Festive Family-Style Dining: 10 Great Options


From sizzling Brazilian churrasco to cozy fondue pot gatherings and Mediterranean-inspired sharing plates, these Chicago restaurants offer delectable dishes meant to be enjoyed together. Let’s explore these culinary gems that are perfect for creating cherished moments with your loved ones.

Geja’s Cafe

During the colder months, Geja’s Café is the perfect hangout spot to beat those winter blues! Gather around the fondue pot and enjoy the iconic three-course Premier Dinner. Start the evening with a creamy Swiss Gruyere cheese fondue, followed by an entree fondue of your choice, including tempting options like Australian lobster tail, Gulf shrimp, beef tenderloin, and fresh sea scallops! Make sure to leave some room for the amazing Belgian chocolate fondue! 

Fogo de Chão

At Fogo de Chão, you’ll experience the Brazilian tradition of churrasco, where gauchos carve various cuts of meat tableside. The endless meat options are perfect for sharing, and the salad bar offers additional family-friendly choices.

Quartino Ristorante

Quartino’s menu is designed for sharing, featuring housemade salumi, sangria, and Aperol spritzes served by the liter! Definitely try one (or more) of their pizzas. They are all finished in a 600 degree Wood Stone stone hearth fire deck oven, yielding a crispy crust, a good textural chew and fresh balanced flavors. Our favorite is the ‘Funghi’ (mushrooms). Buon Appetito! 

Maggiano’s Little Italy

Maggiano’s Little Italy boasts a multitude of salads, starters, and entrees, all crafted towards satisfying four people or more! It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy three courses of your favorite Maggiano’s items.


Under Chef CJ Jacobson, Aba’s menu is a celebration of sharing, offering an array of hummus, spreads, and mezze that beckon diners to come together. This West Loop gem is perfect to create new memories with the ones you love. 

Cindy’s Rooftop

Chicago Athletic Association’s houses one of Chicago’s favorite sky-high establishments! This gem dishes out generously portioned delights, perfect for sharing. Whether it’s shellfish platters or hearty fare like roasted pork chops, the menu will certainly satisfy larger parties. Don’t forget to check out Cindy Pritzker’s portrait, painted by Andy Warhol and the jaw-dropping views of Millennium Park, Lake Michigan and the Museum Campus. 

Beatnik on the River

Spoil yourself with scenic dining at Beatnik on the River, a boho-chic restaurant along the Chicago River. This welcoming establishment is adorned with lush greenery, long tables, and ornate details, crafting the perfect environment. Most items are the Mediterranean-inspired menu are meant to be shared. Definitely try the patatas bravas, Lebanese-style roasted lamb, and scallops with Iberico ham!


Divvy up a whole fried chicken feast at this James Beard nominated, comfort food restaurant. Gently covered in hot honey sauce, spiced watermelon, a sharp cheddar cheese waffle, and maple syrup, it’s certainly one-of-a-kind. This River North establishment offers more hearty options for the family, including the porchetta and a 32-ounce porterhouse, making it an excellent choice for group gatherings. 

10 Pin Bowling Lounge

10pin Bowling Lounge’s laneside service and shareable plates make it the perfect place to satisfy your appetite during a fun game of bowling. Try the 10 Pin Como Platter, it includes a variety of crowd-pleasers, including jalapeño poppers, cheese curds, fried pickles, and potato skins, making it the ultimate choice for sharing among friends and family. Price: $21

Greek Islands

Boasting a plethora of diverse menus, this Greektown staple’s family style section is certainly one of the most impressive. Priced at just under $30 per person, patrons have their choice of saganaki, any four entrees, a side dish, and a dessert. Gather your loved ones and enjoy an authentic Greek dining experience that celebrates the joy of being together. 

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