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Pelago Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.pelagorestaurant.com
  • Phone: (312) 280-0700
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch Daily: Monday thru Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner Everyday: Sunday thru Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm; Friday and Saturday: 4:30pm -11:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Mauro Mafrici
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact the Reservations Dept. for detailed information on how we can assist with your semi-private or private dining needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Mauro Mafrici (312) 280-0700
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please contact Reservations Dept. for detailed information on how we can assist with your semi-private or private dining needs.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mies van der Rohe
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Discounted valet price for 3 hours for guests dining at Pelago.
A word from Pelago
Fine dining Italian in the Gold Coast. Located one block east of Michigan Avenue at the Hotel Raffaello.

Please note:

Our restaurant is appropriate for well-behaved children over the age of 12.

So to not disturb other guests there are no laptops/iPads allowed in the dining room.

Personal wine bottles are not permitted.
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Diner Reviews
  • "This gem never fails to please with its excellent upscale food and friendly."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Pelago is one of the best restaurants in Chicago. It never disappoints. Excellent selection of choices and exquisite presentation of solid concepts. Truly enjoyable. joyfull"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My husband and I went for my birthday. We truly enjoyed our experience. The food was excellent from the appetizers to dessert. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful to pairing wines with our food. All in all excellent!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We found the restaurant because we were staying at the Rafaello Hotel. It is an absolute foodies paradise. Gorgeous authentic Italian food. We had the sampler of the pastas and it was an absolute hit with everyone. The appetizers are decadent as well. It will be our first stop on our next trip to Chicago."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • " we had a delightful alfresco lunch at Pelago. As usual, the food was superb and the service was warm, welcoming and professional. This is my favorite Italian restaurant at any time of yesr, but, when the weather is right, eating lunch on the terrace is a special treat. It honestly feels as though you are in Paris or Rome on a blissful vacation. It was a delightful experience in every respect."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This was one of the best Italian restaurants I've ever been. Food and service was fantastic. Highly recommend for any occasion."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Love this gem. Have been a dozen times and it NEVER diappoints. Wait staff always accomodating and knowledgeable. Food first rate. Ambience and lighting sublime."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Brought another first-timer to the restaurant and they gave rave reviews. She had the veal chop and loved it -- it was delish, I tried a bite. My chilean sea bass was delicious as ALWAYS. The white asparagus risotto is the best, hands down, outside of Italy, for sure. Love this place...love this place."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Forget all those flashy hotspots...Pelago is a lovely and delicious oasis. The food is spectacular and the service is attentive. This is the place to go if you are entertaining guests from out of town. Lucky for me, Pelago is in my neighborhood! This is what fine dining should be. Bravo!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Beautiful, elegant room. Warm welcome, great service. Food was a mix of very good and just ok. Grilled octopus was chewy and tough. We did chef's tasting. Risotto cooked perfectly al dente, white asparagus and saffron were superior to the one with too sharp (acid) tomato flavor. Pasta course was mixed, maccheronicini with lamb ragu and gnochetti with tomato were nothing special, while the taralli with sausage and peas and the garganelli with braised hen were incredible! Beef was bland and not very tender, pork and duck were good. Branzino was very overly salted, skin was mushy and unappetizing. Grouper and salmon were very delicious. Dessert sampler was wonderful. Considering VERY high tab and reviews, expected to be wowed but were not."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Exquisite dining experience. Delicious food and wine. Perfect surroundings and the best waiter."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our 14 year anniversary there. I had mentioned it to the bartender while I was having a cocktail waiting on the arrival of my husband. He must have informed our wait staff because when dessert came "Happy Anniversary" was written on the plate in chocolate. Such a nice gesture. The sea bass that was on the menu just melted in your mouth and was cooked to perfection. My husband had one of the specials that night (duck rolled in pork) and he loved it. The cookie ring filled with marscapone cheese and fruit is one of the best desserts I have ever had. Everything was exsquite. I cant think of anything that I would improve upon food or service wise."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Gorgeous. Impeccable. Excellent service. Perfectly sized portions. A chef who makes everything with love. I feel incredibly lucky to have a place like this as a neighborhood go-to. Now if only the weather would cooperate more often so I could sit outside on their sidewalk dining area and enjoy!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This restaurant has excellent food and ambience, with great potential. However, servers on more than one occasion have been haughty, spoiling the experience. And prices really are out of line."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Service and food were excellent. It was very pricey to the point that I would be reluctant to return."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "What a surprise to chose this restaurant for a mini-reunion lunch for 3 old friends from high school and have the entire restaurant to ourselves - for the entire lunch hour! We arrived at 11:45 and departed at 2:15 and we were the only customers inside the entire restaurant. The wait service was overwhelming and at times just 'too much'? The only problem was when our waiter went to ring up our charges on our credit cards and he just couldn't seem to figure out how to do it - took way too long and we had to forgo a leisurely walk to our booked CAF river cruise to needing to catch a cab asap."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We have been here many times and love it more each time. If you have not been here I suggest you try it!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Service is outstanding, food is awesome. Very romantic get-away. Love this place!!!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The special asparagus risotto was very, very good. My companion had the sirloin and loved it. Came with so many vegetables, was just gorgeous. My grouper is off the regular menu…but Chef included polenta for me on the chilean sea bass. Best ev-ver. Love this place, always. Consistently excellent. The staff is absolutely the best."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Would match the best of NYC. Great spot. Excellent good and service."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "What a delicious experience. Felt so special in the most elegant patio, with the best service, food and wine paired."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The food is just amazing! A tad pricey but worth every penny! The pasta is a must!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "wonderful dining experience. lovely but not stuffy atmosphere, terrific food, nice menu, outstanding service. reasonable prices. Best desserts I have had in years! Great for a special meal. The pasta trio was amazingly delicious. I will return the next time I am in Chicago!!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The restaurant is lovely and the service congenial but the prices and the portions are out of balance. It's too expensive for what is offered."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Perfect place for a special evening and special occasion. Everything and everyone was A+!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Had a great dining experience at Pelago. My wife and I arrived early and sat at the bar. Very intimimate. The bartender was engaging and helpful with drink recommendations. My wife had the Pelago Martini and loved it. Our waiter was very helpful in selecting the wines and the courses. He recommended an absolute jewel of a northern Italian white as well as a Sicilian white. The chef is to be commended. He allowed the ingredients to shine with simple yet elegant preparations. We all comments that the entire experience could not have been better."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Exceptional food, wine list, and service. We make it a point to dine at Pelago every time we travel to Chicago."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Should note: no "electronics" allowed at the tables and NO kids. The ambiance, food and wine were 4+."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "With outstanding food and beautiful decor inside and out, Pelago never disappoints. Chef Mauro Mafrici is a genius! A little more pricey than many Italian restaurants and worth every penny!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Excellent food. I tried the pasta of the day which was with truffle and was amazing. My daughter ordered pasta with pomodoro sauce, she loved it, I tried it and I can say it was one of the best I have ever tried."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "food is great but very small pours of wine by the glass. They charged us $12 to share 3 entrees! the temperature inside was so incredibly cold i had to go outside and stand on the street to try and warm up. Other diners were also freezing. i ask them 3 times to increase the temperature with no luck so i had to leave and step outside while my food on my plate on my table got cold. They should have given me a new warm entree. They did not. They never offered a free Deseret or a glass of wine for the miserable dining conditions. Not an apology from the chef. Nothing. Food is great if you eat it quick before it turns to ice."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We have been going to Pelago since it opened and find it more delightful each year. The chef/owner has a wonderful sense of cuisine, pastas are especially noteworthy. This restaurant is in the heart of Streeterville and the outside dining is among the nicest in Chicago. Wait staff is outstanding, unbelievable knowledge of wines, especially Italian vintages. Susan"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "You won't be disappointed! From the minute you walk in to Pelago you are well taken care of. The wait staff is attentive but not overly and the food is fabulous!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Pelago was a lovely restaurant, but the service was just ok. It started out like it was going to be great, but deteriorated as the meal went on which was disappointing considering the price. Bread was offered to ever other table but ours, had to ask for pepper for salads and a pepper grind was the placed on the table for us, little assistance with the wine list and one meal had to be sent back because it was so dry. Wouldn't go back and wouldn't recommend."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Personally, I enjoy the overall experience of a good restaurant. We were offered a table of choice when we arrived. As the restaurant filled we found the service to be excellent. The wine we selected was excellent with the meal. The bread and antipasto was different and delicious. We selected a chef's tasting menu that both my wife and I found to be excellent from the cheeses right through the desert. I had the meat plate my wife had the fish. Since my wife and I were tasting off each others plates. We both agreed we enjoyed the meat over the fish. The presentation of the food as it is plated was wonderful. Presentation for me makes the food so much more appetizing. All in all a leisurely comfortable dining experience downtown."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Couldn't deviate from my fave, the grouper. Companion had a special, the swordfish. Love this place, always a pleaser. Staff is just perfection. Watchful and polite, professional -- always professional."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The food was amazing, was just put off by them pushing bottles of wine that were $200 plus."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • " We had the best lunch in a very very long time.Food is so delicious, it honestly took us back to Italy. Great portions, beautiful patio and amazing service. We can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I've dined all over the world and tasted what I thought was wonderful Italian food. This out did them all. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Very pricey for what you get and food not too tasty. Overall...not a good experience."
    Dined on 5/25/2014