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20 Terrific Restaurants for Group Dining in Chicago

These spots take the stress out of dining with a large party

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Labriola produces some of the best pizzas in Chicago.
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Between reservation policies, cumbersome orders, and splitting the bill eight ways, dining with a big group isn’t always easy. Fortunately, plenty of Chicago restaurants are now making the large party experiences less stressful and more what it should be — fun. From pizzas on the Mag Mile to a dim sum destination in Chinatown, here are 20 of the best spots to check out with many companions. New additions to the map include Mexican eatery Alegrias Seafood, hot pot specialist Happy Lamb, and soul food at Pearl’s Place.

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1. Sun Wah BBQ

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5039 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 769-1254
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The family that owns this James Beard-recognized Hong Kong barbecue and Cantonese restaurant designed the space with large group gatherings in mind. As such, most of the bigger tables can seat up to 14 guests. Big appetites will come in handy for the portions here — favorites such as roasted pig and Peking-style spare ribs, as well as the signature Peking duck spread with all the fixings, are quite large.

A plate of baos filled with duck skin and garnishes.
Sun Wah BBQ’s Peking duck feast is perfect for groups.
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2. The Gundis

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2909 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 904-8120
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Inspired by their own large family gatherings, the owners at Chicago’s first Kurdish restaurant wanted to create a space that followed suit. Groups upwards of 30 diners are welcome here — a bonus when the plates are built for sharing. Don’t miss the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors found in dishes including lamb shank or salmon that’s pan-seared and seasoned with a variety of Kurdish spices.

3. Coast Sushi Bar

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2045 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 235-5775
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Two dining rooms with varying table sizes help accommodate both small and large parties at this sushi haven, which has been serving the Bucktown neighborhood for more than 15 years. Bring a bottle of wine (or two) and get to work on an assortment of signature maki — namely the “White Dragon” (shrimp tempura, cream cheese, house-made spicy sauce) and the “Coast Crab” (king crab, spicy mayo, scallions). Bonus: The restaurant accepts reservations or parties of up to 12 people, and staff can split checks five ways.

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4. Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

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2024 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 935-5000
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When Lettuce Entertain You opened this Lincoln Park mainstay in 1985, founding chef Gabino Sotelino knew he wanted to create a menu designed for sharing. Not much has changed in the three decades since, and crowds still flock to the restaurant for a variety of tapas, pintxos, and paella while embracing a lively atmosphere and year-round patio. Sangrias are available in six different flavors, from black raspberry and passion fruit to the traditional red and white. Try a flight to avoid any feelings of FOMO. 

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5. 90 Miles Cuban Cafe

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2540 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 227-2822
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Lively vibes, large tables, a BYOB policy, and the weekly pig roast all make this Cuban staple a surefire bet for sizable groups. Kick things off with a round of mojitos (sold by the pitcher) before diving into ropa vieja, empanadas, and Cubano sandwiches.

6. Irazu

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1865 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 252-5687
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Bucktown’s beloved Costa Rican restaurant provides a warm and hospitable environment for groups. Call ahead to reserve a table and get ready for empanadas, meat and shrimp plates, and sandwiches including the pepito — steak or chicken, sautéed onions, cheese, beans, and Lizano sauce. The creamy oatmeal milkshake is a favorite way to cap off a meal, and diners are encouraged to bring their own alcohol.

7. Frontier

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1072 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 772-4322
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Comfort food goes hog wild at this West Town restaurant and bar. Chef Brian Jupiter’s whole animal service is a must for larger parties and includes a selection of wild boar, alligator, farm-raised pig, and goat. A medley of crowd-pleasing sides accompanies the proteins, along with the option to add desserts and group-sized cocktails, such as the “Front Porch Punch” made with bourbon, lemon, mint, simple syrup, and angostura bitters.

A whole pig displayed on a table.
Frontier offers a variety of exotic meats.
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8. Alegrias Seafood

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1024 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 252-7200
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Mexican seafood served in large quantities is the main draw at this bustling West Town spot. Start with some complimentary ceviche while perusing the menu. The numerous options include Nayarit-style prawns, langoustines, mussels, crab legs, and combination platters meant to be shared among several people. The generous BYOB policy is also ideal for groups.

9. Allium

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120 E Delaware Pl
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 799-4900
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Upscale eats and epic Mag Mile views collide at this modern American restaurant where chef Michael Zachman leads the kitchen. Large parties are encouraged, as evidenced by group dining menus and an array of shareable plates, such as wagyu beef sliders and spicy tuna tacos. Pair them with an aged Manhattan or an “In the Right Fashion” cocktail (rye, angostura bitters, demerara). Desserts include a mascarpone mocha cheesecake and an old fashioned chocolate cake, perfect for multiple sweet-toothed enthusiasts.

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Modern American fare is the specialty at Allium.
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10. Labriola

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535 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 955-3100
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This Mag Mile restaurant attracts both big groups and dinner dates in for a sprawling selection of Italian fare — all of which can (and should) be shared. Once the table gets through essentials such as spaghetti and meatballs and cacio e pepe, the house-made pizza take center stage. Three types are available — Neapolitan, Chicago thin crust, and deep dish — so ordering several is highly recommended.

A plate of pasta.
Labriola is a great under-the-radar option on the Mag Mile.
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11. Carnivale

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702 W Fulton St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 850-5005
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Exotic cocktails and Latin-inspired global cuisine are the draws at this cavernous and colorful establishment that has a knack for entertaining large groups. Case in point: Tables seat up to 16, the online system can book parties up to eight, and staff can split checks between six cards. And then, of course, there are the shareable dishes — try the vegetable paella or the arrachera, a generous serving of wood-grilled skirt steak with bacon sofrito and chimichurri.

A plate of steak.
Carnivale is a lively and colorful Latin restaurant.
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12. BLVD

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817 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 526-3116
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For glammed up group dining, it’s all about this luxe modern American restaurant in the West Loop. Party sizes of up to 24 can sit in the upstairs dining room, where they can sample options including seafood towers, dayboat scallops, and dry-aged steaks. To make it a totally seamless experience, work with the team to pre-order dishes in advance of the reservation.

A plate of scallops.
BLVD is an elegant throwback to 1950s Hollywood.
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13. Avec

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615 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 377-2002
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Staff can transform intimate communal-style seating to accommodate groups of any size at One Off Hospitality’s popular Mediterranean-influenced spot. Gather two-to-six friends for the lamb roti, a feast of slow-roasted lamb shoulder served with freshly baked pita, mezze, and sauces. Call ahead — this experience requires at least 48 hours to prep. There’s also a private event area on the second floor.

14. Sepia

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123 N Jefferson St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 441-1920
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Opt for the tasting menu at chef Andrew Zimmerman’s celebrated Michelin-starred restaurant. The collection of dishes rotates to reflect the seasons (think hamachi crudo with tomatoes and watermelon, or blue masa tortelloni with sweet corn and chanterelles). Wine pairings make drink selections easy; otherwise, go straight for a bottle. More than 600 are on offer and come with guidance from wine director Jennifer Wagoner.

A plate of duck with garnishes.
Sepia is one of Chicago’s best fine dining experiences.
Sepia [Official Photo]

15. Cindy's

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12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 792-3502
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Large items are the M.O. at the Chicago Athletic Association’s rooftop spot. Many of them are available in half or full portions, the latter of which are generally enough for four people. Satisfy bigger parties with shellfish platters or heartier fare such as venison loin and mushroom risotto. The restaurant can reserve tables for up to 12 in the main dining room, and everyone can pay separately when the check arrives. Just make sure to book well in advance, as the place is always a hot ticket.

A table spread of oysters and various dishes.
Cindy’s is a popular attraction on Michigan Avenue.
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16. The Rosebud

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1500 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 942-1117
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The Taylor Street fixture has doled out Italian classics since the ‘70s. From locals to tourists, many patrons feel like family thanks to the convivial atmosphere and large portions. Come with a posse and share spaghetti and meatballs, brick chicken, meat lasagna, chicken Vesuvio, and more over bottles of Chianti.

A pan of red sauce pasta.
The Rosebud is an Italian institution in Chicago.
The Rosebud [Official Photo]

17. Monnie Burke's

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1163 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 243-2410
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Pilsen’s stylish new American restaurant is an attractive meeting place for seasonal dishes. The expansive back patio is extremely popular in the summertime but the dining room is able to accommodate groups as well. The menu showcases a 24-hour short rib, whole fried fish, house-made cavatelli in lamb and shiitake ragu, and heirloom carrots in Indian butter sauce.

18. MingHin Cuisine

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2168 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 808-1999
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Spanning more than 20,000 square feet, this contemporary Cantonese restaurant (with multiple locations) has enough space to seat more than 700 people. A visit here isn’t complete without sampling the Beijing duck, a two-course communal meal comprised of duck skin served with baos and duck stir fry. The dim sum menu is a big hit with groups, too.

A plate of duck served with baos and sauce.
Dim sum and family-style dishes make MingHin Cuisine a favorite for groups.
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19. Happy Lamb

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2342 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 929-3224

Hot pot, a Chinese method of cooking, is best experienced with a group. At this Chinatown restaurant, the all-you-can-eat menu offers a bounty of meats, seafood, veggies, noodles, tofu, and more. The process is simple: Choose a broth; order ingredients such as lamb, garlic beef, shrimp, and meatballs; and cook them in a simmering pot at the center of the table. There are also multiple dipping sauces that complement the food.

20. Pearl's Place

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3901 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60653
(773) 285-1700
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South Side soul food icon Pearl’s Place makes it easy to enjoy a meal with companions by offering a Southern-style buffet. Feast on fried chicken, mac and cheese, rib tips, biscuits, and more without worrying about others.

A bowl of shrimp and grits.
Pearl’s Place delivers Southern comfort foods.
Pearl’s Place [Official Photo]

1. Sun Wah BBQ

5039 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
A plate of baos filled with duck skin and garnishes.
Sun Wah BBQ’s Peking duck feast is perfect for groups.
Sun Wah BBQ [Official Photo]

The family that owns this James Beard-recognized Hong Kong barbecue and Cantonese restaurant designed the space with large group gatherings in mind. As such, most of the bigger tables can seat up to 14 guests. Big appetites will come in handy for the portions here — favorites such as roasted pig and Peking-style spare ribs, as well as the signature Peking duck spread with all the fixings, are quite large.

5039 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640

2. The Gundis

2909 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

Inspired by their own large family gatherings, the owners at Chicago’s first Kurdish restaurant wanted to create a space that followed suit. Groups upwards of 30 diners are welcome here — a bonus when the plates are built for sharing. Don’t miss the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors found in dishes including lamb shank or salmon that’s pan-seared and seasoned with a variety of Kurdish spices.

2909 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

3. Coast Sushi Bar

2045 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Two dining rooms with varying table sizes help accommodate both small and large parties at this sushi haven, which has been serving the Bucktown neighborhood for more than 15 years. Bring a bottle of wine (or two) and get to work on an assortment of signature maki — namely the “White Dragon” (shrimp tempura, cream cheese, house-made spicy sauce) and the “Coast Crab” (king crab, spicy mayo, scallions). Bonus: The restaurant accepts reservations or parties of up to 12 people, and staff can split checks five ways.

2045 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

4. Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

2024 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

When Lettuce Entertain You opened this Lincoln Park mainstay in 1985, founding chef Gabino Sotelino knew he wanted to create a menu designed for sharing. Not much has changed in the three decades since, and crowds still flock to the restaurant for a variety of tapas, pintxos, and paella while embracing a lively atmosphere and year-round patio. Sangrias are available in six different flavors, from black raspberry and passion fruit to the traditional red and white. Try a flight to avoid any feelings of FOMO. 

2024 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

5. 90 Miles Cuban Cafe

2540 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Lively vibes, large tables, a BYOB policy, and the weekly pig roast all make this Cuban staple a surefire bet for sizable groups. Kick things off with a round of mojitos (sold by the pitcher) before diving into ropa vieja, empanadas, and Cubano sandwiches.

2540 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

6. Irazu

1865 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Bucktown’s beloved Costa Rican restaurant provides a warm and hospitable environment for groups. Call ahead to reserve a table and get ready for empanadas, meat and shrimp plates, and sandwiches including the pepito — steak or chicken, sautéed onions, cheese, beans, and Lizano sauce. The creamy oatmeal milkshake is a favorite way to cap off a meal, and diners are encouraged to bring their own alcohol.

1865 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

7. Frontier

1072 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
A whole pig displayed on a table.
Frontier offers a variety of exotic meats.
Frontier [Official Photo]

Comfort food goes hog wild at this West Town restaurant and bar. Chef Brian Jupiter’s whole animal service is a must for larger parties and includes a selection of wild boar, alligator, farm-raised pig, and goat. A medley of crowd-pleasing sides accompanies the proteins, along with the option to add desserts and group-sized cocktails, such as the “Front Porch Punch” made with bourbon, lemon, mint, simple syrup, and angostura bitters.

1072 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

8. Alegrias Seafood

1024 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Mexican seafood served in large quantities is the main draw at this bustling West Town spot. Start with some complimentary ceviche while perusing the menu. The numerous options include Nayarit-style prawns, langoustines, mussels, crab legs, and combination platters meant to be shared among several people. The generous BYOB policy is also ideal for groups.

1024 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

9. Allium

120 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 60611
A person holding a platter of spicy tuna tacos.
Modern American fare is the specialty at Allium.
Allium [Official Photo]

Upscale eats and epic Mag Mile views collide at this modern American restaurant where chef Michael Zachman leads the kitchen. Large parties are encouraged, as evidenced by group dining menus and an array of shareable plates, such as wagyu beef sliders and spicy tuna tacos. Pair them with an aged Manhattan or an “In the Right Fashion” cocktail (rye, angostura bitters, demerara). Desserts include a mascarpone mocha cheesecake and an old fashioned chocolate cake, perfect for multiple sweet-toothed enthusiasts.

120 E Delaware Pl
Chicago, IL 60611

10. Labriola

535 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
A plate of pasta.
Labriola is a great under-the-radar option on the Mag Mile.
Labriola [Official Photo]

This Mag Mile restaurant attracts both big groups and dinner dates in for a sprawling selection of Italian fare — all of which can (and should) be shared. Once the table gets through essentials such as spaghetti and meatballs and cacio e pepe, the house-made pizza take center stage. Three types are available — Neapolitan, Chicago thin crust, and deep dish — so ordering several is highly recommended.

535 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

11. Carnivale

702 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60661
A plate of steak.
Carnivale is a lively and colorful Latin restaurant.
Carnivale [Official Photo]

Exotic cocktails and Latin-inspired global cuisine are the draws at this cavernous and colorful establishment that has a knack for entertaining large groups. Case in point: Tables seat up to 16, the online system can book parties up to eight, and staff can split checks between six cards. And then, of course, there are the shareable dishes — try the vegetable paella or the arrachera, a generous serving of wood-grilled skirt steak with bacon sofrito and chimichurri.

702 W Fulton St
Chicago, IL 60661

12. BLVD

817 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607
A plate of scallops.
BLVD is an elegant throwback to 1950s Hollywood.
BLVD [Official Photo]

For glammed up group dining, it’s all about this luxe modern American restaurant in the West Loop. Party sizes of up to 24 can sit in the upstairs dining room, where they can sample options including seafood towers, dayboat scallops, and dry-aged steaks. To make it a totally seamless experience, work with the team to pre-order dishes in advance of the reservation.

817 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607

13. Avec

615 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661

Staff can transform intimate communal-style seating to accommodate groups of any size at One Off Hospitality’s popular Mediterranean-influenced spot. Gather two-to-six friends for the lamb roti, a feast of slow-roasted lamb shoulder served with freshly baked pita, mezze, and sauces. Call ahead — this experience requires at least 48 hours to prep. There’s also a private event area on the second floor.

615 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661

14. Sepia

123 N Jefferson St, Chicago, IL 60661
A plate of duck with garnishes.
Sepia is one of Chicago’s best fine dining experiences.
Sepia [Official Photo]

Opt for the tasting menu at chef Andrew Zimmerman’s celebrated Michelin-starred restaurant. The collection of dishes rotates to reflect the seasons (think hamachi crudo with tomatoes and watermelon, or blue masa tortelloni with sweet corn and chanterelles). Wine pairings make drink selections easy; otherwise, go straight for a bottle. More than 600 are on offer and come with guidance from wine director Jennifer Wagoner.

123 N Jefferson St
Chicago, IL 60661

15. Cindy's

12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
A table spread of oysters and various dishes.
Cindy’s is a popular attraction on Michigan Avenue.
Cindy’s [Official Photo]

Large items are the M.O. at the Chicago Athletic Association’s rooftop spot. Many of them are available in half or full portions, the latter of which are generally enough for four people. Satisfy bigger parties with shellfish platters or heartier fare such as venison loin and mushroom risotto. The restaurant can reserve tables for up to 12 in the main dining room, and everyone can pay separately when the check arrives. Just make sure to book well in advance, as the place is always a hot ticket.

12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

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16. The Rosebud

1500 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607
A pan of red sauce pasta.
The Rosebud is an Italian institution in Chicago.
The Rosebud [Official Photo]

The Taylor Street fixture has doled out Italian classics since the ‘70s. From locals to tourists, many patrons feel like family thanks to the convivial atmosphere and large portions. Come with a posse and share spaghetti and meatballs, brick chicken, meat lasagna, chicken Vesuvio, and more over bottles of Chianti.

1500 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL 60607

17. Monnie Burke's

1163 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608

Pilsen’s stylish new American restaurant is an attractive meeting place for seasonal dishes. The expansive back patio is extremely popular in the summertime but the dining room is able to accommodate groups as well. The menu showcases a 24-hour short rib, whole fried fish, house-made cavatelli in lamb and shiitake ragu, and heirloom carrots in Indian butter sauce.

1163 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608

18. MingHin Cuisine

2168 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
A plate of duck served with baos and sauce.
Dim sum and family-style dishes make MingHin Cuisine a favorite for groups.
MingHin Cuisine [Official Photo]

Spanning more than 20,000 square feet, this contemporary Cantonese restaurant (with multiple locations) has enough space to seat more than 700 people. A visit here isn’t complete without sampling the Beijing duck, a two-course communal meal comprised of duck skin served with baos and duck stir fry. The dim sum menu is a big hit with groups, too.

2168 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

19. Happy Lamb

2342 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Hot pot, a Chinese method of cooking, is best experienced with a group. At this Chinatown restaurant, the all-you-can-eat menu offers a bounty of meats, seafood, veggies, noodles, tofu, and more. The process is simple: Choose a broth; order ingredients such as lamb, garlic beef, shrimp, and meatballs; and cook them in a simmering pot at the center of the table. There are also multiple dipping sauces that complement the food.

2342 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

20. Pearl's Place

3901 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60653
A bowl of shrimp and grits.
Pearl’s Place delivers Southern comfort foods.
Pearl’s Place [Official Photo]

South Side soul food icon Pearl’s Place makes it easy to enjoy a meal with companions by offering a Southern-style buffet. Feast on fried chicken, mac and cheese, rib tips, biscuits, and more without worrying about others.

3901 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60653

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