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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Chicago / Illinois

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants 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
About the restaurant
Step inside The Cellar Door, a unique experience from The Oakville Grill & Cellar in the Fulton Market District of Chicago that emulates the offerings of featured California vineyards, rotating monthly.

The Cellar Door tasting room offers seating for up to six guests from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and from 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays. During the tasting, you’ll savor select pours from the vineyard’s current selection. A chef-curated cheese & salumi pairing is available to add on to the experience.

Please note that access to the full dinner menu is not included in this experience, and reservations are required ahead of time to secure a table after or before the experience. Our team will do our best to accommodate any last-minute requests.
Top review
Lg790
Dined on May 25, 2024
This was a wonderful experience and I’ve already booked my next tasting. Small and intimate. The sommelier was so knowledgeable.
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
Frankvip
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
Love this place! Great food, staff, and ambiance!
A photo of Sushi Badaya Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (42)
$31 to $50
Sushi
Highland Park
About the restaurant
Sushi Restaurant | Omakaze
Sashimi & Sushi Roll & Maki
Sushi Restaurant Highland Park
Prepared daily with top quality & fresh ingredients by Sushi Badaya Restaurant
Omakaze Signature Course. Varities of top rated Wine and sake are also available.
Top review
WindyCityTravelervip
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
Awesome sushi restaurant! We will definitely be back soon!
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!
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4.9
4.9 (9)
$30 and under
Japanese
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
Three Dots and a Dash introduces Tokyo Last Call, a Japanese-inspired listening pop up sponsored by Suntory and -196. Curated by Beverage Director Kevin Beary and Bar Manager Scott Kitsmiller, this series aims to transport guests to Japan's cocktail scene. Collaborating with renowned Japanese bars like Trench, Katana Kitten, SG Club, and Bar Goto, Three Dots and a Dash promises an immersive experience blending music, drinks, and atmosphere. The menu boasts cocktails utilizing Suntory spirits and rare Japanese whiskeys available for select pours, complemented by guided tastings led by Suntory's US brand ambassador, Davey Jones. Each menu draws inspiration from traditional Japanese techniques and flavors, creating a unique journey through Japan's bustling bar scene.

Bar Goto: April 4-7 (Guest Bartender: Kenta Goto)
Katana Kitchen: April 11-14 (Guest Bartender: Lorenzo Cyril)
Bar Trench: April 18-21 (Guest Bartender: Rogerio Igarashi)
SG Club: April 25-28 (Guest Bartender: Takumi Hoshi)
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 27, 2024
Amazing ambiance, decor, and drinks. Loved how unique everything was! Would definitely recommend and go again
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
Broadwyfrogvip
Dined on May 28, 2024
This was one of the most memorable meals of my life! The atmosphere was smart and charming, as was the host and team of chefs. Cannot wait to return for our next major celebration!
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
DonnaM
Dined 4 days ago
Great dinner. Creative dishes from Thai basics. Great service too!
A photo of Les Nomades restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2194)
$50 and over
Contemporary French
Gold Coast / Streeterville
About the restaurant
One of Chicago’s finest dining experiences awaits you in this elegant town home setting that balances formality and friendliness. Your dinner may be paired with fine wines, as uncommon ingredients come together in perfect harmony. In operation since 1978, Les Nomades remains true to its distinctive character as an oasis of civilized tranquility amidst the bustling activity of its Streeterville location. Culinary creations delight the most discriminating palates. Savor Sautéed Foie Gras, or Lobster Ravioli with seared scallops; Roasted Breast and Confit Leg of Duck, or Duo of Roasted Partridge and Bison. Artisan cheeses are extraordinary and the pastries are sublime.
Please keep in mind that proper attire is required including a jacket for gentlemen.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Les Nomades is the best restaurant in Chicago if you want to have incredible traditional French cuisine, wonderful service, and a moderately quiet room where everybody at your table can hear well. While expensive, it is good value because it is a wonderful experience for a special occasion. The braised Wagyu beef short rib was incredible. The food and sauces range from delicate to bold but always satisfying. The four or five course meal plus an amuse bouche and palate cleansing sorbet makes for a wonderful variety of food without going overboard on the number of courses.
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
NKS32vip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
It’s been two years since we visited The Alderman and Pilsen Yards. The bar is still fantastic! The cocktails are innovative balanced and taste delicious!
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