Chicago Restaurants

Chances are you will only eat out a handful of times while you are here so eat like the Chicago locals. Our guide to Chicago Restaurants makes it easy to decide. We don't put together an exhaustive list of every restaurant in Chicago, just the ones that are you are most likely to enjoy. We tried to put a variety of restaurants on the list, including Fine Dining Restaurants, Italian Restaurants, Steakhouses, French Restaurants, Seafood and more. We give you a brief write up of the restaurant and links to the web site so you can get more information about the menu and details about reservations and hours. Let us know what you think about our Chicago Restaurants guide.

Restaurant Reviews


Chicago Restaurants Alinea Restaurant
1723 N Halsted S
Chicago, IL
(312) 867-0110

Alinea Restaurant opened its doors in 2005. Of all the restaurants in Chicago it is the only one to earn Michelin three Stars. It is just one of twelve restaurants in the country to do so. More than once it was selected as the country's best restaurant. With this kind of recognition you would think it would be a pretty good place to eat, and you would be right. It is fabulous, and that might be an understatement. The cuisine is modern, innovative and delicious. The driving force is Chef Achatz who has won numerous awards including having been selected as the best Chef in the country and one of the most influential people on the planet. The menu is exceptional featuring Caviar, Lobster, Wagyu Beef, Scallops, Veal Dungeness Crab, and Trout. Taste the seasoning and flavors and the use of saffron, curry, lime, grapefruit, citrus and how perfectly blended with each entree. The service has also earned best service in the USA. As you are planning your evening at one of the Chicago restaurants, this one is worth the trip. It is an upscale restaurant that delivers and lives up to the hype. There are not many like it in the world. The list of awards and recognition it has received from the most respected publications and organizations is long and well deserved. This is one of the best Chicago restaurants.

Upscale Chicago Restaurant avec Restaurant
615 W Randolph St
Chicago , IL
(312) 377-2002

Avec is one of the more interesting of the Chicago restaurants. It started in 2003 as primarily a wine bar and restaurant. The food quickly became recognized and the menu expanded. The cuisine featured the food of southern Europe and countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. By innovating and blending the cuisines in one menu guests can choose from a variety of flavors, textures and tastes. Since it started out focusing on wine there is a large and unique selection of wines. You will find wines from some of the small vineyards and wineries in Europe that are not available at any other of the Chicago restaurants. This gives you the opportunity to sample and try a wide variety of these unique wines. What is remarkable is that the wines are all reasonably priced. There are also imported beers from several European countries so you can select the appropriate beer for your meal. The restaurants architecture is clean and modern featuring wood and modern furniture, almost having that Scandinavian feel. The menu and ordering options are flexible, You can choose, mix and match from small and large plates to suit your tastes at the moment. Choose from such items as charred corn, squash, cheese, tuna, shawarma, chicken liver, salmon, squid, steak, roasted fish, pizza, pasta, pork and so much more. There are also fabulous desserts. Avec is truly one of the best Chicago restaurants and wine bars.

Fine Dining Chicago Restaurant Naha Restaurant in Chicago
500 N Clark St
Chicago, IL
(312) 321-6242

Naha opened in 2000 and has become one of the best of the Chicago restaurants serving Mediterranean cuisine. Mediterranean food is by nature healthy and Naha Restaurant carries on the tradition with fresh ingredients from local suppliers. Mediterranean cuisine varies depending upon the region, Naha Restaurant has a strong Greek influence and is delicious. Using seasonal items the menu showcases the outstanding ability of its chefs. The lunch menu features, Striped Bass, Pork Shank, Chicken, cheeses, fresh salads and more. For starters for dinner, choose from oysters, Foie Gras, Scallops, Greek Salad, Crab and more. The entrees are delicious, lobster, salmon, Halibut, Quail, Duck, Hen, Ribs, Rib Eye and more. Choose from the global wine list to perfectly compliment each meal. There are a lot of Chicago restaurants to choose from for your next meal. If you want to try something special, have lunch or dinner at Naha Restaurant today.

