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Diners' Choice: Romantic restaurants in Chicago / Illinois

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the most romantic in Chicago / Illinois? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Geja's Cafe restaurant
4.9
4.9 (5431)
$50 and over
Fondue
Lincoln Park
About the restaurant
For over 59 years, fondue dining at Geja’s Café has been a favorite indulgence for Chicagoans as well as out-of-towners. It’s a perfect way to kindle romance, celebrate a special occasion or simply join family and friends for a fun and unforgettable dining experience.
To start we offer a Swiss Gruyere cheese fondue, served with fresh breads, fruits and vegetables for dipping. Our crisp house salad, dressed with tangy Dijon vinaigrette, offers a counterpoint to the rich, warm cheese fondue appetizer.
Next, you’ll cook your choices of Australian lobster tail, Gulf shrimp, beef tenderloin, fresh sea scallops or boneless chicken breast in a pot of sizzling soybean oil or broth. The main course is served with fresh vegetables and eight gourmet dipping sauces.
Our famous chocolate fondue is flamed table-side, and presented with marshmallows for roasting and other delectable dippers.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
One of our favorite places in Chicago! A total experience with great atmosphere, food and service, Geja’s is a “can’t miss!”
A photo of Edge by Goldmoor Inn restaurant
4.8
4.8 (963)
$31 to $50
American
Galena
About the restaurant
Oct 2022 - Rated Tripadvisor Best of The Best - Top 10 Date Night Restaurant In The U.S.
Unmatched Old World décor, a diverse wine cellar, and premier personal service are all complemented by our chef's creative cuisine. Enjoy dining in one of our cozy booths, elegant tables with breathtaking views overlooking the Mississippi River or our interactive Chef's Table.
Top review
Anon
Dined on Jun 17, 2024
Excellent food and service. Very comfortable setting. Nice views. Staff very friendly and helpful.
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Chicago, IL | Lakeview restaurant
4.8
4.8 (504)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Lakeview / East Lakeview
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
The waiter was very nice and attentive to our needs and was appreciative.
A photo of La Notte Ristorante Italiano - Oak Park restaurant
4.7
4.7 (707)
$31 to $50
Italian
Oak Park
About the restaurant
La Notte executive chef and owner Giovanni Matteo Mancini has a multitude of recipes which draw on his upbringing in Italy, but also his families ancestral recipes from Rome, Tuscany, and Bari.

Years of experience and creativity allow him to bring the essence and flavor of Italy out in his cooking while creating new and sumptuous dishes.

All of Giovanni's dishes are made to order satisfying every customer’s needs. Accommodating dietary restrictions and allergies when needed, but always providing fresh delectable dishes for every palate.

Giovanni brings the flavor of Italy and the ambiance of upscale downtown Chicago dining to Oak Park's Marion Street district.

His contemporary twist on old favorites of authentic Italian cuisine make you come back for more time and again

Now Offering Valet Service for $8 from 6PM -10PM
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
Located in the most charming Carleton Hotel and Downtown Oak Park, restaurant is beautiful, instagramable light and ambiance, white tablecloth and professional service. The food was amazing and I will recommend this place to everyone!
A photo of Sushi by Bou - Lincoln Park Chicago @ Lincoln Hotel restaurant
4.7
4.7 (165)
$50 and over
Sushi
Lincoln Park
About the restaurant
Step into Sushi By Bou Lincoln Park, where every bite whispers secrets of a bygone era. Our curated Omakase, meaning "Chef's Choice,"' promises ajourney through culinary artistry in a speakeasy setting. Opt for our classic 12-course offering at $60 or immerse in the lavish 'Bougie' Omakase, $100 for 17 pieces, seated hourly, The Lincoln Park Bou experience transports you to the prohibition era with its mysterious allure. Nestled within the Hotel Lincoln, our secret hideaway boasts a full menu of Prohibition-style libations, featuring exotic cocktails and premium sake to ignite your senses. Date Nights, Birthdays, or intimate private seatings, let us whisk you away on a journey of urban mystique. Visit all of our unique locations, each with its own culture-inspired vibe! Reserve now to secure a coveted seat at Sushi By Bou.
Top review
ScottY
Dined on May 18, 2024
An amazing experience. The food was great, the service even better. I was late as I had difficulty parking, they worked with us and got us seated at the beginning of the next seating.
A photo of Franchesco's restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1348)
$30 and under
Italian
Rockford
About the restaurant
Beauty, Innovation, and culinary perfection, only begin to describe Franchesco’s Ristorante. A new generation of Salamone’s and a finely tuned management and wait-staff ensemble, promise to deliver on our customers’ demanding expectations. Our continued strive towards excellence, will only ensure our ability to grow our Franchesco’s Ristorante family.

