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About Club Lago Restaurant

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!

331 W. Superior
Chicago, IL 60654
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Comfort Food, American

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

Cross Street:
Orleans

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 951-2849

Website:
http://www.clublago.com/home.html

Catering:
Your next office meal can be at Club Lago or Club Lago can be in your office for your next meal.

Public Transit:
Club Lago is one block west of the Chicago/Franklin stop on the CTA Brown line

Private Party Facilities:
Club Lago can accommodate special events for groups up to 180 guests.

Private Party Contact:
Guido: (312) 951-2849

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

Club Lago Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

71% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Authentic (7)
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Comfort Food (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Good for Groups (5)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Cozy (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
People Watching (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Business Meals (1)
Fun (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 14, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Good cannoli ! Food was ok .

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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Fun, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 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.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 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!

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Really enjoyed the eggplant parm and the calamari. Delicious!

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 23, 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!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Authentic unpretentious gem good food friendly staff

Tags: Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Cozy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quick Bite, Great Beer, Authentic
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 (Detroit)·Dined 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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 (Raum Frankfurt)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Always the best!!

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

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

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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·Dined on September 16, 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.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Holy cannoli, delicious home style Italian

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 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.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 23, 2017

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

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 19, 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

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 6, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 30, 2017

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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Fun, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on July 19, 2017

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Good food, great service...a real old time Chicago feel...no pretenses...a very genial friendly Host and terrific server....and the Veal Piccante was fabulous...as was the Linguini with Calamari and the Chicken Marsala....

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Nice little Italian place.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Historic and old school feel. Family owned for decades. Love the place and its staff!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Delicious affordably priced and authentic food. Super easy and casual. Nice outdoor seating as well.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Business Meals, Casual
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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Cozy restaurant with local bar feel. Servers provided a detailed description of menu options when ask. Veal Parmesan was incredible. I can't wait to go bad and order it again.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Nice old traditional bar/restaurant, with good portion size. The man who waited on us, forgot my son's order...twice. Otherwise, it was a good time.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Club Lago is a great neighborhood joint in the city. The food is delicious
and plentiful. The service is good. The seating is nice. They have many very
good items on the menu. It would be a go to place if we
lived in the city. I would definitely recommend!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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 (Detroit)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We went for a celebration, and the staff treated us so well! We had a great time, the food was delicious, and the staff was very friendly. Would highly recommend for a casual dinner with friends!

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Great for late meal after Naomi drinking. A little on the loud side for a date but could be fun in a group. Food wS above average but not the best.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Columbus)·Dined on April 1, 2017

The food was incredible. But the service was even better. Our waiter was so friendly and accommodating. He help put together a dish that sassified exactly what I was wanting.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Your mom wants you to eat here. So does Nonna.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Fantastic restaurant! Good food, excellent service and nice comfortable ambience. They really go out their way to make you feel at home. Highly recommend Club Lago!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Outstanding Value, Authentic, Casual
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