The Florentine
The Florentine

The Florentine

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.the-florentine.net/
  • Phone: 3126608866
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast (Monday-Saturday): 6:30am - 10:30am
    Breakfast (Sunday): 6:30am - 11:00am

    Lunch (Monday-Friday) and Brunch (Saturday & Sunday):
    11:00am - 2:30pm

    Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Lounge (Monday-Saturday): Open until 11:00pm
    Lounge (Sunday): Open until 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Chris Macchia
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: LaSalle
  • Public Transit: Metra Quincy/Wells Blue, Brown, Purple, Orange
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet on Adams
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
The Florentine reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (41)fit for foodies (16)good for groups (15)special occasion (12)romantic (7)vibrant bar scene (6)neighborhood gem (5)hot spot (5)great for brunch (4)notable wine list (3)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Limited menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This is a restaurant with great potential, however the loud rock/pop music seemed misplaced in an Italian restaurant with such soft ambiance. The menu was very limited and the food was ok, but not amazing. The service is incredible and lends to the overall experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food, A Bit Noisy
    EdhollisVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Careful if you bring a client here. It is a lovely place to dine, but the noise level is a bit high. The food and service and ambiance made up for it, but be warned that there is nothing to absorb sound in the dining area except for some upholstered benches. The floors are wood, the walls are solid, and the columns look like they have a glass covering. At least the ceiling is high, but still..... My waiter was Scott and he was very professional and friendly. I will be back, but maybe instead of sitting across the table from my client on my next visit, I may sit beside them at a four top.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Dinner
    Charles123VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We really enjoyed an after-work dinner at Florentine on Friday. I've only been to Florentine for lunch and have to say that dinner is equally as good or better! My favorite item was the venison entree. I rarely find perfectly cooked and seasoned venison, but Florentine has mastered it. Delicious combination of flavors. The mussels were also great. Service was exceptional! The servers, manager and runners/bussers were really nice and very personable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Avoid Noon
    JT78VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Food was pretty good but when you have a 12pm reservation, expect not to be served for at least 30 minutes...and I mean drinks.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very noisy; food not good
    yummytummy
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I was part of a group of 6. When we were seated a little before 1:00pm, the place was packed and I could barely hear the person next to me. As the lunch crowd dissipated, the noise level was much better. If I ever go back there, I would be sure to not go during the lunch rush. But I'll probably not go back since I had one of the worst pizzas I've ever had. The tomato sauce was watery, the crust soggy and there was almost no cheese or mushrooms on it. One of my companions told me that her turkey burger was awful.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    A group of us has dinner here, and we were very impressed with the very friendly service and attentiveness. The food was equally good, and made our experiencea great one!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch Review
    TEXII
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Food was good, but prices were high vs. quality level and comparable restaurants in Chicago Loop. Service was incredible, our server was wonderful. I do not have my receipt but she was 25 - 30 and blonde and quite helpful without being overbearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sommelier Hustle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I didn't like that my guest was hustled into ordering an expensive bottle of wine. My guest was very clear we wanted a basic bottle of red, and the bill showed the bottle @ $165.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too Loud
    BusyBeeVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I really like the food at this place and enjoy going for lunch. I would coordinate more business lunches here if restaurant wasn't so noisy! it's almost impossible to have a conversation without screaming to one another and forget having a meeting lunch with more than 3 or 4 people. It is very hard to listen. Maybe something could be done to improve acoustics.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Little Loud.
    cubfanVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I really like this restaurant, but the music is way too loud for a lunch crowd. Also, the service was a little slow which is unusual for this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good place for an after work drink
    Razzledazzle60302VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Needed to meet with my Divorce attorney to decompress the events. The restaurant is on the second level away from the noise and worlds away from downtown Chicago. We had drinks and shared a plate of snacks. The service was good My lawyer had one drink and clearly needed another but did not order it. The waiter came over and said they had made extra and he was putting it down in front of her so it would not go to waste She was free to drink or not drink it. A good touch and showed he knew what she needed and was willing to go the extra mile. It sure helped to get the conversation flowing. Unusual for someone to go the extra mile. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • High noise low engagement
    LutetiaVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    For a place full of suits, there was very little businesslike about this place which I loved the first time I ate here. Maybe everybody could hear their conversations better than I heard mine, but they sure didn't stick around long enough to engage in meaningful talk.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tomato degustation menu
    Margy4
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The tomato degustation menu was delicious. The cap reuse salad was like no other. No basil. The sauce or pesto was made with sweet green zebra tomatoes and topped with crabmeat. The dessert was particularly inventive. Service and ambiance were wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Normally great, not this time.
    InsightFood
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Had the soft shell crab panini and it was not good at all. The inside was cold and the fried batter dominated the entire sandwich. The fries were cold and wait service did not come around to refill waters or drinks until picking up the plates. Usually, they do a fantastic job at the Florentine, but really dropped the ball this time. Probably will just eat at IPO moving forward across the street.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK for a hotel resturant
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Server was not well trained. He seemed a bit unsure of himself but he tried very hard to give outstanding service - he was just a bit inexperienced. The food was good but not memorable. Atmosphere was perfect for a serious business dinner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • UlaOVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I dine here frequently for breakfast & lunch and have never had an issue. Four of us came in for lunch & two ordered the Chicken Milanese; both had to send it back. It smelled & tasted funny, like it was old. By the time the kitchen made them a new meal, burgers, the other two of us had been sitting there with empty plates for awhile. It would have been nice if management had come by to hear about the problem, however it didn't seem like it was a big deal that they served bad food to us. I would have been mortified if I was the restaurant manager & this happened to two people at the same table. We did receive an apology from the server, but it's not like it was her fault. I'm not sure I'll be returning because of this poor service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch at Florentine
    TMafddgdsfdgfvgvVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We had 6 in our party which included 4 clients. The Florentine was able to accomidate my seating request, service in respect to actually having the food served to our table (appetizers and entrees) was a bit slower than usual. That being said, staff was very attentive and accomodating. Food was very good as always. This restaruant in one of my preferred luncheon spots in the Loop.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Convenient business lunch option
    GonzoVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The service was very good, and so was the good. The food choices were a little slim, but the food was good for everyone so I was happy and I will be back
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique menu items
    JandBVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    If you like to try foods prepared a little differently, try the Florentine. Lunch time can be busy, so arrive earlier or later. Great service from the entire staff.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location for business lunch
    ChicagoDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I like the hotel and restaurant inside gives you that high end atmosphere. The menu is really extensive something for everyone and the food is excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Florentine Fantastic
    TJM1957VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We had a great waiter who was attentive and efficient. My friend and I had pastas and they were quite good. Dessert was the best - frozen chocolate mousse with cherry sauce and hazelnuts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food quality has gone done a lot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Service was good... noise level was high ...food was not as good or well prepared as in the past
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Recent Visit
    Stacy
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I choose this as it was close to a customer's office for a business lunch. Attentive wait staff, great menu and speedy. We started with the corn soup which was delicious and the addition of a mussel awesome. We each ordered the Italian Cobb. My customer ordered it with no Gorgonzola and the dressing and bacon on the side. My salad and one other was served with no dressing and Gorgonzola. I didn't realize it as I was talking until mid way through the meal. The salad didn't have a lot of flavor. I would give them another try, I would just pay attention when it was first served. Hoping spot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for business lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I had not been here in almost a year, and found the atmosphere and menu remained great for a business lunch. Good variety, quick (but not rushed) service. Attentive to beverage refills.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay For Lunch
    BusinessDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    First time to the restaurant for a business lunch. Waited 15 minutes beyond reservation time for a table. Noise level was high, so keep that in mind if you want to hear the people you are dining with. The service was excellent and the food was good but not remarkable. I would not return for a business lunch due to the wait and noise level, but may for lunch with friends.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Business Lunch in the Loop
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The Florentine is a great, upscale place to take a client for lunch in the loop. Definitely one of the top 5 in the loop for that type of situation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 51 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 359 reviews are from the The Florentine reviews archive.
  • Stu
    CuckVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Great spot for a special Lunch. Very good food and a diverse menue. atmosphere is great for a business lunch as well.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Experience
    amigo1023
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    My friend and I really enjoyed our two-hour lunch on Monday June 2. Beginning with the service, we enjoyed conversing with our servers (a server in training took care of us for our entire lunch) and asking for recommendations on the lunch menu. She sold us on the white asparagus pizza, which was excellent and something that I will probably order again. She took care of our table by always refilling our water glasses, keeping dirty plates out of our way, and making sure we had everything we needed. The food was outstanding, and I especially loved the Kale Salad. Looking forward to dining in again, and for brunch and dinner too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Like This Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Had lunch at The Florentine and the service was great. Very friendly and attentive people, and the atmosphere and decor are elegant and comfortable. Our salads were delicious, too - would recommend it for business lunches.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful client lunch place
    PatH
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Food was great and the service was non intrusive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, Great location, pricey.
    OsoMoreno
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Great spot to bring clients and to have an expense account. Pasta was perfectly al dente. The rabbit ragu was perfect.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good service, too noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I went for a business lunch. The food and service were wonderful. Unfortunately, the noise level was so high that it was difficult to hear my business associates sitting right next to me. I will definitely not go back, unless I'm dining alone.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Good
    TMafddgdsfdgfvgvVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    This was the first time that I have had the opportunity to dine in the evening at The Florentine. I have had lunch at the restaruant six or seven times in the past. The evening dining experience was just as enjoyable as the luncheon experiences. A different tone, a bit more mellow, in the evening. Food and service were both great. Couldn't have picked a better place.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Brunch at the Florentine.
    icesmom
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I was drawn to this restaurant by good reviews, the promise of raw oysters, and its availability on Easter Sunday. I needn't have worried, as the restaurant was less than half full when we arrived during prime brunch hours. The oysters were of fair quality and the crab claws and deviled eggs on the raw bar were all good. The seafood soup, eggs florentine, and bloody marys were too salty. The eggs florentine was covered in a sauce other than hollandaise that clashed with the dish, and the bloody marys were weak and not refilled frequently enough to permit us to experience the 'bottomless' drinks promised by the restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place to take clients
    NABluvtoeatVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    The food is good. Nothing really stands out for me though. It's pricey for what you get and they really need to add more selections. It's gets a bit boring.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch w/customers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I took a couple people here for a business lunch. We all loved the food, service. Excellent. Loved the variety. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Poor Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    The server didn't take the order properly and brought the wrong food, then served the guests with everyone's entree, leaving us to figure out who ordered what.
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  • A disappointment
    DiscerningdinerVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    I've eaten breakfast, lunch and dinner at The Florentine on several occasions. It has always been my go-to business restaurant in the Loop. Maybe not so much anymore. Although we arrived at 11:30 AM, our service was really poor. We had to call our waiter over to ask for EVERYTHING. Was it because there weren't any men at out table, so they just assumed this wasn't a business lunch? Maybe so! My potato leek soup was a watery mess. Spinach salad was adequate, but certainly not notable. I'll hesitate a long time before returning.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chef Chris is quite talented
    GreatPlaceBadNewMenuVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Chef Chris is quite talented and makes everything go off flawlessly. Each meal is a presentation, service is hospitable and experience is always flawless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu and ambiance
    ChicagoAnnVIP
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    I have dined at The Florentine several times and must say that though the menu is interesting and we have had some great meals, the service is consistently lacking, nearly every visit I have experienced at least one, and sometimes more service issues. If it were not for the food we would not return. Management needs to address this; this restaurant could be much more successful by addressing the service issues.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate