Cafe Zalute
Cafe Zalute

Cafe Zalute

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.zalute.com/
  • Phone: 8476850206
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We will design an individual package tailored to you taste and budget!!! Staff, disposables, warmers and delivery are available
  • Private Party Facilities: We design packages to work within each customers budget. We can be elegant or economic. Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Butch Navarro 6306380110
  • Entertainment: Live entertainment on Saturdays; DJ 10pm-4am, Friday & Saturday

Getting there

  • Cross Street: River Rd.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: very large public lot
A word from Cafe Zalute
Cafe Zalute offers Italian favorites with it's own signature creations, mouthwatering steaks, ribs, chops and fresh seafood. Great music, dancing and a style like no other are what makes Zalute unique . Daily lunch and dinner specials offered. Private parties and catering are available. This multi level facility is located at 9501 W. Devon Ave. 1/2 block west of River Road near the Rosemont Theatre, allstate Arena, Donald Steven Convention Center and O'Hare Airport with easy access to and from all major expressways. The restaurant was created as a dining, entertainment and dance experience all under one roof. The affordable pricing, generous portions and friendly atmosphere give Cafe Zalute a warm neighborhood feel with the ambiance of a hip cosmopolitan club.
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Cafe Zalute reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
69% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (8)neighborhood gem (6)special occasion (6)fit for foodies (6)great for lunch (4)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)romantic (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Not as represented
    Consistent
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We made reservations for Café Zalute because it looked like a cool restaurant, with music and cool ambiance. The website said it was a "retro bar" and said great food, music and fun! Well, there was no music, the food wasn't great and it was absolutely not fun. The food was mediocre at best.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pokey waitress
    char
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Being in Rosemont and close to Allstate Arena I decided to go there for dinner before the Garth Brooks concert. The waitress was extremely slow. She never gave us her name and was one of those that brings out 1 item at a time. We finally gave her our order with a appetizer. My daughters salad took 20 minutes to get to her, I explained we needed to be out by a certain time so when dinner came I asked her bring to go boxes and the check. The bar area was not busy except for 3 people and it was early dinner at 4. We left at 5:15 and just made it in time for the show at 6. The waitress was pre occupied with some one at the bar who I was guessing was a regular. Not a great experience for a first time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • IT WAS OK
    CAM2
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    THOUGHT THE FOOD WAS AVERAGE AS WELL AS THE WINE LIST. THE SERVICE AND GOOD AND THE STAFF VERY POLITE.
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  • Disappointed
    Disappointed
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    There were fruit flies all over, the food was mediocre Italian at best. Now I know why there were a total of 4 customers including me and my daughter, I would definitely not go back
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  • good food and value
    FirsttimeoneVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit here. The menu had many items from which to choose. The food was very good and our server was very attentive and helpful. We went with his recommendations and were not disappointed. We would recommend Cafe Zalute to anyone who likes good Italian food and is in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just fair
    Chgoeater
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    All four of our dinners were just fair. Service was poor for a place only half full. Sign outside and special of the day was all you can eat ribs. At 5pm on Saturday, they had none. Will not return.
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  • Great service
    Prettypicky
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Met friends for dinner - the atmosphere was perfect - not too loud. The food was delicious and our server Anthony was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • concert goer
    curly
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Picked this out from a website as we were going to see Cher and needed a place to eat. what a pleasant surprise. the food was great and the prices didn't break us.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    Mommy
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Great service. Good Food. Great portions. The server was outstanding. Great attention to detail.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 262 reviews are from the Cafe Zalute reviews archive.
  • Cafe Zalute is a great find
    AmySully
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The food was awesome and the service excellent! I wanted to eat all of my husband's eggplant parmesan, and my chicken francaise was the best! Top it off they brought desert for me and my father-in-law for our birthday, which was delicous. will definitely be back. Cheers! Amy
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre Show Dining
    Zalute41814
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We had tickets for IL DIVO at the Rosemont Theatre. We wanted 5:30pm reservations. Open table only allowed 6:00pm. I put in remarks that we wanted 5:30pm. The owner - Butch, called me cell phone and confirmed that 5:30 was fine and we would be welcome. He welcomed us when we came in. Denise, our waitress was sharp, knowledgeable, proud of their products. She helped us select from an expansive menu. We ate Italian, which means that you eat slow and long....Two hours later we left for the theater thouroughly satisfied with our meal experience at Cafe Zalute. Well done all the way around.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband & I decided to
    macmaw
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    My husband & I decided to celebrate our 1yr anniversary here at Cafe Zalute and could not have been more impressed! The food and ambiance was just perfect! The service was also excellent. She was very attentive & courteous. Thank you for a memorable anniversary dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The owner and staff were very hospitable and warm for our dining experience. We will definitely return when we travel south to the Rosemont/Chicago again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our early dinner experience
    Pete
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I had the Italian sausage, peppers and potatoes. It was fantastic. Portions were huge and the whole meal was very tasty. My finance had the shrimp and rossoto. Both meals were spiced amazingly. it was great to find a place for dinner that was not afraid to properly spice food,. In a time where most restaurants tone down there dishes, Café Zalute stands above 99% of them. The wait staff was very friendly and professional. by the time we left (about 5:45pm) the [place had picked up and there were about 10 other tables filled. I would definitely recommend Café Zalute to anyone looking for great Italian food at decent prices and great service. Linda our waitress was so nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We enjoyed Cafe Zalute. The bread pudding for dessert was excellent. We needed to get in and out quickly to attend a show and were able to enjoy our meal and get out on time.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines ritual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Just like the last visit the food was excellent and portions were more then enough. I very rarely take food home and so far both visits resulted in a take home container. I would highly recommend Cafe Zalute very almost ant occasion. Me and my wife will continue our valentine celebration at Cafe Zalute for years to come...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • average experience
    frequentdiner
