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Diners' Choice: Neighbourhood gem restaurants in Chicago / Illinois

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighbourhood gems 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 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
A photo of Komorebi restaurant
4.9
4.9 (235)
$30 and under
Sushi
Bucktown / Wicker Park
About the restaurant
Japanese restaurant with elegantly plated sushi, rolls & cooked fare in a rustic-chic storefront.
Top review
MikePvip
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent sushi. BYOB do be prepared. Waitstaff was really helpful.
A photo of West Town Bakery - West Town restaurant
4.9
4.9 (10)
$30 and under
American
West Town
About the restaurant
West Town Bakery is a Chicago staple for anyone craving coffee, sandwiches, cakes, pastries, and seasonal treats. Home of the "cake ball," West Town Bakery has five locations, in River North, The Loop, West Town, Wrigleyville, and Wheeling. Come to satisfy your hunger or sweet tooth, and stay for the upbeat vibes, excellent service, and offerings for everyone.

Our aim is to blend Chicago's urban street art and music, while focusing on the techniques and flavors of the pastry scene. From our managers and chefs to our bakers and baristas, each member is instrumental in the creation of our breads, pastries, coffees and cakes, based on the principal belief that everyone should be able to have their cake and eat it too.
Top review
ThePDR
Dined on May 19, 2024
We had some pastry, the smoked salmon bagel sandwich, and a benedict. All were great and portions were filling! Coffee was solid (and props for making a proper macchiato!) Very welcoming vibe and decor. The service was prompt and our server was fantastic.
A photo of Trattoria 225 restaurant
4.8
4.8 (539)
$30 and under
Italian
Oak Park
About the restaurant
Trattoria 225 is a full service restaurant and bar featuring rustic Italian dining. We offer wood-fired pizza, fresh salads, house-made pastas and a variety of artisan gelato. We strongly believe in supporting local producers and using organic products whenever possible. Our entire menu is available Gluten Free including our signature pizzas.

Our mission is simple... to provide you, your family and friends with a fantastic, affordable meal that incorporates quality, organic, local and sustainable products in a space that is warm, inviting and fun.

We look forward to seeing you.
Top review
susings
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
The atmosphere is delightful, sort of a deconstructed Tuscan feel with an artistic flare. I'd love to hear more music, maybe more art on the walls. Comfortable chairs, good distance between tables. Service was exemplary and the food was carefully prepared and scrumptious!!
A photo of Big Star Wicker Park restaurant
4.8
4.8 (12)
$30 and under
Mexican
Bucktown / Wicker Park
About the restaurant
Big Star's original Wicker Park location offers a taco-slinging atmosphere complemented by an extensive house-selected single barrel bourbon program.

interested in hosting an event or large group with us?
email vipevents@oneoffhospitality.com to book with us today!
Top review
JaynieFvip
Dined on May 22, 2024
Great service and food! Margaritas fresh lime! Great!
A photo of Sushi Mura restaurant
4.8
4.8 (23)
$30 and under
Sushi
Lakeview / East Lakeview
About the restaurant
Sushi Mura is located in Chicago, Illinois, and serves Japanese cuisine in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Enjoy one of the restaurantÕs specials named after a regular customer and youÕll see how Sushi Mura cares for the diners. The menu for lunch and dinner at Sushi Mura contains a mixture of the traditional dishes youÕll find in many Japanese restaurants and many unusual ones as well. Some of these include sweet jalapeno, DannyÕs super awesome roll, white dragon roll, temptation roll, shumai, gyoza, seaweed salad, bi-bim-bop, katsu, ramen and yaki soba. Desserts like the tempura ice cream are a perfect ending.
Top review
NicO
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Lovely sushi, sashimi, and apps; comfy/pretty outdoor space.
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 Mr. Benny's Steakhouse restaurant
4.8
4.8 (690)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Mokena
About the restaurant
Steak and Seafood serving Prime and Black Angus and wild species of seafood
South African and Australian cold water lobster tails along with wild Alaskan salmon and Canadian fresh water walleye and lake perch. Along with other Mr Benny"s specialties.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
Delicious! Great steak, crab legs, and martinis. Love the double baked potatoes!
A photo of Sushi Badaya Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (42)
$31 to $50
Sushi
Highland Park
About the restaurant
Sushi Restaurant | Omakaze
Sashimi & Sushi Roll & Maki
Sushi Restaurant Highland Park
Prepared daily with top quality & fresh ingredients by Sushi Badaya Restaurant
Omakaze Signature Course. Varities of top rated Wine and sake are also available.
Top review
WindyCityTravelervip
Dined 4 days ago
Awesome sushi restaurant! We will definitely be back soon!
A photo of Avli Taverna - Lincoln Park restaurant
4.7
4.7 (12)
$31 to $50
Greek
Lincoln Park
About the restaurant
Avli Taverna, located on a quiet tree-lined street in Lincoln Park, offers contemporary and classic Greek small plates, mains, and desserts as well as approachable Greek wines and inventive cocktails.

Enjoy our inviting dining room, lively bar, and seasonal outdoor patio that’s dog-friendly for dinner, lunch, and brunch! We look forward to having you in to experience our core philosophies of Philoxenia (hospitality), Meraki (passion) and Kefi (joy).

For groups of 9 to 17, please call the restaurant at (773) 857-5577 to book. For parties of 18 or larger, contact our team here: https://www.avli.us/tripleseat-form-avli
Top review
KatieB
Dined 1 day ago
The food was delicious, our server was fantastic and just the right amount of attention given to us.
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