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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Chicago / Illinois

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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 Estrella Negra restaurant
4.8
4.8 (22)
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican
Logan Square
About the restaurant
Estrella Negra offers Mexican cuisine with updated flair. Its walls and tables are decorated with local artist artwork for a complimentary visual appeal. Featured on television shows such as Check Please! WGN 9 News and Chicago's Best, Estrella Negra is located on West Fullerton Avenue in the Bucktown/ Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. Local chef Otoniel Michel serves up Mexican gourmet street food with the likes of eclectic tamales and empanada samplers. Feast on their award winning tamarind wings, mango salsa enchiladas, goat cheese quesadillas, tacos, burritos and everyones favorite mommas home made pozole. Made both chicken and vegan. Estrella Negra serves a separate brunch menu on Sundays and provides several vegetarian options. It has a full bar with craft cocktails and house recipe collaboration beers. Estrella Negra welcomes reservations. Delivery and take-out services are also available.
Top review
ElizabethW
Dined on May 5, 2024
First time at this cute neighborhood spot. Food was great and so was the service! Margaritas were next level.
A photo of SLYCE Coal Fired Pizza Company - Highwood restaurant
4.8
4.8 (212)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Highwood
About the restaurant
Thank you for choosing SLYCE, where pizza is our passion. We have preserved the art of making hand crafted artisanal coal fired pizzas. Our mission is simple: Have a simple menu that allows us to focus special attention to every ingredient that comes into our building. We choose and use the best quality ingredients possible. We do not believe in premade, mass produced food. We source locally grown or raised products whenever possible and use one of the cleanest natural burning resources to heat our ovens. At SLYCE less is more, as our fresh ingredients are delicately placed, not piled on, to create a perfectly balanced pie. Our dough is made in house daily, hand stretched to order, and baked next to a burning pile of coal giving it a thin, bubbly crust with charred edges and leopard spotting on the bottom. So sit back and relax, as we hand craft you one of your favorite, perfectly charred pies.
Top review
BradS
Dined on May 3, 2024
Great food. Very high quality and attentive waitstaff
A photo of Chatterbox of Long Grove restaurant
4.7
4.7 (8)
$30 and under
American
Long Grove
About the restaurant
Chatterbox of Long Grove, located in Long Grove, Illinois, specializes in serving small plates, craft beer and crafted cocktails. The menu and libations are served in a rustic barn atmosphere that offers live music on weekends and a family friendly environment. Chatterbox of Long Grove has a patio for outdoor seating, Taco Tuesdays, Wing Wednesdays and Slider Thursdays.

NOTE FOR WEDNESDAYS:
On Wednesdays we only allow walk ins with the exception of reservations for trivia. You'll have to select the trivia event in the experiences section to book a reservation.

**Please note: GROUPS OF 6 OR MORE WILL BE CHARGED A 20% SERVICE FEE & WILL BE ON ONE CHECK**

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
Usually the food and service is much better. Being that it was Mother's Day, it was slammed.
A photo of Forno Rosso Pizzeria - West Loop restaurant
4.7
4.7 (562)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
West Loop
About the restaurant
Bringing traditional Vera Pizza Napoletana to the West Loop

Please note we do not take reservations for our Patio outdoors, it is first come first serve. We also operate on a 90 minute dine time for the entire restaurant. Thank you for your corporation

For Our Gluten Free Diners please make reservations for gluten free dough. In our effort to serve the best and safest quality product our gluten free is available in limited supply, we strive to always have it available sometimes demand is greater and we do run out.

Pizza in Napoli is soft and foldable and can be considered “wet” by American standards. For this reason, people in Napoli generally eat their pizza with a knife and fork. Blackened char spots on the pizza crust is a tell–tale sign of Pizza Napoletana that has been cooked in a blistering hot, wood-burning oven.

Top review
Suchi
Dined on May 4, 2024
Amazing neopolitan pizza. Have been craving for the past month. They are consistent with the flavors and crust.
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Chicago, IL | Lakeview restaurant
4.7
4.7 (501)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Lakeview / East Lakeview
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!

Top review
TomSvip
Dined 3 days ago
Still a fun place with good meats. They serve WAY too fast now (like, do you want us to leave, fast)! Plus the tables are so sticky. Made me feel like I was in an old bar. My arms were so sticky after I had to shower. Slow down the service and get the tables resurfaced!
A photo of Grapes & Grains restaurant
4.7
4.7 (19)
$31 to $50
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
West Loop
About the restaurant
GG, as it is affectionately referred to in the neighborhood, is a piano bar located in the heart of West Loop, featuring Chicago's top talent.

Exposed brick, vintage chandeliers, chesterfield couches, and intimate lighting pay sexy homage to Old Chicago. The main floor boasts 2,500 square feet of gorgeous lounge space complete with a baby grand piano and sabrage room providing the most lively of atmospheres. Guests can reserve a live music experience on select evenings or learn the nuances of whiskeys and wines at one of our monthly masterclass events.

Experience live music performances at GG Wednesday through Sunday. Be entertained on Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM, Fridays 7:00PM-1:30AM, Saturdays 7:00PM-2:30AM, and Sundays 6:00-9:00PM, with no minimums and no live music fee. First come first serve seating and standing room available after 9pm on Fridays & Saturdays.

Top review
AnnetteP
Dined on May 4, 2024
Great time. It took a little longer to get a drink to begin with but entertainment on point!
A photo of Swordfish restaurant
4.4
4.4 (245)
$30 and under
Sushi
Batavia
About the restaurant
Swordfish – Running strong in its 13th year, first opened in Batavia in the spring of 2004. Swordfish is a contemporary sushi and grill restaurant that delivers fine dining at its best and leaves you with an experience that will have you coming back for more.



Top review
sjrcgtek
Dined on May 4, 2024
Food was delicious as always. Balloons popping Avery two minutes was a little distracting but nothing that would keep us away
A photo of Celeste restaurant
4.3
4.3 (172)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
Celeste is a modern, refined interpretation of the classic American drinking establishment. Our four levels are each inspired by nuances in architecture, art movements, social clubs, and a breakdown of the barriers between art and life. A carefully curated space, upscale cuisine, and imaginative cocktails create the essence of Celeste.

Reservation Types:

Whiskey Bar High-Top:
On the first floor, The Bar is a nod to classic neighborhood bars. This space offers a casual atmosphere, perfect for gathering with friends during happy hour while indulging in elevated spirits, modern American cuisine, and an expanded whiskey list.
Open Wed-Sat at 7pm

Deco Supper Club:
Located on the second floor, Deco Supper Club pays homage to the glamorous architectural history of Chicago at the turn-of-the-century with a drink menu spotlighting craft cocktails.
Open Thurs-Sat at 7pm.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Very good experience. Drinks and food are amazing.
A photo of LG's Bar & Kitchen restaurant
4.3
4.3 (115)
$30 and under
American
Old Town
About the restaurant
LG's is a modern Irish American Bar & Kitchen in the heart of Old Town, Chicago. Offering evening meals, weekend brunch, and a variety of daily food and drink specials, LG’s Bar & Kitchen is the premier hotspot on Wells Street. Carrying a diverse selection of craft beers and cocktails, we pay particular attention to our Irish roots and love of Irish whiskeys. Diners can enjoy a variety of globally influenced dishes that are approachable, yet delicious. With an expansive TV selection, guests are welcomed into the best gameday location in Old Town. When the lights go down, LG’s features the best DJs in town, spinning all your favorite tunes. In the warmer months, LG’s has a full pet-friendly patio. We at LG’s like to say, “come for the food and stay for the party!”

Our weekly events include:
- Bingo Night on Wednesday at 7pm
- Trivia Thursday from 7-9pm
- All Day Happy Hour on Friday 12pm-7pm
- Brunch on Saturdays & Sundays from 11am-3pm

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Apr 27, 2024
The servers and bar tender were fabulous and super attentive, the host seemed to have an attitude and kind of rude.
A photo of The Fifty/50 restaurant
4.0
4 (29)
$30 and under
American
Ukrainian Village
About the restaurant
The Fifty/50 has been a Wicker Park staple since 2008. Our entire menu features scratch-made comfort food developed by industry veteran's Scott Weiner & Greg Mohr. Our 150 lb capacity smoker turns out great BBQ, while our house ground burger blend is considered one of the best in Chicago.

Most well known for our Buffalo Wings, made with house made & aged hot sauce. We look forward to seeing you at one of most fun sports bar scenes in the city.

Named Best Sports Bar in America by Yahoo, Thrillist, & Maxim Magazine | Named Best Wings in Chicago several years running | Featured on Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America on the Travel Channel

Top review
RJRJvip
Dined on Apr 14, 2024
We came to try to Wings and had original Buffalo style. Great flavor!
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