Saranello's
Saranello's

Saranello's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.saranellos.com/
  • Phone: 8477776878
  • Hours of Operation:


    Breakfast: Daily: 6:00am - 11:00am;
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm;
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
    Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 12:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Mychael Bonner
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering for groups from 8 to 250. We will offer a wide array of family style options that are guaranteed to please.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining facilities also are available for holiday parties, business meetings and other gatherings. A larger space accommodates seating for 50 while two smaller dining rooms each offer more intimate settings for 25 guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Milwaukee and Lake Cook
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from Saranello's
Inspired by his travels and passion for Italy's culture, Executive Chef Mychael Bonner has created a broad menu of Italian-fare utilizing the freshest ingredients to create the fullest flavors to bring homemade, hand-crafted pizzas and pastas, as well as prime steaks and fresh fish dishes to the table.



Feel the energy while dining in a casual and rustic 6700-square-foot setting. Dine at natural reclaimed wood tables with seating for 175, surrounded by inviting darker woods, exposed brick and beams, subtle filament lighting, and accented with muted chocolate and caramel tones throughout.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Saranello's reviews from OpenTable diners
337 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (152)special occasion (140)neighborhood gem (110)fit for foodies (96)great for lunch (64)romantic (46)vibrant bar scene (45)kid-friendly (45)notable wine list (43)hot spot (36)great for brunch (35)great for outdoor dining (21)late-night find (15)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Excellent Italian
    AwesomeVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Wonderful experience. Seating was right on time. Service was perfect. Menu was diverse and very inviting with many classic options plus new ones. The food was very good and correctly proportioned. Overall price for a table of 6 was well in line with expectations.
    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
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blondie65
    Blondie65VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Find the wine list mediocre. Everything else is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Higher End Pricing
    lmlknp
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Higher prices and everything ala carte. Waiter switched wines on us, after we asked for house wine. How he knew he poured 6oz versus 8 oz, we are not sure. Took the difference off the check, but was not happy with us. Othewise the waiter was ok. Very noisy and hard to hear conversation.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was exceptional
    Irish35
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I had the Chicken Limone and it was delicious, the chef really knows what he is doing from dinner to desert. The Chicken was moist and tender and the sauce was very light and savory. A member of our party had food restrictions, they made gluten free/vegan pasta for her. Would return again. Made reservtions though OpenTable, received email confirmation, restaurant did not have my name upon arrival. Thankfully it was for a small team lunch, they had a table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a good meal
    shirmyVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I know I can go to Saranello's and always find something on their specials for the night. Or almost anything on their regular menu depending on what kind of mood I'm in. They have great encrusted fish, their pastas and lasagna are all good. We tried the kale salad with roasted garbanzo and fresh parmesan with caesar dressing-very tasty! And as always, good service. Wish we had room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch with a friend
    GirlsVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Had a wonderful relaxing lunch with excellent service and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Impressed
    Mardon2VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The space is quite large and very crowded with too many tables crammed in, so it was very loud & servers struggled to reach the tables. We decided to order 2 of the signature cocktails, mine was called "Pear of Lemons" I was mystified when my husband's drink was served and I received an empty Collins glass with a couple of lemons. When I asked the server where my cocktail was she pointed to the glass and said she thought I just wanted lemons for my water. LOL . Anyway, the cocktails were too sweet & the wine list is just average. The food was good, I had the Pappardelle and my husband had the Veal Saltimbocca, but I never received the salad I ordered. We decided to pass on dessert and just get out of there. Crossing this one off our list.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Menu yields excellent finds
    FaeRae
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I loved the menu options and the twists on the classics, like bananas in the tiramisu and giardinara with the calamari, yum. Our waiter was a wonderful tour guide and everyone enjoyed dishes we would not have tried had we simply ordered our usual Italian favorites. The only negative from one friend, "pork chops were a bit dry". Over all, we had a great time and we are considering a reservation for Rosh Hosanna.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food & service
    Walt
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I love to come here. Good food and great service with the bonus of Lettuce and Starwood points. You can't beat that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Food!
    FoodloverVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The made from scratch menu did not disappoint! Every dish was full of flavor!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Connie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Disappointed with the Host's service. I could not believed been soo rood to customers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependable interesting food
    BillfromILVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I've been to Saranello's a half a dozen times or more, never a bad meal. It's a bit noisy so better to dine early or late than at the peak times. There is always something interesting on the menu - I had spinach gnocci.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food again
    JoleeVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I really enjoyed this dinner. The service was fantastic and my meal was great. I had the pork chop which I NEVER order in restaurants. I am glad that I did. It was perfectly cooked and juicy. My GF had the lasagna. Not like Mom made but decent for a restaurant in this area. The banana Tiramisu is a must have!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bunnies94VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We discovered a "new" Saranello's thanks to our server, Carlos. We have had quite a few "misses" there with servers, but he made this an outstanding experience. The food was spot on this visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saranello
    CECC
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    A great restaurant, overall! I have used this restaurant for several meetings and the attention is at a great level for business meetings. Enough but check ins are not too often. The food is reliable...great seafood choices. Soups and salads are great. Overall a great place for business. Open Table reservations are a great tool...easy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Girls Night Out
    girlsnightout
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    There were 3 of us who go out a few times a year. It was my 2nd time here (first was family-style with a larger group). It was the first time for another person. Selections were short ribs, skirt steak, eggplant parmesan. We all loved our food. Also had very good wine and dessert. Our server, Jay, was very present (just the right amount) and we were able to linger after dinner as long as we wanted (almost 4 hours total). All in all, a great experience. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrating an Anniversary
    FondellFun
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We tried Saranello's on a lark. I received a bunch of LEY coupon cards for restaurants throughout Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Decided to try one close to us in Wheeling for a change of pace for our anniversary. What a pleasant surprise. Pulling up I was worried since it was attached to a hotel. But upon sitting down and our first interaction with our lovely waitress I was encouraged it would be a nice night. And it was - super service, good italian and a surprise anniversary dessert. Nicely done.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, just a bit noisy
    enjoygoodfood
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our group of 6 all enjoyed our food, from appetizer through dessert. The Short Ribs are truly excellent! Jay, our waiter was just the right balance of friendly and attentive, but not overly "there." Special preparations - no problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Make sure you have lots of time
    live2dineoutVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food is okay for a suburban restaurant but the reservation is meaningless. This is the third time we have visited this restaurant and each time they are running late for seating (at least 15 to 30 minutes) and then it takes your server way too much time to get anything. Ordered a bottle of wine on two visits and it took 15 minutes to arrive the second visit they brought the wrong wine and it took another 10 minutes to get the right bottle. Do yourself a favor go somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Server attentive, but service could have been a little faster. We arrived before 5 on a weekday, when the place was quite empty, and were seated in a narrow area between west-facing windows and an aisle, that held perhaps 8 tables. It was bright, even with shades on the windows. As other diners arrived, the host proceeded to place guests in the SAME area of the restaurant until all nearby tables were filled. I dine out very seldom, so the fact that we were all crowded in the same small section of a large restaurant was really irritating, and diminished the experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent wait staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food was good, but not extraordinary. Menu options were limited. Seemed a bit pricey for what we had.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Howard
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Nice offerings in a huge space. We came when it was quiet for a 2pm lunch, so did not see the place in prime dining time. Good and reliable LEY restaurant with good values.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good food
    TennisfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    This is my mother-in-laws favorite restaurant. The homemade pasta is great! I love their beet salad. Service is always great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner
    silverfox
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Have been there many times and it was a little quieter this time. Mussel appetizer was fabulous. Salad was okay. Pistacio crusted white fish was not delicious. A little bland and not Lake Superior. Broccoli slaw good but not on my list of things to eat. My date's filet was very good. Will definitely go back. Would love to try some pasta.
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  • howardVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    food and service was very good. portions large tho entrees do not come with any sides
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1st try
    Simi44
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was the first time I had been here and will definitely be back. The bread served is fantastic, not your typical Italian bread, nice change. Our waitress was wonderful, super friendly, not annoying, took good care of us. I had the potato gnocchi which was delicious but the serving could have been just a little bigger. My husband had bacon wrapped medallions of beef which he really enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't pass this up
    Great
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great menu with standards and their own special items. This restaurant is a must. Pleasant staff and really great food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal!
    Luvitalian
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    As I said the food was excellent. The skirt steak superb. some wait staff continually bumped our chairs but Our waitress was great-attentive and knowledgable. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special dinner
    sharVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My husband and I love coming here. However this time our portions were pretty small (we ordered a fish dish) I really do feel like we were cheated with the price based off the portion size. I have ordered this dish before and it's been a very hearty portion size. Also our server seemed like he could care less about us and would rather flirt with a table with single women. The manager did more work then our server. Would I come back? Yes. I do love the food, but it won't be soon. The restaurant needs to start getting better servers!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Food was great service bad. We ate our salads and 15 minutes later the waitress comes to the table and says they ran out of lasagna and had to pick another entree so we ate 30 minutes later. They never offered to buy us a drink or appetizer which they shoukd have since we had to wait. I asked the have the manager come by and he gave us a lame excuse and sais the lasagna was not done and he could not serve us cold food. No I'm sorry no what can I do for you. The waitress and gm both not nice or even helpful. It's was our 32 wedding anniversary and the waitress knew it and they really did nothing special but pack us up a piece of chocolate cake as we were leaving. I think it was an after thought. Not sure ill ever go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We really enjoyed the food
    JerryLVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We tried this based on Trip Advisor and we're glad we did - it was crowded when we got there (a good sign to us road warriors) and we quickly found out why - the food was outstanding! The owners are reportedly the founders of the Maggianos chain, Saranellos was better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bucky
    BUCKY
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Food was excellent and reasonably priced. Service was efficient, but not very personal. Noise level was louder than I would prefer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointed
    savvyconsumer
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The silverware and glasses appeared dirty, as if the dishwasher doesn't work properly. The waitress was not friendly and did not work hard. They were out of "bone in chicken" for chicken vesuvio by 6:30 pm. No staff was around to clear plates or even at the hostess' stand as we exited. Really, this meal was disappointing. I would not return to Saranello's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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  • Where are the veggies?
    Food4fun
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Plenty of traditional brunch favorites included a great egg/omelet station, lox with all the trimmings, and freshly made waffles. Nice selection of fruit, Greek yogurt and coffee cakes. I would have liked some vegetables; grilled asparagus, peppers, eggplant, heirloom tomatoes, maybe a cheese board. Not a lot of non-sweet choices for vegetarians. Very good place for large families and babies.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had been to Saranellos twice before and had a wonderful experience. This time, we were seated in the bar area (had made the reservation 2 months prior). Tables were too close together; the table next to us had to get up to let us squeeze in. Reservation at 7:15; they were already out of an entree. Three dirty bread plates and a soiled napkin when we sat down. Didn't come back to ask if we wanted another cocktail or coffee.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Noisy but good!
    Healthyharry
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    There on a very busy Saturday night-the menu has a varied selection and the food was very good! It was not so romantic for a couple however as it was very noisy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fair
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We've been to Saranello's many times in the past and loved it. This time it wasn't up to par. My spinach gnocchi was way too salty. I couldn't even finish it. When I mentioned it to the waitress she seemed indifferent about it. The kids had the fettuccine alfredo, which they typically love, but said it was bland and tasteless this time. We also were never told the specials for the day, neither when ordering our apps/entrees nor dessert. All in all a disappointing experience based on our expectations.
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  • Not Happy
    mikey
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Service is terrible. Have tried a couple of other times and the service is always bad.
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  • Consistently great
    npatel
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    As expected, our visit to Saranello's was excellent. Our waiter was polite, very courteous and helpful when it came to describing some items on the menu. Our appetizer and entrees were outstanding! We look forward to returning again in the future.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We celebrated a friend's birthday and had a great time. We sat in the bar area and had a really great server. Great dinner!
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