a tavola

4.7
478 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Founded in 1995, a tavola is one of the city’s best restaurants, bringing Chicago an intimate and authentic dining experience. At a tavola the emphasis is, appropriately, on the food. Authentic dishes from Italian regions are re-created using Italian cooking methods and the finest imported Italian products.

a tavola is the culmination of professional cooking experience by Daniel Bocik, a versatile chef from Chicago, who brings back home the knowledge and experience of an education at the California Culinary Academy and the finest restaurants of San Francisco, Paris, and Milan. To ensure the freshest food at a tavola, fresh fruits and vegetables are selected from a local organic farmer, meats and seafood are personally selected by Chef Dan from local markets.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 478 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Incredibly bad value. Portions are tiny. Ambience is weird and uncomfortable. Service is great and the food actually tastes great but not for the price. 2/10 value. This is the first floor of a 3 flat not designed for commercial use. It’s foam ceilings with 11 tables. Walls are blank. Will not be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent
They had a choice of a Prie Fix for $72 that included choice of appetizer,first course (pasta),entree and dessert
It was a bargain
I had the grilled vegetables,the gnocchi in brown
butter & sage,the delicious short ribs with saffron risotto and a yummy vanilla pana cotta for dessert
The wine list is nice and the homemade limoncello was
the best ending to an outstanding meal
Our server Tim was charming and attentive
Nice ambiance inside

AT
AndrewT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, predictably outstanding. Miss seeing Dan but his touches remain intact.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent but it was pretty pricey for the serving size.

K
Kecory
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about it! Small room, professional staff and that bistecca fiorentina—wow!!!

ZB
ZachB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best meals I’ve had in Chicago and I have lived here my entire life. I can’t believe I had never been here, 100% will be back very soon.

L
vipLaura
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was great!

K
Katie
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go for an intimate meal with outstanding service.

TK
vipTomK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Great food and great service. Love a small intimate setting but too plain and basic.

c
vipcherie
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing gem in Ukranian Village! Lovely space and ambiance! The food was devine and our service was outstanding! And you can't forget the entrance. Absolutely Beautiful! Can't wait to return! Cheers! Cherie

K
vipKg198
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are so friendly and helpful!! Food was delicious! The mushrooms, greens and pear salad, gnocchi, and chicken were so good!!!!

WR
vipWhiteR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the best Italian food experience in Chicagoland. Their menu is creative yet not cluttered with unnecessary options. If you like Italian wines you have plenty of options. Very limited American wines. One of the best Old Fashions I have had in a long time. Attentive, nice service with a very reasonable prix fixe option.

T
Tyara
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, drinks, and ambiance was amazing. Josie was great and I cannot wait to go again!

VC
vipValerieC
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening here (we were a party of 6). We arrived at 6:00 and were seated at a round table in the corner and even though the restaurant filled up during our dinner, the noise level was such that we could carry on a conversation. The menu is limited but everything was delicious. I had short ribs over saffron rice, 2 of our party had Lake Superior white fish sautéed in a lemon caper butter sauce and we tried both the pasta dishes. For dessert we split 3 of the menu items, all met our expectations. This is an expensive restaurant, be prepared. We’ll be back.

CF
CubsFanX4
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

GREAT AND UNASUMING. WE HAVE BEEN GOING TO A TAVOLA FOR 20 YEARS

TJ
TommyJohnson
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a great place for quiet date night. White table clothes, good food, nice service. Small neighborhood spot solid for 30 years.

R
Renee
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Tavola is a gorgeous quaint restaurant with a thoughtful and delicious menu. The patio is a great place to enjoy a glass of red wine on a warm summer night. We can't wait to return!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Food, service, drinks and wine. Couldn’t have asked for a better night out and a more enjoyable experience. Advice to all- upgrade to the steak! Worth every penny and the reason to go!

B
vipBday
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, wonderful patio. Delicious food and nice wait staff. Recommend for a nice date place. You can have a nice conversation with people at your table in a beautiful setting with good food.

b
vipblueskies
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Tavola is hard to find but well worth discovering. The menu may be brief but it offers delicious food. The patio was lovely and the service was excellent. We enjoyed the fish of the day, a Lake Superior whitefish which came with perfectly steamed broccoli. We added a shared salad and wonderful roasted vegetables, along with a yummy lemon tart.

AD
vipArleenD
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Cozy, romantic environment. Love it.

JI
JaneI
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful outdoor patio, great service and food. We were in the area and searched for best restaurants in Ukrainian Village. A Tavola sounded intriguing (a house on Chicago Avenue!) and we were not disappointed. We will return.

GH
GeoH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meals, good service, with nice ambiance.

N
Nancy
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been dining at a tavola for years -- always good!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Everything was solid but they forgot our entree order which came out late and cold, then apologized but simply comped a glass of champagne when a dessert would’ve been more appropriate. Bolognese was great!

SS
StaceyS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was perfect and food was perfection!

KJ
KatherineJ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was quite good, but for the price point you can find a better meal in Chicago

NJ
NancyJo
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love a tavola. The staff treats you like family. Lovely atmosphere and exceptional food.

RJ
RyanJD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such good food. We sat outside and it was perfection!

JA
vipJulieA
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has got to be one of the best restaurants in Chicago while also being one of its best-kept secrets! Every time I eat here, the food is exquisite and the service spot-on. A charming, charming place that's perfect in every way.

A
vipAnonymous
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, we were on the patio. Had a wonderful evening.

MK
vipMKHayward
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was attentive and the meals were each noteworthy and delicious. Such a classic spot. The back patio has been renovated and is quite nice.

CC
vipChewChewBean
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio at a tavola is so fabulous. We have missed you! Our lovely wait person was so sweet and procured grapefruit juice from the store next door so my guy could have have his favorite drink. My classic Negroni was delish!

Excellent meal. Great all around everything!

R
vipRobert
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant and cozy dining. The staff are so friendly and welcoming. The food was great! We will definitely return!

CD
vipCarolineD
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I think they were having an off nogh

NC
NickyC
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful hidden gem in Chicago. They were welcoming and helpful, the setting was great, and the food was absolutely incredible. It's not the cheapest place ever, but 100% worth it for a great dinner date in the city. LOVE this place!

VJ
VanessaJ
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food as well as warm and welcoming service! We enjoyed our time sitting in the newly updated back patio.

SM
SpencerM
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience was romantic and relaxing! The staff was super friendly. The food was delicious and worth every penny. Everything was made fresh. First time in Chicago and that was our 1st meal....what a way to start our Chicago experience.

TD
TerriD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was outstanding. There was free street parking m.

FAQs

a tavola offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 276-7567.

a tavola is rated 4.7 stars by 478 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.