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About Gioco

Gioco pioneered the retail development of the South Loop when it opened in September of 1999. The restaurant has been a mainstay in the neighborhood as other restaurants and stores have opened up over the years. Gioco is located in an historic building built in 1890 and is one of the few remaining buildings in Chicago from that era. The Gioco space features the original old brick and plaster walls, an old wooden walk-in cooler and a walk-in safe built into the wall, used by the Chicago gangsters (Al Capone, Frank Nitti, George "Bugs" Moran and Earl "Hymie" Weiss ) for one of the gambling and/or brothel houses that dominated the area in the early 1900s. Designer Jerry Kleiner designed Gioco restaurant to retain these old world elements and to feature them in his modernization of the space. Cuisine: Gioco's menu offers rustic Italian dishes prepared with the finest available seasonal products. The menu features homemade pastas and wood-fired thin crust pizzas.

1312 S Wabash
Chicago, IL 60605
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9pm

Cross Street:
E 13th St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(312) 939-3870

Website:
http://www.giocorestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
$10

Public Transit:
Red line train

Executive Chef:
Danny Sweis

Private Party Facilities:
Gioco offers rustic Italian fare in a chic Urban setting.

Private Party Contact:
CeCe & Sara: (312) 226-8878

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Wedding rehearsal, Meeting,

Gioco Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (24)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Special Occasion (18)
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Authentic (17)
Romantic (17)
Cozy (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Business Meals (15)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Casual (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Comfort Food (8)
Fun (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Healthy (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Seasonal (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Great food, great atmosphere. This is the second time my wife and I dined there and we will definitely go back. Great value for your dollar.

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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Very nice atmosphere and excellent service. The chicken piccata sauce was delicious!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Delicious warm bread & olive oil. Always very fresh & delicious Italian food. Great attentive service. We can’t wait to return.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I go to Gioco with some regularity, although I had not been there in a while. It was not only excellent as it has been in the past, but it is actually getting better. Relaxed, excellent, comfortable yet gracious. I definitely highly recommend.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I was very disappointed with our meal. I have been to Gioco’s before and enjoyed it. However, this last visit changed my mind. My date liked his steak. I ordered the risotto special ( it had small chunks of fillet ) and I was very disappointed. The risotto was tasteless. Plus, it was so noisy that my date and I had a hard time hearing each other. But the service was impeccable! There are so many other good Italian restaurants in Chicago — I will not be back.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We have been here maybe five times and it never disappoints. The last two years we have been here for our wedding anniversary and it’s perfect! Food is excellent and wait staff is awesome! Definitely a family favorite

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Gioco does not disappoint. The food was amazing and the service was second to none. HIGHLY recommend!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Casual, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Great local restaurant, would put high on list for another visit

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This was an excellent new find! I was looking in the neighborhood as we had massages at Versailles...also excellent..so I wanted to park once and not worry. The waiter was smart and knew how to steer us in the right direction and the kitchen split all the dishes we got so we could really enjoy a variety. All dishes were great...beet salad with a variety of beets, mushroom and spinach appetizer..hello garlic! We split 2 entrees..the divine risotto of the day and the grilled chop that melted like a filet. Very attentive staff...except no bday treat...but we ordered a dessert and it was great. I can't wait to take more folks here. Loved it!

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We have been going to Gioco for six years now and it is as good as ever. Truly well prepared, very fresh, consistently delicious pastas, fish, veal. Fabulous burratta and ripe tomato appetizer, crusty fresh bread with delicious garlic infused olive oil. The service is second to none with professional wait staff.
And incredible warm, charming, turn of the century Chicago atmosphere.
A favorite of ours!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This is a fabulous restaurant! The food, ambience, and service is impeccable. We eat at Gioco often, and our order varies between pasta, fish, and steak. Every choice is delicious and prepared to meet your preferences. Enjoy!

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Special Occasion, Authentic, Happy Hour, Healthy, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Wonderful food, great service, very pleasant evening. Will definitely be returning soon.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The Portobello mushroom charred from the grilled then drizzled with white truffle oil was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!! This place reminds me of Italy!! Definitely will be coming back again...again...and again! Thank you for a fabulous experience.

Tags: Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Fun, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Large menu with plenty of traditional as well as some interesting Italian options. A bit loud but nice atmosphere. Wine menu is limited but sufficient. Solid performance but not exceptional. Would return for a casual dinner.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great service ! Great food!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Gioco has become our favorite restaurant. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming. The food is delicious, and the chef will adapt any meal to your liking. The old speak easy atmosphere is perfect for a real Chicago feel. Gioco is a perfect spot for dinner.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fun, Cozy, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for Groups
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Old Chicago Italian, good pizza and pastas. Reasonable and good wine list.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Jose was a awesome server. The Greeter was nice and she was very helpful. I will definitely return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Hot Spot, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great spot for a date night or a special group gathering. The ambience is warm and welcoming especially on a chilly Chicago night. Great wine and pasta and even better service. The place has a ton of history to it from prohibition era Chicago I only wish the people working there knew more about it. Definitely reccomend!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great food. Great service service. Love dining there.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

If you're looking for a personal, cozy, romantic experience that has excellent service and food, Gioco's is the place for you. Each dining experience will be perfect.

Tags: Fun, Disabled Access, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Good food and friendly service

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

AMAZING!!! You will not be disappointed! We can’t wait to get back to Chicago to eat there again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Went there for a business meeting after looking for a place near McCormic Place. I highly recommend it. Great food and great service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Our server was friendly and initially attentive but there were long waits between delivering drinks and returning to take our orders, and between dropping off dessert menus and returning. This waiting is typical of Gioco. Whether it's a bug or feature depends on how much you like to linger. Food was great as always.

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Good food/wine but too pricey. The food was good but some things we expected were missing. For example no balsamic or any type of vinaigrette was used on the caprese salad and no dipping sauce for the calamari. Overall, the prices were too high but it's Chicago and we don't go downtown that often. Unfortunately, next time we go downtown it probably won't be there.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We went to Gioco for the second time in about 10 years. The food was very good. We had grilled squid for appetizer, I had scaloppine alla saltimbocca, my husband had orecchiette, and the kids had pizza. We also had dessert. The light was uneven on our table, a little bit too dark for me and I could not see my food too well. The kids had a good time writing on the paper table cloth. Overall it is a very nice and cozy restaurant, but I was hoping that it was more authentic Italian. Major mistakes in the menus should be fixed.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Excellent food but quite hectic atmosphere. Waiters bustling around non-stop.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Hadn't been here in several years. The quality of the food has regressed--our entrees were properly cooked but bland. Our server neglected to review the specials before attempting to take our orders. I had to ask. For the price, food and service should have been far better than it was. There are many Italian restaurants in Chicago with similar price points. At this point, Gioco cannot compete.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Great place. Food is outstanding. Service is the best. Hidden gem in Chicago. My favorite restraunt/ nothing compares.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We very much enjoyed dining here. it has definitely made a huge turnaround over a number of years when it changed ownership and became a shadow of its former self. Gioco could still greatly benefit from adding back some of its original dishes: e.g., grilled warm epplant, tomato, and mozzarella caprese, a fig and arugula salad with perhaps roasted duck, and more. this dinner was memorable for the fried squid with marinara sauce, the absolutely delectable pappardelle with duck ragu, and a fine version of Caesar salad. The pappardelle was melt in your mouth delicious! The bread was also tasty. There was a mushroom soup very much enjoyed by our neighbors along with a gorgeous veal chop. Run, don't walk, to Gioco!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Authentic
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 (Key West)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great food and impeccable service. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great food & great service
Very reasonable Italian wine list
Great s loop location

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food was good but it's a little pricy compared to other Italian restaurants in Chicago.
I picked this one because it was conveniently located compared to where my friends were staying for the weekend, and we did have a good time, but i wouldn't go back there on a normal occasion, i would go instead to Italian places in River North which have a better value in my personal opinion.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Very poor pizza. OK fish dishes. Pasta too oily.

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Gioco is our favorite restaurant. The food is delicious. There are so many great choices. The servers make you feel so special and attend to your every need. Now that Gioco started a happy hour from 4:30-6:30, we enjoy half price glasses of wine and appetizers at the bar before we sit down to a scrumptious dinner.

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 (Shreveport)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Really enjoyed dinner. Outstanding service as always (we are regular visitors) and great food. We went for the beef Carpaccio, house made pasta with duck, and the veal saltimbocca. Everything, including the Chianti, service, and Ambiente was excellent.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The service was pretty bad. We didn't know who our waiter was for the first 10 minutes of being seated. It wasn't very clear even after that, seeing as we had various people taking our order, bringing our plates, refilling our water, and pouring the wine. We had to ask for bread twice. The fettuccine was watery and the calamari was more chewy than I prefer

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Dinner was delicious! The sea bass special was done perfectly. I would definitely come back just for that!

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Gioco is a "Not Miss" spot for these Kansas Citians. Whenever we are in Chicago we make a point to visit Gioco, a northern Italian restaurant that we stumbled across years ago. We have never been disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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