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Best Chicago Seafood Restaurants


Nothing is more disappointing than going to an oceanfront restaurant, only to discover that the bland fish you're eating was frozen between being caught and being served to you. The best seafood is fresh, and prepared in such a way as to accent the natural flavors of the sea without overwhelming them. Presented in alphabetical order, here are the 2014 top seafood restaurants in Chicago.

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Acadia Contemporary
15/20
Dining Room at Acadia, Chicago, IL 1639 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616

Ryan McCaskey delivers fine, seafood-driven plates at this Maine-inspired American in the South Loop. 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...

Bob Chinn's Crab House Seafood
12/20
Dining Room at Bob Chinn 393 S. Milwaukee Ave.
Wheeling, IL 60090
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It’s all about the crab (okay, fresh seafood, too) at this perpetually packed north ’burb shack. More...

Cape Cod Room Seafood
12/20
Dining Room at Cape Cod Room, Chicago, IL The Drake Hotel
140 E. Walton St.
Chicago, IL 60611
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Longtime seafood joint in The Drake Hotel attracts well-heeled tourists and locals for fresh catches and star sightings. More...

Catch 35 Seafood
12/20
Dining Room at Catch 35, Chicago, IL Leo Burnett Building
35 W. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
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A haunt for pre-theater fare, this seafooder occasionally breaks the mold. More...

Davis Street Fishmarket Seafood
13/20
Dining Room at Davis Street Fishmarket, Evanston, IL 501 Davis St.
Evanston, IL 60201
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This casual Evanston seafooder is known for its super-fresh catches. More...

Di Pescara Seafood
13/20
Dining Room at Di Pescara, Northbrook, IL Northbrook Court
2124 Northbrook Ct.
Northbrook, IL 60062
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A mall-centered seafood restaurant from Lettuce Entertain You that will leave you hooked. More...

Fish Bar Seafood
12/20
2956 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
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The DMK Burger Bar crew does it again, this time with approachable fresh catches. More...

GT Fish & Oyster Seafood
14/20
Dining Room at GT Fish & Oyster, Chicago, IL 531 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60654
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Boka Restaurant Group's Giuseppe Tentori brings oysters and fish up to date in a sleek, casual setting. More...

Hugo's Frog Bar Seafood
13/20
Dining Room at Hugo 1024 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611
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Bustling seafood spot known for its namesake dish, plus fine steaks and fresh seafood. More...

Joe's Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab Seafood
13/20
Dining Room at Joe 60 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
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This always-bustling Miami seafood transplant has its specialties down to a science. 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...

Nick's Fishmarket Seafood
12/20
10275 West Higgins Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018
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There’s nothing second-rate about this handsome, seafood-minded suburban catch. More...

Oceanique Seafood
13/20
Dining Room at Oceanique, Evanston, IL 505 Main St.
Evanston, IL 60202

Seasonal, locally sourced produce and fresh catches from a decades-old North Shore fish house. More...

Riva Italian
13/20
Dining Room at Riva, Chicago, IL Navy Pier
700 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
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Waterfront seafooder that’s an urbane respite amid tourist-ridden Navy Pier. More...

Roy's Hawaii Regional
14/20
Dining Room at Roy One Superior Place
720 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60654
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Theatrically upscale, aloha-influenced seafood chain from Roy Yamaguchi. More...

Shaw's Crab House Seafood
13/20
Dining Room at Shaw 21 E. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60611
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High-end, sustainable seafood restaurant with great crab cakes and legs, and notable raw oysters and fish preparations. More...

Tin Fish Seafood
13/20
Dining Room at Tin Fish, Tinley Park, IL 18201 Harlem Ave.
Tinley Park, IL 60477
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A fine fish house that rarely misses the mark and allows you to design your own dish. More...



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