The ambiance is lovely at this smaller, elegant Italian restaurant. We celebrated a wonderful anniversary here. The pastas were amazing and definitely the strongest aspect of the menu with the dessert coming in at a close second. The entrees fell short even though the house specialty, duck breast surrounded by pig came highly recommended. Next time we will focus on the pastas. A beautiful and yummy complimentary dessert for our anniversary was brought to our table with a candle and an inscription. Service was a little abrupt but I think it was our server and not the overall restaurant. We will return for the pastas and desserts.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
A delightful under the radar gem
Exquisite food warm and personable but professional service, gorgeous outdoor terrace andromantic sophisticated interior. I hav been many times and have never been disappointed. Filled with locals who have many options but know a winner when they see one. A few lucky visitors find Pelago through hip hotel concierge. Only tell nice people about this place, Please!
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best restaurants
One of the best restaurants around great food, service and sitting outside on a pleasant Chicago night is terrific I
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a Favorite!
I make it a point to eat here at least once per trip to Chicago, Always good food and good service, in the middle of one of the greatest cities in the country!
7/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food and service. Great
Great food and service. Great wine list. The rabbit was excellent. Will return any time.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great atmosphere
We've lived in Streeterville for a few years and never made it to Pelago and we are now sorry we took so long to come. It is a great place to eat! the food was delicious and the wine was fantastic! The staff was extremely attentive. We were able to take our time and enjoy every bit without feeling rushed. It's a great place to bring girlfriends for a nice dinner or your significant other! They even had a seat for my purse! We cannot wait to go back, this time with others!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent, But Flawed
We shared a pasta, which was great, as are all of Pelago's pastas. The rabbit was good, not great. The snapper (a daily special) fared better. Service was a bit shaky - the server kept our wine bottle off our table, so we had to search him out for refills. All in all, service was not attentive, although it was friendly and prompt. Pelago indulges in the annoying affectation of an all-Italian wine list. As a result, there were a lot of reasonably priced mediocre wines, and some expensive good wines, but missing were the great Zinfandels and Cabernets at moderate American prices which are offered in many of the best Italian restaurants in this country. I have never encountered a restaurant in Italy with an all-American wine list.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice place. I would recommend
Very nice place. I would recommend it to all. It is a bit pricy but worth it
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good upscale Italian.
Very good upscale Italian. Pastas are home made. Entrees are delicious. A bit pricey. Great ambience inside and out.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh, tasty dinner, great service and a gem because it's located in the boutique hotel, Rafaello. had the grilled octopus , which was not rubbery like some other places. very fresh fish and risotto.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Srini's Tasty Tongue
Very nice wine selection, vegetarian selection. For a midwestern restaurant freshness of Sea food is acceptable. But if you want fresh sea food go to coastal towns and cities and restaurants right off the coast, where the chef will swear all fish was caught and delivered that morning.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Italy in Chicago
I have spent a fair amount of time in Italy and Europe-Pelago honors all the great traditions and quality you would expect in any of the great cities of Italy-perfectly prepared, prefectly portioned, excellent service, great cocktails and wines. Fresh, flavorful and unique.
Can't recommend it more highly than that.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was superb. The tomato and mozzarella appetizer was heavenly. The specially-made-to-share pasta taster was out of this world good. The fish entrees were only so-so. Prices were high.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was fabulous. I had the veal ravioli & my husband had the fish special. We each had the burrata cheese & heirloom tomato salad. Every item was prepared & plated beyond our expectations. Our waiter was knowledgeable, attentive and paced the meal perfectly. I requested a quiet table & we were accommodated. Highly recommend.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our new favorite Italian in Chicago
We visit Chicago 6-7 times a year, and this is our new spot that we always have to visit. Food has always been fabulous and service excellent!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always lovely. Mauro and his
Always lovely. Mauro and his staff are incredible.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Was staying at the hotel that
Was staying at the hotel that night for my birthday, and decided to stay close and have dinner. We sat outside, not many places in chicago can you sit outside and not be disturbed by traffic noise. The locationis perfect, quiet but close enough to the hustle and bustle if you want it.
Food was amazing, service was great, if i had to complain about 1 thing that would be the cocktail list.
My recommendation to the establishment is that they have the same cocktails that are on the menu at the roof bar.
Overall great dinner and great night
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pre Theater Treat
We had 1 hour to dine at this quiet neighborhood spot. Despite the threat of rain, we lucked out and dined outside with linen tablecloths. I had the polpo salad and the tartufo pasta, both cooked perfectly and so tasty. Service was attentive, but not overbearing. We enjoyed a glass if a very good Pinot Noir and hated to leave. Can't wait to go back for the tartufo pasta, then again. There's way too many other choices to repeat the sand dish.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
I enjoyed Pelago very much.
I enjoyed Pelago very much. The food was spectacular. I am still thinking about the fettuccine with black truffles! However, the restaurant was quiet when we dined there and our service was quite slow.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was gracious, warm, attentive and unobtrusive. No attempts at frou-frou food theater here nor a loud, crowded bar nor a place to be "seen". The ambience was a quiet, relaxed elegance, with the space designed to reduce noise and create more privacy and intimacy for each table. The menu had plenty of options, although slightly conventional and did not do justice to the flavors delivered in the food. But the food was just excellent. The details in execution really set apart the best restaurants. I look forward to a return visit to try some more dishes.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Per me Pelago è il miglior
Per me Pelago è il miglior ristorante al Mondo e Mauro il più grande Chef!!!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful, elegant restaurant
Very elegant décor and beautiful patio. Food couldn't be better. One small complaint, we were set in a small side room, which was quite romantic, but I felt like the wait staff forgot about us too much. But the food was so good, we didn't really mind that much.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty, innovative dishes but
Tasty, innovative dishes but be prepared to drop a lot of dough!
9/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Food and Amazing Service!
The restaurant is beautiful and confortable.
It is a more traditional ambiance and crowd.
The food is amazing! You must do the 5 course Chef Tasting.
Our Maitre D' was Great! He provided great service, and recommendations. He was delightful and superb
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
SERVICE SHOULD BE BETTER
I am relatively new to the neighborhood and have dined at Pelago a number of times. The room, setting, and most of the clientele are elegant - befitting of the high prices. The food is wonderful. They serve some of the best fish and pasta dishes in the city. The wine list is large and, as it should be, focused on Italian. I fail to understand how a restaurant of this potential offers mediocre service at best. It clearly does not live up to expectations. I have been repeatedly disappointed. The captains and servers are, for the most part, inattentive and uncaring. This is a discredit to a restaurant of this level. I urge Pelago to take action
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have dined there several times.
Have dined there several times. Food and service excellent.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh Italian food
Pretty restaurant with delicious homemade pastas and breads and good sized entree portions.Small place with close tables,tends to be noisy.
Very expensive appetizers and desserts!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best in Chicago
Pelago serves the best italian food in Chicago. The homemade pastas are beyond compare. The service is impeccable. The dining room is beautiful and elegant. The gnocci with gorgonzola and walnut sauce is perfection!!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
New favorite Restaurant
I was highly satisfied with everything at Pelago. The chef was wonderful and he came out and made us a special dinner! I sang happy birthday to my boyfriend and it was very welcomed atmosphere. The food was incomparable to anything in Chicago. I felt like I was eating in Italy again!
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pre-marathon fine dining
Carbo loading the extremely exquisite way. Many thanks to Michael for suggesting, and chef for preparing, a pasta tasting plate. The experience made the marathon weekend all the more memorable. And I'm positive their pasta fueled my success!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food & Wine!
You can't go wrong here! All 4 of us loved our dishes and the wine. Excellent service. A hidden gem!
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chicago has not done fine dining well for years. Pelago is a very welcome exception. Beautiful room, flawless service, great food and wine. And we didn't feel like we were eating a chemistry set, dining in a mad scientist's laboratory or being ripped off by a scam artist.
Can wait to go back and try ALL the homemade pastas. Wonder if we will still be able to get a resrvation in 60 daus?
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner before Broadway Playhouse
Grabbed dinner here before seeing To Master the Art at the Broadway Playhouse. Much more expensive than I thought it would be. My wife said her food was fantastic. Mine was okay. The squid appetizer was great. Just wasn't expecting to spend what we did and the food wasn't worth the price in my opinion. Staff did a great job taking care of us. Very attentive, but also gave plenty of space as needed.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a superb dinner and
We had a superb dinner and the service excellent!! Would recommend this place to anyone and look forward to returning the next time I visit Chicago.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Double Whammy
We went to Pelago on the advice of a friend. I haven't been to Chicago in some years so was not on the inside track re fine dining. We (my husband and son) had a great meal on the friday night. The following afternoon we were informed that the fine dining establishment that we were booked into had a plumbing problem that necessitated a last minute cancellation of all the diners. Fortunately Pelago was able to accommodate us for another equally great meal. Great on all accounts including the warm and friendly service.. We will definitely be returning.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely eloquent. The finest service in Chicago.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
My new favorite Chicago restaurant
Pelago is by far the best Italian restaurant in the city. Impeccable service, amazing food, and gorgeous space.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Previously we dined here for
Previously we dined here for lunch and b/c we were so impressed, came back for dinner. The experience was wonderful-service top notch, food is creative & excellently prepared, the wine list is good, and the atmosphere is lively. Just a small ding-we split a salad and the waiter didn't tell us about a split charge (and we didn't see any mention of a split charge on the menu). So, the salad was more $$ than either of our primi piatti.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wine/food visits Chicago
Anytime you enter a restaurant and see the chef personally shaving fresh white truffles over a bowl of exquisitely prepared, in-house made pasta, you know that you are in for a foodie adventure. Brian was an incredible waiter who basically recommended our meal courses along with a fine super-Tuscan and we were not disaapointed. This place "feels right" and offers an incredibly wonderful dining experience which is not to be missed. We shall return!!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Just fantastic...food..service... location..one of the best
Places downtown but nicely hidden.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a must try Italian!
We've haven't ever quite been able to make a visit happen here until Sat. Consider it our loss! Attached to the Hotel Raphaello, this is in no way a hotel restaurant ; its a charming room appointed in crisp whites and Mediterranean blues. We discovered elegant Italian dishes comparable with the best Italian restaurants in town. Rich Minestrone to start, followed by silky hand-rolled papardelle al funghi. The Chicken Saltimbocca leapfrogged over mundane and arrived w crispy prosciutto, sage, surrounded with a vegetable "tasting" . It felt as though we were having lunch in Tuscany. Pinot Grigio and Gavi by the glass were the perfect accent. Staff were savvy, approachable and helpful - now we have to go back to try dessert!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent. Very Italian in
Excellent. Very Italian in the continental sense. We thoroughly enjoyed the food, the service and the wine that was recommended.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is an excellent North
This is an excellent North Italian restaurant with carefully prepared offerings and a number of interesting special dishes. The service is very professional and helpful without being overbearing. The ambiance is one of intimacy because the dining area is divided into a number of smallish rooms.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing Italian white truffles
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The chef is amazingly clever when it comes to using these truffles...the truffle butter was so good we got the truffle pasta for an appetizer. It. Was. Amazing. I had never had anything like it before and was blown away.
My wife had rabbit and I had lamb shank, both oh which were spectacular. We finished off with an excellent cheese plate and a "frollini", which is like an upright cylindrical cannoli with a less viscous filling and amazing raspberry sorbet sitting atop a flat circular cap of carmalized sugar...oh, and there was a bilberry sauce drizzled about the dish. Incredible.
Hands down the best meal of my life!
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Quiet, romantic restaurant
Wonderful Italian restaurant especially if would like great food along with great conversation.
Very attentive service. Nice Italian wine list. Nice ambiance.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perhaps, I am too picky. For the money we spent we expected better food, better service, and a quieter ambiance.
We will not be back. I know we can do better for less money.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a wonderful dinner at Pelago. The food was outstanding along with the appetizers and the wine. Our waiter was very attentive along with all the staff. We had a party of four and three of us decided to choose a pasta dish and one other guest choose one of the fish specials. Our dinners were delicious. Wonderful experience - along with the atmosphere and staff.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had walked by this restaurant numerous times, and never stopped in. Was meeting a friend for lunch in the middle of holiday shopping craziness, so decided to try this restaurant. Could not have been more pleased - felt like I was in Italy! Quiet, classical music and phenomenal food. The waiter suggested that we try the 3 course lunch special - which we did, and everything was extraordinary. The homemade pastas are not to be missed - we tried the ravioli and the penne, lightly sauced and magnificent. This will be a new favorite place for me - truly remarkable.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic Italian Food!
Amazing homemade pasta, fresh daily specials, incredible fish. This place has it all. Impeccable service from our waiter complimented the delicious meal. I have to comment on how nicely the wait staff was dressed, too! This restaurant is a must if you are in the Chicago area and crave Italian food. The restaurant decor is very pretty. Wine list was great. Overall a very nice meal and can't wait to return! Don't skip dessert!
12/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Evening to remember....
Our friends love this place... And now we do also. Little pricey, but it's worth it! Attention to details, not a single 1-missed! Loved our dining experience and we'll be back most certainly! Thank you, Pelago.
12/8/2013 4:00:00 PM