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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 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
  • "Service is outstanding, food is awesome. Very romantic get-away. Love this place!!!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 food is just amazing! A tad pricey but worth every penny! The pasta is a must!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • " 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "I have been in the food service business for 45 years,visiting the best restaurants around the world.Pelago's food rates right at the top.Their service overcomes any reason you can think about to return.Their attitude towards the customer is insulting.Any questions were met with distain and rudeness,as if they were doing you a favor allowing you to visit their place.Their manager/owner/head waiter should be locked up in the back room.His presence is a deal breaker.At their price level good service should be automatic."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I went here for a business dinner. The ambiance and service are superb--very courteous and attentive. I had the house special salad, heirloom tomato and burrata. It was a bit too salty; could not enjoy the flavor of the fresh tomatoes. And, it needed some seasoning, perhaps fresh basil or oregano. the main dish, "Square Spaghetti with Roasted Eggplant, Fresh Tomato and Mozzarella" was unremarkable. The spaghetti was way overcooked and had gelled with the sauce, such that when I tried to pick up a bit, it was clumped together. More disappointing was the desert, apple cinnamon tort. Circllar slices of apple were placed on a crust and covered with a sauce and baked, served a scoop of ice cream. It was mushy and unsatisfying."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I regret the fact the check presented 4 Prosecco while we ordered just 2. Big mistake for such a restaurant. I regret the fact the waiter didn't mention the price of the specials, especially when a dish is about $ 20 more than those displayed in the menu. I regret that a 20% gratuity is compulsory... and what if we aren't happy with the service??"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Fabulous food, small and intimate, beautifully designed. Wonderful dining experience but probably a "special occasion" destination for most because of the prices. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Great Italian restaurant is a city with lots of good choices. Romantic atmosphere, professional staff, Best Pasta dishes in Chicago."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "If you like truffles, you have to get the fettuccine with black truffle oil appetizer. It's the best!! The rack of lamb was also very good although there could have been more vegetables on the plate. Aside from the vegetables, the portions were very good and in fact much bigger than I thought they would be for me and everyone else at my table. Appetizers are definitely to share because they are so big. I did not have dessert, but the dessert's ranged from $18-20 which I thought was a pretty high price for dessert."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Our friends invited us to join them. We had never heard of the restaurant before. Fairly pricey - enjoyed the pasta more than the mains. Service was a bit smarmy. If we come back, would stick to the appetizers."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I had high hopes for this quaint restaurant in Streeterville, but food and service were both disappointing. The art and decor in the dining room are lovely, but everything was downhill from there. Housemade pastas are gummy, sauces are bland and the bread isn't even served with olive oil unless you ask. Tenderized baby octopus is the only culinary highlight. Prices here are so high ($18 for a simple salad) and I know of many better Italian restaurants in town. Skip Pelago and go to Balena, Cicchetti or Nico Osteria instead."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Love this gem of a place so close (I live a block away). Have only been for dinner previously, so I wondered if I could find anything for lunch. Have to take a pass on a lot because of a food allergy. The baby spinach salad was UNbelievable. Just when you think salads are boring staples, something like this comes along. The risotto with vegetables was...well, I'm in love. My companion had the tomato with burata (?), (the extremely fresh mozz) and swooned over it. She also really enjoyed the sea bream. Agreed with me the portions were perfect. Her ONLY complaint was not being asked about water (she doesn't like paying $9 for water, don't really blame her). She loved being intro'd to the chef. As always, service was impeccable. LOVE."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Overpriced. Service was adequate, but I felt a little bit like an assembly line in a cafeteria. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "It's not a bad place and the service is very friendly but not great. We took the tasting manu and the pasta was so so, nothing really special. The rest better but not great."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Overall we had a very nice dinner at Pelago. The actual space was a little bizarre. I sort of felt like we were in a closet, but nicely decorated. More importantly, the food did not disappoint! It was delicious but very very expensive! I'm not used to paying $38 for pasta or fish for that matter. I'm glad I went but I don't think I will be returning any time soon. It's very good food but again, there is something about the actual space that just felt off to me as well. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Great food. Quite expensive though. Service was outstanding."
    Dined on 5/2/2014