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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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Carly Fisher

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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