il Porcellino

4.7
988 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Il Porcellino, located in the heart of River North in downtown Chicago, is a neighborhood restaurant offering classic Italian-American comfort food in a casual setting. The seasonal menu focuses on housemade pastas, vegetable antipasti and daily specials, all crafted with ingredients sourced from quality artisans, purveyors and local farmers. Award-winning mixologist Julian Cox designed and leads the cocktail program, and the fun and approachable wine program encourages sharing with selections from southern and central Italy.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Monday - Wednesday: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday - Saturday: 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Sunday: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Phone number
(312) 595-0800
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Doug Psaltis
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Catering
Contact ilporcellinoparties@leye.com or call 312.595.0800 for more details.
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Cross street
Clark St.
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Parking details
Street parking is also available.
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Public transit
Merchandise Mart Brown Line
Grand Red Line
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Special events & promotions
Sunday Supper: family-style dinner featuring weekly rotating menus inspired by different regions of Italy
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

il Porcellino offers private dining for a range of group sizes and occasions — from small, intimate gatherings to large corporate events. Our private dining spaces are dynamic and customizable and can be tailored to suit your needs.

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What 988 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Excellent bar tender, friendly and professional staff. On my list forever!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We celebrated my birthday! Fabulous appetizers!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Fantastico!! Great server and ambiance. Really cater to the customer!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Excellent!! Especially the cauliflower parmigiana!!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Very hospitable and welcoming environment. Food was excellent and the music was a perfect match to the classic atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

I loved the vibe. I wasn’t expecting it to be such a laidback fun vibe. I was pleasantly surprised. The food was really good too. The Brussels sprouts were awesome and so was the cheesy bread. The garlic shrimp and spaghetti was delicious. I’d for sure go back. You really can’t have a bad meal at any of the lettuce entertain you restaurants. They are always top notch.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Outstanding service and food.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Had a great meal with friends with authentic food of decent portion size . Our server, Tye (sp?) went above and beyond. Will be back.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Thanks to Steve Dahl show for recommendation. Service atmosphereand food were excellent

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Daniel the bartender was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and easy to talk to. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great food.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

I love coming here, greeted so friendly and welcoming, service is always fabulous and the food yummy!

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Restaurant is consistant with the product it puts on the table and the service it provides. Ambiance and decor is fun. Good for business, birthday or date night. Best of all this all comes at a reasonable price. Great Value!

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Great food and great service and very attentive servers!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I love everything about this place. From the moment you arrive they really make you feel welcome, service is great and the food is delicious.
The music selection is one of my favorite things, and also, they give you complimentary Arancinis. I mean!
Totally recommend this place.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Great Italian food! All meals, from appetizers to dessert resemble true Italian flavors. That’s the place to go if you want to full Italian meal, no frills, no fancy names, just the way “la mama” cooks.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Overall good experience. Had a reservation for 8:15 and didn't get seated until almost an hour later. That said, ambiance is fun, the host sent over some little snacks while we waited, then another plate of them when we were seated. Food was good and service was as well. Would definitely come back.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We're out-of-towners and this was our first visit to Il Porcellino. What fun! This place is wild. Everybody looked like they were having a great time. Lots of group outings on this Saturday night. The soundtrack played throughout the restaurant and bar is loud and lively: 50s oldies, 60s oldies, Motown... great for boomers, for sure. The food is very good. Our server, Joaquin, was knowledgeable, attentive and personable. My wife and I shared a grilled calamari appetizer, which was delicious. Perfect char. For the entrees my wife had the eggplant Parmesan with a side of spaghetti and I had one of the specials: a spicy lobster marinara over tagliatelle pasta. (They make their pastas in house daily.) Both dishes were very good. We shared a good bottle of Brunello. Overall, Il Porcellino was excellent. I wouldn't hesitate to return on a future Chicago visit.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

There were 3 in our party on a Friday night; the food was tasty, atmosphere was fun & lively, cocktails were creative and very enjoyable with hand-carved ice; the service was outstanding even though it was very busy. We enjoyed the artichoke appetizer and also loved the Italian salad. One of the best Italian salads I’ve tasted; fresh ingredients & excellent dressing. We had the pasta special entree, orichiette entree, and the salmon. All were delicious! We shared 2 desserts; both yummy but the spumoni ice cream was to die for. This is a great place!! We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Waitress was engaging and attentive. Food was excellent. Overall I superb experience. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

This restaurant continues to amaze me. I love it. I pastas are all so fresh. The highlight of the meal is the artichoke. Great wine and cocktail selection. And the people watching from the high tops is terrific

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3.0Dined on June 5, 2018

My friend and I had pasta, which was good, but I feel it was over-priced for what it was.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Food was exceptional. Our server, Rafael provided great descriptions which enhanced our enjoyment of the meal.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Food was outstanding. Restaurant was packed. All in all a great experience.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The food and service were great once we were seated, but we waited more than 25 minutes with a reservation.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We went to celebrate our anniversary -- 20 years ago we had our reception in this location, but it was Brasserie Jo at that time. It was wonderful to see it still thriving as Il Porcellino, and we were treated very well! From the host to our wait staff, we had great service and they helped make our night very special and memorable. We'll be back.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Great food, excellent service. From the initial entrance to the final spoonful of spumoni, it was a wonderful experience

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Food was excellent and service was very attentive. We will definitely return.

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Well il Porcellino you had me conflicted on how to rate you, but I've landed on 3.5 stars based on food.

I'm going to start off by saying the two servers that we had (one that said hello to us and gave us recommendations on the menu then disappeared and one that came to the table 2 minutes after the first one and took our drink orders and gave us recommendations) RAVED about the "famous" lasagna...so I decided to get that instead of the Chicken Parmesan my heart and stomach were screaming for me to get. Well after the first taste of the lasagna I instantly knew I had made the wrong selection because this dish was the definition of meh. I wouldn't get this again and I wouldn't recommend it. 2 stars

Everything else we ordered was pretty darn good!
* Tuscan Cheese Bread - Highly recommend this; 5 stars!
* Chicken Parmesan- I should have ordered this, but thankfully my friend who arrived late (43 minutes) ordered this so I got to try it. 4 stars
* Brick Chicken Vesuvio - Amazing, so said my friend who is a very picky eater. 5 stars
* Double Chocolate Cake - Very good, but took a star off cause they give you a scoop of whipped cream instead of a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 3 stars

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Food is delicious and the staff and service are top notch - perfect ingredients for a great meal out.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Delicious pasta. Nice ambiance. Great wait staff. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Love the food, love the music and reasonable prices too.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Everybody that took care of our Birthday reservation was very friendly and helpful! The food and ambiance is great. Could've be perfect if the waitress was more friendly like the others not robotic.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

It was a great dinner and services. check it out.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Really great dinner with friends! Food was fantastic & the atmosphere was nice!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The food was probably the best Italian food we’ve ever had! Dave our server did a great job explaining everything! Of course we didn’t have room for dessert and we’ll have to try something next time. Overall we had an outstanding experience!

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

One of my favorite downtown restaurants. Great food and wine, fabulous service.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

We had a lovely dinner. We ate in the bar. Food was good and we got our first round of drinks with Happy
Hour Pricing. Waiter was fun and got all the orders correct. Would definitely eat there again!

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Awesome food and service including our server and the people around.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Same great food, same great service. Always the best from the Lettuce Entertain You group.

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