Bacchanalia - Chicago
Bacchanalia - Chicago

Bacchanalia - Chicago

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bacchanaliainchicago.com/
  • Phone: 7732546555
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday- Thursday: 11:00AM - 3:30PM
    Friday: 11:00AM - 4:00PM
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:30PM - 9:30PM
    Friday & Saturday: 4:00PM - 10:30PM
    Sunday: 3:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Payment Options: Cash Only
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Maria Genchi & Luigi Amaya
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer catering for almost any occasion, we have packages available, or entrees are also available by the tray. You can also customize your own package. Delivery is available. Visit out website at bacchanaliainchicago.com or call us at 773-254-6555 for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer private parties Saturday and Sunday afternoons in addition to Monday-Thursday evenings, pending the party is of forty people or more. Smaller parties available anytime. Packages starting at $13.95
  • Private Party Contact: Dan or Paula Pieri 7732546555
  • Entertainment: We do not have live music, however we do have a variety of Italian songs playing in our establishment.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: W 24th Street
  • Public Transit: CTA bus service has a Western Avenue stop at 24th Street is one block from restaurant. Also a CTA Blue Island Avenue bus at Oakley is one and a half blocks away. The CTA Pink Line El-Train exits on Western and 21st Street about 7 blocks from restaurant.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street Parking is Available- Valet Parking Available if necessary $5.00 Lunch $7.00 Dinner
A word from Bacchanalia - Chicago
Just minutes away from downtown Chicago, experience authentic Italian Cuisine. This family owned and operated restaurant has been in business for over 31 years;the Pieri Family from Pisa, Italy has brought all their delectable recipes here to Chicago from their hometown. This restaurant is well known for generous portions and great quality at reasonable prices. All entrees are prepared fresh to order, so a customization to your order is happily accommodated.

The restaurant is recognized by many Chicago food critics and it has also been chosen by Zagat's as being one of the 1000 Top Italian restaurants in our country. We are a small hidden gem in this great big city. The restaurant atmosphere is cozy and quaint and the service is friendly and accommodating. Come let us feed you.

**Please note that we only accept Cash or Personal Checks. In addition, we do have an ATM on premise for your use**
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Bacchanalia - Chicago reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (14)good for groups (7)romantic (6)kid-friendly (5)special occasion (5)fit for foodies (2)great for lunch (1)notable wine list (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great food, Great place!
    Decw
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    If you want food that reminds you of a home cooked meal, this is the place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • no complaints
    Rich
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    expected to be wowed, but was overall underwhelmed by the flavors and menu. prices were good. great location. great service. clean. authentic.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glad I researched
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Had to take a cab from river north. For people like me who enjoy classic Italian, not your ordinary sugar laced food. Fantastic, we had the eggplant parm. Very fresh egg plant, great. I had veal piccata , delicate , like butter. Highlight we split lasagne, the best, even from particular Italian wife. The portion is huge, believe me and will keep me coming back. Hi five great service. Oh. The baked clams and the bread basket were right on task
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bacchanalia Consistently Delivers!
    luvfamilyjoints
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Great neighborhood gem with fantastic service, lovely staff and quality food. The baked clams are not to be missed! From the warm greeting when you walk in the front door to the sincere good byes after a wonderful meal, you can't beat Bacchanalia.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible!
    dinnerfor2
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    A friend of mine suggested we go for a date night. The staff was very accommodating, pleasant, and the food was amazing. We will keep coming back and we are bringing others to share in the experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Basic Italian
    SaturdaynightVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Our first time here, and it was fine, but I can't say we'll be back -- there are too many other better Italian restaurants in the city. No ambience to speak of, dated decor. Quiet, because it was empty -- on a Saturday night. Food was good, but nothing special. Big portions at least. Waitress was fine, but when it's slow they tend to disappear because there's no one they need to serve nearby. First waitress didn't seem to know menu very well and not very helpful with suggestions. They have valet parking, which is necessary on Oakley as there isn't street parking nearby. Don't like the cash only policy -- which isn't well publicized. Probably one of the main reasons we won't come back in fact.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food & Service
    Jimmy
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food and service was exceptional. We had no delay in being seated. The waitress was fantastic. Very accommidating to all patrons needs. Orders were taken promptly food was prepared in very good time. All the employees were very courteous and efficient. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this establishment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bacchanalia
    Italianisbest
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    This is the third time I've been to Bacchanalia and each time the food and service has been outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Used to be better
    me123
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The prices have gone up, and portion sizes have gone down - ok, I get it, the economy....but the quality of the food is not as good as it used to be. Still like it, but I might try some of the other places along Oakley.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Italian Ambience
    Locana62
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Oakley Avenue in Chicago is a small sea of Italian food in Chicago and Bacchnalia is an picturesque island fit for family with all the good food, spirits and laughter that you would find around the table in any dining room in Italy. We loved it and the locale and recommend highly!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 133 reviews are from the Bacchanalia - Chicago reviews archive.
