1. Avec

9.3
New American Restaurant · West Loop · 615 W Randolph St (at N Jefferson St), Chicago, IL

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: It’s the seasonal menu items—braised pork shoulder with garlic sausage, summer squash and pesto-tossed pasta—that make the place what it is. Read more.

The Bedford is one of Restaurants where the best seat is at the bar.

2. The Bedford

8.5
New American Restaurant · Wicker Park · 1612 W Division St (at N Ashland Ave), Chicago, IL

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Former HotChocolate chef Mark Steuer keeps it seasonal with dishes such as braised chicken with greens in a whole-grain mustard broth, and sates late-night appetites with grilled cheese on black bread Read more.

Bin Wine Cafe is one of Restaurants where the best seat is at the bar.

3. Bin Wine Cafe

Wine Bar · Wicker Park · 1559 N Milwaukee Ave (btwn North Ave. & Honore St.), Chicago, IL

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Recent dishes include escolar with bacon, Swiss chard and a white wine sauce; a pizza with wild mushrooms, garlic and pecorino; and a crispy duck confit with sweet peas, mushrooms and spring onions. Read more.

Chizakaya is one of Restaurants where the best seat is at the bar.

4. Chizakaya

Japanese Restaurant · Lakeview · 3056 N Lincoln Ave (at N Greenview Ave), Cook County, IL

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Where to sit: by yourself, at the bar; if not, in the back room. What to order: Crispy pork belly, corn fritters are must-haves. Finally, what to drink: Order liberally from the sake and cocktail list Read more.

Fish Bar is one of Restaurants where the best seat is at the bar.

5. Fish Bar

9.3
Seafood Restaurant · Lakeview · 2956 N Sheffield Ave (at W Wellington Ave), Chicago, IL

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The fried items all have great flavor (like the fried onions with lemon and jalapeño), but sometimes they arrive soft instead of crisp. Likewise, the herby lobster roll can get a little chewy in parts Read more.

Table Fifty-Two is one of Restaurants where the best seat is at the bar.

6. Table Fifty-Two

8.7
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant · Near North Side · 52 W Elm St, Chicago, IL

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Three-cheese mac, pistachio-crusted chicken, chili-crusted pork chops with pickled peaches and buttermilk–fried chicken are some of the rib-sticking offerings. Read more.