Ruggeri open the first Bice restaurant in New York City. Since then, he has worked in the opening of many of the restaurants in the group. In 2002 Riccardo moved to Chicago with his wife Veronica to be the executive chef of Bice on Ontario.

Finally Riccardo and Veronica, also a chef, decided to open their own place and in 2006 called Riccardo Trattoria. Considered by many to be the top Italian restaurant in town, receiving the Bib Gourmand from Michelin in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Now, Riccardo and Veronica have opened Riccardo Enoteca, right across the street from Riccardo Trattoria on Clark.
Top review
chicagofoodiesvip
Dined 2 days ago
This neighborhood gem delivered another consistent experience. We were a little disappointed with our table (round near the entrance), as there were better choices. As frequent customers, for both take out and dining in, I thought we might have been given a table closer to the window. The service and the meal, were excellent, as usual. The special fish preparation was a treat.
A photo of Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder Co. restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2354)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Lincoln Park
About the restaurant
WE ARE NOW OPEN FOR DINE-IN BUSINESS. WELCOME BACK
This year marks the 50th-year anniversary of the one and only Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder Co. Since opening their doors in 1972, CPOG has been serving its unique style of pizza, the Pizza Pot Pie- an original- baked in a bowl filled with cheese; homemade sauce from scratch (each batch takes 10 hours of prep and cooking time); large fresh mushrooms and topped with a triple raised Sicilian bread-type dough; then inverted ceremoniously at your table. Six mouth-watering gargantuan Oven Grinders, several colossal salads with distinctive, original homemade dressings and the Mediterranean Bread round out its menu.
In the heart of Lincoln Park in Chicago, this cozy restaurant is housed in a historical building. Set across the street from the site of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, this three story brownstone is claimed to have been used as a look out for Al Capone’s gang during the legendary hit back in 1929.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Amazing and delicious food. Outstanding service. Great place!
A photo of The Alderman restaurant
4.9
4.9 (189)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Pilsen
About the restaurant
Winner of the 2022 Jean Banchet Award for Best Bar, THE ALDERMAN is an intimate, 16-seat cocktail bar tucked away, behind closed doors, within Pilsen Yards. The cocktail list rotates some of its original cocktail features, while the twists on American classics are staples of the cocktail list.

With a plush velvet banquette and a 4-seat counter, it’s the perfect room for a night cap, a date, or a casual evening of one to several astonishingly good cocktails.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
In my top three bars in Chicago. Outstanding cocktails and vibe. Best seats are at the bar.
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