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RPM Italian
RPM Italian

RPM Italian Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://rpmitalian.com
  • Phone: (312) 222-1888
  • 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 & Promotions:

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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Had a reservation but still waited 50 minutes! I liked my food but the others at the table thought the food was just okay. Service, similar to the two times I've been before, is not personable but rather robotic. Music is very loud. The sound level is like you're eating at a dance club. With so many restaurants in Chicago, I've had my fill of RPM."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The service and food are top notch at RPM. I would highly recommend to anyone who loves Chicago + Italian cuisine."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "This is my second time at RPM. Both times we had fabulous service. We loved everything we ate. Two of us are vegetarians and it is no problem. There are so many great options. The only problem is making a decision!!! Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "RPM was fantastic! The food was amazing, ambience was great, and service was wonderful! I would definately recommend it to those looking for good Italian!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I went here with a friend for my second birthday outing and it was amazing. We had a great server who was super engaging. The food was incredible. I highly recommend the sweet corn pasta and the ricotta salata as an appetizer. I only wish more dessert options were available like a cake or a seasonal tart. Overall, I would go back again as the first 2 courses were excellent."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The decor was elegant and the staff was well groomed and uniform. Our toddler was with us and the high chairs were top notch (slim, perfect height for the table, three point harness) but there was no changing table in the women's bath. We dined on the tuna bruschetta and the octopus. Both we're exceptional. My toddler favored the tuna. We then enjoyed the potato gnochi and the spicy crab pasta dish. We were very satisfied. No dessert but if ever in town again, we would love to try more of the menu. We choose 4 out of 5 stars just because we like to reserve our 5s for places we have dined at more than once or have a more complete menu and service sampling experience (ie big group were we try each others dishes)."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Everything we had was outstanding - must try the meatballs for sure. The best thing to do is to share your plate with the rest of your table ~ our only regret was that it was just my wife an I (we need to bring more people next time!) Decently priced for how great the food and service was. Ann our server was top notch and very knowledgable about all items - very patient too! They offered me 20% off due to being active duty military - THAT WAS NOTHING SHORT OF AMAZING, THEY MADE ME FEEL GREAT! G and B were actually I'm the restaurant when we were there ( very sneaky they must have snuck in the back door or something.) They seemed really approachable and down to earth. Needless to say they earned my business for a long time to come."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "It was a great find in a busy city. I saw this on the Rancic reality tv sow and wanted to be there. It was everything and more. The food was superb!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I took my wife here for our 30 year anniversary celebration and it was an outstanding experience in every way. The staff was wonderful the food was outstanding and the service was just the right balance of making sure your needs are met but not obnoxiously checking with you every minute. We both enjoyed ourselves and will defiantly be back in the not so distant future. Looking forward to RPM Steak to open soon!!!!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We were visiting Chicago for our wedding anniversary and made a reservation about a month out. The food was to die for! We ordered the tuna Bruschetta to start along with garlic truffle bread. WOW!! Delicious! The restaurant brought us complimentary sparkling wine for our anniversary. For dinner we shared the lobster ravioli and the carbonara. Portion sizes were just right and the flavors were perfect! For dessert we ordered the day's special which were little doughnut type puffs with Nutella and marscapone. They also brought us a complimentary sampling of gelato for our anniversary. Both wonderful! Great ambiance, amazing food. They are about to open RPM Steak a few blocks away and I'm sure it will be just as great!!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I overall enjoyed RPM. It was very busy and a reso is recommended, they do have lots of seats at the bar though. The design inside with lots of booths, very young and trendy. It is a good menu for sharing and also on the pricier side as the dishes are small. The food was very good, amazing pasta and cheeses. The service was not great for a nicer place, my drink stayed empty for all of my meal, the server came by rarely and we even had to get the hostess to let us pay the bill. I think with a little better service it would be awesome!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Appetizers, entrees and wine were amazing. (As were the signature cocktails and service in the lounge.) Dessert was anticlimactic relatvie to how great the entrees were. Our restaurant server was terrible. He was inattentive, did not listen to us very well and really just preferred to socialize with other tables that were interested in hearing why he had moved to Chicago and how great he thought he was. He seemed somewhat put out that he had to serve us at all. The wine server was amazing as was another server who we asked to get us a dessert list as we got tired of waiting for our server who kept forgetting about is. He definitely put a damper on what was otherwise a great first time experience in Chicago."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "RPM was fantastic. The food, the beverages and the ambiance are all to be admired. We started with Guiliana's Italian Salad, and the Tuna Bruschetta- both were absolutely delicious and unique tasting. My boyfriend had the Main Lobster Ravioli, which tasted incredible- the lobster was fantastic. For myself, I had the Sweet Corn Agnolotti, which I can safely say is the best pasta I've ever had. For dessert, we went with the Tartufo, which tasted like a giant frozen Ferrero Rocher, zero complaints there. The only slight complaint I could make is that the seating hostesses are not very friendly/give dirty looks. Overall, we had an unreal experience at RPM! :)"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "RPM Italian is an awesome restaurant that always provides great food and tremendous service regardless of server. The food is so well done and provides a modern twist on Italian. And you've got to try the amazing Meatballs!!