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Top 20 Most Reviewed Restaurants in Chicagoland: Who Made the Cut?

We have some awesome news: ReviewTrackers just moved into a new office in Chicago. (Yahoo!) So if you happen to be in the Windy City and want to talk to us about online reviews, please don’t hesitate to drop by and say hello.

To celebrate, we’re paying tribute to the place we call home. Being curious cats, we also kind of wanted to see who generated the most reviews in the Windy City. So we compiled a Top 20 list of the highest reviewed restaurants in all of the Chicagoland area.

In a city populated with over 2.7 million people, many restaurants often go unnoticed. With an average of 3 restaurants per city block, it’s no surprise that many Chicago restaurants open their doors only to close less than a year later. So what is one of the secrets to success for many of these restaurants?

Answers vary, but here’s one major factor: online reviews. Recent studies show that a one-star decrease on online reviews aggregator Yelp can lead to 9% decrease of yearly revenue for a single restaurant location. An additional study shows that the purchase decisions of 90 percent of consumers are now influenced by online reviews.

Here at ReviewTrackers we understand the importance and power that a positive or negative review can have, and how hard it is for business owners just to keep track of these, with sites ranging from Yelp and TripAdvisor to Google+ Local and more. With that in mind, we’d like to give a shout-out to the local business owners who are on top of the reviews game, and are thus generating some noteworthy buzz on review site Yelp (Chicago edition). Let’s check ’em out.

So who made the cut?

1. Kuma’s Corner

2900 W Belmont Ave. Chicago, IL 60618

http://www.kumascorner.com/

Review highlight: “The best burgers I’ve ever eaten by an incalculable distance.  I’ve been three times now and each time I have the best experience.”

2. Hot Doug’s

3324 N California Ave. Chicago, IL 60618

http://www.hotdougs.com/

Review highlight: “Foie gras duck sausage hot dog + Duck fat fries = Winner.”

3. The Girl and the Goat

809 W Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60607

http://www.girlandthegoat.com/

Review highlight: “In my mind, Girl & The Goat has mastered the holy trinity of fine dining: great food, great service, great environment.”

4. Piece Brewery and Pizzeria

1927 W North Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

http://www.piecechicago.com/

Review highlight: “Some of the best pizza in Chicago with a lot of creative options.  They have a wonderful beer selection as well.  The atmosphere is fun and welcoming.”

 

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5. Smoque BBQ

3800 N Pulaski Rd. Ste 2. Chicago, IL 60641

http://smoquebbq.com/

Review highlight: “Best ribs in Chicago.”

6. XOCO

449 N Clark St. Chicago, IL 60654

http://www.rickbayless.com/restaurants/xoco.html

Review highlight: “I just love this place. I don’t care that there are 154628 reviews already, I wanted to update it for myself and note my continued love of all food Rick Bayless ever does.”

7. The Purple Pig

500 N Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60611

http://thepurplepigchicago.com/

Review highlight: “Ah-maz-ing. The Purple Pig is a fantastic tapas bar. It’s constantly packed and the smell of all the great food is intoxicating.”

8. Quartino

626 N State St. Chicago, IL 60654

http://www.quartinochicago.com/

Review highlight: “This place might be my favorite Italian place of ALL time…and I think that says a LOT. This was dinner on Day 1 in Chicago and it set the bar so incredibly high!”

 

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9. Molly’s Cupcakes

2536 N Clark St. Chicago, IL 60614

http://www.mollyscupcakes.com/

Review highlight: “Amazing cupcakes. Lemon meringue, caramel, variety of chocolate cupcakes. You can’t go wrong with any flavor.”

10. The Publican

837 W Fulton Market Chicago, IL 60607

http://thepublicanrestaurant.com/

Review highlight: “Here’s an all-around experience.  So clearly the 1,000+ reviews that have averaged out to 4 stars must mean something… and that something is finger lickin GOOD.”

11. Big Star

1531 N Damen Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

http://bigstarchicago.com/

Review highlight: “The pork belly and al pastor tacos are insanely good.”

 

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12. Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

2024 N Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614

http://www.cafebabareeba.com/

Review highlight: “This is by far one of my favorite tapas places in the city.  Patatas bravas are my thang and they have it down to a science.”

13. Portillo’s Hot Dogs

100 W Ontario St. Chicago, IL 60654

http://www.portillos.com/portillos/

Review highlight: “Best hot dog I’ve ever eaten… in my life. I rarely eat hot dogs. I probably haven’t had one in over 6 months, maybe a year. If they all tasted like this, I may very well be eating them weekly.”

14. Pequod’s Pizzeria

2207 N Clybourn Ave. Chicago, IL 60614

http://www.pequodspizza.com/

Review highlight: “BEST Chicago deep dish pizza. Very well-known place to anyone who lives in Chicago and loves pizza. We have been coming here for years and it was always consistently tasty.”

15. Café Iberico

737 N Lasalle Blvd. Chicago, IL 60654

http://www.cafeiberico.com/

Review highlight: “Fantastic tapas, great for friends hanging out in River North who want something that ranges from a quick bite to a full meal.”

16. Hopleaf Bar

5148 N Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640

http://www.hopleafbar.com/

Review highlight: “These are the beer gurus of the Midwest, rivaling my own dear Monks in Philly. Atmosphere is fun and exciting, and most of the time it’s packed. The bartenders are great resources for ideas. This is THE place for Belgium brews.”

17. Violet Hour

1520 N Damen Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

http://theviolethour.com/

Review highlight: “This place takes the cake in sophisticated speakeasy bar.”

18. Tango Sur

3763 N Southport Ave. Chicago, IL 60613

http://folklorechicago.com/tangosur/index.html

Review highlight: “AMAZING!!! Great romantic atmosphere, excellent service, amazing steaks!! Plus it’s BYOB! What more can you ask for?”

19. Mindy’s Hot Chocolate

1747 N Damen Ave. Chicago, IL 60647

http://www.hotchocolatechicago.com/

Review highlight: “Best hot chocolate I have ever put in my mouth!!!!!”

20. The Chicago Diner

3411 N Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60657

http://www.veggiediner.com/

Review highlight: “I think this may be my favorite vegan restaurant so far. My friends and I had the cheeseburger, wrap, French toast, eggs, salad, hash browns, and some kind of tort dessert. Everything tasted great.”

(Image credit: Piece Pizzeria and Brewery Facebook Page, Quartino, Big Star Chicago)

Chris Campbell

Chris is the CEO of ReviewTrackers. He has helped tens of thousands of businesses hear, manage, and respond to what their customers are saying online.

Discussion

  1. joe hrejsa

    Obviously Capones’ in Lombard was not included in this contest or they would have blown away the competition. They’re baked clams are to die for, as was every other dish ordered there. Have yet to try their pizza, but am willing to wager it will be as awesome as their other entree’s.

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  2. KrisM77

    Well, the citizens of Chicago obviously don’t know what quality meal is. They reviewed the sites that everybody visits. Although, there are many places to eat beside these restaurants and burger lands. Small places well hidden from the masses of those who would like expensive meals. Those tiny restaurants are mostly owned by generations and they provide the best meals in Chicago. So, maybe on this list really are the dining places with most reviews, but only a few of them could make my top 20 Chicago restaurants.

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  3. Get That Ball

    Wow, to open and close restaurant in one year. That’s probably the most stressful year in a person’s life. Restaurants are huge money pits, you need a pile of licences and other official documents just to open a place, then you need to attract guests, etc. If you aren’t ready to lose money for at least one year, you shouldn’t open a restaurant, at all. But if you survive that dreadful first year, your place could be favorite dinning place for loyal crowd.

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  4. Jay Bird

    Yes, the small and behind the corner restaurants can provide you also a good and quality meal, for less money but with more taste. little restaurants give you atmosphere that relax you, offer you a good time while you are having your meal. Some kind of domestic food and meals, not to havy for your stomach. Its a place where you can enjoy with your friends and feel as you are at home in mom’s kitchen. Everything is worm and smells great…Why not risk it, you may have a great time with customers and pleasure for yourself. Every restaurant must to earn his own consumers and they should have their cut.

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  5. Ethan

    Great night at Hopleaf bar.Last year I went there with my friends. It was my first time there, but I felt like I was regular customer there. It felt like home. Merry crowd, crazy bartender, good beer. Next time I’m in Chicago I will surely go there.

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