If you’re like us, you always think of Ravenswood as that cute neighborhood you might one day be able to afford a house in. It’s the best way to stay in the city semi-affordably and even have a backyard. But Ravenswood also has great food. In fact, Ravenswood has some of our favorite restaurants, and that’s not even considering Lincoln Square proper, which has its own guide.
These are the best restaurants in Ravenswood.
Spacca Napoli is one reason we’re jealous if you live in Ravenswood. Not only does it serve outstanding Neapolitan pizza, but it also has a fantastic patio that’s perfect for hanging out during warmer months. If you’re eating inside, though, you’ll get to see the wood-burning oven in action. It’s this oven that’s responsible for the pizzas, with their bubbled, puffy edges and perfectly thin crust. This place is a compelling reason to consider moving to the neighborhood.
You might know Glenn’s as “that cereal place where you can get Apple Jacks in a chilled bowl of milk.” But it’s so much more than that. Glenn’s is also a great casual seafood restaurant, with crab legs and daily fish specials. If having cereal and seafood on the same table somewhere other than a Vegas buffet sounds weird to you, you’re totally right - but welcome to Glenn’s.
Urban Vegan is a casual vegan Thai spot. It used to mainly do carryout, but it’s expanded and is now a full sit-down restaurant. You’ll find things like tofu satay, soy chicken with peanut sauce, and a number of curry dishes. This is a must-know spot for vegetarians and vegans in the neighborhood, and perfect for a midweek dinner.
Technically Kitsune is on the cusp of North Center and Ravenswood, but we’re putting it in here anyway. Kitsune does Japanese cuisine using local ingredients as much as possible, and the food is fantastic. The menu has dishes like ramen, gyoza in a duck broth, and a Japanese savory pancake. You can get the $85 tasting menu, or just order a la carte. This is a great spot for dinner with a friend, date night, or a low-key debate about neighborhood boundary lines.
Band of Bohemia is a restaurant and brewery that feels a lot like someone’s living room - the space is full of upholstered furniture and lamps that look like they belong on tables next to your couch. The food is upscale and expensive: you can opt for an $85 tasting menu, or order things like carrot lasagna or a foie gras baked Alaska a la carte. They brew five or six beers, and the menu is designed to complement them. Come for a neighborhood date night, or plan on taking your mom when she visits. Just make sure she doesn’t steal any lamps.
Aroy Thai is the type of comforting and reliable spot everyone wants in their neighborhood. The food here - like papaya salad, sour and spicy sausage, and plenty of curries - is excellent, and you can BYOB. It’s a great, casual option for relaxing after a busy day at work, or for catching up with friends in a quiet environment.
If you want Korean BBQ, the answer is Cho Sun OK - even if you need to travel from another neighborhood to get here. The food is great, but Cho Sun OK is also just an excellent place to hang. It’s exactly the kind of neighborhood spot that will impress your friends for a fun group dinner (and the fact that it’s BYOB doesn’t hurt). In addition to the BBQ, we really like the seafood pancake and pan-fried dumplings.
Looking for a local spot to grab a burger and a beer with friends? If you’re in Ravenswood, go to The Bad Apple. Keep things simple with their regular Bad Apple burger, or try something more creative like a Chupacabra with goat chile or a Grizzly Adams topped with braised short rib and jalapeño. This place is consistently busy, so prepare to wait (there’s a large bar area where you can do that).
Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits’ original location is in Logan Square, but they opened up a second place in Ravenswood, where you can find the same great pies and biscuit sandwiches. This location is bigger and has more of a coffee shop feel than the original. It’s the perfect place to justify having key lime pie for breakfast.
The owners of Baker Miller used to be part-owners of Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits, until they left to start their own spot. This means you’ll find the same general style of food at Baker Miller. But this place separates itself with an extensive daily brunch menu featuring savory grain bowls and toasts (like avocado) on their housemade bread. It’s a great place for weekday breakfast - and yes, you can get delicious pie, too.
Not only is the Southern food at Luella’s great, but coming here will also make you feel like you were invited to your friend’s house for dinner (just without that weird “other person’s house” smell) - everyone is friendly and ends up chatting with each other. Order the shrimp and grits and fried chicken. Make sure you BYOB, and feel free to hang out for a while.
Bistro Campagne is an old-school spot that’s ideal for a romantic date night. The food here is seriously French - they do an amazing beef bourguignon - and the menu rarely changes, making it predictable in the best kind of way. Plus, they have a beautiful patio, which is where you should sit if the weather is good.