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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Chicago / Illinois

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Chicago / Illinois? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Estrella Negra restaurant
4.8
4.8 (23)
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican
Logan Square
About the restaurant
Estrella Negra offers Mexican cuisine with updated flair. Its walls and tables are decorated with local artist artwork for a complimentary visual appeal. Featured on television shows such as Check Please! WGN 9 News and Chicago's Best, Estrella Negra is located on West Fullerton Avenue in the Bucktown/ Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. Local chef Otoniel Michel serves up Mexican gourmet street food with the likes of eclectic tamales and empanada samplers. Feast on their award winning tamarind wings, mango salsa enchiladas, goat cheese quesadillas, tacos, burritos and everyones favorite mommas home made pozole. Made both chicken and vegan. Estrella Negra serves a separate brunch menu on Sundays and provides several vegetarian options. It has a full bar with craft cocktails and house recipe collaboration beers. Estrella Negra welcomes reservations. Delivery and take-out services are also available.
Top review
CWMDWL
Dined on May 22, 2024
Nice little place in Bucktown. Zero pretention, no frills, super relaxed and friendly. Appetizers were great - as a Buffalonian, I was hesitant to order their wings. But much to my surprise, this Chicago establishment has one heck of a tasty wing sauce! Traditional Mexican fare was terrific, especially the items with chorizo. The Wednesday night jazz ensemble was terrific, wonderful atmosphere.
A photo of Rollapalooza restaurant
5.0
5 (355)
$30 and under
Sushi
Lakeview / East Lakeview
About the restaurant
COZY AND WARM RESTAURANT. FRESH AND DELICIOUS RESTAURANT. WE ARE NOT NO.1 RESTAURANT. HOWEVER WE DO OUR BEST TO SERVE OUR CUSTOMERS.
Top review
NedN
Dined on May 15, 2024
Always a wonderful experience at this little gem. Great service , where they remember your name ! Interesting and innovative food ! BYOB! How can you go wrong
About the restaurant
Step inside The Cellar Door, a unique experience from The Oakville Grill & Cellar in the Fulton Market District of Chicago that emulates the offerings of featured California vineyards, rotating monthly.

The Cellar Door tasting room offers seating for up to six guests from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and from 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays. During the tasting, you’ll savor select pours from the vineyard’s current selection. A chef-curated cheese & salumi pairing is available to add on to the experience.

Please note that access to the full dinner menu is not included in this experience, and reservations are required ahead of time to secure a table after or before the experience. Our team will do our best to accommodate any last-minute requests.

Top review
Lg790vip
Dined 5 days ago
This was a wonderful experience and I’ve already booked my next tasting. Small and intimate. The sommelier was so knowledgeable.
A photo of Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurant - Montgomery restaurant
4.7
4.7 (100)
$30 and under
American
Oswego
About the restaurant
Experience the perfect fusion of award-winning wines, Napa-style tasting rooms, and modern casual dining at Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants. Enjoy contemporary American cuisine influenced by international flavors from our scratch kitchen. Each dish is expertly paired with our selection of wines for the best food and wine match. Whether you explore the tasting room for a pre- or post-dinner adventure or join the world's largest wine club, we believe in the power of food and wine to create lasting connections. Dining reservations are highly recommended, but walk-in guests are always welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis. Gluten-free and vegetarian dishes are available.
Top review
TammieHvip
Dined 1 day ago
The food and wine were amazing! Our service was excellent. Thank you Vida for treating us so well and making our experience even better!
A photo of Molly's Kitchen & Bar restaurant
5.0
5 (433)
$30 and under
American
Mount Carroll
About the restaurant
Located in Mount Carroll, IL, Molly’s Kitchen & Bar serves
Classic Cuisine and Cocktails made from scratch.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 17, 2024
Really pleasant waistaff, delicious food, welcoming patio. Thanks for a nice dinner!
A photo of Casa Madai restaurant
5.0
5 (11)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Pilsen
About the restaurant
Casa Madai is an Omakase inspired restaurant fusing Japanese and Mexican cuisine in the most authentic and reverent way possible. This project has been brought to life by Ismael Lucero Lopez, a well known and respected sushi chef, whose experience began in Chicago in 1999 at Mirai Sushi. Working alongside his mentor chef Junzan Ichikawa, Ismael perfected the skills of proper Osaka sushi preparation and presentation. Not only was Junzan a mentor, he became the source of inspiration to continue in search for greater things, because he believed in Ismael and his potential. Since then, he has worked at multiple prestigious Japanese restaurants such as Japonais, Rebar, Kissaki Omakase in New York City, Tengoku, and Arami. From the midwest, to the east coast, Ismael has shared his passion for sushi and always works hard to be better everyday in his skill.
Top review
SPLB
Dined on May 9, 2024
Impeccable fish. Unbeatable price. Expert preparation. Brilliantly balancing sushi purity while expressing their Mexican heritage. Must visit!
A photo of NM Café - Northbrook restaurant
4.8
4.8 (612)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Northbrook
About the restaurant
THE NM CAFE located in Neiman Marcus NORTHBROOK is open to socially distanced seating, in accordance with local jurisdiction guidelines.

Laid-back luxe. Experience delightful dishes in a casual, contemporary atmosphere at the NM Café® NORTHBROOK. Muted lighting and understated, modern decor create the perfect environment for a midday retreat. Whether dining with a group or simply ordering upscale take-out, expect delectable food and exceptional service that is synonymous with Neiman Marcus.


Let The NM Cafe® host your next Baby or Bridal Shower. We have the perfect atmosphere and menu for you and your guests.

Top review
tikavip
Dined on May 18, 2024
Great menu and friendly service. The food was delicious!
A photo of Roscoe's Tavern restaurant
4.9
4.9 (202)
$30 and under
American
Roscoe Village
About the restaurant
Welcome to Roscoe’s Tavern, Chicago’s leader in nightlife and entertainment. Guests must be 21+ and present valid ID for entry.


Top review
Will
Dined 4 days ago
Great brunch. Burger was perfect, but the Bloody Mary was the best I’ve had in a restaurant in ages!
A photo of The Omakase Room at Sushi-san restaurant
4.9
4.9 (49)
$50 and over
Japanese
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
The Omakase Room at Sushi-san is a culmination of Master Sushi Chefs Kaze Chan and Shigeru Kitano’s combined experience defining the Chicago sushi scene. While the menu and service are informed by tradition, guests can expect a transcendent experience that breaks down the formality and austerity usually accompanying omakase dining. Each dinner in the warm, modern, and intimate ten-seat space features luxury ingredients from around the world. Sophisticated and carefully curated beverage pairings are available to complement the meal.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
Delicious! Enjoyed every bit and did not leave hungry. The caviar/duck egg/toro tartare on brioche, the Kama toro and the wagyu course were the ultimate bites of the night! Did the $65 mocktail pairing- amazing. 5 awesome drinks- I will definitely do this every time from now on!
A photo of Centennial Crafted Beer & Eatery restaurant
4.9
4.9 (382)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
At Centennial, our passion is craft beer and our focus is simple: to celebrate craft beer. Beer can bring people together on a common ground and has the ability to create a community. Beer can elevate food. Beer is culture.

We feature 56 taps with a selection of 36 rotating craft beers. In addition to our taps, we feature a high volume of beers available in bottles and cans, as well as a curated selection of craft spirits and wines.

Centennial also features chef-driven food with an emphasis on craft beer. The menu focuses on beer pairings and incorporating beer as an ingredient. Centennial also features smoked, char grilled, and wood-fired ingredients.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 11, 2024
Very yummy and good service, we will be back for sure
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