Chicago's Most Iconic Restaurants

The OpenTable team

Seasons change, trends come and go, but these restaurants have withstood the test of time—and have become integral parts of the Chicago dining scene. Here are Chicago’s OpenTable Classics: the places that continue to excel after 10+ years. There’s a reason they’re still around: they keep giving us a reason to come back.

Restaurants:Boka, Sepia, Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Seafood
Neighborhoods:Lincoln Park, West Loop, River North (Chicago)

Boka

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lincoln Park
5,095 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for Anniversaries
Boka is the flagship restaurant of the Chicago empire Boka Restaurant Group, the place that launched no less than a dining revolution. The contemporary-American menu still feels coRead more
94% recommended
Contemporary American in Chicago

Sepia

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
3,974 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Upon walking into Sepia, it’s clear that this is a special restaurant; the exposed-brick walls and crystal-dripping chandeliers make this one of the most beautiful dining rooms in Read more
88% recommended
Contemporary American in Chicago / Illinois
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Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
13,574 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Joe’s Stone Crab is a Miami institution, and when it opened in Chicago, it became an instant institution of its own. You’re here, of course, for stone crab, platters of it that youRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Chicago / Illinois
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The Gage

$$$$·American·
Downtown / Loop
8,808 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch
  • Pre/post Theatre
The menu at The Gage, a handsome, elegant gastropub in Millennium Park, spans the globe, with dishes like crispy harissa drumsticks, poutine, Thai coconut curry, and a perfect rendRead more
95% recommended

Le Colonial - Chicago

$$$$·Vietnamese·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
5,043 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
For a quiet, lovely, and delicious dinner, head to Le Colonial, a French-Vietnamese restaurant in Gold Coast that’s been serving top-notch dishes like spring rolls, banana-leaf-steRead more
95% recommended

RL Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
6,031 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Right next to the world’s largest Polo store you’ll find RL Restaurant, Ralph Lauren’s first foray into the dining sphere. You’re here for American classics like shrimp cocktail, pRead more
94% recommended
American in Chicago

Shaw's Crab House - Chicago

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
11,382 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
There are few better places to dine on gorgeous seafood than Shaw’s Crab House, a Chicago institution in River North. Choose between the 1940s-style dining room or the more-casual Read more
94% recommended
Seafood in Chicago

HUB 51

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
4,950 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
Chips and guacamole? Tuna poke? Burrata with pesto? King-crab California rolls? You’ll find all of them on the menu at HUB 51, and that’s just in the appetizers section. Join the cRead more
92% recommended

Mon Ami Gabi

$$$$·French·
Lincoln Park
5,119 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Mon Ami Gabi has been serving French bistro classics—think escargots, chicken-liver mousse, steak au poivre, and trout almondine—for twenty years. The plant-filled space is also a Read more
97% recommended
French in Chicago / Illinois

Shanghai Terrace

$$$$·Chinese·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,601 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
On the seventh floor of the Peninsula Hotel you’ll find Shanghai Terrace, a gorgeous jewel box of a restaurant serving upscale Cantonese food. The dim sum in particular is not to bRead more
92% recommended
Best Overall in Chicago / Illinois
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