2024 Best Restaurants with the Best Food in Chicago Area

Top Rated Restaurants
in Chicago

When it comes to reviewing and recommending restaurants, we believe that what is on the plate is by far the most important factor. We rate the food on a 20-point scale. Our take on the décor, service, ambience, wine list and other factors are explored within our full reviews, which are simply a click away.

Presented in alphabetical order, these Top 10 Restaurants earned the highest food ratings in Chicago.
 

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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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EL Ideas
15/20
Chef Phillip Foss wows with his experimental, ultra-intimate, set-price BYO micro-eatery. See More
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Monteverde
15/20
Surprisingly soulful Italian, including the freshest pasta in town, from a “Top Chef” alum. See More
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Next Restaurant
15/20
A globally inspired project from Alinea chef-restaurateur Grant Achatz. See More
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North Pond
15/20
Seasonal, contemporary cuisine in the heart of Lincoln Park. 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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Schwa
16/20
Foodies pack this small, artsy (and, sometimes, irreverent) spot for impressive avant-American fare. See More
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Sepia
15/20
This modern speakeasy with a vintage feel serves seasonal American cuisine in a refined, attitude-free setting. See More

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Topolobampo
16/20
Rick Bayless’ upscale Mexican restaurant in River North is as exciting as ever. 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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