Filipino restaurants in Chicago

The 7 Best Filipino Restaurants In Chicago

Are you on the hunt for an authentic Filipino restaurant in Chicago? Thanks to its diverse and dense Filipino population, there are loads to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a cosy hole in the wall or cocktail bar slash Filipino fusion eatery, Chi-tow has it all. Head to either (or all!) of these Filipino restaurants in Chicago for a delicious meal.

We recently named the 25 best Filipino restaurants across the US, but these Windy City spots are also must-eats.

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1. Isla Pilipina Restaurant

Right off Lawrence Ave in Family Plaza, you’ll find a cosy traditional Filipino joint, Isla Pilipina Restaurant. If you’re looking for a hearty and authentic Filipino meal, Isla Pilipina is the place to be. Order the pancit bihon and be sure to save room for the leche flan.

2. Cebu

Cebu provides regional Filipino dishes, some with an American flare, in the heart of Chicago. Have a feast at Cebu just off W North Ave in Wicker Park for melt-in-your-mouth homestyle food that is creative. Don’t leave without the lumpia and pork bbq.

3. Bayan Ko

This Filipino/Cuban mashup on Montrose Ave is one of the best spots in Chi-town in for classic Filipino food. Take your pick from any of their famous Filipino fares such as ginataang gulay or caldereta. It’s BYOB, so be sure to bring some wine or beer.

4. Subo Filipino Kitchen

Subo Filipino Kitchen keeps it simple and puts the focus on the food. This no-frills Filipino classic is a favourite among locals for their authentic dishes and hearty servings. Head over to Kimball Ave for the best lumpia this side of the Atlantic.

5. Merla’s Kitchen

At Merla’s off Kimball Ave, they take Filipino food seriously. You’ll find that all the dishes are made slow with tradition in mind from start to finish. Take your pick from their famous Filipino breakfast, pancit, kare kare or sinigang. Either way, come hungry and ready for a delicious meal.

Filipino restaurants in Chicago

6. Tita Mia’s Filipino Restaurant and Cafe

Housed in Golf Milwaukee Plaza, you’ll find one of the best Filipino joints in the city. Head to Tita Mia’s Filipino Restaurant and Cafe for delicious Filipino fare in addition to a cosy, down-home setting. Call a day ahead, and they will specially prepare the oxtail for your kare-kare.

Filipino restaurants in Chicago

7. Young American

Last but not least, Logan Square’s Young American is one of Chicago’s best up and coming restaurants. They have a globally inspired menu, but Filipino food is their speciality. Treat yourself to their famous pork sisig and stick around for a few drinks afterwards.

Filipino restaurants in Chicago


Melanie Hamilton

Melanie is an avid traveller with a passion for history and global foods. She is currently based in Tbilisi, Georgia where most of her time is occupied with qvevri wine and Soviet history. Having do-si-do'd her way across Europe and Latin America, she's enjoyed some of the world's most exciting places firsthand and can't wait to tell you about them.

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