Best New Restaurants In Chicago

What’s the best part about eating? You know it’s only a matter of time until you’re hungry again! 

The same old options can get tiresome but never fear. New restaurants are always opening up in Chicago. Try one tonight...or the next time hunger strikes. 

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Bar Biscay

1450 W. Chicago Ave. - West Town

West Town vegetarians may have taken a hit when Green Zebra closed earlier this year, but this colorful French-fusion kitchen and bar has swooped in to fill the gap with a variety of meat-free and seafood options. Carnivorous options like a whole oxtail and jamón serrano also have a spot on the menu. 

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Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods

1415 N. Wood St. - Wicker Park

Chef Brian Jupiter of Frontier has turned the old Beachwood Inn space into a down-home tribute to Louisiana cooking named after his grandmother. Gumbo and po’boys are plentiful here and, while we miss the dive bar that formerly inhabited these walls, we can’t hate on the interior design changes they’ve made. 

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Octavio Cantina & Kitchen

5310 N. Clark St. - Andersonville

Andersonville’s massive new option for upscale Mexican fare has been attracting crowds ever since opening in March. It’s a good thing the restaurant’s sprawling dining room has the space for them. The menu is comparable in size, made up of no-brainers like fish tacos, ceviches and enchiladas. The wood oven flatbreads, with toppings like pork belly, lobster and avocado are an unexpected treat. 

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Diner Grill

1635 W. Irving Park Rd. - North Center

We know it’s not new, okay? But Diner Grill’s long-awaited grand reopening deserves all the attention it can get. The late-night favorite was badly damaged after a Christmas Eve fire in 2016, but we’re grateful to see it back in action. Go there and order The Slinger—two hamburger patties, two sunny-side-up eggs, cheese, hash browns, onions, smothered with chili and served with a side of toast—right now. 

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4042 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Portage Park

Frunchroom's gracefully designed menu pays tribute to head chef Matt Saccaro’s Jewish/Italian heritage. Want a side of matzo ball soup with your gnocchi? You got it. 

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Radio Anago

226 W Kinzie St. - River North

Burgers, barbecue, ramen and now sushi—is there anything Hogsalt Hospitality can’t do? What’s more, the restaurant group does them all well. Radio Anago is the restaurant group’s latest feat, a dark den of raw bites, rolls and fried chicken topped with edible gold.

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Mini Mott

3057 W. Logan Blvd. - Logan Square

Mott Street has a lot of delicious items on its menu, but the most surprising is the burger. You just don’t typically go searching for that at an Asian restaurant. Regardless, it’s become one of the most popular items out of the Noble Square kitchen. Enter Mini Mott, the latest location from Mott Street’s team with a sole focus on that signature burger topped with American cheese, hoisin aioli, sweet potato frizzles, pickled jalapenos, pickles, miso butter and onions. Mini Mott’s mini menu is rounded out by wings, fries, soft serve, shakes and beer. 

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302 N. Green St., 3rd Floor - Fulton Market

Lettuce Entertain You’s latest might be its most colorful menu yet, literally. Aba’s dishes are accented with bright, beautiful presentations thanks to its fresh Mediterranean ingredients. If the food doesn’t win you over here, the rooftop patio certainly will. 

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1043 N. California Ave. - Humboldt Park

The Chicago food truck pros behind the wheels of Lucy’s, Flying Taco and Pierogi Wagon are now giving the brick-and-mortar game a go with Lucy’s permanent, non-mobile home in Humboldt Park. Find diner-style sandwiches like a spicy fried chicken and a classic burger along with ‘60s decor at this new eatery. 

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Pacific Standard Time

141 W. Erie St. - River North

One of Chicago’s most anticipated openings of the year has yet to disappoint. Former Nico Osteria chef Erling Wu-Bower scales back (a bit) on the seafood at his latest venture instead focusing on elegant takes on Italian influenced dishes like pastas and pizzas. 

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3 Squares Diner

1020 W. Lawrence Ave. - Uptown

Who doesn’t love diner food and all-day breakfast? 3 Squares finds the middle road between classic and modern with its interior and menu design. Staples such as the biscuits and gravy get an upgraded with ingredients like lamb bacon and coconut mushroom gravy. We definitely don’t mind the “add booze” option that’s available for all of 3 Squares’ milkshakes either. 

Need more places to try out? Check our list of the best new bars in Chicago!