166 East Superior Street Affinia Hotel Chicago, IL 60611
Chicago's dining scene is epic, and this Marcus Samuelsson restaurant represents it at its finest. The contemporary decor is sleek and tasteful-great for a business lunch or romantic dinner. Seafood is the specialty here, and is quite special indeed. Sink into a variety of fine dinner entrees including Wild Striped Bass served with fine cockles, brandade and tomato; or Housemade Dill Pasta of savory lamb bolognese and ricotta. You may also choose among a variety of East or West Coast oysters. Their Bossa Nova Brunch is not to be missed, serving up Pastrami Smoked Salmon dressed with cream cheese, as well as the Grilled Steak Sandwich and the C-House Burger of whitefish and tartar. Cap it off with a drink from their extensive list and a dessert; the dessert menu is tempting enough to make you skip dinner!
739 N Clark Street Between Chicago Avenue and Superior Street Chicago, IL 60610
Zed451 stands for an unique dining experience coupled with experimental cuisines and tantalizing liquids. The moment you step-in, you enter the world of style and elegance punctuated with warmth. Sea-food, soups, artisan cheese and other delicacies laid-out at Zed451 tempts even the pickiest of foodies. It also stocks vintage wines and heady cocktails that perfectly complement the menu. Attentive and discreet staff waiting on you complete the perfect picture.
Traditional dinners with pomp and grandeur can move on over. Zealous is an experience of all-American contemporary cooking. Warm interiors, with very country-like brick walls and upholstery, set the ambiance for a hearty meal. 600 types of wines are on offer, for those who know their way around the spirits. If you aren't sure of the modern culinary innovations, such as Duck Breast Savory Potpie of Raisins, try the tasting menu. Worried about those extra pounds? The staff seems pretty concerned about your well-being in this regard, for the kitchen accommodates diet and allergy restrictions too. The Banana Tiramisu might be worth breaking a few dietary rules, though!
108 East Superior Street The Peninsula Chicago Chicago, IL 60611
The Shanghai Terrace housed in the Peninsula Hotel serves authentic Chinese Cuisine (Cantonese and Shanghainese), as well as smatterings of food from the Asian subcontinent. The restaurant has been designed to resemble a 1930's Supper Club in Shanghai, and the red hues as well as miniature Chinese artworks add to the glamour factor. A few highlights from the menu are Tuna Sashimi, the Five-spice Duck and the Wok-fried Lobster, which is reportedly the super-star dish! On the dessert menu, the creamy Coconut Sorbet with a Sesame Cookie atop Sake-soaked Tropical Fruit seems to get a lot of attention - so why not give it yours?
301 East North Water Street The Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers Chicago, IL 60611
Quickly take a seat and grab those forks and knives because you can't afford to waste time at the Shula's Steak House. The menu features some of the most tender and top-quality Angus beef steaks in all of Illinois. It offers everything from Filet Mignons to Chops and Prime Ribs to Beef Strips. Don't worry if you're not much of a meat eater, there are loads of succulent seafood creations to keep you happy. Heavy eaters can go for the 48-ounce porterhouse steak and be a part of Shula's club.
A part of the Phil Stefani chain of restaurants, Riva features a variety of seafood and steaks. Riva's cafe and dining room are nothing short of pure upscale elegance. It also offers a magnificent view of the Chicago Skyline and Lake Michigan. Start with their temptatious appetizers and freshest of salads. Or then you can order your favorite pastas, steak or lobster from the extensive menu. For private parties, three private dining rooms are available, each with an incredible view.
Cuisines of Brazil and Japan, live music, elaborate seating area and an extensive wine and sake list are reasons why you should dine at Sushisamba Rio. Michael Cressotti and Shigeru Kitano do a superb job and create dishes like Tuna Sashimi Serviche and Nabeyaki Udan. For dessert, you must try Trs Liete; it goes well with a glass of luscious cocktails, Sake and wines. So go ahead and delve into the sumptuous flavors at Sushisamba Rio.
Located on the fifth floor of the Peninsula Chicago, this restaurant is as posh as the hotel. Chef Tommy Kirker executes perfect creations of eclectic cuisine. European dishes are excellent, as are desserts like Creme Brulee. Piano nights through the week and live jazz acts on Fridays and Saturdays keep the patrons well entertained. In addition, you can enjoy a leisurely brunch served every Sunday of the week. There is also afternoon tea.
Affectionately known as 'Topolo', this restaurant doles out scrumptious Mexican food just as your Mexican grandmother used to make, only the chef behind this kitchen is named Rick Bayless. This upscale restaurant usually requires reservations on the weekend, however during the week, there may be a table or two. On the menu, the kitchen proudly displays the varied regions of Mexico in every single dish; the Ceviche Yucateco and Carne Asada en Mole Negro hail from the Yucatan and Oaxaca, respectively. Brunch is served on weekends and cell phones are not allowed in the dining area. Since this is River North, valet parking is available.
Free-flowing sangria, mouthwatering tapas and friends who do not mind leaving their watches at home are all ingredients for a perfect evening at Cafe Iberico. The prices are reasonable, the menu has a stunning array of choices and the atmosphere is Barcelona with a heavy dose of Chicago. Salmon flakes, hot goat's cheese and grilled fig sausage get rave reviews. Appetizers are quite reasonable, so eat to your heart's content. Wines and sherries make the perfect accompaniment for your delicious meal.
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