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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
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Carlucci's has a beautiful setting, great food and wonderful service. We dined on the patio. What a treat!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Great service, food, and music. Highly recommend!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Great atmosphere for entertaining customers with dinner,very convenient loacation and food and service very good."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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."
    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