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Diners' Choice: Best Value restaurants in Chicago / Illinois

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best value 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 favorite 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
NedNvip
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 Waterleaf Restaurant - Glen Ellyn restaurant
4.8
4.8 (296)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Glen Ellyn
About the restaurant
Welcome to our classroom! Waterleaf, located in College of DuPage’s Culinary & Hospitality Center, is a dining experience that offers real-life training to Culinary, Baking & Pastry Arts, and Hospitality students. Patrons will enjoy menus utilizing fresh regional and seasonal ingredients prepared by Culinary & Pastry students as well as attentive service from our student servers.
Limited seating is available at each event and reservations are required. Reservations may be made until an event is sold out. For parties of 6 or more, please call us directly at 630-942-2284.
Top review
darlenegvip
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Waterleaf is a student run operation so a little patience is appreciated but the experience is just so enjoyable. It's a very pleasant and relaxing vibe and the dishes are beautifully plated and the servers are quite attentive. The food is always interesting and fresh and tasty. Waterleaf is a winner!
A photo of Centennial Crafted Beer & Eatery restaurant
4.9
4.9 (386)
$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 Diner
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
Excellent beer and food. Our server made some great recommendations from huge choice and they were all excellent . If you like good beer and are in chicago you should visit
A photo of West Town Bakery - West Town restaurant
4.8
4.8 (11)
$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
dinervip
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
Nice neighborhood place, fairly easily accessed off the Kennedy Expy so you don't have to deal with the hassle of the Loop to have a breakfast meeting. We had people coming from out of town from North and West, so this was a perfect gathering spot. Food was good and it was great to be able to know a table was reserved so we would have to wait for a table.
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 on Jun 9, 2024
Excellent sushi. BYOB do be prepared. Waitstaff was really helpful.
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 25, 2024
Incredible experience with so much knowledge shared. Highly recommend.
A photo of Via Carducci - Wicker Park restaurant
4.8
4.8 (618)
$30 and under
Italian
Bucktown / Wicker Park
About the restaurant
Rustic Southern Italian Cuisine features plenty of natural ingredients from the four basic food groups. Here at Via Carducci we use only fresh ingredients to insure the best possible quality. We feature regional Italian wines that best complement the cuisine of Southern Italy. Since we cannot take you back to Calabria, we have brought a little of Calabria to you.
Top review
Zagorzanvip
Dined on May 24, 2024
Always a great stop in the neighborhood. Staff and Giovanni the owner are always attentive. Food is great. A real neighborhood Italian restaurant.
A photo of Osito's Tap restaurant
4.7
4.7 (184)
$30 and under
Speakeasy
Cicero
About the restaurant
Established in 2019, Osito’s Tap is a “speakeasy” style bar focused on the art of craft spirts, craft beer & craft cocktails. Located in the heart of the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago, our community oriented bar brings a modern Latin flair to a classic Chicago vibe. Once home to a Bohemian bar in the early 1900’s for Czech immigrants, this historic Grey-stone building was the front to an underground bookie joint. We pay homage to our community’s past by blending our neighborhoods rich history with Little Village’s current Latino culture. Here at Osito’s Tap, we aim to give our customers a unique and interactive experience filled with exotic and rare drinks by incorporating our values of education, community, inclusiveness and enjoyment.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 19, 2024
Had not been there for brunch in a while, Omg it was so good a must try for the Brunch cocktails and food was delicious.
A photo of Molly's Kitchen & Bar restaurant
5.0
5 (442)
$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 Jun 8, 2024
Will definitely be back! The food was delicious and Sara, our waitress was super! We sat outside and really enjoyed the atmosphere. What a treasure in Mt. Carroll!
A photo of Franco's Ristorante restaurant
4.8
4.8 (624)
$30 and under
Italian
Bridgeport
About the restaurant
If your preferred time is unavailable please call for possible openings.

Franco's Ristorante is the perfect combination of old world Italian classics and your new favorite pasta dishes. We've been around for over 27 years and have perfected our craft. Some of our most famous dishes include whipped ricotta tuffo, sausage and peppers, eggplant parmigiana and gnocchi.

Our great food and atmosphere helped us earn the honor of being named the Chicago Reader's 2016 "best place for a cheap date" and "best local restaurant."

You will be wowed when you step inside our bright, airy and modern restaurant. You can enjoy a drink at our new marble-topped bar or cozy up to tables with bright red-leather chairs and banquettes in the dining room. In the summer we are happy to offer outdoor seating that allows dogs.
Top review
VIVALADIVAvip
Dined 3 days ago
Waiter was awesome, Food was very good, great pasta dishes. Don't leave without trying the Limoncello dessert flute. Mama Mia!
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