Best Keto Restaurants in Chicago

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It’s windy atop the second tallest North American edifice, but you don’t need to climb the Willis Tower’s Skydeck to look for restaurants that work. Obsessed with top-quality beef, Chicago makes eating out an impeccable keto-friendly steak a cakewalk.

A good steak is a good steak, but man shall not live by beef alone. Surprisingly, dining out on other keto-balanced yummies is easy in the City in a Garden; since the seismic shift to a low-carb-high-fat nation craze, more and more restaurants are jumping on the bandwagon.

Now it’s not about searching for a lonely keto-fish, it’s rather about picking the biggest one in the sea. Here’s a list of remarkable spots, offering at least five keto-friendly options with itsy-bitsy carbs. The rule of five meats is immutable unless the place is beyond godlike. Behold, it’s the cuisine to die for.

Eataly

Eataly BAITA
Mon - Sat
Sun
12 pm - 12 am
12 pm - 2 am
Phone: (312) 521-8700
Price range: $11–30, mid-ranged

Not just a single restaurant but a vast yet cozy food court centered around authentic Italian cuisine, Eataly might become amore at first sight. Stroll around the vibrant marketplace before enjoying a charcuterie at BAITA, and savor a main course from Osteria di Eataly. From poultry with grilled vegetables to whole roasted sea bass with pungent Sicilian salmoriglio sauce, Eataly has a number of mouthwatering delicacies to please any keto-conscious foodie. And that daily stretched and shaped yummy housemade mozzarella… you better have at least $50 when you step in.  

Fittingly Delicious

Mon - Thu
Fri - Sun
10 am - 8 pm
10:30 am - 6 pm
Phone: (773) 754-7793
Price range: under $10

The concept is outstanding — it’s just you and a microwave inside a bright room amid Irving Park. Technically, a restaurant; the rest is exceptional. No waiter service, no pompous atmosphere, only reasonably priced nourishing grub in Tupperware labeled with nutrition facts. Keto-perfect signature Roasted Chicken With Veggies, Honey Glazed Salmon or Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers are worth every penny of $9, and customized meal deliveries make following your keto-plan a piece of cake.

Mable’s Table

Mon
Tue - Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
11:30 am - 9 pm
11:30 am - 10 pm
11:30 am - 11 pm
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
4 pm - 11 pm
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
4 pm - 9 pm
Phone: (773) 904-7433
Price range: $11–30, mid-ranged

Inspired by his mother’s recipes, Anthony Reyes flavors culinary classics with a trendy twist, sharing his and Mable’s unconditional love of cooking in the eponymous restaurant. An austere white and blue menu is replete with exquisite keto-friendly items from fatty porchetta and melt-in-your-mouth coastal oysters to grilled romaine hearts and charred broccoli. The fully exposed kitchen begets the loud atmosphere of a family feast, turning a casual visit into a night to remember. Chef Reyes knows first-hand how to serve a hearty presidential-grade dinner for two, and one Benjamin is footing this bill.  

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
Sun - Thu
Fri - Sat
10:30 am - 11 pm
10:30 am - 12 am
Phone: (312) 828-9800
$11–30, mid-ranged

Breaking that “at-least-five” rule didn’t take too long. Lou’s offers the one and only fully keto-friendly option — the famous Chicago-style “crustless” deep dish pizza. The cream of the crop in succulence, it takes two to tango the size they modestly call small, and the large one has the mass of a neutron star. The sausage crust makes this meaty beast a perfect keto-safe outlet for ravenous pizza eaters, providing just 2g of carbs per serving. And while the chef is creating this beautiful culinary masterpiece, whet your appetite with chicken caesar sans croutons.

The Purple Pig

Mon - Sun
11:30 am - 11 pm
Phone: (312) 464-1744
$11–30, mid-ranged

This Michelin-approved Mediterranean cuisine restaurant doesn’t take reservations, but chef Jimmy Bannos Jr. gets Roasted Bone Marrow to speak so loudly that you’ll pardon the wait. A fourth-generation restaurateur, he knows how to create magic with offals, treating any discerning palate with perfection. As for the keto classics, this “Cheese, Swine and Wine” institution serves Salmon with pickled leeks or Coppa Steak topped with cream cheese for an entree, also offering a tremendous amount of delicious pork and cheese platters for carnivorous gourmands. The spot is usually full by 6 pm, so come beforehand with at least a couple of 20’s in the wallet.

