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The Top 15 Restaurants by Cuisine in Chicago

The OpenTable team

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
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Blackbird

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
4,469 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
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
94% recommended
91 people mentioned the Endive Salad
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Nico Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
2,081 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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
83% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Chicago / Illinois
52 people mentioned the Lobster Spaghetti

The Publican

$$$$·American·
West Loop
6,064 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fun
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
82% recommended
195 people mentioned the Pork Rinds
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Swift & Sons

$$$$·Steakhouse·
West Loop
2,086 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
90% recommended
21 people mentioned the Wagyu Beef

SUSHI-SAN

$$$$·Japanese·
River North (Chicago)
527 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot
  • Fit for Foodies
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
95% recommended
6 people mentioned the Kim Chi

GT Fish and Oyster

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
3,469 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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
89% recommended
Seafood in Chicago
115 people mentioned the Tuna Poke

Dos Urban Cantina

$$$$·Mexican·
Logan Square
559 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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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Margeaux Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria

$$$$·French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
598 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
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
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Chicago / Illinois
16 people mentioned the Dover Sole

Duck Duck Goat

$$$$·Chinese·
West Loop
2,765 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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
93% recommended
138 people mentioned the Dumplings
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Ema

$$$$·Mediterranean·
River North (Chicago)
2,018 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
94% recommended
Mediterranean in Chicago / Illinois
40 people mentioned the Falafel
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Proxi

$$$$·Global, International·
West Loop
915 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • 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
91% recommended
14 people mentioned the Black Pepper
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Parachute

$$$$·Korean·
Avondale / Irving Park
1,196 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
91% recommended
31 people mentioned the Baked Potato
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Jaipur - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Indian·
West Loop
248 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Spicy
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
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Bar Biscay

$$$$·Seafood·
West Town
191 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Tapas
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
88% recommended
4 people mentioned the Razor Clams

Herb

$$$$·Thai·
Uptown
278 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Worth the Drive
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
100% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Chicago
4 people mentioned the Amuse Bouche