Whether you have a special occasion to celebrate or just want to treat that certain someone to a nice dinner, Illinois has a wealth of wonderful restaurants that will widen your eyes. You may come for the food, but you’ll stay for the gorgeous atmospheres found at these 12 beautiful restaurants.
You’ll never forget a visit to these stunning eateries in Illinois. Check out the pretty places you need to eat at ASAP:
1. Gaetano's - 15 E Wilson Street in Batavia
This Italian fusion restaurant features colorful decor and intimate lighting. Bread and pasta are made in house and fresh fish is brought in daily. The restaurant also has an extensive wine list as well as a tasting menu that pairs reds and whites with small dishes.
2. The Frenchman's Widow - 201 N 16th Street in Herrin
Since 2013, this two-tier restaurant has been serving up classic pub fare with a culinary twist. The dining room is open, bright, and rustic while outdoors lovers can dine on the beautiful second-floor patio. Guests enjoy fish tacos, mozzarella sticks, various sandwiches, salads, and other American classics.
3. Nellcôte - 833 W Randolph Street in Chicago
Serving upscale takes on classic comfort food, this enchanting place to eat is fitted with white Italian marble stairs, wrought iron gates, crystal chandeliers, herringbone wood floors, and extravagent woodwork. Inspired by a villa in southern France, it has the quality of an exclusive restaurant but is open to all. Patrons enjoy authentic pizza, pasta, seafood, and meat dishes, plus outstanding desserts.
4. Nick & Nino's - 700 E Adams Street in Springfield
Located on the 30th floor of the beautiful Wyndham Springfield City Centre, patrons of this upscale restaurant enjoy lovely views of downtown. The interior features intimate lighting and luxurious seating, perfect for a date or business meeting. Guests enjoy chicken, seafood, steak, pork, and pasta dishes that are as pretty as they are tasty.
5. Global Gourmet - 102 E Jackson Street in Carbondale
Situated on a cobble street in downtown, this charming, vintage restaurant offers ethnic cuisine. It is a bistro, tapas, and wine bar all in one and features an ever-changing menu that often includes soups, salads, seafood, duck, and steak dishes. Gorgeous inside and out, the best place to dine is in the relaxing oasis known as the "G spot" patio.
6. Jolane's Cafe - 1100 Milwaukee Avenue in Glenview
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this lovely space is perfect for anything from a ladies' lunch to a wedding reception. Serving homestyle dishes, guests enjoy fresh, high quality, local ingredients and a friendly, open, and beautiful atmosphere. Menu items are European-inspired and include paninis, pasta, seafood, soup, and French toast.
7. North Pond - 2610 N Cannon Drive in Chicago
Located in a building that was constructed in 1912, this stunning spot overlooks a tranquil pond and is run by a trained culinary chef. Inspired by ingredients from local farmers, patrons enjoy tasting menus. Dishes include pastas, salads, seafood, and brunch items.
8. Vie - 4471 Lawn Avenue in Western Springs
Serving American fare inspired by Western European cuisine, this restaurant utilizes local ingredients and is open for dinner only. Visitors sit in a relaxed, village setting and enjoy soup and salads, cheese plates, seafood, chicken, and beef dishes as well as wine tasting menus.
9. Abreo - 515 E State Street in Rockford
Offering chef-inspired dishes to die for, this restaurant has a small plate menu that is creative and playful. Featuring seafood, steak, and desserts, the restaurant features seasonal menus that are chef-inspired, so there is always something new to try. Guests also enjoy wine, cocktails, and an extensive whiskey collection.
10. Walker's Bluff - 326 Vermont Road in Carterville
Set on 160 acres, this restaurant also has a vineyard and many natural wonders to entertain and delight. Serving gourmet cuisine in a friendly, upscale atmosphere, guests can enjoy cheese and meat plates, salads, brick-oven fired pizzas, and a plethora of appetizers.
11. Atwater's - 15 S River Lane in Geneva
Enjoy views of a lovely courtyard and the gorgeous Fox River as you partake in American fare made from local ingredients. Guests may visit for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant features holiday menus, afternoon tea once per month, and brunch buffets as well as private gazebo dining.
12. RARE Chop House - 224 S 10th Street in Mount Vernon
Renowned for its overflowing collection of wine, of which there are over 1,000 different types, this award-winning restaurant serves traditional fare like burgers, fish and chips, salads, and various sandwiches. Luxurious seating and an intimate atmosphere make for an unforgettable dining experience.
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