About il Porcellino

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.

59 W. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60654
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Wine Bar

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

Cross Street:
Clark St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(312) 595-0800

Website:
http://ilporcellinochicago.com/

Catering:
Contact ilporcellinoparties@leye.com or call 312.595.0800 for more details.

Parking Details:
Street parking is also available.

Public Transit:
Merchandise Mart Brown Line
Grand Red Line

Executive Chef:
Doug Psaltis

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Sunday Supper: family-style dinner featuring weekly rotating menus inspired by different regions of Italy

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.

il Porcellino Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (100)
Special Occasion (74)
Romantic (61)
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Good for Anniversaries (58)
Authentic (58)
Fun (57)
Good for Birthdays (56)
Comfort Food (53)
Casual (52)
Good for Groups (52)
Cozy (51)
Bar Seating (46)
Pre/post Theatre (45)
Handcrafted Cocktails (43)
Neighborhood Gem (41)
Fit for Foodies (40)
Business Meals (37)
Notable Wine List (31)
Vibrant Bar Scene (28)
Worth the Drive (26)
Hot Spot (25)
Happy Hour (22)
People Watching (22)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Late-night Find (15)
Great for Lunch (12)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Seasonal (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Great Beer (4)
Healthy (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Spicy (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined a day ago

Loved the good, atmosphere and the music was great!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

I always have a great time here. Solid food and service! Look forward to coming back very soon!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 3 days ago

I took my 10 year old daughter out for a special night after our father-daughter dance fo her school. She had good food and very good time. The staff was great. My daughter and me both had a wonderful evening. Thank you.

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

It was great.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food and service. Our waiter, I believe his name was Erik, was awesome and very friendly. Some of the best Italian food I’ve had in Chicago.

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·Dined 6 days ago

It was great, I celebrated by anniversary on Valentines Day instead of the day before so I knocked two birds with one stone. The food was fantastic and he waitress was just the best!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

I appreciated how intimate this restaurant was. The low light setting and design was perfect for our evening out and the food was incredible!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Great place for a classic Italian meal

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 13, 2018

My girlfriend and I came out for Valentines Day, the hostess was helpful and kind. Our server as well as bartender CJ was fantastic. He was informative and accommodating. The cocktails we had were flawless. The entrees we ordered were to die for and the dessert was delicious. We definitely plan to visit again. Thanks for such a great night!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Wonderful entrees and the desserts are to die for.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Wonderful food and great service!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

A group of 10 of us went out on a Saturday night. Our reservations were for 6pm, And we didn’t leave until 9:00!!! Maybe they were short staffed or maybe our waiter had a lot of tables. We ordered drinks and appetizers right away. Got them, and then nothing for at least 30 minutes. Finally ordered dinner and a second round of drinks. Dinner came out fairly quick. From dinner on, the time just dragged. It took forever to get our bill as well.

But I will say the restaurant is really nice! Love the ambiance. The food is good too. I would like to go back for this reason.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

One of my wife and my favorite places, never disappoints. The staff is so nice and helpful, they make it such a great experience. The food is so delicious, never had a bad meal here!!! We keep coming back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I just want to thank everyone that works there. I will be coming back forever. Not only is the food fantastic the people that work there are so friendly and really take care of you. Words can not describe the place, if I could live there I would. I can not wait to go back. Thank you again for such a wonderful time.

Adam

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Fun, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This was our first time and the food was great. The atmosphere was perfect. The crispy Brussels sprouts were AMAZING! I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Very nice we all enjoyed the food and decor. Nice bar area.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Food was great. Music in restaurant was a little loud.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

SO incredibly disappointed with the service I had at this restaurant. As a long-term, loyal Lettuce Entertain You customer, I could not believe the horrible service I received planning a large group dinner. Two days before a large group dinner I scheduled months in advance, the restaurant called for the 5th+ time to "confirm" and share that we suddenly had to have a set family-style menu, set price, were prohibited from ordering off the restaurant week or normal menu, and would be charged an event fee for having a party larger than 9. Wish they would have told me this when I made the original reservation!!! They were not accommodating and did not work to meet a compromise at all, not even for ONE group meal considering it was their fault with the lack of communication, even after speaking with several managers.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Celebrated our son's 22nd. The staff was prepared, knew it was his birthday from my Open Table reservation. Attentive. Good at recommending menu items. Food was very good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Really enjoyed the music and atmosphere here. Good food, portions were small though (oddly our portions seemed smaller than other tables, even the wine serving it was weird). Despite this I would definitely go again really fun spot.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Was very pleased with our dining experience at Il Porcellini. The garlic cheese bread was outstanding and probably the best I've ever had. The portion sizes were perfect and their tomato sauce exceeded my expectations. Can't wait to go back to try more items on their menu! We did not go home hungry!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The music was somewhat loud (Speaker right above us). When asked the management turned it down a bit. Everything else was wonderful! We will definitely go back (but sit away from the music speakers). :0)

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Hot Spot, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The food at il Porcellino was absolutely delicious and the service incredible! I would definitely recommend if you're looking for an authentic Italian restaurant with great food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Excellent food. So many choices on the menu.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Everything we had was wonderful, but the thing we liked best was the enthusiastic/passionate manager who came over to our table when we were seated and told us about the menu and how everything had evolved over time. Our waiter was also extremely well-versed in preparation/ingredients of everything on the menu, and was also helpful in selecting wine and cocktails.
Our only knocks were that some of the portions were underwhelming, like the tuna carpaccio and the gnochi, but everything else was a decent value. The place was extremely busy, and very loud as a result.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Great food and wonderful service

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2018

It's a throwback to old school Italian joints complete with red check tablecloths and chianti in baskets. The food isn't too exciting , but service and decor are nice.

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 29, 2018

The service and atmosphere are very nice. However, the Cacio e Pepe was very underwhelming, and contained a cream sauce. Having eaten this dish in Italy, it was a very bad translation. I felt an identity crisis of wanting to be upscale and authentic, but delivering dishes that were far from authentic Italian. Not a great value.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Was there for restaurant week. The special menu had a very good selection of foods I might not ordinarily order. Portions were adequate for the fixed price special menu. Great atmosphere for dining, very Italian.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We were seated 45 min past our reservation, the steak was way overcooked, and the other plate had zero taste.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was great especially the tomato sauce.
Our waitress was extremely sweet and attentive during our meal.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Amazing food, but they were behind on service! The family style dinner was a great value.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Amazing food with big portions! Very cute and perfect for every occasion! We had a vegetarian and someone on weigh watchers in the group and everyone was able to find something they liked! Highly recommend!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

First time at restaurant ... Jim, the bartender, greeted us right away and made a fabulous lemon drop martini and offered some good wine suggestions. We went for the restaurant week menu which was delicious!! The only negative comment I have is the choice of music they was playing all night... it did not fit the atmosphere.. it was 50 style loud and annoying!! I will go back, but hope they play different music.. my husband and I love going to the city and only go to lettuce restaurants.. Nice place!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Healthy, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We had dinner with our best friends at il Porcellino Saturday night. We have frequented many higher-end restaurants in the Chicago area over the years and this is by far in my Top 3 for Italian food. I am of Sicilian decent so I am VERY picky about my Italian food. The restaurant is adorable and the service was fantastic. I would definitely make reservation because they get quite busy on the weekends. They bring complimentary Arancini to the table while you peruse the menu which are very good. The stuffed mushroom appetizer is one of the best I have ever had. We also tried the Prime Meatball appetizer and the Prosciutto Trio which were wonderful. Our entrees included Eggplant Parmesan (excellent), Gnocchi with Bolognese Sauce (fabulous) and their special Buratta Lasagna which as our friend put it "the best he has ever had." For desert we sampled the Bomboloni (Italian Donuts) which are a must have, Salted Caramel, Semifreddo, and Prosecco & Grapefruit Sorbetto. They also have a wonder wine list and cocktails. Absolutely LOVED il Porcellino!

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was delicious. Not sure why open table has us as a no show! We definitely showed$$$

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Best wait staff (Rachel) in the planet!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great experience overall - we will definitely go back!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

First time and will certainly not be the last. Have to try all of those special Negroni’s! We had a baby with us and the waitstaff was more than accommodating. Spent a couple hours enjoying the food, drinks and ambiance. Thank you for a great experience!

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