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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
  • "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
  • "The food at RPM Italian was delicious but it was almost overshadowed by our experience with the front of house. We were seated for dinner more than 45 minutes after our reservation time. Throughout our wait the communication was poor, and the same phrases were trotted out repeatedly ("we're resetting the table now" was said at least 3 different times, with large gaps between, making it obvious that it was untrue). Once we were seated, our experience improved (even with the high volume rave music pounding in our ears). Wonderful serving staff, a meal to savor."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Was thrilled with experience. Actually met Bill Rancic outside as we were going in for dinner. He was so generous with pictures and talking to everyone, which made the experience even better! Not to mention the food was fantastic!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Absolutely some of the best food I have ever eaten! From the appetizers to all the pastas and meats. Sides don't even let you down. Tyler was such an amazing waiter and knows the menu and to take care of his table. Every time I am in Chicago, I always and will continue to make a stop there! Do not stop what you all are doing."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We dined at RPM Italian with my son and daughter-in-law for my daughter-in-law's birthday. We thoroughly enjoyed every course of our meal and the ambiance was lovely. It was also great that Bill Rancic was dining there that evening and was so friendly. We highly recommend RPM Italian and are looking forward to going again when we visit Chicago."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "So sorry, but it was not great. The meatballs were not great, the sauce was. The lobster bruschetta was not flavorful and I asked for balsamic vinegar to make it tasty. The tomatoes were mushy and when I asked about them I was told it was due to marinating in olive oil. Really?"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The menu has options for all. Offering includes gluten-free and wheat pasta besides the typically flavor. Appetizers and pasta entrees are enough to share for two people."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Great food and atmosphere. One thing that can not go unmentioned was how happy were with with our service. Although we're not local we will be repeating again."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Eveveryone was so friendly and accommodating to our rowdy 2 year old. For a fancy place I thought for sure there might be looks but quite the opposite. They interacted with our little one and made sure she was comfy. Food was great and fast. They made my husbands bday very special. The staff was very knowledgeable and suggested of dishes."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We have had many good meals here. This time we enjoyed scallops and halibut with a brussel sprout side. The salad was deliciously mild and tasty version of ceasar."
    Dined on 7/11/2014