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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (69)
Comfort Food (55)
Special Occasion (54)
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Authentic (53)
Good for Groups (44)
Casual (43)
Bar Seating (42)
Fun (42)
Good for Birthdays (39)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
Business Meals (37)
Romantic (37)
Pre/post Theatre (35)
Neighborhood Gem (34)
Cozy (33)
Fit for Foodies (31)
Handcrafted Cocktails (26)
Notable Wine List (25)
Vibrant Bar Scene (24)
Hot Spot (22)
Happy Hour (21)
People Watching (19)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Late-night Find (13)
Great for Lunch (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Local Ingredients (8)
Kid-friendly (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Spicy (6)
Great Beer (4)
Healthy (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Seasonal (4)
Scenic View (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Tapas (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

The food was amazing, and the service was phenomenal. The burrata lasagna was delicious. Great ambiance. The cocktails and the bar need improvement. If you want great food with a glass of wine, go here. You will not be disappointed. If having a great cocktail with dinner is important, look elsewhere.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Fun, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

the food was delicious and the service by Ashway was OUTSTANDING. We come back to the restaurant we'll be requesting her. She made my wife's birthday dinner a pleasant experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Made a nice anniversary place for us! The Brussels sprouts are the best :)

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food and service.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

As always, the hospitality was above and beyond that of other restaurants in the area. I’ll be returning often!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Late-night Find, Romantic, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Groups, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Everything at il Porcellino, from the outstanding meal to the friendly service and warm atmosphere was first rate. We will definitely be returning. Thank you, il Porcellino, for being so great.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Dinner was excellent...Our waitress, Erma, was wonderful and so accommodating...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

The menu selection was great, and the meal delicious. We had a great waitress.
Would definately will go back.

Tags: Casual, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 13, 2017

I've had stuffed artichoke at many places and the way it was prepared at il Porcellino was to die for!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

My daughters 21 birthday

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was delicious and the atmosphere was warm and casual. They played great music, as well.

I recommend the Chicken Vesuvio, which was amazing.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

They played Blues music all night long and it was amazing. It definitely was a great pair with the décor of the restaurant. The actual food was great and very filling. