15 of the Best Chicago Restaurants for Group Dinners
Happy Friday! As I continue with this Friday roundup series, I always try to look back on the questions I get from you guys… and I realized I’ve never addressed this VERY frequently asked question. What are the best Chicago restaurants for group dinners?!
I honestly think I put off putting together this list because group dinners depend on so many different factors. Is it a business dinner? Or a birthday dinner? Is everyone on a budget or is everyone willing to drop some cash? It totally depends, right?! So, in an attempt to make this list useful for all of you, this list has lots of price points, cuisines, and different levels of both fancy and casual. Here we go!
The Best Chicago Restaurants for Group Dinners
I had to list Angry Crab as number one because we had the BEST group dinner at their Wicker Park location. You can make a reservation for big groups, plus everything is more fun when everyone is wearing a bib at dinner! We ordered huge bags of seafood (yes bags!), got our hands dirty, and brought/consumed way too much wine (hey BYOB). Hiiiiighly recommend this spot!
If you’re looking for something trendy and instagram-worthy, Beatnick is for you. The decor features huge plants, vintage rugs, intricate chandeliers… I mean, this place is beautiful. Plus, the menu has great shareable items, and the cocktails are delicious!
Oh, you just want to get some pizza with your friends? I understand that! Parlor Pizza has locations in Wicker Park and the West Loop, and both are super spacious with great ‘za.
90 Miles Cuban Cafe
I’m always surprised when people tell me they’ve never heard of 90 Miles, because it is SO GOOD. Make sure you order the empanadas – and bring some wine because it’s BYOB!
Duck Duck Goat
You know what makes group dinners better? A LAZY SUSAN! Duck Duck Goat‘s fun menu and ambiance make it perfect for a group dinner – especially if you’re going with people who like to share!
Tuco and Blondie
An affordable place to get tacos and margs with your friends is usually good enough – but throw in the fact that they take reservations and they have a colorful instagramable wall near the front door? I think it’s pretty clear why Tuco and Blondie made it on this list
Aba or Ema
I’m grouping these two together because the menus are very similar. Aba is definitely still a hotspot, so if you can’t get in there, don’t worry! Just head over to Ema! You can order a few different kinds of hummus, kebabs, mezzes, and more at both restaurants – just make sure you get the Toasted Almond and Garlic Hummus if you go to Ema. It’s insane.
A few weeks ago, I went to MingHin for a birthday party, and it was SO FUN! They set up a private room for our party, we had tons of food, and the bill was so crazy affordable. Depending on where you live, Chinatown might be a hike – but who doesn’t like Chinese food and sake to celebrate a birthday or special occasion?!
As soon as I sat down on Somerset‘s patio, I loved it – but they also have a gorgeous interior that would be perfect for groups, no matter what the season. Just be careful, their Gold Coast Martini’s are so smooth and SO STRONG.
I actually had my 30th birthday party in Sunda‘s private room… and not gonna lie, it was awesome. Their food is always SO good and they can accommodate all different sized parties, even if you don’t want to commit to a private space. Order the Crispy Brussels Sprouts Salad – TRUST ME!
We just went here for brunch last weekend, and Bar Siena accommodated a group of 13, plus a toddler and a baby! Not every restaurant on Randolph Street can handle that!
Etta is the cutest Wicker Park gem, and great for groups because they encourage you to share! Don’t miss the bubbling shrimp – it’s SO GOOD.
I hesitated including this because it can get very crowded, but if you can get a reservation at one of their long tables, Cindy’s is a great place for groups. Especially if you have out-of-towners with you! I went with a big group for brunch a while back and the shareable platters of food + the views are hard to beat.
Affordable Italian food in River North. I mean… need I say more?! Sure, Quartino isn’t my favorite Italian restaurant in the whole city, but the food is always delicious, the prices are hard to beat in that area, and they are wonderful with groups.
Cafe Ba Ba Reeba
I don’t know about you, but tapas and pitchers of sangria make all group dinners more fun. And Cafe Ba Ba Reeba is a great place for both of those things! I also love that it’s right in the heart of Lincoln Park. So convenient!
Did I miss any of your favorites?
The Kitchen and Homeslice/Happy Camper almost made this list, too. Which restaurants would you add to this roundup?
PS. You might also like Best Date Night Spots, Best Patios, Best Rooftops, and a Weekend Guide to Chicago in the Summer!
*Photos in the collage are from @BeatnikChicago, @EmaChicago, @TucoandBlondie, and @DuckDuckGoatChi.
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