Carlucci Restaurant Downers Grove
Carlucci Restaurant Downers Grove

Carlucci Restaurant Downers Grove

  • 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: Seafood, Italian
  • 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 8886043699
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Carlucci Restaurant Downers Grove reviews from OpenTable diners
125 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (53)good for groups (46)special occasion (37)fit for foodies (33)great for lunch (30)romantic (29)vibrant bar scene (26)notable wine list (22)neighborhood gem (21)kid-friendly (12)late-night find (8)hot spot (8)great for brunch (6)scenic view (6)Show More
  • diningVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    although overall pleased with my visit...good food, service, was very disappointed to find that my visit was not regisered with Open Table. arrived about 15 minutes early, however gentleman who checked me in (appeared to be maybe manager ) at first did not know how to mark me in for open table, but then said it was ok. I asked several times to be sure I was checked in and all said it was ok...only to find email stating I did not show up.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow Service
    ExperiencedDinerVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I have almost 20 years of past experience working in restaurants, and I think this may only be the second or third time I've written an online review, as typically I would voice my opinions to management -never because I want something free, but because letting someone know who can correct the problem is the only way it does get corrected. That way, other diners won't need to go through the same issues. Unfortunately, if a manager was on duty, they never identified themselves as such. The restaurant was not busy, & the only problem we experienced, though important, was availability of our server. He was very pleasant when there, but it seems anytime something was brought - food, drink or menu - we waited 10-15 minutes for anyone to return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasant experience
    skalwani
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Good Italian food, excellent service. A very convenient location (cross roads of I 355 and Butterfield Road).
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Has Carlucci's changed??
    CZWorkout
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We used to go to Carlucci's quite a bit, but that changed when we moved further north. We made a point to dine there on a Saturday night and while the service was very good, the food was.....eh...so-so. Nothing to rave about. The salmon was slightly overcooked and lacked depth, as did the veal. Just no real flavor to make us want to return. Overall, disappointing for Carlucci's - with all of the restaurant choices out there, we will definitely try some place new, rather than return here. It's not that it was BAD, it was just mediocre at best.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food-loud bar
    MrsPVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We enjoyed our meals at Carlucci's. Good food, not great, but good. The parmesean spaghetti is exceptional though! Met another couple for dinner that we hadn't seen in awhile, and the waiter was very patient with us. But...the music in the bar was so loud that it spilled out into the restaurant. We couldn't hear one another talk! There isn't a door to close so there is no solution to this. Service was very good though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Dinner - As Always!!!
    Jennifer
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I have been to Carlucci's many times and every meal is just fantastic! Our server was great and the dinner on Saturday was just wonderful. Everything was perfect and I just love seeing customers for the first time witness the "parmesan bowl" being served. Truly a unique presentation and the end result makes me want to go back for dinner tonight to order it. Cheers to you Carlucci.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night Out
    Johnny
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was where we had our first date some 6 years ago. We are married now and have been back a couple of times but it had been a while. We fell in love with Carlucci's all over again. The service was great, the food was great and the atmosphere was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Worth It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    With the abundance of Italian restaurants in the area, it is sad when one goes downhill. The food was good, but nothing impressive. The service was awful. My water glass sat empty for a good 20 minutes. The waiter was not findable other than when taking our order and once when each course was brought.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luv2dine
    luv2dine
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We've been to Carlucci's several times and have never been disappointed. The food and service are great! Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food...Annoying Waitress
    CorkysView1to10
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I've been to Carlucci's many times. Food & service & friendly staff from car attendant to water & bread servicer always top notch. This waitress was OBVIOUSLY insistent on turning over her table & BUGGED us over & over to order. We told her each time that we wanted to enjoy our cocktails for a while first as we don't see each other often. She was there for our food order every six to eight minutes. It was ANNOYING to say the least and NOT what I've ever experienced at Carlucci's. She does not represent the restaurant accurately!! I tipped 18% anyway in deference to the others involved who share that gratuity. I won't let her keep me away!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WinoVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I have been to this Carlucci's location numerous time and have never had any problem. It was a beautiful night so my friends and I wanted to sit outside. Wrong decision...I don't know if there was a shortage in wait staff outside or what was going on. It took a long time for the waiter to first come, then it look awhile for him to take our drink order. When our food came, two out of the three meals were luke warm. We complained to the waiter and he didn't seem to understand what the problem was. It seemed like there was a language barrier. Then the two meals came back, was one still luke warm. It seemed like the d team was the wait staff out on the patio. Two of my friends have never been there before, and will probably never go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Horrible Expirience
    alwayseatingoutVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My friend and I attended for lunch, the service was extremely slow for a lunch. My iced tea tasted horrible so the waiter said he wouldn't charge me, but it still ended up on my bill. Our food came completely wrong but since the service was so slow we had no choice but to eat it. We will extremely disappointed in our lunch.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Disappointing
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We enjoyed our first visit so much that we came back. Not the same at all. Waitress was nice but had way too many tables and really couldn't give very good service. Food mediocre - and I ordered the same thing I LOVED before. It either slipped or was a fluke but there are way too many other places to go to risk a bad experience again.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • rg77VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Ate at the bar. Service was sub par. Had to ask for most everything. Hostess did not check me in for my Opentable reservation. Asked her twice to do so.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • just ok
    ejp55
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My wife and I dined at Carlucci last Friday to celebrate our anniversary. It also happened to be 1 cent wine night. While they look to have a nice outdoor dining area, the weather did not permit it. The room was very noisy and the service was spotty. Our waitress was very nice but we needed to ask for everything from bread, to additional wine, etc. The food was ok, though my wife enjoyed her meal more than I did. I am not sure I would return anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Escolar Fish Special
    jonlyncpaVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great fantastic taste but Bad after effects. What you read on the Internet is true! I still love Carlucci's and go there often and highly recommend the restaurant just watch out for the Escolar special.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!!
    BenihanaVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Excellent service, portions were on the larger side, bread was very fresh, all food was prepared to everyone's liking. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for authentic Itailan cuisine and great service. The Russian Standard Moscow Mules were amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced for lunch & slow service
    ajs0VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Very disappointed on this visit. I took a friend to celebrate her birthday. Lunch took over 1.5 hrs which isn't good during the workday. My side salad was $6! I won't return unless it's Monday for $5 pasta.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What happened?
    hrubVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This used to be a family favorite. Lovely ambience, great service , and solid food. The chef has changed some time ago and since then the food has become progressively worse. We have returned based on the great service and ambience, but the food was so poor this last visit that it will probably be our last visit. We have always loved this place, but a restaurant must at serve acceptable food. It cannot survive just on service and ambience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Option: Carlucci's
    Harvee
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Carlucci's has a beautiful setting, great food and wonderful service. We dined on the patio. What a treat!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Outdoor Dining Location
    Beata
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We love to eat outside in the summer and ......this is a great spot. Nice outdoor patio, great deal on 1 cent wine, excellent service. Food is well prepared and nice choices offered. We will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice!
    Food
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Good food and great ambience. It was a wait to be served but the food and the service was good overall. I will definitely return. The food was quite tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Disappointed
    RayCVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I have eaten here many times and by far this was the worst experience I have had here. Our waiter (Arturo) disappeared for long periods, didnt get my simple drink order correct and basically ignored us most of the night. It almost seemed we were an after thought. My chicken piccatta was dry.The minestrone soup was bland and tasted as if it came from a can. We asked for cheese three times before a bus boy finally brought some for the soup which by then it was cold. The only thing good was the band playing outside. Probably wont eat here again but will go back to listen to the band and have drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Luncheon
    RaquelVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were celebrating a bride to be ladies luncheon after she ordered her bridal gown. Everything from the skilled server to the interesting menu, excellent food preparation to the great wine selection and (Friday special penny wines) that some of my guest chose, was flawless. I wanted an upscale experience and that is exactly what Carlucci provided! We are now looking at their private room for the rehearsal dinner event September 2015.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a dining & dancing pleasure
    SamG2VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Great service, food, and music. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Meal
    GreggVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We ate on the patio .. great ambiance! Brandon, the manager this evening, took great care of us as did our waiter. Drinks were perfect and the food was incredible. We even got a free concert.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Business Dinner
    loude1117VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great atmosphere for entertaining customers with dinner,very convenient loacation and food and service very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • janwenVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    There's not a better restaurant in the western suburbs for outdoor dining than Carlucci's. The food and service are always wonderful and the live bands on Saturday nights are great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Atmosphere, So-so Food
    JJfundiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The patio dining was a fun experience...beautiful outdoor area with great atmosphere. We enjoyed the live band who had everybody up and dancing! Unfortunately, the pasta dishes were very bland-tasting.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Online menu
    wineaux
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The menu(s) on their website is somewhat confusing... it's different than the menu presented to us in the restaurant and the entrees are typically anywhere from $5-9 higher in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • marye
    marye
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    First time here and really loved it! The magician there on Sunday night was fabulous! If the food was awful, it would be worth the trip just to see Dan. But the food was excellent, and the menu had some new things on there that I had never seen elsewhere. It also had a very nice outdoor dining area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 94 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 849 reviews are from the Carlucci Restaurant Downers Grove reviews archive.
  • Terri
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well ensconced nook of Little Italy
    skalwani
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • scallops etc.
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too hot for comfort
    Globaltravelers
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely evening outside
    Mom5fiveVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    It is always lovely to sit outside on a summer night at Carulucci's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    BoilermakerVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Table side pasta presentation was cool. Awesome spinach salad
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Dinner
    GlenEllynDiners
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Dining
    EmankcinVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet