The Best Bars for Foodies in Chicago

The OpenTable Team

From Chicago’s beginnings as a hub of transportation, manufacturing, and commerce to its current status as one of America’s most hip and modern cities, the Second City has always been at the forefront of American culture. And when it comes to its vibrant bar and restaurant scene, there are countless spots to choose from. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. These Chicago establishments capture all the attitude, spirit, and charm of one of the greatest cities in the world, offering up amazing cocktails, craft beers, fine wines—and often, fantastic food, to boot. Impress your friends and family and score a spot; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:Gibsons Italia, TAO Asian Bistro - Chicago, RPM Italian
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Steakhouse, Asian, Italian
Neighborhoods:River North (Chicago), Chicago

Gibsons Italia

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
1,335 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasions
Big and beautiful describes this large Canal Street Italian institution, part of an acclaimed chain across four different states. In Chicago, Gibsons Italia is three levels of ItalRead more
93% recommended
Scenic View in Chicago / Illinois
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TAO Asian Bistro - Chicago

$$$$·Asian·
River North (Chicago)
1,155 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
One of the more jaw-dropping institutions in all of Chicago, Tao is a spectacular, two-level dining and drinking space with a unique feel. The darkly cool Tao features a massive stRead more
91% recommended
Asian in Chicago / Illinois
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RPM Italian

$$$$·Italian·
Chicago
11,492 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
E! stars Bill and Giuliana Rancic are part of the group behind this modern and beautiful Italian-influenced restaurant and wine bar in the booming River North neighborhood. There'sRead more
93% recommended
Italian in Exclusive
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SUSHI-SAN

$$$$·Japanese·
Chicago
794 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Hot Spot
“Fresh Fish, Fresher Beats” is the tagline for this very, very neat Grand Avenue sushi institution beloved by younger crowds. The cool features abound at Sushi San, where diners caRead more
93% recommended
Japanese in Exclusive
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Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House - Chicago

$$$$·Seafood·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4,878 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
Not too many restaurants in Chicago (or anywhere else) boast of their frog prowess right there in the name, but Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House specializes in one of the rarest of disRead more
91% recommended
Seafood in Chicago
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Margeaux Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria

$$$$·French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
931 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
Capturing the exciting, ritzy vibe of 1920's Paris, Marteaux Brasserie is a legendary French bistro experience right in the middle of one of Chicago's most magnificent hotels. The Read more
83% recommended
French in Chicago
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RPM Steak

$$$$·Steak·
Chicago
5,120 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
The sister restaurant of the Bill and Giuliana Rancic RPM Italian restaurant, RPM Steak brings the same style and taste to the traditional Chicago steakhouse atmosphere. The resultRead more
94% recommended
Steak in Exclusive
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Sepia

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
3,972 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Sepia presents a throwback to bygone Chicago bars. Crafted out of an old print shop, this beautiful farm-to-table bar and restaurant is a jewel of a visit. Its ambiance comes from Read more
88% recommended
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il Porcellino

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
2,214 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
il Porcellino exudes straight cool, with a dark, sensual feel inside the restaurant; decorated with old-school black-and-white pictures that capture an earlier time, it's positivelRead more
94% recommended

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse - Chicago

$$$$·Steak·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
6,729 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
One of the Windy City's dining institutions, Gibson's has been serving up delicious steaks and spirits since 1989. It's a hot spot for the whole city—workers, locals, young professRead more
93% recommended
Steak in Chicago / Illinois
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Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
13,560 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
The Chicago outlet of the legendary Miami Beach seafood location offers is delicious, fresh creations for the Windy City. Stop in for one of the legendary stone crab dishes and paiRead more
98% recommended
Seafood in Chicago / Illinois
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HUB 51

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
4,946 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
If you're looking for variety in your dinner and drink selections, try Hub 51. This River North institution has an extensive, delicious menu, with everything from tacos to sushi toRead more
92% recommended

Mon Ami Gabi

$$$$·French·
Lincoln Park
5,108 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem
This delicious French bistro in the Lincoln Park area offers up plenty of European favorites — including escargot and filets with béarnaise sauce — and a massive selection of wine Read more
97% recommended
French in Chicago / Illinois
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Nonnina

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
1,546 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Romance
River North's Nonnina Italian restaurant is an upscale destination with superb food and fine wines. There's an old-school, welcoming atmosphere to Nonnina's, with a family mural byRead more
93% recommended
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Shaw's Crab House - Chicago

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
11,377 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Live music and the aromas of great seafood fill the air at Shaw's, a local favorite that's always a good time. Head to Shaw's to take in a live jazz show and dine on some of the toRead more
94% recommended
Seafood in Chicago

Ja' Grill Hyde Park

$$$$·Jamaican·
Hyde Park
493 reviews
  • Casual
  • Spicy
  • Hot Spot
Ja' Grill Hyde Park invites you to experience the Islands of Jamaica right here in Chicago. Serving “authentic Jamaican cuisine.” Signature dishes include Jerk Chicken, Curry Goat,Read more
84% recommended
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Chicago Cut Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
7,363 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
Chicago steakhouses are rightfully fabled for their atmosphere and their food, and Chicago Cut Steakhouse is one of the Windy City's best. Modern and beautiful and right next to thRead more
88% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
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Le Colonial - Chicago

$$$$·Vietnamese·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
5,025 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
Plush and beautiful, Le Colonial brings diners on a relaxed trek to Vietnam for colorful, creative Asian cuisine. Located right on Rush Street, Le Colonial is known for their expanRead more
95% recommended

Blackbird

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
4,476 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Hot Spot
As good as the Beatles song. Blackbird comes from the mind of acclaimed, James Beard Award-winning chef Paul Kahan, and delivers superb traditional Midwest cuisine and excellent coRead more
91% recommended
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Naoki

$$$$·Japanese·
Lincoln Park
559 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Here's a hidden jewel in Chicago. To find this acclaimed sushi bar from chef Naoki Nakashima, you'll have to trek through its kitchen and see the host stand. It's all about the advRead more
96% recommended
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