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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Chicago / Illinois

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Updated 05 February 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Chicago / Illinois? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyses nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite 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 Rollapalooza restaurant
5.0
5 (344)
$30 and under
Sushi
Lakeview / East Lakeview
About the restaurant
COZY AND WARM RESTAURANT. FRESH AND DELICIOUS RESTAURANT. WE ARE NOT NO.1 RESTAURANT. HOWEVER WE DO OUR BEST TO SERVE OUR CUSTOMERS.
Top review
SamRvip
Dined on 11 Feb 2024
This is our go to sushi spot! Rolla has an amazing variety of rolls. The food is fresh and flavorful. The staff is the BEST, so friendly and welcoming! BYOB is an extra bonus! If you're craving sushi, you MUST check out Rollapalooza!
A photo of The Cellar Door Experience at The Oakville Grill & Cellar restaurant
5.0
5 (17)
$30 and under
American
West Loop
About the restaurant
Step inside The Cellar Door, a unique experience from The Oakville Grill & Cellar in the Fulton Market District of Chicago that emulates the offerings of featured California vineyards, rotating monthly.

The Cellar Door tasting room offers seating for up to six guests from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and from 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays. During the tasting, you’ll savor select pours from the vineyard’s current selection. A chef-curated cheese & salumi pairing is available to add on to the experience.

Please note that access to the full dinner menu is not included in this experience, and reservations are required ahead of time to secure a table after or before the experience. Our team will do our best to accommodate any last-minute requests.

Top review
JulianneFvip
Dined on 15 Feb 2024
Scott the somm is amazing. We’ve been back a bunch of times, he’s informative and fun and remembers us. My go to wine spot in the neighborhood.
A photo of The Omakase Room at Sushi-san restaurant
5.0
5 (42)
$50 and over
Japanese
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
The Omakase Room at Sushi-san is a culmination of Master Sushi Chefs Kaze Chan and Shigeru Kitano’s combined experience defining the Chicago sushi scene. While the menu and service are informed by tradition, guests can expect a transcendent experience that breaks down the formality and austerity usually accompanying omakase dining. Each dinner in the warm, modern, and intimate ten-seat space features luxury ingredients from around the world. Sophisticated and carefully curated beverage pairings are available to complement the meal.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 24 Feb 2024
An amazing experience! The service was top tier and the fish was amazing. As an avid sushi connoisseur this was hands down the best sushi I have ever had. The ambience was intimate and cozy. I highly recommend the Omakase Room.
A photo of Centennial Crafted Beer & Eatery restaurant
5.0
5 (372)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
At Centennial, our passion is craft beer and our focus is simple: to celebrate craft beer. Beer can bring people together on a common ground and has the ability to create a community. Beer can elevate food. Beer is culture.

We feature 56 taps with a selection of 36 rotating craft beers. In addition to our taps, we feature a high volume of beers available in bottles and cans, as well as a curated selection of craft spirits and wines.

Centennial also features chef-driven food with an emphasis on craft beer. The menu focuses on beer pairings and incorporating beer as an ingredient. Centennial also features smoked, char grilled, and wood-fired ingredients.

Top review
Sonny
Dined 2 days ago
Wonderful find. Super friendly. Great food. Great beer. Had an outstanding experience.
A photo of The Alderman restaurant
5.0
5 (171)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Pilsen
About the restaurant
THE ALDERMAN is an intimate, 16-seat cocktail concept tucked away, behind closed doors, within Pilsen Yards. With a plush velvet banquette, 4-seat bar counter, and warm lighting, it’s the perfect room for a night cap, date night, or just having one to several astonishingly good cocktails.

The beverage program comes from Chicago’s most award-winning mixologist, Lance Bowman, who rotates half of the cocktail list every two months while perfecting the art of tradition with his riffs on American classics, staples of the cocktail list at The Alderman.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Wonderful experience and drinks! Our second time visiting and it was just as good as the first time!
A photo of Roscoe's Tavern restaurant
4.9
4.9 (192)
$30 and under
American
Roscoe Village
About the restaurant
Welcome to Roscoe’s Tavern, Chicago’s leader in nightlife and entertainment. Guests must be 21+ and present valid ID for entry.


Top review
GreysonH
Dined 3 days ago
Clayton, I believe his name was, was cute, fun, and attentive. Made for a great evening watching Drag Race. Will book a table going forward ! :)
A photo of AJI restaurant
4.9
4.9 (32)
$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
JenLvip
Dined on 23 Feb 2024
We had a wonderful experience. Would come back again.
A photo of Max & Issy's Pizzeria restaurant
4.9
4.9 (61)
$30 and under
Pizza Bar
Lakeview / East Lakeview
About the restaurant
Max and Issy's is a neighborhood Pizzeria, with a full bar and a great selection of wine and beer. With patio, bar, and table dining options, it's the perfect spot for a casual date or dinner with the family.
Takeout and online ordering available, delivery coming soon!

Top review
MattM
Dined on 11 Feb 2024
Great food and people we had an amazing dinner! If you get a chance stop in!
A photo of Akahoshi Ramen restaurant
4.9
4.9 (149)
$30 and under
Japanese
Logan Square
About the restaurant
Akahoshi Ramen is a humble ramen shop in the city of Chicago. Everything is made in the restaurant, including all soups, seasonings, toppings, and noodles.

We are not an authentic ramen shop, though we value the history of ramen, and our ramen is influenced by its past and its future potential. The dish, popularized in Japan after World War 2, is symbolic of both struggle and perseverance. It is both a simple dish, and a fantastically complex one that we treat with reverence and respect.

Roughly translating to “Red Star,” the name “Akahoshi” is a love letter to two cities; Sapporo, Hokkaido, where red stars adorn city monuments, and Chicago, Illinois, where the red star decorates the city flag. Our ramen is influenced by Japanese and American ideals in cooking.

We hope you will join us to enjoy a bowl of ramen, made with the respect and passion it deserves.

Top review
Delish
Dined 5 days ago
As always, the lord delivered. The Miso is pure perfection.
A photo of Brasero restaurant
4.9
4.9 (59)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
West Town
About the restaurant
Brasero, a South American term for a grill's fire box, is born of Chef John Manion's love for the live-fire cooking of Brazil that captured his imagination as an eight-year-old living in San Paolo. Brasero brings bold, wood-fired Latin cooking to West Town’s bustling restaurant row. This sultry 120-seater draws inspiration from across Latin America, honed through Manion’s decades of experience. Think flame-roasted, whole young chickens slicked with garlic-chili oil, linquiça with mojo de ajo, and moqueca teeming with mussels, shrimp and coconut-scented rice—all washed down with quenching caipirinhas and locally brewed, Latin-inspired beer. The wine list leans fresh and playful, focusing on low-intervention pours from up-and-coming winemakers in South and Central America.
Top review
ronalds
Dined 2 days ago
everything was perfect , food ambience service etc
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