Be it a special occasion or just to break your routine, going out to eat brings wonder and merriment to your life. Don’t just dine when you can do it in style. These 14 classy establishments are absolutely stunning and have much more to offer than delicious eats, especially for a romantic date night!
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1. Brindille (534 N Clark Street)
This French eatery is one of the most beautiful restaurants in the River North neighborhood. The interior is simple, yet intriguing and peaceful. Guests enjoy sophisticated dining from a Parisian menu that includes oysters, lamb, seasonal dishes, and more.
2. BLVD (817 W Lake Street)
Like many restaurants in Chicago, this one is set in a historical brick building. BLVD is located in the West Loop and the menu here was inspired by 1950s Hollywood and draws from cuisines around the world. Retro never looked this good.
3. Bohemian House (11 W Illinois Street)
For the true Chicago hipster, this rustic eatery will make you feel like you're dining in the forest. Upscale, luxurious eats are served on planks of wood and include meat boards, breakfast favorites, delicious desserts, and an extensive wine list.
4. Ella Elli (1349 W Cornelia Avenue)
Lakeview's most charming restaurant is a great spot for friends to gather or for a special date. Guests are blown away by the modern, unique menu that includes dishes like pizza, pasta, seafood, chicken, and much more. The food matches the one-of-a-kind decor.
5. Nellcôte (833 W Randolph Street)
Inspired by French dining and a luxurious mansion in Southern France, this West Loop restaurant has been in operation since 2012. Guests can enjoy raw dishes as well as wood-grilled meats like duck and scallops. Further, pizza, pasta, and a variety of starters make any meal memorable.
6. Proxi (565 W Randolph Street)
Inspired by street foods from around the world, this casual dining spot is elegant and features both industrial elements and rustic furnishings. The restaurant serves seafood, pork, and chicken, and they specialize in fine-dining standards.
7. RM Champagne Salon (116 N Green Street)
This absolutely stunning restaurant is a Chicago nightlife favorite. The fabulous decor and lighting - both inside and out on the patio - transport you to the most magical setting. RM Champagne Salon specializes in cheese and dessert plates, as well as beer, wine, and cocktails.
8. Somerset Restaurant (1112 N State Street)
A Gold Coast favorite, Chicagoans can't get enough of this 1960s-themed eatery. Award-winning design and a team of culinary professionals come together to make this one of the most amazing dining experiences in the city. They offer brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, wine, and cocktail options.
9. Spiaggia (980 North Michigan Avenue, 2nd Floor)
A visit to this Italian restaurant is one you'll never forget. Spiaggia has been serving top-notch cuisine since 1984 and it regularly receives high praise for the experience it gives each of its patrons. It is known for its impressive 700-bottle wine list and authentic dishes that take you straight to Tuscany.
10. The Allis at Soho House (113-125 N Green Street)
Situated in a historic building from 1907, this stunning restaurant serves diner favorites like salads and sandwiches, as well as eggs and pastries. Guests enjoy a comfortable and relaxed environment that some may never want to leave.
11. The Boarding House (720 N Wells Street)
With an interior setting unlike anything you've seen before, this marvelous eatery is a River North hot spot. Fabulous lighting makes the place feel like a whole other world. Menu items include steak, seafood, chicken, and duck dishes as well as pasta, salads, and much more.
12. The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant (1401 S Michigan Avenue)
Classic American steakhouse fare is the specialty at this gorgeous place. It's situated inside a historic Chicago Landmark and is one of the most beautiful restaurants in the South Loop. There are several gorgeous rooms for your dining needs.
13. Travelle Kitchen + Bar (330 N Wabash Avenue)
Also situated in one of Chicago's Landmarks, this restaurant is within The Langham, a famous hotel in River North. Guests enjoy luxurious eats like New York strip, fried duck egg, and steamed mussels, as well as an extensive list of wine, beer, and cocktails.
14. 3 Arts Club Cafe (1300 N Dearborn Parkway)
Guests are free to dine anywhere they like in this gallery, though the most popular spot is the Grand Courtyard, which is filled with chandeliers, natural light, and trees. The menu for this beautiful place includes meat and cheese boards, as well as sandwiches and unique eats like lobster rolls, truffled grilled cheeses, and burgers.
Have you been to any of these beautiful restaurants? Do you have any other stunning spots to recommend? Share your experiences in the comments below!