 Steakhouse Chicago Restaurant Everest Restaurant
440 South La Salle St
Chicago , IL
(312) 663-8920

One of the best Chicago restaurants, Everest gives you a breath taking view of Chicago from its 40th floor location. Its cuisine is French and they do it well. The combination and preparation of ingredients can't be found anywhere else and is one of the reasons the Chicago restaurant has received so much recognition. As with any French restaurant you would expect Everest to have one of the best wine lists in the city, and they do. The importance is front and center as the restaurant is a member of many wine associations to insure the quality and appropriate selection. Just looking at the extensive menu makes you mouth water with terrific appetizers like, Smoked Salmon, Oysters, Pork Cheeks, Caviar, Foie Gras, Lobster, salads and more. With so many fabulous entrees it is hard to choose, Sea Bass, Sole, Halibut, Duck, NY Strip Steak, Lamb, Veal Tenderloin, and more. Everything is cooked and prepared perfectly so its easy to see why it is one of the special Chicago restaurants. There are also seasonal and vegetarian choices so there is always something for everyone and always changing depending upon the season. The dessert menu features Souffles, Pies, Cheesecake and a lot more. When the Chef comes from France, you can count on some great food.

Chicago Restaurant mk Restaurant Chicago
868 N Franklin St
Chicago , IL
(312) 482-9179

mk Restaurant opened in Chicago in 1998 and is a culinary delight. This restaurant is devoted to the use of fresh ingredients and classic techniques. The interior is one of the most attractive of the Chicago restaurants and has a beautifully sophisticated private dining room for those special events or functions. The menu features a lot of items from farms in and around Chicago. The produce is fresh and crisp. Squash, fish, shrimp, roasted lamb all head a delicious tasting menu. The ala cart menu has wonderful soups and appetizers, kampachi, soup, gnocchi, salads, foie gras, fettuccine, tuna tartare, octopus and more. The dinner entrees are really special and exotic with lobster, salmon, tuna, duck, swordfish, snapper, bison steak and more. There are a lot of great restaurants in Chicago and the standards and expectations are high. To be successful a restaurant needs to exceed those standards in food and service and mk Restaurant does that every day.

Chicago Local Restaurant Sixteen Restaurant
401 N. Wabash Avenue
Chicago , IL
312-588-8030

Sixteen is one of the finest of the Chicago restaurants. It earned Two Stars from Michelin which means an exceptional dining experience is ahead for you. Located on the 16th floor of the Trump Hotel in Chicago there are spectacular views of downtown Chicago, the Lake, and river through enormous windows spanning ceiling to floor. The menu changes with the season, not simple changes but major rewrites. This sets the stage for continuous variety, creativity, innovation and surprise on each visit. It is not easy for restaurants in Chicago to stay on top because of the amount of competition in this great city but Sixteen continues to excel by sourcing ingredients locally. This guarantees the freshness and robust flavor needed for the finest dining experience. The menu becomes interesting because each new menu comes with a theme sometimes depending on the season or to tell a story. A summer menu may feature Beef Tartar, Caviar, Yellowtail, Foie Gras, clams, Pork, Oysters, Clams, Ahi Tuna, Lamb, Wagyu and so much more. Come in November, January or some other time of the year and you will see something completely different. One thing you can count on is it will be delicious and the service will be superb. Of the Chicago restaurants, Sixteen is one that is constantly evolving, creating, and looking for new methods and combinations. It is also a restaurant that is in high demand so make sure you have reservations.

Chicago Mexican Restaurant Frontera Grill and Restaurant
445 N Clark St
Chicago , IL
(312) 661-1434

Award winning Mexican restaurants are not that common in Chicago. Frontera Grill is one of those unique Chicago restaurants that has managed to do so. It has won outstanding, most popular, green restaurant and Michelin awards over the last few years. Frontera has been delighting Chicago Mexican restaurant lovers for almost 30 years with fabulous Mexican food and drink. The press has been singing the praises of Rick Bayless's restaurant calling it one of the most unique of the restaurants in Chicago and the country. The authentic Mexican food is delicious and is as good if not better than you would find anywhere in Mexico. The restaurant works with many of the regional farms and suppliers to gather the freshest ingredients so the full Mexican flavors are apparent. Inside you will feel like you have been transported south of the border with vibrant colors, artwork, decor and music. The menu is complex with a long list of Appetizers to choose from, oysters, ceviche, shrimp cocktails, tuna, duck, roasted corn, tamales, quesadillas, enchiladas, home made tortilla chips, pork, and so much more. The main entrees are creatively prepared, seasonal fish, marinated pork, Carne Asada, Shrimp and Chicken, and duck are just a few. There are also delicious vegetarian options that will please anyone. That's just the dinner menu, the lunch menu is just as fabulous with daily specials and wonderful taco's, tostadas, and everything Mexican. Among all the Chicago restaurants serving Mexican cuisine, Fronterra Grill is head and shoulders above the rest.

