Best Farm-to-Table Dining in Chicago

February 27, 2016
by Zagat Staff

The best restaurants in Chicago for farm-to-table fare.

Longman & Eagle
American · Logan Square · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.3

This "popular" , "hipster" hangout in Logan Square features "superb" , "innovative" New American fare highlighting "unique ingredients and preparations" dispensed in a "lively" "bar atmosphere" fueled by "awesome drinks" ; a no-reservations policy means it’s often "crowded" , but fans say it’s "worth the wait" for a "meal you’ll be telling people about for a long time."
North Pond
American · Lincoln Park · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.6

A "pastoral" "oasis of fine dining" on a pond inside Lincoln Park, this "top-notch" New American offers "creative" , "locally sourced" fare that’s "artistic on the plate" in a "gorgeous" "Arts and Crafts building" with "jaw-dropping views of the city" ; "subtly attentive" service that "makes you feel special" adds to the reasons it’s "worth the splurge" , especially "for a celebration."
Lula Cafe
New American · Logan Square · $$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

"Serving farm-to-table cuisine before it became popular" , this Logan Square "mainstay" is a "gold mine" for "exquisite" , "creative" New American fare (including an "amazing" vegetarian tasting menu) and "wonderful" cocktails; a "well-informed" staff works the "stylish" yet "laid-back" room where you "never feel rushed" – even when there are "huge lines" for the "fantastic" , no-reservations weekend brunch.
American · Ravenswood · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.4

"A truly special farm-to-table spot" , this Ravenswood "gem" offers "immaculately crafted" New American fare with a "sharing-plates" focus, plus an "awesome" family-style dinner menu on Sundays; overseen by a "gracious" team, the "intimate" yet convivial room and "absolutely delightful" patio add to the reasons fans say this is "dining done well."
New American · Noble Square · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.6

"Off-the-beaten-path" in Noble Square, this "fine" "farm-to-table" New American features a rotating menu of "small and medium" plates alongside "excellent cocktails" and "one of the better wine lists" around; "stellar" servers work the "fascinating" , "barn-chic" surrounds adorned with "antique everything" , for an overall package that’s "original without being pretentious."
Harvest Room
American · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.4

Open all day, this "farm-to-table" Palos Heights New American uses local and organic ingredients in its "very good" comfort fare, including vegan choices and many "eclectic" dishes that are "different" from the usual; the "simple" space is warmed by rustic, farm-inspired touches, and a kids' menu ups its "family-friendly" appeal.