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Best Romantic Restaurants CHICAGO


Whether you're celebrating a milestone with someone special in the Chicago area or looking for the best date restaurants that are sure to impress, a romantic setting can set the mood for a night to remember. GAYOT has selected the best romantic restaurants in Chicago to share a memorable meal with your sweetheart.

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Ada St. American
14/20
Dining Room at Ada St., Chicago, IL 1664 N. Ada St.
Chicago, IL 60642

Michael Kornick and David Morton are behind this hidden haunt for small plates. More...

Bavette's Bar & Boeuf Steakhouse
14/20
Dining Room at Bavette 218 W. Kinzie St.
Chicago, IL 60654
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Brendan Sodikoff’s Euro-tinged American steakhouse goes beyond standard proteins to achieve striking results. More...

Benny’s Chop House Steakhouse
13/20
Dining Room at Benny’s Chop House, Chicago, IL 444 N. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

In a city known for steak, Benny Siddu’s modern-day chophouse stands out from the pack. More...

Bistro Campagne French
12/20
Dining Room at Bistro Campagne, Chicago, IL 4518 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
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An organic bistro in Lincoln Square with several cozy dining rooms and affordable prices. More...

Cafe Absinthe Contemporary
13/20
Dining Room at Cafe Absinthe, Chicago, IL 1958 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
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Hip, rather hidden gem serving innovative, modern dishes to romantics. More...

Chez Joel French
13/20
Dining Room at Chez Joel, Chicago, IL 1119 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60607
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French fare --- unexpectedly --- is at home in the heart of Little Italy. More...

Coast Sushi Bar Sushi
14/20
Dining Room at Coast Sushi Bar, Chicago, IL 2045 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
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Sushi, cooked entrées and vegetarian options abound at this romantic Bucktown BYOB. More...

Coco Pazzo Italian
15/20
Dining Room at Coco Pazzo, Chicago, IL 300 W. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60610
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Coco Pazzo presents the depth and breadth of the bold, passionate Italian repertoire. More...

Emilio's Tapas Bar & Restaurant Spanish
12/20
Dining Room at Emilio 4100 Roosevelt Rd.
Hillside, IL 60162
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Little dishes comprise the bulk of the Spanish menu at this date-ready, circa 1988 tapas staple. More...

ENO Wine Bar
13/20
Dining Room at ENO, Chicago, IL InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
505 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
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An unassuming wine bar that also specializes in high-end cheeses and chocolates. More...

Everest French
17/20
Dining Room at Everest, Chicago, IL Chicago Stock Exchange
440 S. La Salle St., 40th Fl.
Chicago, IL 60605
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French refinement, complete with an art-adorned space, profoundly endures 40 floors above Chicago's Loop. More...

Geja's Cafe American
12/20
Dining Room at Geja 340 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
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Decades-old fondue restaurant that has seen its share of marriage proposals and anniversary celebrations. More...

Gilt Bar American
14/20
Dining Room at Gilt Bar, Chicago, IL 230 W. Kinzie St.
Chicago, IL 60654
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Rustic late-night fare and a hopping scene attract fashionable foodies to these River North digs. More...

Kiki's Bistro French
14/20
Dining Room at Kiki 900 N. Franklin St.
Chicago, IL 60610
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One of the best French bistros by a comfortable margin, Kiki's executes standards --- plus so much more --- with rousing results. More...

L2O Seafood
16/20
Dining Room at L2O, Chicago, IL The Belden Stratford
2300 N. Lincoln Park W.
Chicago, IL 60614
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Storied contemporary seafood cuisine and impeccable service. More...

Le Bouchon French
13/20
Dining Room at Le Bouchon, Chicago, IL 1958 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
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This quaint Chicago bistro has a myriad of peers, though few are its match. More...

Le Colonial Vietnamese
13/20
Dining Room at Le Colonial, Chicago, IL 937 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611
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An upscale, Vietnamese vibe prevails at this moody New York transplant. More...

Les Nomades French
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Dining Room at Les Nomades, Chicago, IL 222 E. Ontario St.
Chicago, IL 60611
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Les Nomades proves exciting---putting a fresh face on French cuisine---after all these years. More...

Lockwood Contemporary
14/20
Dining Room at Lockwood, Chicago, IL Palmer House Hilton
17 E. Monroe St., Lobby level
Chicago, IL 60603
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Lockwood has seen some kitchen changes, but we’re wholly on board with Joe Rose. More...

Maude’s Liquor Bar French
14/20
840 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607
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Gilt Bar's Brendan Sodikoff goes French with this sultry food-lovers' haven. More...

mk American
15/20
Dining Room at mk, Chicago, IL 868 N. Franklin St.
Chicago, IL 60610
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Special occasion or any occasion, Michael Kornick’s esteemed restaurant delivers divine dining. More...

North Pond French
15/20
Dining Room at North Pond, Chicago, IL 2610 N. Cannon Dr.
Chicago, IL 60614
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Seasonal, contemporary cuisine in the heart of Lincoln Park. More...

Prosecco Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Prosecco, Chicago, IL 710 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610
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Sedate, romantic and all grown up, this Italian restaurant comes from good stock. More...

Rose Angelis Italian
12/20
Dining Room at Rose Angelis, Chicago, IL 1314 W. Wrightwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
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Italian restaurant appropriate for date night, cost-conscious diners and vegetarians. More...

Salpicon Mexican
14/20
Dining Room at Salpicon, Chicago, IL 1252 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610

Dine on quality Mexican fare including one of the best flans around at this upscale spot. More...

Sepia Contemporary
15/20
Dining Room at Sepia, Chicago, IL 123 N. Jefferson St.
Chicago, IL 60661
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This modern speakeasy with a vintage feel serves seasonal American cuisine in a refined, attitude-free setting. More...

Signature Room at the 95th American
13/20
Dining Room at Signature Room at the 95th, Chicago, IL John Hancock Center
875 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
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It’s mostly about the stellar city views, though this John Hancock Center American passes the culinary test, too. More...

Spiaggia Italian
16/20
One Magnificent Mile, 2nd Floor
980 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
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Expensive but special occasion-worthy, this restaurant attracts well-heeled sophisticates. More...

Tallgrass Contemporary
15/20
Dining Room at Tallgrass, Lockport, IL 1006 S. State St.
Lockport, IL 60441
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It’s a long drive from the city, but this affordable (and truly special) spot is worth it. More...

Trattoria No. 10 Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Trattoria No. 10, Chicago, IL 10 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60602
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The homemade ravioli served here will leave you on cloud nine, while the central location is straight-up convenient. More...

TRU French
17/20
Dining Room at TRU, Chicago, IL 676 N. St. Clair St.
Chicago, IL 60611
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Progressive French cuisine from chef Anthony Martin. More...

Vie Modern American
17/20
Dining Room at Vie, Western Springs, IL 4471 Lawn Ave.
Western Springs, IL 60558
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Chef-owner Paul Virant's take on modern American cuisine is thoroughly enjoyed in austere environs. More...

The Village Italian
11/20
Dining Room at The Village, Chicago, IL The Italian Village
71 W. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603
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Intimate booths at this romantic Italian staple are tops among business-types and theatergoers. More...

Vivere Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Vivere, Chicago, IL The Italian Village, 1st Floor
71 W. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603
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Complex Italian dishes shine at this fine dining establishment in the Italian Village restaurant threesome. More...

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