Situated off the beaten path of Restaurant Row, just east of the Kennedy Expressway, Oriole didn't fall for the traditional trappings of a Michelin-starred restaurant. The cozy, understated dining room is just as welcoming of suits and LBDs as it is of T-shirts and jeans. Chef-owner Noah Sandoval dresses up the table with a parade of edible masterpieces—each bite more spectacular than the last. Do yourself a favor and don't peep the menu before you go—it's best to be surprised.
This may not be New York or San Francisco, but Chicagoans knows how to splash out on fine-dining experiences rife with caviar, truffles and palate cleansers. The best fancy restaurants in Chicago skip pretension and focus instead on spectacular flavors, wow-worthy presentation and killer wine lists, to boot. Whether you're looking to celebrate your birthday in Chicago or you just got a raise at work, these top-rated eateries will make you feel like a celebrity. From upscale sushi restaurants and posh steakhouses to raved-about tasting menus, there's something for every occasion. Take a look at our favorite fancy restaurants in Chicago and phone in your reservations ahead of time—tables at these top spots book fast.
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