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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Chicago / Illinois

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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 The Berkshire Room restaurant
4.9
4.9 (35)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
The Berkshire Room is an upscale lounge specializing in craft cocktails all created by a talented team. The atmosphere is retro classy and definitely worth a visit before or after dinner for cocktails with friends. There is ample seating either in the private side rooms, the booths in the lounge area or at the bar. The clientele that frequent the Berkshire Room rave about the dealers' choice, which allows guests to choose the spirit, flavor profile and glassware. The bartender then customizes a unique and customized cocktail.

Besides the tasty cocktails and the relaxing ambiance, the Berkshire also offers bar snacks and small dishes. The Berkshire room is located within River North's swanky ACME hotel.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
The cocktails were great and so was the ambience but the service was a bit slow.
A photo of AJI restaurant
4.9
4.9 (49)
$50 and over
Japanese Speciality
Lakeview / East Lakeview
About the restaurant
An experience is what we offer— an unforgettable experience for your senses. Our 15 course omakase meal is perfectly complimented with great music, ambiance, and charming service. Our small staff has been in the sushi industry collectively for over 30 years and we have nothing but respect and passion for good service and food. Nothing excites us more than to be a part of an unforgettable evening with you and your loved ones.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Aji is a very good choice for Omakase. They fly in a lot of seasonal fish from Japan and the Sushi is very well put together. The food was delicious and the ambiance was right. Will definitely visit again when the occasion arises.
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Chicago, IL | Lakeview restaurant
4.8
4.8 (503)
$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
Carl
Dined 3 days ago
Fathers Day for 5. Ordered Yakiniku Party for 4 and still had leftovers. Service is quick and friendly with easy meter parking.
A photo of Lucia Rose restaurant
4.8
4.8 (319)
$30 and under
Italian
Addison
About the restaurant
From our creative team that brought you Forno Rosso and Cucina 3 We are thrilled to introduce “Lucia Rose” A Restaurant & Bar concept that will bring our guests a true Italian culinary experience with fresh dishes & cocktails inspired by the Mediterranean flavors of the beautiful islands of Italy!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
We enjoyed a delicious dinner at Lucia Rose. It was a special evening as we were celebrating our 37th wedding anniversary. We started our evening with a Lucia margherita, negroni, and grilled calamari. The calamari was grilled to perfection with a fresh lemon dressing, the portion size was generous for the two of us to share. The chicken lemon was delicious as was the broccolini that accompanied it. The Zuppa de Pesce was scrumptious, and there was Italian bread to soak up the sauce. Our waiter was respectful, friendly and brought out a tiramisu for us to share. We will definitely be back. I highly recommend Lucia Rose.
A photo of Forno Rosso Pizzeria - West Loop restaurant
4.7
4.7 (563)
$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.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 5, 2024
The food is great, the Argentinian waiter was fantastic, the only annoying thing is the rule of min 3 people to allow a reservation. This rule prevents 2 friends or couples to reserve a table. Food for thought!!
A photo of Crab King Cajun Boil and Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (96)
$30 and under
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Burbank
About the restaurant
Crab King Cajun Boil & Bar is a new business of seafood in this community. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of seafood and give you the best dining experience. At our new location, we strive to make Crab King Cajun Boil & Bar to be the best seafood restaurant in town.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 2, 2024
The only thing I would say would be for them to use actual plates instead of papel plates and utensils. Aside from that everything else amazing.
A photo of Morton's The Steakhouse - Northbrook restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1549)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Northbrook
About the restaurant
What began in Chicago in 1978 is now one of the most award-winning steakhouses around. For over 30 years, Morton's The Steakhouse has been on a mission to provide "The Best Steak… Anywhere." Focusing on quality, consistency and genuine hospitality, Morton's seeks to provide not only memorable cuisine, but a memorable experience. With fresh, succulent seafood and famed USDA prime-aged steak, it's no surprise that Morton's has thrilled diners all over the world. For a glimpse of a higher standard of steakhouse, come see the legendary Morton's experience for yourself.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
It was a great experience. We had fantastic food and service.
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Chicago, IL | Streeterville restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2292)
$31 to $50
Japanese
River North (Chicago)
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
The waitress went through the menu very thoroughly and explained each option amazingly. The sauces were to die for. Super clean too. Overall amazing experience!
A photo of Grapes & Grains restaurant
4.6
4.6 (22)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Connor was a great performer! We loved the drinks, Cecil is the man.
A photo of Friends Station restaurant
4.5
4.5 (145)
$30 and under
Shabu-shabu
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
Unique and cozy rotary Shabu-Shabu hot pot restaurant nestled in the heart of Chicago's river north. Grab some friends and come on in!
Top review
Lauravip
Dined on May 19, 2024
Casual place with great service and lots of options
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