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Carlucci Restaurant Downers Grove
Carlucci Restaurant Downers Grove

Carlucci Restaurant Downers Grove Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.carluccirestaurant.com
  • Phone: (630) 512-0990
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:30pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday: 3:30pm - 10:30pm, Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm; Sunday 4:30pm - 9:30pm (Closed on Sundays for the month of January). Bar is open till midnight.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Jonathan Harootunian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering menu is available. Large variety of items are available "to go" and we provide catering menu and service.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private rooms are available for groups from 10 to 150 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Sharon Borkowicz (888) 604-3699
  • Entertainment: Live entertainment on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in the bar. In the summer, the entertainer performs in the patio area.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Butterfield and I355
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Free self park and free valet parking.
A word from Carlucci Restaurant Downers Grove
• Carlucci Restaurant Downers Grove is a Regional Italian Restaurant with a contemporary décor featuring Tuscan inspired food from a rotisserie, wood -burning oven and grill. The wine list is dominated by Italian and California selections with most being Chiantis, Cabernets, Merlots, and Pinot Noirs. The great bar promotions include $3 and $5 appetizers Monday through Friday from 4-7pm, and $5 Martinis on Wednesdays. Some of their Dinning Room promotions include “Penny Wine” on Fridays, and BYOV (no corkage fee) on Thursdays. Their beautiful private dining rooms can accommodate anywhere from 15 to 120 people. The outdoor patio is definitely the place to be seen in the summer. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "We had a wonderful dinner on Sunday evening. The doors were open as we sat in the restaurant so we could enjoy the garden view. The food was delicious and the service was great."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Delighted to have discovered this well situated spot, with a lovely patio garden area. Has great ambiance, very attentive service folks, well prepared food and overall worthy of the establishment. Amidst the hustle and bustle of the tall office buildings or nearby highways, the secluded area, makes one feel like you are in rural Italy."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I ordered scallops; I like them well-done, so asked for them to be prepared that way. They were kind of stretchy, but tasty. The sauces they came with were marvelous. My bf enjoyed his entree of 3 pastas. The bread was good too."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Went to hear band on patio. Moved indoors due to rain. We had a 7:30 reservation. Dinner was not served until at least 1 1/2 hours after ordering. Manager offered complimentary desserts. Since I was there for my birthday, that was already coming so he agreed to pay for our bottle of wine. The food was warm when finally served"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This is a very nice restaurant with excellent food and wine. The downside for this night of July 12, 2014 is that there were no air conditioning. My goal was to get out of there as soon as possible. We were sitting too close to the bar and although the music was good, it was so loud that we had a hard time hearing each other. Still, I will give it another try making sure that the air conditioning is on and that we're not too close to the bar."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "It is always lovely to sit outside on a summer night at Carulucci's."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Table side pasta presentation was cool. Awesome spinach salad"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We went to Carlucci's on a Sunday for dinner. There wasn't a lot of people there so it was pretty quiet. We had the arancini and calamari for an appetizer. I wasn't a huge fan of the calamari but it wasn't horrible. The arancini was delicious. I had the lobster stuffed ravioli, my mom had the pasta special, and my father had the salmon. All of the main dishes were good. The manager have us 2 free desserts because our entrées took a long time but we really didn't notice. Their cheesecake was delicious (I'm a little biased though because I love cheesecake). We also had the panna cotta and the bread pudding. Both were good but not my favorite. This was an all around good experience and I would go back again."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Service was extremely slow it took nearly 40 minutes to get our first drink order (3 cocktails) and the food was mediocre the baby octopus were under cooked and tasteless (inedible). This is the second time we've gone to Carlucci's in two years as the last time we dined there we had vowed not to return. This time we all concurred that this was the final visit."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We came to enjoy the entertainment that evening, Tony Ocean, and we were not disappointed. We enjoyed the dining outdoors and our food was excellent. We never felt rushed, allowing us to be able to enjoy the beautiful evening. The only negative was the ladies restroom was in dire need of attention, I informed the host as I returned to my table, but I did not use the restroom again before I left. Can't wait to return for another meal on your beautiful patio!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "A nice restaurant which I will likely visit again but not one of my favorites. My and my wife's dish were pastas. I was not aware that my dish was largely a pasta. Though not expensive, the price was high for what you got. The restaurant has a very nice décor."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "A good, solid Italian restaurant choice. Have a salad and the eggplant parmesan appetizer - it's enough for an entree. Among the best eggplant parmesan I've ever had. Pass on the arugula salad - the dressing overwhelmed the arugula."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Friday's is penny wine night at Carluccis. You must order an entree but with that you can order up to 3 glasses of house wine for just 1 cent each! The food was wonderful. The patio was beautiful. However, we had to hunt down our waitress several times during the meal. She may have been busy but we felt completely ignored. It was very frustrating. It'll be a while before I return for a meal."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Very good food. Waiter was by himself so took almost 20 minutes to refill drinks and ask if we need anything else with our food."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Love this place. never disappointed. The food is great,service is great and just a nice place to go. They also have beautiful accommodations if you are interested in having a party…patio is just beautiful."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "first time at this restaurant. everything was great. the food, the service and the view of the patio. unfortunately, the rain kept us from enjoying dinner outside. would definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food and the band was very good. There were several parties going on but the waiters and staff still found time to give us their full attention. That doesn't often happen in other restaurants."