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Service was as expected. Room was quite chilly. Although we rsvp'd 5 days in advanced, we were seated at a table with no tablecloth, even though other tables were properly set (confused) For a party of 4, the table was so small we had to consolidate our food to make more room.They were out of several stock items. Stuffed mushrooms were good. Salads and calamari were ok. Lobster bisque was average . Eggplant (just ok) walleye (good..not great) veal (shoulder shrug) chicken (tender, but bland, side of rice…just ok). Desserts were good, bread pudding and chocolate ice cream. I really expected more, and although not awful, just so bland and boring on the food that it won't occur to visit again. So many other exciting places to go.
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  • Overall good
    Steve
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great food, very good service, loved the Valentine specials. Appetizers, and entrees were prompt and exactly how we ordered them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Valentine's day
    kc1973
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    3 girlfriends and I had a very nice dinner here on Valentine's Day. We all ordered something different and each of us had leftovers to take home. The walleye special was delicious! My friends enjoyed the eggplant Parmesan, talapia and chicken dishes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WOW...so glad we tried this place!
    paks
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Extensive menu with good prices. Everyone was leaving with a dogie bag, us included...they serve very good sized portions & it was nice to have yummy leftovers the next day! Warm bread & garlic knots! Soup or salad with each entree. We stumbled into a really great find of a place! Nice food presentation, too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    I had a co-worker in from out of town and he happen to be staying at a nearby hotel so this worked out very well. Wine list while not extensive had a very nice selection. The portion were larger that what I expected in comparison to other restaurants I've eaten at; however, that was fine by me. The dinner was very cooked just right so it's a place I would venture to again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice little restaurant
    nicknamesrstupdVIP
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    Had not heard of this place but decided to take a group from work. Everyone enjoyed it very much, the food was great and the price made it a great value.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went there after work and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Went there after work and enjoyed our meal; shrimp scampi was outstanding, Veal limone my husband really enjoyed and the linguine with white clam sauce was big enough for two. I would go back again.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • US FOODS
    Hsu2dinnerVIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    The Blackened Tilapia sandwich is my all-time favorite.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian
    Debdines
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Been here numerous times and this place never disappoints - just gets better. Extensive menu and I can honestly say that no matter what I order, it is always great. Service is attentive while not overbearing. Very friendly environment. Eggplant Parm is one of my all time favorites and Cafe Zalute has the best. Stuffed artichoke appetizer is a real treat as well. Even with the huge menu, this time we tried an item from the special menu which included spinach lasagna. It was perfect. I would recommend Cafe Zalute for anyone who is looking for a wonderful and reasonably priced dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great place for lunch!
    ShariVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    I came on a Friday with a friend. We had stuffed mushrooms & the lobster bisque soup -both very good; for our entree we had the Italian sausage with peppers & potatoes-excellent! For our dessert, we shared the warm bread pudding topped with ice cream - excellent, the best I have ever tasted! Service was very good.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went for an early NYE dinner.
    MoeN
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Went for an early NYE dinner. Staff was very friendly. Had the Chicken Francaise - EXCELLENT!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Overall the food was good. Our server although, was just ok. We ordered a bottle of wine that was listed on their holiday special list. When she returned she has a different bottle. I asked her about it and she said we don't carry that. Strange. The food was excellent Our group would highly recommend the salute sampler. It has fresh clams, delicious calamari, stuffed mushrooms and bruschetta.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Italian Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    The food was excellent and plentiful. The service was also very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent, but will not return
    Renee23
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Food was good, but not impressed by the ambiance, the waitress's lack of knowledge, and the retro bar not being open.
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  • Food was good but service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Food was good but service ruined the experience. Waitress rushed us and there was no one waiting to be seated. Was loud and drafty....the space heater just didnt cut it... Would not recommend.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good italian
    ccscar
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Sat in the bar, didn't really get to see the restaurant. Food was very good. Would go again.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!
    Foodnovice
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We were greeted nicely and seated immediately, our server was very attentive. We got baked clams and artichoke hearts as appetizers. Both were good but perhaps just a little heavy on the breading, just personal preference. For entrees we both got veal. Mine was Marsala and my wife had the special Florentine with spinach, red peppers and cheese. They were prepared perfectly and the portion size was generous. We were served hot bread and rolls which were delicious and we ordered a bottle of Chianti. We had a dessert and the total bill was just about $100. Great deal! We'll definitely be back as it is a great neighborhood find.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food
    squirrelwhisperer
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    We had great food, good service. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Zalute does it right
    RosieVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Never had a bad anything at Cafe Zalute. Food is incredible. Nice portions, everything is prepared fresh. Great wine list and cocktails. You owe it to yourself to have dinner here. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great, service was
    Where2
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Food was great, service was a bit slow in getting our food out in a timely manner. Overall a good place to gather
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Eileen
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Yes, it was sweetest day but that shouldn't be a reason to have such incredibly poor service. We arrived at 6p.m, believing we would be out of there by 7:15 (early dinners never take long - right? wrong). We didn't get out of there until 7:50 - and we had a play to attend at 8. I ordered a second glass of wine at about 6;45 - it never came but was billed to us. I do have to say the only highlight was their lobster bisque soup - it was incredible!
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  • Cafe Zalute on Friday
    Andy
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Good food as always. Moderate amount of people. Had dinner inside - nice enough, but prefer outside.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fun with friends
    ajflan5
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    it was old friends getting together a catching up. The waiter was very couteous and let us just talk and talk and talk . After he got our order he kept refilling glasses ans asking if we needed anything else. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch is best option
    Muffin34VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    The food is good, the service (not inlcuding the one bus boy as he was the only one working his heart out) was not that great, but it's close to the office and lunch works well there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic