La Cantina Italian Chophouse
La Cantina Italian Chophouse

La Cantina Italian Chophouse

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lacantinachicago.com/
  • Phone: 3123327005
  • 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: Steak, Italian
  • 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 3123327005

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.
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La Cantina Italian Chophouse reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (19)special occasion (19)notable wine list (17)great for lunch (14)neighborhood gem (12)fit for foodies (12)good for groups (9)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (3)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Smell
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Do appreciate the fish tanks, but not the smell. It smelled as if we were dining next to the lake.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food - So-So Service
    Gabriel7
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great to see and experience that La Cantina Italian Village has not lost its touch on the food. I love the Italian food at La Cantina. The service was so-so though, and could use some improvement.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • laxcoach
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The service and food were excellent. I had the tortellini. All of the ingredients were fresh. Very tasty.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite Chicago Italian restaurant
    JCinPAVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Of the three restaurants, my favorite is La Cantina, downstairs. Food in all is superb, and you can order off the other restaurant's menu if you like.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!
    molly
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    excellent food, very quiet, easy to carry a private conversation, excellent service, reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    Italianlove
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Wonderful dining experience. Great place to attend for a birthday celebration, anniversary, or date night. I ate at La Cantina... the bottom level of The Italian Village and it provided a very romantic atmosphere. Service was impecable! Our waitress was very helpful in helping us to choose a bottle of wine that was not too expensive from the giant book of wines! Can't wait to go back again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SAW01VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    2 of the 3 diners felt there entrees were average. This place needs a update.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Italian Festival
    Fredrick
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Although I wish they'd give this establishment (the entire Italian Village) a thorough cleaning and modernization face-lift, the food and service continue to satisfy me sufficiently that I keep returning--particularly downstairs to La Cantina. The fish and chicken dishes always seem fresh, and the chef seasons the food perfectly!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday celebration
    bigin2eat
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The place is outdated, they have some quality food but some of their seafood is too salty and not necessarily fresh. It seems they use a bunch of calamari they previously cook for some of other dishes. My wife liked theirs Margaritas and the Martinis are well presented. So I would say drinks were ok. Some of their waiters needs to show up to work in a better mood. For that type of money I can choose many other better options.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worst restaurant ever
    HollybirchVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This is the first restaurant I have booked through Open Table that hasade me doubt the reviews on the site. Starting from our arrival in the basement level long narrow dark room we should have known to leave when there were no other diners in the restaurant. It became clear why when we had our food, which was truly inedible. The waiter kept trying to get us to order tequila shots and was sort of overbearing bit really the worst was the horrible, overbooked, canned food. Never again. It was so bad we joked that it had to be a front for something else.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yum!
    Loves2eat
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Delicious and fast service! It felt very authentic and the servers were so nice!
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food & Wine
    MikeZVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming
    ImoA
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    Suburbanite
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carts Noisy
    mimisma
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Thanks David!
    185days
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointing
    saisson
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
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  • Surprisingly tasty
    Alovesfood
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Excellent food as always - the best lasagna ever!!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointing
    sherylenVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I dined here with three friends and yet I did not receive my 100 points. What is up?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner before the theatre with 3 friends. Would definitely go there again when in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs updating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The food was good, as was the wine. The service impeccable. The place is showing its age.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SandyLeeVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Food and service were both outstanding! We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MaryVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Service was best ever We were celebrating and our waiter made everything excellent
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Theater dining
    Roberts66
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    great for pre-show dining but the ambiance is a little tired.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • IT WAS OKAY
    Foodsnobs362
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CSO/ anniversary outing
    movinon
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Was lovely; easy accessibility to CSO; friendly informed service; bread service great; amazing chocolate mouse.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    Sneaky
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 838 reviews are from the La Cantina Italian Chophouse reviews archive.
  • La Cantina
    Markydf
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Heavy Italian
    LaureliVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love, Love It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • prices
    MarieVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but no good for 5 guests
    BizLunchVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really Nice dinner we had
    MartinHalle
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, amazing service
    Yoda
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time diners
    Gillman60938
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new dining experience
    spuds
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Pre-Theater Spot
    Jiggy
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch @ la cantina
    DonN
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Always good, one of best places in loop for lunch, a classic place
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.