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Boka - 25 Reviews - 1729 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (312) 337-6070

Boka

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1729 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
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(312) 337-6070
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Boka - Chicago, IL
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Best

We hosted a private dinner for 25 at Boka on a Thursday night. The staff was fantastic - everything was set up exactly as we had asked when we arrived and they were more than acc...

Worst

Overall, the food was good, but nothing spectacular. I don't think the $100 was worth it. We both had a salad, an entree (which did not include a side) and dessert with water to...

Modern and delicous 12/30/2008

Interesting, eclectic menu and lots of good wines. Kind of expensive. Servers are sort of smug. Still, I liked it and would go back. more

Wonderful Food, Great Private Event Space 11/17/2008

We hosted a private dinner for 25 at Boka on a Thursday night. The staff was fantastic - everything was set up exactly as we had asked when we arrived and they were more than accommodating to all of our requests. We sat in their enclosed terrace area which was beautiful, charming and secluded. The food was amazing - each course was thoughtful, complex and delicious. Well worth the price. Pros: Incredible food, Great Service - overall a wonderful experience more

Food, wine and staff - all great 11/1/2008

Clean flavors, attentive staff and nice dining atmosphere. \r \r We went to Alinea the evening before, which we thought would be the culinary highlight of our trip....but it wasnt. Who knew that a trip next door to its neighbors at Boka would be. We werent sure whether we shoud be overjoyed or disappointed.\r \r Either way we love it here!\r more

SUPERIOR QUALITY FOOD & SERVICE!!!!!!!!!!! 7/3/2008

If you're a foody, you will appreciate the service and food at Boka. The menu seasonally changes, and is solid and pure. I would recommend Boka in a heart beat, and can't wait to try Perennial, their new restaurant. I eat primarily fish and seafood, never a issue finding something delicious to eat., the sides are amazing as well, don't miss them! My meat eating friends love the veal cheeks, and yes , even the sweetbreads went down very well. A must restaurant to go on a regular basis. Chef Giuseppe is on top of his game.\r \r Buon appetite\r . \r \r \r \r \r \r \r \r \r \r \r \r \r \r \r \r \r Pros: Great location, amazing food, drinks, & service. What else do you want Cons: Are you kidding, NO! more

Tricky restaurant 6/15/2008

I recently dined at Boka only to be tricked into eating veal brains. My husband and I both ordered veal cheeks. When our server Alana described the dish she never said anything about veal brains. When we were served the plate we were given an item by item description and again nothing was said about veal brains. We both ate the small crispy item and then wondered what it was. When we questioned our server we were told that it was veal brains. Upon seeing the surprise on our faces we were told that if they had said what it was we wouldn't have eaten it. Then they laughed. We don't find it the least bit amusing. Such dishonesty shouldn't be tolerated. I wrote a letter to the owners and never even had the courtesy of a reply. I would never dine there again. Shameful. Pros: Close to Steppenwolf Cons: They are dishonest in their descriptions of what you are eating more

One of the best Chicago dining experiences 3/31/2008

I don't understand why there isn't more hype around this restaurant - it is far superior to other places that get more press. The menu is solid and built to please pretty much any palate. My family and friends, ranging from foodie to meat-and-potatoes, all love this place. My enthusiasm has not gone unnoticed - more than half of the times I've visited Boka, my table has received appetizers and desserts compliments of the house. Every time I've dined here my party has been treated so warmly, not to sound corny, but like we were special guests of the owner or chef (even though we weren't). When I went there for my birthday, they brought out a beautiful dessert plate with ""Happy Birthday"" written in chocolate on the plate. The grilled bartlett pear salad, Chinese black rice (creamy and rich - not what you'd expect from a dish with this name), macaroni and cheese with edamame, and vegetable tart are what I'd recommend. Others I've dined with raved about the venison (""not gamey at all"") and beef tenderloin. One of the most friendly, knowledgeable and helpful sommeliers I've ever encountered has been here. The decor is understated and beautiful and the music is at just the right volume. I've never had anything but a fantastic experience here and always look forward to returning. Pros: Incredible food, warm friendly service, great ambience, knowledgeable helpful sommelier Cons: Bar in middle of dining areas more

Amazing restaurant all around 2/19/2008

I recently had dinner at Boka for the first time and was completly blown away by the impeccable service from start to finish. The food was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. The server was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. Even the hostesses were genuine while welcoming us to the restaurant and taking our coats. There was not a single person on the wait staff that was not warm and professional. I used to live across the street and somehow never made it to this restuarant, which although initially I was disappointed with this thought, but I now realize that this is probably a good thing because I would have wanted to have had dinner here every night!!! I will DEFINITELY be coming back. Pros: Beautiful restaurant, amazing food, incredible service Cons: limited menu more

Everything from start to finish was amazing. The service... 8/18/2007

Everything from start to finish was amazing. The service was extremely friendly and warm. The endive salad... more

Everything from start to finish was amazing. The service... 8/18/2007

BonnieNg Provided by Partner
Everything from start to finish was amazing. The service was extremely friendly and warm. The endive salad was delicious to the last bite. I had... more

Chic modern decor just steps away from the Steppenwolf th... 6/13/2007

Chic modern decor just steps away from the Steppenwolf theater. Ambitious menu with a premium placed on... more

Chic modern decor just steps away from the Steppenwolf th... 6/13/2007

I_Know_Good_Eats Provided by Partner
Chic modern decor just steps away from the Steppenwolf theater. Ambitious menu with a premium placed on plate presentation. Stick with a red meat... more

Great dining experience! 12/29/2006

My boyfriend and I were a little early and were seated at the bar. The bartender was extremely attentive. He read my mind and gave a glass of my now favorite white wine. We were seated at the window and had a lot of privacy to talk. The food portions are small but filling. Service was impeccable, I savored every bite, and left the restaurant completely satifisfied. Worth trying and I will be back again! Pros: Great contemporary American food Cons: Parking more

great service, fantastic food 11/14/2006

I dined at Boka when it first opened, and my wife and I forget how much we loved it. Boka definetly deserves all the great press it gets. Try to sit in the cozy front area! We dined on oysters with mignonette, scallops with lavnder cream and organic pocorn, and a delcious vension with sweet and sour cabbage. Great service as well that was very friendly. Pros: seating, food Cons: expensive valet more

Good Service, Mediocre Food, Pricey 11/9/2006

Overall, the food was good, but nothing spectacular. I don't think the $100 was worth it. We both had a salad, an entree (which did not include a side) and dessert with water to drink. We didn't have a reservation, so we waited at the bar for about 30 minutes. When we were seated, we were brought complimentary glasses of champagne ""for our patience"", which I thought was nice. Pros: Service Cons: Price more

best restaurant...period 7/18/2006

This place gives me a little bit of everything. Great Patio, attractive, intelligent staff, brilliantly designed room, and cutting edge, frsh, delicous food. Gret place to take your parents or out of town guests. Pros: seating, staff, food Cons: parking more

One of my new favorites 3/30/2006

I can't believe i just found out about Boka. Some of the best food in the city and definitely the best service. The mussels were as fresh as anything I can remember and the double chocolate dessert and bread pudding was great. I can't wait to go back and try the rest of the menu. Pros: service, original food more

Good pre-theater dining, trendy scene 3/14/2005

I came to Boka the first time, and had appetizers and drinks at the bar. The service was stellar and the food was amazing. We returned a second time a few months later and dined up front in the lounge area. Our experience was good, the food was, again, excellent, and the service was prompt. But the low-slung lounge chairs made me feel very far away from the table, and from my date. I would recommend requesting a seat in the back dining area, if possible. Pros: Pre-Steppenwolf meal, Good service, Excellent food more

the best in the city 5/14/2004

This place, pound for pound is the best in the city. First of all, friendly, secondly gorgeous room & patio, and the food and atmosphere is redefining what neighborhood restaurant should be. Killer wine list and a great crowd. We will be back...just got top new restaurant in chicgo mag. Pros: room, food, service more

incredible 2/15/2004

What a dinner on valentines day! Spot on service, roses on the table, and beautful food. Loved the wine list. Interesting choices and selections. The room is one of the coolest in the city. Pros: room, food, service more

the best 2/13/2004

the absolute best restaurant experience I have had in the past year. Brilliant service by a very talented staff and amazing food. They made us feel like VIP's all night ! Thanks BOKA! Pros: food, service more
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Editorial

  • In Short
    Silky curtains, curvaceous and clean-lined seating and modular shelves twinkling with votives set a modern tone for the assertive fare from Milan-trained Giuseppe Tentori, a...

  • 7/22/2007 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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  • Neighborhoods:

    Lincoln Park, North Side
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