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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Chicago / Illinois

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Updated 05 February 2024

Looking for the best special occasion 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 book, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Rosario's Pizzeria and Ristorante restaurant
4.9 (117)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
The Bucaro family has been proudly serving the Roselle, Schaumburg, Elk Grove, Medinah, Hoffman Estates, Itasca and Bloomingdale communities since 1976. Rosarios offers a variety of authentic Italian cuisine including pizza, pasta specialties, chicken entrees, veal, steaks and chops, seafood dishes, weekly chef specials and much more. Happy hour is available at the bar for select hours of the week, live entertainment two nights out of the month, and A&E Gaming slot machines are available for individuals 21 and up.
Top review
Dined 7 days ago
Great service wished we could’ve stayed for the music
A photo of Nirvana Wine & Grillerie restaurant
4.7 (503)
$31 to $50
Wine Bar
Mundelein / Vernon Hills / Libertyville
About the restaurant
Outstanding Quality and Integrity - Nirvana food is simple, fresh, honest and founded on relationships. Our cheeses and charcuterie are crafted by award winning artisans, our winemakers" families have farmed the land and planted the grapes, we support farmers and fishermen who work sustainably with the earth.
Sharing - Here at Nirvana, we welcome guests into our home with food and wine. The Nirvana staff shares through expert, warm, professional and knowledgeable service.

Top review
Dined on 15 Feb 2024
The meal was extraordinary. Everything was cooked to perfection. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. We look forward to coming back. We don't usually write recommendations, but our experience was fabulous.
A photo of Zuka Sushi & Hibachi restaurant
4.7 (159)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Zuka Sushi & Hibachi Restaurant offers authentic and delicious tasting Japanese cuisine in Naperville, IL. Zuka's convenient location and affordable prices make our restaurant a natural choice for dine-in or take-out meals in the Naperville community. Our restaurant is known for its variety in taste and high quality fresh ingredients. Come and experience our friendly atmosphere and excellent service.


Top review
Dined on 19 Feb 2024
We arrived a little early for our reservation and were kept updated on when our seats were going to be available at the hibachi table. We were seated with another family who were genuinely nice and from PA. The menu is extensive and self-explanatory with many, many selections for your tastes. The standard show was put on by the chef and the wait staff were very attentive, never leaving a glass of water empty.
A photo of Lure Fishbar - Chicago restaurant
4.7 (200)
$50 and over
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
Lure Fishbar is a seafood restaurant offering not only the freshest fish selections from around the world but also a complete raw bar with rotating oyster selection, and a world class sushi program.

Join us for the Happy Hour in our Bar & Lounge. No Reseravtions.

We look forward to hosting you!

Top review
Dined 7 days ago
Outstanding! Outstanding! This was a wonderful experience for my family and me!
A photo of Sushi By Bou Lincoln Park restaurant
4.7 (156)
$50 and over
Lincoln Park
About the restaurant
Sushi by Bou Hotel Lincoln is a timed Omakase experience located in the Hotel Lincoln (1816 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614). This location is *NOT* the Hotel Suite 202 Experience. Reserve our Signature $60/per person 60-minute Omakase! For a more elevated experience, please upgrade to our Bougie $100++ 17-piece + hand roll + sake Omakase. Sushi by Bou Lincoln Park may be reached via text at 312-818-1156 for any additional questions or inquiries.

Sushi by Bou Hotel Lincoln's 24-hour Cancellation Policy: A 50% per person fee will apply to cancellations and no-shows for reservations made within 24 hours of reservation time. No same-day rescheduling. Parties who arrive more than 10 minutes late can not be accommodated and will be subject to the no-show fee Text 312-818-1156 to cancel your reservation within 24 hours of the reserved time. No phone calls, please!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined today
Wonderful! The sushi is so good and so fresh, the service is impecable! Warm environment feels like a perfect, safe little cocoon and the world outside disappears. You will be well taken care of by Jose, the host.
A photo of The Bellevue restaurant
4.6 (25)
$31 to $50
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of the Gold Coast, The Bellevue is all about the finer things in life. An elevated bar and restaurant with a menu of timeless classics and fresh takes, this is the place for sophisticated socializing.
Top review
Dined 4 days ago
Great service and dinner. Bronzino was excellent and so was squid pasta and octopus starter. Definitely will go back.
A photo of Ko Fusion - Downtown restaurant
4.5 (91)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Description coming soon! New location- 30 E Main St.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 15 Feb 2024
The BEST food. The BEST service. The BEST restaurant in CU!
A photo of Kinzie Chophouse restaurant
4.4 (2478)
$50 and over
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
With a storied 32-year legacy, we take immense pride in being a local favorite and a must-visit destination for visitors to the Chicagoland area. As a woman-owned establishment, we bring a unique touch your dining experience, infusing our menu with Greek gastronomy influences that add a unique twist to our salads, sides, vegan options and entrees. We boast an expansive selection of exclusive USDA Prime cuts, both dry-aged and wet-aged, resulting in unparalleled flavor profiles that are truly unique to our menu.
Enhancing your dining experience is our coveted Award-Winning Wine list, a true connoisseur's delight. Featuring over 650 meticulously curated bottled selections, as well as an impressive array of wines by the glass, our collection encompasses a rich tapestry of international and domestic varietals. Step into our newly renovated bar for happy hour and one of our signature craft cocktails. From business meetings to special occasions, we look forward to hosting you!

Top review
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent service and great food. Hugo Bustos made our experience amazing.
A photo of Simply Pasteur restaurant
4.3 (692)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Coming Soon! Heat covered patio seating. Opening 11/25/2020

High quality does not have to be pretentious
Unlike other south-east asian cuisines, Vietnamese food has influences from France. Given this influence, cooking is definitely a culmination of East meets West where meals are prepared and cooked for hours rather than flash fried.

With fresh herbs, meats and vegetables, Simply Pasteur goes one step further than other Vietnamese restaurants by crafting our plates to be for a modern-american palette. That is, our cuisine is not only designed to be elegant, but also to be flavorful and to take experience into account.

Come relax and enjoy an elegant pairing of Vietnamese pho, noodles, rice dishes and more with our in-house cocktails, wines and full bar.

Top review
Dined on 20 Feb 2024
An excellent restaurant serving French-Vietnamese cuisine. Many great choices on the menu - my family has dined here many times, we have tried different dishes, and everything has been delicious. The interior is spacious, has very good decorations, and low noise - we can always easily talk at dinner. Nice lion sculptures adorn the entrance. Good music.
A photo of The Brewery Lodge & Supper Club restaurant
4.2 (132)
$30 and under
Michigan City, IN
About the restaurant
A boutique resort hotel & private event experience
The Brewery Lodge is a 12-suite boutique hotel located on a 40 acre wooded tract filled with streams, ponds and wildlife. All of the suites are well appointed and offer peaceful views of the remote property.

The main house was built in 1930, and has been recently updated to include a craft beer & wine lounge, and restaurant with several outdoor terraces. With its hand-hewn timbers, fireplaces, and warm atmosphere, The Brewery Lodge is sure to relax the traveler in all of us.

Our Chef is serving a American Lodge style menu from Monday to Sunday 4pm-9pm. Also, join us for Sunday morning Brunch from 9 am to 1pm.

Our restaurant and lounge is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 7 days a week, 21 and over allowed. (Please note we can accommodate under 21 with reservation only, with limited seating off our main dining room or outdoor areas only).

Top review
Dined on 3 Feb 2024
It was are first time visiting Brewery Lodge, I’m relocating from Las Vegas and was out celebrating with my family. Phil was are waiter he was very friendly and attentive. We will definitely go back again. The food was amazing. The atmosphere was just as amazing.
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