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Diners' Choice: Great for scenic views restaurants in Chicago / Illinois

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Updated 05 April 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most scenic view 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 book, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Pizzeria Portofino restaurant
4.8
4.8 (881)
$31 to $50
Italian
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
Pizzeria Portofino is a sun-drenched casual restaurant located directly on the Chicago riverfront offering hand-stretched pizzas, coastal wines, an expansive patio and breezy decor that will instantly transport you to the Italian Riviera.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Fantastic!!! Great all around experience!! Delicious
A photo of The Top Rooftop Bar & Lounge restaurant
4.8
4.8 (123)
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Rockford
About the restaurant
Experience panoramic views of historic downtown Rockford, Illinois, and the Rock River from 12 stories aloft. Featuring an inviting and modern atmosphere with an indoor lounge and seasonal two-tiered outdoor deck, The Top Rooftop Bar & Lounge is the only one of its kind in Rockford. Serving hand-crafted signature cocktails, an extensive wine list, craft beers, and an expansive menu of shareable dishes inspired by cuisine around the world – The Top is the perfect spot for dinner or drinks.
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SherriV
Dined on 21 Feb 2024
Service by Tyler was top notch! Food was adequate. When I ordered risotto I expected risotto. It was more like rice a roni stuffed in a red pepper. The sauce under the pepper was very acidic and not very tasty. The crostini were amazing however. I did take the dessert sampler to go. It was absolutely delicious!
A photo of Pinched on the River restaurant
4.8
4.8 (337)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
The most unique and eclectic Mediterranean inspired food with a pinch of this and a pinch of that.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 13 Apr 2024
Truly a Great experience dining with friend on the river.
A photo of Miru at The St. Regis Chicago restaurant
4.7
4.7 (823)
$50 and over
Japanese
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
Miru, Japanese for "view" celebrates the flavors and cuisine of Japan.  We invite you to join us for a collection of sharable dishes including tempura and crispy rice, a robust seafood and beef selection, as well as expertly crafted sushi, overlooking the Chicago River and Navy Pier.
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Nancyvip
Dined 2 days ago
Love Amy and all of the staff. Very attentive and always treat you like it’s your first time. Outstanding customer service!
A photo of Porter Kitchen and Deck restaurant
4.6
4.6 (265)
$30 and under
American
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
Located in the new 54-story skyscraper on the edge of the Chicago River, PORTER Kitchen & Deck features classic American cuisine in an elegant and relaxed setting. The expansive lunch, dinner and bar selections include entrees, fresh seafood, salads and sandwiches - including some of Four Corners signature favorites. Additionally, the bar serves craft beers, wines and classic cocktails that pair perfectly with the cuisine.
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Wrytrvip
Dined on 16 Apr 2024
Our waitress was very cheerful and accommodating. The two salads we ordered were phenomenal - so delicious! My only suggestion is that the bus boys maybe not so hasty to clear. We were still drinking our after lunch coffees and he whisked away all the napkins and water. We still needed the napkins & still wanted the water. Can't wait to eat outdoors!
A photo of Woodlands Restaurant at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa restaurant
4.5
4.5 (388)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Galena
About the restaurant
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa offers nine distinctly different dining venues located on the resort property. Chefs Randy Hoppman and Chad Myers in our award-winning Culinary Department create innovative cuisine based on Midwest traditions utilizing local products. Our signature restaurant, Woodlands Restaurant & Lounge, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Affording fantastic lake views with seasonal cuisine based on Midwest local products. Serving steaks, seafood, vegan dishes, with an extensive wine and craft ale list.
Top review
Bones
Dined 4 days ago
As usual Jack and Chris did not disappoint. Excellent as always!
A photo of The Metropolitan restaurant
4.5
4.5 (505)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown / Loop
About the restaurant
You’re invited for an exclusive ‘guest pass’ dining experience at Chicago's finest Private Business and Social Club, The Metropolitan, on floor 67 of the iconic Willis Tower. This reservation includes limited access to our Private Club. Member events, benefits, charge privileges etc, are for Members Only. While enjoying the Club, ask about your invitation to Membership for future All Club ACCESS to Dine. Host. Connect. Work. And Play. 

