From lobster to oysters: amazing seafood restaurants in Chicago

Certain restaurants are known for their expertise at turning out signature dishes really well. They've pinned down the ingredients, mastered the process, and gained a strong following as a result. Chicago has had much success cultivating great restaurants and creating a substantial market for Seafood. Locals can't get enough of the city's excellent food, and you'll often find them, along with eager tourists, at popular Shaw's Crab House Chicago or at Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, a major player in the field. Make sure you see what all the fuss is about!


Scrumptious seafood and amazing views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline can both be found at this Navy Pier favorite. Take a seat in the elegant dining room or outside on the pier if the weather is nice, and enjoy a starter of fried...  Read More

Half Shell

While Half Shell's location and dim room spangled year-round with Christmas lights may not immediately impress, your first taste of amazingly tender, succulent snow crab legs surely will. The house-specialty crab legs, served with butter and...  Read More

This classically elegant restaurant is located in the Drake Hotel and has become a Chicago institution. It's definitely the place to go for old-fashioned pampering and a fresh seafood meal. Order the Dover sole, the lobster thermidor, the crab...  Read More

Catch 35

If you've made up your mind to have seafood, make a beeline for this notable place, whose vast menu features lots of seafood favorites prepared in a variety of culinary styles. Choose from the likes of Chilean sea bass, stir-fried shrimp and...  Read More

Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House
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Famous for serving tasty frog legs, this restaurant is owned by the same folks as Gibson's Steakhouse next door. The menu at Hugo's focuses on seafood, and fresh deliveries are made several times a day, but you can order a steak from the...  Read More


Fabulous seafood entrees paired with an excellent wine list cause this Evanston restaurant to be a top pick by knowledgeable locals. The long, narrow dining room is elegant with amber colored walls, a tile floor, and flowing fabric draping the...  Read More

Shaw's Crab House Chicago

Shaw's offers two distinct dining options – the casual oyster bar and the more upscale main dining room. Polished wood paneling and globe lighting set the scene, and the menu boasts a wide variety of fish and seafood: Copper River king salmon,...  Read More

This classic dinner club-style restaurant boasts a vaulted ceiling, dark wooden furniture, and excellent lighting, making it an ideal place for a power lunch or entertaining important clients. Partner of the famous Joe's Stone Crab in Miami,...  Read More


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