a tavola

4.8
429 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 429 people are saying
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vipDANO
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reasonable prices on everything, very good service, and the food was good. Will go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go back to old menu

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vipmike
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Have been to this restaurant before and have always loved it.

This time I was surprised that they were only offering a fixed menus and had to buy only bottles of wine. Not what I was expecting

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Grace
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Can’t wait to go back!

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chgohunt
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A joy to return to a favorite.

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DavidL
Omaha
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always. Dinner was amazing. Approachable but not ordinary. Can’t wait for the full menu to return but the Pre Fixe menu has great options until then.

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Nancy
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply fabulous. Wonderful menu. Intimate atmosphere with really nice quiet music. Great service. Wasn’t the first time there and certainly won’t be the last.

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mollym
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, service and what a treat to be able to go to a restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special night to celebrate a new business venture. The staff was so warm and attentive. I had requested a surprise dessert saying congratulations to celebrate my partner’s success. I had received a phonecall from Ava and she informed me she bought a special cake to celebrate our new venture. I was so excited and thankful. A beautiful night- a perfect dinner menu- delicious ambiance and a place We’ll definitely return.

Thank you thank you. 5 stars!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very beautiful evening. Staff were very accommodating and honored our special request.

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MikeH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable meal & great food.

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MichaelW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The awesome patio provided an escape from the city. Food was fantastic, felt very intimate as there are only 8-9 tables.

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vipJulieA
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely garden setting with little white made a welcoming and pretty backdrop to our lovely summer evening. Friendly and attentive server, knowledgeable and accommodating. The real star, however, is the food. The best roasted vegetables whet the appetite for the gnocchi with sage-butter sauce, roasted chicken with sauteed spinach and the most divine chocolate cake with heavenly homemade whipped cream. Absolutely flawless meal and service. My guest, who is Italian, was so impressed, she is bringing friends and clients to a tavola. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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CodyD
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! The set menu was fresh, delicious and well portioned. The atmosphere was perfect for a calm date night.

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Alex
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very unassuming restaurant in Ukranian Village. Patio is very nice. Tables are spread out, lighting is great, staff was friendly. We didn't realize that for the time being it's a fixed four course menu but between four people we split two menus and it worked out well. The flourless chocolate torta was so good.

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SN111
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and excellent food!! Will definitely go back soon

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

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JFKCHI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! They are so nice and the food is consistently delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Italian food- just like Italy. Highly recommend.

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vipJudgeFairly
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside, socially distanced, careful safe service, beautiful courtyard, wonderful prix fixe meal. Couldn't have been better.

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vipJulie
Salt Lake City
143 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greatest restaurant in Chicago, hands down!! The service, the food are spactacular.

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richardg
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Place, Great Food, they had a large party, and you can tell they don't like to have Large parties based on how they were trying to move people away from the noise. The Party made it hard to have conversation at my table, but this wasn't the restaurant's fault. I give two them thumbs up.

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vipTheresaH
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Romantic setting
Small space
Intimate
But food sort of bland and pasta and risotto overdone

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Such a cute restaurant and perfect for small groups or a date.

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chibeck
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely restaurant service was excellent the food was very good.

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vipChicagoBoy
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We have been here before about 5 years ago.
Food this time not as good
Fish was “fishy” tasty and dry
Steak Florentine was good
Gnocchis could have withstood a little more oil or butter they seemed dry
Sorry for being picky

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vipJOSEPHP
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

They did not have iced tea. The menu was very limited. What we had was delicious, but I couldn't get things that were on the menu. Really? This place has gotten excellent reviews, but it appears there is something wrong. Perhaps it is excellent during the busy season, but it is a disappointment at other times. I'm sorry, but if you are going to do it, you should do it with excellence all the time.

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Britt
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Good food, not great. Gnocchi was a bit bland and short rib piece was very fatty. Even though the service and ambience were great, spending an arm and a leg on just "good" food is not worth it. Will not be returning.

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JamesR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service (and on Chicago Restaurant Week, great value). Had one of the best pieces of whitefish ever.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome. The waitress worked hard

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StephanieB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Was in love right when we stepped in. Great date night spot. Lovely service.

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MicheleR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cozy restaurant with amazing service and food! The gnocchi and panna cotta were to die for!

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vipplato712
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! We can't wait to go back!

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AMSmith
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and excellent food! Will come back to try more

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had such a great time! Both of the pastas we ordered were delicious and the ambiance was super cool. There are about 10 tables and you feel like you’re in someone’s living room in Italy! We are definitely going back to get the ribeye!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a tavola is everything we heard about with outstanding service, ambiance and stellar food.

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EmilyS
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best service I have ever received at a restaurant! Michelle was my waitress - she was very engaging and helpful on what to order from drinks to entree. The chef was personally serving food to another table and telling them step-by-step how the dishes were prepared. The music played is modern acoustic covers of Teddy Wilson and Django Reinhardt. It's a hidden gem, that is forsure.

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Jessica
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! I would go again. I will go again. I am happy to have gone.

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jerryk
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Charming, intimate italian restaurant. good wine selection, limited food menu. Ordered fixed price with 4 courses: excellent pear salad, the famed gnocchi ( which were light but a bit dry), delicious potroast with risotto and excellent chocolate torte. Great for dates.

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chifoodie
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Went here with wife after not having been here in a long time. The fact that they are still around should be a testament to the quality of the food, right? Not so much. My short rib was overly salty and the risotto has the texture of plain rice. My salad was good, but my Old Fashioned was poorly made. The servers act as bartenders. Don't offer cocktails unless you have a true bartender. My wife had the special pasta dish, which was basically a plate of spaghetti with parmesan cheese. Didn't even want to bring it home as leftovers. Was hoping to get the veal saltimbocca, which is supposed to be one of their specialties. It was not on the menu. Not pleased with my experience and will likely not be going back. Too bad.

FAQs

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

a tavola is rated 4.8 stars by 429 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.