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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

5
4
3
2
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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 (25)
Casual (20)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
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Comfort Food (17)
Cozy (16)
Good for a Date (15)
Good for Groups (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Business Meals (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Authentic (13)
Worth the Drive (12)
Romantic (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Fun (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Live Sports (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 3, 2017

My son was in town for a conference so was a good choice as it was close to his south Loop hotel. Moderately priced and the food was very good and authentic Italian. I had the Chicken Francese and Avacado wedge salad with the grilled calamari appetizer appetizer for the table. Was very yummy. Server was timely and the restaurant manager came to our table after the meal to make sure that we were happy (we were). Nice wine selection that was not too pricey and very nice. We will be back!

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food5
ambience5
service5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We were celebrating a birthday and had a great time

Tags: Kid-friendly, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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food5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We are frequent visitors to Bionda, one of our neighborhood faves! While the food was amazing as usual, our food took almost 50 minutes (there was a good crowd, but it wasn't crazy)... And the noise level was very high... We will still return as we all have favorite meals to come back to!!!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Large portions of well prepared food, but the noise level is excessive.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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food3
ambience3
service4
value3

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

As usual Cafe Bionda did not disappoint. The pasta with mussels is outstanding and I always bring some home. My friend had the stuffed ravioli and finished all of it - quite a feat. The wine and martinis were really good after a hard day of sight-seeing. This is a neighborhood restaurant for me and I feel so lucky.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great evening for get together with friends. Good food and good ambience

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Northsiders but will make the trek down for Bionda's great food! Love it!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Love this place. Can't beat the Brick Chicken ! Service and wine selection are excellent!

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Fun, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Live Sports, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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food5
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service5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 23, 2017

We've been here several times and always enjoy our meal. I had Chicken Francese and it was better last time, not very lemony this time! Everyone else enjoyed their meals very much. I liked mine, too, but not as much as the last visit!

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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food4
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service5
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Cafe Bionda is an excellent neighborhood restaurant. The food is always very good, and the staff is warm and welcoming. The outdoor area has been improved over the past couple of years, with plants serving as a barrier to State street traffic, but the traffic is not all that bad in any event. I like Cafe Bionda quite a bit.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Bar Seating
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food4
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service5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Food was excellent except for gluten free pasta....they should warn us...the waitress said it was very good.

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food4
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Hands down the best Italian food I've had. Our waiter was fantastic, the food was amazing, and you didn't have to take out a loan to eat there. We will be back when we come back to town. Thanks again!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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food5
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Great food! Nanna's gravy is so good. Melt in your mouth pot roast. Big portions and love that they have gluten free pasta option.

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food5
ambience4
service3
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

I usually always prefer to try new restaurants but I keep coming back to cafe bionda. Great service, great drinks, and the best Italian food in the city. I could eat the eggplant rotollo and rigatoni alla vodka everyday for the rest of my life. It is a little pricey, but I think it's worth it.

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food5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Great tasting lobster! My friend is all about seafood and she loved it there. Our go to place in South Loop.

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food5
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service4
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

Good food and nice atmosphere. The service was also great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Bar Seating
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food5
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

as usual, a delicious meat and great wine
this time tried dessert-yummy

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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food5
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service4
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Appetizers and entrees delicious. Zucchini appetizer and eggplant great. Fish special prepared perfect. Chicken parm very good and huge portion.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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food5
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Service and staff were very good as usual. Food was very good and large portions. I've never had a bad experience at Cafe Bionda.

Tags: Casual
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food4
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Always good food at Cafe Bionda. This is our go to place for Italian.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic
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food5
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Good food, great service and loved the ambiance. Highly recommend the bruschetta.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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food4
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 23, 2017

The food was excellent. I so love to eat at Café Bionda when I am in town. We were able to introduce our friends to this little gem and I know they will be back again as they live in the area.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
ambience4
service5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 20, 2017

The food was mostly delicious (although the peas in my gnocchi were undercooked), and I would absolutely go back because of the food. That said, my table of 3 could barely hear each other it was so loud. I hadn't expected that, and will hesitate to return.

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food4
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service2
value2

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Great spot. Delicious food. Good for groups or a date.

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food5
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Food was delicious! Server could have been a bit more knowledgeable with menu, but was still very nice. Was also quite surprised at how casual (yoga pants) the employees' uniforms are for a nicer restaurant on a saturday night. Overall, nice dining experience. Patio is cute! I plan to go back!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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service3
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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Food was outstanding. Got right in on schedule with reservation. Table wobbled but was secured. We will return. This has been our second visit as we are from out of town. We chose to visit since our first was very good.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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food5
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Great homemade non chain restaurant
Generous portion size
Great overall

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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food5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Super disappointed. - Amazing reviews led us here.... but apparently Chicago Italian is a different thing from east coast Italian.
Hostess was the best part of the night.... Professional, smiling, and helpful.
The guy bringing water and clearing the tables was also 100% on point. Although... Linen table covers topped with butcher paper it's a little odd.... and not what I was hoping for.
The waiter...We found Spicoli from Ridgemont High....lovely
and who the hell puts the Bee-Gee's on the radio in an Italian restaurant??

Grilled Calamari... ok, if you say so. Sure tasted like boiled and sitting in 1/4" of oil, I ate 2 of the 4 they brought. the tentacles were nice and crispy but not the body. *uggggh

Gnocchi, well...it's a stew really. Seriously... it's the consisntency of a beef stew with all the sauce, peas, mushrooms ands the sausage tasted like cajun. No where near Italian. It comes in a high sided cereal bowl big enough to feed a great dane.

Linguine Alfredo - Lobster. - A lot like above. it's damn near a stew with all the sauce and extras. It's no Alfredo sauce I've ever seen. A spicy red sauce? really?? Lobster chucks were small, almost ground up except for a couple small claw pieces....and it comes in the biggest cereal bowl I've ever seen.

Maybe this is the way Chicago does Italian, so maybe locally it's the bomb... but for an east coaster in an Italian household... it missed the mark by a mile.

Should have gone for a deep dish....

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Delish as always. Eggplant Parmigiana never fails. Service was friendly and smooth.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Great food!!! Always come back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Another great meal at one of our favorites!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Great all always. The food and service is just simply good.

Tags: Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 25, 2017

I took 6 customers to this Italian restaurant for a dinner after a convention. It is a small, inviting venue perfect for casual dining and conversations. It was a little on the louder side and not very conducive for a group much larger than the one I had attending. Very good food and a fun, energetic wait staff; a well stocked wine and bar menu; and convenient location. I would definitely go back and recommend for similar outings.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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food5
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 (Columbus)·Dined on June 25, 2017

The server was very friendly and attentive and checked back often. When a mistake was made with my wife's order, she immediately corrected it. The food was very good, although the red sauce was a little heavy on the red pepper. Would definitely go back!!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Great service, friendly staff and just the right amount of attention. Good wine list and meals were very tasty!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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food4
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Yum yum gotta get ya sum!! Perfect for lunch with business mates or casual client lunch!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Authentic, Casual
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food4
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Great food and great service. One of my favorites for Italian food!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Cafe Bionda was a pleasant surprise. Wonderful bar and bar service. Friendly staff. Great location near convention center.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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service4
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 16, 2017

It was good, not great Italian food. Pasta was a little over cooked. An Italian restaurant should ALWAYS have perfectly cooked al dente pasta. It's a requirement!
Hubby said eggplant parm was excellent.
For Italian, I thought it was a little overpriced being that pasta is one of the least expensive staples.

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food3
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 14, 2017

They got the order wrong but the food was good

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies
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