Chicago Restaurants

Restaurant Recommendations for Cane Conference 2012

Following are restaurants in Chicago recommended by Peter and Tish Robinson. Please check each restaurant’s website for specifics. These restaurants are popular; reservations are needed for those which accept reservations. Arrive early at those restaurants which do not accept reservations. There are many other fine restaurants we have not listed. Please contact Tish Robinson for further information about these and other restaurants.

… a culinary delight with 23 of its restaurants awarded Michelin stars …

Walking distance from Renaissance Hotel

Chicago Cut
Phone: 312.329.1800
Address: 300 N. LaSalle
Robinson Review: great view on patio, huge steaks/huge prices

Trattoria 10
Phone: 312.984.1718
Address: 10 N. Dearborn
Robinson Review: good value, creative Italian food

Phone: 312.588.8030
Address: 401 N. Wabash Avenue
Robinson Review: on 16th floor of elegant Trump Tower across the river from Renaissance Hotel, superlative creative American cuisine, extensive wine list, professional, friendly service, spectacular views of Chicago landmarks, one of the very best in Chicago; adjacent Terrace serve bar menu

McCormick and Schmicks
Phone: 312.397.9500
Address: 41 E. Chestnut St.
Robinson Review: good reliable chain that features seafood

Smith and Wollensky
Phone: 312.670.9900
Address: 318 N. State Street On the River at Marina City
Robinson Review: well-known steak house

Walking distance or short cab ride from Renaissance Hotel

Terzo Piano
Phone: 312.443.8650
Address: 111 S. Michigan Avenue
Robinson Review: reasonably priced fine dining in the Art Institute of Chicago, fabulous views, creative menu, open for lunch every day and Thursday evenings only

GT Fish and Oyster
Phone: 312.929.3501
Address: 531 N. Wells Street
Robinson Review: creative small dishes, primarily seafood, good value

Pops for Champagne
Phone: 312.266.7677
Address: 601 N. State Street at Ohio
Robinson Review: comprehensive champagne menu, full bar as well, small plate dining, bar stool seating

Short cab ride from Renaissance Hotel

Spiaggia (Michelin*)
Phone: 312.280.2750
Address: 980 N. Michigan Ave, 2nd Floor
Robinson Review: Expensive, elegant Italian considered among finest in US

Spiaggia Café
Phone: 312.280.2750
Address: 980 N. Michigan Ave, 2nd Floor
Robinson Review: baby bistro of Spiaggia restaurant, great location, good, reasonably priced menu

Naha (Michelin*)
Phone: 312.321.6242
Address: 500 N. Clark Street
Robinson Review: creative American cuisine, excellent wine list

Shaw’s Crab House
Phone: 312.527.2722
Address: 21 E. Hubbard Street
Robinson Review: good, reliable seafood fare

Coco Pazzo on Hubbard Street
Phone: 312.836.0900
Address: 300 W Hubbard
Robinson Review: upscale Italian, good value

Coco Pazzo Café (on St-Clair)

Phone: 312.664.2777
Address: 636 N. St. Clair Street
Robinson Review: good casual Italian, reasonably priced

The Publican
Phone: 312.733.9555
Address: 837 W. Fulton Market
Robinson Review: popular casual small plates menu, active bar crowd

Phone: 312.943.5900
Address: 410 W. Huron
Robinson Review: longtime casual Italian favorite, pizzas, good for large parties

La Sardine
Phone: 312.421.2800
Address: 111 N. Carpenter
Robinson Review: traditional French bistro, good value

Cantina Laredo
Phone: 312.955.0014
Address: 508 N. State Street at State & Illinois
Robinson Review: upscale Mexican chain, active bar scene, moderately priced

Longer cab ride from Renaissance Hotel

Piccolo Sogno
Phone: 312.421.0077
Address: 464 N. Halsted Street
Robinson Review: excellent Italian, best patio dining in Chicago

Mon Ami Gabi (Lincoln Park)
Phone: 773.348.8886
Address: 2300 N. Lincoln Park West
Robinson Review: lively, traditional French bistro, reasonable prices

Davanti Enoteca
Phone: 312.226.5550 (no reservations)
Address: 1359 W. Taylor Street
Robinson Review: fun place, Italian inspired creative small dishes, good value, no reservations

The Girl and the Goat
Phone: 312.492.6262
Address: 809 W. Randolph Street
Robinson Review: hottest spot in town, very casual, great food/great value, (have some reservations for Thursday and Friday nights, check with Tish Robinson by September 1 to reserve)

Longman and Eagle (Michelin*)
Phone: 773.276.7110 (No Reservations)
Address: 2657 N. Kedzie Avenue
Robinson Review: very casual creative American cuisine, no reservations

Kiki’s Bistro
Phone: 312.335.5454
Address: 900 N. Franklin
Robinson Review: longtime country French favorite, traditional menu, welcoming host, reasonably priced