Ciao Bella

4.5
649 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Ciao Bella (which translates to "hello, beautiful") is a reminder that Italian food can be much more than lasagna, ravioli and spaghetti. "The Mediterranean diet is one of the best in the world". "Just good, authentic food made with love and passion. Pair with a beautiful wine and it's wonderful".
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant. Food was great. Always a good time.

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pencilbox
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfully attentive service. Loved the balsamic vinegar pearls on my husband's caprese salad. My tonno pomodoro with pancetta marmalade was superb. This is our favorite restaurant in the Region!

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vipGregJ
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met at Ciao Bella for dinner with friends and to listen to their live music singer (Jim Bulanda).

We greatly enjoyed the food and wines at Ciao Bella, and our server was outstanding. We special ordered some items, but everything was spot on.

We also thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Bulanda’s renditions of Frank Sinatra. The music was perfect for the evening.

A great night out with friends, enjoying some great Italian dishes, fine wines and wonderful music.

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vipMimi
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We have just moved to Indiana and have been to ciao Bella twice. The food is consistently very good

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TCPOR4
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very courteous staff!
Food was delicious.

Top notch!

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BetsyH
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although we ate outside and the staff had to go extra distance to serve us, they were still incredibly attentive. The food was excellent!

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LaQuinta
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, atmosphere, service & drinks were all exceptional. My friends and I enjoyed a great night out. Our server was helpful, knowledgeable about the menu, funny & made some great drink recommendations. I will definitely be back.

JW
JoshuaW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend. Food was great, service was awesome.

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JerameA
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Everything was ok until my wife noticed an oily nasty residue floating in her water.. Mentioned to the waiter and he had the audacity to suggest that it was her lipstick... My wife wears a light type that has never floated in any of our drinks .. Sad cover up from the waiter....

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PatrickD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good food for a fair price. Ciao is certainly a reliable choice.

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vipMimi
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server ,Derrick was absolutely excellent! We have just moved to the area and I had previously eaten at ciao Bella years ago so we thought we’d give it a try. We were very pleasantly surprised. As I said our server was excellent, friendly and helpful. The food was fantastic. This will be one of our regular go to restaurants.

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Lily
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service!

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vipRayF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Derek our waiter was fantastic! He was tremendous

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Norig
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

5:30 reservation on Sweetest Day and we were one of only about 5 tables seated in the main dining room. Service and food were great, however by the time we left the entire main dining room was completely full which made us a little uncomfortable in these exceptional times.

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pencilbox
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always a treat to go to Ciao Bella. I had whitefish with lemon, butter, and capers atop a bed of spinach. My husband had the risotto contadina. Both were made with top quality ingredients. Service was attentive. The menu is clearly marked with gluten-free options, which is helpful in our case as we are both gluten sensitive. It did seem that several dishes on the menu were probably gluten free but were not marked so I had to ask the server.

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JamieD
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Very eye appealing, food was okay, order was incorrect but still billed as ordered, and service was next to non existent. I’m fine with this being my only experience here.

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vipCPRich
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside on the patio and had a fine experience. Our waiter Michael was very attentive and helpful.

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PaulaW
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We frequent Ciao Bella's regularly. Probably the friendliest owners and servers we have ever encountered. We could not go there for 2 months and when we come back they act like they know us. The food is impeccable. The atmosphere is warm and friendly. We at outside on their new side porch. Great time.

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KristinP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was remarkable. The food was great and the bartender figured out a drink my picky sister enjoyed!

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vipLisaL
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in the new Outdoor patio, highly recommend!

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PriscillaW
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was ok, small portions for the $. Waiter was “different” to say the least. He tried & the more he tried the worse it was

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TonyC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Ciao Bella is no doubt one of our favorite places to eat in Northwest Indiana! Simply put the food is excellent. Last night while our waiter was great it took a long time to get our food. It was very busy and we were taken care of, we did wait longer than usual. No doubt we will be back and enjoying the atmosphere once again!

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

Great food and excellent service. Always a favorite!

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TheresaJ
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was wonderful and the service was also wonderful

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vipShellyG
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Really authentic Italian food.

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vipLec225
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The wine we wanted From the menu they did not have. One of the dinners we were going to get was not able to get there from Chicago because the driver had a flat per the waiter. Every seat at the bar became full and not one person was wearing a mask. Even the wait staff, a few had their mask below their nose and I’ve seen a couple take their Mask off while talking, even including our waiter. Not really following safe standards at this time I believe.

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Kcdiner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and excellent waiter!

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LisaG
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely outstanding. I highly recommend the Picatta Al Limone with the whitefish, it was perfection! We also ordered a risotto al funghi for the table to share, it disappeared very quickly. Try and get there before they shut the outdoor addition for the season, it was great to sit outside.

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hardtoplease
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our night was absolutely amazing my wife and myself enjoyed every aspect of our time here , our server Derek was phenomenal. The food and drinks were outstanding. We could not have asked for a better evening. We will definitely be returning in the future.

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LizzS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Entertainment was excellent. Food too - as always.

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vipFrankyg
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Service was below average. Food was outstanding.

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LenaS
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you to our server, Michael. Service was outstanding. Drinks and food was delicious. Thank you

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Gabby92
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Dinner was great! Everything was served promptly and it was delicious.

JM
vipJacquiM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Met a friend for an early dinner. We were the first table to be seated. Ordered a bottle of wine. They were out of it. Chose my second favorite. Didn’t have that one either. Settled on a third choice. No they didn’t have that either. It was a special wine promo night. Shouldn’t they have had the wines on the menu??Waiter brought a bottle of the house wine. It didn’t “qualify” price wise for the Promotion they were having. The wine was awful. We barely touched it but didn’t send back and didn’t complain. Then the chicken my friend ordered was still pink. Didn’t eat that. Such a shame. We used to meet there often. So disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

I went to this restaurant a few years ago with friends and was impressed. The food and service were outstanding. Things have changed... the food was good, the service was good, but everything lacked the wow factor on my most recent visit. I was a little disappointed, and embarrassed that I had spoken so highly of it to my guest. Overall it was only equal to the chain Italian restaurants, but the price was not. I expected more for the amount of my bill.

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vipDiningDiva
Phoenix
34 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always such a friendly environment, the kind of place where everyone remembers your name. Food is outstanding. Crowd is lively new outdoor patio is very nice.

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Kelly
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Booked a table thorough Open Table. Got to the restaurant and we were taken to a back room (where no one else was sitting). I could understand the social distancing part of the equation if when we were leaving I didn't have a bunch of people sitting in this make shift patio off the back of the restaurant and in the out front seating area. We were not asked if we wanted to sit outside. I was a bit perturbed at where we were put. The waiter was fantastic though I think he was stretched a bit thin with too many tables outside as well as ours in the far back. Took a while to get our drink order because the waiter wasn't 21 and i'm not too sure what the bar problem was. Food was just ok for the $$$. I think we'll pass in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food tastes fresh and delicious. The service was great!

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tomm
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Nothing great. Food priced way too high. Atmosphere not that great. Don’t know why this would be considered a place to be desired.

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Ciao Bella does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Ciao Bella is rated 4.5 stars by 649 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.

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