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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
RPM Italian reviews from OpenTable diners
1133 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (764)hot spot (687)fit for foodies (605)romantic (569)good for groups (386)vibrant bar scene (368)notable wine list (345)neighborhood gem (219)late-night find (134)great for lunch (82)great for brunch (36)kid-friendly (25)scenic view (23)great for outdoor dining (8)Show More
  • Just missed the mark.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I was so happy to finally try RPM. I wanted to like it so much more, but it could use some improvements. 9pm reservation, and we were not seated until after 9:30pm (arrived 10 minutes ahead of time). Several patrons seemed to be waiting, so we didn't feel singled out. NO seats at the bar available (later noticed a 2nd bar in the back we didn't check). The waiter was friendly but too busy to manage his tables with spot on service you would expect from a high end establishment as such. A lot of waiting for food. Limited 2 top tables and they are designed in a way that is not very private. Better seating for parties of 4+. Our appetizers needed seasoning. The meatballs were amazing. Our pasta was lovely. Portions were perfect.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is my second visit to RPM and it has impressed me on each occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The waiter was super friendly and made the experience more enjoyable. The mushroom arancini was to die for! Everything our group ordered exceeded our expectations. The bucatini was a very good pasta option with a different flare. It was my birthday and they brought me out a dessert from the restaurant. Overall, it was a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Amazeballs dinnner!! We were seated right away when we arrived. The servers were very friendly and explained the menu and specials throughly. Great glass of wine they were sampling that evening. Fried olives for appetizer was the perfect size, G's Italian salad was delicious, mama depandis pasta was by far the best pasta I've ever had - still dreaming of it! Bills desert was sooo rich and flavorful! Everything was very reasonably priced also. Definitely recommend visiting, I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    MMMIND
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Our experience completely lived up to the hype. The atmosphere is awesome, service was great, and food was fantastic. Best bolognese sauce I have ever had. Highly recommend to all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Larry Schweizere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Mallory was our server. She was exceptional. We parked valet and I always keep a roll of quarters in the car for tolls. When we got to the toll booth to head back to Mount Prospect it was missing. We gave the Valet 20.00. Thought that was more than enough. Guess we were mistaken.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, portions too small
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The nondescript exterior with minimal signage leads to an interior with an unpretentious, but upscale ambience. Our waitress was engaging and attentive. For appetizers we had the fried zuchinni and truffle garlic bread, both fantastic. I had the lobster ravioli for the main course and while it was good, it didn't nearly rival the quality of the appetizers. The portion sizes were much less than what you would expect for a $16 plate (5 or 6 ravioli). All of us agreed the portion of our meals - all pasta dishes - wasn't nearly enough and we left still a bit unsatisfied.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I traveled from Houston just to try this restaurant. It did not disappoint! Every course was great! And my server made sure to make it special! Ask for Brittany! She was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Awesome food, amazing service! The whole vibe was amazing, totally crowded but it didn't feel crowded. Lots of laughter and fun going in around you. Great place to eat with friends and have a good time.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I had booked this venue via email earlier in the year.I had rang to confirm booking the day before. We arrived to be told to wait in bar even thou booking was for eight thirty pm. We were seated by nine pm. Tables were too close togetherm
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    My girlfriends and I have been twice. The plates are smaller, but we like it. We get 3 small plate appetizers, a pasta each (or shared) and at least two desserts. We have always left satisfied and not too stuffed. My recommendations: Brussel Salad Big Tuna Bruschetta Carbonara
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    KateVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Excellent experience start to finish. Server was knowledgeable, attentive, and spot-on in her recommendations. We had truffle risotto, lamb chops, and carbonara - everything was hot and delicious. For dessert, server introduced us to Nocello, a walnut liqueur we loved. I can't wait to come here again. BEST italian in the LEYE program.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for a special night out!
    Suzyboozy19
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I took my boyfriend here for his birthday. We had the truffled garlic bread, the bucatini pasta, and the pork chops. Everything was fabulous. The pasta was my fave - the homemade noodles and sauce were perfect. The pork chop was tender and cooked perfectly. Great service - our waitress brought us a free plate of stuffed peppers and said, "Thanks for being patient." I don't think we waited more than 5 minutes for anything! One complaint - we had an early dinner, around 5 PM, when the restaurant was relatively empty. We were seated directly next to a man eating his dinner alone - we were basically eating at the same table. I just didn't understand why we were placed there with such a empty restaurant. Overall, it's pricey, but worth it!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    MichellechicagoVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Never let down. The mama depandis bucatini was amazing. Lobster caprese is what I always look forward to
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome experience!
    ChicFoodie
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    A friend and I went here to celebrate my 30th birthday and everything from the ambience, wine list, and of course the food was great! We ordered and shared the porterhouse for dinner and was cooked to perfection! For appetizers, we ordered the arancini and the raviolo which were also delicious. The service was OUTSTANDING and the server was very knowledgable. I also loved the black and white decor, very chic. Overall- exceeded my expectations and will be back!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Great dining experience, food was fantastic, server was very attentive. The whole evening made for a very nice birthday experience for my wife and I.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy pasta
    BenitaVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We tried three different pasta dishes and the meatballs. All were delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SoBe in Chicago?
    bernoff
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    What a Great Place. Food was the Best. How they can manage that in a Large venue with a Vibrant atmosphere, delivering Outstanding Italian food, which is tough with so many people. Very fashionable, Trendy and Vibrant. Made us feel like we were back home in Miami, instead of visiting Chicago. A definite must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We had a fantastic dinner. Pasta sauces were delicious and interesting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What's the hype?
    koster
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner was amazing!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our waitress was wonderful and every course was better than the last. The gnocchi was out of this world!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big let down
    Zuzkav
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My Visit
    darlene16
    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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Molte Bene!!!
    Eats12
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Delicious food, beautiful restaurant, superb service! We ate off of the specialty menu. Everything was very tasty. We were scared to have Mama Dipandi's Bucatini bc we feared it would be too simple of a dish. So glad we went ahead and ordered it. We even requested bread to sop up all the delicious sauce! To really enjoy the experience, order a few appetizers, a main dish to share and a few pasta dishes. It was 4 of us and we had room for gelato after ordering 3 appetizers, 3 pastas, and a large fish to share. We plan to return on our next trip to Chicago!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • simply perfect
    Dude
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely perfect!
    luvgr8food
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place is all about the name..
    German
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I went with my girlfriend to celebrate a special occasion, the food was good but not what I was expecting. I guess my expectations with food were too high. We order some pastas and the whole chicken to share. The pastas were really good but very small portions and the chicken was just plain and simple roasted chicken. The ambience and service was great thought we also got a couple stuff at the end due to the event we were celebrating so that was really nice of them.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate