Monastero's
Monastero's

Monastero's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.monasteros.com/
  • Phone: 773-588-2515x
  • 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, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Monastero's Ristorante & Banquets offers four independently private dining rooms accommodating groups of 30 to 300 for all occasions. You will work with one of our sales team to custom design a menu and event to suit your specific needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Maria Elisabeth Monastero 8772734241
  • 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
Homemade Pappardelle, Ravioli, Lasagna, Sauces, Desserts, and more await you at Monasteros. Monastero's offers a culinary tour of northern and southern Italian tradition within its menu. Maria Giorgia Monastero and brother, Joseph Monastero Jr. continuously work on new specials while maintaining the quality of their father and grandparents past recipes and cuisine. Few leave without a taste of Mezzi Rigatoni Mamma Maria and Arancine, Nonna Maria's favorite dishes.
Originating as a Pizzeria, Monastero's culinary masterpiece is its Pizza. Made with a medium thick crust, the Monastero's Special is a top seller. Sausage, Peppers & Onions, a cold beer, and a sports game makes for the perfect night.
Come discover the Garden Room and dine in Monastero's enclosed atrium. Greenery surrounds you and skylights let in the beautiful Chicago day. Sandwiches, Salads, and other lunch specialties make Monastero's lunch menu friendly to your work day and time.


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Monastero's reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (28)special occasion (23)good for groups (22)romantic (18)fit for foodies (10)kid-friendly (7)great for lunch (7)notable wine list (4)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Excellent friendly service but
    mztique2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    to put it simply the food is average, it is the atmosphere and the wonderful warm attentive and gracious staff that makes this place. Piano music although pleasant is a little loud.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Southern Italian
    I8ThePL8
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    All of these we fantastic: fried calamari, minestrone, salad, lasagne, veal parmigiana, cheesecake and coffee. This was our first visit here, celebrating my husband's birthday and we both loved our dinner. Good service and reasonable prices! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, neighborhood feel
    KenM
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    It had been a while since I had Monastero's, and I was surprised at how nice the restaurant looked. My wife was surprised at how good the food is, which is good because she know's her Italian, and is very particular.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyabel
    PinkyVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We joy the food, it is always good, no surprise, but average . It is a pleasant atmostsphere, and the wait staff is very friendly and efficent . Definitly will return in the near future.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • family foodies
    TheBardsGals
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Picked this from OPENTABLE to take our college grand daughter out.to eat This is a delightful Italian restaurant with wonderful service and food. The pumpkin walnut ravioli was excellent as was the spinach stuffed ravioli. The fish was perfectly prepared. Monastero's offers banquet facilities as well as a lovely dining room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The caesar salad was good and the Italian wedding soup was very good. Unfortunately, everything else was mediocre. We ordered the chicken vesuvio, it was not bad, the chicken was moist...but it not very good either. It was also heavy on the rosemary. The lasagna was light, which was nice, but the flavor was too mild, boring. The sauce was bland, did not taste homemade. Service was very good. We might go back and try other dishes since the service was good.
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  • Great place
    Judy
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Monastero's never disappoints. Even on an early Sunday evening, the service was exceptional and there was a piano player
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enoyable evening!
    Ukno
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This neighborhood gem is warm and welcoming! The food is very good and the service outstanding!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Homemade menu with wonderful entertainment. Definitely a reason it has been in business for over 50 years!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Banquets (but much more)
    BeerSox
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great food and friendly service. Good date location. The garden room is very pleasant during the daytime. Wine list is very good, but if you're a beer drinker there's no craft beers. I wouldn't let that keep me away, though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great dining experience
    Bob123
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Monastero's is a classy Italian restaurant offering excellent food, wine selection and great service. An excellent choice for a romantic dinner, special occasion or group gathering, it's also a great place for lunch. Every entree I've sampled has been delicious. The portions are just right. Go to http://www.monasteros.com and you'll see what I mean.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Feed your appetite for music, too
    ZamazingTastes
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Haven't been in years, but it didn't disappoint. Found exactly what we wanted on the menu; even tried a specialty cocktail (Mango Lemonade-something) that was perfect. The atmosphere was a little quiet for a Friday, but it was late for their dinner crowd (9pm?). Aside from the 3 or 4 happy birthdays the servers had to accommodate, the pianist was gifted and the singer granted a request for something from La Traviata... magnificent! The bill was less than I expected, too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bones
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great food and a great neighborhood place to eat. Could go there every week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good!!
    RemyVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Everyone here is FAN-tastic...The service and especially the food is outstanding! Go there if you haven't, yet. Free parking helps alot for seniors
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • charlieVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The only thing better than the excellent food was the superb service of our waitress, Heather. Also, the music and singing provided a very good background for our meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Has Potential
    HeyJudeVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Went here for weekday lunch. Ample free parking. Seated promptly -pleasant hostess. Decor quite a mixture. Fabulous shields/crests along 1 wall, unique art in terms of vintage "Italian street scene" puppets w small custom mural & 1 gorgeous Italian wall platter. Piano against a wall making entrance into main dining room too narrow- esp for a w/c Main focal wall not charming. Lovely enclosed patio visible from main dining room, but not maximized. Server polite. Slow refills & did not bring correct utensil set-up or small plates as food came out. Food OK, not memorable. Recipes from the late 60's Disappointing Clean ladies room w handicap "stall" - located in basemrnt= mobility impared have NO access to it
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  • Authentic Italian
    ChiTownGourmand
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Top Italian food in Chicago Land ... truly reminds me of Italy ... especially Sicily. Service was not quite spot-on --- a slow start but improved with dinner flow. We brought our own red wine ($10 corkage .. reasonable for a restaurant of this quality) and purchased a Ital Chard which was quite good. Great place to go with friends and family for a beautiful relaxed evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wife's Birthday Celebration
    1408
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    A just stop by dinner on the way to a downtown play turned into an outstanding dining experience. The lasagna dishes were superb and the waitress/support team equally so. Monastero's has never disappointed us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 319 reviews are from the Monastero's reviews archive.
  • Poor service
    FamilyDiner
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We were very unhappy with our service. We had a reservation and it took the host 15 minutes to acknowledge us. The service was incredibly slow. We sat for 20 minutes before the waiter even took drink orders. We were not checked on and waited another 15-20 minutes to order. Once food finally came out it was delicious. However, we again were not checked on. There was live music that was incredibly loud. We couldn't hear each other over the piano and soloist. We were there for a birthday and were seated at a circular table pushed together with a square table. Some of our party had their backs to the other half of the table due to this layout.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FluffyRoss
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Not only was the sauce, pasta, meatballs, and cannoli positively superb but the singers and their Broadway medleys made the evening such a warm and pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    How this restaurant rates so many stars is beyond comprehension. The food is completely mediocre. Prices are fair and the opera singing is a nice gimmick, but the salads were tired, the pastas were gummy, the crusting on the fish was burnt.....will not go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bland
    enjoygoingout
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The singing was fabulous. The salad was made earlier in the day--so it wasn't old but it wasn't fresh. I had a spinach, ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese and small pasta shell main course. It was exactly as described - no spices, a tad soupy and incredibly boring. My husband had a pasta with a tomato sauce that had more spices but it was relatively mild. We were there around 6 and the crowd was primarily senior citizens so perhaps the restaurant gears the food towards an older crowd. I wouldn't go back.
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  • Opera night
    Cook
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Hearing the singer was the best part of the evening!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem of the neighborhood
    chicagoception
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I drive by here and never noticed this little gem of a restaurant until recently. Many people at the restaurant, including ourselves, were celebrating a special occasion. The food was pretty good; not any better or worse than most of the Italian restaurants in the city. The portions were a little smaller than we're used to though, but it's ok. I don't understand why valet parking was required in such a small parking lot, but whatever.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very unique and stunning!
    Yana
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    That was really SPECIAL occasion, not just simple eating out. Nice atmosphere , great food, piano music, friendly service , little gift from the restaurant - all made this experience unforgettable for my mom and all of us. Thanks Monastero's!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent place to Celebrate
    DrFrankTVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    After attending a graduation ceremony at Loyola University we went to celebrate with the graduate to Monasteros. The convenience of using Open Table to facilitate the reservations helped. After our sumptuous meal which included appetizers, Soups, salad, and entrees, the graduate was treated to a delicious dessert accompanied by a beautiful "opera" song by the owner and wait staff. Very classy and memorable!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter brunch
    Kate
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Both food and service were great. Even one of the owners, Mary Ellen Monastero chatted us up. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exemplary
    ddiner
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Just everything was superior - thank you for splendid multiple birthday celebrations!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly wonderful
    CarolD
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • one of our favorites
    RemyVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    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..!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistent
    enjoysdiningout
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I like this restaurant. The staff is friendly and attentive and the food is consistently delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good food in a casual
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Always good food in a casual setting. Weekends include live music. A fun place for a good dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was nice and the food was
    Geenah
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    It was nice and the food was delicious. It was a little pricey...I use coupons so it was affordable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great live music
    Cook
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My wife is an excellent Sicilian
    Robert
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Well deserved review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • long time favorite updatedmenu
    good2eat
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were immediately seated
    Leeney
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    We were immediately seated and the entire waitstaff were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I absolutely love Monastero's.Every
    dinerschoice
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hidden neighborhood gem
    fdlvr
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    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.......
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.