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Boka, Chicago, IL

Boka

4.8
4.8
5756 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 337-6070

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Lee Wolen

  • Private party facilities

    Executive Chef Lee Wolen serves seasonal American cuisine in a warm & elegant fine dining atmosphere. Whatever your next occasion is, whether it be large, small, formal, or informal, BOKA can cater to all of your needs.

  • Private party contact

    Events Team: (888) 338-3812

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Park

  • Cross street

    Willow

  • Parking details

    Street parking available.

  • Public transit

    Red Line "El" stop at Clyborn & North Ave

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

COLD

  • *Lightly Cured Kampachi$22.00

    turnip, horseradish, perilla

    • *Dry Aged Beef Tartare$22.00

      beech mushroom, sorrel, horseradish

      • Smoked Carrots$18.00

        sprouted grains, feta, dill

        HOT

        • ◊ Grilled Spanish Octopus$22.00

          smoked cauliflower, hazelnut, cucumber

          • *Seared Foie Gras$26.00

            quince, shallots, black sesame

            • Ricotta Gnocchi$21.00

              maitake, peas, goat gouda

              ENTRÉES

              • Roasted Chicken$35.00

                asparagus, morel, sherry

                • Poached Alaskan Halibut$42.00

                  kohlrabi, green garlic, sorrel

                  • Grilled Short Rib$45.00

                    spring onion, artichoke, bordelaise

                    • Smoked & Grilled Beets$28.00

                      black walnut, aged gouda, quinoa

                      • *Whole Roasted Dry Aged Duck

                        leek, strawberry, salted peppercorn

                        • for one$57.00
                        • for two$105.00

                      Tasting Menu

                      We kindly request full table participation when choosing the tasting menu.

                      • Eight Course Tasting Menu$165.00

                        • Standard Wine Pairing$75.00

                          • Reserve Wine Pairing$150.00

                            Last updated: April 21, 2022

                            What 5,756 people are saying

                            Overall ratings and reviews

                            Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                            4.8
                            4.8 based on recent ratings
                            • 4.8Food
                            • 4.8Service
                            • 4.8Ambience
                            • 4.5Value

                            NoiseModerate

                            Loved For

                            • Chicago / Illinois

                              Contemporary American

                            • Chicago

                              Notable Wine List

                            • Chicago

                              Contemporary American

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                            1. JS

                              JasonS

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 1 day ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              First time there. We ordered to tasting meal. The courses were timed perfectly. The food got better with every course. Simply amazing.

                            2. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Houston

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 1 day ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The eight course tasting menu was fantastic along with the wine pairings.

                            3. g

                              goodeats

                              Chicago

                              30 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              30 reviews

                              Dined 1 day ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              A perfect meal. We sat outdoors. Very attentive service and attention to allergies. One of our best meals ever.

                            4. TA

                              TonyAries

                              Chicago

                              10 reviews

                              vip
                              1.0

                              10 reviews

                              Dined 2 days ago

                              overall1food1service3ambience2

                              For being a Michelin rated restaurant, the food was very mediocre and incredibly expensive.

                            5. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              vip
                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 3 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              I rarely write reviews, but Boka was truly excellent in every sense. The food was delicious, particularly the halibut. The service was attentive, but not pushy. My entire party loved it and I would highly recommend to others for a business meal or a night out with friends!

                            6. CW

                              CWL615

                              Chicago

                              4 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined 5 days ago

                              overall4food5service4ambience5

                              Bartender was sniffling a few times a minute. Outdoor table was empty when we entered, empty when we left, and despite asking to be seated there, they said there was a reservation later in the evening so they could not accommodate us.

                            7. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 5 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Absolutely incredible dining experience. The food, the servers, the ambiance was all fantastic. Would eat all the time if my wallet allowed it

                            8. A

                              Adam

                              San Francisco

                              8 reviews

                              5.0

                              8 reviews

                              Dined 5 days ago

                              overall5food4service5ambience4

                              Wonderful food, great service, very accommodating staff, good location.

                            9. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Caribbean

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 6 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Very tasty. Great ambiance, service was impeccable. Highly recommend the duck and short rib. Reasonably priced, will return.

                            10. DF

                              DFourman

                              Cincinnati

                              3 reviews

                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined 6 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              I could not have asked for better service or food. Everything was perfect and I will be coming back on a regular basis going forward.

                            11. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Las Vegas

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 6 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The tasting menu was amazing and they were able to accommodate my dairy allergy! Service by Jack outstanding! This is a must go!!

                            12. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Chicago

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 6 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Fantastic all!

                            13. WN

                              WilliamN

                              Chicago

                              5 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on May 13, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Outstanding meal in every respect. Service was excellent--Jennifer was extremely well informed about the dishes offered, wine, etc. In addition, she was very attentive. The food was perfection starting with the amuse bouche and continuing through the desert. Everything was, simply put, perfect.

                            14. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Chicago

                              22 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              22 reviews

                              Dined on May 12, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Excellent, as it has been time after time of dining here. Service is flawless and the food and drinks are delightful. Thank you for a wonderful dinner!

                            15. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Chicago

                              67 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              67 reviews

                              Dined on May 10, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Delicious food . Great service. Beautiful ambiance

                            16. BS

                              BiancaS

                              Chicago

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 9, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              Best food I’ve ever eaten. Would highly recommend to anyone that’s looking for amazing quality food. The service was respectful and polite but the people aren’t there for creating the experience - the food is. 100% recommend abs will go back.

                            17. S

                              Sija

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 9, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Came for Mother's Day and decided to do the tasting menu. We are very glad we did! The staff works hard to make sure you get the full experience, spacing out each dish so that you can truly enjoy it. Additionally, our server Kael was beyond great. He made our experience that much better. We had missed some of the details including the name of the fish that was in one of our dishes when it was originally placed down, so we asked Kael what it was later. He didn't just describe the dish but also shared so much information about the fish itself and its origins. We were beyond impressed he knew so much! Great meal and even better service!

                            18. MS

                              MichelleS

                              New York Area

                              4 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Amazing experience!!! The chef’s tasting menu and wine pairing never disappoints. Bravo!

                            19. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Indiana

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Excellent way to spend a 40th birthday!

                            20. CW

                              CarltonW

                              Chicago

                              2 reviews

                              4.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on May 6, 2022

                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                              Well deserving of its Michelin star. Great duck breast.

                            21. r

                              rosseatsatplaces

                              Detroit

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 6, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Incredibly tasty Great service My short rip was literally perfect The ricotta dumplings were also literally perfect

                            22. F

                              Friendly61ghost

                              Chicago

                              8 reviews

                              5.0

                              8 reviews

                              Dined on May 5, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              Wonderful food and an outstanding wine list at Boka. Definitely a cut above!

                            23. GL

                              GLovestoeat

                              Minneapolis

                              15 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              15 reviews

                              Dined on May 5, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We had the tasting menu and it was delicious. Our server, Augustus, was wonderful. Definitely recommend.

                            24. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Orange County

                              10 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              10 reviews

                              Dined on May 4, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Amazing food experience, excellent staff

                            25. Z

                              Zoya

                              Seattle

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 2, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Amazing food and service every time. The high level of service is presented without being pretentious and we love the tasting menu.

                            26. CT

                              ChiTee

                              San Francisco

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on May 2, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great food, service and ambience. Definitely recommend!

                            27. PP

                              PPPP

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 1, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Excellent service. We went to celebrate birthday and from the seating, it was clear how much effort they had put in to give us memorable experience. I highly recommend going here for any type of anniversary/ celebration!

                            28. RS

                              RobertS

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 1, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Best food I’ve ever had. Definitely would come back again when visiting Chicago.

                            29. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Miami

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 1, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Quality food at its finest. A gentleman by the name of Nick provided impeccable service. Highly recommend for anyone who is searching for everything in a restaurant. Will be returning soon without a doubt.

                            30. WL

                              WilliamL

                              Chicago

                              21 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              21 reviews

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Truly exceptional service and outstanding food, as usual.

                            31. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              San Francisco

                              9 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              9 reviews

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The food was exquisitely prepared and so tasty. The service was outstanding. No detail missed. Highly recommend even the bar seats

                            32. DT

                              DonnaT

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 29, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Wonderful restaurant and wonderful friendly atmosphere and staff!! Our food was excellent and cooked to perfection!! We tried the poached halibut, grilled short rib, and roasted duck. We enjoyed our dining experience and we will definitely be back!!

                            33. F

                              Foodie

                              Chicago

                              61 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              61 reviews

                              Dined on April 29, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              We had the 8 course tasting menu. Everything was delicious! Stand outs are the white asparagus and the Duck Highly recommended The wait staff was very attentive Definitely we be back.

                            34. c

                              carries

                              Chicago

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 29, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The staff was wonderful and attentive. Very nice ambience. We did the tasting menu and the food was delicious, especially the desserts!

                            35. RR

                              RicardoRodriguez

                              Mexico City

                              3 reviews

                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on April 28, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Excelente presentación, servicio y sabor de los platillos del menú de 8 tiempos. Extraordinario

                            36. F

                              Fran

                              1 review

                              4.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 27, 2022

                              overall4food3service5ambience5

                              We did the 8-course tasting menu and wine pairing. The staff were great--knowledgeable, attentive, they answered any and all questions, each course came out really quickly and efficiently. The staff: 10/10, fantastic. The food? Meh. There was not a lot of variety in terms of taste or texture, a lot of the courses kind of blended into a smooth fatty sameness that wasn't particularly appealing, and at like $300 per person I would expect the best meal of my life, which this was not. Our second dessert was great (chocolate crisp cake thing with a quenelle of ice cream), the crudo at the top of the meal was lovely. The duck and the lamb were both well-prepared, they just weren't especially interesting. The wine was all pretty solid. I'm not enough of a wine buff to know whether it was good bad or indifferent. The pairings seemed to make sense for the menu. The coffee was just BAD. It's so weird to me that all of this care and attention went into flavor combinations and preparation and then the coffee I ordered at the end was like Nescafe or Sanka or something. The inexplicable painting of Dave Grohl in a military jacket was a fun nod on the wall. I wish the meal had the same sort of fun in it.

                            37. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Chicago

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 27, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              It was lovely, unexpectedly delightful brilliant menu and very good service!

                            38. c

                              cedar

                              Washington DC

                              223 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              223 reviews

                              Dined on April 26, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              A very nice restaurant with delicious food at first class service! The short rib was like Beef Filet with wonderful flavors. The smoked & grilled beets were fabulous. We got an off-menu Foie Gras nibble that was small but with indescribable big flavors. Top notch wine list!

                            39. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Chicago

                              3 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on April 26, 2022

                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                              1st wedding anniversary

                            40. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              vip
                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 26, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Incredible! Fantastic service, I think our waiter was named Nick?

                            Safety precautions

                            • Cleaning & sanitizing

                              • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                              • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                            • Screening

                              • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                            FAQs

                            Boka offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 337-6070.

                            Boka is rated 4.8 stars by 5756 OpenTable diners.

                            Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                            Booked 61 times today
                            Google Map for Boka

                            1729 North Halsted Chicago, IL 60614

                            Additional information

                            • Cross street

                              Willow

                            • Neighborhood

                              Lincoln Park

                            • Hours of operation

                              Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

                            • Cuisines

                              Contemporary American, American, Seafood

                            • Dining style

                              Casual Elegant

                            • Dress code

                              Business Casual

                            • Parking details

                              Street parking available.

                            • Public transit

                              Red Line "El" stop at Clyborn & North Ave

                            • Payment options

                              AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                            • Executive chef

                              Lee Wolen

                            • Additional

                              Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                            • Phone number

                              (312) 337-6070

                            • Private party facilities

                              Executive Chef Lee Wolen serves seasonal American cuisine in a warm & elegant fine dining atmosphere. Whatever your next occasion is, whether it be large, small, formal, or informal, BOKA can cater to all of your needs.

                            • Private party contact

                              Events Team: (888) 338-3812

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