RPM Italian
RPM Italian

RPM Italian

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://rpmitalian.com/
  • Phone: 3122221888x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Friday: 4:00pm-1am, Saturday: 3:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 12:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Doug Psaltis
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine
  • Special Events:

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dearborn & Illinois
  • Public Transit: Grand Ave. Red Line
  • Parking: Valet
A word from RPM Italian
RPM Italian presents cuisine that is modern in approach and Italian in spirit, with dishes intended to be shared. Chef partner Doug Psaltis has created a menu which features a variety of cold and hot antipasti, more than a dozen freshly prepared in-house pastas, and a selection of salads, prime steaks, chops and slow-roasted meats. The restaurant also has an open bar area where guests can order a signature cocktail created by acclaimed bartender Paul McGee, or enjoy a glass of wine from their extensive list. Sophisticated and chic, RPM Italian is perfect for a great meal or late night out.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
RPM Italian reviews from OpenTable diners
1114 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (762)hot spot (688)fit for foodies (604)romantic (565)good for groups (383)vibrant bar scene (366)notable wine list (344)neighborhood gem (218)late-night find (134)great for lunch (81)great for brunch (35)kid-friendly (25)scenic view (22)great for outdoor dining (8)Show More
  • What's the hype?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food is good I just think they need to expand the menu more
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big let down
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    For making a reservation, our table location was beyond terrible. It was stuck in between 2 areas with a curtain obstructing our dinner guests. The chairs in the opposite side were continually bumped by wait staff and our jackets & purses were constantly knocked. It was also basically back on the bar side of the restaurant so the noise level was a bit too loud. The food however was extremely good.for coming in from another country and knowing the owners are celebs, this was an extreme disappointment. When I go out for a dinner like this I expect an overall great dining experience not just great food.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Consistent!
    foodie81
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is my second time eating at RPM. The service, drinks and food were just as consistent as the first time I was there. The food is extremely fresh and made to order. It's a great place for a special occasion or just for a night out with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My Visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Enjoyed the atmosphere not sure if I would return or not. Spaghetti and Meatball was good. Though the location of table could of been better. Service could use some improvement. Prices were not affordable in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • simply perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I go once or twice every time i am in chicago for business. It is my favorite "Italian" restaurant by far. It's modern/trendy Italian, not the Gene & Georgetti's type thing. But every freaking plate is amazing. We get totally different stuff if we go back to back days. I cannot say enough about RPM
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Met all expectations!
    Robyn
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Had heard numerous rave reviews of RPM and I have to say they were right! Delicious food, service and atmosphere. Portions are on the smaller side, but it left room for dessert, and you won't want to skip that!!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Experience to remember.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    After seeing RPM on the show I couldn't wait to visit Chicago again and make going to RPM a priority. I finally made it and it was an excellent experience. Can't wait to come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely perfect!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I can't say enough about the superb service. Everyone of the staff was top notch. Food was excellent. I will be going back on my next trip.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 10 year anniversary
    LadyG1
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The restaurant is not handicap friendly. The handicap accessible door doesn't work. I was in a wheelchair and someone had to open the door for us. The space in the dining area is not spread out enough to get the wheelchair through. I was disappointed that they did not acknowledge our anniversary. The person who called to confirm our reservation was not warm. I told him we were celebrating our 10 year anniversary. He did not say anything about it. He said "we will see you tomorrow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food but Slow Service
    latrappiste
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Dinner with colleagues who were very excited to try RPM. We ordered a number of starters but the server forgot to put them in and we received our mains before getting our starters. Food was good but not amazing. We had the barrata, rib-eye, black truffle ravioli special, octopus, carpaccio, sea scallops... Drink orders was also very slow. Server knew her menu well but disappointed with the mix-up with our food. Nothing was taken off our bill for the inconvenience and long wait. Just expected a lot more than we received.
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  • why the hype?
    nancyVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I can't image why RPM is so popular. The food was mediocre and the noise level so loud that I could not engage in a meaningful conversation with the person who sat across from me. I don't plan to return to RPM and doubt if this restaurant will remain a popular LETTUCE RESTAURANT for Chicago residents.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the Best!
