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Chicago's Most Iconic Restaurants

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by The OpenTable team
Updated December 15, 2023

Seasons change, trends come and go, but these restaurants have withstood the test of time—and have become integral parts of the Chicago dining scene. Here are Chicago’s OpenTable Classics: the places that continue to excel after 10+ years. There’s a reason they’re still around: they keep giving us a reason to come back.

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4.8
4.8 (6757)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Lincoln Park

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About the restaurant
Boka is the flagship restaurant of the Chicago empire Boka Restaurant Group, the place that launched no less than a dining revolution. The contemporary-American menu still feels contemporary—we love the vegetable-heavy dishes in particular—and the space is both upscale and cool. The excellent service doesn’t hurt, either.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
We loved the service more than we can express. The special attention to Jazmin's birthday was very well done.
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4.8
4.8 (5043)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
West Loop

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About the restaurant
Upon walking into Sepia, it’s clear that this is a special restaurant; the exposed-brick walls and crystal-dripping chandeliers make this one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the city. The food is just as wonderful as the ambiance, with a modern American menu that incorporates touches of Southeast Asian, Korean, and Mediterranean cuisines. It’s no wonder Michelle Obama called it one of her favorite restaurants.
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Wing
Dined 4 days ago
Third time visit was even better. They have the consistency to be Michelin star restaurants. We celebrated birthday there and I asked for some candles on the side of the plate. Guess what, they did it above and beyond! That’s why we want to support these fine dining restaurants. Keep up with the great work!
A photo of Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab restaurant
4.9
4.9 (16789)
$50 and over
Seafood
River North (Chicago)

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About the restaurant
Joe’s Stone Crab is a Miami institution, and when it opened in Chicago, it became an instant institution of its own. You’re here, of course, for stone crab, platters of it that you’ll crack open and devour—but don’t sleep on the steaks, too, which are some of the best in the city.
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MaureenCvip
Dined 2 days ago
Our waiter was terrific!!! Food outstanding as always, my fav restaurant in city. I recommend your restaurant to everyone!!!
A photo of The Gage restaurant
4.7
4.7 (11347)
$30 and under
American
Downtown / Loop

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About the restaurant
The menu at The Gage, a handsome, elegant gastropub in Millennium Park, spans the globe, with dishes like crispy harissa drumsticks, poutine, Thai coconut curry, and a perfect rendition of fish and chips. And if you’re game for game, The Gage has some of the city’s best examples of it, with an excellent bison tartare, venison burger, and roasted New Zealand rack of elk.
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MelissaT
Dined 4 days ago
We were site seeing on Michigan Ave near the Art Institute and were tired and hungry. We had a reservation and were welcomed into a beautiful warm restaurant. I had the best cheeseburger I have had in a long time. Fish and chips were excellent, as was the Caesar salad. A great respite from the crowds.
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4.8
4.8 (7378)
$31 to $50
Vietnamese
Gold Coast / Streeterville

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About the restaurant
For a quiet, lovely, and delicious dinner, head to Le Colonial, a French-Vietnamese restaurant in Gold Coast that’s been serving top-notch dishes like spring rolls, banana-leaf-steamed trout, and lemongrass chicken since 1996. The service is friendly and attentive—and if you’d like, they’re more than happy to help you navigate the expansive menu.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
My wife and I loved the experience of Le Colonial. We want to come back and enjoy the food. Excellent drinks. Excellent dessert. Delicious food. I recommend Le Colonial.
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4.8
4.8 (6666)
$50 and over
American
Gold Coast / Streeterville

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About the restaurant
Right next to the world’s largest Polo store you’ll find RL Restaurant, Ralph Lauren’s first foray into the dining sphere. You’re here for American classics like shrimp cocktail, pigs in a blanket, dover sole, and crab cakes, all served in a handsome room that is both clubby and chic.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Great time! The staff was pleasant and the food was excellent! The best corned beef sandwich I’ve had in years!
A photo of Shaw's Crab House & Oyster Bar - Chicago restaurant
4.8
4.8 (13733)
$50 and over
Seafood
River North (Chicago)

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About the restaurant
There are few better places to dine on gorgeous seafood than Shaw’s Crab House, a Chicago institution in River North. Choose between the 1940s-style dining room or the more-casual Oyster Bar, and get to work; we particularly recommend the stone crab claws, the chilled shellfish platters, and whatever oysters are on the menu that day.
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Leester
Dined 4 days ago
Having come from a road trip that included Florida, the seafood I had at Shaws far exceeded any seafood I had down south by the coast.
A photo of HUB 51 restaurant
4.6
4.6 (5476)
$30 and under
American
River North (Chicago)

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About the restaurant
Chips and guacamole? Tuna poke? Burrata with pesto? King-crab California rolls? You’ll find all of them on the menu at HUB 51, and that’s just in the appetizers section. Join the crowd of hip, good-looking people and dig in.
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Lasanz85
Dined 3 days ago
Always a great option—doesn’t disappoint on service, food, or vibe. Will always come back!
A photo of Mon Ami Gabi restaurant
4.8
4.8 (7510)
$30 and under
French
Lincoln Park

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About the restaurant
Mon Ami Gabi has been serving French bistro classics—think escargots, chicken-liver mousse, steak au poivre, and trout almondine—for twenty years. The plant-filled space is also a lovely place to spend a lunch or dinner, with tiled floors, mirror-lined walls, and tons of natural light.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
All the food was on point, great wine recommendation and excellent service
A photo of Shanghai Terrace restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2187)
$31 to $50
Chinese
Gold Coast / Streeterville

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About the restaurant
On the seventh floor of the Peninsula Hotel you’ll find Shanghai Terrace, a gorgeous jewel box of a restaurant serving upscale Cantonese food. The dim sum in particular is not to be missed—especially the pork buns and peekytoe-crab dumplings—and the views are not to be missed.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
The service was impecable as was the food. We had the 3 course duck experience and it was delicious. A fantastic way to celebrate our Valentine’s Day date.
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