Despite being an inland city, Chicago’s ever-expanding restaurant scene includes a number of esteemed seafood restaurants. Bordered by Lake Michigan, Chicago is home to a variety of freshwater fish and its proximity to both the Atlantic and Pacific allows for fresh seafood to be flown in daily. See our picks of the best seafood restaurants in Chicago.

Fresh crab legs

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

For the best of surf and turf, head to Joe’s in the River North area of Chicago. A formal atmosphere sets the tone for a fine dining experience. Known for its stone crab, the menu also includes seared sea scallops, salmon au poivre and ahi tuna filet. Those less inclined toward seafood will enjoy steaks such as the 30 oz porterhouse.

Two crabs on a plate

Shaw’s Crab House

At Shaw’s, you can opt for a lively evening at the oyster bar or select an elegant dinner in the white tablecloth main dining room. Seasonal crab, shellfish, oysters are on the menu along with made-to-order sushi and sashimi. The American seafood restaurant is a local favorite for its Alaskan King Crab legs, but also offers USDA prime steaks.