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
1067 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (698)hot spot (682)fit for foodies (613)romantic (517)good for groups (367)vibrant bar scene (367)notable wine list (314)neighborhood gem (209)late-night find (135)great for lunch (79)kid-friendly (33)great for brunch (32)scenic view (23)great for outdoor dining (7)Show More
  • so tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We celebrated my nieces birthday at RPM Italian this week and were so impressed. The food was outstanding! The flavors in every dish blew us away, from the kale salad to the halibut, it was truly a tasty experience. The mini gelato cones that they brought out for my niece were adorable. I really appreciated all the little touches from the shape of the plates to the mini seasoning container that came with the pizette. We had to wait a few minutes for the table which was fine as we found two seats in the bar. I can't wait to go back, next time I might sit in the bar area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I was very impressed from the ambiance to the phenomenal food everything was spot on!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Once
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    This was my second time here and I felt like it was similar to my first experience. The food was good, the service was good, and the place is cute. Its just okay. There are a lot of options in Chicago so its hard to be super impressed, but this place good!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ahhhhh, the perfect al dente!!
    Schatzy
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    RPM was awesome and the service was great. Our server was David who was perfectly energetic and knowledgeable. The truffle garlic bread, the squid ink pasta and Giuliana's Italian salad were all nothing short of excellent. I'm a pasta nerd so I must reiterate that the pasta was the perfect al dente! Excellent job RPM and David was a wonderful compliment to your food.
    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.
  • Poor bartending
    RPNN
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I have dined at RPM numerous times and without a doubt, they have the worst bar service I've seen in a long time. Their bartenders are inattentive and make zero effort to ensure timely service to patrons.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner
    Luvqdine
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Tasty food-great atmosphere. The first bite was the best. The dessert did was just ok. Entree delicious. Fast service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect...
    JJH0217
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    In most Italian restaurants you receive a portion that is large enough to feed a small family. Not so at RPM Italian, and that's what I love about it. The food is outstanding and the portions appropriate. They give you attentive service without feeling rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Exquisite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This was my first time dining at RPM Italian. I found the atmosphere very pleasing and relaxed. The bar was laid out nicely with plenty of television monitors (sports fans will be pleased). Our waiter, Alex, was extremely gracious and helpful in telling us about the specials that evening. The food portions are decent and the dessert was perfect! Looking forward to another visit!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely
    Giulianawasright
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Everything from our friendly and knowledgable waitress to the wine list to the homemade ricotta, to carbonara finished table side was phenomenal. Loved the look of the place, got takeout again the next day! Wish they had one in New Orleans!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing girls night dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My best friend and I went to RPM for a girls night dinner. We loved it. The family style menu where you can share the dishes was right up our alley. The restaurant was beautiful and the food was delicious. We will definitely go back. Mama DiPandi's pasta dish was my favorite! With Giuliana's italain salad a close second.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marianne
    Mattsmom21
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a wonderful time. The appetizers were great and the food was outstanding. I am Italian and the meatball was one of the best I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • my review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    RPM Italian was amazing!!! All around great experience!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    Italygirl
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was our second time visiting RPM - it had been a year or so since our last visit. I enjoyed it even more this time - great food and a nice table toward the back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Waiter was attentive, checking with us frequently. He wasn't as fluid with descriptions as might have been expected. The food presentation was superb. All items were well prepared and tasty and more quantity than expected!(waiter didn't fill us in on amount per item) Deserts were were also phenominal. All in all, excellent! Pricie, but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wind&Dine
    DineInStyle
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Great way to show friends in town that Chicago knows how to dine in style!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was a good experience
    Ubania
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I guess after hearing all of the hype about this restaurant, I was a little disappointed. The ambiance was great and the service was some of the best I've ever had, but the food was just OK (in my opinion). This restaurant would be great for a date and I would definitely go back for the experience.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome!
    RJW2001
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Great service! Good food! Look for the red shoe in the ceiling & ask about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Amazing!
    LuvItalian
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I am not from the Chi town area but have made about 12 visits to RPM - first on my list every time I am in town. Reservations are a must. The service is exceptional. The food - - amazing! And every time! I love Italian food and RPM never disappoints. On my most recent trip, I enjoyed the eggplant parmesan - just like my Nona's! Never one to pass on dessert, I had the cannoli - what a treat. A petite cannoli in a light airy shell with just the right hint of orange in the crème - unlike others I have had. Thanks Giuliana and Bill for working your magic on such a delightful restaurant - please open one in California!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lives up to the hype
    pkwhouVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This was my first visit here. I had high expectations, and overall they were met. The bar staff was friendly and efficient and when I got to my table, my waitress was very engaging, made great suggestions from the specials of the day, and took great care of me overall. The food came out quickly and everything I tried was tasty. I would gladly go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    geegeeottawa
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This is obviously a very popular spot. We were lucky to score a reservation at the last minute. We all enjoyed our selections especially the lobster ravioli. Although we were told that the pasta portions were small they were perfect after an appetizer. Very attentive service. Beautifully decorated restaurant. Lots of young professionals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ivania7
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Love this restaurant! Try the ink spaghetti and the bread with ricotta.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    RPM Italian was amazing. The service was outstanding and the food was perfect. Couldn't have asked for a better evening. We will definitely go back the next time we are in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tres fab!
    foodiewannabe
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I was concerned about this trendy not 'chef driven' restaurant....and was pleasantly surprised! Great food. Great staff. Would recommend to others and would happily return myself!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot to dine
    adb260
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Went here on a Sunday night (make sure to get reservations well in advance). Dinner was amazing! Our server, Christie, was very attentive to our every need. We had the stuffed peppers, the Bolognese, the pomodoro as well as the coffee gelato. Everything is made to share, but it makes it perfect to try multiple dishes. The pasta is all made in house and you can tell a lot of love was put in to every dish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous and Delicious!
