Formento's

4.7
1010 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Located in Fulton Market District within Chicago’s bustling West Loop, Formento’s is an Italian restaurant steeped with the bright and fresh flavors of Italy. Created as a nod to the owner’s grandmother, guests will experience an array of dishes from house-made pastas, seasonal antipasti and wood-fired fish and steak. At Formento’s, Chef Todd Stein combines new world culinary creativity with generations past. Our world-class wine program offers guests more than 300 varietals from around world.

Three private event spaces can accommodate parties of 10 to 200 guests in an intimate second floor loft overlooking Restaurant Row, featuring a private bar and amenities.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; 4:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(312) 690-7295
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Todd Stein
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Randolph and Sangamon
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Parking details
Valet is also available.
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Public transit
El: Morgan Green Line Stop
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Join Formento's for NYE in the West Loop! Special four course menu, and the perfect way to ring in the new year. $79 prix fixe with seasonal Italian-American cuisine, inclusive of starters, house-made pastas, entrees and dessert for the table. Book your reservation with us for this special occasion!

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Sun - Thu 4:30PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 4:30PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

What 1010 People Are Saying
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MO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for brunch. Food and service were great. One of our favorite spots.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

It was disappointing when I was told my reservation would be 10-15 behind schedule...then I ended up waiting 45 min to be seated. Otherwise the food/wine was great.

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I
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Reservations were at 8:30, seated at 9:15. The manager and server, Jesus were great; very apologetic and had meatballs and calamari, which were fabulous, sent out on the house. We all enjoyed our meals; Bucatoni Carbonara (pasta was perfect) we joked about the Canestri with “pork neck gravy” but it was no joke!! Super flavorful huge hit!! Loved the crispy potatoes, who would have thought?!the scallop risotto was really good too. Great place to celebrate friends and enjoy a wonderful meal!!

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good. We celebrated a friends birthday. Our waitress and staff were friendly, helpful & patient.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was was quite knowledgeable and service is top notch.

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N
Chicago
257 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Three of us went to for dinner. We had the whipped ricotta with bread, the grilled artichoke & the meatballs. For the entree we had the scallop risotto special, the brick chicken & the eggplant Parmesan. For dessert we had the apple pastry. Service was great & so was the food.

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JC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious pasta, the bucatini was perfect. I am still dreaming about the poached pear salad with marscapone!!!

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MR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice date night dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seriously amazing. They even make their own gluten free pasta if that’s your thing. You can’t go wrong, but you have to understand that this is a treat yourself kinda place and don’t bother coming if you’re going to penny pinch. Come, spend the money and have an amazing time.

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LM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Italian food. Each fish had a unique flavor We are food lovers and just adore Formentos.

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JV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Made a reservation a couple of days before for dinner to celebrate my wife’s birthday. We reserved a table for three and asked for a table by the window but were given a booth for six. In a dark corner. I took notice as we walked to our booth in our corner many open tables near windows. The staff was friendly and made sure we were familiar with things but we had in fact been here before. The food is always good and consistent and the staff is always attentive. My suggestion would be to maybe read the notes in the reservations.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for a date night. The sommelier picked a really wonderful bottle of white wine after we told him the pasta we planned to order. We got the avocado toast and artichoke to start but would probably try out different apps next time. We split the carbonara (amazing...must order) and squid ink pasta. The service was perfect and we’ve already talked about going back!

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AL
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow...the service is incredible here and the food is delicious. We had the scallops and the venison and both were very good. The mussels for an appetizer are a must! We let our server know that we were in a real time crunch as we had tickets to a show and they went beyond to make sure we got served and out in plenty of time.....can't wait to go back!

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KA
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were refereed and all I can say is THANK YOU THANK YOU for the recommendation, we absolutely LOVED THIS PLACE and plan on adding it to one of our FAVORITE RESTAURANTS in CHICAGO!

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Austin
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Was put in an overflow room that had poor service and less beautiful ambiance.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A class act. We love Formento’s.

The atmosphere is perfect. The waitress was funny, knowledgeable about everything on the menu-wines included, and answered all our questions with poise.

The food puts the “fine” in fine-dining. Our party of four split an arrangement of appetizers with joy and each had our own half-serving of pasta. I had the squid ink, which wasn’t the best squid ink I’ve had, but it was great nonetheless.

Highly recommend Formento’s. You will not be disappointed.

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SC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anthony was an excellent guide to our dinner and timed everything just right despite it being a busy Saturday night. This is a great spot for anyone looking for an Old World Italian style dinner with a bit of West Loop flair.

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LV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We can always count on Formento’s for a delicious dinner and wonderful wine.

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VD
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We’ve been to Formento’s several times and it never disappoints. Food is really fantastic

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f
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food tasted great. Portions were a little bit small, but tasted absolutely delicious.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great service, the pasta was a little undercooked and the fish wasn’t brought out on time so it was a little cold. The flavors were good but we didn’t get wowed with the experience.

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JE
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for a perfect meal with perfect service. Remarkable - best Italian I have had in 10 years

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was lovely

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DJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a great experience at Formentos for my wife’s birthday. Our son, daughter-in-law, and 13 month old grandson joined us. The service was outstanding even with an infant present. Our 2nd visit here and both have been awesome

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CF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

It was our anniversary, and we go here every single year for it. However this year the entire vibe was different - the waiters were in jeans, they wouldn’t take our wine order with the food order because they claimed they needed to get the food in ASAP and then our server forgot about us so by the time he came back our food was already there and so we just got glasses of wine instead of a bottle, then we got the truffle pasta at market price for $60 which wasn’t even worth it because the truffles they had weren’t ripe and you could barely taste any truffle, and on top of that our waiter just kept pushing the specials on us to get us to to buy it which clearly would have given him commission because he was so pushy and at one point even said “wow you must want it, I can read your mind, I’ll go ahead and put that in for you!” Which...NO. We didn’t want it and I didn’t appreciate him being so pushy. And lastly, he was SO loud and not “high end” like the restaurant usually is and was in our faces and used the exact same lines at every table around us, and it completely took away from the ambiance. His name was Anthony and he completely ruined the reason we love formentos and have come every year for 4 years. We will be going to a new restaurant next year.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. Christine and Oscar were exceptional. I missed the names of the others but everyone we talked with was helpful, efficient and extremely pleasant!

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C
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Delicious options and wine choices. I had the scallops- loved them! Attentive service

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best time here. I felt like every person working greeted us and talked to us throughout our meal. Our server recommended fantastic dishes that we both were super happy with. At the end of our brunch, we were asking our server a bunch of questions and he mentioned that they an event space. We were given a card with contact info for the event coordinator and honestly are considering doing our rehearsal dinner here. The level of service was just so great. Such an awesome experience. Can’t wait to come back.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really incredible food, staff and ambiance. Will absolutely be back!

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HB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing & interesting dishes. Service was EXCELLENT.

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K
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the scallops and they were excellent. The service is incredible and the waitstaff tremendously knowledgeable.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service.

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KS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Formento’s is always fantastic - food, service, menu - all the above.

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IG
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

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JC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly, excellent service. Good food.

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ZW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Christina was outstanding!

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FD
Denver
75 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We had a great time and enjoyed the experience very much.

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s
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Rayon was fabulous. Didn't rush us one bit and was great with suggestions that we requested. Food was terrific. We sat by the windows so noise was not as a problem as if you were sitting further back. Like many restaurants in Chicago, the noise level is a factor when the restaurant is busy, as it was the this past weekend. Try the chocolate expresso martini to end your perfect meal.

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TR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service!! Went there for an anniversary and multiple staff came by to wish us a Happy Anniversary! The service was on point; prompt and attentive, while being discrete at the same time. The food though...I mean, everything we ordered was so so good!!!!!! We’ll go back just for their carbonara pasta! We’ll definitely be back many more times, especially since it’s within walking distance.

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KS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Smallish portions, but delicious food, everything expensive, especially drinks.

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