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Showed up for dinner on Friday. We were seated at the patio area. Another customer seated at the next table began smoking. The manager saw the woman smoking and blatantly ignored what was happening. Several customers around the woman began complaining to the servers. A second manager asked the customer to stop smoking and she complied but felt wronged. The customer then joined a friend and began smoking again. The first manager again came back and instead of asking them to stop smoking, he brought them an ashtray and moved them 5 feet away. The management shows complete disregard for the customer. Clearly this individual was "someone important" but I don't care when someone feels they are about the rules. Not going back!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "First of all the veal was amazing. One of the best I've ever tried. Staff is friendly and professional. Restaurant itself is very classy.Truly a great place to enjoy wonderful local food, beautifully prepared and presented. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I've eaten there many times and always enjoyed it very much. Food had always been good. This time it was outstanding!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "All in all it was an okay event.Red sauce was good.Pasts in a "cheese bowl" was fair.Service was hectic."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Service was very slow, I'm not sure what our waitress was doing but she would disappear for very long periods of time. They were out of many items on the menu. While I know it was mothers day, you would think that they would have been better prepared to make sure that they didn't run out of menu items, our reservations were at 4PM, which seems early to be out of menu items. We love this place and will be back the food, as always was wonderful. We were just a little disappointed with the service and menu issues. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "the restaurant was a great Mother's day celebration . The magician was a great surprise for everyone "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great food excellent service our server was busy with large party. Management stepped in took our order, even had an item prepared for my wife that was not on the limited mothers day menu. Server finished up the rest with great service we will be back"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We came to eat and hear some live music. We sat in the bar area with a big group. Our waitress was great and the band Vital Signs was awesome!! Great classic rock to current music. Definitely will return."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I've been to Carlucci many many times; this was the most disappointing dinner I've ever had there.I brought three friends who were there for the first time and were very unhappy with the service! Also, two meals were returned because they were cold; server was rude from the first time he came to our table! We had issues about how many wines each of us had at the table-penny wine nite! One friend was appalled that the server AND manager called her a liar that she had three wines, that all had three. One doesn't drink! The waiter poured another friend half a glass to her half full glass counting that as her third wine! A lot of money was spent; I always tip as if I were paying for three wines, not penny wines. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "It was okay,but better previously. New menu-more limited than the last."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Place wasn't busy but it seemed difficult to find our waiter at times. Food was really good. Calamari for app was perfectly breaded... not too much not too little. Salad for dinner was good. Nothing spectacular but it was just a salad. I've had bigger dinner here b4 and it was really good."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "I you are expecting get the same authentic experience of the Original Rosemont location you will not be satisfied. Nice restaurant but the menu was limited and the food quality was no where near the original. How do you not have linguine and clams? "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "On Easter Sunday it was our first time at Carlucci and the last one. Food was horrible, not freshly prepared, without any taste. I was expected much more from that kind of restaurant. Carpet was so dirty and nobody seemed to care about it. I have to say that our waiter was very nice and he tried to do his best. I can't recommend your restaurant to my friends or family. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Visited Carlucci's for a family Easter dinner. (I believe that they had a special brunch earlier in the day.) Mom, age 85 to new great great grandson, age 7 months, and everyone in between seemed to have a lovely time. Good food, friendly and professional service and a pretty atmosphere inside with the option of dining out doors on a pretty patio. A bit pricey, but lots of options and a really nice atmosphere for special occasions. Would like to try lunch there, too."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "It took 15 minutes just to get water on the table and service went down hill from there. We had a large party and none of the food was good. We had been here many times before and it was great. I guess if a restaurant does not do a regular brunch then don't go there for a holiday brunch."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I made a reservation for Easter brunch in advance and confirmed the reservation. The ambience in the regular dining room was very nice, but we were put in a back room that looks like its only used for special occassions. It was filled with kids and VERY loud. I was with a group of elderly women and they could not hear themselves talk at all. It was my first time at the restaurant and I will never go back."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The service at Easter Brunch was great. The food was good and the portion sizes were not too big. They may have been a little on the small size. Other than a screaming child in our area, it was a good experience. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We met friends at Carlucci Restaurant on a Friday evening. Restaurant is warm and welcoming with a nice outdoor terrace which we will try out this summer. The food was delicious and we tried the Caesar Salad which was a grilled Romaine heart wrapped in prosuitto surrounded by parmesan cheese, grape tomatoes, and croutons. We had ravioli and linguine for dinner and both were superb. The best surprise was that a glass of house wine was 1 cent with any entree on Friday nights so we lucked out. We will definitely be going back to this restaurant and inviting our friends and family to join us! "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Clumsy service. No ambiance. Overpriced food and wine. Excessive noise from band with Elvis wanna be singer. Avoid!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Carlucci's is always consistent with food and service. One side of the room is quite a bit darker than the other, due to lack of windows on the darker side. The bar had live music this past time we were there. It was somewhat distracting as it can be loud when one wants a quiet dinner. Ask for the side with the windows (quieter and nicer atmosphere). "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "The restaurant was not busy, yet our service was slow. The menu seems to have been pared down since the last time we were here. There weren't many seafood dishes on the menu; no whitefish, just a seafood mix and salmon."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Overall experience was good. One person in our party of four was disappointed in her entree, saying it did not match the menu description. Note to owners: clean the front door and windows! Bad first impression. If I had brought special guests, I would have felt embarrassed by the looks of the entry. Please know that this counts!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great food. Love the penny wine friday. The service is always wonderful"
    Dined on 4/4/2014