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  • Address:
    21 W. Goethe Street
    Suite 1-A
    Chicago, IL 60610
    Gold Coast / Streeterville
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $30 and under

Mario's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mariosgoldcoast.com
  • Phone: (312) 944-0199
  • 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

"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 WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food was disappointing. Tried to mask mediocre sauce with too much cheese on the baked cavatelli. Disappointing based on the other reviews."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Neighborhood gathering place. Place to meet friends."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "always lively friendly staff. neighborhood standout"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I love this place, it is a friendly place with great food. The service is good and attentive. I highly recommend Mario's."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Went for soft shell crabs, usually delicious but these were fishy"
    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."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We are lucky to have the restaurant in the neighborhood. Right now, go and have the soft shell crabs."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "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 "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "A regular dinner, very friendly, good value, neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Greeted by Mario at the door. Friendly staff, good food, great find. If you like great Italian food, go to Mario's."
    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! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Our 15 minute cab ride from downtown Chicago was rewarded with some of the best Italian cuisine that I have had outside of Italy... "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Warm and welcoming with wonderful food. A perfect neighborhood restaurant!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I highly recommend Mario's for great food, with excellent service in a friendly neighborhood spot."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We love Mario's. It has the feel of a family-owned restaurant rather than a franchise place that cranks out the same things. Mario was't there this time but he almost always comes by to check to make sure everything is good. My meal this time was extra special. I'm glad they serve a smaller portion or I would pack on a couple of pounds every time I go here. Dave"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The occasion was to celebrate Mario's being our neighbourhood gem for nineteen terrific years. Mario is family and Mario's Table is a second home!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Simply put, all of our dishes were prepared with love and the service was absolutely fantastic. My wife is all Italian and said the sauce was better than her grandmas (don't tell anyone). Thanks Mario's for a fantastic dinner! We will be back!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "You can always be assured of a wonderful meal at Mario's. The regular dishes such as Eggplant Parmesan or Chicken Vesuvio are consistently satisfying. Being able to order a small or large portion on some of the chicken dishes is great and leaves room to enjoy an appetizer or salad. All the staff are friendly and helpful. It's great to see Mario actually coming around to tables and thanking people for coming to his restaurant!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Mario's was a delightful, quaint dining experience. The food was good, the service was good and Mario even came to our table before we left to thank you for coming and ask us if we enjoyed the food. That was super appreciated."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "This was the first time here and what a surprise. It is a nice, not too crowded place close to N Michigan but far enough from the crowds. Great Eggplant Parmesan, nice marinara sauce, good meat balls. Attentive staff."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Laid back, unpretentious atmosphere - a bit loud, but superb food, friendly, attentive service, and an excellent value for the Gold Coast."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Fantastic food. Great menu and atmosphere, hospitality and service are outstanding. It's a great neighborhood gem. You always leave Mario's in a happy mood because you've gotten a gourmet meal at great prices. It's friendly, it's casual, it's a fun place. We love it!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Think of Mario's as a neighborhood club of friends. Lovely warm atmosphere with authentic and tasty food. Honestly!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "One of my favorite places, love the ambiance and the service. Tony is greate."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "I went to Mario's with two of my Italian friends and let me tell you they are tough critics. We all enjoyed the food and the experience so much. The setting is very inviting - nothing off putting about the space. And the fact that Mario himself stopped by our table and greeted us (at least he said he was Mario) made me feel very, very welcome. The food had a very good, authentic (as my friends informed me) Italian taste. The prices were definitely doable. I can see going to Mario's on a lovely summer's evening and then taking a stroll on the lake afterwards. Try it at least once!"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "We've had it in New Orleans but even their jambalaya is not as good as Mario's!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "We love Mario's and feel so lucky it is in our neighborhood. The ambiance, food, service and friends we see all make it so we want to return very soon! Thank you for a wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "This was our second visit to Mario's and we were very disappointed. We brought friends from out of town who were looking forward to an Italian dinner in Chicago. Needless to say, the service was good, but the food was bland and boring. Sorry, we won't be back."
    Dined on 12/7/2013