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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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "Truly a wonderful and complete experience. The tasting menu was unbelievable!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Pelago always has good food and service but it was great to have lunch outside on a nice summer day in Chicago."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Service was fast, rushed, and over within an hour. The servers were aplenty--3 main waiters and two or three assistants? Seemed overbearing and was intrusive. We stayed in the hotel (Raffaelo) so it was to be a pleasant dinner. Had we known this would have been the outcome of our evening, I'm sure we could have found better service and fare within blocks."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The waiters were tremendous, terrific choices and great service. A wonderful dinner, great indoor dininng and out. Attentive to detail, even table side benches for the ladies purses. Really felt well taken care of and delicious dining. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Spectacular food and service in an elegant and quiet atmosphere. The staff is very helpful and there's no rush. Pelago is a really special dining experience."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Chef Mauro Mafrici brings a new level of cuisine, service and ambiance to Chicago's Gold Coast. With its name and food a nod to the Italian love affair with the sea, think of of Sorrento or Portofino, with the sophistication of Manhattan. The food is creative and outstanding, the service world class, and the beautiful blue highlighted room a testimony to Chef Mauro's focus on the sea. If you truly appreciate truly fine dining, Pelago is not to be missed."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Pelago has a wonderful outdoor section, and we dined outside on this trip to the restaurant. As always, the food was delicious. My wife had the grilled octopus antipasti, and it was delicious. Our entrees were exceptional, and the 2nd course pasta dish was better than everything else. The only drain on the evening was the traffic passing by. Some five double decker excursion buses passed while we dined, plus two party buses dropped at least 50 people off at the Hotel Raffeello (sic?) for something. All of the traffic diminished the great food and ambience."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The setting and service were very good. A nice wine list with prices in an acceptable range. The food was just average. My wife and i chose their specials the halibut was good but the veal shank lack any real flavor. the risotto we order was tasty but lacked the creamy smoothness i prefer. Overall just an average experience."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Great for a romantic night away. The food was outstanding and the serves was amazing. Going back again for sure."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "This was a delicious dinner and the service was good. The only complaint would be that the wait staff was a little bit 'hovering'. A great selection on the menu of unique items and tried and true favorites. I would return for the stuffed squid appetizer anytime. They were very knowledgable and helpful with gluten free options. Their Gluten free pasta is delicious. We took our 3 teenage daughters as a decadent end of summer night out and they thoroughly enjoyed the upscale experience."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Chef always adds new, seasonal items to a solid, diverse, delicious menu. You can't go wrong at Pelago. Suitable for a business lunch, romantic dinner or family/arge gathering. Service is always great."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Exceptional food preparation by chef Owner Mauro. The menu elevates Italian cooking to a new level."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "The food at Pelago is fantastic and the room is lovely. We shared veal-stuffed ravioli with pistachio sauce and penne with sausage and green peas, both of which were outstanding and an entrée (sea bream). Our waiter was at first very enthusiastic and helpful with ordering wine, but told us more than once that the traditional Italian way to eat was to order appetizers, primi piatti and entrees. As none of the three us of was interested in that much food, we declined. Once it became apparent we were not going to order everything, our waiter went AWOL. The sides we ordered never came, even after we told another server that we had ordered them. They arrived as they were clearing the table. Were it not for the service, it would be 5 stars."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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
  • "The decor looked great online but once there in person it was a much older crowd (senior citizens!) so it felt a bit cold for my fiancee and I. I took him there for his 30th birthday for the food and ambiance as I wanted something more formal. However, instead of it being formal, it was just too stuffy. The wait staff was friendly but not so much helpful. They almost blew the surprise I had for him; I let the hostess know that we had to leave by a certain time in order to make it to his surprise party and the waiter came over and confirmed that we had to "leave early." Luckily I was able to play it off but it was NOT fun to receive that! I won't be going back again :("
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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