Club Lago Restaurant

4.7
377 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Opening its doors in 1952, Club Lago has anchored the corner of Superior and Orleans since before the neighborhood River North grew up around it. Serving classic Northern Italian specialties from the Garfagnana Valley in Tuscany to steaks, chops and signature sandwiches too, the Lago's staff will recommend the perfect entree for whatever mood you're in.

Third generation owners GianCarlo and Guido are pouring the wine or serving the veal--it's a family affair. Time warp back to the fifties with a glass of chianti in a plush booth in the bar or hold court at one of the tables in the back; Club Lago's ideal for the first date, a meal before the theater or a game, or whenever you're looking to relax to great food and be a regular in a family joint.

Some call it "retro," we call it home. Benvenuti, come on in!
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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian in an iconic bar

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RobertZ
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Club Lago is a Chicago treasure pure and simple.

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BradK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite neighborhood staples! Great food, welcoming staff, real Chicago ambiance. Good for a work lunch or a romantic evening.

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

Great veggie pasta and veal Marsala. Great service. Cool neighborhood joint - locals not touristy.

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ShelbyC
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing says family more than a night at Club Lago. The atmosphere is wonderful and makes you feel at home as soon as you walk in. The food was amazing and the service was even better.

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JoeD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and friendly service. Chicken, eggplant and veal parm are all fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waiter was Juan Carlos and he was great. The food exceeded our expectations.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food and service!!!

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AbbyJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing, flavors, portion size and menu options

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DanaDane
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Walked by a million times and finally had dinner it was delicious! I’ll be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat. Fabulous fried calamari and veal dishes. Great service in a classic I Taoism setting.

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BobbieS
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites. We visit every time we come to Chicago!

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vipLizVT
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the casual but nostalgic atmosphere. Best bolognese in forever. Love the Lago!!!

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

Amazing food!

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vipDianeM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great old school Italian restaurant/bar! Would definitely come back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a family dinner

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DominickM
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Club Lago is my go to Italian restaurant. It has checkerboard tablecloths and owners name Guido and GianCarlo! If you live in Chicago....check out this restaurant today.

Intimate dining in an relaxed atmosphere. Wonderful outdoor dining too.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Good food, but restaurant needs renovated! Service so so.

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RonR
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service. Good food. Very pleasant experience.

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Neighborhoodfoodie
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great old-school Italian for lunch or dinner; very friendly staff!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood spot for old-school Italian food. Everything was fantastic, including the service.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food that was worth the price. Quaint little Italian restaurant off the beaten path of tourist-focused dinning near Michigan Avenue. Loved this local joint!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food2service4ambience1

Food was cold, decent at most, we were the only ones there so really no reason for our food to come out cold..

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, delicious Italian food and wine, very friendly staff providing excellent service.

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TaraR
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious authentic Italian!!!!! So good!! We will be back!

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vipStCharlesDiner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful summer night to sit on their outdoor patio. The food was delicious, especially the baked clams, and our server Julia was great! Street parking was available across the street which was inexpensive and convenient.

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vipNicky
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST VEAL in the city!!! Cannoli's are great too, great owners and great prices! love this spot

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was absolutely incredible. However, our server was not very friendly or personable. Overall, we’ll still be returning for the incredible food.

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JimO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great food and prices. Bread was way too stale.

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Timo437
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Best Italian food I've had in Chicago. Loved the Veal Limone. Good mid-week date night.

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GeorgeD
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were welcomed warmly and had a great meal. The food, the service, and the wine selection was fantastic!

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BethL
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining with great staff interaction . Willing to alter menu

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vipShawnb
Omaha
10 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

In terms of their strategy, I guess I just don’t “get it”... Its rather expensive, but has like a low end diner vibe. Feels like their pricing model is disconnected from their in-store experience. Maybe it’s the long history that makes it relevant, in terms of actual food or value, felt like I was missing something. Won’t need to head back, but hope the family does well there.

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RolfT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been coming to lago for 30 years. My favorite restaurant in chicago.

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vipNicky
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW- favorite place in the city! You must try the veal rusticana. Great family who owns this place! good for business lunches, dinner dates, or just a casual drink at the bar!

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racheli
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were there for over an hour and no waiter ever came over. The owner sat us, someone brought us water and bread. No one ever brought menus or took our order. Three times we went inside to ask to have a waiter sent over. We left after more than an hour and a half still never being served. And the owner just said sorry very flippantly—no offer to quickly take our orders and give us food to go, no business card for next time, NOTHING. I’ve been here a few times and am now so disappointed. Will not be going back.

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vipkaaitlinm01
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, well-priced, most welcoming and friendly staff!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Staff ate very friendly, but most menu items are fried, not fresh. Nothing spectacular.

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vipScottB
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in a greenhouse which was lovely! The food and the service were great!

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SharonS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was GREAT to be back at Club Lago. Food and atmosphere as great as always. Great food at a good price.

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Club Lago Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Club Lago Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 951-2849.

Club Lago Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 377 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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