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Tarantino's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tarantinos.com/
  • Phone: (773) 871-2929
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, American
  • Executive Chef: Jesus Santoyo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Tarantino’s offers a personalized menu for groups of 10 - 100.
  • Private Party Facilities: Tarantino's can accommodate 9 or more people. Please call ahead.
  • Private Party Contact: John Tarantino (773) 871-2929

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Seminary
  • Public Transit: CTA Train (Brown Line, Armitage stop) CTA Bus (#73 Armitage)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: There is also street parking available.
A word from Tarantino's
In Lincoln Park, an elegant yet comfortable ambiance featuring seasonal arrangements of contemporary American and Italian inspired cuisine …and Summer has brought a delightful setting in our sidewalk garden.
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Diner Reviews
  • "I booked online, but was running late and asked to move my reservation to a time slot 30 mins later. They were very accomodating and polite over the phone. Our waitress was also pleasant and attentive. The outdoor patio was really cute.. since it is tucked in a quieter part of the neighborhood, it was the PERFECT place for a nice dinner with my boyfriend. We didn't sit inside, but it looked cozy. Food was tasty! I had the chicken breast, my boyfriend had the rigatoni (SO GOOD) and fried calamari. ALL really good. I don't like super sweet cocktails, but Hibiscus drink was awesome and refreshing. Molten lava cake and the coffee/Kahlua drink were amazing! Not a bad thing on menu! We were there on a Saturday. We'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Great veal, will go back. Fun local spot. Pastas homemade , delicious"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Staff was really nice, food was excellent - love the quiet Lincoln Park spot."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Tried Tarantino's this past weekend after a friend spoke highly of it. We nabbed one of the last outdoor tables at 7 pm on a perfect evening for dining al fresco. Our waitress was attentive and helpful; the busboys and hostess were also friendly yet professional. I chose a special first course, fresh figs stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in prosciutto, on a bed of greens. This was a stand-out dish. My husband also raved about his veal saltimbocca, another special. Our other courses from the regular menu were also very nice, as were our drinks (an Aperol spritzer for me, a glass of wine for him). We'll definitely put Tarantino's into our local rotation. So far, we prefer it to other nearby Italian restaurants."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Delicious!!! Pizza is excellent. The chicken Parmesan was also very good. We had a great experience and will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Food was good - the arugula salad was exceptional - but a bit let down by the experience, especially as it was a special occasion. We had poor service, and a table in a bad location. The noise level was such that it was hard to have a conversation."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Appetizers and Salads were very good. Mussels served hot, but could have been less spicy. Everyone enjoyed their Pastas dishes. Server asked if we wanted to tone down the pasta dish, Fusili, I should have taken her advice even though I enjoyed the entrée. Almost everyone was taking a leftover home. Would definitely come back!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Everyone loved their entrees service was terrific and a great neighborhhood spot. Excellent wine list."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We have dined at Tarantino's many times. The food is always excellent. The outdoor dining space is great. The owner always comes to the table to make sure your experience is good. This is one of our go to places."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Neighborhood gem - delicious food and great ambiance. Have been coming here for years. Must have: mussels."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We live in the neighborhood and had previously enjoyed the restaurant until the service became so dismal and careless that we refused to return. Recently, we gave it another try and are happy to have had a more normal restaurant experience"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Always reliable. Attractive and attentive wait staff. Consistent food with interesting special dishes."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Tarantino's is a great place to visit with friends for a pleasant evening. The room, not having changed in the 14 years we've been coming here, remains charming and warm. The food is good and comfortable but certainly not cutting-edge nor high cuisine. But neither is it just pasta and red sauce. Johnny has found an excellent formula and keeps packing the house for a good reason."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Great food, service and vibe. A neighborhood classic with a personal touch and attention to the details. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I was only able to get a 6:30 reservation because I booked late on Saturday afternoon. We had a great time. Our server was very friendly and fun. She made it clear that if we wanted to sub side dishes on the menu that was fine. I have never heard of this. What a great idea! We had the beet salad and muscles as an appetizer. Perfectly timed. I had a half order black pasta with muscles & shrimp, which is another thing I love. I just can't eat a huge order of pasta so this was nice too. My husband had the salmon. We had a great night, we were treated great, did not feel rushed, drank a bottle of wine, and had a very nice evening. Thanks!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "food consistent but this time our server was less than marginal."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend there after not being there for a year. It was early and there were only three other tables seated. The service was comically slow and the food was good although not as good as I remember from previous visits. The smoked chicken farfalle, which I used to really enjoy, was bland. The arugula beet salad was very good. We wanted to get desert but after waiting 10 minutes after asking for the desert menu to receive it and another 15 for her to come back (there were maybe 5 tables occupied at this point) we gave up. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Dinner was excellent. Everyone enjoyed their meals emenseley. From the delicious calamari starter, to the lobster ravioli and apricot glazed rack or lamb and finally the taramisu."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great warm ambiance, great food and service plus good wines made it a perfect spot on a cold winter night! Always great."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This restaurant is our go to place in our neighborhood. The food is consistently good, the atmosphere is very nice, and the service is always good. The menu doesn't vary much, but the specials provided variety."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "An absolutely delightful Saturday night out at Tarantino's for myself and my DePaul freshman daughter. Friendly and relaxed with elegance. The service was right on, very knowledgable. Impressive to have the owner of Tarantino 's stop by our table to check on us. The food was everything we wanted it to be. The lobster ravioli was outstanding with a savory tomato cream sauce. The penne with eggplant was beyond delicious as my vegetarian daughter described her luscious dish. The salads were crisp and fresh. The bread was warm and perfectly crusty. No room for dessert, darn it! For sure next time! And there will definitely be a next time!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Myself and a friend have wanted to try Tarantino's for a while now. We finally made reservations during restaurant week and were both a bit disappointed. The food looks delicious but was just a mere mediocre. We both ordered chicken parmesan. My chicken was so tough that I could only manage to get down two bites-after it had to be rigorously cut with a steak knife. My friend's chicken was not nearly as tough as mine but she said it was extremely bland and the noodles that it came with were barely cooked."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Great meal with friends kind of place! We all had the lamb, it was excellent!!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I love taking people to Taratinos. The food is consistently great and excellent service."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We've dined at Tarantinos many times. It's always been a great place in the neighborhood to go. The Chilean Sea Bass was really good and the other pastas eaten at the table were also appreciated. The only criticism I can offer is that their menu is almost always the same. There are specials but even they don't seem to vary much. Even so, we still really enjoy dining there."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the dinner there. Came with a group of 6. The staff set us up with a cozy table, took care of our coats. Service was outstanding and everything we ordered was just delicious. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Great food and atmosphere. Owner is very good at working the room, and always on the move greeting people and checking service and food quality. Ran into some friends, and they gave us extra seating so they. Of join us. Been to Tarantino's many times before, and they never disappoint."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Tarantino's is like "our little secret" in the neighborhood. It has good food and service and wonderful ambiance. There are better known places in Lincoln Park which don't come close to Tarantino's."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Had a great meal and a great time at Tarantino's. Just a simple Italian place full of good people and a relaxed atmosphere. We enjoyed the Acorn Squash for an appetizer and the Lamb and the salmon for entrees. Both were good, but will try and come back sometime to try more dishes especially the chicken parm and or other pasta dishes."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "The food was great - started with the corn crusted oysters that were delicious. We split a caesar salad that was as good as any I have had and split the black linguini with seafood. Plenty of food and it was very good. My only complaint is that my husband ordered tea and it was lukewarm (at best) - the waitress did bring another pot, but still lukewarm. Really not much of a complaint. Good food, reasonably priced."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Delicious as always at Tarantino's. Loved everything about our meal! J Pinot Noir is a personal favortite now!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Super friendly and attentive staff. Great little gem for Italian in the area."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Although not close to my home or neighborhood, you can count on me to return to this place on a special occasion basis! Great atmosphere! Wonderful service, and top notch food!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "The place was very nice. The food was good, although a little pricy. I did get a terrablly slow waitress. I try not to skew reviews because of one small part on the resturant."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "This was our first time here, and we will be back. Host greeted use right away, and was very nice. The server was well informed, and had great suggestions. The food was well prepared and matched the description in the menu. The atmosphere and lighting was somewhat romantic. We had an early dinner before our show and the noise level got a little louder as the night progressed but not intrusive."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Really nice food & service. Portions are generous - you could split salads and get plenty to eat. The waiter was very helpful and attentive."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "The Farfalle pasta is my favorite dish in Chicago. It's pasta with smoked chicken... Delicious."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "A great experience! We loved the quaint neighborhood feel, great atmosphere, excellent food. We would definitely go again."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "The food is very good, great pasta. Good atmosphere, although it's a bit noisy"
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "The location was very easy to get to and the experience overall was terrific. The food was solid and prepared well. The menu descriptions were on target. Also, the decor is beautiful so it's really a pretty room to dine in. We were celebrating girlfriends getting together after a year long absence and had a wonderful evening at Tarantino's. Also, booking on Open Table was a piece of cake!"
    Dined on 10/5/2013