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Monastero's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.monasteros.com
  • Email: reservations@monasteros.com
  • Phone: (773) 588-2515
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Sicilian
  • Executive Chef: Joseph S Monastero Jr
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Enjoy the best of Neapolitan, Italian Opera, and Broadway with a live pianist and singer Friday and Saturday nights. Sundays enjoy the subtle background music of our live pianist.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pulaski/Crawford
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of free parking available in our private lot. When our private dining rooms are hosting events, we graciously offer complimentary valet parking to all guests, both the private rooms of Monastero's, and our patrons in the Main Dining Room.
A word from Monastero's
Escape on a culinary tour of Italy to satisfy your every gourmet desire. Monastero's Ristorante has been serving the best Italian "food with flavor" for over 46 years. Begin your journey in our contemporary Main Dining Room or Garden Atrium, selecting from our extensive menu of traditional Italian and Sicilian specialties or one of the mouth watering new creations of Executive Chef, Joseph S. Monastero, Jr. Joe, along with his parents, Joseph and Martha, fellow second generation members Maria Elizabeth, his cousin, and Maria Giorgia, his sister, and their welcoming and attentive staff look forward to serving you a true taste of the best Italian cuisine has to offer. For Reservations of 9 or more guests, please call 773-588-2515 Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Monastero's was a surprisingly wonderful find! The building is on an unassuming corner and looks rundown from the outside but inside it is a cute restaurant with a lot of charm and wonderful food! It's just a good old-fashioned restaurant with a soup or salad included with your entree and large portions for a moderate price. The food was very authentic and tasty. The wine list was rather large and cost efficient. Adding to the charm was the piano player and singer who both entertained during the dinner. I would highly recommend stopping by Monastero's if you're in the area."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Everything about this place is Italian from the nurals on the walls to the music gently playing in the background...Food is exceptional and the service evn better..!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I like this restaurant. The staff is friendly and attentive and the food is consistently delicious."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Always good food in a casual setting. Weekends include live music. A fun place for a good dinner."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "It was nice and the food was delicious. It was a little pricey...I use coupons so it was affordable."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Dependable old-style red sauce Italian. The live pianist and young opera singer are wonderful...great quality, lively, and fun. We'll be going back."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I absolutely love Monastero's.Everyone is so friendly. The service is excellent. The food is amazing, at a decent price. The wine list is absolutely to die for. I love dining at Moasteros' for romantic ocassions, anniversaries, birthdays, and just a night out with friends. Monastero's is just that good"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "My wife is an excellent Sicilian cook, so I know what southern Italian food is supposed to be like, but the food at Monastero's was only mediocre. Also they advertise having piano music on weekdays and opera singing on the weekend. We were there on a weekday, and no one touched the piano, even though we left after 8:00 PM."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "I decided to return to Monastero's because I have been neglecting them, not the contrary? The Monastero family are delightful , warm owners, who take great pride in their service, food and ambiance They have been in the Chicago-Lincolnwood area for decades and deserve a try. I took my wife and close friend for Valentines dinner Sat night and it could not have been better. From car hops to the bus boys, it's a refreshing experience. It is a reflection of the owners consistency of pride in making dining experience pleasurable."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food and ambiance here have always been good, but they have updated their menu ingredients and presentation. The food is even better than it has been in the past, and in the past it was very good. Good size portions as well."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were immediately seated and the entire waitstaff were wonderful."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Had not been here for years but will be back soon. Very nice, low-key and relaxing. Service was really good and food was great. One of the best minestrone soups in the city, mussels were delicious and suprise...........the pizza we ordered, thinking we were too full for entrees was great! Very fresh, hand made, great crust. Can't wait to go back and try the entrees. What a neighborhood gem......."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Monastero's is our favorite neighborhood restaurant. The food is always wonderful and authentically Italian. We enjoyed the piano player too. There is always something musical going on whether it is an opera singer or piano player. I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Monostero's was absolutely wonderful. Each of the 8 diners were thoroughly pleased with their meals. The food was excellent and out servers were fantastic. the piano player brought back memories of the old supper clubs when life was elegant and posh. I planned the evening for my Red Hat Christmas dinner in January and was more than pleased with everything. We all agreed it was top notch. If I was a food reviewer it would get 2 thumbs up. Thanks for making our evening so special."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Everything was great: food, service, atmosphere. My only complaint is that in my reservation I mentioned that we were celebrating our 27th anniversary of our first date at THIS RESTAURANT. They did not acknowledge this at all. We had a good time anyway."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "My wife and i came here for our anniversary dinner and everything was wonderful! she was very surprised and happy~especially the owners gracing us with their beautiful voices and charm!"
