River North is chock-full of restaurants. The key is knowing what kind of place you’re looking for, and that’s where we can help.

From fancy to trendy to a quick bite, we’ve got you covered.

River North is a perplexing place: You love it. You hate it. The restaurants are great. The restaurants are annoying. It’s great people watching. Oh my god these people are the worst.

This is the roller coaster of emotions you’ll experience whenever you find yourself in the neighborhood. How to deal? Know exactly what you’re looking to get out of your meal and choose a restaurant accordingly.

Whether you’re with friends and family, potential significant others, or work people, picking a place with the right vibe is key. Don’t eat somewhere that everyone uses as a pregame for Cuvee if your plans after dinner are to go straight to bed.

From over-the-top steakhouses to hot dogs on-the-go, here are the best restaurants in River North.


Ramen-san feels like stumbling upon a cool, underground Japanese hip-hop club. Expect rap music from the likes of Tupac to be banging off the brick walls. And we’re not talking songs like Changes, we’re talking the aggressive songs from 1996’s All Eyez On Me like Picture me Rollin and Ambitionz Az A Ridah. You’ll feel a lot cooler than you actually are while you eat a bowl of hot ramen and drink a cold Asahi.