Best Restaurants in Chicago


North Pond

2610 Н. Cannon Dr., 60614 (773) 477-5845.

Dinner: Wednesday through Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to close. Brunch on Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Reservations can be made on the company’s website. Dress code is casual.

North Pond Here you’ll be served fresh local food, and its nature-inspired surroundings have received high marks from Frommer’s.

Tempt your palate with menu items such as:

  • Grilled king salmon with smoked purple potatoes
  • Duck breast in bourbon with cherries and almonds.
  • Grilled chicken breast with red beet gnocchi.


980 North Michigan Ave. 2nd floor, 60611 (312) 280-2750.

Open Sunday through Thursday at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

Romantic, luxurious and upscale, Beach is one of the best restaurants in Chicago for fine Italian cuisine. They offer:

  • Hand rolled dumplings
  • Bacon-wrapped Guinea hen.
  • A variety of pasta dishes with seafood, meat and vegetables.
  • Lemon-olive oil with lavender

Reservations recommended.

Level up

1723 N. Halsted St., 60614 (312) 867-0110.

Wednesday through Sunday, Alinea Restaurant is open for dinner only. Advance reservations are required, and restaurant reservations book up quickly, months in advance. Dress code is business casual.

Levels one of the most visited and celebrated restaurants in the city. This is largely due to the sophisticated, ultra-modern contemporary menu, with standouts such as:

  • ‘Woolly Pig’ with squid with orange and fennel
  • Hollow hearts of palm filled with mashed potatoes with coffee sauce
  • Kamchatka Crab with passion fruit
  • Oyster leaf with slices


676 N. St. Claire St., 60611 (312) 202-0001.

Open Monday through Thursday for dinner 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Reservations are welcome. The dress code is elegant and casual.

Time Out Chicago includes this location as one of its outstanding restaurants. Fine dining at REBECCA includes both fixed-price menu items and full-course “tasting tours”. Some of the dishes you can try include:

  • Caramelized Chestnut Soup
  • Truffled lobster
  • Prime Beef Ribeye
  • Jidori and rosemary chicken

The expansive dining room can accommodate many. The artfully decorated interior is adorned with works by artists such as Andy Warhol and Gerhard Richter.

Morton’s, Steakhouse

1050 North State St., 6060 (312) 266-4820.

The dining room is open Monday through Saturday, 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 a.m. and Sunday 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 pm. Reservations are recommended and can be made online. Business attire is required.

Morton’s, The Steakhouse specializes in all steaks, but also offers lighter appetizers, including a variety of seafood and poultry dishes. Desserts come rich and hearty. Menu items include:

  • Beef carpaccio with peppers
  • Five strip steak with peppers
  • Shrimp Alexander
  • Hot Chocolate Cake

You can also opt for a mixed grill plate and complement the main course with a la carte side dishes. The Chicago style gives the restaurant solid reviews for its food, atmosphere, and service.

MK Downtown

868 Н. Franklin, 60610 (312) 482-9179.

Open daily for dinner at 5:30 p.m. Reservations can be made at the restaurant’s website .

This elegant upscale restaurant gets rave reviews for menu items such as:

  • Carrot Soup flavored with caraway
  • Roasted Pikeperch
  • Veal porterhouse with jumbo asparagus.
  • Pommes frite with truffle oil.

The decor is filled with intricate tiles and lots of elegant arches. All while a grand piano plays softly in the background. Reservations are recommended, as is business attire.


600 W. Chicago Ave., 60610 (312) 822-9600.

Open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Dinner hours are Monday through Thursday 5:00 p.m.. – 11:00 pm, Friday – Saturday 5:00 pm – 11:30 pm and Sunday 5:00 pm. – 10:00 pm. Reservations are available on the company’s website. Dress code is business casual.

Japanese is an upscale Japanese restaurant with elegant decor and atmosphere. Zagat places this establishment in the top five best waterfront restaurants in Chicago. Enjoy dishes such as:

  • Kobe beef
  • Peking duck in a honey glaze.
  • Moo Shu Pancakes
  • Sushi, sashimi and nigiri.