    Sun55Sun
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    It took us (neighbors) too long to make the move for reservations ... what a great spot! Everything was wonderful and would definitely like to return - will recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Excellent food. I eat most of my meals out and it is rare for me these days to enjoy a restaurant meal this much these days.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    Romantic
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The food and service was excellent. I was there celebrating an anniversary with my girlfriend and it was great. I had the ravioli rpm style and it was delicious.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    A must go to, the food is absolutely fantastic! I have tried a number of dishes and loved every single one of them!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food, yes! Waiter, yes! Hosts, no!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    When we got there, the host was not very nice. He seemed annoyed when we arrived. It set a bad tone for the restaurant and ambiance. My friend and I were surprised by the lack of friendliness at he front lines. When we were seated, the host that sat us seemed very annoyed that she had to do her job. The server was very friendly and knowledgeable. He answered all our questions. The food was delicious! Just keep in mind the portions are small, so you may need more than one dish for yourself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hip & Energentic
    Chloe1167
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Loved eating here, food was excellent and service fantastic. Great for small or large groups. Upbeat vibe!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    mikem
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Really delicious Italian food, on the pricier side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and trendy
    kateh
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    My husband and I went here on our visit to Chicago. We had the meatballs, truffled garlic bread, filet, mushroom sagarelli and a marscapone cheesecake gelato to finish. Every bite was delicious. would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting Chicago!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Confused
    RobertoVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Walked in for our anniversary dinner. We made reservations over a month in advance and host tried to seat us in the bar area on a high top table. I asked for a regular and they sat us down at the smallest table with virtually no room to get to the booth side. Not a great start. Ambiance is over the edge modern and cold. Our waitress for the night was fantastic though. Attentive and responsive. Portions are really small, which is fine if there is quality and taste to balance the scale. Unfortunately, in more than one case, the small portion was the only thing we noticed. The pizza was especially underwhelming. In a city filled to the brim with Italian restaurants both fine and casual, RPM does not impress.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, not great
    m2msm
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We waited 2 mos. for our reservation & looked forward to dining at RPM. We arrived about 7:45 & had a reservation for 8. They gentleman at the host station said he would text us when the table was ready. No problem; we were there to celebrate my husband's birthday and happy to have a drink at the bar. An hour later, 8:45, no text. So I checked back in only to learn we were forgotten about. Our server was gracious and attentive, but a negative tone had been established. They did give us a complimentary appetizer & small sugar coated donuts @ the end of the meal and we appreciated the gesture, but bottom line - the food was good, not great. Just wouldn't choose or recommend RPM over many of the other wonderful Italian restaurants in Chicago.
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  • Utterly superb!
    JoeSVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I wanted to wax nostalgic about the quality of the food, the tremendous service, the ambiance, etc. But unfortunately my words would never capture the simple excellence of this restaurant. As an Italian adult - I might have had cavatelli sometime in my life that was as wonderful as what my wife and I sampled here on 09/07. But I frankly doubt it. The pork tenderloin was amazing, the lobster fra diavalo was sublime - the cannoli and tiramisu mouthwatering. Oh, and by the way, my wife looked beautiful on our 40th anniversary wearing a "G by Giuliana" jacket!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RPM- worth they hype!
