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: January 2015

The Chicago Top 25 list is not an easy list to break into. Again, this month no new restaurants make their debut. 

RPM Steak returns this month again as the victor, with a high social score of 181.57. While, Sunda climbs one rank to No. 2. Rounding out the top three is last month's No. 6 restaurant, Little Goat Diner, a gourmet diner that takes classic comfort food dishes to a new level. 

Even though the list features all Top 25 veterans, there were some notable shifts within the ranks– including BellyQ launching from No. 19 to No. 6. And after a few months of being in the top five, Nico Osteria drops to No. 10 this January. 

Will any new restaurants claw their way onto the list next month? We will just have to see!

Check out the full list below! 

Black Cod at RPM Steak  | YELP, Louise M. 

Black Cod at RPM Steak | YELP, Louise M. 

Rock Shrimp Tempura at Sunda  | YELP, Kristina W. 

Rock Shrimp Tempura at Sunda | YELP, Kristina W. 

Paratha Burrito at Little Goat Diner  | YELP, Nancy L.

Paratha Burrito at Little Goat Diner | YELP, Nancy L.

Maine Lobster Ravioli at RPM Italian  | YELP, Ceecee W. 

Maine Lobster Ravioli at RPM Italian | YELP, Ceecee W. 

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 RPM Steak 181.57  
2 Sunda 180.93 Play Video
3 Little Goat Diner 180.51  
4 RPM Italian 179.62  
5 Two Restaurant 179.51  
6 BellyQ 178.56  
7 The Bristol 177.63 Play Video
8 42 Grams 176.48  
9 Honey Butter Fried Chicken 176.48  
10 Nico Osteria 175.91  
11 Trenchermen 175.02  
12 Grace 174.59  
13 Nellcote 173.82  
14 The Radler 173.56  
15 Alinea 173.45  
16 Mott St. 171.05  
17 Fat Rice 170.93  
18 CH Distillery 170.74  
19 Kinmont 170.64  
20 Avec 170.43  
21 Next 169.81  
22 Travelle 169.50  
23 Baffo 169.18  
24 Taxim 168.88  
25 The Publican 168.57  

Chicago Top 25 Restaurants: December 2014

The Chicago restaurants on this month's Top 25 list are all returning veterans from previous months. With that being said, there were still some major movements between the ranks. 

Our No. 1 restaurant is RPM Steak, with the high social score of 183.88. December's victor first made its debut in October at No. 1. Bristol follows at No. 2 and rounding out the top three is last month's victor Sunda

The posh restaurant Nellcote, known for European-inspired small plates launches to No. 5 from No. 12. Some familiar names that return on the list after a brief hiatus, include Avec at No. 18, Taxim at No. 23 and the BYOB American restaurant, Ruxbin Kitchen hanging on at No. 25. 

Check out the full list below!

Bacon Appetizer at RPM Steak  | YELP, Louise M. 

Bacon Appetizer at RPM Steak | YELP, Louise M. 

Chicken hearts at The Bristol  | YELP, Wendy Z. 

Chicken hearts at The Bristol | YELP, Wendy Z. 

Oxtail Pot Stickers at Sunda | YELP, YELP, David T. 

Oxtail Pot Stickers at Sunda | YELP, YELP, David T. 

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 RPM Steak 183.88  
2 The Bristol 181.52 Play Video
3 Sunda 180.83 Play Video
4 Nico Osteria 179.49  
5 Nellcote 178.53  
6 Little Goat Diner 176.89  
7 Two Restaurant 176.81 Play Video
8 42 Grams 176.45  
9 Trenchermen 176.14  
10 The Radler 175.47  
11 RPM Italian 174.82  
12 Kinmont 174.80  
13 Baffo 173.86  
14 The Winchester 173.38  
15 Grace 172.90  
16 Mott St. 172.42  
17 CH Distillery 171.09  
18 Avec 170.63  
19 BellyQ 170.53  
20 Next 170.15  
21 Travelle 169.21  
22 Honey Butter Fried Chicken 168.27  
23 Taxim 167.53  
24 The Publican 167.33  
25 Ruxbin Kitchen 166.52  

Chicago Top 25 Restaurants: November 2014

In October things got interesting on the Chicago Top 25 restaurants list when the victor, RPM Steak came out of nowhere and made it's first debut on the list.

However, Sunda has taken over the no. 1 spot this month. Last month's newbie, RPM Steak (by the same restaurant group that operates the no. 11 restaurant, RPM Italian) returns this month at no. 2 and Nico Osteria, which was new in September, rounds out the top three. The competition is getting fierce in the Chicago restaurant market.

If you have been following the Chicago's Top 25 Restaurant list– you will recognize most of the other names. No new restaurants made the list this November. 

Check out the full list below!

 Rock Shrimp Tempura at Sunda  | YELP, Sarah S. 

 Rock Shrimp Tempura at Sunda | YELP, Sarah S. 

Bacon Appetizer at RPM Steak  | YELP, Steve S. 

Bacon Appetizer at RPM Steak | YELP, Steve S. 

SCRAMBLED Eggs at Nico Osteria  | YELP, Lynn C.  

SCRAMBLED Eggs at Nico Osteria | YELP, Lynn C.  

Cerdo with pork belly, smoked avocado, mole, white peach, tostada, oregano blossom  | YELP, Sue Y. 

Cerdo with pork belly, smoked avocado, mole, white peach, tostada, oregano blossom | YELP, Sue Y. 

RANK Restaurant Social Score
1 Sunda 182.09
2 RPM Steak 181.83
3 Nico Osteria 180.62
4 42 Grams 179.39
5 The Bristol 178.54
6 Little Goat Diner 178.52
7 Two Restaurant 177.11
8 Trenchermen 176.55
9 The Radler 175.59
10 Kinmont 174.83
11 RPM Italian 173.36
12 Nellcôte 173.31
13 Baffo 172.55
14 The Winchester 171.79
15 Grace 170.93
16 Mott St. 170.27
17 CH Distillery 169.51
18 Next 168.75
19 Travelle 167.99
20 Honey Butter Fried Chicken 167.23
21 The Publican 166.47
22 Alinea 165.71
23 Found 164.95
24 BellyQ 164.19
25 Tanta 163.43