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Boka, Chicago, IL

Boka

4.8
4.8
5800 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
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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2 people

7:30 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 337-6070

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Lee Wolen

  • Private party facilities

    Executive Chef Lee Wolen serves seasonal American cuisine in a warm & elegant fine dining atmosphere. Whatever your next occasion is, whether it be large, small, formal, or informal, BOKA can cater to all of your needs.

  • Private party contact

    our Event Sales Manager: (888) 338-3812

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Park

  • Cross street

    Willow

  • Parking details

    Street parking available.

  • Public transit

    Red Line "El" stop at Clyborn & North Ave

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 5,800 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Contemporary American

  • Chicago

    Contemporary American

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  1. KS

    KimS

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, excellent staff and the best desserts!
  2. JM

    JeremyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They offered a tasting menu, which was pricey but worth every bite. Mocktails were fantastic
  3. K

    Kibbit

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Graciously allowed reservation for 1 and prix fixe menu additions. Warm and friendly bartenders. Attentive service.
  4. HP

    HaleyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service. Would highly recommend the tasting menu.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    OUTSTANDING! Best meal we've ever had! Thank you for the experience
  6. f

    food4life

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Truly excellent inventive meal , great food , excellent service
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nicest restaurant I’ve ever been to and the food was outstanding! Smaller menu, which honestly, probably helped!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food4service3ambience3
    Things that went bad and good are. Good: Of the 7 courses we did I can say 5 were good and were worth the price. Bad: 1. Our reservation was at 9PM. We felt like we were being rushed at the end. 2. While serving some meals, waiters were stinking. We don’t expect this when we are paying so much for experience and meal.
  9. M

    Melissa

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic overall service, Jennifer and Nelson were a dream ! They need a raise asap.
  10. E

    Evelyne

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, nous avons passé une très belle soirée Un merci spécial au sommelier
  11. RT

    RobertT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Told Boka I was celebrating my gfs bday, they went above and beyond for her, she almost cried. Not to mention the food was impeccable and delicious. Price was very expensive but it was worth it.
  12. M

    Maggie

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful. Food was delicious. Loved all courses on the tasting menu. Wine pairings were a nice accompaniment. Excellent service. Would go return when back in Chicago.
  13. MZ

    MonicaZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've said this on a bunch of other sites but honestly one of the best dinners I have ever had. The food was just incredible and so delicious and the entire staff made it feel like we were welcomed into someones home. Our server, Fernando, and the entire wait staff went above and beyond to make our anniversary dinner special and my fiance and I are telling everyone we know to go! Thank you to all who took this evening from special and wonderful to cosmically gorgeous and beyond comparison.
  14. LM

    LaurenM

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did the tasting menu and wine pairing and it was exceptional. The food was incredible, the server was really nice and informative on all of the wines we tasted, and it was a great experience. It was well worth the price, which we found to be very reasonable for such an experience.
  15. TE

    TomE

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Went for 20th anniversary and they made us feel so special and added little extra touches that made the night.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tasting menu was amazing. The best food I’ve ever eaten. The halibut is to die for. Melt in your mouth.. my tastebuds exploded and it ruined all food for me. It’s a whole other level. It deserves more than just 1 Tire (it’s what I call Micheline stars).
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing in every way. The 7 course tasting menu and wine pairing is phenomenal! Michelin star well deserved.
  18. CG

    ChristopherG

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The carrot appetizer dish is to die for. You will never believe or expect what you get. Sprouts, smoked carrots that are mashed, other delectable surprises. It blew us away. Most creative concoction we had in a while!
  19. e

    eatoutalot

    Berlin

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, super service, nice room
  20. DF

    DerekF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasting menu was phenomenal and well balanced. Drinks were fantastic and the staff is excellent. Very cool vibe as well.
  21. BJ

    BradJ

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unreal!!!! Loved it! Best meal in Chicago in many years.
  22. L

    Lucy

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was fabulous! The place was packed with tourists who were not dressed properly and good at making noise. Waiters were good but definitely not Michelin good.
  23. J

    John

    E. Tennessee

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dining experience as always. Food, service, and wine selection impeccable.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow. 4th time here and the best yet. Stellar. Excellent tasting menu and pairings. Pricey, yes, but worth it. Top of their game. Duck and Halibut are standouts. Drop what you are doing and check out this place.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was the best I’ve experienced. The food was amazing! I loved the attention to detail. I’m so happy we picked this place to celebrate our anniversary!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was sick
  27. S

    Stephen

    Atlanta

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Did the 7 course with reserve pairing. Was very tasty. Staff was perfectly present yet unobtrusive.
  28. KK

    KaylaK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing as well as the service. The staffing was efficient, knowledgeable, and quick. My husband and I did the tasting menu, and it was a perfect amount of food and servings for what you pay for. It’s worth the experience to come here.
  29. L

    Ledrob

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal we’ve ever had. 10/10 recommend the duck for two. Expensive, but worth every penny
  30. ME

    MEEKL

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous service; amazing menu with unique cocktails and wine list. Food is so special.
  31. R

    Rizelle

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I came here for dinner to try the seven course meal as well as the wine pairing. It was incredible. My brother and I opted to get the duck add on as well as the wine pairing for that. The pace was great, service was awesome, and the food was out of this world. Yes, it’s pricy, but it was so worth it.
  32. i

    imwriter

    Chicago

    102 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always treasure our dinners at Boka. The menu keeps evolving, focused on fresh and local ingredients and thoughtful new preparations. My roasted and smoked beet entree was visually stunning and full of flavor and texture, thanks to the quinoa crunch, and my husband's short rib entree melted in his mouth. Beautiful meal! And now that I no longer share a bottle of wine with my husband, I enjoy their tasty mocktails and my husband loves the quality of their wines by the glass.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was remarkable. I would definitely come back
  34. A

    Angela

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing - the staff, food and drinks. Get the dry aged duck.
  35. HD

    HappyDiner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Host can be friendlier. Food was good but not great. And what’s that smell by the bathroom? Smelled like sewer and sticky bathroom door??? Come on~ Expected higher standard of service and cleaner carpet & bathroom at a restaurant like this.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is very good, as well as the service and environment. Liked the duck a lot.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love ❤️ boka!!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was stellar! Service, food, ambiance… EVERYTHING!!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wedding anniversary
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the tasting menu and standard wine pairings. Everything was absolutely delicious! I look forward to returning when back in Chicago!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Boka offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 337-6070.

Boka is rated 4.8 stars by 5800 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Google Map for Boka

1729 North Halsted Chicago, IL 60614

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Willow

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Park

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking available.

  • Public transit

    Red Line "El" stop at Clyborn & North Ave

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Lee Wolen

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 337-6070

  • Private party facilities

    Executive Chef Lee Wolen serves seasonal American cuisine in a warm & elegant fine dining atmosphere. Whatever your next occasion is, whether it be large, small, formal, or informal, BOKA can cater to all of your needs.

  • Private party contact

    our Event Sales Manager: (888) 338-3812

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