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Avec, Alinea Top Zagat's 50 Best Restaurants in Chicago

The rankings were based on ratings and reviews from 2014



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    The votes are in for Chicago's best restaurants of the year according to Zagat.

    The restaurant review site surveyed thousands of people across the country and analyzed the results for each city based on ratings and reviews from 2014. Each restaurant was given a score out of 30. The result was a list of the top 50 best restaurants in the city.

    Topping the list in Chicago is Avec Restaurant, which serves Mediterranean food in the West Loop. Rounding out the top five are Alinea; Frontera Grill; Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab; and Katsu Japanese Restaurant.

    The list can be sorted by food, decor, service and price. Using just one of these metrics, however, changes the order on the list quite a bit. The top restaurant for decor is North Pond in Lincoln Park, which came in at No. 48 overall. Alinea took the top spot for service, and Top Notch Beefburgers in Beverly took first place in price at $13 per meal.

    The top 50 restaurants in Chicago are as follows:

    Avec Restaurant: Mediterranean - West Loop

    Alinea: American - Lincoln Park

    Frontera Grill: Mexican - River North

    Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab : Seafood - River North

    Katsu Japanese Restaurant: Japanese - West Rogers Park

    Les Nomades: French - Streeterville

    Next: Eclectic - West Loop

    Longman & Eagle: American - Logan Square

    Grace: New American - West Loop

    Arami: Japanese - East Village

    Spiaggia: Italian - Magnificent Mile

    Topolobampo: Mexican - River North

    Tanta: Peruvian - River North

    Naha: American - River North

    MK: American - River North

    Gibsons Bar and Steakhouse: Steakhouse - Gold Coast

    Girl and the Goat: American - West Loop

    The Purple Pig: Mediterranean - Magnificent Mile

    Publican Quality Meats: American - West Loop

    Goosefoot: American - Ravenswood

    Smoque BBQ: Barbecue - Irving Park

    Arun's: Thai - Irving Park

    Riccardo Trattoria: Italian - Lincoln Park

    Au Cheval: American - West Loop

    Nightwood: American - Pilsen

    Sabatino's: Italian - Irving Park

    Travelle: Mediterranean - River North

    Kuma's Corner: Burgers - Avondale

    Xoco: Mexican - River North

    Brindille: French - River North

    Mixteco Grill: Mexican - Lakeview

    Homestead: American - East Village

    Lawry's The Prime Rib: Steakhouse - River North

    Top Notch Beefburgers: Burgers - Beverly

    Chicago Chop House: Steakhouse - River North

    Benny's Chop House: Steakhouse - River North

    Nico Osteria: Italian - Gold Coast

    Kai Zan: Japanese - Humboldt Park

    Mercat a la Planxa: Spanish - South Loop

    Everest Restaurant: French - the Loop

    The Capital Grille: Steakhouse - Streeterville

    A Tavola: Italian - Ukrainian Village

    The Publican: American - West Loop

    Blackbird Restaurant: American - West Loop

    Pequod's Pizza: Pizza - Lincoln Park

    Big and Little's: Seafood - Lakeview

    Green Zebra: Vegetarian - Noble Square

    North Pond: American - Lincoln Park

    Turquoise Restaurant: Turkish - Roscoe Village

    Lou Malnati's Pizzeria: Pizza - River North

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