Gioco
Gioco

Gioco

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.giocorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3129393870
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Danny Sweis
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Gioco offers rustic Italian fare in a chic Urban setting.
  • Private Party Contact: CeCe & Sara 3122268878
  • Special Events: Wedding rehearsal, Meeting,

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E 13th St.
  • Public Transit: Red line train
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $10
A word from Gioco
Gioco pioneered the retail development of the South Loop when it opened in September of 1999. The restaurant has been a mainstay in the neighborhood as other restaurants and stores have opened up over the years. Gioco is located in an historic building built in 1890 and is one of the few remaining buildings in Chicago from that era. The Gioco space features the original old brick and plaster walls, an old wooden walk-in cooler and a walk-in safe built into the wall, used by the Chicago gangsters (Al Capone, Frank Nitti, George "Bugs" Moran and Earl "Hymie" Weiss ) for one of the gambling and/or brothel houses that dominated the area in the early 1900s. Designer Jerry Kleiner designed Gioco restaurant to retain these old world elements and to feature them in his modernization of the space. Cuisine: Gioco's menu offers rustic Italian dishes prepared with the finest available seasonal products. The menu features homemade pastas and wood-fired thin crust pizzas.
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Gioco reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (35)fit for foodies (29)romantic (22)good for groups (15)special occasion (15)notable wine list (7)hot spot (6)great for outdoor dining (5)great for lunch (4)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Chef is creative, meticulous, and hands on. Great menu, my new favorite place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memories of Italy
    Dave
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Delicious food and attentive service. Reminded me of our trip to Italy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice neighborhood Italian Food
    Joel
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The ravioli, seafood linguini and thin crust piazza were all excellent. My only complaint is that the portion size of the ravioli was way to small for a main course dish. The hot lava cake for desert was fantastic as well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Love this place, unique dishes always great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic Italian Gem
    JAMTVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Traditional Italian restaurant with very high quality food and service. Chicago South Loop neighborhood vibe. Worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A nice evening
    JanPVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I held a book club meeting here with a large group. Our waiter was very attentive but not obtrusive in any way. The specials were well described, but it's a pet peeve of mine when the price of specials is not mentioned. My pasta special was delicious, but the serving of pasta was quite small and there was so little salmon in my 'pasta with salmon' that I would describe it as a condiment rather than ingredient. The Caesar salad was pretty pedestrian. All in all we had a nice evening with tasty food, but at this price point, especially with pasta, I expect a little more food on my plate.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    marc
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Real home made Cook from Italy in a warm ambiance for a reasonnable price. What can you can more? A very good adress in south Loop
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended!
    tsacso
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This may have been the best restaurant experience my family and I have ever had. The staff was friendly, attentive, and accommodating to my children (ages 10 and 13). We shared a variety of pastas and their bone in fillet and everything was amazing. Highly recommended!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • another nice lunch at Gioco
    jimmVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Always have a good lunch here. Asked for Chef's recommendations and had crab cake and octopus for appetizers, orrechiette for main. An Italian red (first one on the list) was awesome.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Evening
    foodieprof
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The evening was great and my party and I were treated like royalty. I had indicated in my reservation that two of the members were celebrating their college graduation, so I had asked if we might have the occasion treated as something special. The folks at Gioco went above and beyond the call of duty. We were greeted by the chef owner, who made sure the entire evening was fit for royalty. Special attention was provided to one member because she is gluten free, which they handled with such ease (not always true for other establishments). All of our dishes were delicious--from the steak to the fusilli. And don't forget about dessert: the warm chocolate cake is heaven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Like Being in Italy
    Lenox
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Gioco resembles restaurants in Tuscany and smaller towns in Italy. Its warm, friendly, the food is exceptional, the staff are outstanding. The owner walks around checking on patrons and stops to chat. Great wine list. Its a perfect neighborhood authentic Italian restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Onislandtime
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Hostess sat us on time. Waiter seemed to have an attitude from the beginning. We tried to order caprese salad and he kept trying to talk us into the special smoked caprese salad. I told him we didn't like smoked cheese and he kept going on and on about it. We asked for sparkling water which we did get promptly. After drinking two sips of it, the waiter came back and refilled our glasses with still water. The food came in small portions. The Chilean Seabass was incredible. The pasta dish was almost tasteless and had 3 pieces of calamari. Waiter was in attentive despite know we were attending a concert at soldier field. Would not go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Italian I have ever had
    scjansen
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The four people in my party ordered four different salads, entrees, and desserts. We all sampled everyone else's food and all agreed this was the best Italian food we had ever had. The pasta was stellar, and I ordered the tuna which was served on arugula and the flavor combination was incredible. The head chef is present in the dining room expediting the orders which made the service move quickly. I would go back to Gioco every week if I lived in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    CarolsulliVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Gioco has been my neighborhood friend for many years now. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. The service is attentive but not overbearing. I enjoy everything on the menu, but the real delights are the daily specials. There is a price point for every diner. When my out of town relatives come into town, Gioco is our first dining stop, and they are welcomed like old friends. Keep up the fine work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for a Business Lunch
    LynnS
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Ideal spot for a business lunch. The service was impeccable and the food was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Italian in the South Loop
    bs093070VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Been going to the South Loop for a while, this was my first trip to Gioco. The food was terrific. The staff was very accommodating in allowing me and my guest to share plates. Started out with the Caesar Salad, also ordered the Veal Chop which was presented beautifully. Desserts and wine list impressive. Really enjoyed it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will come again
    Murph353VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    For appetizers we had the prosciutto and melon-excellent and the meatballs-good. Our main courses were fantastic. My wife is of Italian heritage and grew up with a born in Italy mom who knew how to cook. My wife said her fettuccini Bolognese was excellent. My younger son whole heartily agreed. My adult son, who can be very particular, said his ravioli was the best he ever had. I had the pork chop, which was very good. The potatoes that came with them were okay. Our deserts were wonderful. I had the crème Brule-the best I ever had. My wife and sons had the tiramisu-they all agreed it was the best they ever had.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We'll be back!