Chicago Modern Restaurant Blackbird Restaurant
619 W Randolph St
Chicago , IL
(312) 715-0708

Blackbird opened up in 1997 and since then it has consistently been considered to be one of the best Chicago restaurants. The upscale fine dining restaurant has won awards for Best and Outstanding Chef and Michelin Stars. If you are a restaurant, these are pretty important and confirming awards. The food is Midwestern which is unique among upscale Chicago restaurants. The approach is modern and creative. The food is sourced locally from farms in the area so you can count on it being fresh and crisp. The interior of the restaurant is like the menu, modern. Some may call it stark, it is actually eloquent with clean smooth lines, stainless steel, and coordinated detail. Lots of wood with accent color creates a very unique atmosphere. The design has won awards for its design and use of graphics. The lunch menu is different than other restaurants in Chicago with the upscale fare that it features, endive salad, trout, duck pate, pork belly sandwiches, rib burger's, bouillabaisse, sturgeon, duck, lamb and more. The dinner menu is delicious leading off with some great appetizers like, gazpacho, scallops, and beef tongue. The entrees feature halibut. monkfish, duck, chicken, lamb, sirloin and more. This is one of the Chicago restaurants that will amaze.

Chicago Restaurant Chicago Cut Steak House Restaurant
300 N LaSalle St
Chicago , IL
312.329.1800

If you are looking for a great steak than Chicago Cut should be your first choice. It is not only a great steakhouse it is one of the best restaurants in Chicago. The restaurant has its own butcher and dry aging room to have complete control over the preparation of the meat and your meal. Maybe that's why it received so many awards and accolades from national publications and organizations. Or it could be the menu which is innovative and modern. The lunch menu features delicious appetizers with; lobster, scallops, shrimp, tuna, beef sliders, lamb, soups, salads and a lot more. The lunch menu also features salmon, sushi, sea bass, burgers, Filet Mignon, NY Stip, and more. The dinner menu features great appetizers, Lobster Tails, King Crab, Salmon and Dover sole. And as you would expect the menu also has a large selection of steaks; Rib Eye, Filet Mignon, Delmonico, New York Strip, Prime Rib, Porterhouse, Chateaubriand and more. Its safe to say this is one of the restaurants in Chicago that exceeds your expectations when it comes to the selection and preparation of your steak. The service is second to none and the wine list is perfectly matched to the restaurants cuisine. Its definitely an eloquent restaurant with upscale feel and presentation. But the bottom line is the food is exceptional. The Chicago Cut is one of the Chicago restaurants that everyone should experience. Especially if you enjoy steak.

Chicago Restaurant Harry Caray's Restaurant
33 W. Kinzie Street
Chicago , IL
(773.465.9269)

Harry Caray's Steakhouse is award winning and a favorite among all Chicago restaurants. Named after one of Chicago's most popular sportscaster's it also happens to be one of its best steakhouses. It started in 1987 and to this day continues to serve quality steaks and seafood to meat lovers in Chicago. It has earned best steakhouse by a number of publications and for good reason. This restaurant in Chicago is historic as the building was home to a former member of the Al Capone business enterprise. You will see some of the artifacts from that time along with a lot of Harry's memorabilia from his time as a sportscaster. You will also see celebrities cutting into their favorite cut of beef. The menu is very unique since it is a blend of steakhouse and Italian restaurant. You will see some great appetizers like soup, chili, Arancini, meatballs, calamari, brushetta, ravioli, shrimp cocktails, crab cakes and so much more. The lunch menu features Pasta, burger's, Turkey, Wagyu, steaks, corned beef, Italian sausage, chicken parmigian, bison, New York Strip and a lot more. The dinner menu is even more extensive with Prime Rib, Bison, Lamb Chops, Pork Chops, Filet Mignon, Rib Eye, Fettuccine, Linguini, Salmon, Halibut, Yellowfin and more. Enjoy and be a part of the history of Chicago sports as you dine on award winning food at one of the best Chicago restaurants.


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