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La Cantina Italian Chophouse
La Cantina Italian Chophouse

La Cantina Italian Chophouse Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lacantinachicago.com
  • Phone: (312) 332-7005
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Robert Duerscheidt
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: La Cantina offers several different options for private parties. Cocktail gatherings and sit down dinners for up to 40 guests are available. The restaurant is also available for private functions up to 125 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Lucy or Gina (312) 332-7005

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Clark and Dearborn
  • Public Transit: Blue line and red line trains. Clark bus #22
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Valet is available starting at 5:00 pm daily.
A word from La Cantina Italian Chophouse
Patterned after a wine cellar with tucked away booths, this unique restaurant places diners amongst saltwater fish tanks to dine on traditional Italian steak and seafood dishes with a Northern Italian flair. House favorites include pasta staples like the tortellini tre formaggi-a three cheese filled pasta with fresh cherry tomato garlic basil sauce-and the lasagna al forno which combines pasta layers with meat filling, cream sauce and parmesan cheese. House specialities include manicotti with fresh tomato sauce, flown in fresh Dover sole filleted tableside, shrimp casaligna and spaghetti mare Monti. Steaks and chops are hand cut to order and include our famous "Cantina" Rib eye, 16 0unce T-bone and pork chops vesuvio. La Cantina is perfect for power lunches, theatre dining and famous Chicago steaks. The wine bar is the perfect setting for a romantic date or private deal making. With nods from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast La Cantina has the largest wine cellar in the Midwest.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Delicious and fast service! It felt very authentic and the servers were so nice!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "From start to finish, it was an excellent experience. The hostess was delightful as was our server. I had looked at the menu online prior to making the reservation and saw that they had lasagna, which is one of my favorites. I started with the beef Carpaccio, which was great, the tomato basil bisque is excellent and the lasagna was superb (the best I have ever had). Their wine list is great and we enjoyed a magnificent bottle of 2000 Barolo."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Excellent decor, great ambience. We sat next to a very loud pair which took away from what was an otherwise very romantic evening. The waiters were a bit too eager with making sure that we had everything we needed. We didn't need to have someone check up on us that often -- it became a bit disruptive. On the other hand I can appreciate that they were being attentive. Had the seafood stew and it was pretty tasty but I will likely try the half-chicken the next time I'm there."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "This was a great place to meet a friend for dinner before the theater. The atmosphere was pleasant and the sound level was perfect for conversation. We both enjoyed our selection. I LOVED the grilled seafood dish. We have been to one of the other restaurants in the Italian Village before, and chose this one for the selection, and it did not disappoint. I will return."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The restaurant was pretty much empty, yet they sat us next to the kitchen entrance where they were bringing plates in and out on noisy carts. Chicken was overcooked. Garlic bread was awful. The only plus was our pleasant waitress."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Italian food can be a cliche if the restaurant takes the pasta and sauces for granted. That is not the case here. All aspects of the meal are well thought and executed. My husband had the spaghetti with sausage. The portion was very large but he devoured every bite. I was going to have the veal shank but our server David recommended the lamb shank. It was perfection on a plate. Slow roasted and tender with a touch of pistachios. We had a lovely meal."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Haven't been to the "village" for quite some time. We arrived early Saturday evening for a pre-theatre dinner. The Burrata was good, but it was served cold. Typically the ricotta filing should have been creamier. Ordered Chicken Piccata which was disappointing. The breast meet was not pounded flat as it should be and the sauce was mediocre. There was no unique taste to the dish."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I was worried when we arrived - no one there, looked dated. But the food was delicious. The meat sauce on the lasagna was the best I have had - I wish I was eating it right now and I am not even hungry. And my husband loved his lamb shank, especially thre sauce. His only complaint was the risotto was a bit under done."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Excellent food as always - the best lasagna ever!!!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I was very disappointed in this place...it seemed dinghy and old. the concierge at the JW recommended and then I read reviews on Open Table so booked resies for client dinner. 5 of us dined and I was embarrassed to take the clients there. There was only 1 other table occupied and they were SO loud that it was very annoying. the food was only fair although our waiter was very good."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Had a wonderful dinner before the theatre with 3 friends. Would definitely go there again when in Chicago."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The food was good, as was the wine. The service impeccable. The place is showing its age."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Food and service were both outstanding! We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Service was best ever We were celebrating and our waiter made everything excellent"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "great for pre-show dining but the ambiance is a little tired."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We were a bit apprehensive when we were led to "a basement area" for the restaurant. The decor was okay as it was advertised as a "Italian Villa" theme. I had the eggplant Parmesan which was okay and my wife has a seafood pasta which she loved. The pre-dinner salads were delicious. The service was excellent and the wait staff was very friendly. It was strange tho that when we got the bill they have the tip calculated for you at 10, 15 and 20 % if you choose to use their numbers. But the 20% rate was $2 short of what I would have figured. So they were shorting the wait staff? Anyway I left the 20%+ and left satisfied."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Was lovely; easy accessibility to CSO; friendly informed service; bread service great; amazing chocolate mouse."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We have eaten in La Cantina many times throughout the years and have never had a bad experience. The servers are fun and enthusiastic and the food is always fabulous. We had a party of six and all of us ordered something different and all meals were great. We were off to the theater with plenty of time for a leisurely walk."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food was good. The ambiance was nice. The service very good. However, the table in back of us and across from us, their voice was so loud it was hard to concentrate on our own conversation because they were so loud."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "All the foods we tried were heavy... Dripping with dressings, brown gravyish broth on the mussels, overlooked pasta with pulled-veal plopped in a bowl. We could not find a light dish on the menu, except for the minestrone soup which was tasteless watery broth with scant vegetables. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I too my boyfriend for lunch at La Cantina and he loved it. The food was really good. I just wish they would have smaller shrimp to put in the pasta instead of the large shrimps that you only get three or four. Otherwise I joined myself as always. Now he want to check out the other two that are in the same building."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Before we made our reservation we checked the menu on their website. When we got to the restaurant some of the prices were higher than there were on the website. They should update their website if they update their menu."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Client business lunch at La Cantina for a party of five. Was conducted to the very back of the restaurant to a private dining booth, located directly next to the kitchen door. Rattling carts and servers going in and out constantly. Have eaten numerous times with one or two guests at a table or booth and had enjoyed the experience. Would not suggest bringing a party larger than four to La Cantina, perhaps try 'The Village' or 'Vivere' upstairs for five or more guests. Would eat there again but would not bring five people, would look elsewhere."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "I recommend this restaurant which is very well held. Service was very efficient and the personnel very polite. The dishes were exquisite and the wine affordable for this good taste... I had a really nice and romantic dinner. Thank you italian village, see you next time in Chicago!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I must say that first and foremost the notable feature of this restaurant is the service. From the host and hostess who greet you at the door to the waitstaff who are consistently checking on you to make sure your glass or bread is never empty. I cannot say enough good things about them. The food was very good. Fresh, quick and popping with flavor and sizable portions. My son had the lasagna, my girlfriend had the Petti di Pollo Piccata (chicken) and I had the Grigliata di Pesce (seafood). I definitely recommend any or all of them! The dessert menu didn't seem to have the same list of exciting items so we elected to visit a froyo place after the show we were attending that night. Overall though, I definitely recommend this place!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dinner after our matinee at the Bank of America theatre. The 4 of us each ordered something different and each meal was excellent. Our waiter was very friendly and was able to answer our questions. We ordered a tiramisu to share and the waiter was once again correct when he said it was the best in half of the world (he hadn't been to the other half of the world yet!) We will definately have dinner at Italian Village again on another trip to Chicago. Thanks!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Great dining experience prior to going to the theater. Waitress asked if we were going to a show so that they would make sure we had time to get to the show in time. The lasagna was to die for."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We picked the restaurant due to its location to a show we were catching and we were glad we did - the food was good - the portions were huge. The staff was friendly and we made it to the show with time to spare!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Always good, one of best places in loop for lunch, a classic place"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Loved everything we ordered! Plus the drinks were expertly made. Even the bread was good! Service excellent. A little noisy, but then, it was a Saturday evening."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The Italian Village's La Cantina Italian Chophouse is a perfect choice for a romantic early dinner after a Saturday matinee with your sweetheart. We started out with the Caprese Salad, the house made Buratta made this special. My wife had the Lasagna, (get it baked with cheese on top as she did), a classic, meaty, mild comfort food that was just a little too large to quite finish. I had the Beef alla Toscanini, three perfect slices of beef tenderloin done just as requested in a smooth Marsala mushroom sauce. We sat next to the fish tanks in an area made for quiet conversation and a nice romantic meal. The menu listed a few red wines we were not familiar with, but the waiter was helpful, and the choice was perfect. A romantic memory made."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had 5:45 reservations, so there was no problem being seated. Our server asked if we were going to the theater, which we appreciated even tho we weren't on a "deadline." We had simple meals, chicken parmesan and chicken piccata, and they were tasty and served in a reasonable amount of time. I didn't care for the cooked spinach served as the vegetable with the piccata however. Would have appreciated a variety of veggies. We've dined here a number of times and it is consistently good but not outstanding. All of the wait staff and the management were attentive."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Everything about this part of the restaurant and any one of the Italian Village restaurants is great. We have been going for many years and have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We have been going to the Italian Village for years and have visited all three of the restaurants. La Cantina is always a pleasure! The food is delicious, the service very accommodating and the atmosphere is neither too loud, nor too subdued. It is a wonderful venue for large groups or for an intimate dinner for two. A great place!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "It was a good experience. We will go back. The waiter was great."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The waiter asked me how I enjoyed my lamb, and I was honest: possibly I had not selected the Chef's best dish. He acknowledged that it was a new chef, who was not yet fully comfortable with his dishes. The meat, pulled off the shoulder of lamb was partly soft (after all it had been marinated in brine for 3 days) and partly burned. The potatoes were burned dry, and I had to look at them to see if they were eggplant or potato. In the event I never found the eggplant (apparently melted into the much vaunted sauce) that had crunchy things in it. The montepulciano was of an indifferent year; the prosecco was flat and not cold enough. The salad with balsamic vinegar was - hard to spoil. Single dinner; arrived at 6:50 out at 7:20. Do go elsewhere."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "La Cantina is a classic traditional Italian restaurant with charming fun decor. This place is not for foodies and there's nothing wrong with that. It essentially what you expected from an Italian restaurant until the last seven years. It is probably a good place to go with families and kids. I had the baked mostaccioli, I would get it again, but request 1/3 the cheese. There was more cheese than on a pizza. All in all I would recommend it."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Great Service. Someone was always refilling the water glasses."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This is an inside-the-Loop restaurant that is quiet and fun to go to on off-business hours. The bone-in rib-eye was superb, and I haven't eaten a pizza so good in a long time. Our server was friendly, fast, and efficient; all qualities that would make a tight scheduled lunch here just perfect. We enjoy coming after business hours, when the Loop is empty and very beautiful."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Took my adult daughter here for dinner before a play. By the time our order was taken, it was too late for my daughter to get what she wanted, chicken Vesuvio, as the cook time was 25-30 min. Reservation was for 5:45 and our food order was not taken til 6:20,thus not leaving enough time to eat and be on time for the 7:30 performance. What we did order was very good, tho. Shrimp casalinga for me and fettuccine Alfredo for her. There was a private event going on in a small room adjacent to where we were seated which spilled out of the room a bit and was quite noisy. Overall, meal was good. Probably will not return, tho."
    Dined on 2/28/2014