    Mmmolly
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Found this restaurant just south of center city. Food is very good with a nice wine list or wine by the glass. I plan return next time I visit Chicago and would recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place in the south loop
    PickyL
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The convention center is no longer on a wasteland-- this is a lovely neighborhood restaurant with nice food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Evening
    Lola
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The service is top-notch and the food was delicious. We had a wonderful evening there and really enjoyed the wine, food and atmosphere. Never felt rushed and our server was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome -- as usual!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    You can always count on Gioco for a wonderful dinner and dining experience! We missed seeing the Chef, though :( Until next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Screaming child from start to end
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Shame on us for staying but the food IS very good. I don't know if the restaurant was indifferent to the fact that one or more young children's screams could be heard throughout the meal, but we made it clear to our server that was why we were going elsewhere for dessert.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chief
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Jose our server was fantastic and made the experience wonderful. Food was equally as good. Best crab cake in Chicago! Veal chop special was pricey but awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic and Historic
    ciboevita
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    This building used to house Al Capone's nefarious exploits as the back room of the restaurant was the speak easy while ladies of the evening hosted in upstairs apartments. The decor of the restaurant itself is very charming and romantic and most importantly, the food was terrific and the service was exceptional--the ingredients one would expect from a big city gourmet Italian eatery.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Food was excellent, service a little slow. large party in the adjacent room made it nosier than it should have been. Pricy but I would go back. Ger4food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not the same
    jk22VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Food quality is still above average although portions seem smaller. Our entire meal was a rush act with drinks, appetizer and entrée dinner over in 45 minutes. Even when requested to slow down, it made no difference.
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  • Great south loop Italian
    DDmk
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I would highly recommend Gioco. The food was great, wonderful burrata special starter and portobella too. The chef came to the table to help us choose the appropriate Italian wine with our meal. Our waiter provided great service. If this restaurant was in River North it would be packed every night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    one of our neighborhood favorites - good reason to live in the South Loop!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lucky find
    nakanoodle
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    I was looking for something close to McCormick for a business dinner, so that was my main search criteria. When I saw the listing and website, the menu looked great and the restaurant unpretentious, so I booked it. This restaurant is my new Italian favorite hands down. The owner spent time making sure all was well at our table and made several great recommendations. Food, wine, service everything fantastic. Can't wait to return with my family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 991 reviews are from the Gioco reviews archive.
  • Best meal ever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Everything was outstanding! The meal, the service, the owner, the dessert, the location. We love Gioco and will keep going back whenever our travels take us to Chicago. Order the pizza as dessert! We did! Had to have it!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Good food and wine. Always pleasant and professional service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    CapersVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This is such a great restaurant and wonderful food! The owner selected a terrific group of appetizers for our table, then stopped by a few times to see how we were enjoying our dinner. He's a delight too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chicago Neighborhood Gem
    DiningLADVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Comfort food and an always welcoming atmosphere--what more can one ask for? This delightful spot has a newly reworked menu which offers traditional favorites coupled with seasonal newbies. A great place to share a bottle of wine, mussels and the daily grilled fish. The pasta and risotto are always a sure bet...as are the scallops.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Some hits and some misses
    SidFarkus
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    I would give this place a B- grade in terms in restaurants. The appetizer was bland (prosciutto and melon), the bread warm and good. My entree was branzino in a puttanesca sauce. Fish cooked perfectly, though skin could have been crispier. The sauce was tasty but the garlic in it was way undercooked. My wife had veal scallopine. It was a smallish portion which tasted fine, but the mashed potatoes tasted like boxed. Plus, who serves mashed potatoes with scallopine? Desserts were good (Tiramisu and a warm chocolate cake).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hawkeye
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Absolutely loved it! My new favorite! Gorgeous building and amazing food. The ambience is warm and homey.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I was looking for a cute spot to take someone for a birthday dinner and Gioco was recommended to us. The chef did come out to speak to us at our table and I was reminded of what some other reveiwers said about how the wait staff and chef recommend their more expensive dishes. As it was, we each had one glass of wine and two pasta dishes and the bill was close to $100.00. To be candid, it was a not a good value. The waiter was very attentive. We were not in a hurry and so we took some time to order. Once we did order, our dish was brought out to us within 5 minutes. I guess that they wanted to speed us along.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing pasta!
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Get the tortelloni in truffle fondue sauce! It melts in your mouth!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food!
    Darty
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We went to Gioco with our friends & ordered a mozzarella appetizer to share. It was delicious! I ordered a vodka tonic which was great! My husband ordered the stuffed veal chop, he loved it. I had the delectable veal piccata... It was the best I've ever tasted! The meat was tender and served with a light lemony sauce with capers on top of mashed potatoes. My only thought was I wish I had a more potatoes... They were very good. My friend ordered the special a creamy fettuccine with clams and she loved it! Her husband enjoyed his meal, a Veal Marsala which he loved. We all commented on how delicious our food was and how Gioco was one so our favorite South Loop restaurants! All our food was presented beautifully and hot.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a hit!
    Katie
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This place is great. Outstanding food/wine and service. The waitstaff are all very friendly and will do whatever it takes to make customers comfortable and happy.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good atmosphere
    FrenchCaffeine
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    This is a neighborhood gem that has tasty italian food. The experience starts at the door with heavenly smells coming from the open kitchen and pizza oven. The specials were very good albeit a bit pricey for the quantity. The staff is very friendly and adds charm to the experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.