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Where to Eat and Drink in Gold Coast

Upscale dining rules the neighborhood steps away from Michigan Avenue

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Gold Coast is a neighborhood filled with upscale restaurants. Just blocks away from Michigan Avenue, the neighborhood makes for an excellent place to find a respite during a shopping trip. Fancy hotel restaurants, steakhouses, and even a restaurant inside a Restoration Hardware are the places to be in the neighborhood. From North to South, these are the best places to stop for a bite or a drink in Gold Coast.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 3 Arts Club Cafe

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1300 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 475-9116
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For a place where worries seem to melt to away, head to 3 Arts Club Cafe. The restaurant is tucked in on the first floor of Restoration Hardware, featuring a large fountain in the middle flanked by RH couches and tables. The menu is small, but a crisp grilled cheese, a salmon board, and chocolate chip cookies are the star. Or, just grab a glass of wine and sit back and relax.

2. Sparrow

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12 W Elm St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 725-0732
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Footman Hospitality brings classic rum cocktails to this cozy bar in Gold Coast. With a comfortable feel, a board full of classics like a Hotel Nacional and El Presidente, it’s a good spot to grab a drink before dinner.

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3. Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

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52 W Elm St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 573-4000
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The restaurant that occupies the old Table 52 space holds a few of the old restaurant’s charms with a more accessible feel. Fried chicken and seasonal cocktails are highlights, while Art Smith brings rotating dishes to match the season.

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4. Devereaux

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1112 North State Street 18th Floor
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 586-2160
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This new spot from Boka Group offers a rooftop bar on top of the Viceroy hotel and the restaurant also offers a spot, Somerset, from chef Lee Wolen. Devereaux feels like a fancy spot to hang out, without a typical rooftop party vibe. Drinks come courtesy of beverage director Lee Zaremba, with cocktails that feel familiar but still fun.

Devereaux Boka Restaurant Group

5. Maple & Ash

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8 W Maple St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 944-8888
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Steakhouses are abundant in Gold Coast, but Maple & Ash offers a steakhouse with a bit of an edge. The first floor boasts Eight Bar, a more casual atmosphere with burgers and martinis. Upstairs, fancy steaks including a tasting menu aptly named “I Don’t Give a Fuck”.

Maple & Ash Marc Much

6. Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse

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1028 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 266-8999
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Gibsons is a classic, an institution serving massive steaks since 1989. The restaurant serves oysters, soups, salads and sandwiches, but it goes without saying that the steakhouse is best known for its large cuts of meat. An indulgent but truly classic experience, this is a place that feels very Chicago.

7. Nico Osteria

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1015 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 994-7100
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Nico Osteria may be the staple that screams opulence in Gold Coast, with an expansive salon available for casual cocktails (note, Gold Coast casual). Diners can experience food from chef Bill Montagne including house-made pastas and other traditional Italian dishes with an upscale feel.

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8. Spiaggia

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980 N Michigan Ave 2nd Floor, Suite 1
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 280-2750
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A James Beard nominee regular, Tony Mantuano’s Spiaggia is a pinnacle of Italian food in Gold Coast. The fine dining restaurant offers an a la carte menu that boasts a $75 gnocchi and pappardelle with foie gras. This is the spot to take someone to impress.

Spiaggia Marc Much

9. Le Colonial Chicago

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937 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 255-0088
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Le Colonial serves upscale Vietnamese food in a first floor restaurant and second floor all-seasons terrace. Soups, salads and seafood abound on the menu in this restaurant filled with palms as a refreshing escape.

10. Allium

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120 E Delaware Pl
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 799-4900
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The Four Seasons restaurant focuses on contemporary Midwestern food in a comfortable space while still catering to the Gold Coast neighborhood. Chef Sean Murray serves dishes like bucatini with ‘nduja and steak tartare next to dishes like lobster nachos.

Allium Fireplace

11. Cafe des Architectes

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20 E Chestnut St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 324-4063
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This French restaurant at the Sofitel hotel offers traditional French food for every meal — think traditional but modern dishes like a duck breast and seared diver scallops. There’s tasting menus available as well, along with cheese and charcuterie plates to start the meal on the right foot.

1. 3 Arts Club Cafe

1300 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610

For a place where worries seem to melt to away, head to 3 Arts Club Cafe. The restaurant is tucked in on the first floor of Restoration Hardware, featuring a large fountain in the middle flanked by RH couches and tables. The menu is small, but a crisp grilled cheese, a salmon board, and chocolate chip cookies are the star. Or, just grab a glass of wine and sit back and relax.

1300 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60610

2. Sparrow

12 W Elm St, Chicago, IL 60610
Sparrow

Footman Hospitality brings classic rum cocktails to this cozy bar in Gold Coast. With a comfortable feel, a board full of classics like a Hotel Nacional and El Presidente, it’s a good spot to grab a drink before dinner.

12 W Elm St
Chicago, IL 60610

3. Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

52 W Elm St, Chicago, IL 60610
Blue Door

The restaurant that occupies the old Table 52 space holds a few of the old restaurant’s charms with a more accessible feel. Fried chicken and seasonal cocktails are highlights, while Art Smith brings rotating dishes to match the season.

52 W Elm St
Chicago, IL 60610

4. Devereaux

1112 North State Street 18th Floor, Chicago, IL 60610
Devereaux Boka Restaurant Group

This new spot from Boka Group offers a rooftop bar on top of the Viceroy hotel and the restaurant also offers a spot, Somerset, from chef Lee Wolen. Devereaux feels like a fancy spot to hang out, without a typical rooftop party vibe. Drinks come courtesy of beverage director Lee Zaremba, with cocktails that feel familiar but still fun.

1112 North State Street 18th Floor
Chicago, IL 60610

5. Maple & Ash

8 W Maple St, Chicago, IL 60610
Maple & Ash Marc Much

Steakhouses are abundant in Gold Coast, but Maple & Ash offers a steakhouse with a bit of an edge. The first floor boasts Eight Bar, a more casual atmosphere with burgers and martinis. Upstairs, fancy steaks including a tasting menu aptly named “I Don’t Give a Fuck”.

8 W Maple St
Chicago, IL 60610

6. Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse

1028 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

Gibsons is a classic, an institution serving massive steaks since 1989. The restaurant serves oysters, soups, salads and sandwiches, but it goes without saying that the steakhouse is best known for its large cuts of meat. An indulgent but truly classic experience, this is a place that feels very Chicago.

1028 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611

7. Nico Osteria

1015 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611
Nico 1

Nico Osteria may be the staple that screams opulence in Gold Coast, with an expansive salon available for casual cocktails (note, Gold Coast casual). Diners can experience food from chef Bill Montagne including house-made pastas and other traditional Italian dishes with an upscale feel.

1015 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611

8. Spiaggia

980 N Michigan Ave 2nd Floor, Suite 1, Chicago, IL 60611
Spiaggia Marc Much

A James Beard nominee regular, Tony Mantuano’s Spiaggia is a pinnacle of Italian food in Gold Coast. The fine dining restaurant offers an a la carte menu that boasts a $75 gnocchi and pappardelle with foie gras. This is the spot to take someone to impress.

980 N Michigan Ave 2nd Floor, Suite 1
Chicago, IL 60611

9. Le Colonial Chicago

937 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

Le Colonial serves upscale Vietnamese food in a first floor restaurant and second floor all-seasons terrace. Soups, salads and seafood abound on the menu in this restaurant filled with palms as a refreshing escape.

937 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611

10. Allium

120 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 60611
Allium Fireplace

The Four Seasons restaurant focuses on contemporary Midwestern food in a comfortable space while still catering to the Gold Coast neighborhood. Chef Sean Murray serves dishes like bucatini with ‘nduja and steak tartare next to dishes like lobster nachos.

120 E Delaware Pl
Chicago, IL 60611

11. Cafe des Architectes

20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611

This French restaurant at the Sofitel hotel offers traditional French food for every meal — think traditional but modern dishes like a duck breast and seared diver scallops. There’s tasting menus available as well, along with cheese and charcuterie plates to start the meal on the right foot.

20 E Chestnut St
Chicago, IL 60611

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