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Boka Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Lincoln Park
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1729 N Halsted St, Ste 1, Chicago, IL 60614-5537 (Willow)
+1 312-337-6070
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Tue 17:00 - 21:00
Wed - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:30
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Dinner yesterday (Thursday); we were shown to a table in the main dining room which is unimpressive with seating consisting of banquettes and tables; the room is a little tired and somehow I found the various waiters and servers brushing against me in passing on numerous occasions; my wife had the better of me seated in the banquette. There is... More 

Thank sandbag7
Chicago, Illinois
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99 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We recently were taken to BOKA and had a very enjoyable evening and meal. The ambience is elegant, quiet and subdued. We started by sampling all of the appetizers (except the sweetbreads). The turnip soup was truly unique and were the broccoli tortellini. For main courses, we had the lupe de mer, cod, scallops and roasted chicken, all of which... More 

Thank Bill L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the tasting menu ($120 each) and the wine pairing add on ($50 each). We later learned there was a more expensive wine pairing option. It was supposed to be seven courses, but we ended up with nine. This became two hours of gluttony. One extra course came from the chef wanting us to try some sushi-like fish, which... More 

Thank Troy M
Chicago, Illinois
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43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My first visit here a few years ago was a phenomenal executive experience, but every other visit after that just didn't compare. The dishes are elegantly prepared and portions are just right for a tasting menu (tho I'd be fine if they were a little lighter since I don't eat like a haus). This time every dish was just a... More 

Thank skankymonk
Montreal, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everybody's so nice and welcoming here. The food is great. The cocktails were amazing; the Very talented bartenders topped our drinks with homemade flavoured oils that were just great! The amuse-bouche was a phenomenal crispy seaweed chip topped with eel. Both the cold and hot starters exceeded our expectations. The scallop entrée were tasty but less so than the rest... More 

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Going to a 7:30 show at the Steppenwolf? Want a meal to match the quality of the performance? Here's the place to go. We arrived at Boka around 5:00, so we could have a leisurely meal. With food this good, you definitely want to savor it. It was midweek, so we nearly had the place to ourselves -- all the... More 

Thank MKevinM
Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An excellent menu, and mixologists making craft cocktails. Love to go here, great atmosphere, upscale.

Thank Marianne G
Kapaa, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We made a last minute booking to celebrate a family milestone. After talking to our personable waiter, we decided to experience the tasting menu. He discussed our likes and dislikes, favorite foods and ingredients we weren't fond of, and came up with a 7+ course delightful experience that was as entertaining as it was delicious. Tasting menus, for us, are... More 

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Lisle, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Living near Chicago, I have the great opportunity to select from a great variety of restaurants - in this case for my birthday. I had heard of Boka and its high quality but it was a hard reservation. Seating was easy and my table was ready at reservation time. The bar staff quick to recommend a predinner cocktail that I... More 

Thank Siaubas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

(Apologies for late posting, I'm working my way through a bit of a backlog). Based on visit in late October A somewhat disappointing evening. In fairness we may not have seen the restaurant at its best. We were seated in basically the bar area. This doesn't have quite the atmosphere of other parts of the restaurant (which is quite big),... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1729 N Halsted St, Ste 1, Chicago, IL 60614-5537
  • Public Transportation: Red Line "El" stop at Clyborn & North Ave
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Lincoln Park
  • Neighbourhood: Lincoln Park
  • Phone Number: +1 312-337-6070
Named one of Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs 2008,” Executive Chef Giuseppe Tentori features contemporary, seasonal American food. The Michelin Dining Guide recently awarded BOKA one star and the Chicago Tribune gave three, calling it “One of the city’s best.” Chicago magazine awarded three stars as well and has called it “The hottest ticket in town.” Chef Tentori was named a rising star by both Star Chefs and Restaurant Hospitality magazine, and BOKA was awarded the 4 Diamond AAA in 2009. A great spot for wedding receptions, corporate meetings, pharmaceutical dinners and cocktail parties, the space allows for private parties in a variety of rooms both private and semi private. The restaurant was designed by Bogdanow Partners and features sweeping architectural sails and a stunning 90 seat outdoor patio.

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Head to the North Side of Chicago for a stroll through one of the city’s greenest neighborhoods. Lincoln Park boasts over 1200 acres of green space complete with a free zoo open to visitors year-round. This pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is lined with parks, row homes, boutiques, taverns, and nature. Lincoln Park itself borders the lakefront area offering peaceful views of the water and the Chicago skyline. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is one of the most popular attractions in the area, with the Chicago History Museum a close second. Armitage Avenue is where you’ll find great shopping from high-end retailers and small boutiques, whereas Clark Street houses cafes and restaurants. For more highbrow entertainment, walk along Lincoln Avenue to find some of Chicago’s finer museums and theaters.
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