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Chicago Seafood Restaurants


Chicago may not be next to any ocean, but today's modern shipping techniques ensure an abundance of fresh fish from all over the world. Here are some of my favorite Chicago seafood restaurants, listed in alphabetical order (average cost excludes tax, drinks and tip):

Bob Chinn's Crab House

Bob Chinn's Crab House offers super fresh king crab legs and seafood, and people must like it -- the restaurant serves up to 3,000 diners a day.
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Address: 393 S. Milwaukee, Wheeling
  • Phone: 847-520-3633
  • Hours: Open for lunch and dinner every day.
  • Average tab per diner: $50

Catch 35

Catch 35 boasts a menu of dozens of seafood entree selections, and its proximity to the Loop make it a great choice for a business lunch or dinner.
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Address: 35 W. Wacker Dr., Chicago
  • Phone: 312-346-3500
  • Hours: Open for lunch Monday - Friday, dinner nightly.
  • Average tab per diner: $55

Hugo's Frog Bar and Fish House

Hugo's Frog Bar and Fish House is the seafood sibling of its next door neighbor Gibson's Steak House, serving up dishes like meaty crab cakes, Australian lobster tail, whole Dungeness crab, and shrimp dejonghe.
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Address: 1024 N. Rush, Chicago
  • Phone: 312-640-0999
  • Hours: Open for lunch and dinner every day.
  • Average tab per diner: $80

Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab

Another offshoot, this one of Joe's Stone Crab in Miami, Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab specializes in crab claws, and do them well -- the meaty crab is flown in daily from the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Address: 60 E. Grand Ave., Chicago
  • Phone: 312-379-5637
  • Hours: Open for lunch Monday - Saturday. Dinner every night.
  • Average tab per diner: $90


Chef Laurent Gras helms the kitchen at what is easily Chicago's best seafood restaurant, if not the best in the country.
  • Cuisine: Seafood/Contemporary
  • Address: 2300 Lincoln Park West, Chicago
  • Phone: 773-868-0002
  • Hours: Open for dinner Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.; Friday, Saturday 5:00 pm. - 11:00 p.m.; Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Average tab per diner: $90 - $165
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