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Every day, we have hundreds of thousands of reservations flying through our system—and some are tougher to get than others. According to our data, these are the restaurants in Chicago where it’s hardest to snag a reservation. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:goosefoot, Oriole, Girl & the Goat
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Lincoln Square, West Loop
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lincoln Square
700 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
For Michelin-star-worthy fine dining in a calm, minimalist setting, with as much attention to detail paid to the overall scene as to the food itself, head to goosefoot. This is ChrRead more
100% recommended
Best Overall in Chicago / Illinois
18 people mentioned the Chestnut Soup
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$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
791 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
Oriole is the rare fine-dining spot that feels like a dinner party; the industrial-chic design and open kitchen make it a far cry from the hushed, gilded places of yore. The food iRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Chicago / Illinois
16 people mentioned the Wagyu Beef
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$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
9,379 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Chef Stephanie Izard isn’t just the first female Top Chef winner—she’s also the lady behind one of Chicago’s most celebrated restaurants. Cuisine-wise, Girl and the Goat is probablRead more
96% recommended
Contemporary American in Chicago / Illinois
459 people mentioned the Green Bean
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$$$$·Contemporary French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,487 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
Walking into Les Nomades feels like walking in on a secret; the space, which is in a gated brownstone, is warm and intimate, with the kind of low-key, relaxed elegance that is impoRead more
98% recommended
Best Service in Chicago / Illinois
21 people mentioned the Grand Marnier
$$$$·Wine Bar·
Downtown / Loop
101 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
There are few better places to drink wine in Chicago than at City Winery on the Riverwalk, which is set up right on the water for prime outdoor-drinking vibes. In colder-weather moRead more
82% recommended
Scenic View in Chicago / Illinois
3 people mentioned the Grilled Cheese
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$$$$·Contemporary American·
South Loop
973 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tasting Menu
Acadia is a two-Michelin-starred restaurant in the South Loop, where chef Ryan McCaskey creates seven-course tasting menus inspired by his childhood summers in Maine. The space is Read more
93% recommended
Best Service in Chicago / Illinois
14 people mentioned the Amuse Bouche
$$$$·Korean·
Avondale / Irving Park
1,033 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Parachute is one of Chicago’s most-talked-about restaurants, and it’s not hard to see why. Chefs Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark’s take on Korean-American food is singular and unique,Read more
90% recommended
31 people mentioned the Baked Potato
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$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
583 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
What do get when you cross one of the city’s greatest steakhouses with some of the city’s most delicious pastas? You get Gibsons Italia, a restaurant from the same people behind thRead more
96% recommended
Best Ambiance in Chicago / Illinois
3 people mentioned the Crab Bisque
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$$$$·Steakhouse·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
2,770 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
This is the Midwest, after all, which means there are lots of places to eat steak in this town—and Maple & Ash is certainly one of the most fun. This is a place that leans into claRead more
96% recommended
Best Ambiance in Chicago / Illinois
31 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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$$$$·Polynesian·
River North (Chicago)
858 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Fun
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
There are few bars in Chicago as transportative as Three Dots and a Dash—head down a tiki-torched-lined alley, then down a flight of stairs, and you’re in a full-blown tiki wonderlRead more
93% recommended
13 people mentioned the Coconut Shrimp
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