The Best Breakfast Restaurants in Chicago

The OpenTable Team

Chicago has always been a food city. In fact, the city and its wealth were built on food. Since its incorporation, Chicago acted as the shipment hub for the Midwest’s agricultural trade, later becoming a leader in food processing throughout the United States. Like many booming cities, industry attracted immigrants, eager to work—and they brought their cuisines with them. To this day, Chicago continues to be one of the country's most beloved food cities. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Whether you're in the mood for a fluffy cinnamon roll or a hearty corned-beef hash, when it comes to breakfast in the Windy City, there are countless choices. From funky diners to five-star restaurants, the following spots serve up the best breakfast in Chicago.

Restaurants:Mon Ami Gabi, Quartino, Bernie's Chicago
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:French, Italian, American
Neighborhoods:Lincoln Park, River North (Chicago)

Mon Ami Gabi

$$$$·French·
Lincoln Park
5,339 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Romance
“Sundays are for relaxing and, after a hard week, indulging. Mon Ami Gabi is known for their French classics, but diners come back time and time again for their Sunday brunch. To sRead more
96% recommended

Quartino

$$$$·Italian·
River North (Chicago)
9,544 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
While diners typically flock to this bustling establishment to enjoy small plates, carafes of wine, and unique cocktails, their weekend brunch menu selections take breakfast to a wRead more
93% recommended
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Bernie's Chicago

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
624 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Brunch
Located in Chicago's River North neighborhood, Bernie's is an inviting restaurant that is casual, yet refined. The interior space features turquoise banquets, coffered ceilings, anRead more
97% recommended
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Le Colonial - Chicago

$$$$·Vietnamese·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
5,232 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
Combining upscale French and Vietnamese fare, Le Colonial has a stunning interior, balcony seating, and a seasonal patio. Although they do not offer classic breakfast items, many dRead more
96% recommended
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Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Lincoln Park
6,813 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Group Bookings
This classic Chicago eatery is known for their lively atmosphere, Spanish tapas, paella, sangria, and of course, their Spanish-inspired brunch menu. Bloody mary fans love their “maRead more
97% recommended
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Shaw's Crab House - Chicago

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
11,624 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Sure, Shaw’s Crab House is known as Chicago’s premier seafood restaurant, but they also serve an irresistible brunch. For a set price, diners are let loose on their five-station buRead more
94% recommended
Seafood in Chicago
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Margeaux Brasserie - Waldorf Astoria

$$$$·French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
931 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
Serving up traditional French fine dining, Margeaux Brasserie is inspired by the 1920s. Owned by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina, this stylish restaurant offers traditiRead more
91% recommended
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Summer House Santa Monica

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
4,426 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Each weekend, Summer House Santa Monica serves up a brunch that is sure to please. This open, bright, and airy restaurant is a joy to dine in, especially on a sunny day—thanks to tRead more
90% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois

Chicago Cut Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
7,753 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasions
For those looking for the best breakfast in Chicago, a steakhouse may not come to mind. However, at Chicago Cut Steakhouse, their breakfast menu hits all the right notes. Best of aRead more
93% recommended
Steakhouse in Chicago
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Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar - Chicago

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Lincoln Park
1,008 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Fun
  • Happy Hour
A combination of rustic and industrial, this chic pizzeria offers a warm, yet elegant setting. Although they specialize in traditional Italian cuisine with a twist, their weekend bRead more
90% recommended
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North Pond

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
3,562 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Scenic View
Located inside Lincoln Park, North Pond offers modern American fare, highlighting locally sourced ingredients. Diners will appreciate the views as they take in Chicago's breathtakiRead more
96% recommended
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HUB 51 and Ben Pao

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
5,023 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch
  • Brunch
A self-proclaimed social dining hub, this contemporary restaurant is located in Chicago's River North neighborhood. Known for their diverse dishes and lively atmosphere, their brunRead more
92% recommended
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Maya Del Sol

$$$$·Latin American·
Oak Park
2,643 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
If diners desire a hip, lively experience, Maya Del Sol may be the place, with its unique Latin American fare and patio dining. Known for their vibrant dishes and creative cocktailRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Near West
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The Florentine

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / Loop
961 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
Located in the beautiful JW Marriott Chicago, the Florentine is an Italian restaurant with plenty of character and charm. Their chef-driven menu features seasonal, modern Italian cRead more
92% recommended
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Little Goat

$$$$·American·
West Loop
4,732 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Brunch
As soon as diners step into Little Goat, they will immediately notice the beautiful decor and lighting. Offering a gourmet spin on comfort food classics, this is the perfect place Read more
97% recommended
Brunch in Chicago / Illinois
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NoMI

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
3,209 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
Located inside the Park Hyatt, NoMi is an elegant restaurant with an outdoor rooftop patio. Weather permitting, this rooftop garden and bar is open from May until October, situatedRead more
88% recommended
Outdoor Eating in Chicago / Illinois
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The Bristol

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
1,722 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
This rustic space is all about farm-fresh produce, nose-to-tail-dining, and communal seating. Offering a unique dining experience, their brunch menu is fresh and incredibly uniqueRead more
89% recommended
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Beatrix - River North

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
3,700 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Casual
  • Healthy
A funky, elegant restaurant, Beatrix is known for their healthy, delicious menu items, iconic coffee, and pastry counter. No matter what diners are in the mood for, this neighborhoRead more
93% recommended
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20 East

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
125 reviews
  • Cosy
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Pre/post Theatre
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100% recommended
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Wildberry Pancakes & Cafe

$$$$·American·
Schaumburg
Not for the faint of heart, Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe serves up breakfast in large portions. This bright, beloved cafe sits across from Millennium Park, less than a half-mile froRead more
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