I have been before for bridal showers and Christmas luncheons. Recently I have been twice for lunch. On both occasions we had the same waitress, she was very pleasant and efficient and didn't mind us holding a brief meeting or just talking once we had finished our meal. It was a very pleasant experience and convenient for those of us who live in nearby neighborhoods.
3/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Extremely friendly service
Extremely friendly service and comfortable old world italian charm. Everthing is homeade.I will definetly return as they owners and help really appreciate your business. The owner came to our table three times to thank us,the server couldn't have been more attentive.
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful food and service. All
Wonderful food and service.
All four of us found the food we ordered to be very good, and with no appetizers, a very sufficient meal.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful neighborhood family
Wonderful neighborhood family place. Great food. Live piano music added to ambience. I think this was our waitresses first night. Probably not a good idea to have a new waitress handle a bigger table right away. There were 7 of us. She made a couple of mistakes on the drink and food orders, but managed to correct them when they were brought to her attention. I think she was a big overwhelmed. Food was a long time coming, but very good when it finally arrived. Of course, we will go there again. It is a family favorite.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great service and the food
Great service and the food was terrific! Really nice menu selection and unique dishes. You'll love it!
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
This restaurant was the awesome.
This restaurant was the awesome. I went on a Friday night and made reservations online. The food was delicious and the whole staff was so helpful, polite, and fun. Mr. Monastero even stopped by every table to make sure everyone was enjoying their food. I would recommend this place for anyone looking for good traditional Italian food. They have an extensive menu so everyone can find something they like. The valet service was also a very nice touch. The prices were very reasonable. For the amount of food they brought I thought my dinner of two for $39 was a great deal.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Helpful service, delicious food. After finding out that we were celebrating or daughter's graduation, Martha Monastero had the most delectable piece of cake delivered to the table and then proceeded to sing "Happy Graduation" in her beautiful operetta voice. The Montero family, Joe Sr. and Maria, visited our table and made us feel like we were guests at their home. A memorable touch made better by the delicious food and welcoming atmosphere.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
A favorite restaurant of my in-laws for special occasion meals. Fun to dine in the updated surroundings but still have some of the old-time favorites on the menu, along with new items. Outstanding, friendly wait staff and consistently good food.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
They allowed us to change
They allowed us to change our reservation time with no problem. They were very accommodating of our (noisy) grandsons.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our friends loved it!
We have a little group that dines together about monthly. They all loved it and said they would return. The service is excellent, the food arrived hot and delicious. Two of us are gluten free and we enjoyed the gluten free pasta and special preparation of the main courses.
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really enjoyed this place...everyth
Really enjoyed this place...everything was most excellent!
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were early for our reservation but still got a nice table right away. The staff was friendly and efficient. My martini was superb as well as my salmon dinner. The other people in my party ordered pasta and were also pleased. We will be back.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a delightful, friendly
Always a delightful, friendly place with good food. Wonderful place for friends to meet and enjoy the atsmophere
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was delicious. AN added bonus was the entertainment. A young woman, Stephanie, sang and she was delightful. Overall we enjoyed our dining experience very much.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very attentive wait staff. Great selection of traditional Italian. Each of us really enjoyed our dinners.Veal cutlet was pounded a little thin for my tastes, but still was enjoyable.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was lovely
The food and service were great. Joe Monastero stopped by the table. Nice touch. Piano player was execellent. Singer was obviously a little inexperienced - a little harsh to listen to at times. Free parking was easy.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic Experience at Monastero's
Our family greatly enjoyed celebrating with the family that runs Monastero's. It was an authentic dining experience through each course.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The homemade pasta was excellent!
The homemade pasta was excellent! It was lighter than most Italian restaurants, so didn't leave us feeling "stuffed".
We went for the singing entertainment and enjoyed it very much. Also, had a personal visit to our table by the owner.
Parking was ample and with no charge. We would return.
8/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Monastero's is a treasure!
Monastero's is a treasure! Great food, great atmosphere and winelist.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything here is made fresh
Everything here is made fresh and tastes wonderful Service is exceptional!
8/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great service and willing
Great service and willing to prepare things not on menu
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Dining Gem!
Monastero's has been on the dining scene for many years. The atmosphere is welcoming and warm with exposed brick walls.
There is a great variety of delicious Italian food and other offerings. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals. The service is excellent.
The entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings was superb. A female opera singer performed beautiful music accompanied
by an excellent piano player. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening and we plan to bring more of our friends there for more wonderful
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Monasteros is still fnatastic
I first got to know this gem of an Italian restaurant 40 years ago when I was living and working in Chicago. It became the place my family and I visited for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions. We got to know all three siblings who created it out of a modest pizza restaurant and developed it into a thriving catering business/restaurant/events venue. Two of the sibs are alas no longer alive, but Joe, now 83, and his lovely wife, Martha, are still very hands-on, although the younger staff wait tables, cook, tend bar, etc. The food and service are outstanding as is the atmosphere. I was delighted to take my new wife there for a meal while my wife and I were visiting Chicago from our home in Boulder, CO.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Was wih a group of 18. Outstanding service and all members in group raved about the food. Will definitely be back.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Place is fabulous...free parking, great food, even better service and a wonderful "old world" atmosphere...Need anything else? Just go!
10/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
lovely dinner, great people
Filling, tasty, and heartwarming appetizers and main courses. In addition to the food, we feel as though we are part of the family. Love that members of the family check in and say hello to their diners. Always an enjoyable evening.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I went to Monasteros
My husband and I went to Monasteros to celebrate our anniversary. While it was busy, it was quiet. From the moment
we sat down to the time we left, the service was impeccable. We both enjoyed our dinners very much.
We've been here before and will most definitely go back again.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice hidden place!
Great food and services! !
Excellent quality and yummy!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Romantic and family fun
Yes, it's romantic and kid friendly! The foodis awesome, the service impeccable, and the atmosphere warm and inviting...The owners are "hands on" and wonderful to meet...If you haven't had the pleasure, you're just cheating yourself!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always good, always full.
Always good, always full.
People love this place, and there's entertainment!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
An old favorite
We always enjoy our visits to Monastero's. Family friendly, very reasonably priced, wonderful selections.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mainstay Must on Devon Ave.
They have been around since the 60s and their staying power is definitely due to their continued commitement to their establishment and the customers. The food was fantastic with a special mention this time to the Calamari and Mussells Appetizers and the surprisingly excellent "table wine" which was a smooth Italian Red that tasted a lot more expensive than it was. The Costs are very reasonable here and you feel you are getting luxury service while not having to pay luxury prices. If this is in your neighborhood, you are remiss in not having tried it at least once. i will certainly be going back! (Oh yes, they have a piano in the main dinning room along with live music ... hard to beat that!)
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
The lunch choices were good and we were mostly satisfied with our meals.
I ordered the salmon lunch special with spinach and canneloni beans which the waitress recommended. Another person also ordered this dish.
My salmon was too well done and had very little spinach and beans. The other person had a much nicer juicier cut of salmon. Since we ordered the same dish, it was disappointing that they were not of the same quality. The string beans that came with the salmon were OK, but I would have preferred something better, especially since there was so little spinach and canneloni beans.
The service was fine.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM