As advertised! Just a simple
As advertised! Just a simple neighborhood Italian restaurant with good food and a great atmosphere. Mario was at our table within five minutes of being seated to welcome us and he made us feel like regulars. Food was good and well executed. I'd definitely go back...
1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM
Delicious food, INCREDIBLE STAFF!
I was in town for the weekend with some friends, and we were looking for some real, non-chain italian food. We saw Mario's positive reviews and decided to give it a try! We're so glad we did, because we can't stop talking about the wonderful customer service, ambiance, and overall good feeling of eating at a place like Mario's. The members of Mario's team aim to please, going above and beyond for anyone who walked through the door. The importance of creating these memorable experiences to keep folks coming back cannot be valued enough, and Mario's puts an emphasis on ensuring regulars and newbie alike feel welcome.
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
excellent food in my neighborhood.
excellent food in my neighborhood.
Always friendly and usually greeted by Mario himself.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
A Perfect Evening
Visiting family in Gold Coast area from east coast and after a day with them, was looking for a nice cozy place for a nice dinner for my wife and I. Mario's surfaced in our Open Table search as close, within budget and casual since we didn't want to get dressed up. Good reviews encouraged us to make a reservation...we were not disappointed. Coconut shrimp was the appetizer presented with an exquisite dipping sauce. Great seafood with pasta for both of us, Salmon for me and Shrimp Scampi for my wife. Great wine selections and a little tiramisu to go wrapped up the perfect evening. Our only regret...is that we don't live in the area to enjoy this neighborhood gem more often. How jealous we our of the Gold Coast residents!
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Service was outstanding.
Service was outstanding. A great experience. Felt like a visiting family.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Quiet neighborhood option,
Quiet neighborhood option, moderately priced and excellent Italian menu. Owner Mario stops by and when he found out it was my wife's birthday he treated us to dessert. will go whenever we are in Chicago.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
I would definitely go back.
I would definitely go back. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
friendly neighborhood place.
friendly neighborhood place. owner and manager always on the scene. friendly help staff
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
This small restuarant is hidden away just blocks away from the chaos of Rush and Division. It is a traditional Italian reastaurant, a little more upscale than your check tablecloth type. The food was very good. We had an excellent gluten free pizza, which is always a hit and miss item at the restaurant. The lamb chops were well seasoned. The service was very attentive. A great find; look forward to returning.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lived up to the great reviews
We were in Chicago for a couple of days and visited this restaurant based upon the reviews we had read. It certainly lived up to those great reviews. We arrived at our appointed reservation time and were seated promptly. The waiter was very good and explained the specials and answered all of our questions. We especially enjoyed the meatball salad which we found it to be quite unique. Our entrees were delicious as well. We enjoyed the experience and would highly recommend this restaurant.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
LOVED MY MARIOS EXPERIENCE. Very relaxed but nice atmosphere, food was great. The best Veal Marsala I had in years. Wine was wonderful!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
we rarely visit chicago without trying to stop in - great food - do not miss this!
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
We Enjoyed Mario's
The food and service were very good. It was a pleasant surprise that the owner, Mario, visited all the tables to ensure the diners were being taken care of. We'd love to get back there some time.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
A hidden treasure
We feel so blessed to have such a great restaurant in our neighborhood! For us it is walking distance and whenever we stop by we are greeted warmly and treated like family. The recently updated menu is fab and the food and service always great. The shrimp scampi is the best I have ever had and my husband is crazy about the jambalaya; however everything is delicious.
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Food AND Friendly
Although it was our first time in this restaurant, the staff and the customers made us feel welcome. Great Italian food, especially the veal saltimbocca and the soft shelled crabs. We will visit again next time we're in Chicago.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great neighborhood spot
Good food, good portions, relaxed atmosphere. Enjoyable venue.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happy we finally went
We have had this place on our radar for a while and are glad we finally made it. We had an early seating so it was almost empty but didn't feel like an imposition which is sometimes the case. Our party ranged from 16 to 85 and everyone was happy. Definitely give it a try.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everyone's favorite Mario's
Warm and fuzzy atmosphere & great food, with the friendlest staff and owner in town!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food, Great Service
We happened into Mario's because they were one of the few local italian places with a table available on short notice. Prices on food & wine are extremely reasonable and the food was great. Try the tortellini jambalaya. It is loud inside though as the space isn't very large so not somewhere you'd want to plan a quite dinner. But who really wants to eat at a quite italian restaurant anyway? It's always nice to be in a restaurant where the owner is greeting patrons and making sure you're being taken care of. Thanks Mario and team!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cozy atmosphere, attentive service, good food -- all in an unexpected location. A great experience and a good value.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place has great food and service! Our whole family had excellent meals and a wonderful experience. We loved that it was very casual yet outstanding quality. We felt this was one of chicago's best kept secretes. Get the word out...this is a great restaurant you must go to!!!!
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
How ironic! I lived in The
How ironic! I lived in The Gold Coast for 20 years and just visited this wonderful gem while traveling back into the city for a conference. The staff could not be more friendly and accommodating! Three cheers for all of you! If you want a great meal, to be treated like a special guest and get off the Rush Street scene, walk a couple of blocks over onto this tree-lined street and kick back while you enjoy a good meal. You'll be glad you did! Enjoy!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Try the Calamari salad!
Best is all of Chicago, and the Pasta too! Mario welcomes you at your table- its an old fashioned family style restaurant with class!
A real gem!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
a great place to take friends!
We feel so lucky to live within walking distance to Mario's. Whether it is just the two of us deciding to take a stroll on over, or planning an evening with friends, Mario's is tried and true in our opinion. Favorites for us are the jambalya and shrimp scampi. Check it out!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
It is advertised as casual
It is advertised as casual Italian and that is what it is. Great choices!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food Good times
A terrific place to meet friends and dine comfortably An excellent choice of entrees at affordable prices and excellent food taste and quality A real treat in a great neighborhood
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
You will be please you went
We totally enjoyed our evening. Marios is a cozy, delightful little restaurant in the Gold Coast. Great food, great wine and great service. And you can order a smaller portion when you don't have a big appetite. Enjoy!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great neighborhood gem with
Great neighborhood gem with excellent food, service and ambiance. Highly recommend.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
THE PLACE TO GO
My fiance' eats Gluten free and it is always hard to find a restaurant that really understands what it is to serve in respect to that. Mario's gets it and his staff also gets it. The wait staff is and trained to have an understanding of the food prep that goes into a food allgery. They don't come out with a negative attitude about it and just say no, they acurally say what can be done and come with ideas to accomidate the situation. This will be the go to place for us. They have different items on the menu and can come up with an idea that might not be on the menu. The best thing of all is the food is AWESOME
MARIO'S IS AWESOME !!!!!!!
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went there Saturday with my family after seeing it well rated here and on Yelp. The food was excellent -- I'm a sucker for spaghetti and meatballs -- my son and I got that and it was excellent. My wife got mussels -- outstanding and my other son got ravioli in a lemon sauce. The prices are very reasonable and the service was very attentive. Mario came by the table and introduce himself. I'd definitely recommend it as a great, casual place for solid Italian food.
It's a neighborhood place -- in the Gold Coast -- not a neighborhood place in Little Italy -- so the ambiance is not checked table cloths but nice never the less.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Golden in the Gold Coast
A most enjoyable dining experience. Excellent food, professional and friendly service. Will definitely return and recommend.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A neighborhood gem
Positive reviews on Trip Advisor compelled us to try Mario's on our recent trip to Chicago. It is situated in a quiet residential area within walking distance of our hotel. Very welcoming and had a friendly family feel to it. Food was delicious and service was attentive. Would definitely return in the future.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
wonderful neighborhood restaurant
wonderful neighborhood restaurant with good Italian specialty dishes. more important was the unpretentiousness and comfortable "feel" not found in so many city restaurants.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hidden Gem !
Great hidden gem in the Near North area: I used to live down the street & visited often. Food is outstanding, and our server was the best! We'll be back even though I don't lve in the neighborhood any more.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great little place
Food was good, service was great. A quite little good good Italian restraurant
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love this place
My wife and are originally fro Chicago and we miss the familiar neighborhoods we grew up with. We also miss the people. While in Chicago this past month we dined there two times . We came back for more because of the Great food and Great fun with the ever present Mario. His staff really loves him, and so do the guests (one night we found out that our hostess travels from Michigan a few nights a week just to work for him ) . Food is better than most places at this price point also.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM