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Both locals and tourists alike need fuel to start their day—and no matter what neighborhood you're in, a memorable brunch is never far away in the Windy City. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find everything from neighborhood gems to buzzy pizzerias, airy seafood spots to white-tableclothed steakhouses—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best brunch spots around the city. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:Shaw's Crab House - Chicago, Margeaux Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria, Mon Ami Gabi
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Seafood, French
Neighborhoods:River North (Chicago), Gold Coast / Streeterville, Lincoln Park
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$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
10,012 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Shaw's Crab House is a big and bustling restaurant that pays homage to fish and seafood specialties. Besides the usual popular dishes, the kitchen here presents treats like PacificRead more
95% recommended
Seafood in Chicago / Illinois
291 people mentioned the Oyster Bar
$$$$·French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
505 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Margeaux Brasserie offers a classic, French dining experience that will transport you back to 1920s Paris. Chef Michael Mina has crafted a decadent menu with signature dishes like Read more
84% recommended
19 people mentioned the Dover Sole
$$$$·French·
Lincoln Park
4,465 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Mon Ami Gabi is a classic French bistro that embraces the culture of France in its menu and atmosphere. They are famous for their Sunday brunch, which features items like the omeleRead more
94% recommended
French in Chicago / Illinois
67 people mentioned the French Onion Soup
$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
3,194 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
Situated in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, Summer House offers the perfect escape into the warmth and beachy vibes of the West Coast. The restaurant has complete beach house decor Read more
92% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
91 people mentioned the Monica
$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Lincoln Park
5,656 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
Located in Lincoln Park, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! Is Chicago’s original tapas restaurant. Chef Gabino Sotelino designed a delicious sharing menu of tapas, pintxos, and paella so that guesRead more
97% recommended
Tapas / Small Plates in Chicago / Illinois
1,042 people mentioned the Sangria
$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
3,275 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
Located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood with a view of the dramatic Chicago skyline, North Pond has one of the loveliest locations in the city. Chef David Sherman has built a menuRead more
90% recommended
20 people mentioned the Amuse Bouche
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$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
4,737 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
  • Fun
Located in River North, HUB 51 is a hotbed of entertainment, dining, and drinking every day of the week. Considered a “social dining hub,” it’s a great spot for groups and businessRead more
91% recommended
57 people mentioned the Short Rib
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$$$$·Pizzeria·
Lincoln Park
838 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
Stella Barra is an upscale mini-chain that focuses on artisanal pizza. They feature both red and white thin-crust pies plus a few starters and salads, and you can order your pie exRead more
94% recommended
Pizzeria in Chicago / Illinois
22 people mentioned the Gluten Free Pizza
$$$$·Steak·
River North (Chicago)
6,377 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Waterfront
Chicago’s Cut Steakhouse is a steak-centric spot that serves up USDA-certified prime beef, hand cut and dry aged on site. It features a variety of made-to-order cuts along with fisRead more
86% recommended
Scenic View in Chicago / Illinois
107 people mentioned the Prime Rib
$$$$·Steak·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
5,540 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse is an exciting place to meet for brunch with a lively setting and beautiful atmosphere. They serve their lunch menu for brunch on Saturday and Sundays aRead more
95% recommended
Steak in Chicago
71 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
11,987 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Joe’s is a go-to spot for both seafood and steak lovers and is a spinoff of the legendary Miami Beach original. The seafood is flown in fresh daily and, of course, the Florida stonRead more
96% recommended
Seafood in Chicago / Illinois
1,240 people mentioned the Stone Crab
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$$$$·Vietnamese·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4,063 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Le Colonial is a restaurant that celebrates the vivid flavors and spirit of Colonial Southeast Asia. Perfect for a date, space has exquisite decor and savory authentic Vietnamese cRead more
92% recommended
56 people mentioned the Red Snapper
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$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
8,262 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
Quartino is an urban Italian restaurant and wine bar that offers what many Italian food lovers consider the best brunch in Chicago. You can order one of their deliciously spicy friRead more
93% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
109 people mentioned the Calamari
$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
696 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Waterfront
Gibson’s Italia is a modern steakhouse in the River North neighborhood of Chicago that features a wide selection of beef and authentic Italian pasta and risottos. Their lunch and bRead more
97% recommended
Best Ambiance in Chicago / Illinois
5 people mentioned the NY Strip
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$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
1,177 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
Nonnina is an old-school Italian restaurant with an upscale vibe. The menu leans to grandma’s recipes, bringing them into a sleek atmosphere that makes for the perfect brunch spotRead more
94% recommended
18 people mentioned the Duck Ragu
$$$$·Japanese·
River North (Chicago)
435 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
Located in River North, Sushi San serves up fresh fish, crispy hand rolls, binchotan roasted meats, and an ice-cold beer—all to the soundtrack of a DJ pumping out beats. They featuRead more
96% recommended
7 people mentioned the Kim Chi
$$$$·Steak·
River North (Chicago)
4,151 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, RPM Steak is a modern version of a traditional steakhouse and has an award-winning wine list, a contemporary menu, and a fantastic brRead more
94% recommended
Steak in Chicago / Illinois
186 people mentioned the Cotton Candy
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$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
4,405 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Blackbird is a critically acclaimed restaurant that has been churning out imaginative Midwestern cuisine in the West Loop for the past few years. The atmosphere is smooth and elegaRead more
93% recommended
Contemporary American in Chicago
92 people mentioned the Endive Salad
$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
3,589 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Sepia is a stylish and warm restaurant that has both a rustic and contemporary feel. Chef Andrew Zimmerman created a product-driven seasonal menu that showcases the purity and qualRead more
89% recommended
26 people mentioned the Arctic Char
$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
298 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
If you're looking for brunch, why not head to the restaurant itself! Brunch is a fun and lively brunch place on New Orleans Street that features a menu of fun, shareable options liRead more
90% recommended
23 people mentioned the French Toast
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