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The Best Restaurants in Chicago

Momotaro in Chicago is a spacious spot with a huge Japanese menu and updated cocktails

We have dined at many Windy City restaurants, and we want to share with you the very best restaurants in Chicago. Whether you are looking for the highest-rated Chicago restaurants when it comes to food, or the most romantic meal, you can follow these top 10 Chicago restaurant lists and recommendations. Here you can find the best restaurants in Chicago in a variety of categories.


Kuma's Corner is one of the Top 10 Burger Joints in Chicago

American - See how chefs are modernizing American cuisine

Barbecue - Get your fill of ribs, brisket and more tasty BBQ

Bistros - French fare in a casual atmosphere

Brunch - Make the weekend count with a stellar brunch

Burgers - Taking the humble hamburger to another level

Business Dining - Impress your clients at these restaurants

BYOB - Bring your own beer or wine to these spots

Cheap Eats - Great bites on a budget

Chef's Tables - Enjoy a personalized dining experience

Chinese - Where to find the best dim sum and more

Classic Restaurants - Landmark restaurants steeped in history

Easter Brunch - Savor Easter brunch with family and friends

Father's Day - Treat Dad to a meal he won't forget

Food Ratings - Chicago restaurants with the highest ratings

French - Take your taste buds on a trip to France

Happy Hour - The best drink and food specials in Chicago

Heart-Healthy - Restaurants that won't bust your diet

Ice Cream - Top spots for ice cream and gelato

Italian - Satisfy your craving for Italian food

Japanese - Ramen, robata and more

Kid-Friendly - Great restaurants for families in Chicago

Lounges - Unwind with a cocktail

Mexican - South-of-the-border flavors

Mother's Day Brunch - A special brunch for a special lady

New & Notable - Hip, new Chicago restaurants

New Year's Eve - Celebrate with a midnight Champagne toast

Open Late - Restaurants serving food past 11 p.m.

Outdoor Dining - Chicago's best restaurant patios

Pizza - Top picks for thin-crust and deep-dish

Power Breakfast - Schedule a morning meeting

Power Lunch - Strike a deal over a meal

Romantic - In the mood for love

Seafood - Fresh, impeccably prepared seafood

Sexy Restaurants - Seductive settings for dining

Small Plates - More manageable portions perfect for sharing

Special Occasion - Ideas for anniversaries and birthdays

Steakhouses - Where to find the best steak in Chicago

Sushi - Savor some topnotch sashimi

Thai - Fiery curries, noodles and more

Thanksgiving - Traditional turkey feasts

Valentine's Day - Special menus for February 14th

Value - Get the most bang for your buck

Vegetarian - Memorable meatless meals

View - Admire the Chicago skyline while you eat

Wine Bars - Sip a glass of vino at these spots

Wine Lists - Restaurants for oenophiles


Siena Tavern is one of the Best Chicago Italian Restaurants
With so many great restaurants in Chicago, it can be difficult to narrow a list down to just 10 restaurants to be featured in a particular culinary category. These lists below offer more suggestions for the best seafood, steakhouses and more.



British & Irish Pubs


Cheap Eats

Happy Hour


Ice Cream



Outdoor Dining





Value Restaurants


GAYOT has you covered for the holidays with ideas on where to dine out for Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve in Chicago. Find out where to take that special someone for a romantic meal on Valentine's Day.

Easter Brunch

Mother's Day

New Year's Eve

St. Patrick's Day


Valentine's Day


Check out the 2015 edition of GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Issue, which features the Top 40 Restaurants in the US and more.