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
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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
1126 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (753)hot spot (686)fit for foodies (604)romantic (562)good for groups (385)vibrant bar scene (376)notable wine list (344)neighborhood gem (219)late-night find (140)great for lunch (81)great for brunch (34)kid-friendly (27)scenic view (23)great for outdoor dining (7)Show More
  • "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
    • Food
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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.
    Special Features:
    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!!
    Special Features:
    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
  • Amazing experience!
    GlenVancouver
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Although our reservation was 30 minutes late, the experience afterwards more than made up for it. The GM was apologetic as was the rest of the staff we cam in contact with. We were comped 2 small appetizers for the trouble. But what set this place apart, besides the service, was the food. It was amazing. My partner is Italian and she is hard to impress as she compares everything to her nona's, but she was thoroughly impressed with our appetizers, pasta and shared main. It was a LOT of food, so we left stuffed. The prices were as expected from a high end dining experience, but not overtly so. We felt the value for the money was well worth it. We'd go back again but we were visiting from Vancouver, Canada, so it may be a while. Thanks RPM!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best italian food in chicago
    loz929406
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    went to a few italian resturants but this one topped the cake. meatballs were to die for and im italian myself so im used to nonnas meatballs they almost tasted the same pappadelle pasta was awesome the affogato topped my night off
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great environment lacks good food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Ambiance and Service were both great! Food was salty and lacked quality.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So delicious!!!
    rpmlover
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This is my second time to RPM Italian and I just absolutely love it. The food is so delicious! The restaurant is beautifully decorated. The staff are lovely. I highly recommend the Mama DePandi's Bucatini. But above all - you need to have a meatball! You can add a meatball to any meal - small size or softball sized. The meatballs are to die for! I mentioned in my reservation that my husband and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary; the waiter brought us champagne to celebrate! They obviously actually read their notes and want their customers to have an enjoyable experience. Also, the fancy doughnuts they have as dessert (can't remember the fancier name for them), but they are wonderful!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Popular!
    OldFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Very hard to get a (7-9 pm) reservation! Great for sharing. Everything excellent. High noise level made the waitress hard to hear. Enjoyed it. Will try to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 10/31/2014
    bdayparty31
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Drinks were pricy & not fab, fried olives ok, ricotta bread fab, cheese plate vg, tomatoe salad sent back, salmon good, brussle sprout ok, broccali ok, pasta rag type dish good, calamari ok. Nice enough waitress. Servers vg. Once was enough.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly recommend
    Luvfinedining
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Incredible staff, perfect atmosphere, food delicious and 100% romantic. We will definitely return and recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first impression......
    AwesomeVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Great menu, awesome food, good service and great overall experience. Valet service is a bit off but manageable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RPM Italian
    Visit10
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Nice black and white decor. Loved the presentation of the ceasar salad. Ceasar salad w/anchovies was excellent. Enjoyed the lobster ravioli although only 6 pieces are given. For the $17 price, that's not bad. Ordered filet. Was a bit burned on the outside but was seasoned. Would recommend if you are looking for a nice italian restuarant.
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    special occasion
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  • Where's the food???
    MattG
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Dined with three people on Sun. night. We were pumped to go, making reservations about 1.5 months ago, stared down the menu in excitement, waited all day (and pushing aside other opportunities to eat in anticipation of dinner), and finally, the time came. Were told to wait for our reservation because they were running behind (~20 mins). Seated, and eventually greeted. After a quick review of the menu, we ordered up 2 app's and 4 entrees. All were severely lacking in the "quantity" department. The food itself? Pretty good. But when you order a tortellini dish, you actually get 5 pieces of pasta. The portions were extremely small. Bruchetta was one 4"x1" piece of toast cut into four pieces. Overall, we went, and we won't be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best restaurant
    Elle
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Meal was one of the best Ive had, service was fantastic and the place was beautiful. Such a fun place to be. Would definitely return if Im in Chicago in the future
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy, but good
    GK2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The restaurant was busy, but our service and food were both quick and very good. They were very responsive to our group's food allergies and the food that came out was delicious. Our server were very knowledgeable about the menu and offered suggestions to accommodate the food allergies. The food was delicious (although next time I'd skip the steak and stick with the pasta dishes) and the tiramisu dessert was so good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Djdannyd28
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Excellent location to done. Food was great and the staff was awesome
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    kWwwVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We brought our kids and all shared our dishes. Food was delicious and great portions, not too big!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary dinner
    Muneca
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The staff was very friendly. They sat us at our table right way, even though they were very busy. Served us complimentary wine. The flower squash appetizers were amazing! My lasagna was excellent!! I would definitely recommend this place.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT
    Alski
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Service was great! Friendly staff. Our server was "second to none" Food outstanding! It was a memorable occassion for my daughter's birthday!. Thank you for making her day extra special !!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • RPM is fantastic!