Please make all Benny's at Franchesco's reservations on this page.
All special requests will be noted.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great restaurant with equally good food. Prices are a bit high but one of the finest restaurants in town.
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4.5
4.5 (635)
$31 to $50
Italian
Ukrainian Village
About the restaurant
Founded in 1995, a tavola is one of the city’s best restaurants, bringing Chicago an intimate and authentic dining experience. At a tavola the emphasis is, appropriately, on the food. Authentic dishes from Italian regions are re-created using Italian cooking methods and the finest imported Italian products.

a tavola is the culmination of professional cooking experience by Daniel Bocik, a versatile chef from Chicago, who brings back home the knowledge and experience of an education at the California Culinary Academy and the finest restaurants of San Francisco, Paris, and Milan. To ensure the freshest food at a tavola, fresh fruits and vegetables are selected from a local organic farmer, meats and seafood are personally selected by Chef Dan from local markets.
Top review
Carevip
Dined 2 days ago
This place is a gem! We loved the ambience and service.
A photo of Igloos at The Drake Oak Brook restaurant
4.5
4.5 (253)
$31 to $50
American
Oakbrook Terrace
About the restaurant
*Igloos will open for the season Friday, November 3rd, 2023*

Enjoy the Drake dining experience inside one of our cozy, enclosed igloos. Please consider bundling up if the weather is colder. Each igloo will have two small heaters for your comfort. We will have different table seating available to accommodate your party, up to ten people.

Reservations are available for lunch and dinner Wednesday- Sunday.
*A 20% service charge will be added to all checks*

Reservations will be limited to 2 hours from the start time of your reservation time. We advise all parties to arrive on time to maximize on your experience.

There is a F&B minimum spend of $250 for dinner reservations on Friday and Saturday.

Late cancellations (under 72h before the reservation time) or no shows are subject to a $25.00 per person cancellation fee.

Our igloos are enclosed and heated but with severe rain or snow it is possible we will have to cancel your reservation due to poor weather conditions.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Feb 24, 2024
The Igloos were a unique experience. We enjoyed having lunch there. Service was excellent.
A photo of Wok n Fire - S Barrington restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1203)
$30 and under
Pan-Asian
Barrington (Township)
About the restaurant
Wok 'N Fire features contemporary Pan Asian cuisine and fun creative sushi all set in a lavish downtown style dining room. When you first walk in to a Wok 'N Fire the first notice the beautiful modern decor. We combine a splash of western cooking techniques with flavors and ingredients from all across the Asian Continent, and have fresh fish delivered daily to serve you the best quality, freshest sushi in town.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Place was great except the bathrooms, there was a huge issue. Bathrooms should be checked regularly
A photo of Barra Ñ Restaurant restaurant
4.4
4.4 (52)
$31 to $50
Argentinean
Irving Park
About the restaurant
ñ (pronounced EN-yay) is a lounge and restaurant that serves delicious Argentine food in the Avondale neighborhood of Chicago. The menu includes empanadas (beef, ham and cheese, chicken and spinach), a flavorful, thinly cut flank steak called vacio and oversized sandwiches. In addition to entrees and Argentine tapas, ñ serves a variety of Latin-inspired drinks, including outstanding mojitos.ñ is open late Tuesday through Friday till 2:00 a.m. and Saturday till 3:00 a.m. It offers live music on Tuesday and a DJ four nights a week. Located in a building in the industrial section of North Elston, ñ is unassuming on the outside and provides a lively, vibrant atmosphere on the inside for enjoying an evening with friends or making new ones.
Top review
In2foodvip
Dined 3 days ago
Had a wonderful time celebrating a birthday at the Barre N. Food was delicious and the person who greeted us and made my birthday a bit more special was darling. ( I don’t catch his name. Our server was very attentive and I highly recommend the skirt steak with the chimichurri. I came up from Milwaukee and we all really made some memories!
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