The Rosebud
The Rosebud

The Rosebud

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rosebudrestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 312-942-1117x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:30pm, Friday: 11:00am - 11:30pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:30pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Francisco Rodriguez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Serving award-winning homemade Italian classics, delectable desserts and made-to-order specialty cakes by our renowned pastry chef, even the most demanding taste buds will be delighted by Rosebud's off-site catering services. For more information or to consult with an event coordinator, call (773) 325-9700.
  • Private Party Facilities: Join us on Taylor Street to see why the name Rosebud has become synonymous with the celebration of fine Italian cuisine and superior wine selections. Enjoy signature Italian dishes ideal for sharing, like our famous stuffed mushrooms, chicken vesuvio and generous portions of our renowned pasta.
  • Private Party Contact: Nick Lombardo 312-942-1117x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Laflin Street
  • Public Transit: CTA Pink Line - Polk Stop / Ashland Bus #9 at Taylor
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available. Lunch: $5 Dinner: $10
A word from The Rosebud
Renowned for generous portions of hospitality and authentic Italian cuisine, Rosebud sets the standard for fine Italian dining throughout the Chicago-land area. A long standing favorite among Chicagoans, tourists and celebrities alike, The Rosebud first opened its doors on Taylor Street in the heart of Little Italy in 1977. The restaurant continues to thrive, conquering appetites of countless hungry diners with generous portions of unforgettable Italian fare. Join us to see why Rosebud is one of Chicago’s most exciting dining destinations and enjoy a bountiful array of our signature dishes including chicken Vesuvio, sausage and peppers, and of course the best plate of spaghetti and meatballs in town.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
The Rosebud reviews from OpenTable diners
108 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (66)special occasion (52)romantic (38)fit for foodies (37)good for groups (37)great for outdoor dining (24)notable wine list (20)great for lunch (19)kid-friendly (7)hot spot (7)scenic view (4)great for brunch (3)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Wonderful dining experience. I was so impressed with our server, he knew everything on the menu and described it well and even gave us extra choices. "We can cook it however you like." The chef's special was wonderful, as was the dessert. Coffee could've been a bit stronger. We would love to go back. Ambience was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • still great
    applesandbananas
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    So many Italian places come and good but Rosebud remains. The brick chicken is probably one of my favorite dishes of all time, the sausage and peppers are always perfect. This is a Chicago institution and deservedly so, don't be afraid to give it a shot just because it isn't the shiny new kid.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    007dines
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I went with a friend to Rosebud on Taylor street prior to the WNBA Finals at the UIC pavillion. Love the valet parking. The food is excellent. I had their specialty papardelle - large flat noodles in sauce, escarole and sausag. A perfect meal. One thing I would change though is that so many people came over to ask if everything was OK, that it kind of became annoying. I hate to say it, but there was too much good service. Otherwise, I would have given it 5 stars. If you want excellent Italian food though, this is a great place to go. Prices are reasonable too. Due to the weather, we were running late for our reservation. We called and they told us to come and dine and they would fit us in - and they did - right away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • American Italian doesn't disapoint
    SueLivesLife
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This classic Italian American restaurant never leaves you hungry or disappointed. The ambiance in old-style American Italian with rich wood and low lights. The food is large portion, heavy sauces, comforting and delicious. The wine list is good. Families are seen here frequently when we have dined at this establishment. We love this restaurant for it's comfortable style, food and neighborhood. We can always get a table without too long of a wait and the service is always good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HungryVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Very good, as always, although my husband thought the spaghetti and meat balls was a little "ordinary".
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good history and food
    JRShopper
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Food was good but $20 for regular lasagna and no free refills on $2.50 glasses of coke was unexpected.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very accommodating for groups
    CLEfood
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We originally had had a party of 11 but 3 cancelled at the last minute. Staff were very accommodating and welcoming. We ate upstairs which was less crowded and a good choice for a group
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but $$$
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I took my family out for dinner at what i consider to be one of the best Italian Restaurants. There were 5 of us and I made a reservation for 6PM on Saturday using their website. When we arrived I said i made reservations for 6PM, the greeter looked for a minute, and then said she found my reservation for 6:45PM. It wasn't a problem and they seated us right away. (I did check my email the next day and it was for 6PM, not 6:45). The complaint i have about the night is the waiter will offer you soup or salad when you order your entre. This is NOT included with your meal. They are $6 each, so i paid $30 for lettuce...wow. I understand it is a pricey restaurant, but disclose that it is not included with the meal at least.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dining experience
    Brian
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    There for a wedding anniversary and everything was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    mtoomey3
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I would recommend this place to anyone. This place is a spectacular date spot with wonderful service and terrific food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food and Service
    Fio1404
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The Rosebud on Taylor has never diappointed me. It provides great food and service in a classic atmosphere...one of Chicago's gems!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Susan
    Susan
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Authentic southern Italian food, stuffed artichoke on the menu was delicious, a rare find. Pasta was tender, veal was fresh, and sauces were nice and simple.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Truly a gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I visit Chicago occasionally and always make time to stop at The Rosebud! It never disappoints! Classic italian cuisine!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top notch service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Class A service. We had a hard time getting the other couple in at our scheduled reservation and the server was very accommodating
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but....
    JoeTravelVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I had a group of nine for dinner. The family style salad was excellent! All of the entree portions are plenty big except the chicken parm and lasagna. The chicken parm can easily serve a family of four and the lasagna is enough for two people. Just ask the wait staff for guidance as you will likely take home some "doggy" boxes.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great night at Rosebud.
    LoveChicago1
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had the eggplant salad, veal chop, square noodles vodka sauce and Italian sorbet. All fantastic. Eddie our waiter was awesome too! We will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Limited Choice Menu'
    Passione
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went to Rosebud in Taylor for the Fish Soup,it was not in the menu,the choices were limited.On the title PASTA there was Eggplant Prmesan,I asked why was under Pasta and the waiter was sorprised by the question,went to check it and came saying that pasta was a side dish,I asked if the pasta was overcooked,he was not able to tell me.I ordered and it was overcooked.The Eggplant were nothing special,the pasta could not satisfy any Italian guest. My husband ordered Veal Milanese,it was mediocre and with pasta too.If the pasta dish is "al dente" can be delicious,if it is overcooked does not belong to any dish.My first experience few months ago was excellent,August 15 was very poor.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mikeVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    this is my favorite Italian restaurant in Chicago. Great food...and lot's of it but also great service and a very affordable price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great italian dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    some of the best italian food in the city...and suburbs. our waiter was personable and funny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    Jojo
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We loved everything. Only part you might consider good or bad was portion size - portions were huge! We asked about portion sizes and the server dis not say how big they were. One of us chose fish and asked if it was a large dish and she said "no, its on the smaller side" - it was enough for 2 people! For us, we might have wanted to split our dish instead of taking 1/2 home. Oh well - it WAS delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect evening
    ALC0719
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We met 4 friends for dinner at rosebud and sat outside. From start to finish this was a perfect evening. Our server Amanda was great and helpful throughout the evening. We started with mussels and spicy calamari. Both were delicious. We also tried the whitefish which was enormous in both size and flavor. My husband had the veal chop parmigiana which was a special. That was also a huge portion and delicious. The food came at good intervals allowing us to enjoy our appetizers and conversation too. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian Meal
    Brian
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great dinner. There to celebrate my mother's birthday and everything was great. Good good, friendly servers, mad good value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Iconic classic
    Alexevon
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great food and great service. Our server Patrick is lights out. Rosebud on Taylor is my favorite Italian restaurant in the city hands down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The food here was nothing short of Amazing. Extremely friendly staff. Just a great overall experience
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly, efficient service.
    DiningDiva
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    My waiter recommended special was an excellent choice. Food was well presented and portions were generous. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome experience
    Kralinda
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We went to Rosebud on a friend's recommendation, awesome service and the best Chilian Sea Bass (special) that I ever had. You definitely need to do valet as parking is limited.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Proposal Dinner
    Rpitty
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I came here with a group of family and friends to celebrate proposing to my girlfriend. The service here was amazing given that we had a table of 10. Our waiter was spot on with everything. The food was made to everyone's liking and we ended up ordering four bottles of wine. I would recommend this place to all!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    They have amazing fish dishes. My favorite is the whitefish with crabmeat. Just wish they would do a vegetable lasagna.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for business lunches
    PamIAmVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We had a table for 9 as part of a client meeting. The food was great, the atmosphere was quiet and we were all able to enjoy our conversation without yelling or disturbing the tables around us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Delicious food in the old hood
    KimM
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    There are lots of places to eat great Italian in Chicago - several Rosebud's for that matter. But it's a treat to go back to Little Italy and eat at the original. We parked a couple blocks east and walked down Taylor. There were a couple old houses and on one of them a couple of women in their 80's were sitting on the stoop watching the world go by. They've probably been there since the 1930's. The veal parm and the rigatoni with vodka sauce were delicious. And just as good the next night when we had our plentiful leftovers. Our server was a throwback, too. Wonderfully attentive, without being intrusive. I bet she's lived around there all her life, too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent choice of restaurant
    itchic
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Rosebud is one of the best resturants, their food is superb and the service is great, very friendly atomosphere and a lovely resturant surroundings.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Happy Birthday with my nephews!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I took my young adult nephews here as we were celebrating a birthday among them. The food was delicious - I had the crab-stuffed whitefish - and the portions were very generous. Everyone enjoyed their meal and had some to take home. Our server was very courteous and explained the preparation of all the dishes we had a question on. This is a must!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    Poor
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Server unfriendly, support staff brought out food and left it sit on tray for minutes before waiter served.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific Meals
    SheilaBVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The minestrone soup - I knew I had enjoyed it when I was at Rosebud several years ago, however this soup was not anything I remembered- it was beyond anything I could have expected. I knew that it had made a deep impression as I drove home thinking I would include that soup in my last meal. It was outstanding. The salad was fresh and crisp, my friend totally enjoyed her chicken and talked during the meal about the exemplary quality of the simply and perfectly prepared pasta dressed in fragrant olive oil. It was a wonderful, comfortable evening in a relaxed environment - and Tony was a terrific waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outdoor early dinner
    KathleenVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We went with another couple to cebrate a birthday. We say outside on a street side patio. It was really enjoyable. Good was great. Particularly enjoyed the chopped salad (big enough to share at table of 4).and the 8 finger cavatelli.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Entertaining friends
    DiningOut
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I had friends in from out of town and they wanted good Italian food. My first thought was Rosebud. Everyone was happy with what they chose to order. They were very well satisfied with the food and service, and left feeling very full. My only complaint is that there are no explanations on the menu for certain items that a person may not be familiar with. For instance, the cavatelli. I know what cavatelli is but I wouldn't have known that it came with green beans, mushrooms and red pepper if I didn't ask my server what the title on the menu meant. By the way, I ordered it and it was DELICIOUS. I'm so happy that I chose to bring my friends here.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just wonderful
    Bab314VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We drove from Elmhurst because we heard this place was good and we were not disappointed. Food was delicious and our server Vetta was a gem. I had the brick chicken....Amazing....We also had the stuffed artichoke which was to die for and the Melrose stuffed peppers OMG! We were a party of 5 and they did a great job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I grew up in the most Italian of neighborhoods and the food at Rosebud is excellent. You can order anything - among the top 3 Italian restaurants in Chicago. Get there.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for business dinner
    Dave2UnU
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Classy, friendly restaurant with tasty menu: thoughtful choice for business meals. Ordered Eggplant Salad, which was both elegant and delicious in every way: layer of breaded eggplant, covered with thin layer of mozzarella, under layer of tomatoes (not runny), topped with baby spinach. Unlike any salad I've ever had before--had to be sliced with a dinner-knife to bite sizes. All favors came together. Ample portion; satisfying; not too-heavy. Our table and lighting were good; decor understated, so I didn't need to defend my restaurant choice. Service was solid throughout dinner without being intrusive. Made a reservation through Open Table; scheduled it slightly-early (before dinner-crowd rush, which was a wise choice).
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a bad experience
    Bina
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    There were not many people there that night but the 3 men that were sitting near us were loud and obnoxious and used the F bomb every other word. The Veal was not up to Par at all. We really just wrapped it up and took it home because we didn't want to make trouble and the management seem to know the loud mouths and didn't say anything to them. Been going there over 30 years but don't intend to really go back again.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic