Shaw's Crab House
The Absolute Best Seafood in Chicago
If the ocean had a Now That’s What I Call Music-style roundup of the greatest hits, it would look a lot like the menu at Shaw’s Crab House, a longstanding bastion of seafood in all styles and cuisines. It’s the kind of place where you can slurp oysters (or get them Rockefeller-style, bubbling in Jarlsberg cream), gorge on grand shellfish towers, eat your weight in sushi, and bob for clams in a bowl of chowder. Drawing inspiration from across the country, and across the globe, the menu takes a something-for-everyone approach that offers various price points and flavors in a dining room—and casual oyster bar area—that feels like vintage Americana at its most polished. For the ultimate spectacle, opt for the Alaskan king crab dinner, which serves the massive steamed crab with Caesar salad, creamed spinach, mashed potatoes, and chocolate layer cake for dessert.