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 WinnerMost Booked
Saranello's reviews from OpenTable diners
332 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (146)special occasion (141)neighborhood gem (110)fit for foodies (85)great for lunch (64)romantic (52)vibrant bar scene (50)notable wine list (50)kid-friendly (47)hot spot (40)great for brunch (31)great for outdoor dining (26)late-night find (13)scenic view (3)Show More
  • 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
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1st try
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    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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    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
    JerryL
    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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  • 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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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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  • Favorite Italian by far!!
    mjfiveo
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    A secret in the area, I am surprised there isn't a wait for seating most days as their food and service are the best in a 10 mile radius! Shhhh, don't tell anyone how good it is or it won't be a secret anymore.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Lunch was great
    Bobbie
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Lunch was great, very good food, large portions, and the service very good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not sure if I will come back
    sophierock
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This is my second time to Saranellos and I cannot say I will come back again. I enjoyed the place and food the first time and decided to take my parents here to celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary. We had an early seating and was told the pork chop was sold out. The table was cramped next to another. It was extremely noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Italian Food
    madame1971VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our dinner was good, but too spicy. The meatballs had to be sent back because they were so spicy. The kitchen did a very good job the second time around. My dinner, lobster in a light tomato cream sauce, was also quite spicy. I didn't send it back, but I would have preferred a bit less pepper. For the third entree, shrimp diabolo, we were given the option of the level of spiciness. The bread was fantastic and the two desserts, house made chocolate ice cream and a peach blueberry cobbler, were outstanding. I also appreciated that there was a gluten free pasta option. I will return, but I will specify that I don't like my food terribly spicy.
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    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over rated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Valet, hospitality, ambiance were very good, food was way below expectations for that type restaurant! I will not be back!
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  • Food is always solid
    BuzzBuzzardVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I have yet to find something on the menu that is bad, and the onions are outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fair food for price not even
    Les27
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    A soup of the day chef doesn't let them toss Salvador split salad as he only cares about presentation
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not gluten-free friendly
    veganstylistVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The waitress-Amanda- was fantastic. Always around and always had the yes-attitude. However for the price of the food you don't get much. Presentation is sloppy. Gluten-free is basically; the bread items can be removed. How about interesting pasta dishes or more vegan items. For a Lettuce restaurant, and I have been too many, your menu is boring. Not creative at all. The chef is sloppy and its obvious by how the plates arrive at the table. We have come to this restaurant a few times, cause it's nearby and you can always get in.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Attentive and delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We were here on a recent tuesday night celebrating our anniversary. Place was hopping. The service by JD was excellent! Very attentive and accommodating. When we asked for an item that was no longer on the menu, he sent over the manager, Paul. He knew what we were talking about, and even though they no longer offer the dish, he went to the kitchen and had them make up something similar that was great! Best part was that he and JD kept coming over to check on us. Food and desserts were outstanding. Thanks for a memorable night:-)
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Dinner w/ friends
    GirlsVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Very jumping. Very busy. Waitress was rushing the dirty dishes and dropped silverware 3 different times on us. Otherwise very good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dine with Jacob!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Our server, Jacob, was simply fantastic. My husband and I were on a rare night out with our 4 month old son. Jacob made amazing recommendations and was incredibly friendly and welcoming. We dine at saranellos often and this visit was following a terrible experience with a horrible server. Having this recent experience with Jacob has renewed our faith in this restaurant. Please hire more people like him!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner
    Gary460VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    From the grilled calamari to the dinners we had (filet, spicy shrimp on pasta, chicken marsala and swordfish), we enjoyed it all. Plus 1 scoop of gelato for the 4 of us was a perfect finish. One tip - they will make you chicken or veal marsala although it's not on the menu!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    WiseDan
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    My wife had been to Saranello's with girl friends and she wanted to return for our anniversary dinner on Augst 7. This was my first time. She had the swordfish special (excellent) and I had scallops and risotto (a bit salty but still very good). Our waitress couldn't have been nicer or more informative. We received an excellent free anniversary chocolate dessert. I ordered flowers that were on our table when we arrived, but the card was lost and my wife, and the waitress, did not think they were from me. The manager finally confirmed I had ordered them. All in all, it was a great dinner and we will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last minute dinner
    sharVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    My husband and I went to the restaurant early around 5:00. Our waiter was awesome! He was very accommodating and had a great personality. The food was fantastic. Can't wait to go back and order the same. Also the manager helped out too and he was so nice!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still great
    RemyVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Our service and food were wonderful and the people are welcoming and competent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthady Experience
    Munch
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food was as expected the service was good but when I asked them to wrap up the meal I did not finish the lost my order and gave me some of my oringinal food that they remade but some things were prepared differently That was the let down
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We visited Saranellos on a Saturday evening about 8:00, and it was a very busy place! Both the food and the service were excellent. However, we found the noise level to be higher than we prefer, and it was difficult to carry on a quiet conversTion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • goofy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Always good great place to have dinner b4 the theatre
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food and service
    Jeri
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The bread has to be the best I've had anywhere - until they brought butter, I was eating it plain since I don't like dipping bread in olive oil.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's a Winner
    restaurantmavenVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Our very picky Italian cousin pronounced her lasagna the best ever! We have been there before but never knew that if there was a dish you were craving and it was not on the menu they would make it for you! What more could you ask of a restaurant. Jay our server was amiable and efficient and we plan on asking for him next time. OMG the chocolate marscapone dessert is the things dreams are made of.....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ask for what you want and get it
    yumyum2VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Although this restaurant can be pretty noisy, I requested a "quiet booth" and got one. They seated us in a quiet corner of the bar area. It was great. The lasagna was delicious, best I have had in years. Very generous portion. We both ordered it, when the waiter came back to say only one was left, we shared it and both had plenty. Unfortunately everything is ala carte which can be pretty pricey. Bread also was very good and desert of a frozen chocolate covered mocha ice cream ball that was the size of a large snowball was wonderful. Minestrone soup was also very good. The place was very busy for a Wednesday night. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable and efficient.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Arty
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I celebrated my birthday. The restaurant did a great job for the celebration providing complimentary desert, alcoholic beverages and even a group photo. The service was quite good. My spinach Gnocchi was delicious but could have been more generous in portion. Others mentioned the Lasagna was very good and a generous portion was provided. The restaurant was a little noisy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I had the scallop dish, which was cooked perfectly and the risotto was also well seasoned and just tasty, my husband enjoyed the seafood pasta dish, but the serving of linguine was a bit too much
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.