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The Best Restaurants
in Chicago

Admire the Windy City from the Signature Room at the 95th, one of GAYOT's Top 10 View 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 Chicago restaurant lists and recommendations. Here you can find the best restaurants in Chicago in a variety of categories.


Savor creative, artsy dishes at Schwa, one of GAYOT's Top 10 Special Occasion Restaurants 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

Breakfast - Start the day off right with an omelet or pancakes

British & Irish Pubs - Raise a pint and enjoy some pub grub

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

Delivery - Tasty food delivered to your door

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

New & Notable - Hip, new Chicago restaurants

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

Takeout - Delicious food for pick-up

Thai - Fiery curries, noodles and more

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


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.

New Year's Eve

Super Bowl

Valentine's Day

St. Patrick's Day

Easter Brunch

Mother's Day



New Year's Eve


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2022 GAYOT RESTAURANT AWARDSReflecting on our dinners of 2022, some restaurants have ingrained in our memory an impression to remember stronger than others.
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