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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.
What Insiders Are Saying
Boka serves fancy contemporary American food, but it still manages to be cool and fun despite being nice and expensive.
Incredible service in a beautiful atmosphere. Food was delicious.
So good we're returning within a week! Excellent food and service.
Best whole roast duck ever!
Very nice place to celebrate a special occasion. Great service, amazing and interesting food, but just know the price point is fairly high!
As always, unbelievable food, service and atmosphere!
Underwhelming food, overpriced. So many great restaurants in Chicago, don’t waste your time and money here. Reviews didn’t match our experience. If you do go, avoid the aji tuna and the octopus.
The appetizers were good, but I have to give a lower rating because the carrot vegetarian entree was ridiculously salty- I’m sure it was done by mistake, but our waiter seemed not to care at all. Our other experiences here have been much better. An off night in my opinion.
Pre play dining. Great food, great service!
Boka is always terrific. Excellent food and service. I wish there were a few more choices on the menu, but that’s a minor quibble.
It was amazing from the time we entered until the final bite
Had the Duck which was perfect
Don’t get here enough and it is always special. Granddaughter and I had sole and carrots and amazing dessert. Server was wonderful ! After Steppenwolf.
Might as well begin by saying I can't wait to return to Boka. Had a truly exceptional meal. The room is both unique and beautiful. Very well designed. Started with a tasty cocktail. Since it was our first time there and couldn't decide among all the tempting selections, we over ordered. We shared the steak tartar, summer cucumbers, grilled octopus, ricotta dumplings and the veal sweetbreads. They were all beautifully presented and tasted great. My only criticism is that the sweetbreads were slightly overcooked and not quite as tender as they should have been. That said, there was nothing left on the plate. Entrees were the olive oil halibut and the duck for two. WOW. Both entrees were outstanding. For dessert we shared the raspberry dessert and the praline/hazelnut. Both very good and a nice way to finish. A couple of other points. The bread they served was too good to pass up and the service was very professional and spot on. Although not inexpensive, I felt the meal, ambiance and service all lived up the price we paid.
Boka has an interesting, but limited, menu. Some of the food is a bit too fussy. However, the ricotta dumplings were excellent, as was the heirloom tomato salad. The chicken dish was well presented. My only disappointment was with the fish dish I ordered, halibut poached in olive oil. The fish itself was good, but a bit salty. The desserts also seemed too fussy, with a few odd combinations. The complimentary cookies, though, were excellent. If they had offered a cookie platter, we would have ordered it.
Tasting menu was great. Very accommodating for our food allergies! Can’t wait to come back.
Had a great birthday celebration tonight. Elegant dining but the modest portions benefit both my pocketbook and my waistline. Never disappointed.
Awesome food, hence their Michelin star. Food is worth 3 stars. Service good nothing exceptional. Ambiance is casual
This place is gorgeous! If you're looking for ambiance, you can find it here. We made a reservation and were running behind (thanks to city traffic), called to let them know, and they were so friendly and accommodating. We were seated in a lovely dining room with amazing floors, a moss wall with gorgeous paintings on it, and were greeted by a very friendly waiting staff.
Food was amazing! Highly recommend the ricotta cheese dumplings. Food is high quality, and highly priced, but you get what you pay for. Will definitely visit the restaurant again if we are in the area.
Delicious as usual
Pricey - you pay for the service and ambiance .. which is very high quality but the food lacks the same stature..
Great service, great food. I would recommend highly. Wanted to go back the next night.
Definitely on the more romantic/intimate side as far as restaurants go. Interesting art pieces (don't want to give it away). The lights are dimly lit, but not so dark you can't navigate the floor. Nice selection of music from what I could notice between conversation. I will say the tables are a bit cramped, but thats common for the area - so whatevs. Portions are on the smaller side and pricey, but that's fine dining, right? Everything I ate was amazing aside from the corn foam stuff that was complimentary....and I LOVE corn. Waiters and servers are knowledgeable. I would go again for a special occasion.
Dinner was a delight from the warm welcome at the entrance to our finishing of a wonderful dessert. Starters were so delicious and innovative and the bread accompanying our meal was terrific - so moist with a perfect crunchy crust. Entrees were glorious and big dud we enjoy the generous shaved truffles on the taglialoni. Bravo Boka!
