Pelago
Pelago

Pelago

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.pelagorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3122800700
  • 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: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Pelago reviews from OpenTable diners
114 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (84)fit for foodies (70)romantic (65)notable wine list (54)neighborhood gem (51)great for outdoor dining (42)great for lunch (11)good for groups (11)late-night find (5)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Lovely atmosphere excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The atmosphere was quiet and intimate and the service was some of the best I've ever had. Everything from the hostess remembering that it was a special occasion, to the chef greeting us and saying hello, to the person recommending wine, everyone on staff was attentive and helpful. Not to mention the food recommendations were amazing. I was recommended the ravioli, which was easily the best pasta I've ever had. Wine list was extensive and we found a unique one from the alps that was delicious. It was my boyfriends birthday as well so they discreetly brought out a small dessert for us to share. It was personal and unexpected. All in all a wonderful meal with excellent staff and a great end to a special day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We could not have been more please with all aspects of our evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We come to this little gem every time we are in Chicago. Food and ambience great. The fettuccine with truffle to die for. Service was slow
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful for a special occasion
    LuvChicago
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We went to Pelago for dinner, although we had not heard of it before. It was excellent and I highly recommend it! Everything we ate was absolutely delicious and very nicely prepared and presented. We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and were surprised with a special dessert for the occasion. An elegant environment but not pretentious. Service was superb. Would definitely go back for another special dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Very good home made pasta and good wine list. We enjoyed it and will return the next time we visit Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pelago Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Outstanding food in quiet, elegant decor. Small, "thrown in" bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • winefood
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Always and excellent meal! I am equally impressed when the chef is frequently seen making his rounds and shaving the truffles as ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Setting, Inventive Menu
    SlavetoFoodVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Two of us dined here for the first time last Friday. We were accidentally quite early and they politely and smoothly accommodated us. Our trio of servers were efficient, quiet and not intrusive. Our head server was knowledgeable and helpful with the enormous (and expensive) wine list. The room is lovely - soft colors, high ceilings, a very gracious room. The food was amazing. The calamari app with roasted vegetables was beautiful and delicate. The square spaghetti with roasted eggplant and ricotta salata melted in our mouths. The pasta is homemade and prepared perfectly. The roasted chicken was so flavorful and "cozy" it was the perfect antidote to a chilly October evening. A lovely night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice evening
    Partyof5
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Service was excellent but cost was a bit much even for such a nice restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Pleasure
    Chicago
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. Great atmosphere and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Overall good food and service but food entries and wines are too expensive due to 300% mark up!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect dinner and location
    knotdone
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The service was outstanding by all staff. The size ( not to large ) and layout of the restaurant lends itself to a pleasant experience. The food is absolutely fantastic and not over priced. Wine selection is large and could be pricey depending on the occasion.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food but expensive
    robinsnestVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Food was superb but very costly. Deserts were avg $20
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply superb
    HammerVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Everything so exquisitely delicious. The fettuccine with black truffles was sublime and the orate (sea bream) perfectly cooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Server ruined the experience
    Foodtraveler
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had high expectations based on recommendations and the food lived up to the hype. Unfortunately the server really spoiled our evening. We could not understand him and we really tried. Then he offered options on the menu which when we ordered he said were only available if both of us ordered it. Just a very trying evening for us. Wish we could have said more positive things.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Pasta in Chicago!
    CDwyerVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Hands down has the best homemade pasta in the city!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italianissimo...
