Always have great meals and experience at Gioco’s.
This has become one of our favorite restaurants Great food and service and the wine list is a good Italian mix that you will find to your liking The waiters are always knowledgeable and on target
This may seem south....but don't miss it. It is only a 5 min cab ride from Michigan Ave and Grant Park
No valet service is a problem in this neighborhood
Gioco was such a great place for my friends and I to have dinner and catch up after a couple years of not seeing each other. We were all in town for a local convention at the McCormick Place, so we needed a place to eat which was close by the Convention Center. We were seated quickly and our server was phenomenal. I only wish I would have gotten his name properly, so I could give him a shout out here on the review!
He was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the menu, and was able to recommend options for us which were vegetarian. They were able to accommodate our requests without any problems (we all had different dietary restrictions...) and they did so without making it seem like it would be a "problem".
The ambiance of the restaurant was great and it was absolutely perfect. Just looking at some of the other diners, at least in our section, we could see that everyone was enjoying their time.
The wait staff team was great and they were all very welcoming.
I WILL DEFINITELY be coming back!
This restaurant had a great ambience, the wait staff were very friendly, and the food was priced right and ccoked to perfection.
Absolutely superb in every way. The food was delissimo, our server Sam was attentive, helpful but not intrusive, and we found the ambience unpretentiously pleasing, authentic, and conducive to conversation. Our group of family members loved it.
We had walked past this restaurant a hundred times and finally decided to try it. We were very surprised. Our food was great - our service was great. We will definitely go back.
The exposed brick walls makes it feel like an original Chicago dining experience. The service is attentive and knowledgeable. The wine list offers many affordable options. The food was served quickly and was delicious. The favorites from our evening were the lamb chops and ravioli. Be sure to ask for a tour to see the “old time” connection to Chicago’s mob days.
Nice restaurant. Scallops special were excellent. I’ll be back!
This is my FAVORITE place in South Loop! I LOVE IT! Excellent service, delicious food and it has a great feel that's classy but not pretentious!
Our table was ready before we arrived, and beautifully set. Our 4 year old toddler was joining us, and they promptly brought a kids-friendly cup for his water. The staff was very friendly, knowledgeable about the wines, menu, and attentive to our table. We ordered salads, main courses (a pasta and fish), as well as dessert. They even brought our son a single scoop of ice-cream (gelato) on the house. It was an amazing dinging experience.
I was very surprised with everything you look for in a great dining experience. I was not expecting the great service and quality of food. Hidden Gem!
Gioco is one of my favorite places in the South Loop. Being Italian, I appreciate the simple menu and seasonal options. It is not too filling. The olive oil, infused with rosemary and garlic is drinkable! I bring many friends, family and customers here when I am in Chicago.
Went late and really enjoyed the good food and service. I usually go late to avoid the dinner rush and noise. Staff extremely helpful and ambiance was very enjoyabkr
Consistent, healthy, flavorful food! A neighborhood gem.
This team works SO hard to make dining a true pleasure. I highly recommend for any time!
This place continues to impress me. The food is fantastic, the staff is excellent, and the atmosphere is cozy and elegant but not pretentious. The wine is great and the menue is small enoigh that they can focus in quality dished but big enough that tou get good selection. This is by far my new favorite place! Neighborhoid gem!
I absolutely adore Gioco!! A true neighborhood gem with all the charm and ambience I could want. Authentic, delicious food and great wines. Our waiter was very helpful and attentive. Since moving into the neighborhood over a year ago, I have heard rumors that this lovely spot might close down and I pray that it is only a rumor!! Please do not go -- stick around and soon our nabe will be so booming that you will be turning people away. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!
Always great food and very personable staff. I love this place. Great food at a good price.
Gioco is the best kept secret in the South Loop. Excellent variety of delicious menu options and perfectly prepared. Service is outstanding. We eat there every week and it is always a special treat. Give it a try. You won’t be sorry!
Gioco very rarely disappoints but doesn't "wow" either. We love that it is a neighborhood gem but we would like for the menu to be expanded beyond the current offering. We always have to ask for bread and we suggest that a small salad should be included in light of the entree and pasta prices (especially for pasta dishes). My other beef with Gioco is the tiny olives they use for martinis...you need a magnifying glass to see them (and they offer little taste).
This restaurant is consistently very good. The wait staff are very nice and attentive. I go regularly with my daughter a college student and they recognize us and always greet us warmly.
They refer to it as "from the Berkeley" I have no idea what that means, but it's an assortment of meats and cheeses. It is awesome! Parking is just a few doors down for $10, valet on the weekends.
Probably below average in cost for loop restaurants.
I was at this restaurant about a year ago and thought the lamb chops were the best I had ever eaten......Went there again last Saturday, and they still are the best lamb chops I have ever eaten. Although it is a little pricey, well worth it. Delicious
Wonderful little restaurant ... warm, inviting ambiance, attentive staff, delicious food and excellent wines. Great for date night or just friends gathering. We'll definitely be back!
Gioco is my go to neighborhood spot for fine dining, warm and inviting atmosphere, and great service, food and wine. Kudos to Christian who has waited on us several times and is a real professional with a delightful, helpful personality. I bring both friends and business acquaintances here, and it is always a hit!
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.
Very nice atmosphere and excellent service. The chicken piccata sauce was delicious!
Delicious warm bread & olive oil. Always very fresh & delicious Italian food. Great attentive service. We can’t wait to return.
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.
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.
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
Gioco does not disappoint. The food was amazing and the service was second to none. HIGHLY recommend!!
Great local restaurant, would put high on list for another visit
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!
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!
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!
Wonderful food, great service, very pleasant evening. Will definitely be returning soon.
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.
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.
Great service ! Great food!!