The Best Lakefront Dining in Chicago, IL

July 11th, 2018 by

The best views with the best food… what could be better? When it comes to lakefront dining near Chicago, these spots are three standout stars in the category thanks to the views, and of course, the food.

Caffé Oliva

Caffé Oliva Grilled CalamariLocated close to the Navy Pier, Caffé Oliva has beautiful views of Ohio Street Beach and the skyline. Food options lean towards the Mediterranean side of things, with menu items like grilled calamari, hummus and Greek salad. But there are other options like the beachfront cheeseburger and glazed chicken wings, which are must-haves.

Hang out on one of the beach chairs with a cold drink after getting some exercise, or grab a bite to eat after visiting the Navy Pier. There’s weekly entertainment, including live music and dancing, and the private lake view cabanas can turn your experience into a truly special evening.

It’s also a great place to host a private party, whether it’s a reunion, corporate event, bachelor/bachelorette party, or birthday!


After you head up to the 70thfloor of Lake Point Tower, you’ll find yourself inside this gem of a restaurant, with unbelievable views of the entire city of Chicago. The panoramic views of the city and the lakefront are simply beautiful.

The cuisine can be described as American contemporary with a French flair, using the best seasonal ingredients for every course. Start your meal with prime beef tartare or the chilled seafood platter before advancing to the main course, where you can choose from lobster tail, filet mignon, rack of lamb, or maple leaf duck breast, to name a few.

And whether it’s for a private dinner, meeting or reception, the space can be transformed for your next event, an elegant evening with a view from high above.

Riva Crabhouse

Riva Crabhouse Carb CakesAt Riva, enjoy the views of the skyline and Lake Michigan, located on the Navy Pier. Menu items include seafood, steaks and handmade desserts, along with an extensive selection of wine. Riva is a fantastic outdoor dining spot, with a patio that has one-of-a-kind views.

Whether you’re dining inside or outside at the Riva Cafe, the menu features delicious seafood like jumbo lump crab cakes, a large selection of fresh oysters and lobster bisque that starts off any meal on the right foot. The ahi tuna filet and delicious New York strip steak are two main course favorites, and with over 30 wines available by the glass, there are many ways to pair your entrée with a drink.

There are always daily specials, too, and many events held at the restaurant year-round.

Lakefront Views and Delicious Plates? It Can’t Be Beat!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this look at some of the best lakefront dining spots in Chicago. Now, get out there and enjoy the views! (And the food too!)

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