Club Lago Restaurant

4.6
331 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!
What 331 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.4
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Spaghetti
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Club Lago has a warm and inviting ambience, outstanding service, and delicious food. I will be back!

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GregZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Club Lago has great food as always! Veal Parm never disappoints.

NF
vipNicolinaF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently amazing food, the veal rusticana is my favorite dish in the world! Service great and a great family owned restaurant! Covid compliant too!!

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BangBangBang
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Probably won't go back
Wonder if this restaurant was better before COVID times

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Was super excited to try this out as we’ve been wanting to for a few years now. Came in with high expectations due to its history but unfortunately was a bit disappointed in its mediocre dishes. Meatballs were over cooked and just not a ton of flavor. Would give it one more shot in the future but overall just bummed on how average it was.

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CBCW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food as always, I'm never disappointed in the meal or the service! Kudos for your long time consistency with both.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting food. Could be your go to bar. Old school Italian.

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ChristinaL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate in a private space outside due to Covid. It was roomy and plenty warm. The service and food were outstanding! I can't wait to go back here.

MK
vipMarkK
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great neighborhood spot. The staff is exceptional!!! Super friendly and going above and beyond during the "new normal" to make the dining experience enjoyable. We sat in one of the heat huts outside and it was perfect. Plenty warm and a good workaround for the no indoor dining rules. Highly recommend.

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Carol
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This restaurant has 6 outdoor heated huts for those who want to go out even during a winter pandemic. The food was excellent and the service was attentive. We look forward to going back after the pandemic.

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Maureen
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Huts were small but very warm. Perfect for our small family of two adults and two young kids. Service was great and we felt very safe.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First Time There And It was Great

CB
ChrisB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great local, family owned Italian restaurant with a great menu and very friendly staff. You can't go wrong at this place. They were especially accommodating during Covid with their street 'hot huts'. We especially liked that they were not taking deposits to reserve one but it's up to us as consumers to make sure we follow through on our reservations. We've enjoyed dining at club Lago and look forward to returning more often in a post pandemic world!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience and amazing food. Great place for a date night

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vipchree
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

the clear holiday houses Lago had placed outside are super cute, warm and cozy for socially distant dining. worth checking out!

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Dave
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not the typical excellent experience, as we sat outside masked, but still an excellent experience.

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vipAlex
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local spot that we love going to.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and great service!

CM
CatM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They always do such a great job - great people and great place!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this family. Thanks for having us!

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vipTerriS
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate lunch at Club Lago on Friday, they have tables set-up outside, nicely spaced so I wasn’t nervous about being too close to other diners. I always order the chicken picante and have never been disappointed. Our waitress Juliana was attentive and fun, always a great place to eat.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amaaaaazing service and some of the best Italian food I have ever had

DH
DanH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Due to the virus, we had to dine outside which was ok. Food was just average for Italian cuisine. Service was great and friendly.

KK
KarlaKredit
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Food was delicious as always, but sidewalk seating was a big disappointment. Hot. Noisy. Polluted sitting at the corner. If website had indicated that indoor seating was not available, we would have gone elsewhere. To be repetitive, the food was DELICIOUS.

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Meghan
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They went above and beyond to confirm our reservation and accommodate our party outside on their patio. Service was awesome, food on point, and drinks were great. Thanks for the perfect night!

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Dino
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Love the outdoor seating. Very calm albeit located in the downtown area.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor experience!

CM
CatM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Club Lago is the best! Great people, great food, great times!

MS
vipMattS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great food and very friendly servers. Overall service was a bit slow but that is likely because of new requirements for COVID. Every dish we ate was delicious!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience5

Had a reservation for 7 but wasn’t seated til 7:15. Had to buy glass of wine while waiting

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vipkedchi
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious old school American Italian.

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AlmirB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food options. River north staple and rightfully so, check it out, you'll come back. Owners and staff treat you as family.

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edjj
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

the worst, from cold calamari to the most tasteless veal I've ever had

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vipJulie
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Food tasted like it came out of a can. Expensive for poor quality and taste. Will not come back again.

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ChrisC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I stopped in about a month ago for a drink. We both had such a great feeling from the gentleman that was behind the bar. I believe it was the owner. We decided right then and there that we would come back for dinner. We had dinner on Wednesday 2/19/20. We were greeted and sat promptly. Our server was fantastic! He let us space out our meal beautifully. We always like to relax with a cocktail before we open the menu. When we did order, we were blown away. My wife had the special of the day which was a chicken breast in a lemon / garlic sauce with capers with a side of pasta. It was fantastic. I ordered a sandwich called “the Guido”. It was Italian beef, sausage and meatballs with roasted peppers. It was enormous and incredibly delicious. I took half home. Food was great! Service was great! But what put it over the top for me was the warm, welcoming, comfortable feeling we experienced here. I grew up on the southwest side of Chicago and it reminds me of a neighborhood gem from my youth. My only regret is that this was our first meal here and I am a lifelong Chicagoan. We can not wait to come back. We LOVED Club Lago!!!!!!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Experience needs to be better when you first walk in. We thought we were walking into a closed off party since nobody was talking to us haha. Great personalities in there tho and great food and atmosphere. Would come back!

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RodgandCher
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit to this restaurant. Just loved the old school vibe and decor!! Food was fantastic!! Service impeccable!! Seemed as though there were quite a lot of “regulars”...which was quite charming!! Can’t wait to go back!!

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MikeP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I've been coming here for a reasonably priced and high quality lunch for a few times a month. Can't beat this place for from-scratch Italian at this price point.

BH
BobH
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This is a very good, old-school neighborhood restaurant. Casual atmosphere that has been maintained by the owners since it was first opened about 50 years ago. Always a stop of ours when we are in Chicago.

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BethE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Club Lago never disappoints! The staff are amazing and the food is undeniably the best, most authentic Italian food in Chicago!

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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 4.6 stars by 331 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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