    MunchingMandy
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My husband and I had been wanting to visit for ages! When we arrived we loved the trendy atmosphere. However, at first they sat us at a table placed immediately next to another couple... it was like we were having a group dinner. I didn't feel comfortable, so I asked to be moved to a different table and they politely complied. After that the service was excellent and the food was DIVINE! Come hungry! I would recommend the garlic bread (AWESOME), the veal parmesan was the best I've had, the lobstor ravioli was excellent. And the hazelnut ice cream ball and the MINI DONUTS were the highlight of the entire meal! VERY happy with the experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A real treat
    Dublinnn
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I have dined in many different places during the course of my many travels but have never felt a need to write a review ( good or bad) , but for this restaurant I will make an exception.Having been talked into booking it by my wife ( something to do with the TV ) I was pleasantly surprised by everything from the moment we arrived until the time we left it was a pleasure to dine here . I would recommend this restaurant to anybody you will not be disappointed ,NN
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still coming back.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We love to sit in the bar area and be in the middle of all the buzz! My kids (in their 20's) love the truffle garlic bread, I love their semolina bread with ricotta cheese. Always enjoy the pepperoni pizzette and other small appetizers. We come to have our favorite main dish (which we go there for) and rarely seem to try anything else now, spaghetti and meatball! Always enjoyed anything we've tried but we love their spaghetti and delicious meatballs! Love this place and have always felt welcomed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HARLEYBOY
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The zucchini & artichoke appetizers were tasty & beautifully presented. Mama's pasta was flavorful without being to rich. The lobster raviolis were yummy also. Our table service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mila
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food and service was exceptional, as always! However, waiting over 20mins to get seated when we had late night reservations-unacceptable.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KVSV
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I waited since RPM opened to get a reservation on trips to Chicago from Portland OR! I was thrilled to have a reservation at 10:30 pm. RPM has quite a reputation with the strength of ownership with the Melman family, the quality backgroud of Doug Psaltis and who doesn't know about the Rancic's and Mama DePandi! I had high expectations but was completle wowed from start to finish. The FOH manager Keva has the BEST personality and smile, the bar was packed with quite an age range and had the best ambiance, when seated for our meal we surprisingly were served two of the most distinctive appetizers, fried ravioli and the proscuitto balls that had me at hello! The service is impeccable and you feel like you have your own private staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    foodguy
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    food was beautiful and delicious. Service, spectacular
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it
    Gocubsgo16
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I have been waiting to dine here for awhile, so being it was my birthday, I thought rpm would be the perfect place to go to celebrate! Was not disappointed at all. Food was great, the service was great! I loved every second of it!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Devine Food, atmosphere
    Luxyvic
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    One of the best meals I have had in a long time. Great Service, Great Waitress, Food was delicious, drinks were great selection. Food was top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • "happening place"
    hotspot4sure
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed her birthday dinner at rpm. Service , food and atmosphere was great!!! We will visit RPM every time we come to Chicago. ...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Rssharpe
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great staff, great food. Made our night one we will not forget.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bucket List...BEST Ever
    Seedembones
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My BFF and I celebrated our Birthdays there for dinner. This was on her bucket list and we had the best time. The food was Awesome and the waiter was such a doll. We LOVED, LOVED, LOVED RPM.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A must-do when visiting Chicago
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My sister-in-law and I fully-enjoyed our experience at RPM Italian this past weekend. We were very pleased with the overall ambience, the food was spectacular, and the service was spot on. Thank you for a wonderful experience and we hope to be back really soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • review
    jackiebVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The food was wonderful. Service very attentive and decor a wonderful mix of ultramodern and contemporary. Were given a corner banquette which was wonderful to take in the sights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hip Trendy Italian Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I must admit that this restaurant was not quite what I imagined, but we did enjoy it very much. It's very hip & trendy with lively Night Club music playing at a relatively loud level. Not your typical Italian restaurant. But the food was creative and very good and the service was EXCELLENT. I wish I could remember our server's name. He was fantastic. I would certainly recommend - just be aware that it's more of a big city, night club feel "black and white" restaurant, as opposed to a neighborhood Italian bistro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved RPM
    Chicago
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My husband and I were visiting Chicago from California. RPM sounded like a hot spot because of G&B. I booked reservations early (4 weeks) and could only get a Thursday at 5:30pm. It was difficult to find as there are no outside advertising except for a small menu on the wall. The hostess and greeters are very snooty and put off by patrons. The atmosphere looked to be good. The bar area was busy and seemed to be more of the happening place besides the formal seated area. My raspberry lemon drop was not good. (I've had better in a dive bar) The food was really good. Portions are super small but pricing for Chicago wasn't bad. We had a wide variety of items and everything was really good.
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    hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special occasion.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My sister was in from Sacramento and wanted to go to RPM. We split our meal and it was divine!!
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    special occasion
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  • Wow
    Nmajali
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    It is just a must-try when in Chicago, it is as good as advertised!! Actually it's better than advertised!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate