Can't Miss Restaurant List

Visit Chicago Staples

By Emma McVady

There are so many delectable cuisine options in the Windy City; we want to help point you in the right direction. We have drawn up this list of amazing restaurants in the Chicagoland area by category. Some of these scrumptious restaurants appear in various categories, so you can check off multiple cravings at once! Next time you are brunching, lunching, or dining, see this list to make your meal simpler – and, tastier.


Start your day with some of these brunch-famous destinations. Whether you are in the market for something sweet, like waffles, or something savory, like quiche, these places have your back. Next time you are brunching, keep these places in mind.


Original Pancake House


Who doesn’t love a glass of wine with dinner, or, maybe, just a glass of wine? This part of the list is a comprehensive inventory of our favorite bars, pubs, clubs, speakeasies, and grills. If you want a meal with your spirits, there are plenty of options here. Or, if you are going for a night out, you can find a place here too.

Howl at the Moon

City Winery

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Castaway’s Sports Bar & Grill

Broken English Old Town

Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar

The Dearborn


The Hampton Social

The Bassment

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub

Brando’s Speakeasy

Cooper’s Hawk

Steak 48

Bounce Sporting Club

Motor Row Brewing

American Food Classics

Burgers, fries, steak, and wings are all crave-able American food items from the restaurants on this part of the list. If you are looking for a mouthwatering classic, these restaurants surely have what you’re looking for. From places with juicy New York strips to places with American specialty items like popcorn; this list has what you’re looking for.


Garrett Popcorn

Crosby’s Kitchen


STK Chicago

Lawry’s The Prime Rib

Hillgrove Tap

Kuma’s Corner

Wildfire Restaurant

Offshore Chicago

Farmhouse Chicago

Drew’s on Halsted

Global cuisine

This part of the list is the most varietal; it includes food from all kinds of cultures. There are plenty Italian spots if you’re a pasta lover, or, there are places like Jamaican, Japanese, Brazilian, Mexican, Chinese, and much more. Check out these locations if you’re looking for some of Chicago’s greatest worldly cuisine.

Ella Elli

Tuco and Blondie

Roka Akor


Stefani Prime


Fig & Olive

Fogo De Chão

Jerk. Jamaican Barbecue

Davanti Enoteca


Fat Rosie’s Taco & Tequila Bar


ROOH Chicago


Big Bowl

The Signature Room


These restaurants serve some tasty catches. If you’re a seafood lover, scan these spots and test out some of your options. Scallops, salmon, shrimp, oysters on the half shell, you name it. You’re sure to be satisfied with this amazing bank of seafood spots. Next time you’re craving a salt-watery meal, enjoy the cuisine of one of these restaurants.

Catch 35

STK Chicago

Stefani Prime

Shaw’s Crab House

Stetson’s Modern Steak + Sushi

Truluck’s Seafood Steak Crab House

Steak 48

The Signature Room

Special themes

(Spy) - Safehouse

(Music) - Hard Rock Café

(Catering) - Blue Plate

(Gaming) - Dave and Buster’s

(Bakery) - Nothing Bundt Cakes

(Jungle) - Rainforest Café

(Sports Bar) - Bounce Sporting Club

(Baseball) - Cubby Bear


Of Course, Pizza gets its own category because of its deliciousness – especially in Chicago. This handful of restaurants serve tasty pizza in one of the most famous pizza cities. Melted Cheese and savory sauce await. These restaurants also serve other dishes in addition to pizza, so you’ll find exactly what you’re craving.



Bar Cargo

The Dearborn


An American classic that reminds you of cookouts and summer gatherings. That’s what barbecue cuisine offers, and so do these restaurants. Smoke Daddy and Bub City are go-to joints for tasty barbecue in Chicago. Next time you’re close, sample the food from one of these finger-lickin' spots.

Smoke Daddy

Bub City