il Porcellino

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1400 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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. The fun and approachable wine program encourages sharing with selections from southern and central Italy.
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and ambiance! Shrimp scampi was delicious and the cheesy bread! Only complaint is we had to wait about 15 minutes after our reservation time to be seated. Otherwise, perfect!

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

Excellent everything! Great service, spectacular food and wine.

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BE
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traveling to Chicago with family for Valentines Day and a weekend in the city. They didn’t have our table ready at the time of our reservation however they really took care of us. They brought out an appetizer while we waited and checked in multiple times while we waited. They also gave us a complimentary dessert. Food was great and the ambiance is fun and old school. Service is top notch. Food is tasty and we liked everything we ordered.

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VD
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went all out for Valentine’s Day! Their garlic bread was so soft, I would of liked a more garlic flavor. The calamari was delicious! We shared the filet mignonnwhich was cooked to perfection! Cannot wait to go back!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice servers. Tasty food

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JX
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Dim, romantic lighting + upbeat music. Interesting pairing, but it works well. The food isn't AMAZING, but it's like pretty damn good. I'd pay the same amount again for a slightly better experience (service, ambiance) - but it was Valentine's day and they were very busy so honestly I don't blame them.

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M
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and was given free tastings throughout dinner. Gorgeous restaurant.

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G
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was tasty. Our waiter was very good. I would definitely go back.

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DA
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good restaurant, good food, beautifully designed. The food was very good, but not memorable. That said, the desserts were fantastic....the butterscotch pie and salted caramel ice cream with an amazing crust were both worth going there, just for the dessert

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DO
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Average food. Quite below average service. No drinking straws to “reduce plastic waste”, but to-go desert had a plastic spoon which was wrapped in plastic.

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

Great place, good food and pretty atmosphere assnd a wonderful waiter.

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LT
New England
68 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

NOT FOR FOODIES

Solo diner, here on business & this is walking distance to WESTIN CHICAGO RIVER NORTH location.

5 STARS:
SUPER FRIENDY host/hostess, took time to get me familiar with menu.

3 STARS:
GOOD waiter, not awesome.

1 STAR:
Took 10 minutes to get water, 15 to get menu and restaurant was 30% full on a Monday night.

5 STARS:
Kitchen sent complimentary order of 2 mini- arancini - FANTASTIC!!! That was 5 stars. Kitchen sent complimentary 2 super-tiny cubes of cheese (smaller than a pair of dice) with aged balsamic vinegar- FANTASTIC!!! Lovely surprise and super tasty. So I now have super high expectations on food level.

1.5 STARS:
NOT FOR FOODIES/Caesar salad was forgettable. Not a great quality lettuce, lacking parmesan cheese, dressing was meh. 3 croutons, just OK.

4 STARS
NOT FOR FOODIES/Ordered baked SHRIMP. I asked the waiter before I ordered if pasta came with it - I truly thought he said yes. But apparently I heard him wrong because I'm sure he knows his menu, so I was bummed out not to have pasta. Shrimp was good, spinach was garlicky.

Food was good just not awesome enough, I wouldn't really recommend or return.... Unless you could order just that arancini!!! Actually I do wonder if the parm would have been better, based on the quality of the red sauce with the arancini.

Bottom line, life is so short, so many places to try in Chicago, I'd keep looking.

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j
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it,,, great food and super service.

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AB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was super delicious, they gave us some little "snacks" that were free and awesome too. DEF recommend checking this place out.

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AG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Likely one of the best Italian restaurants in the country. Bartenders (Daniel, Bistra, John) craft the most delicious cocktails. For a smallish bar, they hold a broad selection of amaros, rums, and whiskeys. Food is solid from the appetizers (brussel sprouts and clams porcellino) to the entres (chicken parmesan and spaghetti and meatballs) to the desserts (butterscotch pie and chocolate cake). Just go. You will have a most delightful experience.

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D
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday Celebration yesterday was delicious! Kelsey, our waitress, made the night with her suggestions and John, the bartender, even made me a drink that he created on the spot from a few words of what I liked. You can't go wrote with Il Porcellino!

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B
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Server Byron was very nice and helpful, appreciated the complimentary bubbly and lemon cookies for our celebration!

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a
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

We had to wait 45 min before getting seated and it was for a friend’s birthday so we were a little disappointed. Other than that we were very well taken care of and the food was delicious

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D
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sooo good, food was delicious very tasty, personnel very attractive

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Lasagna was excellent! Our server was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. The host was friendly as well.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Friendly staff. Excellent food.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for an early dinner. 4 adults and 2 toddlers. Our server couldn’t have been better. He brought the kids’ food out fast, offered them bread while they were waiting, just tried to make it as easy as possible for us. Food was delicious, large portions. We will definitely return.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and beautiful ambiance. Great service as well. If you’re in the Chicago area I would highly recommend!

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E
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Pasta was overlooked, veal seemed to have been frozen for quite a while (quite tasteless). Only the service and wine was good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

I had a reservation for 7:45 and they didn’t seat us till an hour later. They made up for it a tad by giving us small portions of appetizers—however, it was a Wednesday, I made the reservation a week ahead of time and confirmed it the day before. Yet they still sat a party in the table I requested 30 minutes before my actual reservation.

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PT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was good but not exceptional. Pretty busy and loud. Wait staff very nice.

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JR
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a wonderful night at il Porcellino. My only complaint is that it was obvious my dish must have been ready first (gnocchi bolognese) because it was only luke warm, and by the time I finished my dish it was cold. Everyone else's dish at the table was piping hot. I didn't mind much, though because it was that good. I ate every bite, and the gnocchi melts in your mouth. The atmosphere was excellent, and the music was perfect. I would come again, and bring even more friends in a heartbeat.

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P
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

All our food was really high quality, classic italian dishes. The gnocchi specifically was to die for. Highly recommend!!

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BG
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good vibe, fun feel. Very, very good food. Would go again.

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DB
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Very limited gluten free options. Great menu overall for others. The service was not great. But good enough to go back.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing and I would for sure go back!

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NF
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved our experience here. The lights on the ceiling combined with the brick wall and cozy space make for a wonderful, romantic ambiance. We got to sit at a high-top in the bar which we preferred - able to look over the tables and still be near the bar action. Our server was very dedicated and recommended things we truly enjoyed, including the Milano Mule & the delicious salted caramel semifreddo dessert. Their simple appetizer of Tuscan cheese bread was a star for our simple palettes. Delicious pasta too!

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NF
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great dining experience and superb service. Garlic bread is a must.

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EW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wa seated in the bar area after making reservations on OpenTable 2 weeks ago. Kind of a joke they place customer's who make a reservation in the bar area. Other than that everything was great. Service was fast and friendly.

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MA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I went with a friend for their Restaurant Week menu. The food was wonderful! Our server was kind and friendly, he gave a great recommendation for a wine to have with my main course. I would definitely come here again!

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KN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We heard about this restaurant on the Steve Dahl podcast and decided to check it out after multiple recommendations. The food was amazing and the service was 5 Star. Great vibe, fun decor and the stuffed mushrooms and spicy broccoli were my favorites.

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L
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!! good choices on the menu. the garlic Loaf was really good-great crust.

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ER
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was pretty good, though not enough to take home leftovers. The staff was great. My only issue was that I ended up with gum on my pants that someone stuck on the seat that I sat in. The manager offered to pay my dry cleaning which was kind.

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IG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Everything was great

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JF
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our entire dining experience, from start to finish, was excellent. Welcoming, nice ambiance, good music for those who like oldies (including us), neighborhood feel. Chris, our server, was outstanding, friendly, knowlegeable, down to earth.
Food and wine were delicious. Especially liked the orrecchiette. Will definitely be back again...and again...

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