Chicago Top 25 Restaurants: March 2014

Climbing back into the No. 1 spot this month is The Bristol for the first time since our Chicago #Foodable25 launch in October. The Bristol’s Social Score has increased since then, with a 155.94 for this month (compared to 140.5 in October). But jumping in at No. 2 is a restaurant that’s never even been on the list before! Paris Club Bistro and Bar, a Lettuce Entertain You concept, had gone through some renovations recently, with a reopening at the beginning of March, so it’s clear that people are talking — and are excited about it — on social this month. BellyQ slides back into the Top 3 (up from No. 5), with Next (down from No. 1) and Au Cheval (down from No. 4) rounding out the Top 5 respectively.

Aside from Paris Club, we welcome Tavernita and Nellcôte to the list for the first time, and welcome back Tanta, Schwa, Avec and Taxim. Sliding out of the rankings this month are Vera, Siena Tavern, Dillman’s, Chez Moi, Nico Osteria, Three Dots and a Dash, and Brindille.

What may have propelled The Bristol (up from No. 3) to champion the Foodable 25 rankings once again? Well, there’s been a lot of buzz around the American restaurant this month: The Bristol is set to kick-off of Bon Appetit’s Beyond Gourmet dinner series (Wed, March 26); was a featured restaurant in this month’s annual SloPig competition; and was a participant in Chicago Chef Week, which offers prix fixe menus for a set price. If you scan The Bristol’s Yelp page, it’s very apparent that the restaurant made an impression on new diners.

What other Chicago restaurants ranked in this month? Check out the full list below! (But first, check out how restaurants are ranked here — note: they are not hand-selected.)

Photo Credit: Yelp

Photo Credit: Yelp

Photo Credit: Yelp

Photo Credit: Yelp

Rank Restaurant Social Score
1 The Bristol 155.94
2 Paris Club Bistro and Bar 154.93
3 BellyQ 154.82
4 Next 154.72
5 Au Cheval 153.82
6 Grace 153.74
7 Little Goat Diner 150.95
8 Trenchermen 150.82
9 Two Restaurant 150.48
10 Honey Butter Fried Chicken 149.32
11 Tavernita 148.77
12 CH Distillery 147.83
13 Alinea 147.82
14 Earth + Ocean 146.32
15 Takito Kitchen 145.83
16 Nightwood Restaurant 144.82
17 Kai Zan 143.85
18 Sumi Robata 143.82
19 Nellcôte 143.32
20 Tanta 140.38
21 Frontera Grill 139.87
22 Schwa Restaurant 138.84
23 Avec 138.13
24 Taxim 138.07
25 Found 137.92