Tarantino's
Tarantino's

Tarantino's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tarantinos.com/
  • Phone: 7738712929
  • 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: American, Italian
  • 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 7738712929

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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Tarantino's reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
72% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (18)romantic (13)great for outdoor dining (9)good for groups (7)special occasion (6)notable wine list (4)fit for foodies (4)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We've eaten at Tarantino's many times. The food is always excellent. The restaurant is beautifully done inside. It's one of our "go to" places, especially when we want to talk since it's not too loud.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enchanting Evening
    ChiTownFoodie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Wine and pasta dishes were paired to perfection. Mussels are must as an appetizer. Wait staff was courteous and energetic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • diner1VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Bad service. Many waiters chatting and laughing, nobody really taking care of our table. It took a long time to place our order. Food was not to par... should have had pasta. Do not order anything different.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • First and probably last time
    localVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Recommended by a friend who lives around the corner, decided to give it a try. Feels like one of those restaurants you're glad is in YOUR neighborhood because it's got enough going for it - but not enough if you can't, say, walk a few blocks to get there. Food was good but didn't really stand out. And service was ROTTEN. Server was kind, apologetic - it was a busy night - but doesn't matter how kind and apologetic the server is, bad service (e.g., never got to order a glass of wine after my entree arrived, despite asking someone to tell my server) sends me away.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tuesday is 50% wine day
    Chicagosuz
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Really good Italian food, specials are always notable. Wine list is nicely curated. Tuesday surprise, let's enjoy more wine! Worth a visit
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food and Service
    JNO621VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great veal, will go back. Fun local spot. Pastas homemade , delicious
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Evening
    mhinchi
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Staff was really nice, food was excellent - love the quiet Lincoln Park spot.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very pleasant first visit
    PickyDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Delicious!!! Pizza is excellent. The chicken Parmesan was also very good. We had a great experience and will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 201 reviews are from the Tarantino's reviews archive.
  • Hot & Spicy
    EdZs
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Osso bucco and pork chop was great.
    gregarious
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Everyone loved their entrees service was terrific and a great neighborhhood spot. Excellent wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Neighborhood gem - delicious food and great ambiance. Have been coming here for years. Must have: mussels.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • improved
    KaykayVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • charmboy
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Always reliable. Attractive and attentive wait staff. Consistent food with interesting special dishes.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Steady and Sure
    donjoVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great expience
    ReddawgVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great food, service and vibe. A neighborhood classic with a personal touch and attention to the details.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice evening!
    LJohnson
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • been going there for years
    chanemcoco
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    food consistent but this time our server was less than marginal.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as I remember
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great
    Foodie18
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Spot on a Cold Snowy Night
    GlobalphileVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Great warm ambiance, great food and service plus good wines made it a perfect spot on a cold winter night! Always great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This restaurant is our go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly energy, lovely meal.
    Live2eat
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was Mediocre
    Disappointed
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal with friends kind
    NameeeeeeVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Great meal with friends kind of place! We all had the lamb, it was excellent!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another wonderful dinner!
    HattyVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    I love taking people to Taratinos. The food is consistently great and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We've dined at Tarantinos
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really enjoyed the dinner
    SLAM
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tarantino's Restaurant
    JRA7
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our little secret
    Italiangirl
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tarantino's
    BHerbVIP
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Bailey
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    RockinlaroccoVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Delicious as always at Tarantino's. Loved everything about our meal! J Pinot Noir is a personal favortite now!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Super friendly and attentive
    Hungry
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Super friendly and attentive staff. Great little gem for Italian in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Although not close to my home
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, just a bad waitress
    Santarium
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great neighborhood place
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic