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Boka, Chicago, IL
Award-winning

Boka

4.8
4.8
6836 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Michelin starred Boka Restaurant has been a fixture in Chicago dining since 2003. In January 2014, Chef Lee Wolen joined as Executive Chef/Partner after the restaurant underwent a major renovation. Since his time at Boka, critics have taken notice. Phil Vettel of Chicago Tribune and Eater Chicago both named Lee as “2014 Chef of the Year.” Most recently, Lee was named 2015 “Chef of the Year." Boka’s food features contemporary, American cuisine, focusing on seasonality and sourcing as many local ingredients as possible.

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2 people

8:00 pm


Booked 70 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, American, Seafood
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (312) 337-6070
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Lee Wolen
  • Private party facilities
    Executive Chef Lee Wolen serves seasonal American cuisine in a warm & elegant fine dining atmosphere. Whatever your next occasion is, whether it be large, small, formal, or informal, BOKA can cater to all of your needs.
  • Private party contact
    our Event Sales Manager: (312) 337-6070
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2022
  • Area
    Lincoln Park
  • Cross Street
    Willow
  • Parking Details
    Street parking available.
  • Public Transit
    Red Line "El" stop at Clyborn & North Ave
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Boka: The Cookbook Dinner Series (Spring)

    USD 175.00 per person

    Prepaid

    15 May 2024 only
    Boka is proud to continue our seasonal Boka: The Cookbook dinner series, celebrating the arrival of Spring for this second installment in our four-part dinner series. Each of the four tasting menu-style dinners will take place across the year, showcasing hyper-seasonal recipes straight from the cookbook's pages. The Spring chapter will take place on Wednesday, May 15th, promising an immersive six-course feast for the senses. Reservations are priced at $175 per person and include a signed copy of Boka: The Cookbook. An optional wine pairing is available for purchase. Due to the nature of this dinner, we are unable to accommodate specific allergies and dietary restrictions.
    Boka: The Cookbook Dinner Series (Spring) photo

What 6,836 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Contemporary American

  • Chicago

    Contemporary American

6,836 Reviews
  1. ChamoneD

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and we had a great time. The food was amazing and the service was great. 10/10.

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  2. ericm

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We dined here to celebrate my wife’s birthday. The best meal we have had in a while. Very expensive but worth every penny.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just an amazing meal! Delicious, complex, beautiful. So many things my gluten free friend could enjoy, too. Outstanding service. My husband loved his Lion Mane mushroom entree, the best turnip I've ever eaten, delicious fish and truffle chicken Yum!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I’d like to share my experience at the restaurant. The night was beautiful, and I thoroughly enjoyed the tasting menu. However, as a red wine enthusiast, I wished there were more options available. Despite spending around $300 for the meal, I was disappointed with the interaction with the chef. I requested a photo with him and his signed book, but he seemed hesitant to engage, citing shyness. Seeing him socialize with friends at the bar while I waited left me feeling let down. It almost soured my evening, despite the excellent service from the bartenders. While the food was enjoyable, the lackluster interaction with the chef makes me hesitant to return to this Michelin restaurant. Additionally, I understand that not many patrons may purchase the chef’s book daily, but when someone does, I hope the chef won’t hesitate to engage with them and take a photo.

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  5. Kira

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, incredible service. Be prepared to pay but completely worth it!

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  6. DanM

    Grand Rapids

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing well conceived and artistic choices. I had a half duck breast , crispy and like a wagu steak , with perfect accompaniments. Amazing wine list-call ahead to decant your fav, and creative cocktails!

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  7. BobD

    Chicago

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is definitely a Michelin Star restaurant delivered with a pleasant manor and excellent food preparation and presentation. Wonderful evening and our waiter Jake was delightful and knowledgeable.
    BokaResponded 5 days ago
    Thanks for visiting us, Bob! We're thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful evening at Boka. It's great to know that you found our food to your liking. We're also glad that you found our service to be delightful. Your kind words truly mean a lot to us. We hope to see you back soon for another delightful experience!

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  8. aqueerafg

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We made sure to try new things, as opposed to better versions of things we know we already enjoy and it made the experience all the more richer. There wasn't one complaint about the food. A drink order was forgotten, but apology wine was also provided because of this, so worked out for my boyfriend. Very interesting house-made soda options and you have to get the banana bc it's just... you have to. Banana soda is a thing you have to try at least once in your life. Would definitely go again.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It had a nice speakeasy vibe . Food was good and service was excellent

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an amazing and beautiful experience this was. Boka has cemented itself as one of the absolute best restaurants I have been to. The service and food was extraordinary. Thank you for making our evening a memorable one!

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  11. JanetD

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first experience at Boka, and we were very impressed. We were in Chicago just for the weekend to celebrate my birthday. From start to finish, the meal was superb. Unusual ingredients were that worked well together. The service was flawless as well. They even brought me a small chocolate birthday cake! I will go back!

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  12. Darlene17

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I have anticipated this night since my friends went during restaurant week in January 2024. The food was delicious and the presentation of the food beautiful. But the service was a little disappointing for a Michelin star restaurant. I will go back because maybe the server was just having a bad night.

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  13. SteveS

    Philadelphia

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The only way I could get a table at Boka on a Saturday was at 5:15 pm with a one day reservation. It was worth eating so early. Augustus, our server was very professional and explained everything on the menu, made some great wine selections for us, and took our dietary restrictions. Our water glasses were never empty and they make an amazing Negroni. We started with the chicken liver mousse and the best parsnips I’ve ever had. I have no idea what the process is for “slow roasted cod”, but it turns out a fish that is buttery like sushi. We also had the chicken breast that was cooked perfectly. The ice cream they offer for dessert was pure decadence. Next time we’re going to try the tasting menu.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Augustus was extraordinary, made the experience exceptional! Venison cooked to utter perfection, didn’t have to chew… pasta sauce was out of this world. Thanks!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, great service. Portions are small, but the flavors is amazing.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was unique and delicious. Wait staff made us feel very valued. A+

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  17. JackB

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sam and Erin (sp) were fabulous. We love boka service. The food was outstanding like usual. And given we had one person with hearing issues you met our seating needs perfectly. All in all, a great friendly top class dinner

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  18. Anthony

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was outstanding! Probably one of the best meals that I’ve had in Chicago. The service was outstanding!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What gem of a restaurants. From the moment we arrived to the time we left. The service, attention to detail of taking care of the table was lovely… the food courses were amazing. My mother-in-law who dines in Las Vegas weekly said the this food rivaled anything they have there at their own fine dining. So that’s a big compliment indeed! We will be back.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jack is always the best. Thank you for answering all of our questions! My dad loved his first experience at Boka.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely Amazing! Tasting menu did not disappoint.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My partner and I were visiting Chicago for the first time and stumbled upon this place as we were looking for a Michelin Star restaurant to visit. It was our collective 5th Michelin Star restaurant. We got there, sat at the bar (which we never do but it was a great decision) and decided to do the tasting menu with the wine pairing. It was not cheap but soooo worth it. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was second to none. I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a bad day/dinner due to my boyfriend neglecting my birthday. But, Boka helped make my birthday a lot better with their hospitality and warm smiles. After my dinner I felt a lot better. I credit Boka for making me feel special on my birthday, I don’t remember my servers name but he was outstanding.

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  24. BonnieK

    Chicago

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Boka is aways delicious! All of the appetizers we had were absolutely out of this world- great spring menu!!We love the duck and the new sides were good, but I will say we missed the old side that came with the duck (just so rich and delicious)! Service at the bar is always great and the drinks refreshing.

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  25. JCASA17

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago, food and service always is on point. Thank you!

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  26. SFeater

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Boka came highly recommended, but I wasn’t very impressed. The food was fine but rather uninspired. My friends like the chicken well enough. I had the vegetarian option — which was kind of a mess flavor-wise. The decor was comfortable enough and clean. The service was excellent, welcoming and helpful. But, overall, a rather mediocre and expensive night out.

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  27. JimT

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food as usual. Gorgeous ambience. The service was professional this time but could have been a little friendlier.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent, food and people were fantastic, will be returning

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  29. JoannaB

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chic but understated decor with impeccable food and excellent service. Ordered the scallops and cod, both delicious, refined. Would try everything on this menu and was surprised at the reasonability of pricing. If anything could be improved it would be nice to see more natural & biodynamic wine options to accompany the use of healthy organic ingredients on the food menu. Still 10/10, you can see how they got their stars!

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  30. jayh

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible! From start to finish. Everything was fantastic

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect!! Awesome for Gluten free. I would come back to do the tasting menu

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Average. Rushed us through dinner. Food mediocre
    BokaResponded on 1 April 2024
    Hello, We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience at Boka. We're sorry to hear that your visit felt rushed. We always strive to provide an exceptional experience, so we're disappointed to hear we fell short in your case. We hope you'll give us another chance to impress you with an even better dining experience in the future. Thanks for your feedback.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Awesome food. Wine service was perfect.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service is excellent!!!! We had the eight course meal and it was a wonderful experience. The food is simply delicious with a combination of flavors that you’ll never forget. Our server was phenomenal as well.

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  35. MICHAELM

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food and drinks. Staff was gracious and attentive and really went the extra mile to make the dining experience amazing. Absolutely recommended for anyone visiting Chicago

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best destinations in Chicago, providing high level of service and high quality tasting menu

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  37. Janis

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenomenal service, exquisite food, great wine selection. We felt pampered and well fed!

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  38. LeonardoB

    Mexico City

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Muy buen lugar, ampliamente recomendable para una cena familiar

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good service and great food! Overall a perfect experience.

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  40. GreatService

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and amazing atmosphere. The tasting menu was delicious and well thought out. Kevin (our waiter) really made our evening by recommending beverages and ensuring we were having a great time! The service is phenomenal, the food delicious and the atmosphere perfect!

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FAQs

Boka offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 337-6070.

Boka is rated 4.8 stars by 6836 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

8:00 pm


Booked 70 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Boka

1729 North Halsted, Chicago, IL 60614

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2022
  • Cross Street
    Willow
  • Area
    Lincoln Park
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, American, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street parking available.
  • Public Transit
    Red Line "El" stop at Clyborn & North Ave
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Lee Wolen
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (312) 337-6070
  • Private party facilities
    Executive Chef Lee Wolen serves seasonal American cuisine in a warm & elegant fine dining atmosphere. Whatever your next occasion is, whether it be large, small, formal, or informal, BOKA can cater to all of your needs.
  • Private party contact
    our Event Sales Manager: (312) 337-6070
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