Mario's
Mario's

Mario's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mariosgoldcoast.com/
  • Phone: 3129440199
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:30PM - 10:30PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dearborn
  • Public Transit: Clark and Division redline stop
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking at 1250 n Dearborn Garage. The lot is a half block from the restaurant and rate is $10 for three hours with restaurant validation.
A word from Mario's
LOOKING FOR THAT
COZY ITALIAN RESTAURANT...
YOU FOUND IT!

"Even though it is nestled in a gold coast highrise and sounds high style, Mario's Ristorante exudes more warmth than a convention of Italian grandmas. The friendly staff aims to please, and so do the pastas, salads, and boneless chicken vesuvio…"
-Chicago Magazine
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Mario's reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (61)fit for foodies (16)special occasion (13)notable wine list (11)romantic (9)good for groups (8)vibrant bar scene (8)kid-friendly (8)hot spot (8)late-night find (4)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Neighborhood Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Mario's has been consistently excellent every time I have had the pleasure of eating at this neighborhood gem. Service is fantastic and staff makes you feel welcome! Mario always makes an appearance and is always friendly, courteous, and warm. Our food the other night was fantastic. My fiance and I split a Caesar Salad and Sausage and Peppers, both delicious. For entrees I had the large portion of Chicken Milanese and my fiance had a Margherita Pizza. Both of us were very happy with our dishes! The Milanese was served with a delicious salad with a balsamic dressing and complemented the tender and juicy chicken perfectly. I would highly recommend Mario's to anyone in the Gold Coast area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!!
    Kimbo
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We had heard the sports casters for the Reds talk about Mario's. They said they eat there everytime the Reds are in Chicago. It's by far, by far, the best italian food I have ever eaten and we eat out a lot. We were in town to visit our daughter and it's just 3 blocks from their place; they had never tried it. We will all be making it a must now. I had the best chicken parm Ive ever eaten. The antipasta salad was fresh and outstanding. Big chunks of mozzarella and salami, marinated red pepper. They also have gluten free pasta which excited our daughter. The bread was delicious. Mario himself came to our table to inquire. Hands down one of the best meals ever.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • denardVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    consistently excellent food and friendly service and conversation friendly
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Good, consistent Italian food with great service. A great place for a quick meal with family or a significant other. Mario is very friendly and has stopped by our table every time we've been to make sure all is well.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as Always
    Archie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is one of those places you can always rely on to be superb. The menu is broad enough to please everyone and the staff is attentive without hovering. Good drinks, good wine , good food. It doesn't get any better on a crowded Friday night on the Gold Coast of Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and great service!
    Dodo
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Skip the chains and go to Mario's but you'll need reservations, or you can sit at the bar. We returned to Mario's not to be disappointed. EVERYTHING was wonderful and sooo delicious. We felt like we were back in Italy. Amy, our server, gave outstanding and friendly service. She even brought us serving utensils so that we could share each other entrees! Wine was excellent. It's like going to a neighborhood restaurant. We walked because we weren't too sure about parking, but looks like Hotel Indigo nearby has a parking lot. On the street parking, if you're really lucky. The best, best, BEST is the calamari combo appetizer. The only downside is that we were too full for dessert. Ciao!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood Italian
    jfsblueVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Mario's is simply a delightful neighborhood dining spot. Excellent meatballs and all the classic Italian dishes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • frequentpatron
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Mario's is a neighborhood restaurant that is refreshingly creative in their menu and specials while maintaining a comfortable, friendly atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Mario's Table
    Chicagogirl
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I have walked by this restaurant for years, and finally tried it last Saturday night. The service was excellent, the server extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Better than that, the food was delicious. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always welcome!
    Luv2dineoutVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Welcoming environment, great food and service. We love this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot in the Gold Coast!
    Chicago2VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Mario's is a very consistent local spot. Their food is very good, especially the flat bread pizzas and the pasta dishes. They also have a great selection of wines and other options from the bar. We go there often.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    MiesVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Solid, often savory Italian food. Great service and Mario makes every customer feel special. My favorite North Side joint in the Gold Coast of all places.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • chitarrista
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food is good but not enough of it and ir is too expensive. Noisy.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Boater
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    This was our first visit to Mario's. The food was wonderful. We would definitely go there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a find!
    FoodSnoothRod
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great authentic cuisine, very impressed by wine list. Just the right amount of light, just the right level of hand picked Pandora music, interesting decor. Everything fit together nicely for an excellent dining experience. We have already referred other family members here. the staff are friendly knowledgeable, and accommodating. There are lots of regulars and special occasion gatherings here. So refreshing to have the owner of the establishment come to our table and ask us how our meal was! Turns out we were waited on by the General Manager, have no idea how that happened, but Drew, you are the man! Thank You!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not worth the $50
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I went with my boyfriend because Mario's is close to our apt. I hate writing bad reviews, but this place is mediocre at best. Our server was socializing with the table next to us while we waited for him. The food lacked quite a bit in seasoning. $50 for two sodas and two bowls of pasta. I wouldn't recommend nor go back.
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  • Average at best
    BeaglerVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food was disappointing. Tried to mask mediocre sauce with too much cheese on the baked cavatelli. Disappointing based on the other reviews.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad Service
    wfb42VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This was the first time that I have had a bad experience here at Mario's . It was obviuous the waitress was new and could not keep up, had to wait for drinks. Finally ordered and one person asked for Alfredo sauce on their meal and everybody got Alfredo sauce. No offer of a free drink or comp on dessert or anything. One of my main issues with Mario's is when you get there they do not split up the wait staff and it seems you have one running around and others just standing there waiting for clients. I brought some friends her and was embarrassed.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable Neighborhood Hangout
    eddieb
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Neighborhood gathering place. Place to meet friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a wonderful neighborhood p;ace
    grace
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    always lively friendly staff. neighborhood standout
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • omak
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Found Mario,s while visiting Chicago. Sorry we could only eat there once, the evening was wonderful and would love to go back on our next trip to Chicago
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good and in the neighborhood!
    Chicago2VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Mario's is a really good place right in the heart of the Gold Coast. His thin crust pizzas are the best around and the Mario's (chopped) salad is a real winner as well. Dishes include many pasta choices along with veal and chicken. Service is very good and Mario himself usually briefly visits each table to insure everything is satisfactory. We visit often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food with friendly service.
    SandVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I love this place, it is a friendly place with great food. The service is good and attentive. I highly recommend Mario's.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fishy
    Linda422VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Went for soft shell crabs, usually delicious but these were fishy
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restauarnt
    Scott
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Four of us had dinner there and really enjoyed it. Everyone loved their meal. Two of us had shells with broccoli and shrimp which we thought was exceptional. Wine was also excellent. The price was very reasonable for Chicago and the servings were healthy. The owner Mario was working the restaurant and came by to welcome us and check on our meal. Great guy. We will return and I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We loved this place we sat down order off the wine list and had some home made bread and wonderful Olive oil brought to us. The owner of Mario's came and welcomed us.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    PaperdollVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We are lucky to have the restaurant in the neighborhood. Right now, go and have the soft shell crabs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There's actually a Mario.
    Wexie2VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The proprietor visited out table to welcome us. Legitimate Italian food. Staff were so welcoming. Great casual place away from the 20-somethings on Rush and River North
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable Neighborhood Hangout
    eddieb
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    A regular dinner, very friendly, good value, neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • John SM
    John
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Greeted by Mario at the door. Friendly staff, good food, great find. If you like great Italian food, go to Mario's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mario's is a favorite
    PaperdollVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    You need a place you can walk to and always get a great meal. This is it. I am a fan of the eggplant parm. and when the soft shell crabs are in, they are really amongst the best in town. Try it, you will like it - say hello to Mario!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 156 reviews are from the Mario's reviews archive.
  • Very mediocre
    SueRVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Mario's main course salads are chintzy and if you substitute an item you are generally charged extra. A $20.00 salad entree, considering the size, just seems ridiculous
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  • Italian at its best !!!
    LuvItalianVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Our 15 minute cab ride from downtown Chicago was rewarded with some of the best Italian cuisine that I have had outside of Italy...
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    eattolive
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Warm and welcoming with wonderful food. A perfect neighborhood restaurant!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Chicago Gem
    AdmiralVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    My wife and I ate at Mario's last week for the first time and felt like regulars. Mario, the owner, went around to each table greeting each guest and welcoming them to the restaurant. It was like dining with family. We started with one of the small pizzas and then enjoyed our main course of chicken marsala. We highly recommend this neighborhood gem. We will be back many times.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Kept Secret on the Gold Coast
    JMiller
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    I have been fortunate to dine at Marios for almost 20 years. From the very beginning Mario and his staff make you feel at home and offer great food and wine at reasonable prices in an atmosphere of a neighborhood gathering spot. My sons now dine there with their spouses. Being the next generation they have been equally impressed and love the place. Try them one nite . You will too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "Wow"
    Bozzer
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    So surprised to find this neighborhood gem to dine at that was highly recommended by a friend. Honestly I would have never know to go there being it is so tucked away. The service was exceptional, the food super yummy, the portions just right, the ambience fun and energetic. Loved that the owner stopped at each table to chat making the experience so personable. I will for sure plan on dining here again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mario's is wonderful and so
    julianne
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Mario's is wonderful and so is Mario - who is always there, working the room and I mean that in a good way. He goes from table to table and recognizes the regulars but he's just as friendly to newcomers. The food and service is always good. I live in the neighborhood and have been going there for 10 years.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food in a cozy setting
    SandVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I highly recommend Mario's for great food, with excellent service in a friendly neighborhood spot.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Trev086VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Tried out based on availability from Open Table. Yelp reviews were good too. Our meals were great, and it was reasonably priced. Good pizza, friendly atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.