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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Fat Rice is one of the best Chicago restaurants.

Chicago is a town that cares as much about Grant Achatz's newest concept as where to find the best burgers. 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 best cocktail bars.)

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Best steakhouses

When you want a steak, a classic wedge salad and a perfectly chilled martini, here's where to head

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Best Greek restaurants

From flaming saganaki to whole-roasted fish, these are the best Greek spots

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Best pizza places

These are the pizzerias that do Chicagoans proud

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Best Italian restaurants

From cozy neighborhood trattorias to fancy splurges, here's where to get Italian

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Best fine dining restaurants

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

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Best Thai restaurants

Explore complex flavor profiles at these outstanding Thai restaurants

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Best contemporary American

Our favorite spots for new twists on comfort food.

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Best Chinese restaurants

Find dim sum, roast duck and other Chinese dishes.

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Best French restaurants

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

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Best classic American restaurants

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

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Best German restaurants

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

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Best Japanese restaurants

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

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Best Indian restaurants

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

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Best Korean restaurants

Dig into kimchi to noodles at these Korean restaurants.

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Best Mexican restaurants

Your next great taco isn't far.

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Best Middle Eastern restaurants

Where to get falafel and hummus.

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Best Polish restaurants

Find pierogies, burek, stuffed cabbage and more.

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Best seafood restaurants

Where to get oysters, shrimp and more.

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Best burger restaurants

The best cheeseburgers and fries around town.

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Best Spanish restaurants

Where to find tapas, paella and other dishes

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Best hot dog stands

The best places for Chicago hot dogs and fries.

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Best vegetarian restaurants

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

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Best barbecue restaurants

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

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Best British food

Fish and chips, pints of beer and more.

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Best delis

From pastrami sandwiches to steaming bowls of matzo, here are the best delis

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Best Vietnamese restaurants

Where to get banh mi, pho and more

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Best pies

Pie is always in season

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Best diners

Drunk food, breakfast and more.

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Best pan-Asian restaurants

These spots do multiple cuisines well

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Best Cuban restaurants

Cuban sandwiches, empanadas and more.

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Best Latin American restaurants

Here's where to find empanadas, pisco sours and chimichurri

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Best Pakistani restaurants

Devon Avenue isn't just for Indian cuisine.

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Best African food

Where to eat Ethiopian and West African food

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Best coffee shops

Get your caffeine fix here

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Best Jamaican restaurants

Jerk chicken, please

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Comments

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Kent C
Kent C

I've never been to Chicago before. However, when they play my Phoenix Suns later this year, I will definitely be there! I love food, so I'll be excited to have an opportunity to go to a few of these restaurants. http://www.scotchnsirloin.com