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Cicchetti Restaurant
Cicchetti Restaurant
  • Address:
    671 North Saint Clair Street
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Neighborhood:
    Gold Coast / Streeterville
  • Cuisine:
    Italian
    Price: $31 to $50

Cicchetti Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://cicchettirestaurant.com
  • Phone: (312) 642-1800
  • Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 11:00-3:30 Lunch
    Mon-Fri 3:30-5:00 Cicchetti Menu
    Sun-Thur 5:00-9:00 Dinner
    Fri-Sat 5:00-11:00 Dinner
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Michael Sheerin
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Two Private dining rooms available. One for up to 10 people and the second seating up to 20 comfortably.
  • Private Party Contact: Ashley Miller (312) 642-1800

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Erie and St. Clair
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet available on the southest corner of of Erie and St. Clair at the Hyatt entrance. $14
A word from Cicchetti Restaurant
Cicchetti. Italian for "small plates" popular in Bacari Bars or Osterie in Venice, Italy. Usually accompanied by an "Ombra" or "Shadow" which can be a glass of wine, aperitivo or a signature or classical cocktail. Italian and Venetian inspired dining brought to you from the people behind Trattoria No. 10, Sopraffina Marketcaffes and Poag Mahone's. Welcome, we can't wait to see you!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "This restaurant is superb! The service is amazing, they have a great (and reasonably priced wine selection), their food is classic Italian/Venetian with a twist. The oyster selection is small, but the east/west combo was still tasty and accompanied by a good mignonette. The sardines were near PERFECT, lacking only in fish portion size. The prosciutto with strawberry and rhubarb was amazing! I had the short rib ravioli, this had a very fresh and clean taste, but seemed to be a bit plain. My husband had the brick chicken, and the skin could have been a bit more crispy, but the serving size was pretty large, and it was served over a tasty bed of beans. We ended with the caramel tarte which was devine - the most impressive part of the meal!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "The food was wonderful but the desert was outstanding. I will definitely go back."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The food was terrible from the cold meatballs to the brick chicken that didn't look or taste anything like brick chicken should. Service was good , but couldn't make up for the very poor food quality"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Bread is ridiculously good. Desserts delectable. Fun, active environment but not too loud. Can go casual to dressy. Tasty decent sized entrees. Nice place to go with friends for an uncomplicated evening with good food."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Great spot--food and service were very good. Lively, energetic atmosphere"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Brick chicken was superb..salmon also recommended..warm olives were a good choice. Overall, pretty good neighborhood stop."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Every course was great for both of us. Really nice gazpacho, generally creative mixes. Very spacious outdoor seating, although the ambience is hurt by proximity to NMH emergency services."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The waiter was very friendly and for the most part attentive. The backwaters were really on top of things. The food was good but not outstanding - this is coming from someone who has worked in one of the best places in NYC. The pork cracklings were not what I expected, and though OK are much better when done in the traditional fashion, like the air puffed pork rinds at grocery stores not the fat caramelized from the skin. The crostini were good, though the duck liver was a bit overwhelming, not as mild as a torchon. The duck 3 ways, my entree, was fine. The breast plentiful and a perfect medium rare, the sausage flavorful but skimpy, and the confit hard to find, with over done potatoes the same color due to being drenched in balsamic."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "My glass of "spritz" was sticky . The starter with burrata was to small and too simple . I read afterwards that it was a "tapa's style" restaurant ; nobody explained it to us and we ended up with the "trio of aged duck" too salted and dry with anything else on the plate , raviolis fair but not specials . The waitress that used to be also the wine waitress wasn't interested at us and slow on the service . Too , too expensive for what it is ! A poor celebration on our wedding's anniversary . Very disappointed …"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We came to the restaurant for a birthday dinner,and was pleasantly surprised by well...everything.The waitress,the food the time between courses all excellent.Thanks for a great dinner"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The daughter of a friend recommended this restaurant and we could not have had a nicer dining experience. The food was terrific, the starters great and the entrees-duck three ways and a short rib stuffed ravioli-were delicious. The ice creams for dessert were so tasty, and I have to say that they make the best Sarazac EVER. Hard to believe that we have missed this treasure in the past"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "I was super excited to try out Cicchetti, as I often am to try new restaurants. The poor experience began with the hostess, whom when we asked if there was any room for us outside, was super awkward, unknowledgable and acted like we were being rude. The wait staff was also mediocre at best. Our first waiter subbed out and was replaced by someone no more friendly. The food was just not great. Too many strong flavors mixed together too many times. It's like they tried way too hard. The restaurant is huge and beautiful inside and out and if it could better execute it's mission, it might be a neighborhood gem. At this rate, I would guess it will close shortly."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We went for a Saturday morning brunch. The patio was great! The menu is not huge but enough choices for everyone. We really enjoyed the bloody mary's and the surprise fried meatball on top. Sounds weird but was delicious."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This food has been consistently good so this review will focus on the outdoor seating, which is very urban in that it's on a busy street with lots of foot traffic and a Divvy Bike station right there. Great people watching! The tables and chairs are high quality, as are the colorful umbrellas and heaters. The dining area is separated from the rest of the sidewalk by a tasteful metal divider with beautiful flowers. The service was great, as usual. Highly recommend dining outdoors."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We loved the food, highly recommend the Saffron Risotto. While dining outside, we enjoyed comfortable seating, excellent service and recommendations and a little extra birthday love at the end of the night with house-made limoncello. Overall, this was a highly rated evening. The only thing that we did not care for was rude managers with comments that were unnecessary and overheard by guests at our table. She was out of line and very embarrassed once she realized we heard."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Service and ambience is good. Food is good but not great. The pasta with duck confit was smothered in breadcrumbs - masking the taste of the delicate pasta sauce and the duck."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Cicchetti was recommended by a friend as one of his favorites in The Loop. I had an important dinner with a good friend and former colleague from out of town and he wanted to eat at a "really great place." I researched Cicchetti and learned it is Chicago's top new restaurant for 2014. And everything - from the location on North St. Clair, to the phenomenal bar, to the wait staff, ambience, menu selections - is 5-star. We sat at the chef's table and he treated us royally. Cicchettis are small plates. I would encourage you to sample several appetizers and pick two to three entrees to share as we did with a party of three. Pair your dinner with a choice Italian Barolo and finish the evening with one of their wonderful desserts. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "I have now dined at Cicchetti twice on different nights...once on Friday and once on Monday. Both times were at 6:00 p.m. The first time we had a seat by the window and enjoyed the time to chat, eat wonderful food, and drink great wine. The second time was less enjoyable due to the noise. It was very difficult to hear one another. That said, the food continues to be of high quality. We had the same server both times and she was wonderful!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Great place! Lovely outdoor dining. Food is delicious! Asparagus gazpacho is fantastic. Good service, nice ambiance, great food!!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We reserved a time using OpenTable and had to take a time much earlier than we would have preferred. They called to confirm and we asked if we could change to a later time and were told that there were no available times but that they would try to accomodate us when we walked in. We walk in and not only were there open tables in the main dining room, there was an entire side room being unused. Sounds like a management/staffing issue. The food was okay. Service was also just okay. Our table, in adddion to the adjoining table, wobbled and the wood was unfinished so the drinks left water marks...not appealing. I don't no that we'll rush back or recommend to friends."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Staff was very engaging and knowledgeable. Spoke very highly of the food. Outdoor was very nice- especially considering it is right on the street. Loved the bar area"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I went there following the great reviews given online but i was really disappointed by the food ( limited menu, very salty, not delicate at all ). The place was describe as excellent so expectation were relatively high but reality is really bad ... The service was good. the place is quite noisy."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Make this one of your destination Italian casual restaurants! From their killer manhattans on their sidewalk living room, to our start of addictive pork crackling's to Nonna's meatballs in a beautiful fresh tomato sauce with bits of short rib, the food here is a winner. Expertly prepared salmon, whole wheat chittara, and mushroom risotto were heartily devoured before ending with a clever dessert of mini doughnuts and a reverse affogato (we'll let you figure that one out). A well rounded affordable wine list made for a lovely summer evening all the way around. Complimentary limoncello was a nice way for them to say thank you too!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Good food good service great people watching from patio"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Would be great location for outdoor dining. Creative menu and interesting choices and service at every level outstanding. Nice décor. Only downside was the noise level inside the restaurant, which unfortunately is not unusual for many restaurants in the Loop. But would definitely encourage you to try. And if the weather cooperates, enjoy the large outdoor patio."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Exciting menu -- perhaps the best squid I've ever had! Worthy of its excellent reviews..."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We really enjoyed dining alfresco and sharing several small plates. The hangar steak carpaccio was delicious! The risotto with mushrooms was a little bland, but my husband enjoyed the duck trio which was quite a large dish. I loved their homemade blood orange sorbet. They serve complimentary Homemade Limoncello after the meal which is a really nice touch!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Great, creative, tasty small plates. The pork rinds sounded good but didn't work. Oysters and dressings to go with them were great. Dessert was creative but sounded better than it tasted. Very good environment and I want to go back to try more things. A little pricey."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This past week a friend and I had lunch on the patio at Cicchetti. I live in the neighborhood and have been meaning to try it. The food was pretty good, but not as good as I expected (though to be fair, we only had two dishes). We really enjoyed the roasted mushroom pizza, but I found the appetizer meatballs to be extremely salty and not very flavorful, though tender. What really bothered me was the service. We both downed our Diet Cokes within the first few minutes of receiving them (hello - caffeine!), and were never offered refills. The server was pretty awkward, too, so maybe she was new and didn't know what she was doing. Either way I already have plans to go there for dinner in a couple of weeks, so hopefully this was just a fluke."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Not classical Italian food from any particular region. Some really interesting small dishes as well as rethinking of the standards. However, the place was a bit noisy in that a standard table of six had difficulty hearing each other. Errors in the kitchen resulted in one guest not getting his food with the others but there was a complimentary dessert as compensation. Planning a definite return."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "My wife and I finally got out to enjoy Chicago after recently moving from Seattle. We had a great time."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We were expecting a little more formal of a restaurant but the atmosphere and delightful decor wowed us. Rustic and contemporary sums it up for the inside. The food was wonderful! Charred baby carrots with a lemon purée and marscapone was a wonderful starter. I had the duck trio and wanted more of it even though the portion was spot on. The flavors are exciting and delicious."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I love small plates and I think that it is great to try and share lots of things; however, we walked away (after a bottle of wine and one round of drinks on top of 5 courses) with a bill of $650 with tip. The food was good, not life altering, and while the service was incredible, it just didn't push me over the top with ever wanting to go back...even if someone else picks up the tab."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The asparagus chilled soup was outstandingly good. And the pizza was a good choice to go with it. It is a bit pricey for an ordinary lunch, but great for foodies."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I was really looking forward to Cicchetti after a friend recommended it and it started popping up on "best new restaurant" lists. I took an out-of-town business colleague there and was embarrassed. At lunchtime, portions can be small (they were) but prices should be lower accordingly (they weren't). I had the much-touted home-cured sardines and you could barely find them on the plate. Risotto was pale and pasty. Pizzas were just OK. There is promise here, the chef has talent, but the value for the quality and quantity received just isn't there. Decor looks like a waiting room at Northwestern Hospital (they are a tenant in the building)."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The food was very good and creative. Highly recommened the meatballs and carpaccio and squid. All great and perfect for sharing!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Much anticipated dining at this Chicago magazine best new restaurant list pick. The setting was lovely, service was very good, but the food itself? Uneven at best. Oversalted (especially the pizza's and chicken) strange combinations -- and what's all the fuss about the pork rinds and reverse affogatto? (Gelato was wonderful but the doughnuts were tough -- and bland.) We're sophisticated diners and wanted to like this place. Maybe it was an off night? But we wouldn't return."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Actually the small plates we tried were pretty big. Bustling restaurant with an open kitchen, recycled barn beams and rustic chic feel. Very professional staff for a restaurant only six months old or any restaurant for that matter. The baby squid in squid ink sauce over polenta and the short rib ravioli were divine. The trio of sorbetti for dessert were a intense!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "while i love italian food, i truly love polenta. even though it is a "simple" food it can be made quite special and I felt the version here with the baby squid and black ink was really creative and tasted of so many great flavors together including the shaved scallion and cilantro on top. each of our dishes was creative and with a lovely presentation. Our server Mike knew every detail of the dishes, was friendly, personable and attentive, and helped us make wonderful selections. Additionally the reclaimed wood and large glass window/dividers make for a comfortable rustic modern environment."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Took a bit to get the alcohol as we wanted to enjoy it with dinner and dessert."
    Dined on 7/1/2014