    Shelley1570
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Long awaited and well worth it. Our server was knowledgeable and accommodating. Great menu and food was delish! Can't wait to go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    RECOMENDED BY AN OUT OF STATE FRIEND. WENT THERE FOR MY WIFES BIRTHDAY AND HAD A WONDERFUL MEAL. COULDN'T HAVE HAD BETTER SERVICE, AND THE FOOD WAS OUTSTANDING. i WISH I COULD REMEMBER OUR WAITERS NAME, BUT HE WAS OUTSTANDING. ALL OF HIS RCOMENDATIONS WERE FANTASTIC. OUR FIRST TIME DINING THERE. WILL NOT BE OUR LAST.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food and service was excellent. We had reservations for 3:00 and got seated right away. Our waitress was very knowledgable of the food and specials. The desserts were very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overpriced
    experienceitall
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Service was mediocre and unenthusiastic. We came here before about a year ago, and had a better experience with the ambience and energy. The food was just o.k and over-priced. Entriees are a la carte...which is what makes it expensive. Side salads are all over $10. The fritto misto was tasteless. It is a beautiful restaurant though.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good meal
    TimF
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    It was a great menu and food was beautifully presented and tasted delicious. Menu was well priced. Only drawback was that we were seated right by the entrance so felt like we were on the 'highway' with people being ferried to their tables or congrugating at the door to say their goodbyes. Additionally it was a bit disruptive as they undid doors to different sections whilst eating. Would still recommend to friends and family visiting Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thank you!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I have been to RPM before and it never disappoints!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent staff
    livetoeatVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The staff at RPM was top notch. I totally mixed up my reservation and arrived on the wrong evening. The staff graciously found my family a table and made our family trip to Chicago amazing! we absolutely loved the food and had a wonderful time. Thanks again RPM!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 100 % Nailed It!
    JRFeltzio
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    From the front desk staff to the waiters, everyone was working as a team, very fluid for a fast paced environment. Well orchestrated and prompt service made it it feel like you were in a very professional restaurant. The menu and food speak for themselves. The waiter was only 3 weeks in and it felt like he has been there for 5 years. Definitely recommend to anyone in the Chicago area. @JRFeltzio
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Bick369
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Every aspect of the experience was fantastic! The food was wonderful! This was our first visit and the waiter was great with explaining everything if we had questions. Definitely on the 'do it again' list
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great expierence!
    BeBackSoon
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My wife and I went to RPM for the first time and we could not have been more impressed! Everything from the bar, to the food portions was perfect! We booked another reservation as soon as we got home.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique
    OpensesamVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The restaurant is not what you would consider to be a lettuce entertainment restaurant. It's very eclectic! We dined early as it was the only time we could secure however eating early gives you a quieter experience and choice of seating. We sat in a quiet booth. Food choices are unique, inexpensive and small but that's because you choose a variety of servings to make your meal. Tapas Service was excellent and we will return. I would return as the food selection changes weekly
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    Onetimer
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Pricey. Small portions. Slow service. Expected more/better good for the price.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Atmosphere & Food
    MistyMartin
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had an amazing experience at RPM. We made reservations several weeks ago. It is a beautiful place with a modern edge. We were able to visit and enjoy a quiet and delicious meal. The service was wonderful! I noted that this was for my daughters birthday trip to Chicago when I made our reservation online. They surprised her with 10 mini ice cream cones, one for each year old. We can't wait to go back!
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    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Loved everything but the music. Too loud and too 90's. The food was better than amazing! You can
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food & service were spot on
    Sand1117
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food. Not large portions & your server shares this information at the start. Also tells you the specials with the price, I appreciated that. & the volume of music was perfect! A conversation with background music is a nice change. My husband wore shorts & it was fine. Everyone was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.