  • Nice neighborhood place
    Caztraveller
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Employees were extremely outgoing. I felt like I was family. They only take cash or check which we didn't realize. ATM available for cash. Food was decent. Great place to go before Hawks game.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lasagna
    Linda
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Enjoyed the special that night of 4 cheese lasagna. Taste buds were on high alert with the gentle flavors of the tomatoes and the four cheeses.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous
    NearNorthGuy
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    First time to Bacchanlia. The hostess greeted us warmly. Table was ready. Great selection of wine, appitezers and entrees. The food is scrumptious. Large portions. Attentive service. Very reasonably priced. Hidden gem. Everyone in the group loved it. Will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian Go To
    Carbs
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Really a great restaurant - food is superb, service is outstanding & prices are awesome
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm & welcoming neighborhood vibe!
    Cynthia
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    At 20 minutes early for our reservation, we thought we'd have to wait for our table. But the waiter told us to come ahead, and sit, as long as we were early. The service was over-the-top (in a good way). Even the busers asked us how everything was, and were happyily engaged. We ordered drinks and appetizer, which was huge! Then the waiter drops by with bow tie pasta in vodka sauce, "Compliments of the house!" Our grown son ordered two appetizers and took a box to go home with what he couldn't eat there. My husband and I order entrees and had enough left over to feed four people! Baccanalia is a wonderful, and welcoming place to eat and go to a show, or meet friends, nosh, drink and dine the night away! Loved it and will be going back soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic Italian At Its Very Best
    FlatlanderFoodie
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I have eaten here four times thus far. Each time I visit, I am astounded at the excellent food and just plain great vibes. Bacchanalia has been in the same spot for over 30 years, and it is one of the finest restaurants in Chicago for authentic Italian food. Their minestrone soup is homemade with fresh vegetables, nothing canned, and comes to your table hot, not luke warm like some eateries. Their bread is from a local bakery, and their entrees are plentiful and very good. With only 14 tables, the place is small and jam-packed on weekends, especially Saturday and after local sporting events. They have a decent wine list, but try their house chianti for starters. Their Tiramisu is to die for and delight. Highly recommended!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is Old School!!!!
    EmmettLuvz2EEEt
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Our 1st time dining in the Original Little Italy last Saturday. Where have we been all our lives! Bacchanalia's food was very good, but it was the people (from owners and staff, to the patrons) that's the real show. If you walk out of that place not knowing everybody's name by the end of the night, then you missed out. We are still talking about what a great time we had (both in the restaurant and the bar) and look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great start
    Franco
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I had a great experience, however, whenever I visit this restaurant I always have a great time. I've been here before and the food is always excellent, the service is warm and friendly and makes you want to return. I will be going back to try other dishes on the menu. Thanks
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great little find
    Aligirl
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Found this place on Yelp. Had a group from work that didn't like that we were heading out of the city, but the food was worth it. Great little place...awesome value for the money!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So glad we found you Bacchanalia!
    lgreenholdt
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Very old school, old neighborhood Italian. The food was great, some very traditional, some not. We were still talking about the baked clams three days later. If you have ever watched a movie about the old neighborhood "back in the day" and wished you could have gone to the place they all ate at...here's your chance. And then you'll go back because the food was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My wife liked it
    Buckysmaster
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I'm married to a full blooded Italian that knows how to cook all the great Italian dishes. If we can go to an Italian restaurant and have a quality dining experience without the wear and tear on my wife, we have done extremely good. We really had a good time and enjoyed the food and excellent service, we can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood place with
    Jerry
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Great neighborhood place with great food, great service, and great ambience, but, remember, it only acepts cash.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Feels like home
    Furball
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    We have been fans of Bacchanalia's for years. It is a shame that people forget about these little places that made Little Italy what it is today. The food is always fresh, there is always more than enough to eat, and the desserts are fabulous! Their signature dishes are to die for!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had not been here for years
    RonM
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We had not been here for years and we were not disappointed. Waitress was helpful and excellent, bartender friendly and nice and the food was excellent. We knew ahead of time that it was cash only, and that was fine wit us. Dining room was full. Reservations on a Saturday night seem to be a must. Will go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went for a small family birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Went for a small family birthday party. The waitstaff if fantastic and the food was wonderful. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food choices
    Kato7
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    One of few restaurants that still has large baked clams(which are always tastey). You can select variety of sauces. Good wine choices with reasonable prices. Great chicken Marsala and white fish.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Chicago Restaurant experience
    BillRussell328
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    We have been going to this restaurant for nearly 20 years, and it is still one of my wife's favorite restaurant. I offered to take her to dinner for her Jan 1st birthday and suggested a couple of her usual places and she almost cut me off before II could finish saying emphatically she wanted to go to Bacchanalia's. The food is simple in it's elegance, providing an authentic Italian dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was excellent. Service
    out2lunch
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Food was excellent. Service was great. We will likely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome
    samd2525
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    I've been there 3 time and every time the food the service is always great
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian style from Home
    PMK1
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    The restaurant is amazing! Neighborhood location, family place, & cuisine is perfect feeling comfortable like at home.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well done
    misterT
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    A long time since we visited. Food was good. Especially enjoyed the anti pasto salad. Service was great. Small italian eatery neighborhood vibe intact. Eccezionale!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    Joan
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    A wonderful gem we found in Little Italy- would go back again for sure. The food was great- vodka sauce is awesome as were the tiramsu and cannoli.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Parms All Around
    DelawareDiners
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    We were on a four day weekend trip to Chicago from Delaware. My partner and I ordered Chicken Parm and the special which was eggplant and veal parm combo. What a great dinner. The veal was amazingly tender and the marinara sauce was perfect. Server was professional and knowledgeable and instantly made us feel at home. Great night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great value
    Wolf8846
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    Good place to meet a friend for lunch with homemade chicken soup, great bread, huge portions, very good prices. Food was very tasty. Quiet place to talk. Has valet. ONLY TAKES CASH. It does have an ATM.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in close quarters
    eileen
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    The restaurant is tiny and tables are squished together with narrow walkways between them. This is not a leisurely place to eat but great food nonetheless. Great spot before United Center events!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay Restaurant
    esylvie
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    The ambiance is very friendly, and so is the service. The food could be more tasty though. Remember to bring cash!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well worth the cab ride...
    Muffy8025
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    Before I say anything, let me say that this is truly a neighborhood gem. The food was wonderful and every diner, except for my party, we locals. Huge portions, festive occasions and wonderful, friendly people. If I lived in Chicago, I would go to Bacchanalia on a regular basis. Not a native of Chicago, I had no idea where Bacchanalia was located. I was staying on Michigan Avenue and wanted to get out of the downtown hustle and bustle, and boy, did I!!! It was a hike in a cab, but I would do it again and recommend it to anyone visiting Chicago. Wonderful restaurant, wonderful people and wonderful food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fab family find
    Anita
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    Great neighborhood ambience, fabulous waittaff & bread basket, weeknite specials can't be beat!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Italian in Chicago
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    One of Chicago's best secrets, Bacchanalia is a little off the beaten path but absolutely worth the trip. Everything is homemade and I've never had a dish I didn't love. Personal favorites are the Bacchanalia Chicken, the meat ravioli and spaghetti with bolognese sauce. You'll leave full and with leftovers! And don't skip desert - the tiramisu is delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was very good traditional
    Southsider
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    Food was very good traditional Italian. The service was outstanding and would recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.