No matter where you are in America — even away from the coasts — tasty seafood options aren't far away. Once you decide to forgo the national chains, get off the beaten path, and take a chance on some local favorites, you'll have the chance to reel in the greatest food the sea has to offer. We've scoured reviews and rankings by expert food writers and countless hungry customers to find the best seafood restaurants in Chicago and beyond.
In the same location since 1968, Half Shell in Lincoln Park is a neighborhood haunt known for its king crab legs, jumbo shrimp, and fried catfish. Don't be scared off by the landlocked location — some reviewers call the king crab the best they've had anywhere.
Still hungry? Of course Chicago has far more to offer than great seafood:
- Best Burritos in Every State: A family-run Chicago restaurant is our pick for best in Illinois.
- The Best Cheap Burgers in America: You can get a fine classic burger in Chicago or opt for something a little spicier.
- Best All-Day Breakfast Spots: A popular Chicago chain serves up old-school vibes and crazy-big crepes.
- America's Most Iconic Restaurants: The Chicago deep-dish pizza joint that should be on your bucket list.