Best Restaurants in River North

River North is a delightful neighborhood due north of it’s more well-known neighborhood (at least to tourists), the Loop. But Chicago’s downtown workforce (and after hours party monsters) know that River North is one of the best places to grab a bite, with some of the top restaurants in the city.

Here are the best restaurants in River North.

118 W Grand Ave, Chicago IL 60612

Tanta combines the best of Spanish and Japanese influences into a menu inspired by Peruvian street food. Specialties include ceviche and pisco-inspired Peruvian cocktails, but their nigiri and causitas, (a whipped potato dish infused with seafood) are also popular dishes. Frequent customers swear by the Arroz con Pollo, Lomo Saltado, and Salmon Antichucherro, which are served at this casual yet upscale spot – perfect for date nights.

449 N Clark St, Chicago IL 60654

Conveniently located next to its more upscale brothers Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, XOCO (from the Mexican slang for “little sister”) is the best option for Mexican food in the area. This quick service cafe owned by Rick Bayless of Top Chef fame has a local following which swears by the Baja Chicken, Choriqueso and Goat Barbacoa (only served every Saturday). Don’t forget to grab their churros with homemade chocolate dip, which are worth a trip on their own.

Bohemian House
11 W Illinois St

Bohemian House is Chicago’s answer to those clamoring for a taste of Old World Europe, mixed with New Age Chicago. It features dishes of German, Austrian and Czech Republic influence with Chef Jimmy Papadopoulos (formerly of upscale steakhouse Sam & Harry’s in Schaumburg) at the helm. Since opening in 2014, it has been a favorite with yuppies for its funky yet upscale interior.

868 N Franklin St, Chicago, IL 60610

They believe themselves to be a “mom and pop,” joint but their rave reviews on Yelp and Zagat say otherwise. Chef Michael Kornick’s timeless New American menu, paired with their extensive wine list and comfortable yet sophisticated ambience, makes it a go-to for celebrations. Don’t forget to order their heavenly desserts!

Sumi Robata Bar
702 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654

For a true, delicious taste of Japan, fans recommend Sumi Robata Bar for its elegant, unpretentious and tasty food. Food is served fresh, with a light smoky charcoal flavor, and pairs well with their sake selection and bottled cocktails. Come here with a group of friends, or a date you love having conversations with as their food takes time to prepare.

Shanghai Terrace at the Peninsula
108 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611 b/t Rush St & Michigan Ave near North Side

For a place known to love outdoor seating and patios, Shanghai Terraces takes it to a whole new level by having a rooftop terrace that shows outstanding city views. Its seductive setting reminiscent of a Shanghai supper club from the 1930’s, complemented with the most extraordinary Chinese food and superb service.

Is there anything you’d add to our list of best restaurants in River North? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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