When you think of the last great restaurant you dined at, chances are you remember the atmosphere as much as the food. There are plenty of top-quality restaurants in Chicago River North, from intimate bistros to sprawling food halls buzzing with energy. If you value a restaurant’s ambiance as much as its delicious food, these five spots can’t be beat.
The Hampton Social
You’ll feel like you’re soaking in the summer when you dine at The Hampton Social. The restaurant’s nautical-themed decor and coastal-inspired food and cocktails will transport you to a place where time doesn’t matter. The dinner menu features steaks, burgers, pizzas, and seafood favorites like shrimp tacos and fish and chips. Come for weekend brunch and you can kick back in the “Rosé All Day lounge” and nosh on lobster rolls or crab cake benedict.
If you’re scouring the restaurants in Chicago River North for a unique Italian dinner spot, Ciccio Mio is the perfect choice. While Chicago has a million other Italian restaurants, none of them are quite like Ciccio Mio with its cozy, retro supper club atmosphere complete with plush red sofas, ornate chandeliers, old-timey artwork, and dim lighting. The talented mixologist can whip up cocktails that will impress your date like a Black Manhattan and a Bergamot Vesper made of gin, vodka, and Italicus liqueur. As far as food, you can’t go wrong with the spicy vodka rigatoni and black truffle pasta – and save room for the pavlova, their show-stopping meringue dessert.
Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf
Take a break from your traditional steakhouse for your next date night and head to the stylish Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf. The rustic, vintage space has plush couches for seats, 1920’s jazz music, and just enough French flair for a romantic evening. The menu boasts timeless steakhouse fare including bone-in ribeye, seafood towers, salads, and classic sides like pommes frites and brussels sprouts. Choose a cocktail or a wine from their well-curated international wine list to accompany your meal, and end the night on a high note with a dessert wine or slice of house-made chocolate cream pie.
Out of all the restaurants in Chicago River North, only one can whisk you away to the tropics of Latin America: The Diver. The beachside bungalow interior is an Instagrammer’s paradise, featuring a ceiling that’s overflowing with greenery, macramé and beautiful straw light decor. The menu offers light dishes featuring fresh seafood and bold cocktails such as the berry mojito and oaxaca negroni. The Diver is great for larger groups and is a popular brunch spot thanks to its bottomless mimosas. Settle into one of the gorgeous velvet green and pink chairs and let your cares slip away as you sip on a berry mojito and dine on ceviche or tacos.
Girl & The Goat
As if having celebrity chef Stephanie Izard at the helm isn’t enough, Girl & The Goat has one of the most incredible interior designs of all the restaurants in Chicago River North. Rustic wooden pillars and beams, a back bar made of fire-boxes, and a dramatic open kitchen are just a few jaw-dropping features in the lively space. On the menu you’ll find tasty, bold-flavored tapas made for sharing that are inspired by cuisine from around the world. A few top picks include the wood oven roasted pig face, goat empanadas, and chickpea fritters. The international wine list focuses on small producers, and the beer list offers craft beers with an emphasis on local Chicago breweries. If you’re in the mood for a cocktail, try the Goat Fashioned featuring goat fat-washed Evan Williams bourbon – you won’t find it anywhere else!
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