La Cantina Italian Chophouse
La Cantina Italian Chophouse

La Cantina Italian Chophouse

  • 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: 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
48 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (17)notable wine list (14)great for lunch (13)good for groups (11)special occasion (10)neighborhood gem (8)fit for foodies (8)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (3)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Made reservations well in advance for 4 of us. Had a friend coming in from out of town and wanted to impress them. We were greeted nicely and seated. After our drink order was taken, the hostess came and asked if we would move. She said her manager actually made the request. We thought oh sure maybe we'll get better seating. They stuck us next to the kitchen and where the staff does their billing. Extremely disappointed and embarrassed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what we thought! :(
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Thought this might be a comfortable yet nice place to have dinner before heading to a concert at the Cadillac. We were seated in a very narrow dinning area- where if there is just one loud person (who itches their armpit a lot and talks about how she needs gluten free pasta) it disrupts your whole experience. We ordered 2 apps (Insalata Caprese and Prime Beef Carpaccio). Both were not very flavorful. We ended up leaving and heading to 312 for dinner and had a much better experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday Night Dinner Out
    June613
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food was great, pan roasted pork tenderloin was the best ever, a must try main course.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Great Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We have previously tried other restaurants at the Italian Village (upstairs) but had never dined at the Cantina. We were there early before an event at Lyric Opera, so could not linger to enjoy the atmosphere, service and an extra glass of wine. But nevertheless it was a great start to a special evening for my wife and me. How can you say that spaghetti is special? I don't exactly know, but there must be secret ingredients somewhere. My wife chose to add mushrooms to the meat sauce and it was spectacular. I had the veal with lemon. On occasion I had veal that was sliced slightly thinner but I've rarely had veal with more flavor. All-in-all it was a great dinner.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite Italian
    Marymike
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Their lasagne is the best! Love the back private booth!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • La Cantina
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The food and service were excellent. Acoustics made noise level was a bit loud.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ditzydiner
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I had the lamb shank with risotto and it was truly one of the best dinners I've ever had. My partner had the salmon special and said it was very good. Service was friendly and helpful. The fish swimming in tanks add a unique touch to the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • close to the theater
    Debbie
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Our food at La Catina is consistent to The Villages. You can always count on a good meal, affordable prices, and timely.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jojo
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The veal Marsala and the chicken Parmesan were very good. The lasagna was a little different. It seemed to be mostly a pile of meat sauce.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quick meal
    Impa
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We were served at ate and were gone in 40 minutes. The restaurant was not busy so we do not know why we were hurried. It was an expensive fast food place. We would not go back. Poor rating from us.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good try, big fail
    Chicagotourer
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The wait staff were outstanding, very attentive and knowledgeable about the wine list, which was extensive, and the menu as well. The ambiance is.....damp basement. Enough about that. The food was inexpensive, and fortunately it was, otherwise I would have been more upset. The calamari was over cooked (battered crispy sticks). The veal Marsala was a soupy mess. The veal was passable for a fast food restaurant, not an "Italian Chop House" . The pasta was swimming in a gravy like soup that tasted like a weak gravy, not what you would have expected. Won't be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • pianoman
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    great service first of all....our server was fantastic.....food is always delicious....
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Niecie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was awesome and the waitstaff was wonderful. They were attentive and quick. It was very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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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!
    ItalianloveVIP
    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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    • Ambiance
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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
  • Nice ambiance, food is ok
    ChicagotransplantVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This is a nice restaurant, but with very average Italian food. The service was great, but the food was certainly nothing special and not for those seeking something interesting or unique.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 857 reviews are from the La Cantina Italian Chophouse reviews archive.
  • 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
    ImoAVIP
    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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    • 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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  • 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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  • Very disappointing
    saissonVIP
    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!!!!
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    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.
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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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  • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs updating
    takemeoutVIP
    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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  • 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