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Club Lago Restaurant

4.5
219 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Comfort Food, American
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Hours of operation

Lunch:

Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Dinner:

Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Friday & Saturday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Phone number
(312) 951-2849
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Club Lago can accommodate special events for groups up to 180 guests.
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Private party contact
Guido: (312) 951-2849
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Catering
Your next office meal can be at Club Lago or Club Lago can be in your office for your next meal.
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Cross street
Orleans
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Public transit
Club Lago is one block west of the Chicago/Franklin stop on the CTA Brown line
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout
What 219 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.2
ambience
4.6
value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We came in for a friends birthday and received the royal treatment. The atmosphere is always inviting and the food delicious. A great variety for all palettes and appetite sizes.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great in-town meal. The service was excellent. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Awesome food and service and very affordable for River North. One of the best linguine and clams in white sauce I've ever had and a really good gin martini. Paul the bartender and Guido the current generation of the family that owns it were super friendly and helpful.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

It was St Patrick’s day, so it was crowded and loud (hard to avoid) but the food was delicious and the staff were able to stay friendly and welcoming despite the fact they were really hustling! That right there says a lot about a place!

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

This restaurant was recommended by a friend and we were not disappointed. The ambiance was so family-friendly, a great atmosphere for a special occasion / get together. The food was amazing and the staff even arranged for a birthday cake for me and my friends!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

I've been coming into this venue on special occasions for over 30 years. I like that it remains the same. I would be disappointed if the decor, the food, the staff, anything...changed. It's perfect the way it was, it's perfect the way it is now. Fantastic food, fantastic staff, wonderful atmosphere. Perfect in every way!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner at Club Lago with exceptional service and wonderful food. The ambiance was great and we'll definitely go back again!

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

This is the second time I have had a wonderful dining experience at Club Lago. The atmosphere is casual, quaint and charming. The food portions are not only delicious, but plentiful. I perfect place to grab a drink and eat. Service is outstanding. When you're at Club Lago, there's no need for a heaven because you're already there!

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Old School Italian family owned restaurant. One of the brothers greets every person who comes in and welcomes them. Friendly atmosphere in a bar/restaurant setting. Good food with friendly service. Not a nouveau setting or romantic evening. Good place to enjoy friends, family and good food.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Club Lago is a friendly family-run restaurant that serves delicious Italian food.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Club Lago has the formula right: Good food, traditional Italian ambiance, great wine list, and a friendly, welcoming staff. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

The owners are wonderful and the food is so good!!

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

The service and food were great. We had reservations for 7 pm. Showed up about 10 minutes early and were seated within minutes. The server was very polite and the food arrived very quickly. We both had the chicken parm. The portions were a good size and we both left full!

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3.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Good cannoli ! Food was ok .

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5.0Dined on January 9, 2018

Club Lago is a great place with great food and service. We’ve been going there for decades and it has never disappointed us. It offers authentic Italian food in a casual atmosphere. Don’t miss the cannolis.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

We had a wonderful meal...spaghetti with sausage (sausage was some of the best I have had), and chicken saltimboca for my wife. I started with calamari and I couldn't finish it all. Saluti a Gianluca and Genevieve for excellent food and a wonderful local experience. We would definitely return.

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Great little neighborhood restaurant. Went after a show and found it to be very charming, people there very friendly, and food tasty. Would go back!

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2.0Dined on January 2, 2018

We were really looking forward to a nice italian dinner and the place a high stars and good reviews. The space was not what i had expected and I think that threw off our vibe from the get-go.

It was a noisy bar. There werent that many people in there but those who were, were a loud (er) bunch. We were sat in a booth, directly across from the bar itself, which came off more like a dive bar/throw back feel with a tv in the corner. They had other, (probably slightly quieter) tables towards the back but we wanted a booth and the space is very open so we didnt see much difference in noise.

I was craving pasta and torn between a few items on the menu and the special that the server described to us as a chicken in a mushroom sauce, over pasta, topped with cheese and then baked. Between the 3 I was indecisive on, the server suggested the special so that is what I got. My boyfriend got the steak.

Bread was brought to the table and we ordered a bottle of fine. All fine there. We had regular glass cups though for our wine - no biggy though.

Food arrived in a timely manner. Happy there.

The flavor of my dish was good, but the pasta was well over cooked and the whole dish was swimming in sauce and cheese. I was really hoping for the wow factor from the food at least due to the high reviews and rating that the place has. My boyfriend really enjoyed his steak though. It was cooked perfectly to temperature so he was a happy camper.

Our server was also really nice and attentive though. The prices were reasonable to the portion sizes and the types of food we ordered. Im not sure we'll be planning a trip back soon, with there being so many restaurants in the city to still try.

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4.0Dined on January 2, 2018

Our family of four dined here after seeing a show. Our server did an excellent job describing the menu items. Nice assortment of traditional Italian options, especially veal. The Veal Piccante and Veal Rusticana (house special) were both outstanding. Great service, generous portions and excellent food! We'd go back in a heartbeat. Thank you, Club Lago!

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Really enjoyed the eggplant parm and the calamari. Delicious!

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

We love this place. Our son lived close by for 14 yrs and every time we visited him we checked in at Club Lago. He has since moved away from Chicago but we make a trip to Club Lago at least three times a year to enjoy the tasty fare!!

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2017

Authentic unpretentious gem good food friendly staff

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent place. First time there. Good value, large portions. Awesome meat sauce. I hope this place never changes.

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5.0Dined on November 9, 2017

The food was fabulous! My husband says it's the best calamari he has ever had. I really liked the eggplant parmesan. It feels like family. The staff seemed to know a lot of the customers but they didnt make us feel left out. Definitely recommend.

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3.0Dined on October 28, 2017

While service was great, food portions were really big and most tasted bland. Nice looking bar though!

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Always the best!!

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3.0Dined on October 20, 2017

Food was subpar and lacking flavor. Took a long time to receive food. Service was just okay but nothing special.

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5.0Dined on October 16, 2017

Get the calamari! So delicate. Chicken Vesuvio was delish. Not too much garlic. Pasta meat sauce was right blend of flavors - Nonna would approve

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

My wife and I love "Lago." It feels like a neighborhood joint, in the best way; there is history there, sure. We dont go for what it was or may have been we go because they are sweet, funny, polite and the food is down home and delicious. Its not Spago, people. Its damn good chicken parm, good wine, great fry on mushrooms, good music and charming staff. Relax and enjoy yourself!

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3.0Dined on September 15, 2017

Great casual dining experience for a quiet Friday evening. Staff was hospitable and friendly, food was authentic and in good size proportions. Great value.

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5.0Dined on September 11, 2017

Holy cannoli, delicious home style Italian

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Great, old school Italian w traditional dishes and good Italian wine. They even had gluten free pasta.

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4.0Dined on September 1, 2017

We enjoyed our experience at the restaurant, but the food was not as great as we had heard it was. Portion sizes are nice, but the main courses (primarily chicken dishes) didn't have much flavor. Seasoning was weak. We were also surprised that the fried calamari seemed like re-heated frozen calamari. The staff is great and the environment is very fun.

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5.0Dined on September 1, 2017

Fabulous as always! They treat you like family and the food is always fantastic. The best veal in the city!

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1.0Dined on August 22, 2017

Three of us had dinner , none of us enjoyed our meal.

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4.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Old School Italian. Period. Great Food served deep / wide, just like Mi ma made. Try and let em know you are coming.... It's small

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Love coming here with the kids - very friendly place for families or casual dinner

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

First time going every thing was great. Will recommend it to my friends. Had a great time.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2017

Delicious as always!! Have come many times and tried so many different menu items. The manicotti calls me back.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2017

Now don't get me wrong, we are not talking gourmet fair. This is a local hang out, down to the cops eating in the corner in uniform and the guys holding down the end of the bar drinking bourbon and ginger while watching the fight. The server was real and loved hosting us for dinner, attentive and accurate recommendations. The food was rustic and authentic without being overly fussy or fancy. This is a local gem at great prices and should be your go to for a relaxed date or to host a large party. Either way, you will leave feeling like family.

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