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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
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$$$$·Seafood·
Chicago
10,217 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Shaw's Crab House is a big and bustling restaurant that pays homage to fish and seafood specialties. Besides the usual popular dishes, the kitchen here presents treats like PacificRead more
94% recommended
Seafood in Chicago / Illinois
291 people mentioned the Oyster Bar
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$$$$·French·
Chicago
573 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Margeaux Brasserie offers a classic, French dining experience that will transport you back to 1920s Paris. Chef Michael Mina has crafted a decadent menu with signature dishes like Read more
84% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Chicago / Illinois
19 people mentioned the Dover Sole
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$$$$·French·
Chicago
4,562 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Mon Ami Gabi is a classic French bistro that embraces the culture of France in its menu and atmosphere. They are famous for their Sunday brunch, which features items like the omeleRead more
94% recommended
French in Chicago / Illinois
67 people mentioned the French Onion Soup
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$$$$·American·
Chicago
3,338 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
Situated in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, Summer House offers the perfect escape into the warmth and beachy vibes of the West Coast. The restaurant has complete beach house decor Read more
94% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
91 people mentioned the Monica
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$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Chicago
5,802 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
Located in Lincoln Park, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! Is Chicago’s original tapas restaurant. Chef Gabino Sotelino designed a delicious sharing menu of tapas, pintxos, and paella so that guesRead more
96% recommended
Tapas / Small Plates in Chicago / Illinois
1,042 people mentioned the Sangria
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$$$$·American·
Chicago
3,308 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood with a view of the dramatic Chicago skyline, North Pond has one of the loveliest locations in the city. Chef David Sherman has built a menuRead more
85% recommended
Romantic in Chicago
20 people mentioned the Amuse Bouche
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$$$$·American·
Chicago
4,737 reviews
  • Fun
  • Bar Seating
  • Business Meals
Located in River North, HUB 51 is a hotbed of entertainment, dining, and drinking every day of the week. Considered a “social dining hub,” it’s a great spot for groups and businessRead more
88% recommended
57 people mentioned the Short Rib
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$$$$·Pizzeria·
Chicago
865 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
Stella Barra is an upscale mini-chain that focuses on artisanal pizza. They feature both red and white thin-crust pies plus a few starters and salads, and you can order your pie exRead more
91% recommended
Pizzeria in Chicago / Illinois
22 people mentioned the Gluten Free Pizza
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$$$$·Steak·
Chicago
6,515 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Waterfront
Chicago’s Cut Steakhouse is a steak-centric spot that serves up USDA-certified prime beef, hand cut and dry aged on site. It features a variety of made-to-order cuts along with fisRead more
85% recommended
107 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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$$$$·Steak·
Chicago
5,708 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse is an exciting place to meet for brunch with a lively setting and beautiful atmosphere. They serve their lunch menu for brunch on Saturday and Sundays aRead more
94% recommended
Steak in Chicago
71 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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$$$$·Seafood·
Chicago
12,288 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Joe’s is a go-to spot for both seafood and steak lovers and is a spinoff of the legendary Miami Beach original. The seafood is flown in fresh daily and, of course, the Florida stonRead more
96% recommended
Seafood in Chicago / Illinois
1,240 people mentioned the Stone Crab
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$$$$·Vietnamese·
Chicago
4,242 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Le Colonial is a restaurant that celebrates the vivid flavors and spirit of Colonial Southeast Asia. Perfect for a date, space has exquisite decor and savory authentic Vietnamese cRead more
90% recommended
56 people mentioned the Red Snapper
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$$$$·Italian·
Chicago
8,448 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
Quartino is an urban Italian restaurant and wine bar that offers what many Italian food lovers consider the best brunch in Chicago. You can order one of their deliciously spicy friRead more
94% recommended
109 people mentioned the Calamari
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$$$$·Steakhouse·
Chicago
815 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Waterfront
Gibson’s Italia is a modern steakhouse in the River North neighborhood of Chicago that features a wide selection of beef and authentic Italian pasta and risottos. Their lunch and bRead more
96% recommended
Best Ambiance in Chicago / Illinois
5 people mentioned the NY Strip
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$$$$·Italian·
Chicago
1,225 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
Nonnina is an old-school Italian restaurant with an upscale vibe. The menu leans to grandma’s recipes, bringing them into a sleek atmosphere that makes for the perfect brunch spotRead more
100% recommended
18 people mentioned the Duck Ragu
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$$$$·Japanese·
Chicago
492 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
Located in River North, Sushi San serves up fresh fish, crispy hand rolls, binchotan roasted meats, and an ice-cold beer—all to the soundtrack of a DJ pumping out beats. They featuRead more
94% recommended
7 people mentioned the Kim Chi
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$$$$·Steak·
Chicago
4,330 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, RPM Steak is a modern version of a traditional steakhouse and has an award-winning wine list, a contemporary menu, and a fantastic brRead more
94% recommended
Steak in Chicago / Illinois
186 people mentioned the Cotton Candy
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$$$$·Contemporary American·
Chicago
4,464 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Blackbird is a critically acclaimed restaurant that has been churning out imaginative Midwestern cuisine in the West Loop for the past few years. The atmosphere is smooth and elegaRead more
92% recommended
92 people mentioned the Endive Salad
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$$$$·Contemporary American·
Chicago
3,661 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Sepia is a stylish and warm restaurant that has both a rustic and contemporary feel. Chef Andrew Zimmerman created a product-driven seasonal menu that showcases the purity and qualRead more
87% recommended
26 people mentioned the Arctic Char
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$$$$·American·
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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