Sabatino's Restaurant
Sabatino's Restaurant

Sabatino's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sabatinoschicago.com/
  • Phone: 7732838331
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
    Dinner: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 5:00 PM - 11:30 PM, Wednesday, Saturday: 5:00 PM - 12:30 AM, Sunday: 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please call to inquire.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kenneth Ave & Kostner Ave
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Sabatino's Restaurant
Welcome to Sabatinos a beautiful old school Italian restaurant with delcious food and great ambieance. You get bread including focaccia - a kind of pizza bread, then a salad and soup, then an entree - try the veal Parmesan, and a side of pasta. Many recommend the baked Alaska dessert. Sabatino"s is dimly lit with flowers on every table, this Italian-American restaurant has been the perfect date restaurant for about 25 years. Diners might have their steak or seafood entrees complemented by the serenade of strolling musicians in the main room or piano music in the bar area. Angelo Pagni, who owns the restaurant with his brother, Enzo, said Sabatino's is popular in the neighborhood for a lot of reasons, food and atmosphere and chief among them. Stop in today!
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Sabatino's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (24)good for groups (19)special occasion (16)romantic (13)fit for foodies (12)great for outdoor dining (10)late-night find (7)great for lunch (7)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Wonderful Service !
    April
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Drove in from the suburbs to meet with family for a birthday celebration. As always it was wonderful food, service was great, always a special evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bobo
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Old school Italian, tons of food! The best veal i've had since my last visit to Roma! We will definetlybe going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hedonism
    hedonism
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great food. Great decor. Fantastic dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Never misses
    PaperdollVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We live downtown and meet here with people coming from the suburbs. The management gives us a quiet table that we request. So when everything else is right - the fantastic food is even better. Don't forget the parking!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • HLL84
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Great neighborhood restaurant. "Old school" Italian at its finest. Love the strolling musicians & piano bar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    This restaurant always has excellent food and service! We always enjoy dining here. No matter what is ordered it is delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Salsa
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I was there with a group. We had a table which was in a corner. That was good for conversation with a large group. Much better than being in the center of the room. The veal was up to it's usual rating-excellent. One person had a chicken breast special that was stuffed with veal. I hope they have it again. so I can have a full order!It was delicious. The complimentary pizza bread is always a free treat. Others had various pastas which they enjoyed. I think the price is very reasonalbe for the amount of food (soup, salad,entree & side dish). I always have enough for a "to go" box.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Time
    iEatfood
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food was enjoyable, very fun time out on the patio. Big portions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had a reservation for 2 people but once we arrived at the restaurantand ended up sitting with a group of 7. I ordered the Walleye but was told about 10 minutes after ordering they had run out. The server did not bring me a menu to reselect. I ended up with a very dry Whitefish. I told the server I needed to be gluten free. After serving the table with bread, soup (not gluten free) and complimentary ravioli, I had to ask the server to bring me my salad. I was very hungry since it had been over an hour since we had been seated. Another person at the table had a veal speciality. It looked good and he loved it. The music in the bar was fantastic. Bobby Salone was on the piano.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great way to celebrate!
    likefood
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Sabatino's is a great place to take your lovely to enjoy good food. It's like going to a downtown restaurant with neighborhood prices.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always, wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    This our favorite restaurant. The owners are always there to make sure everything is perfect.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • always excellent
    luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We always enjoy Sabatino's. Whenever I come into town, I must eat at this outstanding restaurant. No matter what I or anyone in my party eats, the food is always delicious. The service is always attentive and we always enjoy our experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Old School Italian Rest.
    lkchangirlVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Everyone who lived on the northwest side of Chicago has gone to Sabitino's at some point in their life. It's a great neighborhood restaurant with old world elegance. The food is delicious and the service is great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 140 reviews are from the Sabatino's Restaurant reviews archive.
  • MangiVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I go go Sabatino's only about twice a year because I do not live nearby, but wish I did! Love it! The food is great; service is wonderful. The only issue is parking. I'm not a valet person so sometimes challenging to get a parking spot on the street. However not a big enough concern to keep me away! I'll keep coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Time Was Had by All
    BirthdayBoy
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We took Mom out to eat for an early Mother's Day dinner. We chose this restaurant after reading wonderful reviews about it, and we were not disappointed. The food and the service was excellent, and we will definitely be back for special dinner occasions in the future!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    Barb
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Food was great - all 3 of us had a steak it was beyond delicious.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Great Experience
    Michaeljm4VIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    I have never had a bad dish or bad service at Sabatino's. You are always traeted like you are special to them and and even the strolling violinist and guitarist are very considerate of those simply enjoying good food and conversation by not imposing or interupting them. The valet parking and non- downtown location make this place an actual 6 star restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It is always a great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    It is always a great place to eat especially with families.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • My Favorite
    JudieL
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Sabatino's has been our favorite Italian restaurant in the city. It started as a neighborhood place and turned itself into a statewide destination. I have never gotten so much delicious food for the relatively modest prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • girls night
    trac429
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    This was my second visit to sabatinos. It was just as delicious, fantastic service and authentic Italian food. I went ti italy in July and I felt like I was back there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great veal
    Salsa
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    I had one of the evening's specials- veal with pimento & capers. I think they do an outstanding job with veal. It is always tender and flavorful. This was up to their standards. The pizza bread is also a nice touch. If you want it with your salad or cocktail you have to ask. Otherwise they bring it quickly after you sit down.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food/huge portions
    Pinkster
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    I even managed to eat fairly healthy here! I was tempted to try my favorite Italian dish, Eggplant Parmesan, but went for the broiled whitefish instead. Soup AND salad come with dinner and a calorie conscious diner can get a baked potato instead of pasta as a side. Only dieting downfall was the warm loaf of crusty Italian bread that is put onto every table. Very old-timey feel and menu, even the three guys (including "Johnny") at the next table who spoke a bit too loud but it rather amused us (most of the time!).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tucked away Fine Dining
    Nance
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    There was everything you expect from a memorable Italian restaurant -generous portions, crusty bread, yummy tiramisu, comfy chairs, and a good wine list. This place was packed on Friday night. I can't wait to go back and try other menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Step back in time - in a good way!
    ORDandSANVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Yes, the decor is slightly old-fashioned. Yes, the menu is traditional. Yes, there are no windows. But that's exactly what to love about it. Great food, excellent service, reasonable prices. It's a Chicago tradition that I hope lasts another 40 years!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service just might ruin your night
    ChISnap
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We got seated right away in a romantic dining room. Our waitress seemed nice enough, but while mulling over the menu, she came over to me and flipped through my menu to respond to a price check on a bill for another customer. If that wasn't uncomfortable enough, it was basically all down hill from there. We waited at least 20 minutes just to order our drinks, and then another 30 just to get the drinks we ordered. We waited another long time period for our bill. I was on a date so I didn't want to make a big scene, but she over-charged us for our wine. When we got the final bill, I realized she had tacked on another few dollars. I wouldn'tve noticed if the other couple hadn't successfully challenged her on a price earlier. Ridiculous!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always family celebration favorite
    WillieGVIP
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    Just a fond memory year after year watching our children celebrate at this family favorite!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Sabatinos
    BThomas
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Tons of great food with every order. Loved the Chicken Meuniere (I always get this) and the Gnocchi is like butter- It melts in your mouth! You will not go away hungry, in typical Italian style. Their coffee is great too. You also get complementary bruschetta, hard crust Italian bread and melted cheese bread (kind of like a mini pizza). Our service started out slow, but ended on a great note!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Friendly Service, Busy
    patf
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    If like "old-time" Italian cooking with none of the modern twists, this is your place. All the pastas are homemade and delicious, meals are ample (some more than ample) and everything is fresh. We all had veal dishes and the veal was perfectly cooked and the sauces were great. The bread is excellent and the salads were fresh with very tasty dressings. We had no room for dessert but those at the next table looked good. The wine list is fairly extensive and our waiter was knowledgeable about the wines. The only drawback is that it is quite noisy and the tables are really close together. But all of this is due to how popular the place is. We will be going back on a week night to see if the energy level is a bit lower.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful,tho pricey steakhouse
    Phillie
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    We enjoyed our meal at Capitol Grille. Steaks were delicious as were the sides -- mashed potatoes and the wedge salad. Extensive wine list too. A good place for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian food
    Diane
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Enjoyed food very much and portions substantial. Will go backraviolis delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old school
    Salsa
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    I really enjoy Sabatino's. They have good quality control. My veal was delicious as usual. It is also nice to get soup & a good salad included with the meal. Real tablecloths are also a treat as so many places now put "paper "over their tablecloths which I find very tacky. The kitchen was very accomidating. My friend asked for a special risoto which wasn't on the menu. They were happy to make it for him. Drinks are reasonable and a good size.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Classic
    Geo8VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    We've been coming to Sabatino's for years and it never fails to impress. It's traditional Chicago Italian dining at its finest. If you've never been you need to try this gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review
    JJNonteini
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    Enjoyed the entree. Salad had a very strong taste, which did not agree with me. Sat in the front room. Very noisy and not very spacious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will Be Back
    GamSVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    Great all around old-style Italian restaurant with delicious and plentiful food and great service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Memorable Meal
    TMladic
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    I just love Sabatino's and am so grateful that it was recommended to me years and years ago. I love bringing people here for the first time and sharing a special meal with them at this great restaurant which stands the test of time. The staff can't be beat - - super friendly and helpful and they really make you feel special. I requested the private booth just for kicks and my friend and I were delighted with our meals, our wine choices and the best dessert around. Looking forward to coming back sooner than later as it's really something special to be in such a neat neighborhood gem spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friday night dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    made reservations for dinner and we were seated promptly. wait staff attentive plentiful and not intrusive. if you are looking for old school Chicago Italian restaurant, here it is. Nice table, pizza bread shows up right away, good amount of specials to choose from and a great menu. We had appetizer specials and they were delicious. Fired stuffed squash blossoms were a favorite. Entree includes soup and salad. We each had a different type of entree, fish, pasta and veal. All delicious. After dinner and dessert, we retired to the bar where a live piano player was holding court. We stayed for a while, sang a little, joked a little, danced once, and just had a great time. Convenient valet parking is a huge plus. Just a great neighborhood spot
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful!!!!
    luvlyluci
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    Went there for my boyfriends birthday. . Not only was the food amazing but the service was outstanding!!! Will definitely go there more often. . Our server was very helpful and so friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old World Italian style on Irving
    hungrygals
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    My friend suggested this restaurant as she had driven by there and always wondered about it. There is a nice low lit bar to wait in if your party is running behind. The dinning area is intimate. We didn't hear the piano in the bar, but enjoyed the violinist and other musician. The food was great. We really enjoyed the dinner salads even. Both of us loved our main courses - Spinach Nocchi and the item above it on the entree section. I would gladly go back for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Gem
    SylVee
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    i've dined at Sabatino's (lunch and dinner) many, many times and it is consistently wonderful. They will modify a dish for you, add meat, whatever you want. The quality of the food is always superb and the waitstaff is knowledgeable and wants to be sure you have a great time. I would recommend Sabatino's to ANYONE who likes classic Southern Italian dining, fresh, fresh fish and so much more!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • There for the baked alaska.
    Russ
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    A dear friend of mine and I were on the search for baked alaska that was served traditionally, that is, on fire. The dining staff was incredibly generous and kind to us being 45 minutes late to our reservations, and was also very welcoming to our only dining for desert. The dinner menu looked unbelievably expensive and the wine list was a novel. The ambience was that of a wonderfully elegant candlelit dinner date for that special one. My friend and I enjoyed ourselves much at Sabatino's.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.