10 Date-Night Restaurants In Chicago

The month of love can be contentious to reckon with, but few are bound to argue with the value of a delicious meal. Woo your long-term partner, new date, or surround yourself with friends and family at one of these ten Chicago restaurants, where you’re sure to have a memorable night out—no matter who you’re with.

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RM Champagne Salon
Perfect for a romantic night, RM Champagne Salon’s fireplace and Parisian bistro atmosphere set the mood for you and your sweetheart to enjoy oysters, steak frites, coq au van, and, of course, a bottle of champagne.

Celeste
Celeste is a one-stop-shop for an amazing night out. Each of this venue’s four floors has a different theme: enjoy innovative cocktails and elevated American food in the casual first-floor pub, or journey to the glamorous second-floor Art Deco-inspired room and lush rooftop garden. Then head to the third floor to experience 1970’s-style Disco and dance the night away.

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Naoki Sushi
Opened in 2016, newcomer Naoki Sushi has already been praised as one of the best new restaurants in Chicago. Chef Naoki serves up classic and specialty rolls in addition to playful menu items like edamame “guac” and tuna tacos.

Le Bouchon
This Bucktown charmer serves quintessential French favorites like bouillabaisse and steak frites, plus escargot and frogs legs for those in the mood for adventure. With an inviting atmosphere, this restaurant is the place to go for a laid-back date with truly great food.

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Mi Tocaya Antojería
Mi Tocaya Anojería’s bright and cheerful décor sets the mood for Chef Diana Davila’s take on familiar yet elevated Mexican favorites, lesser-known regional specialties and completely new dishes inspired by her Mexican heritage.

Montverde
At this West Loop Italian eatery, Chef Sarah Grueneberg puts a global twist on classical Italian dishes. Come to Montverde expecting hand-crafted, comforting pastas, small plates and entrees with some unexpected flavors, like za’atar and salsa verde.

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Band of Bohemia
The first Michelin Rated Brewpub, Band of Bohemia is a culinary brew house perfect for beer fanatics. A cut above your average pub, chef Ian Davis serves up artfully composed and imaginatively reinvented dishes like Rohan Duck in green curry and a grilled pork chop with Japanese sweet potatoes and honeycrisp apples.

North Pond
An Arts and Crafts-style restaurant located in Lincoln Park, North Pond sits at the edge of a pond and offers stunning views of the Chicago skyline. Their menu focuses on seasonal, produce-forward dishes that celebrate the vibrant colors of their ingredients.

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Mindy’s Hot Chocolate
The place to go for diners with a sweet tooth, Mindy’s whips up craft comfort food entrees in addition to stellar desserts like their banana-chocolate-chip-bread pudding and flavored hot chocolates.

Geja’s Cafe
Named one of Chicago’s most romantic restaurants, fondue-centered Geja’s Cafe is also a really fun place to dine. Live classical Flamenco music sets the mood while you dine, and you can complete your meal by roasting marshmallows over a tabletop flame.

 

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