Café Bionda
Café Bionda

Café Bionda

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafebionda.com/
  • Phone: 3123269800x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Mon-Thurs
    Dinner: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm Fri & Sat
    Sunday Dinner: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Any item featured on the menu can be done family style for catering events.
    Call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Seats up to 40. Holds up to 50.
  • Private Party Contact: South Loop Location 3123269800x
  • Entertainment: Both fully stocked mahogany bars offer flat screen TVs which televise
    the days sporting events. However, the dining rooms offer a more intimate
    setting with classic Italian music and dimly lit tables.
  • Special Events: COMING VERY SOON........ New Private Party Room Available to host your next Party!!! Featuring a 70 inch Hi Definition Projection TV Screen that includes an elaborate sound system - Ideal for all conferences / business meetings that require projection or visual viewing! Great for Birthday Celebrations, Graduations, Baptisms, Memorial Luncheons, Business functions as well as any other special event. Please contact us for further details!!!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cullerton
  • Public Transit: Red Line - Roosevelt stop or Blue Line - Cermack stop
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Private lot behind restaurant, or valet offered Thursday thru Saturday starting at 5pm.
A word from Café Bionda
Step into the old country of Italy through Café Bionda (“blonde woman” in Italian). Café Bionda offers authentic old world Italian recipes. Every dish is cooked and seasoned to perfection. Bionda features a large selection of liquor, including a signature martini list, and a vast array of both red and white wines. Come in and enjoy amazing food and a fun atmosphere.
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Café Bionda reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)good for groups (21)fit for foodies (16)special occasion (13)great for lunch (11)notable wine list (9)romantic (8)late-night find (7)great for outdoor dining (6)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (4)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great old Italian recipes that work
    Foodmaven
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The food and service was excellent until our waitress began taking care of two large tables. We did get our check in due time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Bionda
    Heals
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    A favorite spot. Great service, always. Food is delicious. I asked for shrimp diavolo, which was not on the menu, and they made it for me. It was outstanding. My husband had the gnocchi with sausage and mushrooms and loved it. Highly recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is wonderful
    Stillcantsee
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food is just so good-servers are helpful and athomsphere is delightful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Expanded!!! More room!!
    Sueskier
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Expanded since I was last here! Fabulous food!!!! Sautéed calamari to die for!!!a bit loud - hard to hear. But worth every minute!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neensmuccianti1001
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Very LOUD, too loud. They were so busy it took 20 mins before a waitress came over to our table. Dining experience was too long, maybe they are under staffed? Or just too busy on a Friday night. Waitress was nice. The table was wobbly but the busboy took care of that right away. He noticed it and corrected it before I made mention to him about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoy the food, prepare to shout
    Rettore
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rapini, a wonderfully spicy pasta dish, made our visit worthwhile. This neighborhood place is very noisy. The seating and service can be a bit flustered on a busy Saturday evening. Come, though, for the food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A suitable casual dining experience
    NSearchBestCalamari
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Grilled calamari had great flavor, but found it a bit chewy. The main courses were good, but not exceptional character that would set them apart and call us back as a need-be.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    GMG14
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This is close to home for me and I go here specifically for the fried zucchini appetizer (the dipping sauce is delish!) and the chicken Milanese with arugula salad. I've had this dish many places and no one makes it quite like Bionda does. I also really like the marinara sauce they put on the tables for bread dipping, which is a nice change from the standard olive oil and parmesean. I would also recommend their vodka sauce and the stuffed shells are fantastic if you're looking for a pasta dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday Evening Special
    CindyF
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner with an out-of-town guest. The Bacon-Crusted Pork Chop special was phenomenal. Really enjoyed the dish. I normally take half my food home to enjoy later; however, this was so good, I couldn't stop eating.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our friend, Mark King, highly recommended Cafe Bionda. We have eaten there a few times and had a great meal and great service. On this past Saturday we had a group of 6 and had a great dinner. We specifically requested Guy as our server and he did a fantastic job. We appreciate the recommendations that he made. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Visiting
    PBionda
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Planning our trip to Chicago we discovered this restaurant with the same name as our last name, obviously we had to check it out. We were very impressed by the entire experience, right from the friendly staff greeting us at the front door right up until the time we left. The waiter was able to recommend a great wine based on our likes. We were even able to order an entree that wasn't normally on the menu, which my wife says was the best Zuppa de Mare she's ever ate. A wonderful experience overall.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kdaddycrawfish
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Appetizer and salad were great, my wife and I disappointed with the pasta entrees. I think they left out garlic and salt. We never season our food but had to in this case.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overcharged
    Not2happy
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My bill was extremely high, could understand why since we did not drink. Took a closer look and realized we were overcharged on 3 items and charged for 2 items we didn't order
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Business Lunch Venue
    McCormickLunchGetaway
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Lunch venue for 1.5 hour business meeting. Greeted at the door immediately, table was ready. Our server introduced herself, reviewed the daily specials. When asked, she gave personal preferences on a few of the lunch items. Her recommendations were spot on. She regularly filled our beverages without being intrusive and was very positive, high energy without being over the top. Salmon salad and tilapia were great. Good spot for a biz lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, poor service
    foodeater
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I have been here several times and the food is really good but the service the last time we went was AWFUL. I've never seen a less attentive waiter. We saw him once after waiting 15 minutes after we sat down to order food and then when he gave us the bill. Very disappointed in the service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Horrible service, average food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We used to love this place and were very excited to go back after a few years away. Unfortunately, after being seated, it took more than 25 minutes for anyone to come by to take our drink order (after we had to go get them). The food is expensive for the area, and, given the ambiance (noisy) and service (poor), I will be taking my money elsewhere in the future.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GaryVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This restaurant is good for both lunch (business) and dinner. It has consistently good food and service. Wait staff is very friendly. I really enjoy dining at the bar and that is encouraged.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Known quantity
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    A known quantity near out home. We have had the same server for the last 6 years and she is always pleasant. The food has changed very little over that period and we like the consistent preparation. I had the salmon with lemon sauce and capers. Will add it to my rotation. Always looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian in South Loop
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Amazing Italian food. We started with the stuffed banana peppers which was so unique and delicious, then we split bacon wrapped scallops and pasta with vodka sauce. Everything was so good! I can hardly wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We just keep coming back.
    PromoBird
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    How many restaurants are there in Chicago? I know! Yet with nearly every trip to the city, we need to return to this gem. Great food. Great people. the fresh bread served with a marinara starts the evening off right. We've yet to find a restaurant that can match their Chicken Marsala. We've tried.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Labtech
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This is my 3rd time at Biondas. I am sure to return. As always, the food and service were excellent. I highly recommend the polenta, Bionda salad, meatballs and everything on the menu. Our meal and service have always been the best.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 5stargirlVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Another great meal at a neighborhood favorite! Excellent service and terrific food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to meet, noisy
    DRdiningoutVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We were three couples, cousins who had not been together for a while. We were mainly interested in each other and a pleasant but not super costly meal. The noise level made it hard to compete to be heard. That said, the staff were eager to please, the portions generous, and the food quite tasty. I thought my rigatone Genovesa and my cousin's Chicken limone were very good but not excellent. My wife's eggplant Parmesan was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was terrible. Loud customer
    WeCanEat
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Waiter barely even slowed down when visiting our table. One entree we ordered was cold. Loud customer holding court who was allowed to yell, clap his hands and swear. We won't be returning.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 519 reviews are from the Café Bionda reviews archive.
  • Delicious Food
    Winggirl
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    We ordered a delicious eggplant appetizer and it didn't disappoint. My meal was good portioned and tasty. My date had eggplant parm which was a bit thin and loaded with too much mozzarella cheese. Ambience was nice, too dim, but a bit mixed up with huge tv's showing sports. They should pick a theme --sports or romantic--or separate the two parts of the resturant. I didn't care for the fact that the busser kept coming back to our table for any finished dishes he could pick up. The place was pretty empty so he didn't need a table bad. It was disruptive for a date.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good business lunch place.
    Hippykid64
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    I don't often complete OpenTable reviews, because they make comments mandatory; I would be more open to reviewing, if the comments were voluntary and I could skip, when everything that I have already checked, speaks adequately for the place I frequented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went to Bionda on Mother's Day. Our table was available at our reservation time with no waiting. We had a party of 5 and everyone loved the food especially my Mom who just loved the veal dish she ordered. The appetizers we ordered were all excellent. Love the fried calamari and those meatballs are the best! Everyone really enjoyed the dessert platter of tiramisu and cannoli that was brought out at the end as well. Will definitely be returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Solid Neighborgood Italian
    NotATourist2010VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Café Bionda is a good neighborhood Italian spot. The owner and staff are very friendly and the food is good. I like some things more than others which is why I rate the food as good. The food is consistent so I know what I am getting when I order; which is a good thing. Love the Orecchiette with sausage and the peppers and sausage, particularly the banana peppers stuffed with sausage are very good. Mu husband likes the brick chicken. The mussels are good as is the grouper when it is served. The scallop dishes are very good. The wine list is good and also the cocktails. Some pasta dishes drown is sauce or oil. I would and have recommended to others and go there frequently. Try it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice Italian spot
    sshapirVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    I like this restaurant better than other Italian options in the South Loop. Their tomato sauce is excellent and the basics are quite good. The house salad was perfectly dressed and delicious. I am not fond of the bar feel, but the wait staff is properly attentive and the dining room is sufficiently separate.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Biondaful!
    ChipaverVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Excellent all the way around. The north bar room was as nice spot.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    As always, Café Bionda never disappoints! Our server Lisa was awesome (as usual). This was my friend's first time here and she loved it!!!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Out of Town Guest
    ShortoneVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    We came here for dinner on a Wednesday night with an out of town guest and it was amazing. The service was excellent and the food was simply delicious. We had a great dinner and experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Love Bionda - have been going there for years. Am starting to notice that the portions are shrinking and the prices are going up. Hopefully, this won't continue. It's a great neighborhood spot, and would hate for it to deter locals who frequent from dining there.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Neighborhood Place
    5stargirlVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Another great meal at what has become our South Loop favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My fav place
    Kellly
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Food is great! My only problem was the overhead music. They used to play Sinatra and other Italian themed music which added to the experience. They were playing pop hits and even the Frozen theme song which was very odd.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try the grilled calamari
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    I'm not a huge fan of calamari, but this was the most outstanding ever. Two thumbs up.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant Surprise
    WiseashVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Our main goal was to find something reasonably close to our hotel that was not too demanding of either our budget or our palate. What we got at Cafe Bionda was a very pleasant meal of italian comfort food. Portions were generous and well prepared. The service was attentive, friendly and responsive to requests. The ambience, while not particularly memorable, was comfortable and inviting. Definitely a place we'd return to given the opportunity.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific restaurant. Outstanding
    5stargirlVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Terrific restaurant. Outstanding food and service. We will be going back there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything about our dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Everything about our dinner was delectable. Love this place! Never let down!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • every year, i take my son
    cris
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    every year, i take my son and his wife out for their birthdays and we have been going to cafe bionda for this special event for the past 5-6 years. last saturday, we went again to celebrate, but this time brought another little person, 10-month old daughter of my son and his wife, and we celebrated not only the birthdays, but her first bionda birthday bash. our server could not have been better! we had a wonderful time with wonderful food and wonderful people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic