Boka

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4604 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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Michelin starred Boka Restaurant has been a fixture in Chicago dining since 2003. In January 2014, Chef Lee Wolen joined as Executive Chef/Partner after the restaurant underwent a major renovation. Since his time at Boka, critics have taken notice. Phil Vettel of Chicago Tribune and Eater Chicago both named Lee as “2014 Chef of the Year.” Most recently, Lee was named 2015 “Chef of the Year." Boka’s food features contemporary, American cuisine, focusing on seasonality and sourcing as many local ingredients as possible.

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Boka serves fancy contemporary American food, but it still manages to be cool and fun despite being nice and expensive.

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Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. Beautiful presentation and the service was great. A slight expensive for your everyday date night or friends get-together, but totally worth it!

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Glasgow
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue, great food and great service

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This gem was amazing. We were very impressed with the food, ambiance and our waiter, Graham (service was excellent). Try the ricotta dumplings .. to die for!

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PB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantasic restaurant serving amazing food with attentive, knowledable and helpful staff. We went for our second anniversary and they gave us a personalised menu card with the message "happy 2nd anniversary" on the front. Lovely touch!

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Dallas
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our 26th anniversary, and Boka gave us the perfect experience. From the food and service to the atmosphere and special touches, everything was perfect. I would highly recommend visiting this wonderful spot!

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OP
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The fold was not warm that stated on the menu that was suppose to be.
Told the host about that and nothing was done to rectify the situation

My friend ordered the bree and it tasted expired. She fell ill the next day and we told Boka over the phone and again nothing was rectified other than a simple sorry.

The place received many great reviews and menu look worth coming however this experience was not a great one.

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BS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it.
Thanks for an amazing dinner!

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AM
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the most impressive meal I've ever had. The service was impeccable, and the food was just as good.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Beautiful decor and ambiance, but the quality of the food fell short.

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JZ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Muy caro, platos con poco sabor, poca comida, y el ambiente con personas del mismo género dándose besos. Arrepentido de ir a este lugar. Nunca regreso.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this cute restaurant for the decor and high caliber food experience

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal ever. Get the Duck.

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PT
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and environment. We were a party of six for a business meeting, and everybody was extremely satisfied.

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HW
Seattle
36 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Creative without the confusion that many restaurants offer with their 'fusion' menus. Will visit when I come back to Chicago again.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another stunning experience and amazing meal. Thank you to the extraordinary Boka team for always going above and beyond and creating such memorable culinary adventures. You all make life better!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

For the price for the Tasting menu thought the food would be more flavorful and amazing but it was not. Not a good value for what we paid for

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Always an awesome experience!

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1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was outstanding in all aspects - food - service - wine ! Highly recommend.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there to celebrate our 15th anniversary. The service and food was amazing! Staff were attentive and really pleasant. We had the tasting menu and thoroughly enjoyed it. Boka created a beautiful memory of our 15th anniversary and we would definitely be back.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience and great service.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and fantastic service. Would recommend to everyone. Great experience.

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TC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, server is very knowledgeable and kind. Well attention to detail

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AM
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and the service was prompt. Very fancy but not stressful.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! Non-pretentious, cozy with great service. We come here regularly for these reasons. Food is equal to or better than restaurants with 3 Michelin Stars.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honeymoon-Absolutely perfect

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I came here for her birthday. The service is outstanding! We received a complimentary dish in the beginning, it was broccoli something, I don’t remember. However, it was an interesting taste. It’s something that I wouldn’t order but it was very nice that the chef gave us something. We ordered the beef tartar, grilled octopus, and roasted dry aged roast duck! It was delicious! I definitely recommend this place for any special occasion.

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JB
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

I have experienced Michelin star restaurants around the world and never has one been bad - except for Boka. Grilled octopus was tough, tasteless. The slow roasted short rib was in reality cooked sous vide Server was rude and clueless

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Friend moving to NYC!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our 20th Anniversary and had the royal treatment as well as e joyed the spectacular Chef’s tasting menu paired with fabulous wines! Our server Elena was delightful!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Dinner with excellent server Brandon. He is so sweet and gave us some great suggestions.

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New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A delicious meal with excellent service. Seems a little trendy but that may have had more to do with other patrons than with the aims of the establishment. Would highly recommend.

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SH
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Our second visit. This time we ate a la carte rather than the tasting menu. We had the dry aged duck--sublime!

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KW
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time in Chicago, and I was excited. Upon reading plenty of great reviews on Chicago restaurants. I was anticipating to be highly delighted by the food . My expectations were meet, and then some while I was at Boka. The food was exquisite, the decor was dark, modern and chic and the service was some of the best I’ve experienced in awhile. The hospitality felt genuine and not constrained. I really enjoyed this experience and I want to thank the whole staff at Boka restaurant for their astounding work.

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k
Cincinnati
87 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted and seated right away upon walking in. Had cocktails and bread and butter were brought to table. We split a hot appetizer. I got duck for 1, my date got rib meat. Everything was delicious and very well prepared and presented. Service was great!

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JB
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about our experience! For a high class meal go to Boka! Chefs special chicken was to die for! Can’t wait to go back!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely spectacular, top to bottom!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boka is one of our favorite restaurants for a special occasion. Always great food, service, and overall experience.

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1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Amazing Amazing

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Mexico City
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was excellent! We love it. The food was delicious

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