Chicago Top 25 Restaurants: March 2018

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Chicago arguably has one of the best culinary scenes in the country. The Windy City is the home of many chef and restaurateurs super stars. 

With that in mind, we often see the same renowned Chicago restaurants make our Top 25 Restaurants list. In this latest ranking, we see a lot of Top 25 veterans, but also new seven restaurants making their debut on this coveted list. 

At No. 1, we congratulate Smyth, a high-end restaurant in the West Loop, known for it's comfortable atmosphere and New American fare served in either a five, eight, or 12-course. Executive Chef John Shields and Executive Pastry Chef Karen Urie Shields are also the culinary mastermind's behind Smyth's sister restaurant right next door, The Loyalist, a restaurant that also often makes Foodable's Top 25 list. 

Another West Loop gem and New American restaurant, Bellemore makes its debut on the list at No. 2. The restaurant is from the team behind Boka, Girl & The Goat and Momotaro and has been deemed another success by the restaurant group ever since it's opening last November. 

Rounding out the top three, is the Foodable Top 25 veteran Monteverde, an Italian restaurant in the West Loop from the award-winning Chef Sarah Grueneberg.

As for the other six new restaurants on the list, Foodable welcomes the upscale European restaurant Marchesa at No. 11, the artsy New American restaurant S.K.Y. at No. 12, the Revival Food Hall that features outposts of many popular Chicago eateries at No.17, the Gastropub Giant at No. 22, and restaurant Proxi known for it's bold small plates at No. 24 and it's sibling restaurant Sepia at No. 25 that serves upscale American fare.

Find out what other restaurants made the Foodable Chicago Top 25 Restaurants list below!

  1. Smyth | 186.28
  2. Bellemore | 186.17
  3. Monteverde | 186.03
  4. Gibsons Italia | 185.66
  5. Parachute | 185.64
  6. Boka | 185.12
  7. Alinea | 185.02
  8. Roister | 184.99
  9. RPM Steak | 184.19
  10. Marchesa | 183.98
  11. S.K.Y. | 183.42
  12. Aviary | 183.06
  13. Fat Rice | 183.00
  14. BLVD | 182.09
  15. RPM Italian | 181.40
  16. Barrio | 180.09
  17. Revival Food Hall | 179.51
  18. The Publican | 178.95
  19. Entente | 177.81
  20. Oriole | 177.03
  21. Swift & Sons | 175.68
  22. Giant | 175.19
  23. Ronero | 175.02
  24. Proxi | 174.09
  25. Sepia | 172.55

Chicago Top 25 Restaurants: November 2017

If you are here, you may have been wondering what Chicago restaurants foodies have been buzzing about on social lately.  Or may be you're a chef/operator looking to see if your restaurant or which or your competitors made this coveted list.

Things are certainly heating up in Chicago, which arguably has one of, if not the best culinary scenes in the country. Foodable's Chicago Top 25 list returns with nine restaurants making their debut on the Foodable Top 25, eight of which are in the top 10. 

Foodable welcomes the veggie-forward New American eatery Bad Hunter to the list for the first time ever, landing at the impressive No. 1 spot. From the same team that operates Pub Royale, this West Loop restaurant offers a vegetable-centric menu that changes with the seasons. 

At No. 2, we welcome Oriole, another restaurant in the West Loop to the list. This fine-dining restaurant serving New American fare has a star-studded staff with the Michelin star awarded Executive Chef & Owner Noah Sandoval and Pastry Chef & Partner Genie Kwon.

Rounding out the top three, is BLVD, another New American restaurant in the West Loop making its debut. BLVD is known for its upscale classics being served in a space that gives guests the ultimate Old Hollywood vibes. 

As for the rest of the new restaurants– we welcome the New American casual dining restaurant Smyth and The Loyalist at No. 4; the Korean gem Hanbun at No. 5; the Alinea Group's Roister at No. 6; the Italian restaurant Gibsons Italia at No. 7; the trendy Mexican restaurant Barrio at No. 9; and Rick Bayless' Mexican restaurant Lena Brava at No. 11. 

See what other restaurants made the list below!

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  1. Bad Hunter | 186.66
  2. Oriole | 186.33
  3. BLVD | 184.67
  4. Smyth and The Loyalist | 184.57
  5. Hanbun | 184.25
  6. Roister | 184.00
  7. Gibsons Italia | 183.11
  8. Monteverde | 183.06
  9. Barrio | 182.68
  10. RPM Italian | 182.49
  11. Lena Brava | 182.02
  12. Aviary | Video | 181.56
  13. Nellcote | 180.22
  14. Parachute | 179.25
  15. Swift & Sons | 178.88
  16. Boka | Video | 177.56
  17. Fat Rice | 177.54
  18. CH Distillery | Video | 177.03
  19. RPM Steak | 176.99
  20. Ronero | 176.50
  21. Two Restaurant | Video | 176.20
  22. Little Goat Diner | 175.97
  23. Alinea | 175.44
  24. Grace | 174.91
  25. Nico Osteria | 174.89

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Chicago Top 25 Restaurants: April 2017

Hey Chicago! Foodable’s top 25 restaurants list is back and you won’t be disappointed. There are five NEW restaurants making the coveted list this ranking, including the No. 1! Breaking into this list isn’t easy considering how competitive the culinary scene is in the Windy City.

Foodable welcomes Monteverde at No. 1. At the helm of the kitchen at this modern Italian restaurant is the culinary mastermind, Sarah Grueneberg. Just this week, she was given the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Great Lakes and was one of the two Chi-town chefs to win. 

At a close second is the top 25 veteran, The Aviary, a swanky cocktail lounge known for its tasty small bites. Rounding out the top three is another top 25 veteran, Nellcote, a posh American restaurant known for its small plates, cocktails and brunch. 

Like we said, there are quite a few restaurants making their debut on this list! Besides Monteverde, we have the upscale Ronero at No. 11 serving Latin American fare and the Mexican restaurant Quiote at No. 19. We also welcome Entente at No. 20, a posh restaurant with New American fare and a reservations-only chef’s tasting menu and at No. 21 is Ella Elli, an Italian-Mediterranean restaurant, known for its small plates. 

Check out the rest of the list below! 

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  1. Monteverde | 181.88 
  2. The Aviary | VIDEO | 180.22
  3. Nellcote | 180.17 
  4. Swift & Sons | VIDEO | 180.16
  5. Fat Rice | 179.48 
  6. Two Restaurant | VIDEO | 179.27
  7. The Bristol | VIDEO | 179.23
  8. Parachute | 179.03 
  9. Boka | VIDEO | 178.22
  10. CH Distillery | VIDEO | 177.72
  11. Ronero | 176.49 
  12. Little Goat Diner | 176.18 
  13. Alinea | 175.83
  14. Grace | 175.81 
  15. Avec | 175.62 
  16. Nico Osteria | 175.29 
  17. Momotaro | 175.19 
  18. Pizzeria Bebu | 174.88 
  19. Quiote | 174.82
  20. Entente | 174.59 
  21. Ella Elli | 173.74 
  22. Honey Butter Fried Chicken | VIDEO | 173.47
  23. RPM Steak | 172.93 
  24. RPM Italian | 172.18 
  25. Au Cheval | 171.79

Chicago Top 25 Restaurants: February 2016

For the first time since May 2015, RPM Steak jumps to the No. 1 spot on Chicago’s Top 25 restaurants list for February. Nellcôte, which almost slipped out of the Top 10 last month, bounces back, stealing No. 2. And Michelin-starred Parachute makes its way onto the list for the first time ever at No. 3.

Not new to the game, Parachute serves up creative Korean-American fare in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. The menu, which changes daily, includes dishes like black kale, sesame gomae, cured egg, sourdough, and avocado; pork belly and mung bean pancake with kimchi, black garlic, hen egg, and pineapple; and udon, Dungeness crab, guanciale, fava beans, and sabayon. The intimate, family-run restaurant, which seats only 40, specializes in shared plates, and while private tables are available, communal seating is a big part of its makeup. Also new to the list this month is Ruxbin Kitchen, a New American restaurant described as a “cozy, offbeat BYOB spot with recycled furnishings.” 

This month, we welcome back a couple of concepts and say goodbye to four. Check out the full ranking below!

  Coal-roasted crabs at RPM Steak  | Instagram @ifightdirty

Coal-roasted crabs at RPM Steak | Instagram @ifightdirty

  Tri-tip steak, black sesame, sweet onion and black trumpet mushrooms at Parachute  | Instagram @parachutechicago

Tri-tip steak, black sesame, sweet onion and black trumpet mushrooms at Parachute | Instagram @parachutechicago

  Lobster hash at Nellcôte  | Instagram @nellcote833

Lobster hash at Nellcôte | Instagram @nellcote833

  Cocktail with Del Maguey mezcal vida, tequila cabeza, finger lime, and toasted coconut at The Aviary  | Instagram @thealineagroup

Cocktail with Del Maguey mezcal vida, tequila cabeza, finger lime, and toasted coconut at The Aviary | Instagram @thealineagroup

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 RPM Steak 181.43  
2 Nellcôte  180.59  
3 Parachute 180.49  
4 The Aviary 179.55 Play Video
5 CH Distillery 179.37 Play Video
6 Trenchermen  178.92  
7 Swift & Sons 178.92 Play Video
8 Balena  178.83  
9 Two Restaurant 178.59 Play Video
10 Urbanbelly  178.34  
11 Ruxbin Kitchen 178.33  
12 Boka 177.80 Play Video
13 Takito Kitchen 177.63 Play Video
14 Honey Butter Fried Chicken 177.50 Play Video
15 GT Fish & Oyster 177.06  
16 RPM Italian 177.05  
17 Avec 176.91  
18 The Bristol 176.67 Play Video
19 Taxim  176.51  
20 Perennial Virant 176.43  
21 Sunda 176.19 Play Video
22 Alinea 175.95  
23 Earth + Ocean  175.23  
24 Nico Osteria 175.19  
25 Old Town Social 174.99  

Chicago Top 25 Restaurants: December 2015

Pulling Restaurant Social Media Index (RSMI) data for the full month of December, the Top 25 restaurants for Chicago this month includes three “newbies” to the list, all of which fall under the Boka Restaurant Group’s (BRG) portfolio of restaurants. Chris Pandel’s Balena, Giuseppe Tentori’s GT Fish & Oyster, and Swift & Sons, BRG’s new American steakhouse in the West Loop (of which Pandel also helms the kitchen).

The Aviary makes its way back into the top spot from last month’s No. 9, and the previous No. 1 and No. 2 spots each bump down one spot, putting Little Goat Diner and RPM Italian at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

Big movers of the month — for better or worse — include Urbanbelly, Takito Kitchen, CH Distillery, and Perennial Virant. 

Check out the full ranking below!

  Carbonara at RPM Italian  | Instagram @mallorykorol

Carbonara at RPM Italian | Instagram @mallorykorol

  Carnitas tostadas at Little Goat Diner  | Instagram  @littlegoatdiner

Carnitas tostadas at Little Goat Diner | Instagram @littlegoatdiner

  Chilled octopus with crunchy quinoa and farro at Balena  | Instagram @mcote685

Chilled octopus with crunchy quinoa and farro at Balena | Instagram @mcote685

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 The Aviary 180.45 Play Video
2 Little Goat Diner  179.38  
3 RPM Italian 179.15  
4 Balena  178.97  
5 TWO Restaurant 178.92 Play Video
6 RPM Steak 178.69  
7 Urbanbelly  178.54  
8 Takito Kitchen 178.53 Play Video
9 Nellcôte 178.46  
10 GT Fish & Oyster 178.15  
11 Avec 178.00  
12 The Bristol 177.77 Play Video
13 Perennial Virant 177.64  
14 Sunda 177.55 Play Video
15 Alinea 177.54  
16 CH Distillery 177.51 Play Video
17 Boka 177.31 Play Video
18 Earth + Ocean  176.85  
19 Old Town Social 176.62  
20 Momotaro 176.39  
21 The Publican  176.16  
22 Trenchermen  175.47  
23 Swift & Sons 175.47 Play Video
24 Nico Osteria 175.24  
25 Mott St. 174.56