Who can argue with a warm
Who can argue with a warm loaf of bread and dish maranara as soon as you're seated? That and a glass of wine made the time spent perusing the fairly substantial menu delightful. Our server couldn't have been more friendly, helpful, or knowledgeable. The food was very good; the desserts (canoli and gelatos) we fantastic.
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Italian Food
First time here but won't be our last!! Excellent food, we were more than satisfied.
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Our only issue is if you take
Our only issue is if you take reservations, honor them. We had an 8:00pm reservation and made the mistake of arriving very hungry and waited 45 minutes for a table.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
I read some of the reviews
I read some of the reviews before I went but I'm not sure what they're talking about. This was some of the best Italian food I've had in a long time.
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
food is always great, server
food is always great, server was exceptionally friendly, a place we frequent on numerous occassions with consistent great choices for dinner and specials. Truly relaxing, and if it were not for the cackling ladies enjoying "one too many" at the next table, would have been a delightful meal.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Everyone enjoyed the banana
Everyone enjoyed the banana pepper appetizer and all the entrees. Large portion sizes for all but the Veal Brocciole, but it was excellent. Wine by the glass much more expensive than expected, so should have just bought a bottle. Chocalate lava cake great! Called a cab for us so no problem getting back downtown. Noise level low and although the TV was on for sports it was not a distraction at all. Would definitely go back.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food & service,
Excellent food & service, as always. This was the first time I dined for lunch - but dependable experience every time. The food is always oustanding adn lunch was no exception.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a pleasure
I brought customers to Cafe Bionda before the last 2 'Hawks games. We had a great meal, wine & service. 2 people in our party ordered the stuffed pork chop special on the advice of our server. They were far from disappointed. Wish we didn't have to leave so fast.
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, excellent service. Your cup will never be empty even if you are drinking water.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Took a business associate to dinner at Bionda the other night. As always, great service, great atmosphere and great food. Always a pleasure to eat and enjoy a great time at Bionda's.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really good food and friendly
Really good food and friendly atmospere. Great place for casual lunch or dinner as well as a business lunch.
5/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always the food was amazing
As always the food was amazing and the food was slow to get to the table. The server was awful, just left us in the corner and didn't come by enough. Not sure what the problem was but I love the place and an off night will never stop me from having a meal at Cafe Bionda.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Favorite Italian restaurant
Such a great restaurant! The specials menu is unbelievable!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyed a nice evening with family and friends. Good food and makes a great Rob Roy. Had table ready, no wait.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Homemade Gnocchi Romano tastes like pillows of heaven with crumbled sausage, peas and mushrooms in a vodka cream sauce. I savored every single bite. Start with the grilled calamari. The fresh bread and marinara / parmesan dipping sauce were wonderful. Great service and nice dinner atmosphere.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of our Near South Side
One of our Near South Side favorites. Menu has all the Italian standards plus several Cafe Bionda specials that are excellent. Service has always been good and the quality of the food is excellent. Recommend Cafe Bionda if your looking for good authentic Italian dishes.
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved it!!! Fabulous service,
Loved it!!! Fabulous service, cocktails, atmosphere, FOOD and I could go on.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had a very delicious meal accompanied by wonderful service. My only qualm was that there was a woman who had her dogs off their leashes. I don't mind dining in a dog friendly environment. Just keep them leashed so they aren't sniffing around other customers.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and the service were
The food and the service were great at a reasonable price.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
cafe bionda = big surprise! south loop area - yes, fine dining on 19th and state! ambience is very nice, service was perfect, but the food - it really was outstanding. 5 different entries and everyone raved; not easy to pull off within our group. if you miss your nonnie's or mom's cooking, this place is a must visit. worth every penny.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian food
This was my first time at Cafe Bionda and I was pleasantly surprised. I had the linguine with shrimp and broccoli which was perfectly cooked and seasoned, and the right portion. My other friends had the bacon wrapped scallops which were so delectable and rich! The sauce was amazing! We asked for more bread just so we could eat it with the sauce! We had no time for dessert but will definitely be back. If you're going on a night where there is a Soldier Field event, plan ahead!
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
So Good We Went Back The Next Night
While only being in Chicago for 3 nights, we chose to spend 2 of them at this restaurant. Food was Wonderful and Plentiful. We shared the portions and had plenty. Please leave room for the deserts as they are great as well. Ask for GUY the server and you won't go wrong. Thank You Open Table for helping us find this one.,
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Is Little Italy in the South Loop?
When dining at Cafe Bionda I am never disappointed -- well, unless they try to seat me at a high-boy table in the bar area when I have a reservation. The food is fantastic and their bread with gravy (red sauce for all you non-Italians) is a wonderful way to start a meal. Highlights include, but are certainly not limited to: parmesan/milenese chicken larger than the plate, eggplant rolotinis, wonderful Italian wine selection, stuffed shells, rotating specials... I cannot go on I am getting too hungry.
If you have not tried Cafe Bionda definitely make the trip - the parking lot in back and ample street parking makes it worth the drive.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Took adult children as college send off. Excellent service, delicious food, authentic Italian!
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nana lives in Chicago- yum!!
I checked open table to see what might be near the Hyatt at McCormick Place, located in the distant south side of town. This sweet,title Italian place was within walking distance so I strolled there. My female waitress was a delight (boomer) and she let me order a side of spaghetti and meatball and arugula salad, both of which rivaled my Italian grandmas cooking!! I I tended to return the following g nite but time didn't allow. Highly recommend. You won't be disappointed.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great Italian place
I went with a friend for dinner on a Friday night. I made reservations but I doubt we would have had to wait long for a table if we hadn't made reservations. I had the rigatoni with vodka sauce and it was fabulous! Shelly was our waitress and treated us wonderfully. Pauly, the manager, came by our table a few times to make sure everything was to our liking. I love it here and cannot wait to go back!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Italian food
After all these years, it never fails to deliver good food and good service. I would recommend anyone to make a reservation when you're planning for dinner as it gets packed quite easily.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
I left here wondering why
I left here wondering why I don't come here more often...very good
8/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
Another good experience
Cafe Bionda is a great addition to the south loop neighborhood !
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great find in Chicago. Exceptional food, the nana's gravy is unbelievably good!
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Meet with a group of 10 business associates in all for an introductory and planning lunch. Staff was very courteous setting up the appointment and the hostess was very nice.
The food was very good except for the pork chop was a little over cooked. Waiter was good but check was a little slow coming out.
Overall a good experience.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were visiting from out of town. The food is out of this world! The music is too loud, but the food is awesome! Definitely worth going! !
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was good and came very quickly. Our dining experience was very quick.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The staff was very accommodating. Great ambience. Delicious food.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome as Always
Always a great meal, romantic spot, with great Italian food.
10/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
great local place
Loved the food...loved the service! The place was packed and crowded so took away from some of the pleasure.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant was hopping on a Monday night. Food and service were highlights.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Celebrated with a birthday dinner, the food was excellent and the service outstanding. We were fortunate enough to have a drink with the owner who happened to be there that night,a very generous business man, and great story teller
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food, wine and service were outstanding. We were at a bad table . . . in the back next to the kitchen and almost in the hall, but our server was so good that it wasn't an issue. Only complaint is that we made a reservation through Open Table and the hostess forgot to notify them that we were there. Hate those no-show emails from Open Table!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM