Sofi Restaurant
Sofi Restaurant

Sofi Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sofirestaurantandbar.com/
  • Phone: 3127535502
  • Hours of Operation:
    7 days a week: 5PM - 10:30 PM
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Harrison and Polk
  • Parking: No
A word from Sofi Restaurant
Born in Milan to culinary great Cesarina, a Cordon Bleu of Chaine des Rotisseurs in Paris, Maurizio inherited his passion for cooking and learned his skills under the watchful eye of his mother.

After years of being the front man in Milan and New York’s most prestigious restaurants, Maurizio realized that he wanted to pursue his passions as a chef and subsequently opened his own Maurizio Trattoria in NYC’s Greenwich Village to great critical acclaim and success.

Along with many prestigious articles and reviews, Maurizio Trattoria was also voted one of the best restaurants in New York by Forbes magazine from 2004 to 2007. Maurizio Trattoria’s regular clientele included famous A-list movie stars, fashion designers, Ceo’s, as well as neighborhood notables.

Sofi Restaurant is an upscale Milanese Trattoria simply decorated with lithographs from Carroll Tyson and table tops that are handmade from two hundred year old wood.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Sofi Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (37)fit for foodies (30)romantic (20)notable wine list (13)special occasion (11)great for outdoor dining (6)good for groups (4)hot spot (2)great for lunch (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Authentic Italian Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Such a place was definitely missing in the south loop. Sofi has an extensive list of Italian appetizers, pasta, risotti and meat dishes. The chef offers also different specials every day. We shared the grilled baby octopus for appetizer: perfect! My Risotto Milanese was simple but complex in flavors, as it should be and mixed with the sausages ragout resulted in an succulent dish. We finished with a Tiramisu, classic, but there again perfectly moist. It was our first time at Sofi but we will be back, many times, only to try to taste many of the authentic Italian dishes that Sofi has to offer.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brad
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The food was very good. The service was very good. Nice that they do corkage.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We found lots of tempting choices on the menu for appetizers, pastas and main courses. We chose two great pastas - pumpkin ravioli and Tagiiatelle with short rib ragout. The server was really helpful and knowledgable. Highly recommended and near the Auditorium Theatre.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unexpected surprise
    travelbugVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    My mother and I were going to the Auditorium Theatre for a performance on Wednesday night and wanted to eat dinner before the show. I don't know that area very well so I went on Open Table and found Sofi. We were able to park right in front of the restaurant on the street (no valet parking) which was great for my elderly mother. The atmosphere in the restaurant is quaint and the food was delicious. I had pappardelle with a meat ragout that was outstanding. My mom's sea bass was light and fresh. The service was attentive and I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood spot
    Sarah
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    If you are in the mood for nicer italian food that is still cooked in a home/comfort kind of style, this place is for you. It is right in the printers row neighborhood and you can tell everyone who works here loves it. Great crab cake with red pepper sauce as a special and a garganelli pasta with pancetta, and their ravioli's are the thicker kind, but still very tasty. Go early enough though if you want a souffle since we ate late here, and the chef was out of some of the ingredients! But great spot overall. Especially since I live around the corner, I would love to come back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Pleasant Surprise!
    Irish1VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were in town for the Chicago marathon. I searched restaurants close to our hotel. Sofi was a "diamond in the rough"! The food was authentic Italian, the service was outstanding and it was just the right size. On a busy weekend, Sofi delivered a wonderful meal and great atmosphere. We will definitely go back the next time we are in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Social Dinner Spot
    JohnR
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I eat here with friends on Saturday Oct 4, 2014. The food was excellent, real Italian food, superb Italian wines, even if they were a little pricey, the service was top class and the ambiance was relaxed with a nice buzz. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Date
    PatrickEats
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I took a first date here and made reservations through open table. We arrived about 10 minutes before our reservation. We were greeted at the door, and brought to a couple open seats at the bar, where we were offered a small complimentary glass of wine while waiting for our table. HUGE bonus points for that. We were seated and service was excellent. The food tasted amazing. Sofi helped my first date go off without a hitch. Will definitely recommend to others and will be back!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VERY Italian Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    For non-foodies like us, the menu was a bit daunting but our waiter was terrific in helping us to better understand the options. The food we ordered was excellent and interesting. This was my first encounter with octopus, for example, embedded in a risotto along with other seafood varieties. Portions are generous. You'll leave full. Thanks for a memorable evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Great Northern Italian food with a knowledgeable waiter. He corrected my wine selection and his choice was perfect. I would eat there again in a second.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice for the neighborhood
    Bobo
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We usually go to Chinatown or the Greek neighborhood for a casual dinner. Tried something different following Open Table reviews and location. Sofi is on south Dearborn, easy to park and reasonable. A very pleasant place, attentive wait person. Bread just OK, not memorable. Started with asparagus soup, just OK, too much filler, did not compare well with the asparagus soup in La Petite Folie, which is much more intense. I had the papardelle with duck, again OK but a little short on duck, the noodles done correctly. My wife had a different pasta dish that she liked very much. We'll probably try Sofi again with friends, see what they think.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BALDY
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I was surprised the menu lacked any chicken dishes
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Spot
    jimbo
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I have never been to Sofi and I was missing a great spot. Great location, near major streets, great service, very friendly and attentive. Menu is packed with just enough to not overwhelm you, but will satisfy you. Good wine list, prices are fair, a must try.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food & Service
    chicagodiner
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I recently took my clients to Sofie being that they are Italian food lovers and frequently travel to Italy. I was a bit nervous about how it would turn out since I had never eaten there before. Luckily it was awesome and my clients very happy. The food had fantastic flavor and our waitress was a very charming and attentive Italian girl. I highly recommend Sofie!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    kashuVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I found this gem on Open Table and am very glad I chose it! From the appetizers to the pasta even to the bread everything was fresh, perfectly cooked, and wonderful. Our waiter Roberto really made the whole experience worthy though with his attentive but not overbearing service, excellent recommendations about wine and food, and friendly, welcoming manner. I will definitely be back the next time I'm in Chicago. This was a much better way to spend my Saturday evening than accompanying my daughter and her friend to the One Direction concert :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another wonderful meal!
    UrbanGirlVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We've visited at least 6 times and are working our way through their menu - each choice has been delicious! We were greeted warmly (we're now recognized by the staff!) and seated immediately, although we arrived 10 minutes late for our 7pm reservation. We asked our server Roberto to choose our wine by the glass and he did his usual good job. The onion soup was rich and sweet with onions. Salad had just the right amount of dressing. Gnocchi were pillows of heaven. I'm not a big eater but ate every morsel of my crab/asparagus/tomato pasta entree. We will definitely be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    chitowngirl
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Service was great and not to mention the Italian food. The food was very authentic and fresh. I had the Penne pasta with tomato cream sauce, which was delicious!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Riccardo'esque
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We were very pleased with the creative menu. I understand chef is brother of Riccardo at Trattoria Riccardo. Didnt ask if they get along but menu was reminiscent of Trattoria Riccardo in all positive aspects. The price point was very appropriate. Wine list is reasonable and with more ecclectic Italian selections. Should be great for neighborhood though prior restaurants havent done so well in same location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cute and quiet spot
    DGW005
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We loved this little place. The food was fantastic and they offer half portions. The desserts are wonderful so save room! The service was top notch. I would go back again in a heart beat!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Wonderful authentic homemade pasta. Delightful server.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    OneFaraz
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    All the food is great and this is a wonderful hidden gem. Corkage fee is way too high. I don't drink, but I overheard it - and I felt sorry that the restaurant would charge such a high price for corkage fees, it should be way less. Other than that. The place is awesome.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unremarkable Italian
    cajungal
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had dinner on a Wednesday evening. My husband had the sea bass. I had the veal chop. They were both fine but nothing to rave about. The dessert of berries and cream was excellent. We each had 2 glasses of wine and the bill was about $150. As other reviewers have mentioned, this is an expensive restaurant for a just good, neighborhood feel. NB: somebody mentioned excellent bread. My bad: I was anticipating good Italian bread. It was rosemary foccacia - which I don't care for. Just to know.
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  • Server Bove
    Harrison
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I've eaten at Sofi a number of times before, and the service has been exceptional--attentive without being intrusive. Our experience this time was different. Bove (whom I had not seen here before, expressed his opinions (unsought) on the state of education in the US, politics, and religion. One person in my party responded, which, unfortunately, encouraged Bove to expand on his opinions. He did not spoil our evening, but we could have done without the intrusion--and repeated question about how we were doing. In my opinion, a good server/waiter observes and asks only if something appears to be an issue. Still, as always, Sofi is one of my favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Truly authentic Northern Italian
    love2eatoutVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    we've lived in north of Milan for many years, and this place is a transplant from there. Fresh ingredients, the anti pasti are great - just pure unadulterated food… take good ingredients and let them speak for themselves.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lalaknowsfood
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Excellent.. like dining in Italy. Delicious, perfect portions, fresh... Great service.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Italian!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Fun place for dinner with family or friends! Bolognese was outstanding -- could order it as an app to share!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good quality Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Average sized portions, which is fine. Simple salads, but ingredient quality is very good. Same with pasta selections. Very well put together. Service was also very good, except for skimping on olive oil for bread. We re not Chicago Italian afficionados, but the quality/price ratio must be quite competitive here. Oh, quiet as well, even though they were half full. We would go back.
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  • Great Cod!
    GreggersVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The pan-seared cod was outrageously good! It was so tasty & scrumptious. And the waiter did a fantastic job as well (very attentive, friendly & professional). We'll certainly be back to Sofi's when we return to Chicago!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sofi-So Fine
    GrahamaVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    When the maître de greeted us with Buena serra--I knew we were in the right place, but when sparkling glasses of Prosecca appeared unbidden that's Amore! After the early Sunday show at Jazz Showcase we walked over and enjoyed really delicious sea scallops wrapped in bacon, fusilli with a lamb-tomato sauce, sea bass and veal scallopine. The crème brulee was beautifully done for 2 to share at dessert. High marks for a simply decorated but very hospitably staffed little gem.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bellisima!
    cobrie18
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My SO and I went here on a Saturday night and had such a great experience. We wouldn't have known about it except that he lives in the area and got a recommendation from his banker. He said it was the best Italian food in the city and he wasn't lying! It's a very unassuming place inside, not too bright or dark. The service is impeccable and all of the wait staff are Italian natives. We got the artichoke appetizer and two pasta dishes (pesto genovese & tagliatelle anatra), all of which were delicious. If you are in need of comfort food, this is the place to go. The waiter brought us two glasses of wine after asking a few questions about each of our preferences and from then on I knew we could trust any recommendations they made.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One feels like a guest --
    Lookingforrealfood
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    One feels like a guest in the kitchen of a talented chef-- "at home" in a restaurant where the first impression is that the proprietor and staff want to take good care of you. Then, to have that feeling born out by delicious menu choices that deliver what is promised is a real treat. The prices are reasonable, and the wine portions generous. I had the sardine starter on bed of arugula and fresh baby tomatoes. Excellent freshly sautéed fish one can't find many other places. My fresh pasta just melted in my mouth. My sister's risotto was mouthwatering also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 94 reviews are from the Sofi Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Not what it's cracked up to be
    TravelingFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Reading the many reviews of Sofi, it seemed like an excellent choice. The service was certainly excellent, a good sign considering how busy they were on a Sunday night. But the food--the chef's "specials"--were disappointing. The asparagus soup didn't have much flavor. The olive oil was actually bitter: not a good sign. And the special--pounded filet mignon in a red sauce with capers and olives sounded good but just didn't excite. And the potatoes were overcooked. Maybe other dishes would be better.
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  • great food and service
    Veggiefoodie
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great food and desserts! Will definitely be coming back next time I am in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Food was very good - service was slow. It did get crowded and I think large groups that were spread among multiple tables - but we were close to done and they just couldn't get us dessert and the check. Was a bit pricey if you have appetizer, meal, desert and a glass of wine - but food was very good. With the room full - it was very noisy and hard to talk at our table.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful!
    reportage
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Dinner hit all the right notes - accommodating and attentive service, delicious fare and a solid wine list. We enjoyed it so much we booked a dinner party there for later this summer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our neighborhood spot!
    Lucy
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We enjoy our dinners very much and are often here once a week. Sent a group of 12 for dinner and they are still raving about their experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This is my wife's absolute favorite Italian food in the city. She's right! Every dish is wonderful and great knowledgeable staff. Be sure to ask about their wine recomendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great spot for dinner
    Celtic
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I was in town for business and picked Sofi to take a client out to dinner. This was a result of on line recommendations and I was not disappointed. The menu choices were impressive and food fantastic. Service was excellent and overall experience great. I will be coming back again and highly recommend this to anyone for client dinner or for a night out with your partner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some hits
    bhikawa
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We had a perfectly cooked risotto and good pasta on one hand and also an appetizer that appeared to be made with canned artichokes on the other.
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  • Very nice place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The restaurant is small but very comfortable. The staff are very friendly and attentive. The food was very good, but the osso bucco was a little on the tough side. Definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate