Tasting Table Unearths What Foodies Think Is Chicago's Best Fine Dining Restaurant

Enjoying food at a fine dining restaurant is the height of luxury. Though the price may be considerably more than at your favorite local chain, the upscale environment, attentive service, and satisfying cuisine can make the meal feel like a real experience. Today, fine dining restaurants come in all shapes and sizes — some can feel austere, while others can be spaces where trained chefs execute their most ambitious culinary fantasies.

Toast states that many fine dining restaurants feature multi-course meals, "elegant" menu options, and even rules regarding dress code or conduct while at the restaurant. Diners should also be aware of proper dining rules and etiquette. These restaurants can be popular for important events like holidays, engagements, or anniversaries.

Chicago is the third largest city in the U.S. in terms of population, per World Population Review. As with any big city, Chicago has a wide range of dining options, including many fine dining spots. In a survey of 615 readers, Tasting Table asked voters to choose which upscale Chicago restaurant they would most like to eat at, and the votes speak for themselves.

Fine dining in the Windy City

Claiming 40.98% of the votes is Mastro's Steakhouse. The highly-reviewed restaurant, which is one of 20 locations across the U.S., even enforces a dress code for patrons, and aims to create a high-class environment for its diners. They enhance the atmosphere with live entertainment every night, as well as serving up the highest quality steaks and seafood. Diners can relax with a handcrafted cocktail or glass of fine wine to wind down at the end of the day.

Maple & Ash came in second, with 22.76% of the total votes. Chef Danny Grant, recipient of two Michelin stars, crafted the menu of this steakhouse. The third, with 16.75% of votes, was Steak 48, a contemporary steakhouse featuring a wine vault and a lively bar. Bavette's Bar & Boeuf came fourth with 11.38%. This restaurant blends chic French elements with a lively environment to create a unique, fun dining experience. Last but not least, with 8.13% of the votes, was the contemporary American restaurant Oriole, which has two Michelin stars and features a menu created by owner and executive chef Noah Sandoval.