Tango Sur

Tango Sur
Mon - Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
5 pm - 10:30 pm
5 pm - 11:30 pm
3 pm - 11:30 pm
12 pm - 10:30 pm
Phone: (773) 477-5466
Price range: $11–30, mid-ranged

Tango Sur is a tour of South American flavors and culture with an intimate dimly lit vibe, constantly crammed with authentic Argentinian steak aficionados. Whether you choose Pechuga de Pollo, a grilled chicken breast with a green chimichurri sauce, or Parrillada Para Uno, a tray-served mix of killer meats, avoid potato sides by all means. A properly seasoned king-size steak plus sauteed vegetables adds up to less than $30 for a keto-flawless meal, and budget-saving BYOB approach makes this meal a crowning glory.

Crab Cellar

Tango Sur
Mon - Tue
Wed - Thu
Fri - Sat
Sun
Closed
5 pm - 8:30 pm
5 pm - 10 pm
4 pm - 8 pm
Phone: (773) 248-1737
Price range: $69.95 for endless Alaskan crab legs and prime burgers

Going the whole nine yards, it’s either a lobster or a crab. Intact face-and-claws 1lb Maine Lobster is available a la carte, along with Garlic Roasted Broccoli. But Endless Alaskan King Crab Legs is what indeed makes this basement-based spot a marvelous gem. Pay $69.95 once and get those yummies served until you say when. Unlimited and delicious steamed keto-perfect crustacean, surely the best thing since sliced bread. How many rounds will you devour before throwing in the towel?

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4 thoughts on “Best Keto Restaurants in Chicago”

  1. Drove half an hour to 4340 N Lincoln Ave, very excited this is going to be delicious. I ordered a Small Keto Crustless Sausage Pizza, larger than the individual size because I was starving! my husband ordered the baked Italian beef. After forty minutes the manager, not our waitress, brought out a gluten-free tiny, wafer thin pizza with nothing on it, and placed in front of my husband a fresh out of the refrigerator cold Italian roll with some beef on it, a plate full of fruit, which we didn’t order, and a cup of cottage cheese, which also, we did not order, or were even asked about, my husband is not on a diet at all, and would not even consider ordering fruit instead of french fries. I was so hungry I was nearly in tears while the manager insisted that this ten minute pizza is what I ordered and waited forty minutes for while my husband looking somewhat dumbfounded about what was on the plate in front of him was somewhat speechless. Then this manager offered to wrap up all of this food that we never even ordered to go, or start the forty minute pizza all over again from scratch now that I’m so famished I’m about to faint. Extremely disappointed we just got up and left. My husband took me to get Puerto Rican Lechon, a regular standby for me, and keeps me in the pink.

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    • As the author of this blog post, I’m really sorry to hear that. I usually write about places that have a number of keto-friendly options, and Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria was the only exception. Why? Because ketoers on Reddit are crazy about it—finding a thread about eating out in Chicago without this spot being mentioned multiple times is barely possible.

      As for July 2019, Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria is a restaurant chain with 56 locations, and the issue you have encountered is probably due to the poor management of this particular location you visited on 4340 N Lincoln Ave. It has ~250 reviews and 3.5 stars on Yelp compared with ~5600 reviews and 4 stars for the spot we mention in this eating out guide.

      It would be great if you could also post your response on their Yelp page so fellow ketoers think twice before visiting it. Here’s a link to the location you’ve been to:

      https://www.yelp.com/biz/lou-malnatis-pizzeria-chicago-12

      I hope this terrible experience in no way changed your attitude towards keto and I’m genuinely sorry this situation happened.

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  2. FWIW, I’ve had nothing but good experiences at Lou Malnati. The sausage crust pizza is delicious, filling, and most importantly, I never feel like I’m “missing out” as my family eats a regular pizza.

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  3. I live in New Jersey, we regularly order from Lou Malnati’s through Taste of Chicago. I went Keto in January and was very disappointed about no more Chicago Pizza until I saw the crustless version. It is great and I love it. My husband eats regular and I eat the crustless.

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