The 6 Best Hotel Restaurants in Chicago

Kristine Hansen | February 01, 2018

From Spanish tapas to regional Italian food, restaurants at Chicago hotels are no longer an afterthought. Instead, they're a destination. Many local restaurant groups are opting to open inside a hotel to broaden their reach and also ride the trend of hip hotel dining. Book a table--and trust us, you will need a reservation!--at any of these spots and you won't be sorry.

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Kimpton Gray Hotel

Why it made the list

Open since 2016, when the hotel debuted, Steadfast is from Chicago's Fifty/50 Restaurant Group and sets a very "Mad Men" tone with its 70s-style decor. Lunch might mean the quirky "kind of fancy cheeseburger" or a kale-caesar salad while dinner service includes everything from a build-your-own bread basket to caviar service as a starter, with entrees such as in-house dry-aged duck or filet mignon. Breakfast's sweet delights include a s'mores doughssant (fried croissant dough).

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Thompson Chicago

Why it made the list

Some of Chicago's best rock-star chefs who have won national awards team up on Nico Osteria, a fine-dining Italian spot serving breakfast, lunch and dinner (plus weekend brunch). Subway tiles in the open kitchen and a living wall of greenery contribute to a "big-city" vibe. Chef de cuisine Bill Montagne once cooked at Le Bernardin in New York City. In a hurry? The three-course Rush Street Lunch specials are quick but don't compromise on quality and flavor.

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Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile

Why it made the list

This intimate cafe (Cafe des Architectes) looks like it belongs in Paris, especially on warm days when the terrace is open. Bright red, black and white decor cultivate a modern setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Each afternoon is a twist on afternoon tea with le goûter (French for late-afternoon snacking) that starts with a hot beverage and eases into pastries and desserts alongside vanilla cream, brie cheese, Nutella and fresh berries. Dinner entrees are balanced between seafood and meat selections as well as a seven-course tasting menu and a line-up of hearty, inventive salads.

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Radisson Blu Aqua

Why it made the list

It might sound cliche to have an Italian restaurant inside a hotel restaurant but Filini is way more than lasagna. Instead, the menu's concept is inspired by the Mediterranean (such as charred octopus or foie-gras ravioli) and there's an intense focus on sourcing only the best ingredients. Guests sit in this mezzanine-level space in booths, at tables or at the space-age-like bar with its gleaming-white backdrop and bucket-shaped bar stools. Filini is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and also has a stellar wine list of mostly Italian varietals.

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The Blackstone Hotel

Why it made the list

Within this historic hotel on South Michigan Avenue is a super-casual tapas joint (Mercat a la Planxa) that's authentic to Barcelona cuisine. Open for daily dinner (no lunch service), you can order paella for your group or share traditional tapas like anchovies, paprika sausage, olives or octopus. Weekend brunch combines beloved Spanish tapas like churros and patatas bravas with bread pudding and pineapple compote or a grass-fed burger topped with Tempranillo onion jam.

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JW Marriott Chicago

Why it made the list

The vibe at The Florentine is so neighborhood-y you almost forget the high-rise surroundings (the Civic Opera House and Chicago Board of Trade building are both around the corner). Shelves of clothbound books are woven into the decor and a mix of seating styles create intimate conversation areas, from traditional tables with chairs, to half-moon-shaped booths. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the best time to visit is evening when Branzino, grass-fed filet mignon and pork shank bump up against pasta dishes.

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