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Boka, Chicago, IL

Boka

4.8
4.8
5957 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 54 times today
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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

    our Event Sales Manager: (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

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What 5,957 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
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Contemporary American

  • Chicago

    Notable Wine List

  • Chicago

    Contemporary American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service with kindness and great food, can’t beat it!!
  2. M

    Melody

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible. The tasting menu was phenomenal, as was the service. Truly a Michelin star, but also intimate and classy and welcoming all at the same time.
  3. d

    dvdjqt

    New York Area

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Outstandingly delicious food in a great dim setting with great service. The duck was just incredible
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our party all got the tasting menu and wine pairings, and had an amazing time. Truly worth the splurge. Dining experience was thoughtful, excellent service that went above and beyond. Overall a fantastic night we'll remember for a long time.
  5. MM

    MatthewM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The sommelier was knowledgeable and provided an excellent overview of the wines. The scallops and uni broth were heavenly with an excellent umami. My wife loved the Halibut poached in butter. Boka is an experience worth sharing and a place that makes you feel at home.
  6. JS

    JeffS

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    May be resting on its laurels.
  7. S

    Suru

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative and excellent food. Attractive ambiance. Thoughtful service
  8. t

    toddat

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    I was extremely disappointed in the vegan tasting menu. The first courses were basically cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. The other dishes were mediocre at best. For the money, $518 with tip for two people, I’d never go back. Brass Heart is a much better experience for basically the same cost. Our server was really good and the desserts were above average. The bottom line I felt I’d been fleeced.
  9. GM

    GildaM

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice setting. The food was great. Service on the point.
  10. TF

    TomF

    Chicago

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful creative fare that will make your mouth dance in joy. Service was spot on and the crowd was lively. Beautiful dining experience.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    A little disappointed with our tasting experience. Summer tomatoes and hiramasa were terribly salty. Seafood dishes were excellent, the lamb was good but I feel like it fell short of my expectations. Desserts were great. The wine pairings were good. Service was good but I felt a bit rushed. Overall I expected better and will likely choose a different option next time.
  12. MV

    MarjorieV

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Very knowledgable server (Samantha). A small menu. Fantastic flavors a bit on the pricey side.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jennifer and Daniel were amazing and we didn't want for anything! The hospitality was unparalleled to anything in Chicago! From steps of service, food, and most of all hospitality... Thank you Boka we will return soon!
  14. k

    kat12345

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Came here for the tasting menu with the standard wine pairing. The food and wine were phenomenal, and the service was on top of things; this is all great. However just taking down one start because the ambiance isn't really my personal preference for a Michelin starred restaurant. The place felt like a bit of a scene with loud music and more casual diners.
  15. p

    patiogram

    Chicago

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect from beginning to end! The food is simply amazing-- oh the duck!!! The service is a hug without being intrusive. Boka is just wonderful.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the expórtenle.
  17. MK

    MKCZ

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic anniversary dinner
  18. GC

    GaryCo

    Manitoba

    430 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    430 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food is always delicious. The service was very attentive.
  19. AR

    AustinR

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very memorable Anniversary dinner - the tasting menu was world-class.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A restaurant definitely deserves the Michelin star that they have
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All around incredible dinner!
  22. p

    plee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We opted for the tasting menu + reserve wine pairing. Very good experience. Each dish was very well prepared. Service was amazing.
  23. ED

    ElenaD

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service at Boka was excellent. The host was friendly and we were seated promptly even though we arrived a little early. The gentleman serving us at the bar was welcoming and attentive throughout our meal, and was happy to answer any questions we had about the offerings. As a first timer the tasting dinner was a must. Every dish was beautifully presented and the wine pairings were a great addition. Next time I would like to try some of the a la carte options as those looked very delicious as well. Overall we had a lovely evening, and I was truly impressed by the hospitality from our server. I look forward to dining here again next time we are in Chicago.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    I was disappointed in the quality of ingredients, the number of courses, and also reserve wine list. We did the tasting menu (where they forgot one dish and we had to remind them) and the reserve wine pairing. I expected much better. And at two people for just under $1,000, the experience should have been excellent.
  25. MM

    MartaM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great service, AMAZING drinks, wonderful food and ambiance
  26. JJ

    JohnJ

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely a Michelin Starred restaurant! In Europe it would be a 2-star. Nice neighborhood bistro vibe with bar in the center and busy young crowd. 7- course tasting menu was first class. Saucing was sublime. Wine list is also great. Not giant but well chosen wines from a broad array of regions around the world and throughout the US. Pricing was also well thought mixing higher priced well known gems with some really great values. Devin the manager and acting Sommelier was very helpful making a large contribution to the success of the meal. First time we ate hear 7 years ago the meal was excellent . I think they are doing even better today.
  27. FR

    FoodieReviewer

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely perfect evening! From the amazing food to the impeccable service I could not have asked for a better evening with my wife. Highly recommend!
  28. MD

    MargaretD

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service.
  29. SF

    SFoodie

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was beautifully presented and expertly prepared to highlight each ingredient. Staff was attentive but not bothersome. Pace of meal was perfect never feeling rushed or neglected.
  30. JM

    JMichael

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Civilized and delicious dining experience. Menu is limited and would have appreciated more choices.
  31. AB

    AnthonyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Had the 7 course menu and was very pleased. Each bite was an adventure. Don't miss out on this.
  32. CB

    ChristinaB

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was a wonderful anniversary experience for us. Thank you BoKa!
  33. A

    Albert

    Los Angeles

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have visited BOKA before. The entire experience was a delight. The food was in the exquisite category and the service impeccable. The entire evening was special and BOKA will certainly rate high on my list of the finest restaurants in Chicago. Albert
  34. TC

    TatianaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was great, small portions but filling. Great service. Will definitely visit again!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The 7 course tasting was an amazing experience. Each course out-performed the last. I expected everything to be perfectly executed and my expectations were exceeded.
  36. F

    Foodie312

    Chicago

    49 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Menu is pared down and pricing is very high for what the food is. Clueless service; the cocktail order took too long; the bread was served to one guest not four ( had to ask for it) the coffee was completely forgotten at the end of the meal after ordering it. Food was cold; pasta starter and the short rib. For the cost of the meal and service a huge disappointment. Not the Boka of the past; not that it needs to be but will not be going ever again.
  37. A

    Anonymous

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic overall!! Definitely recommend to anyone.
  38. S

    Sallyjo

    Grand Rapids

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Book was romantic, the tasting menu was exquisite and the service impeccable!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The ambiance was wonderful. The host and hostess were welcoming and management checked in on us twice throughout dinner. Our team consisting of a waiter and busser were attentive. However, the waiter was less enthusiastic about ensuring we were having a good time than our busser was. The bussers were very attentive and non-obtrusive. We opted for the ala carte options and found our courses delicious, filling and innovative. Yet the sweetbreads hot app was served with 3 pcs and since most items were plated for sharing, it would have been better to have either 2 or 4 pcs. Our cocktails were well poured and aesthetically pleasing. I would like to try the impressive bar or arboretum-like outdoor dining next time. Overall 👍🏽
  40. GL

    GabbyL

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Boka was amazing & visually lush! The duck is crispy & juicy all at once. I’m I’m still trying to figure out how they knew it was my Bday since my date & I never said anything. So yes, I def recommend this restaurant-their level of attentiveness is on point! Thank you

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 5957 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 54 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

    our Event Sales Manager: (888) 338-3812

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