My wife and I traveled to Chicago for our 20th Wedding Anniversary. We decided to go all in with the Tasting Menu. My wife is a vegan and I am not but they were able accommodate our needs. We love trying new things and are so glad we picked Boka. They also have numerous spirits available. The bartender went above and beyond the normal menu drinks for me.
Love this place
Absolutely love this restaurant. Great ambience. Unparalleled service. Amazing food. What a great find.
Beyond superlatives. Everything was at its highest level.
I can't say enough good things about Boka. Lots of places can prepare good food, but what made Boka stand out were the little touches that shouldn't go unnoticed. Nuance speaks volumes.
Tolles Ambiente, klasse Service, aber das Essen war recht fad. Sah toll aus und klang super, aber geschmacklich absoluter Durchschnitt. Dafür waren dann die Preise ordentlich gesalzen und die Portionen klein.
I'm sorry to say my wife and I had a very disappointing experience at Boka. We've dined at elite restaurants around the world and this review is based on a wealth of experience, including knowledge that some nights are better than others. Perhaps we got an off night.
First the good. The service was excellent--except as below--they even picked up our theater tickets for us! Servers were knowledgeable and sensitive to our needs (we have some food allergies). The atmosphere was OK. Maybe a bit loud but each place has its own vibe. I thought this was more of a fine dining establishment which made it a bit more surprising. I'd say Boka is a bit more "upscale casual."
Now the bad. Our food was unremarkable but good in course one. Our mains were massively over salted. My wife ordered the roasted carrots and they were frankly inedible. We tasted salt all through the subsequent play at Steppenwolf (True West--definitely a go see). The servers did take the dish and had it remade but DEFINITELY gave the impression that "some people are more sensitive to salt than others." Not appropriate for diners of our experience (or anyone else frankly. I hope he or the kitchen tasted what they made--it was over the top! We almost NEVER send things back--due to the wait, the loss of the atmosphere of the night, etc... But honestly this was unavoidable.
My meal--the chicken--also over salted. But I blamed myself in part for this as it had been brined. It shouldn't "taste" too salty, but it did.
I suspect the head chef was out that Tuesday. But I think they should have been more responsive. No bill adjustment was made. (I'm not one to make an issue of it, but the waiter should have at minimum REDUCED the entree price. Why didn't he? Because he thought SHE was the problem, not the preparation. INCORRECT.
Others have raved. But with Alinea next door and so many other wonderful less expensive options, I think Boka was a poor value and a disappointment for us.
We had the tasting menu and each course was better than the previous! They deliciously accommodated my vegetarian diet and several food aversions, which is always a challenge. Our server Kael was superb. We will definitely be back!
They make birthdays very special! Took my boyfriend here for his birthday and we were both blown away!
I am happy to have found a restaurant with, from a European perspective, clean food with no fuss. Elsewhere, the difficulties of having a decent meal with the ingredients not messed up when visiting the US, is commonly an ordeal, in my opinion.
The food was outstanding -- complex flavors and very tasty. Loved everything we ordered and shared. We plan on returning soon.
Fancy food, good service
Jen our waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the food and wine list. The small plates were sublime and the duck over the top. Next time we visit Chicago, we would go back.
Amazing experience. We all took part in the tasting menu which was outstanding. The atmosphere is great for a special occasion, but doesn’t feel as stuffy and has more personality than many of the other fine dining restaurants I have been to, which was appreciated.
I would HIGHLY recommend coming to Boka yo experience this awesome place for yourself. Can’t wait to go back myself!
Everything at Boka was amazing-the food, the drinks, and our waiter, Augustus! The restaurant was recommended by our hotel concierge and it didn’t disappoint. Be sure to have the Heirloom tomatoes and the tagliatelle truffle pasta. Both were delicious!
Outstanding food and excellent service. We ordered three apps and three mains and two desserts to share among our table of 3 which was the right amount of food and more than enough dessert. Would eat the beef tartare and ricotta dumplings daily if we could! The duck as a main dish is worth it. The blueberry olive oil sherbet was a party on our tastebuds!
One of the best restaurants you will eat at anywhere. We had the octopus and the cucumber appetizers they were great. Best octopus I think I've ever had anywhere. We had the duck just unbelievable beautiful presentation of everything. Cocktails were spot on.