Best Chicago restaurants: Our picks for every cuisine

Think outside the deep dish pizza for the best Chicago restaurants. Let our up-to-date guide help you find great Italian food, steakhouses, Greek cuisine and more.



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Don't miss the roast chicken at Bavette's, one of the best restaurants in Chicago.

Don't miss the roast chicken at Bavette's, one of the best restaurants in Chicago. Photograph: Martha Williams

Chicago is a town that cares as much about Grant Achatz's newest concept at Next as where to find the best burger. Hence it's with an equal passion for worthwhile splurges and cheap eats that we present our picks for the best restaurants in Chicago. (Tip: Begin or end your culinary adventures at one of Chicago's iconic cocktail bars.) We'll be adding to this list throughout the year with more cuisines and bars, so keep checking back.

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Best steakhouses

Here are the best Chicago restaurants for a steak—not to mention a classic wedge salad and a perfectly chilled martini.

Best Greek restaurants

From flaming saganaki to whole-roasted fish, these are the best Greek restaurants in Chicago.

Best pizza places

Whether hawking deep-dish pizza or turning out thin-crust, square-cut pies, these are the pizzerias that do Chicagoans proud.

Best Italian restaurants

From cozy neighborhood trattorias to fancy splurges, these are the best places to eat Italian food in Chicago.

Best fine dining restaurants

These upscale restaurants create the best culinary feasts and luxurious dining experiences.

Best Thai restaurants

Explore pad thai and other spicy and complex flavor profiles at these outstanding Thai restaurants in Chicago.

Best contemporary American

Our favorite spots for new twists on comfort food.

Best Chinese restaurants

Find dim sum, roast duck and other Chinese dishes.

Best French restaurants

Say oui oui to everything from snails to crepes to steak frites.

Best classic American restaurants

The best burgers, brunch spots and comfort-food joints in Chicago.

Best German restaurants

Chicago's rich German heritage is on display via bratwurst, German beer and more.

Best Japanese restaurants

Pick up the chopsticks and dig into maki, sashimi and more.

Best Indian restaurants

From Devon Ave. to Wicker Park, Chicago's best Indian restaurants.

Best Korean restaurants

Dig into kimchi to noodles at these Korean restaurants.

Best Mexican restaurants

Your next great taco isn't far.

Best Middle Eastern restaurants

Where to get falafel and hummus.

Best Polish restaurants

Find pierogies, burek, stuffed cabbage and more.

Best seafood restaurants

Where to get oysters, shrimp and more.

Best burger restaurants

The best cheeseburgers and fries around town.

Best Spanish restaurants

Where to find tapas, paella and other dishes.

Best hot dog stands

The best places for Chicago hot dogs and fries.

Best vegetarian restaurants

Where to get tofu, seitan and straight-up veggies.

Best barbecue restaurants

Pulled pork, rib tips and all the smoked meat you can think of.

Best British food

Fish and chips, pints of beer and more.

Best delis

From towering pastrami sandwiches to steaming bowls of matzo soup, here are the best delis in Chicago.

Best Vietnamese restaurants

Banh mi, pho and more.

Best pies

Pie is always in season.

Best diners

Drunk food, breakfast and more.

Best pan-Asian restaurants

These spots do multiple cuisines well.

Best Cuban restaurants

Cuban sandwiches, empanadas and more.

Best Latin American restaurants

Empanadas, pisco sours and chimichurri

Best Pakistani restaurants

Devon Avenue isn't just for Indian cuisine.

Best African food

Where to eat Ethiopian and West African food.

Best coffee shops

Get your caffeine fix here.

Best Jamaican restaurants

Jerk chicken, please.

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