When planning where to stay, dining options may play second or even third fiddle to location and pricing. But in Chicago, they don't have to. Nestled inside Chicago's most prestigious hotels are some of the best chefs and the best food this city has to offer—right in the heart of the city. The best part? You don’t have to be a guest to test out some of the best hotel restaurants in Chicago’s downtown. Here are a few can’t-beat spots.
151 W. Adams Street // Reserve a table now
The Florentine will make you feel at home with it’s warm atmosphere and charming staff. This hidden gem at the JW Marriott Hotel aims to please with a simple yet inspired menu, using high quality ingredients to bring you the robust flavors of Italy. Their Italian wines pair perfectly with their rustic wood-fired pizzas or handmade pasta (just ask the on-staff sommelier for a suggestion if you’re at a loss!). The margarita pizza is a great choice for those looking for traditional yet delicious flavors.
330 N. Wabash Avenue // Reserve a table now
Sophistication meets innovation when it comes to the menu and cocktails at Travelle Kitchen and Bar in The Langman Chicago. An intimate dining area is accompanied by a hip lounge to make it an ideal location for brunch or a night out on the town. The braised beef cheek is a perfect example of the executive chef’s flawless technique.
1301 N. State Street Parkway // Reserve a table now
Pump Room combines a whimsical interior, relaxed energy and a farm-to-table experience that is sure to awaken the senses. Found inside the Public Hotel, this sleek restaurant and bar is vintage glamour with a “modern twist." Some of America’s most beloved celebrities have dined in Pump Room, and have stayed in the PUBLIC Hotel—maybe you’ll bump into one of them!
616 N. Rush Street // Reserve a table now
If you are looking for an exceptional Chicago steakhouse, look no further than one of the best hotel restaurants in downtown Chicago. Located inside The James Chicago, David Burke’s Primehouse has the highest quality beef, age-dryed on the premises in a Himalayan salt–tiled room. Come with an empty belly and indulge on an appetizer—the Wagyu Beef Sashimi will melt in your mouth.
800 N. Michigan Avenue // Reserve a table now
Feast with your eyes first—the breathtaking views of the Magnificent Mile and the open layout of the restaurant work together to create a captivating effect. The innovative but approachable cuisine at NoMi Kitchen will not disappoint. Enjoy top-notch wines, cocktails, and spirits while soaking up Chicago’s amazing skyline.
505 N. State Street // Reserve a table now
Sable Kitchen and Bar, located inside the Hotel Palomar Chicago in the River North neighborhood, is unique and energetic. The contemporary menu promotes sharing, but does not enforce it. The fresh juice and purees used in their cocktails make for a delightful difference that will make it hard to stop at one! Locally-sourced ingredients bring an indescribable freshness to this Filipino-inspired menu. Make sure to try dessert—their menu changes seasonally!
620 N. State Street // Reserve a table now
A warm ambiance and classic handmade Italian dishes make Osteria Via Stato a great place to break bread with others or enjoy a drink at the bar. Gelato is made fresh in house, but the hand-rolled gnocchi with slow-braised duck ragú is the real show-stopper. Make sure to get your fingers on the roasted garlic—but be careful, it will test your willpower to save room for dinner.
Wine and dine at the best hotel restaurants in Chicago, whether you have a room there or not. Is there a spot we missed? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!