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Great Classic Italian Food, Large Variety from Appetizers to Main Courses to Desserts. Perfecto."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Love coming here! Warm, friendly, family owned place with amazing food!"
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Wonderful Italian dinner amid the live sounds of opera. Make sure you try their appetizer specialty, the arancini rice ball and their special desert, cannoli cake. I had the special chicken stew and my wife had delicious mussels, both excellent. The Monastero family has owned and run this place for years with attention to detail and service with family members greeting all of their customers througout the evening."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "staff friendly and helpful, food delicious, made our special occasion dining a truly wonderfully memorable event"
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "Friday evening was a nice surprise. We have only come here a week nights before. This time most of the tables were full and there was live entertainment. Good piano player and vocalist playing Christmas carols. Santa also visited. None of this affected the normal great food. All and all, we thoroughly enjoyed our evening."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "The lunch choices were good and we were mostly satisfied with our meals. I ordered the salmon lunch special with spinach and canneloni beans which the waitress recommended. Another person also ordered this dish. My salmon was too well done and had very little spinach and beans. The other person had a much nicer juicier cut of salmon. Since we ordered the same dish, it was disappointing that they were not of the same quality. The string beans that came with the salmon were OK, but I would have preferred something better, especially since there was so little spinach and canneloni beans. The service was fine."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "They have been around since the 60s and their staying power is definitely due to their continued commitement to their establishment and the customers. The food was fantastic with a special mention this time to the Calamari and Mussells Appetizers and the surprisingly excellent "table wine" which was a smooth Italian Red that tasted a lot more expensive than it was. The Costs are very reasonable here and you feel you are getting luxury service while not having to pay luxury prices. If this is in your neighborhood, you are remiss in not having tried it at least once. i will certainly be going back! (Oh yes, they have a piano in the main dinning room along with live music ... hard to beat that!)"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "We always enjoy our visits to Monastero's. Family friendly, very reasonably priced, wonderful selections."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Always good, always full. People love this place, and there's entertainment!"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Yes, it's romantic and kid friendly! The foodis awesome, the service impeccable, and the atmosphere warm and inviting...The owners are "hands on" and wonderful to meet...If you haven't had the pleasure, you're just cheating yourself!"
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "Great food and services! ! Excellent quality and yummy!"
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "Place is fabulous...free parking, great food, even better service and a wonderful "old world" atmosphere...Need anything else? Just go!"
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "My husband and I went to Monasteros to celebrate our anniversary. While it was busy, it was quiet. From the moment we sat down to the time we left, the service was impeccable. We both enjoyed our dinners very much. We've been here before and will most definitely go back again."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "Filling, tasty, and heartwarming appetizers and main courses. In addition to the food, we feel as though we are part of the family. Love that members of the family check in and say hello to their diners. Always an enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Was wih a group of 18. Outstanding service and all members in group raved about the food. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "Monastero's has been on the dining scene for many years. The atmosphere is welcoming and warm with exposed brick walls. There is a great variety of delicious Italian food and other offerings. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals. The service is excellent. The entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings was superb. A female opera singer performed beautiful music accompanied by an excellent piano player. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening and we plan to bring more of our friends there for more wonderful evenings."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "Everything here is made fresh and tastes wonderful Service is exceptional!"
    Dined on 8/27/2013
  • "The homemade pasta was excellent! It was lighter than most Italian restaurants, so didn't leave us feeling "stuffed". We went for the singing entertainment and enjoyed it very much. Also, had a personal visit to our table by the owner. Parking was ample and with no charge. We would return."
    Dined on 8/16/2013