    Deliciousfinds
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My sister and I made reservations a month in advance knowing that we would be starving after running the Chicago Marathon. Not only was the ambiance great, but our waitress was knowledgeable and friendly, and the food was "to die for". We typically don't get dessert, but after sampling and sharing some of the other menu items, including a bottle of wine, we couldn't resist. What a way to celebrate! Authentic, Italian Food...Is there anything better?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, excellent service
    omnomnomivore
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    When I started looking for a place to make dinner reservations for a post Chicago Marathon celebration dinner, a friend recommended RPM. I am glad she did! Our reservation was at 5 p.m. Unfortunately I underestimated how long it would take to finish up post marathon activities and ran a little late to the reservation. They will not seat you until your entire party is present. That being said once our whole party arrived we were seated within 5-10 minutes. Our waitress was great. She made excellent suggestions. I ordered the 8 oz. Filet Mignon medium and it was cooked perfectly. I had tartufo for dessert and it was delicious. The waitress brought mini-gelato cups to celebrate my birthday. I will return on future visits to Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Diappointed this time....
    FishluverVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We went to RPM in June when our daughter graduated from college and it was fabulous. When it was our daughter's birthday this past weekend we decided to go back despite the 10:30 reservation time. The food was still great but the service was greatly lacking. Our waitress really pushed us to order the $58 bronzino, which was the most expensive thing on the menu. We had our salads and other appetizers and then waited 1 hour for our entrees and it was midnight! I also asked for something to celebrate my daughter's birthday and nothing was done at all. Disappointed and will not be back--when paying this much for a dinner we expect better service and at least a little birthday candle and more friendly people at the bar and front check in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food fab, service TERRIBLE
    kate
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food was fabulous, couldn't fault the quality and presentation. Service however was terrible, our server was poor and hardly came to our table, never asked how our food was and we had to ask every time to get another drink. Her station wasn't too busy and there were plenty of other servers around who in the end got us drinks etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice experience
    SCargo
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We enjoyed a Saturday dinner here and the overall experience was very good. Best plate was the braised short ribs. My cocktail had way too much ice (shocking). A nice dinner, but a bit on the pricey side for a "small plate" experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb Italian
    TimC
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Lobster Caprese and Spaghetti with meatball, not exactly getting outside any boxes but both were absolutely fabulous. The service was the same. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    RPM was great. The atmosphere, ambiance and food was delishious! We were sat down at exactly our reservation time. Drinks came out fast and soo did the food. Portions are small and are great for sharing. Dessert of gelato was huge and a nice ending to a perfect meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time out!
    GoodTimes
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We were in Chicago from Chico Ca and our daughters had to eat at RPM. It lived up to the anticipation and we thoroughly enjoyed the food the service and the feel of the space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food, great server, but ....
    leesa
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This was my 3rd time thete, ALWAYS great food, and the servers wete great. But... whats with your hostesses??? Everyone of them never smile, nor seem like a genuinely nice person, they come off very stuck up, and my 20 year old daughter even noticed it, along with my husband the first time we went. Don't like that feeling of being like your not welcomed there. But the food was excellent, and for that i will return
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    LiveToEat
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The food was outstanding and we loved their use of white truffles! On top of that, our server Bob was great. He didn't rush us and made some great recommendations. We will ask for him next time. The manager Maggie came to our table to talk to us which was very nice considering how busy they were. It's definitely a restaurant for people who appreciate really good food. It was some of the best I've had in a very long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mlp12
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We ordered appetizers that were outstanding. Our entrees were the halibut fish and lobster, spinach ravioli. Both dishes were absolutely outstanding. Our server was gracious, very knowledgeable about the menu choices and extremely pleasant. We never felt we were being rushed through our dinner and he was always checking with us to see if we needed anything and asked how we enjoyed our meal. Wonderful restaurant and we do plan on returning in the future!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond expectations
    Lushan7
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We were seated right away. Our server was phenomenal, was very knowledgeable about all of the dishes. Great recommendations! My whole party had the special Berkshire Shank, I have never in my life had pork melt in your mouth and taste as good as this was. The sides of roasted cauliflower and broccolini were perfect to share. The Bombolini with nutella and marscapone cheese were out of this world. The little ice cream cones with gelato were a perfect dessert as well. I would definitely recommend RPM Italian. Also, being from the western suburbs this is definitely worth the trip to downtown Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just fair-portions on small sid
    ache
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    thought portions a bit on the small side. ordered swordfish entree and got a thin filet, maybe 3-4 ounces that would have been enough for an appetizer. should have sent it back but didn't. lobster ravioli and prawns ordered by friends also meager. meatballs however the only bright spot. not going back and wouldn't recommend.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    Okimak
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I met up with a close friend who is new to Chicago and we wanted to have a great Italian food experience. Not only was the food great, but the service was amazing and so was the ambiance. We had a great time meeting the people at the table next to use who were from California. We were all taking pics of our food and we even started sharing it. So good! Highly recommend and can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More than a fad
    Brittney
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    RPM was great. The food and "scene" were great, though the noise and service weren't the best for a date night. I think our server was an outlier; others seemed very warm and cordial. We started with the ravioli, which were microscopic. Giuliana's Italian salad was large and delicious, and Mama DePandi's bucatini was a hit. My husband also had the salad, paired with pappardelle bolognese, which were great as well. Bill's dessert was great and very big as well; the wine list offered great and quality variety. Overall I'd definitely recommend RPM. As a G&B lover, it was an exciting and special night out in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressed
    EmGo
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I was fairly impressed with the atmosphere as well as the food and drinks. I would certainly recommend going with a group so you can try multiple items froms the menu. It was a little loud and the tables we sat at were pretty close to other guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.