Nights out with friends are great—especially if the restaurant can accommodate everyone. These Chicago restaurants—with a range from elegant fine dining to casual and communal—are known for having enough room for big groups to dine together. So whether you're bringing together a group celebration, a business team dinner or a party with your the extended family, check with these restaurants, and plan to make your reservation earlier than normal.
Large and small shareable plates make this rustic Little Italy destination the perfect place to pass the holiday love around the communal tables. Try truffle egg toast, crispy pork belly, and pizza with wild mushrooms and braised leeks; or go for a big Italian brunch of polenta cakes or pancakes with lemon curd and berries. 1359 W. Taylor St., 312.226.5550
Fogo De Chão
Groups who seek quantity and quality and easy ordering find it at this elegant Brazilian churrascaria in River North. Constantly roaming gaucho chefs slice 16 types of meat tableside—top sirloin, filet mignon, beef ribs, cured pork sausages, to name a few—and the 30-plus-item salads and sides bar tempts with even more options. An extensive wine list has won multiple “Wine Spectator” awards. 661 N. LaSalle Blvd., 312.932.9330
Shouts of “Opa!” ring through this longtime Greektown favorite, as dishes of saganaki (flaming cheese) are shared among diners. It’s part of the upbeat atmosphere that sets the stage for a festive gathering—Greek-style. It’s also the endless trays of dolmades, mousaka, roast lamb, fresh Greek sea bass and sweet, flaky baklava. Parties are welcomed with open arms at long tables in the main dining room or in one of the two private rooms. 200 S. Halsted St., 312.782.9855
Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse
Honoring the late, great Chicago Cubs baseball announcer, this local institution is part-museum, displaying historic sports memorabilia and photos. But the food is a worthy competitor, particularly the raved-about chicken Vesuvio, Tallgrass New York strip steak and spaghetti Bolognese. Gather your team upstairs in the private dining room. 33 W. Kinzie St., 312.828.0966
This expansive restaurant lies on sweet real estate along the Chicago River. Local super-chefs Tony Mantuano and John Hohan hit the comfort-food mark with chopped salads; whole roast chicken, fish and beef; and sides of succotash and turnips au gratin. Large parties can convene in the main dining area or reserve one of six private spaces that accommodate groups from as few as 15 to as many as 450. Riverfront views seal the deal. 315 N. LaSalle Blvd., 312.822.0100, www.riverroastchicago.com