DRESS CODE: Smart Casual. No rips or tears in denim, athletic wear, hats or sandals. Jackets are recommended for gentlemen in Craftsman.

Text: 312-940-9375 or Call: 312-876-3200.

All food and beverage purchases are subject to an automatic 20% Service Charge, a portion of which may be distributed by the Club to certain food and beverage service employees. The Service Charge is not a tip or gratuity. Please inform your server if you or anyone in your party has food allergies or special dietary requirements. ©Invited. All rights reserved.

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kktaylorvip
Dined on 13 Apr 2024
The Metropolitan was as wonderful as it has ever been. You just couldn’t ask for any better, food, service, view or decor. We had the Theatre pric fix special which was $45.00 I thought that was very reasonable and we both loved the food. I have been coming to the Metropolitan Club for over 40 years. It was so much fun to walk thru the club and relive all my old memories.
A photo of The Lakefront Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (971)
$30 and under
American
Lincoln Park
About the restaurant
The Lakefront Restaurant is an upscale tavern located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the historic Theater on the Lake building. We offer seasonal Midwestern fare featuring the freshest choice ingredients and a beverage program highlighting craft beers, spirits, and a diverse wine list.

We are open year-round, and invite you to enjoy the casual elegance of our intimate tables, communal seating, lounge area, and our warm-weather Skyline Patio -- all while taking in the stunning views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Visit us during the fall and winter months for happy hour and other day daily specials.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 12 Apr 2024
We had a wonderful time. Greater at the door and promptly seated. Our server was perfect. Friendly and knowledgeable. Wonderful wine service and a perfect view of the lakefront. I had Dental work done about an hour before we sat and the Poblano Stew melted in my mouth- perfectly tender as if the Chef knew I was still quite numb. We all had a great time and our server made sure we had plenty of time to take our to-go cocktails to the show down the hall. Easy, affordable valet service - cheaper than street parking - with door to door service.
A photo of Rainforest Cafe - Chicago Gurnee restaurant
4.2
4.2 (293)
$31 to $50
American
Downtown / Loop
About the restaurant
You don’t have to travel far to dine in a tropical rainforest, It’s a safari for the senses. Our menu contains an array of delicious items and tropical treats you’re sure to go WILD for. End your journey with the out-of-this-world VOLCANO dessert.
Discover the rainforest, complete with cascading waterfalls, tropical rainstorms, trumpeting elephants, and entertaining gorillas. It’s not just another meal; it’s an adventure! Don’t forget to take a journey through our Retail Village. Reservations with parties of 8 people or more please call our manager on duty for booking information.
CAUTION: Flashing lights and thunder sounds inside restaurant. May cause discomfort and/ or seizures for those with photosensitive epilepsy.

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MelissaG
Dined 3 days ago
It’s a nice restaurant. I would just say avoid the pasta. Four people in my party got pasta dishes and they were all around terrible. Noodles were way overcooked all the different sauces were bland. First time I went I got the burger I’ll stick with that from now on. Service was good in fact everything other than the pasta was good
A photo of Lirica restaurant
4.2
4.2 (679)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Gold Coast / Streeterville
About the restaurant
Named after the Spanish word for lyric, our restaurant Lirica provides a fresh take on Spanish-inspired cuisine and promises to serve up delicious delights for all tastes. Enjoy a modern open kitchen, expansive bar, and outdoor seating with sweeping views of Lake Michigan. Now Serving Breakfast Buffet! book your table now.
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Petervip
Dined on 12 Apr 2024
This was our second time dining here. Our first experience was great. As luck would have it, our waiter this time was the same one we had at our first meal, years ago, pre-pandemic. Len remembered us and it was like a reunion with an old friend. He made our experience memorable, again.
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