    Carlos318
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was a great dining experience, outdoor seating and all. The service was impeccable and the range of options present in the menu reflected the broad range of the Italian table. The pasta with lamb ragu and the gnocchi were truly memorable. The lamb chops were perfectly seasoned and perfectly red and moist when served. The wine list was superb. I would not hesitate to recommend this option to anyone I know and love who would be traveling to Chicago. Also recommend an after dinner cocktail at the Drumbar, on the 17th floor of the Rafaello Hotel, where Pelago is located. It is a perfect way to end an excellent evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinning
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Wonderful food and service. The menu is laid out in three courses and you choose each course.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BarbadosFoodie
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great service and excellent food. A definite must when in Chicago
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Antoniopoli
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Pelago è e rimarrà sempre il mio ristorante preferito al mondo. Lo Chef Mauro Mafrici riesce sempre ogni volta a sorprendermi con le sue prelibatezze. Non vedo l'ora di tornarci. Complimenti anche allo staff gentilissimo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Dissatisfaction
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Everything was wonderful. They paid attention to everything from the wait staff to the food to the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    loudiner
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This is my new favorite restaurant. Everything was just perfect. Our server was extremely helpful. We took his recommendation for the entire meal. Tomato and mozzarella salad to start. Very fresh Tomatoes with a light olive oil and fresh basil. Corkscrew pasta with crab, and vegetable risotto with prawns as a second course. Both of these were to die for.... could have stopped here. However, I wanted to try the fish of the day. It was a black bass with a white wine sauce. It was delicious. So glad I tried it. This will be our regular stop when in Chicago! Service is top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ScamAlertVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Scam Alert: If despite all you still go to this establishment be very careful and watch your bill! They sneaking more expensive wine charges in to your bill and blame you that you have ordered it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chic Italian
    ordercharma
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Chef Mauro personally greeted us and apologized for the reservation back up due to rain. Our waiter was happy to deliver our request for Macaroni Gorgonzola, which was not on the menu. The presentation for Mauro's Vittelo Tonnato was beautiful, and all of our main courses were delicious (Homemade sausage wrapped with Chicken, Whole Snapper and Rabbit).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected more
    FoodieMommaVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I really expected more for what we were paying for. Our server was very condescending and he frowned and replied "this isn't Maggiano's" when I asked if splitting an appetizer and getting an individual pasta & entree was too much food. We've been to Italy, we realize how dinner works there, but I don't think it's unreasonable to ask! Appetizer was squid stuffed with vegetables. It was so bland and stuffed with almost raw celery and carrots! Terrible! We enjoyed the veal ravioli with pistachio sauce, the pasta with lamb ragu, the veal chop, and the rolled pig and duck. We got the cookie ring filled with Mascarpone and sorbet for dessert. Meh... Not that flavorful and only a couple bites worth. Overall, it is overpriced for what you get.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding as usual
    CDwyerVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Always a lovely meal at Pelago! It doesn't get better than the homemade pasta...delicious!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sublimity
    Brooks
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    After Les Nomades, this is my favorite restaurant. The food is always excellent. The crowd is always mature and handsome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Favorite Place
    Phil
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We dined again at Pelago on 8/23. It was a wonderful evening. We have always enjoyed the many tastes the menu offers, and this time we tried four different pastas. Each was excellent, and the variety made for a fun and satisfying dinner. We always love the black truffle fettuccine and white asparagus risotto. Add to those a chef's special macheroni and a taglieatelle with lamb and a white ragu. We were very happy. When you add in a truly high level of service, attention to us as individuals, and the warmth we receive from so many of the staff it is easy to understand why we continue to come back to Pelago time and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finest
    BigguyVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Truly a wonderful and complete experience. The tasting menu was unbelievable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had a great lunch at Pelago
    Gman
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expected more
    SouthShoreFoodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific
    Uwec88
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem
    luvthequietVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicago's Sophisticated Italian
    EmsabVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food....too much traffic
    kinster4653VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    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.
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  • Overpriced?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Pelago has always been one of our favorite 'special occasion' restaurants. Our most recent visit left us disappointed though. The food is very good and the service was attentive but the bill was much higher than I remember it being in the past. I really like Pelago, but I think the prices are a bit inflated.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing dinner
    Lizzy
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great for a romantic night away. The food was outstanding and the serves was amazing. Going back again for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for special occasions
    doctorstephanie
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently delicious
    DelightfulVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.