The 5 Best Restaurants to Visit in River North

Let’s face it: there are endless options for top-notch restaurants in Chicago. But if we had to pick the crème de la crème of River North, here’s where we’d start. From award-winning Chefs using the highest quality ingredients to iconic locations with rich histories, these restaurants certainly take the cake. These are the 5 best restaurants in River North. 

Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf

218 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654

Looking for a romantic twist on a traditional steakhouse? Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf boasts a French flair without the formality, mixing upscale dining with unabashed fun. Popular dishes at this restaurant in River North include Truffle Mac and Cheese, Dry Aged Ribeye, Steak Frites, and Dark Chocolate Pie. Thirsty? Order one of their classic cocktails or browse their well-curated international wine list. Make your reservations here



118 W Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60654


Peruvian cuisine in Chicago? Yes, please! This stylish restaurant offers an authentic experience with Chef Gaston Acrurio describing it as, “…traveling, celebrating, sharing the flavors and joys of Peru while having fun with respect and gratitude to the Earth.” Get reservations in here. And be sure to order favorites like Chaufa Aeropuerto, Pollo a La Brasa, Ahi Tuna Ceviche, and Grilled Octopus. 

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Kinzie Chophouse

400 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654

If you’re looking for the best female-pwned restaurants in River North, Kinzie Chophouse has been quality steak, seafood and cocktails for 30 years. Pick a drink from the award-winning wine list at this restaurant. Their newly renovated bar lounge is reminiscent of old-world Chicago with a modern touch. Here’s a fun fact: Kinzie Chophouse is located in the first building erected with steel beams in Chicago! Try their Wild Mushroom Risotto, Prime Rib, Dry-Aged Delmonico, or Ribeye Filet. You won’t be disappointed. Make your reservation here

GT Fish & Oyster

531 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654

In 2011, Chef Giuseppe Tentori opened GT Fish & Oyster in River North, aiming to redefine the American seafood restaurant with just the right blend of refined and rustic, traditional, and inventive. Enjoy a daily selection of fresh oysters, bright coastal cuisine like Alaskan Halibut and Steelhead Trout, plus an endless selection of wines and cocktails. Reserve your table here.

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Coco Pazzo

300 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

Craving Italian fare? Enjoy Tuscan fine dining in a lovely urban atmosphere! Coco Pazzo’s head Chef Jim Kilberg serves up time-honored favorites like Spaghetti, Rigatoni, Penne, and Parmesana as well as thin crust Pizzas and generous appetizers. This restaurant in River North is a favorite of celebrities, politicians, and foodies from all over. Get your reservations here

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