From sleek Japanese restaurants to fine dining spots, you’ll eat well at these West Loop restaurants

Once a strictly industrial area, the West Loop has transformed into Chicago’s dining epicenter over the last decade (Randolph Street earned the nickname “Restaurant Row”). With new restaurants debuting every month, the neighborhood’s dining selection shows no signs of shrinking. The best West Loop restaurants are varied—from sleek Japanese restaurants to some of the best burgers in the city, and plenty of fine dining spots to boot. We narrowed down the options and ranked our all-time favorite West Loop restaurants. Psst: While you’re waiting for your reservation, check out the nabe’s best bars.


Serving as a sister restaurant to Ēma in River North, Aba is a collaboration between chef CJ Jacobson and Lettuce Entertain You. Like Ēma, Aba will offer Mediterranean-inspired bites like red beet tzatziki, yellowtail dolmas and a Jerusalem bagel. But the menu here offers something different, too: Diners will notice a larger focus on steaks and seafood, with dishes like skirt steak shawarma, char-grilled lamb chops and toasted sesame shrimp. On the beverage front, expect summer-ready sippers like the Aloe? It’s Me, a tantalizing blend of mescal, aloe, green juice, lime and jalapeño.