Club Lago Restaurant
Club Lago Restaurant

Club Lago Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.clublago.com/home.html
  • Phone: (312) 951-2849
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch:

    Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Dinner:

    Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Friday & Saturday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian, Comfort Food
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout
  • Catering: Your next office meal can be at Club Lago or Club Lago can be in your office for your next meal.
  • Private Party Facilities: Club Lago can accommodate special events for groups up to 180 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Guido 3129512849x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Orleans
  • Public Transit: Club Lago is one block west of the Chicago/Franklin stop on the CTA Brown line
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Club Lago Restaurant
Opening its doors in 1952, Club Lago has anchored the corner of Superior and Orleans since before the neighborhood River North grew up around it. Serving classic Northern Italian specialties from the Garfagnana Valley in Tuscany to steaks, chops and signature sandwiches too, the Lago's staff will recommend the perfect entree for whatever mood you're in.

Third generation owners GianCarlo and Guido are pouring the wine or serving the veal--it's a family affair. Time warp back to the fifties with a glass of chianti in a plush booth in the bar or hold court at one of the tables in the back; Club Lago's ideal for the first date, a meal before the theater or a game, or whenever you're looking to relax to great food and be a regular in a family joint.

Some call it "retro," we call it home. Benvenuti, come on in!
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Club Lago Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
17 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (15)good for groups (7)great for lunch (5)vibrant bar scene (4)fit for foodies (3)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (2)hot spot (2)great for outdoor dining (1)romantic (1)special occasion (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We always enjoy Club Lago - nothing fancy, just good Italian food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Value
    Marco
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    It's not the most fancy Italian restaurant in the city, that's for sure. In fact, some parts of the restaurant make it feel like a diner. But the food is very good for the price. The staff is friendly, the bar area is always energized, and it's a great overall place to go to dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very reliable
    Tyler
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We have been to Club Lago many times and it never disappoints. We live down the street and we like to take out of town guests here to give them a Chicago experience - no chain feel - no Americanized food - and no pretense - just good old fashioned Italian food in a very authentic setting that says "Chicago"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 81 reviews are from the Club Lago Restaurant reviews archive.
  • RU Steve
    Steve
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great neighborhood place Friendly with good Italien food your Mom would make. One of my wife's favorites in Chicago
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Club Lago never disappoints
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Simply put Club Lago is a great place to grab a classic Italian meal, have some drinks and catch up with friends and family. The staff is so friendly and accommodating. Is it fancy no, but they do a great job there. It is a neighbhood spot worth checking out!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Food!
    Skglad
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Club Lago is a hidden gem! Excellent Food & Service! Great History! A Must Try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood joint
    KenF
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Hadn't been to club lago in a while. Was happy to see that the food and vibe were as good as ever. Great service great food at a great price. Will definitely be back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Club Lago hit the spot!
    UnclesVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Great neighborhood spot for lunch! Nothing fancy or stuffy, just cozy casual and comfortable. And the food was exceptional. Not a foodie place, but good home style cookin'. Hits the spot!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just wanted to try it
    BrettVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    I walk by Club Lago all the time I just wanted to try it. The best way to describe it is I didn't dis-like it, and I really like the prices. It is an Italian restaurant similar to the Italian village, really good price point, friendly service, family friendly and kids would probably really like it.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • still there after all these years
    Bernie
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    I hadn't been to Club Lago in almost 20 years. I remembered it as a family owned restaurant that had a limited but consistently delicious selection of Italian dishes. It hasn't changed a bit. I was welcomed into the restaurant like I was an old family friend coming to dinner. Our server, Greta, was lovely and was helpful with our choices. It was a week night so we were able to sit in the back and catch up without feeling pressured to leave. Glad it has survived all the changes in the river north neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Looks are deceiving
    ChitownfoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Club Lago appears old-world Italian & inviting from the outside and since they've been around for a long time; even before River North's gentrification, we assumed they must be good. The dining room is a small area in the back with little ambiance and plastic tablecloths. The food was terrible. I will never return. If you want traditional Italian go to Carmine's! So much better!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Veal Parm in Chicago!!
    Chicagodiner20VIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    I just love this place. Neighborhood gem where the owner is very present. Highly recommend the Veal Parm!! It is delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian American food
    SFDad
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This is a great spot for simple, Italian-American food. This is not food like you had on your trip to Italy, but solid, good-tasting, food, with decent portions, served with a smile and good service. The bread is terrific.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic old Chicago
    MartyVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Classic old-fashioned restaurant. Clean, courteous staff, with good Italian comfort @ a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere, good food!
    TchurVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    I always enjoy eating here. It has an authentic, neighborhood Italian feel. The decor is warm and cozy, the staff is friendly and helpful, and the smell is amazing. The night we went, a table of women toasted their friend who was getting married; everyone in the restaurant raised their glasses and joined in. A friendly and fun atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great atmosphere and Italian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    It was New Year's Eve so we expected it would be busy, but the service was never-the-less prompt, attentive and courteous. We thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and decor. It was very warm and inviting on such a cold wintery evening. The food was hearty and what I call "comfort food" because it warmed the soul. The cannoli was perfect. It was interesting to discover that Club Lago was featured in "Mad Dog and Glory" (1991) with Bill Murray and Robert DeNiro. This was an added bonus or feature to the vibe of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yum
    fab5
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    the food was so very very good best calamari ever eggplant BEST EVER
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Club Lago for Lunch
    Jessica
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    I really enjoyed having lunch here with my mother and good friend from out of town. I was excited to show both of them this little neighborhood gem that I found nearby where I work. It has a bit of Chicago history that I wanted to share with them. We even celebrated a friend's birthday there, which was the first time we went. I love the hustle and bustle, the smallness of the restaurant, and the servers. The only thing was that I went on my lunch hour and I cut it really really close to getting back on time. There was a mix up in the kitchen that the server apologized for but this is much more of a cute little dinner spot. I enjoyed my time at Club Lago, will be back and will recommend. My guests enjoyed it as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    sherihrdVIP
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    We really enjoyed Club Lago - we were immediately greeted at the door. We were thanked by name for dining with them. The service was fabulous and the food was even better and we couldn't believe it was so inexpensive. This restaurant will definitely be on our list the next time we go to Chicago and are looking for great Italian food!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wanted to love this place sooo bad!
    HammerVIP
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    Loved the character, decor of this old school italian. Red and white table cloths in a place that made you feel like you traveled back in time. As a New Yorker, it made me feel like being in Little Italy. The appetizers and the bread were very good, but then came our pasta dishes. They were covered in sauce, but the sauce was more like gravy with corn starch to thicken it up. Flavorless with over cooked noodles. Huge quantity, but little quality. Such a shame as I really wanted this place to be my regular italian joint.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RiNo Classic Club
    HostessmostestVIP
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    There is really no reason to endorse Club Lago with all of Chicago's dining options out there; old school décor, gum smacking waitresses, Dino on the sound system and "red sauce" Italian cookery. Pretty formulaic, right? That said its success is in the sum of its vintage parts. And the food can be deceivingly good. While pastas can be a bit overly cooked, we also enjoyed brightly sautéed garlicky broccoli, and a lightly battered veal bracciole, with a light lemony sauce. Drinks were stiff and the waitress was accommodating and advised us well. Everyone bid us good night like we were old friends. What could be better than that on a cold winter's night? Carry on Club Lago!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Chicago classic Italian
    jsoviking
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    Good food and reasonable prices, and not fancy. I would definitely recommend Club Lago to anyone looking for a friendly neighborhood Italian restaturant. Guido and GianCarlo run a great place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    MikeL
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Good authentic Italian food. Our waiter was unenthusiastic at best. The wine list is inexpensive and all house wine - you'd at least expect a little bit of choice though at an Italian restaurant. We are not wine snobs by any means, but we got a bottle of cabernet and my wife commented that she had a bottle of that brand of wine in our fridge at home used for cooking wine.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great "Chicago" Restaurant
    gmsattyVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    If you want the feel of "Chicago" and what it might have been like on old time Chicago, Club Lago is the place for you. A small restaurant with very friendly and informal staff and old style decor makes this place a favorite of mine. The food is reasonably priced and well done, but not fancy. Just old style Italian that is always reliable. I have been going here for years and never tire of it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise, noise, noise
    BigPontious
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    The food was okay but the establishment has blackhawks fever to a fault. At one point they were blasting the game so loud I had to yell for my girlfriend to hear me. That's not what I go out to dinner for. It's a glorified sports bar, if they focused on that they would be fine. They should drop the $30 steaks from the menu, the server clearly steered us away from it for a reason. Thanks to his honesty we had a decent meal but the noise was just overwhelming.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    MikeKVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    A very enjoyable dining experience. Excellent food and service. Juan Carlos and Guido, owners very active and ensured all had a great dining experience. Very good food. Cannot wait for the next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our first visit
    Barb
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    I had heard about Club Lago for years and finally went there with my husband and seven year old for my birthday. Wonderful food, very friendly service - a great experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They treat you like family
    Bayba
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Fabulous food, good prices, wonderful atmosphere, and you immediately feel comfortable! The owners are very friendly, funny, and personable. Taking time to laugh and play with the kids too! A true gem!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian food in
    ChicagoEats
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Excellent Italian food in a casual and comfortable setting. reasonably priced for the quality of the food. A little gem in a location where you would expect to find it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Owner. Fun Stuff. Fun Night.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    The owner went above and beyond during an extremely busy night to fulfill the Open Table reservation and gave us special seating even though he had to contend with half his space being used by a private wedding reception. Other places may have cancelled our reservation but instead we were warmly greeted and accomodated with great, fun service. We even got wedding cake and were welcomed by the wedding reception guests because we were pretty much seated within the wedding party. Others may have been annoyed by the seating location but in this small, neighborhood spot, where the food is worth whatever the seating arrangement, we were happy to crash a wedding reception so that we could have the great food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mmmm....meatballs
    jocelynVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    Club Lago has amazing pasta! The spaghetti with meatballs is exactly what you are looking for and satisfies your homemade cravings. The ambiance is super casual and friendly and the service is outstanding. The prices are very affordable. It's a must-visit place in downtown for great pasta without the pretension.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood find!
    rosenfieVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    I can't believe I've lived within walking distance of this restaurant for three years and never made it over! The food is awesome! It's old school Italian with friendly service, great food and fun, simple decor. If you've ever been to Club Lucky, the decor feels similar, but Club Lago is a little more casual. We had the antipasto, eggplant parmesan, chicken parmesan and chicken marsala. We also had a side of meatballs and sautéed spinach. All of us loved our meal and the price is crazy reasonable!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food and service were
    LizB
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    The food and service were terrific! The waitress and the bartender were both attentive and friendly, and thew food was out of this world! What a wonderful find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This old school Italian restaurant
    Debs16VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2013
    This old school Italian restaurant is a gem! Tasty food at good prices with excellent service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I would try this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    I would try this restaurant one more time and hope the poor service was a one off.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great staff that made you
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Great staff that made you feel welcome. The food was good - I'd go back - but it's not the world's greatest Italian. Overall, Club Lago is a nice spot for dinner that's far enough away from the chaos of Michigan Avenue, yet close enough to walk to.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small, quaint, old-school
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/28/2013
    Small, quaint, old-school Italian joint, very comfortable and very attentive service!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Large portions! We went for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Large portions! We went for New Years Eve and I wish we could of taken home leftovers because we had plenty of food left over! Only downside is they don't have a cocktail menu, but they have a full bar. Causal and bar atmosphere so no need to get dressed up.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, and service was
    SoCalFoodie
    Dined on 12/29/2012
    Great food, and service was very good. It's a small restaurant, has a mom 'n pop shop feel to it, but they know how to churn out good dishes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The veal, eggplant and Fontina
    DennyVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    The veal, eggplant and Fontina dish was great and so was the meat sauce.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic