Bacchanalia - Chicago

4.6
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502 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Just minutes away from downtown Chicago, experience authentic Italian Cuisine. This family owned and operated restaurant has been in business for over 31 years;the Pieri Family from Pisa, Italy has brought all their delectable recipes here to Chicago from their hometown. This restaurant is well known for generous portions and great quality at reasonable prices. All entrees are prepared fresh to order, so a customization to your order is happily accommodated.

The restaurant is recognized by many Chicago food critics and it has also been chosen by Zagat's as being one of the 1000 Top Italian restaurants in our country. We are a small hidden gem in this great big city. The restaurant atmosphere is cozy and quaint and the service is friendly and accommodating. Come let us feed you.


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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve dinner was excellent, as usual!

LS
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful dinner! We went here for my birthday and had such a nice time. Everything about the meal was just how I remember it to be from 20 years ago. Very classic Italian food; everyone makes you feel like you are at home. The lasagna was amazing and such a huge portion! You will not be disappointed!

f
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Went with 4 people. Only one Person at our table did not like her entree. Everyone else enjoyed their meal. Would go back again,

AC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service was great & food was delicious. Love the old Italian home cooking.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, great staff!!

R
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is as good as I remember it. The food is excellect Italian and the white fish is the best I ever had. Like a neighborhood restaurant which it is .

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great veal parm and lasagna! Tiramisu and cannoli was spot on as well. Good house Chianti.

MP
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. We had the baked clams, lasagna and the lobster diavolo. The best Italian food I’ve ever had.

KS
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service! Stuffed gnocchi was outstanding! Just make sure you leave time for valet ... it takes awhile.

CM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

I love Bacchanalia. My friends and I have been coming back for years for our annual Christmas dinner. I love that this restaurant has been in the same family for years and years. The food is always outstanding and is made fresh. I have recommended this restaurant to friends and they are very grateful for the recommendation.

PC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a group of 16 and then added 3 more at time of order, so not an easy group at the outset. That being said, the restaurant was not busy and okay with our size. The service was very good, attentive and knowledgeable. I don't believe anyone was disappointed or surprised with their meal, except the size, which, in all cases, was enough and then some. The overall value is well worth the stop and if you are hungry, I mean really hungry, order the lasagna and you will be pleased. Very happy with our choice and would recommend a stop by.

JR
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal at Bacchanalia!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Celebrated our Italian heritage before seeing Sebastian Maniscalco! Great food and times.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I’ve been going there for over 30 years and it never disappoints. Great people and great food.

IM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing! The food is delicious, the ambiance is lively but not too loud and the wine is great too. My girlfriend and I have been here twice in the past few months and both times it was delicious. It's definitely our first pick if we want Italian food.

OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Restaurant is waaaayyyy too small but the quality of the food is excellent. They need to seriously consider moving into a larger space.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Able to accommodate our large 10+ person group. But I can see it perfect for 2-4 people as well. Food came quick, in large portions, and delicious, for an affordable price.

GC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at Bacchanalia! Love the atmosphere, old school Italian portions and value. A warm embrace every time we visit. Can’t wait to go back.

HB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town for the Chicago marathon. Baccanalia was outside the loop but a very nice surprise! Everything was great

JB
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our 30th anniversary.
Love the decor , great service & delicious Italian food

S
Chicago
102 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

our new favorite italian place in chicago
yummy food, generous portions reasonable prices
a fun adventure in a new "hood"

DC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food , the staff is very nice and always a great price !!!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

They were very accommodating on my birthday!

J
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food. Small tables. Tremendous value.

S
Chicago
102 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Shhh don’t tell anyone what a super restaurant this is great food excellent service
Good sized portions reasonable prices
We will return

K
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This was always one of our favorites in Chicago, but it seems to have gone down a couple of pegs. No more free, delicious focaccia bread! Food was good, but not great. Had to ask another waitress for drink refills. There are many other good Italian restaurants in the city. Bac’s needs to step up their game!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food never disappoints! Awesome wine list, as well!

JR
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I know we are spoiled because we love this place and have been going here forever. This really is no reason to look for Italian dishes in an old school Italian restaurant setting! With a recent remodel the place looks great. Entrees are spot on. The staff once again brought their A Game. Last week we took my buddy, Mike from Iowa, to the restaurant and seven days later is still talking about it!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best kept secret in Chicago. Old school phenomenal Italian. Been going strong for 40 years. You just can’t beat it !

b
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The linguine with clams was the best I’ve had in over 20 years. Servings are large , service is really good. Atmosphere is old style. Cost is reasonable. Little noisy, but kind of OK because of the size.

JR
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite Italian restaurants in Chicago!

WL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service were very good as usual. The noise level was at the painful level. There was really loud talker and unfortunately, everyone ramped up their level to be heard. The restaurant is usually noisy but this was over the top.

SB
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great service. Would definitely recommend this restaurant

RD
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most gracious hostess, the most delicious and generously plated Italian cuisine set in a small and intimate setting. I cannot say enough kind words about my dining experience at this restaurant.

FK
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was ok, but not as good as we were lead to believe. It was overpriced for what we had (1 entree, 2 appetizers, no alcohol) and including the valet parking is cost approximately $68.00.

M
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Waitress was overwhelmed with tables so service was slow. Great food and wine!

VQ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Chicken Marsala was very good, a bit too many mushrooms but the sauce, chicken and pasta were cooked to perfection. Baked clams also very tasty. Will visit again.

t
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Love this place food is top notch! Just need and outdoor patio

j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love Bacchanalia. It's small, quant, and cozy. Like eating in an Italian Family Dining Room. Service is great and recommended the shrimp/risotto special; which was awesome. The kitchen is tiny and you can tell they prepare the food by the table. The food is always served piping hot, fresh, and with huge portions. This is a neighborhood joint and the neighborhood is friendly and welcoming.

GM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Bacchanalia! We have been going here for over twenty five years. Paula and Dan are always excited to see regulars come in. They are so nice. They staff is great and the entrees are even better. Each selection is better than the next. We hadn't been in for a few months and was so glad we did (four days ago)! Mouth is watering and want to go again right now!