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Café Bionda
Café Bionda

Café Bionda Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafebionda.com
  • Phone: (312) 326-9800
  • 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 (312) 326-9800
  • 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 & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Another great meal at a neighborhood favorite! Excellent service and terrific food."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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. "
    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."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Excellent all the way around. The north bar room was as nice spot. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "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!!! "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Another great meal at what has become our South Loop favorite restaurant."
    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."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I'm not a huge fan of calamari, but this was the most outstanding ever. Two thumbs up."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Terrific restaurant. Outstanding food and service. We will be going back there."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Everything about our dinner was delectable. Love this place! Never let down!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Whenever I'm in town I always make a reservation (or two) here. The staff is friendly, the food is amazing and it never disappoints. The eggplant parm is my favorite, but never had a bad dish here."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Guy is a talented courtious passionate server and made our first dinning experience great"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The food was fabulous! I ordered the nana's gravy. YUM! One of my friends had pasta with vodka sauce and added crumbed sausage - also very yum. Another friend ordered the lemon chicken. That was kind of odd. It was more like chicken vesuvio. She wasn't that thrilled. I would go back again for sure!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We thought we give this restaurant a try and in the end, will probably not return. The food was good, but not great. Our server was accommodating and pleasant, but not very knowledgeable. When I asked about an item, she would say, "Ooh, yes, you must try it, and then push for us to order the grilled calamari." The bread with the red sauce was nice and the cannoli decent. I had the veal braciole and was told it was just like the saltimbocca. I always thought that saltimbocca was made with a white wine sauce, but not so here. My husband ordered linguine with clams. The whole bowl was filled with Manila clams; the sauce was more like soup."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Great food, great wine. This time they were so crowded that we felt a little rushed, like they fed us and we had to leave."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I've been going to Cafe Bionda for nearly 8 years and I have to say it is consistently a great experience. Service was fantastic, the server got us in and out quickly ( we were going to the ballet so were on a schedule), and the food was delectable. There is something about the Tomato & Mozzarella salad, and they have truly gotten the Rigatoni Ala Vodka down to a perfected science. Always a nice touch when the owner stops by to check in with us."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Immediately, the waiter brought out fresh bread & a bowl of red gravy to nimble on while we looked at the menu. For our appetizers, we enjoyed the baked clams and fried zucchini. My husband used the bread to sop up the sauce from the clams it was so good. For dinner he had the veal parmesan and I had the bacon wrapped scallops in a citrus sauce with a balsamic glaze topped with arugala. It was amazing! The balsamic glaze was so good that I asked it I could have it as a topping for dessert over a small scoop of ice cream. It should be on the menu. Service was great!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "As always, Bionda pulls off a great night, especially dealing with the post Valentine's day crowd."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My wife and I both felt that the even though the food was good, service was fair and our table spot was noisy. Prices were too high for the quality of food, service, and ambience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Service was excellent and food was wonderful. Great that they hold true to their reservations"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food is outstanding. You can never go wrong with whatever you get. Service is great."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "i liked the relaxed atmosphere , and the food is very good,be ready to take home a "doggy bag' as the portions are very generous. i find this to be moderately priced ."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I can't say enough about our excellent experience at Cafe Bionda. Great food, great service, awesome atmosphere. Your only regret will be that you didn't experience this place sooner!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "My wife and I eat there for special occasions or if we haven't been out for a while. We know the owner, who has personally has waited on us in the past, this night she didn't which was okay. But, the tomato sauce they put on your table with bread was very peppery to the point of being to hot. I unfortunately ordered the spaghetti with meat balls and meat sauce and it was to spicy to really enjoy. We asked the waitress if they had a new chef and she said no but that maybe who ever made up the sauce that day over did it with the pepper. I find that really hard to believe that a chef wouldn't anyone but himself make that sauce up as it's a signature for that restaurant. We'll go back because more often than not it's a great experience."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We have dined a Cafe Bionda several times. The food is consistently good as is the service. The wine and wine are not good; we had to send back 3 glasses."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Food portions are generous to a fault; traditional Italian dishes, well prepared. Service is knowledgeable and warm. A special go to in summer to sit outside, but warm & friendly in the winter as well."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Loved our food - rigatoni genovese and the gnocchi, with a ceasar salad. But - had a reservation, and they tried to seat us alone in a empty part of the restaurant. Said no, and got a small table too close to others. Our salad sat (in view) for over 5 minutes, with the server moving it around on the pick up shelf, just not bringing it! And the oddest thing - they didn't give me all of my leftovers. My daughter joked it wouldn't all fit in a to go container (the gnocchi was pretty rich and I had a late lunch). I had way more left than she did and when we looked in the containers to make sure we took the correct one home, I had less than she did in my container. Did the busboy want to eat it or was he just too lazy to scrape it all out?"
    Dined on 1/19/2014