Ciao Bella

4.3
789 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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vipDeanN
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Always.

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KateB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

A little bit pricier than what I expected. Our appetizer was the bruschetta and the bread didn't taste fresh.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
100 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

First time dining here and we enjoyed everything this restaurant had to offer. The food, service, and ambience is very good. The owner come to our table and welcomed us and checked on us to make sure we were be accommodated. We will definitely be back to dine here again. A must try if ever in the area and looking for very good Italian Cuisine.

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boony
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Three were served on time but the fourth one was delayed quite a bit. Service was otherwise was very good. Food was good too big portion. Ambience was good. Noise level is not too loud. Overall food was improved. Told they changed chef. Thanks

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SharonW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

The worst visit to this restaurant and probably won’t go back for a while. Took one of our friends there who never visited it, and it was such a disappointment. We ordered two of the Linguini Del Mar with two different sauces, the special lamb dish they have that night and Chicken Limone. Both Linguini Del Mar were not good at all especially pasta from an Italian restaurant!!! Both linguini dishes have too much of water in them which made the sauces thinner out and the taste weren’t right anymore! On top of watery sauce, one of the dishes’ calms and mussels smelled so bad and fishy; they weren’t fresh at all! The friend who’s visit was shocked that we like this place! Then the special lamb dish they have for the day was so bland with no taste at all, we couldn’t even eat it at all! Asked to speak to a manager but never got anyone to recognized us or come to ask about our concerns! The waiter finally came and asked if everything was ok, we brought out our concerns on those two linguini dishes and lamb special dish. He apologized and tried his best to fix what he could! He did his part to make things right! At least he saw the problem and tried to fix them, no management even showed up to ask us anything concern or comment we had! We actually felt ashamed to bring our friend there, and sadly he said he wouldn’t go back again!

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vipDocc
Chicago
327 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Had a huge birthday party next to us. Our waitress had our table, the party table, and a few others. She did such an amazing job! She made our night perfect!!

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vipgregs
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inigo our server was spot on!

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vipDeanN
Phoenix
31 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasant experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My love and I adore this place. We come often. From the drinks to the appetizers. I enjoy everything about the experience

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Valerie
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

I had a reservation. No universal masks even among the staff. I requested to return my salad because of the dressing and the waiter didn’t care for that. Barely checked on us and the food took forever to arrive. I’ve been here before but no fond of the dining experience this time.

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JulieP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience5

The wait staff was awesome! It was a busy night, but the staff was pleasant and working hard. The bruschetta we had for an app was really good, beautifully presented. But, my risotto wasn’t done. The rice was not even al dente and there was very firm garlic or shallot in it, like not fully cooked. The risotto wasn’t set up well, more like a thinner stew consistency. I know how long risotto takes but this was not good. The mushrooms weren’t sautéed into it very long either, more raw.

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Indiana1
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We had a 6 pm reservation. We were told a 10 minute wait… 45 minutes later we were seated. Host/Hostess station is poorly run. Bit a manager in sight.. just three young girls trying their best but clearly overwhelmed. Server was good. Noise level is ridiculous. Decent food. Not sure I’ll go there again.

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vipDolores
Indiana
64 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing meal! So glad we found this restaurant. Service was excellent.

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vipREITREK
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always an outstanding experience. Even better was the outside seating as they had 2 huge indoor parties. Only guests outside.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a reservation for my daughter and her homecoming date

CB staff made it a wonderful evening - and the special menu for the dance was a bonus

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We are from Chicago so obviously judging hard here. Chicago has the best of the best Italian food restaurants so you have to be excellent to get 4 stars from us. I think more pasta dishes would be good instead of the risotto. Service was excellent. I would go back but would not be my to go to place for Italian.

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midwestjim7
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

When you are in the mood for some great Italian cuisine, Ciao Bella is the place to go! Several steps above both Olive Garden and Carrabba's, but still fairly priced. Ciao Bella has a GREAT chef and that makes the difference. High-quality ingredients, creative dishes, and attentive service is why this gem has been around for years. The owner is always there to make sure everything runs like clockwork, and that all the customers are happy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience3

Good food, good drinks, great prices!

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JohnF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had reservations and got seated immediately. Our server Jeff was there quickly and took our drink order and appetizer order. The whole waitstaff husled the whole time we were there.
Food came in resonable time and was quite good. We thought the prices were slightly high but overall a good experience

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RichardN
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Mainly came to have dinner, see Soulshine and dance, but found no dance floor.

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vipRodOne
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food as well as the live music was amazing as always

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vipNormsKid
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

The server appeared to be hyped up on something. Talking very loud, walking really fast, didn’t know the menu specials, wasn’t very attentive, was basically just going through the motions. None of the other staff was acting bizarre like that. So I don’t fault the restaurant for his behavior as it wasn’t the norm for this place.

The food wasn’t all that good. Wasn’t the authentic Italian that I’m use to. The marinara sauce tasted like chili sauce. No spices in it at all. The calamari wasn’t flash fried, it was more deep fried and rubbery as a result. My pasta was over cooked , not al dente. I was sorta shocked by that. Salt & pepper shakers on some tables, not on others. Some tables only had one or the other. Very odd to not have each table set the same.

Portions were large, just not really worth taking the left overs home. I probably will never return unless someone else is buying. My husband claimed that the food was good when he was there for a lunch meeting. It took the food FOREVER to actually get to our table, so that was another negative in my book. The server told us several times that it was “coming right up” and that was an obvious lie. He should have actually checked instead of just giving us a one liner and moving on past our table. As a classically trained chef with a culinary degree I cannot,in good faith, recommend this place.

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Ander
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience1

Been here multiple times, this time was the absolute worst experience I’ve ever had there. Waiter was rude and for the noise level question we felt as if we had to yell to talk to each other cause there was a live band playing, which was awesome, but they were way too loud.

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Phantomgoer
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great service!

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Lester
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Restaurant is usually great. We just had a terrible server. Unfortunately, it was my Birthday dinner so it ruined the evening.

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nancyf
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pizza was better than anywhere else - sauce amazing shops de peche outstanding. Chicken amazing.
Salmon salad good.
We’ll be back

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vipLynnV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friend anniversary

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DarB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. Service was excellent. One of our regular stops.

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KahilaT
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience1

The service was not good. The wait time was terrible. Food was good

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Mare
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was great on 8/21.

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JasonF
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Best Italian food around the region hands down. Everything about this place was excellent.

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vipDeanN
Phoenix
31 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good 👍

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Took over and hour to get our meals ( 3 people) after being seated on a slow weekday. Unacceptable

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hardtoplease
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great when we eat here. Derek was our server and is always attentive and very pleasant with great ideas on what to eat when we're there. The best Italian restaurant in the area by far.

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TomB
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food and drinks were good but not exceptional. Service and outside environment was great.

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JoseG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall the food was good,appetizers (calamari fried and grilled) were amazing,main course was good spaghetti and meatballs was a bit bland,tiramisu was a bit dry,linguine and seafood was perfection, staff was excellent,overall our experience was great would come back to try out other dishes

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BreV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food is always delish! Even though they don't have a "kids menu" they are super accommodating for the two kids (2 & 4 yr old).

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful decor setting up casual dining experience. Knowledgeable staff and great service overall.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Meal was delicious.

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PollyW
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I cannot eat onions or garlic. I asked if the chicken Limone and garlic spinach could both be prepared without garlic or onions and explained I had a food intolerance of both.. The waiter assured me more than once that my food would not have onion or garlic in it. Dinner tasted great but the lemon flavor masked the garlic taste so I didn’t realize they had put garlic in the dinner until an hour later when I became very ill. Having food restrictions is hard but if a restaurant is aware of them and assures the customer they will not use those foods and then they do, well, that’s a very bad experience for the customer. If you have food intolerance, be careful when going to Ciao Bella.

FAQs

Ciao Bella does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Ciao Bella is rated 4.3 stars by 789 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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