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Michelin starred Boka Restaurant has been a fixture in Chicago dining since 2003. In January 2014, Chef Lee Wolen joined as Executive Chef/Partner after the restaurant underwent a major renovation. Since his time at Boka, critics have taken notice. Phil Vettel of Chicago Tribune and Eater Chicago both named Lee as “2014 Chef of the Year.” Most recently, Lee was named 2015 “Chef of the Year." Boka’s food features contemporary, American cuisine, focusing on seasonality and sourcing as many local ingredients as possible.
What Insiders Are Saying
Boka serves fancy contemporary American food, but it still manages to be cool and fun despite being nice and expensive.
Among the best culinary experience I’ve ever had! This chef knows his craft and he’s an absolute original. Staff is amazing too.
Everything was amazing !! I loved it
Excellent food and service
We had high expectations and Boka completely exceeded them. The food was absolutely magical!
great waiter, Brandon! Service was exceptional! I just wish they were open for lunch....it is a little dark in there and there must be great light coming in during the day through the expansive east windows...:)
Very reasonably priced and customer service was very good!
emily our server and her buzz boy was great very attentive.food served was served on time.definitely will go back to try new menu every season.
Great place to take folks visiting Chicago. Our server Brandon was excellent. Definitely will dine here again!
Boka was amazing. My BF is super picky-like almost no veggies and no seafood- and the chef came up with a tasting menu for us that topped all expectations...all staff was amazing and impressive. Will be back.
Boka was a wonderful experience. We made reservations for the Saturday after valentine's day. All the staff members are very friendly and knowledgeable. They were attentive and there was never a moment where my water was not full. We tried the 8 course tasting which was delightful. Some may not be willing to spend over $120 per person but the sheer volume of food and experience was worth it. The 8 courses do not include the various amuse bouche made by the chef. I can see why it earned a Michelin star. The was only one course which we did not enjoy but it was still unique. We will definitely be returning in the future.
Amazing drinks! We had to leave early due to a sitter issues and they gave us a gift certificate to return. Such great service and understanding!
We selected the 8 course chef's tasting for our dinner along with the wine pairing. We really enjoyed all the dishes, the dishes that the chef selected for us were on the rich side. The wine pairing was heavy on the white wine side -normally we are red wine drinkers -thankfully the wine selections were excellent.
Second time getting the tasting menu, the asparagus was by far the star of the show. The bass is my personal recommendation as far as entrees to. So many creative dishes and the service is always spot on. Can’t recommend Boka enough!
Amazing dinner before a show. The ricotta dumplings and crudo are fantastic, the duck was delicious and each of the desserts was incredible. Loved the cocktails and a nice wine list. Portions are not enormous but I actually love a wonderful dinner with dessert when you don't leave miserably full.
The courses were great!!
Valentines at Boka didn’t disappoint. That manger came over and talked to us and was a gracious host as always. Starting with some of their signature cocktails we enjoyed the tasting menu with the reserve wine pairings. The amuse bouch was the delicious egg we love. All courses were light yet sumptuous and fulfilling. And you always get something to take home for the next day. One of our favorite restaurants in Chicago.
Everything was amazing! This is what a true Michelin rated restaurant should be like. Service, taste, ambiance were all great!
The service was excellent as were the drinks. We both enjoyed the starters and deserts but thought our main courses fell short. We had different meals but thought the cooking method chosen for both required a higher standard of produce than was used.
Loved everything across the board. Can’t wait to visit again someday.
Had a 8 course meal experience which was outstanding. Server was gr8, meals placed at regular intervals, exceptionally tasty desserts, would love to visit this location again.
Expected more from Michelin star restaurant. Limited choices, fish tasted a bit past its prime, waiter forgot our potatoes (but did not charge us). Meal just ok.
Phenomenal experience! We had the 8 course tasting menu. The staff made it a special night for us
Been waiting 15 years to go here, shouldn't have waited so long!
Our experience was simply average. I had heard so many great things about dining here but nothing really stood out as being worth all that praise. There are so many restaurants in Chicago at this price point that I feel offer more so we won’t be returning.
Terrible experience. Kitchen was extremely slow. It was clear the waitress could care less about our table. It was like she gave up in the middle, stopped caring or trying to make our experience right. The food was mediocre at best. Will never return. Waste of money.
I came with a couple friends for Restaurant Week. We were seated on the patio side of the restaurant. It was nice, but a little quieter and didn’t have quite the same ambiance as the main dining area. I’d request the other side next time.
Service was good. I liked that service wasn’t overly intrusive, but there were a couple times we did have to flag our server down. We had mentioned that one of my friends just got promoted at work, and they wrote congratulations on her dessert dish. That was a very nice touch.
The food was the highlight. The cavatelli and roasted chicken were fantastic. Overall, it was a very good dining experience, and I look forward to going back again.
Great we had a lovely time
Very tasty but portions were small and paired wine for the main course was too strong that it overpowered the main dish.
Enjoyed restaurant week menu.
The people at Boka were helpful with my cow's milk allergy. The food was interesting and in general tasty. But the salmon was a little overcooked for my taste and I think the chicken had been brined a little too long.
Food was good, service great, very high corkage fee and the portions of the prefix menu are tiny
We dined at Boka during Chicago restaurant week and we’re definitely not disappointed. It was a really cold and miserable evening. And they were running behind, but after a delicious, unique, and satisfying drink at the bar. We were set. From the fresh, hot rolls and creamy butter to the pork neck (Happy Chinese NY!), we didn’t NOT love anything. Can’t wait to go back.
We went for Restaurant week. The menu was absolutely delicious; the shrimp in particular were spectacular. The wine pairing was reasonable and very well selected -- a different wine for each dish. So my wife and I, who ordered different dishes (and shamelessly swapped) got a wholly different selection of excellent wines. I really do not regret the choice.
The food was good, ambiance was great, overall great value meal for Restaurant Week.
We went there for a restaurant week menu. Food is fantastic, worth every dollars.
Our waiter was marvelous! Beautiful space and fun food.
Restaurant week. Food was delicious. I have been wanting to try this restaurant and it delivered.
My favorite restaurant in Chicago. Love love love!
Don’t skip dessert.
The waiter was a little bit impatient.
I think boka is the best Michelin one star restaurant in Chicago. Excellent service , beautiful interior and superb taste.
Boka has proven over the years to be a great destination for food, wine and impeccable service.