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Where’s the best Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, or Indian food in town? Where’s the best steak, the best pizza, the best plate of oysters? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among Chicago’s most expert, seasoned diners, broken down by each type of cuisine.

Restaurants:Blackbird, Nico Osteria, The Publican
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Italian, American
Neighborhoods:West Loop, Gold Coast / Streeterville
$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
4,101 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
AMERICAN: Chef Paul Kahan is a Chicago legend, and Blackbird is where he first made his mark. It’s still just as relevant as it was in 1997, serving elegant, refined versions of MiRead more
93% recommended
Contemporary American in Chicago
90 people mentioned the Endive Salad
$$$$·Italian·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,837 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
ITALIAN: With its elegant decor, friendly staff, and open kitchen, Nico Osteria is a truly lovely place to spend a meal—and the menu, which features seafood-forward Italian cuisineRead more
87% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Chicago / Illinois
48 people mentioned the Lobster Spaghetti
$$$$·American·
West Loop
5,725 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Creative Cuisine
GASTRO PUB: Since it opened in 2009, The Publican has been one of the most fun, boisterous spots in the city to eat pig, drink beer, and be merry. The food, to this day, is delicioRead more
88% recommended
192 people mentioned the Pork Rinds
$$$$·Steakhouse·
West Loop
1,640 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
STEAKHOUSE: We’re in the Midwest, after all, and there are few places in Chicago to get a steak as good as the ones at Swift & Sons. Chef Chris Pandel knows how to cook a piece of Read more
91% recommended
21 people mentioned the Wagyu Beef
$$$$·Japanese·
River North (Chicago)
268 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
JAPANESE: Sushi San might be wacky and irreverent—they have a section of their menu labeled “nigiri bombs”—but the food is consistently some of the best Japanese in town. You’ll fiRead more
91% recommended
5 people mentioned the Miso Soup
$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
3,209 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
SEAFOOD: You’re at GT Fish and Oyster for, well, fish and oysters: this is the best seafood spot in town. Ask your server for the best raw stuff they have that day, and then order Read more
93% recommended
Seafood in Chicago / Illinois
114 people mentioned the Tuna Poke
$$$$·Mexican·
Logan Square
557 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
MEXICAN: Dos Urban Cantina, a Mexican restaurant in Logan Square, is at once casual and cool, trendy but lowkey—and the perfect spot to dine on dishes like street-style corn, quesoRead more
94% recommended
22 people mentioned the Tamal
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$$$$·French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
316 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
FRENCH: Walking into Margeaux Brasserie, a French restaurant helmed by world-renowned chef Michael Mina, feels like walking into the Paris of another era: the booths are handsome aRead more
93% recommended
French in Chicago / Illinois
15 people mentioned the Dover Sole
$$$$·Chinese·
West Loop
2,079 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
CHINESE: What happens when Chicago icon Stephanie Izard opens an homage to American Chinatown restaurants? She nails it. Everything at Duck Duck Goat, from the wood-paneled decor tRead more
92% recommended
Chinese in Chicago / Illinois
131 people mentioned the Dumplings
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$$$$·Mediterranean·
River North (Chicago)
1,402 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
MEDITERRANEAN: Walking into Ema, the Mediterranean restaurant on the ground floor of the Hyatt Place Hotel, feels like a breath of fresh air: the tables and counters sparkle, the cRead more
95% recommended
Mediterranean in Chicago / Illinois
39 people mentioned the Falafel
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$$$$·Global, International·
West Loop
504 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
INTERNATIONAL: Duck dumplings, or baby-potato carbonara? Burrata with sourdough, or Indonesian pork curry? These are the choices you’ll face at Proxi, a restaurant in the West LoopRead more
94% recommended
12 people mentioned the Black Pepper
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$$$$·Korean·
Avondale / Irving Park
920 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
KOREAN: Parachute is one of Chicago’s most-talked-about restaurants, and it’s not hard to see why. Chefs Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark’s take on Korean-American food is singular andRead more
88% recommended
28 people mentioned the Baked Potato
$$$$·Indian·
West Loop
248 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Spicy
  • Good Vegetarian Options
INDIAN: Chicagoans go to Jaipur for some of the city’s very best—and authentic—Indian food: samosas stuffed with spiced lamb, scarlet-red tandoori chicken, and platters and platterRead more
6 people mentioned the Chicken Tikka Masala
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$$$$·Basque·
West Town
109 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
SPANISH: A Basque restaurant with trippy-nightclub lighting? You’re at Bar Biscay, one of Chicago’s newest and hottest restaurants. Snack on platters of cured meats and cheeses whiRead more
81% recommended
3 people mentioned the Jamon Serrano
$$$$·Thai·
Uptown
212 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
THAI: With its three- and five-course prix-fixe menus, Herb is one of the best values in town; you’ll find thoughtful, elegant, and straight-up delicious Thai food, for a fraction Read more
92% recommended
4 people mentioned the Amuse Bouche