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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
3
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (25)
Casual (21)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
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Comfort Food (17)
Good for Groups (16)
Cozy (16)
Good for a Date (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Business Meals (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Authentic (13)
Worth the Drive (12)
Romantic (9)
Fun (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
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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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

We wanted to go somewhere we never been to before. I went to opentable and found this lovely place. The waiter was nice and attentive. Tgw food was good with great portions. With absolutely return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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food5
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·Dined 4 days ago

Bring 20 plus people here once a year during the Chicago Boat Show. Love this place. Great food, service and ambiance. Highly recommended.

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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food4
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Love it . Eat there 3-4 times a month. Never disappointed!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Casual, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Sever was great , hostess was unfriendly.

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food4
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Excellent food and very good service. Would give 4 1/2 stars if I could.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Very average food at above average prices. The food lacked seasoning and they tried to make up for it by dousing everything in cheese.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went there for NYE ! Got a great reservation on OPEN TABLE! The food in general is absolutely delicious. It is heavy Italian cuisine, so if you are counting calories, you may want to share your entree, we did and we were quite full. We shared our salad and dessert too. We love this restaurant, but the soup (a chowder) was really, really bland. The menu and the food is generally on point, but they missed the mark with the soup this time.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great place but the music was a bit loud. Would definitely recommend to a friend.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Casual
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Slow service. Food average. Leftovers packed like a wreck.

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Nothing worth going to again
Big screen tv in dining room makes it not good for a nice dinner

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food3
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The grilled octopus was delicious, however the stuffed shells were unappetizing, very heavy and tipped with cheese even though the l they were already stuffed with cheese (overload), the old fashion was bearable. Not the best Christmas Eve meal we've had. Place is good for apps and drinks.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 22, 2017

It’s always good. Pork chop w/ banana peppers, brick chicken, pasta. Meatball salad is ridiculous.

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food5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We love Cafe Bionda! The food is always absolutely delicious there. Service is impeccable. Clean. Nice atmosphere. PLUS it's a great deal $-wise. Easy to get to from downtown, south side, or any suburb off of I-55. What's not to like!?!

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Romantic, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great neighborhood spot. Attentive service and tasty, fresh food. Coming back for sure.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, People Watching, Worth the Drive
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food4
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service5
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food and beverages were fantastic! I had the spaghetti Congolese and it was amazing. We also ordered fried calamari apps, a bottle of wine, theee desserts and Vieuve Clequot. I think we did it all at Cafe Bianda. Thanks for the goeeat time!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We stop to have dinner
We had the appetizer of fried zucchini and grilled calamari .
The oil from the grill calamari on the same plate tried to soak into the fried zucchini (duh).

The Milanese Eggplant salad was good and very good.

The Parmigiana eggplant was just ok.

The dessert was Gelato spumoni . The dessert on a scale of 1-10. It was a 5.

Overall the company and conversation with the person we ran into made the dinner more pleasant.

Shalom

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Always good food and people great place.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

My daughter and I love this place. The food is authentic and delicious. Wait staff is knowledgeable with the menu and wine list Ambiance can be romantic for couples as well as perfect for family or friends. We’ve dined as two and also as a group It was very busy this past Friday and we got a table (for 2) within 40 min through opentable. We were seated upon arrival. Fun place, not a chain which is one reason it’s so special It’s our go to Italian.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Casual, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

The staff and food are excellent. It is one of the best restaurants in the city.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The service was extremely disappointing. The waitress didn’t bother to check on us. We would have liked a second cocktail with our meal but We didn’t even have our water refilled.

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy
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food4
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service1
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food is excellent there. So good, the only problem is trying to decide what to order!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We enjoyed the food and ambiance. The noise level is loud but overall it's a great local gem. Will definitely come back and try more dishes.

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food5
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 7, 2017

One of my go-to favorites every time I️ go to Chicago!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Poor ambiance, disappointing food preparation, and rude service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was fenominal!

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The French Martini was perfect, I normally have to make suggestions on how to make but not this time. The setting was a little dark dark for an early lunch, but still nice; I would not have changed anything.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on November 3, 2017

This is the second trip to Chicago that we have eaten here two nights in a row! The food is absolutely delicious! I got the eggplant rotolo appetizer as an entree with an arugula salad.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food is delicious here. Service is excellent. What more could you want in a restaurant?!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We love love Café Bionda! Food is amaZing! The chicken Parm is huge and amazoing! All the pasta dishes are so so good!! Our server was very attentive. Thank you.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Service is always excellent and the food is delicious.

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great meal. Delicious salad and eggplant parmigiana. Great location before an event at the Wintrust Arena. Easy walk to get there but the restaurant offered transportation.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food was plentiful and delicious. The service was outstanding and I enjoyed the atmosphere. As always, it was a great dining experience.

Tags: Live Sports, Fun, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Nice south Loop Italian bistro with good bar scene and Italian specialties. Reliable go to spot, friendly, god service. Food is great, nice selection of Italian dishes. Never been disappointed.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Cozy, Happy Hour, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Convenient, great location, good parking, great food!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Terrible service, but it’s chicago so... that’s what you should have expectes

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Service was excellent. Food is exceptional. Gerrard the owner makes you feel you are part of the family.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

The food has great taste although the value is wanting.

The pricing is very high for a neighbor locate.
The brick chicken is a favorite. The eggplant salad is a must have.

Shalom

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Really unimpressed with the food. Stale bread, marinara sauce tasted like it was just tomato paste and the entrees were uninspired. Drinks were pricey - blah wine for $16 and weak pours on martinis. Our waiter was very nice and fun but that doesn't make up for a bad meal. Would never return.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Food and service was good. Staff attentive. I just felt the dining room was dark. Reminded me of an "older" style restaurant.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The first time experience we had at Cafe Bionda was wonderful. Everyone was great! The customer service skills were exemplary and the food was divine! We loved it all. We will be back with family and friends. We made reservations for Brunch. Thank you to the Cafe Bionda Team. Keep up the excellent job!

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