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.Read More
Where to Eat and Drink in Gold Coast
Upscale dining rules the neighborhood steps away from Michigan Avenue
1. 3 Arts Club Cafe
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.
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.
3. Blue Door Kitchen & Garden
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.
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.
5. Maple & Ash
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”.
6. Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse
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
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.
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.
9. Le Colonial Chicago
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.
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.
11. Cafe des Architectes
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.