2024 Best Special Occasion Restaurants in Chicago Area

Birthday or Anniversary Dinners
in Chicago

Whether it's an anniversary dinner, graduation brunch, birthday or family reunion meal, special occasions call for special restaurants. Sure, it might turn out to be pricey, but these memorable meals don't come around very often.

Presented in alphabetical order, these top Chicago restaurants all have the goods — food, service, ambience — to make sure your next occasion is an affair to remember.

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Alinea

Modern American, Progressive, Molecular
Alinea
18/20
Chef Grant Achatz presents culinary wizardry with a playfulness that belies the exceptional quality and presentation of the dishes. See More
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Brindille
14/20
Elegant French entrant from Carrie Nahabedian (Naha). See More

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Cindy's
13/20
Airy cocktail bar and restaurant atop the trendy Chicago Athletic Association Hotel serving modern Midwestern fare alongside mixologist creations. See More
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Oriole

New American, Contemporary
Oriole
15/20
A duo of chefs strike off on their own with an elaborate tasting menu in the West Loop. See More

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Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
Roka Akor
13/20
Decadent and full of surprises, this downtown restaurant benefits from its heart-of-nightlife-district location, with off-the-clock professionals and couples flooding in for the buzzy scene. See More

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Vie
17/20
Chef-owner Paul Virant's take on modern American cuisine is thoroughly enjoyed in austere environs. See More
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