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