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Fantastic restaurant in the River North neighborhood. I've dined here a few times, but decided to bring my parents and family who can be picky when dining at more "foodie" type places. They loved every single bite. I highly recommend the Prosciutto Tortellini and the Eggplant Parm. You also must stay for dessert! Overall an amazing experience that I recommend for any dates or family outings!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "So glad i got to try the homemade ricotta and gnocchi. Wow - food and decor was great. Staff was very friendly and attentive. My one and only "complaint" is that we sat near the entrance to the kitchen where a lot of servers gather, so we heard a lot of chatter and conversations we shouldn't. I'm in the industry, though, so I get it. Not a huge deal"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "My friend and I have tried several times to get a reservation, but our timing was always off. We finally got one and it was well worth the wait. The ambience is elegant, but welcoming; the food was outstanding, particularly the meatballs and Brussels sprouts; and the service was great. Our waitress seemed very well trained, knowledgeable and courteous. We will definitely be back and recommend this restaurant to our friends."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Beautiful and upscale decor. Staff friendly and accommodating. Menu very limited, portions small, food good. I'll stick with drinks and appetizers at the bar next time."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Horrible service. Our waiter didnt feel like working that night. We are regulars at RPM but the service my husband and I along with a guest from Texas experienced on 7/19/14 was horrible."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We went with friends, and had the toasted ravioli (very small size, but big taste!) The Brussel sprout salad and arugula with artichokes and Parmesan were both great. The lobster ravioli was delicious, as was my friends pasta carbonara, My husband did not like the pork shoulder and only ate a few bites, saying it was to fatty. The coffee was good, and we shared the cannolis - which were amazing. Everything I ate was delicious, can't wait to go back. We had reservations, but there was still a bit of a wait (which I always think is dumb, like they are just doing it because they can/not because they need to). Overall it was great food, good table service, but the hostess could be a bit friendlier."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great night Here on bussiness had a reservation and from the front staff to the waiter everyone was pleasant Great food"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food, atmosphere, and a G&B sighting!!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Everything was great except the gnocchi. The prime beef meatballs, eggplant parm, and truffled garlic bread were my 3 favorite things. The cocktails were also delicious."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Food and ambiance were awesome! It was a great dinner and venue...we'll be back!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food was fabulous!! We were there for our anniversary I would go back again anytime."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Amazing food and service. Loved the little ice cream cones that where brought at the end of dinner for my boyfriends birthday. Will definitely be dining there again."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This is a very popular restaurant for upscale young diners. The service is excellent and although crowded until 10:30 pm or later on a weeknight was not packed tight. Booths that could foursomes wre given to couples. Excellent wine list."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Food was fabulous. Was not disappointed with the quality, but portions could be larger. Needs more of a selection of beer."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Simply AMAZING!!! Can't wait to go back :) From start to end it was perfect. Thank you sooooo much"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Food was DELICIOUS. Ha to switch our reservation time and they were very accomodating. Would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Decent food but more hype then wow blah blah blah blah............................Decent food but more hype then wow blah blah blah blah............................"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Good food,good service. It was very busy and noisy, when a few people left the sound level got better."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The food was great - lobster ravioli was very rich. Meatballs were delish. Zucchini chips were a little too greasy for my taste and I don't really like the tempura batter on it. Amy was a very friendly and interactive server - made the experience! The energy level was great and it was a hot spot - place to be seen."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Food was superb, so many unique flavors. Served quickly and hot. Server was so helpful going over menu and making recommendation, and having us order a couple of dishes at a time to try different items in different categories and making sure we had room for desert! Quieter than expected and easy to converse across the table. One reviewer said portions are small?! I thought they were perfect, the other reviewer must be used to "all you can eat buffets" for italian food!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The food was delicious, our waitress was amazing. Appetizer (small bites) was just too small of a portion for the price, plus we all wanted more. Music was a little loud or clubby at times but still an all in all amazing time."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Wonderful food and great Job!!!! The figs and zucchini are amazing. I could have eaten just all apps they where all so good."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "one of the best dinners we have enjoyed in Chicago and to add to our experience, Bill Rancic was in the house!!! Yipee"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We expected a lot from RPM and they delivered even more. Besides the very good food, Ryan, our server, was one of the best we've had. He was invisible when we wanted yet amiable, honest, succinct and even funny when we needed service. It was my husband's (he's a true foodie) birthday; the restaurant greeted him by name and wished him a happy day. We even got a complimentary dessert. A great find, a memorable night."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Simply put, everything was outstanding! My wife had the swordfish which as awesome and I had a meaty, pasta dish that was great. We actually sampled two appetizers and both were very good. I highly recommend dining here!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was delicious! Their sauce is one of the best I've ever had- close to nonna's. Perfect hot spot for any occasion. Very trendy. I would definitely go back again and have told everyone I know."
    Dined on 7/14/2014