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About Café Bionda

Step into the old country of Italy through Café Bionda (“blonde woman” in Italian). Café Bionda offers authentic old world Italian recipes. Every dish is cooked and seasoned to perfection. Bionda features a large selection of liquor, including a signature martini list, and a vast array of both red and white wines. Come in and enjoy amazing food and a fun atmosphere.

1924 S State Street
Chicago, IL 60616
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday : 11 am - 12 am
Kitchen hours: 11 am - 10 pm

Friday - Saturday: 11 am - 12 am
Kitchen Hours: 11 am - 11 pm

Sunday: 9 am - 10 pm
NOW SERVING BRUNCH!

Cross Street:
Cullerton

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 326-9800

Entertainment:
Both fully stocked mahogany bars offer flat screen TVs which televise
the days sporting events. However, the dining rooms offer a more intimate
setting with classic Italian music and dimly lit tables.

Parking Details:
Private lot behind restaurant, or valet offered Wednesday thru Saturday starting at 4pm.

Public Transit:
Red Line - Roosevelt stop or Blue Line - Cermack stop

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
"Little Italy"
Up to 25 Guests
70 Inch flat screen tv
Private Room
Perfect for business meetings, birthday, or get togethers!

"The Blonde Room"
Up to 40 Guests
Private or Semi Private
Two Flat Screen TV's
Bar area
Very popular for business parties, or for those who like to get up and mingle this room can be made Private or semi private whichever you prefer!

"South Room"
Up to 90 Guests!
Private or Semi Private available

Party Package Menu's now available
Buffet / Family Style

For any additional questions or to book your next event, contact us directly at

Phone: 312-326-9800
EMAIL: events@biondasouthloop.com

Private Dining

Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Café Bionda can accommodate all your special event needs.

Café Bionda Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (23)
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Great for Lunch (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 25, 2012

I was excited to try this restaurant after all the good reviews. Everything was wonderful with the exception of the lack of attention from the waitress. Our water glass was never half empty (thanks to other staff), food was amazing, but we ordered dessert (a cake they bake after you order - it takes 15 min. to bake). well, after 25-30 min of patiently waiting we had to leave to make a show across town so we did not have dessert. Maybe it is the long slow Italian meal thing, but it seemed to be lacking. Apparently, a large group in the back was sucking up all the staff, which the waitress even mentioned as the reason why we did not get our dessert soon. Its not that small of a restaurant that service for everyone else should suffer.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 11, 2012

Food was great, service not very good. They were understaffed and I never recieved my salad and it took forever to get the drinks,and desert. Waiter was apologetic, don't think it was his fault, just understaffed. Table that we sat at was terrible, almost in the aisle at the end of the half wall dividing a seating area and the bar which was loud due to sox game being watched.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 11, 2012

Top notch Italian food.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 3, 2012

I've been coming to Cafe Biond's for years, and the food is consitantly delicious. The service is always outstanding. No other restaurant comes close to having the best grilled calamari, and chicken parm. Love the escarole and beans too. The manager, Paul, makes sure his guests are happy, and we always are.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 2, 2012

The waiter was very good - tuned into the fact that the three of us were there to visit. The house salad was very good. Fish special was mediocre - the salmon was way overdone but the flavor was good. The side of sauteed spinach was perfectly done.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 29, 2012

Friendly hostess upon arrival. Personable waitress-very attentive.
Food fair -Chicken Milanese - very dry and no flavor.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 25, 2012

Cafe Bionda was awesome in every way! I met the Manager (Paul) and he was superb. One of my favorite places.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 21, 2012

Food is always great but unfortunately we were seated in the back room which is dark and not as nice as the front one. Next time I will wait for a table in front. Also I had mentioned that our friends were celebrating the wife's birthday. They said they would take care of it. Nothing was done. That was a little disappointing. We will go back because we love the food but it wasn't our greatest experience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 20, 2012

My husband and I really enjoyed this restaurant. The marinara sauce is great. I had the gnocchi which was excellent and a very generous portion. My husband the veal parmesan, it was huge and delicious! We both had leftovers since the portions were so large! Although the portions were generous and the food was good it is a bit pricey, $20 for gnocci is a little high and $2.50 for 8oz bottled diet coke is nuts. I don't understand why restaurants don't have fountain pop machines rather then serving cans or bottles, its more cost effective and is better for the enviroment because there is less waste. Other than that the place was brest. Also, the have valet parking for $10 but street parking is very easy and the meters are cheaper.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 13, 2012

We had such a good time. The food was interesting and very good.When we had to move the reservation due to traffic, they were so accomadating. We will return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 6, 2012

We have been to CB many times and are rarely disappointed!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 6, 2012

Wonderful food. Absolutely wonderful. Cute decor, great service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 3, 2012

Really liked the food here. They give you very large portions so make sure that you come hungry! It is a bit small though... Very narrow areas and the dinning area is split up from the bar by a few walls that just don't belong. Will definitely be dining here again!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2012

Always a favorite when we come to town

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 25, 2012

We are exploring the South Loop and were delighted to find this gem. We are very particular about Italian food and were not disappointed. The special manicotti was delicious and the portion more than generous. The Sunday salad (meatball and green salad) was a real treat and the salad dressing was very tasty. Service was wonderful and menu interesting - wonderful, homemade Italian food - just like grandma used to make! Can't wait to go back. So many wonderful menu choices - can't wait to try more!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 21, 2012

Cross between great restaurant and sports bar. Has a very vibrant feeling. The cuisine is more Italo-American than purely Italian. Great marinara sauce. Wonderful veal parmigian. Loved the breadsticks with tomato sauce. It's a happening place which we enjoy. If you're looking for a quiet place, this is not your restaurant. It really has that active neighborhood restaurant feeling to it with good food. It isn't particularly inventive or memorable, but still it's very good. If we lived in the neighborhood, we'd be regulars.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 20, 2012

These two out-of-towners loved the place. Grouper was fantastic; friend's vegetarian selections were equally delicious. Friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Recommend it without hesitation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 17, 2012

Amazing pasta dishes, no place in the city can even compare to the flavor of the amazing Penne ala Vodka or even the stuffed shells...Simply delicious and mouth watering.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 15, 2012

The food was awesome. Great wine list and customer service is excellent.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 13, 2012

I went for a light supper before a long play at the Goodman, and wanted a light supper and a glass of wine. I was delighted by the eggplant rotolo and a side of sauteed spinach (the latter to die for!) A nice glass of NZ Sauv Blanc and a cappuccino rounded out the light supper. On to The Iceman Cometh.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 12, 2012

Consistenly excellent food; Pollo alla Mattone (chicken under a brick) is best in city --- be careful, it's a WHOLE chicken!!! Lunch tommorow! Everyone I've taken here always comes back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 11, 2012

I was looking for a great Italian place to take my girlfriend for her birthday and Cafe Bionda delivered! The food was excellent (some of the best I've had in Chicago) and our waiter, Manny, was very attentive and made every effort to help me make the dinner special for my girlfriend. Not only did we stuff ourselves with pasta and great bread, but we were also able to enjoy a great birthday dessert (a surprise to not only my girlfriend, but myself as well) compliments of the restaurant!

I highly recommend Cafe Bionda if you're looking for a nice restaurant with great food and impeccable service!

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 11, 2012

We come here all the time! Almost every weekend!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 1, 2012

Great food, servings are generous everything is always very well prepared served and tastes great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 31, 2012

best kept secret in the south loop, been here for decades unlike the rest of us!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 11, 2012

Amazing food, great people. We certainly will be returning in the near future.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 10, 2012

Delightful neighborhood Italian in the South Loop. Portions are incredible, preparation fresh, and Nona's comfort food abounds, with fresh seasonal offerings.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 5, 2012

Excellent waitress (Lisa), wonderful food. Not rushed, so we could enjoy our food and friends Try the Pork Chop wonderful!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 3, 2012

Greatt food and service just as advertized with the Owmake dry active to make sure tables are cleaned up properly and ensure that we were all happy with the food. Will be back again for sure.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 1, 2012

I had pcked Cafe Bionda to meet a friend who was attending a conference at McCormick Place. The restaurant is well-located for such a purpose and I drove to the restauraunt. It's great that the Cafe has a parking lot. (space configuration is very tight!) Entering from the back is confusing - there is no one that greets you, so patrons need to make their way to the front to be seated. The restaurant has a large bar and the seating in the dining area is tightly spaced - a bit too tight. The food was fair - I had the rigatoni in vodka sauce and the quantity of cheese overwhelmed the sauce. My partner had a tilapia with shrimp special and it was well-prepared. The service was balanced, professinal and pleasant, but not extraordinary.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 28, 2012

My family and I love Cafe Bionda. It's one of our favorite dining spots in the south loop and the food doesn't disapoint. I would highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 22, 2012

Our experience was top notch. Our waiter, Guy, was very good. We were intersted in sampling a few appetisers and salads instead of choosig a main dish. We asked him for suggestions and wine pairings and they were great. Don't miss this restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 18, 2012

LOVE Cafe Bionda; fantastic food, great service. Just an overall great place if you want "real" East Coast Italian food in a friendly atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 7, 2012

Went for a late night dinner, great service, great food. We got the Gravy sauce pasta, excellent, good marianara dipping with bread for appetizer too. The antipasti salad was served in a chopped style which was my only complaint. I also prefer antipasti with anchoives and tuna but I supposed that is personal preference. I would go back for sure to try other things on the menu.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 7, 2012

Amazing all around - the pasta in vodka sauce and the shells are always winners, and the stuffed banana peppers with sausage are worth coming back for. Desert was decent, but the apps and mains are where they really shine. And pretty reasonably priced - 3 full courses + drinks for 2 came out to around $80!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 25, 2012

Food and service was Excellent!! Definitely going back

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 25, 2012

The mussels are otustanding as are the scallop dishes with arugala. My dinner companions steak was very good as were the ravioli'had by the other diner. The service is usually fantastic, however this time the waiter was not as attentative as the waitresses during my other visits. This was the second time he has served us with the same results. However, the other wait staff I have had I would rate as very good to outstanding. This is a great neighborhood gem. I come here at least once a month.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 24, 2012

We think this is some of the best Italian food you can find in the city. A neighborhood gem and always a great meal!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 24, 2012

any other time that i have been to this restaurant the food has been outstanding...the service can be spotty, but i had never had a hot meal selection served to me cold!
VERY disappointed! the restaurant was not crowded, so there was no excuse.

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 (Naples)·Dined on March 14, 2012

We were in Chicago for 9 days. Dined here twice. We were referred by our friend at the Hyatt. This will be a nuts go spot every time we go to Chicago. Ask for Guy as he is a pro waiter and say hi to Paulie the owner .

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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