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Diners' Choice: Great for scenic views restaurants in Chicago / Illinois

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking restaurants that have the most scenic view 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!

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4.8
4.8 (960)
$31 to $50
American
Galena
About the restaurant
Oct 2022 - Rated Tripadvisor Best of The Best - Top 10 Date Night Restaurant In The U.S.
Unmatched Old World décor, a diverse wine cellar, and premier personal service are all complemented by our chef's creative cuisine. Enjoy dining in one of our cozy booths, elegant tables with breathtaking views overlooking the Mississippi River or our interactive Chef's Table.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Wonderful dinner! Excellent wait staff and food was delicious! Jicama salad and beef Wellington, and halibut were wonderful!
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4.7
4.7 (988)
$30 and under
American
Lincoln Park
About the restaurant
The Lakefront Restaurant is an upscale tavern located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the historic Theater on the Lake building. We offer seasonal Midwestern fare featuring the freshest choice ingredients and a beverage program highlighting craft beers, spirits, and a diverse wine list.

We are open year-round, and invite you to enjoy the casual elegance of our intimate tables, communal seating, lounge area, and our warm-weather Skyline Patio -- all while taking in the stunning views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Visit us during the fall and winter months for happy hour and other day daily specials.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
It was a beautiful setting to celebrate a special birthday. Jason and the staff made the evening very pleasant and memorable.
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4.6
4.6 (622)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Rockford
About the restaurant
At the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Fresco at the Gardens serves artisanal breakfast and lunch to match its beautiful surroundings. For breakfast, which can be enjoyed anytime Fresco at the Gardens is open, savory options like the biscuits and gravy made with challah rolls topped with organic pork sausage, chorizo and herbs and the whimsical green eggs and ham with homemade pesto sauce and local asiago cheese, are irresistible. Sweet breakfast choices include the healthy start waffles with Fresco granola and topped with vanilla Greek yogurt and berries and the rock candy French toast, rolled in cinnamon rock sugar, both of which are ideal with a fresh-pressed strawberry orange juice.

Popular lunch entrees at Fresco at the Gardens include the Salmon Oscar, a crab stuffed salmon served over cauilflower quinoa rice with grilled asparagus and hollandaise sauce.
Top review
DarrenM
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
Jackie, Was an outstanding introduction to the venue and the menu. My date and I began w/ the Champaign flyte. A black raspberry, peach, strawberry, and traditional ensemble to begin anyone’s Sunday brunch with. Bagel n Loxx Benedict, Spanish American Breakfast Hash were outstanding. Date n I then walked the grounds for a reasonable amount ($$), fed the Koi, Reflected and Contemplated whilst in the peaceful grounds, caught a nap (on a blanket) along the East Banks of the Rock. Anderson Gardens was well worth the trip. Truly, Brook n Maria
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4.6
4.6 (272)
$30 and under
American
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
Located in the new 54-story skyscraper on the edge of the Chicago River, PORTER Kitchen & Deck features classic American cuisine in an elegant and relaxed setting. The expansive lunch, dinner and bar selections include entrees, fresh seafood, salads and sandwiches - including some of Four Corners signature favorites. Additionally, the bar serves craft beers, wines and classic cocktails that pair perfectly with the cuisine.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Really amazing experience, great view of the river when seated outside.
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4.5
4.5 (658)
$31 to $50
Global, International
Gold Coast / Streeterville
About the restaurant
Opening May 18th, 2024. Inspired by beautiful beaches around the world, the elevated food menu, great service, and unobstructed views of Lake Michigan making it Chicago's go-to summer destination.

Outdoor Patio Seating is available for reservations and walk-ins. In the case of inclement weather, our team will do our best to accommodate outdoor patio reservations inside, but indoor seating is not guaranteed.

Reservations for The Oasis at Shore Club can be made at https://www.shoreclubchi.com/oasis-shore-club

Shore Club Chicago is Credit Card Only. We Accepts All Major Credit Cards & Apple Pay. We Do Not Accept CASH.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
The experience was amazing foods and drink and a great vibe
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4.5
4.5 (360)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
The most unique and eclectic Mediterranean inspired food with a pinch of this and a pinch of that.
Top review
LHchicago
Dined 3 days ago
Loved the sangria, gazpacho, and salmon sandwich. Gustavo was our server. He was attentive and friendly.
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4.4
4.4 (511)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown / Loop
About the restaurant
You’re invited for an exclusive ‘guest pass’ dining experience at Chicago's finest Private Business and Social Club, The Metropolitan, on floor 67 of the iconic Willis Tower. This reservation includes limited access to our Private Club. Member events, benefits, charge privileges etc, are for Members Only. While enjoying the Club, ask about your invitation to Membership for future All Club ACCESS to Dine. Host. Connect. Work. And Play. 

DRESS CODE: Smart Casual. No rips or tears in denim, athletic wear, hats or sandals. Jackets are recommended for gentlemen in Craftsman.

Text: 312-940-9375 or Call: 312-876-3200.

All food and beverage purchases are subject to an automatic 20% Service Charge, a portion of which may be distributed by the Club to certain food and beverage service employees. The Service Charge is not a tip or gratuity. Please inform your server if you or anyone in your party has food allergies or special dietary requirements. ©Invited. All rights reserved.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Understated yet appropriate. The Service throughout was Seamless and Gracious. Staff: Lisa, Mona, Donato; Gracious, However not Intrusive. Fabulous Evening. Thanking Y’All for your Hospitality. Well Served
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4.4
4.4 (12)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
Enjoy our open-air rooftop offering sweeping views of Chicago’s magnificent skyline while indulging in delicious cocktails and sharable plates.
Top review
Jamie
Dined 5 days ago
Chase was our waiter, and he was excellent. Food was delicious, we had the tuna on tostada, bacon wrapped dates, bucket of chicken and fries and cold white wine. We all have lived in Chicago and enjoyed the beautiful skyline. Glad the rain held off. Thank you for doting on us Chase!
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4.0
4 (707)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Gold Coast / Streeterville
About the restaurant
Named after the Spanish word for lyric, our restaurant Lirica provides a fresh take on Spanish-inspired cuisine and promises to serve up delicious delights for all tastes. Enjoy a modern open kitchen, expansive bar, and outdoor seating with sweeping views of Lake Michigan. Now Serving Breakfast Buffet! book your table now.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Lirica is a special treat for your visit to Navy Pier or stay at The Sable. Going to the theatre? Pay them a visit before or after. Even the cheeseburger was the best I’ve ever had!
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3.6
3.6 (131)
$30 and under
American
Lincoln Park
About the restaurant
Sitting proudly above Hotel Lincoln, The J. Parker offers the most spectacular views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Enjoy the unobstructed scenery from one of the atrium's 140 outside seats or 55 seats inside. The J. Parker is a perfect space for private events, or a night on the town. If you're interested in hosting an event for 10 or more people, please reach out to our Events Team here.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Service was a little slow but overall great. Great views.
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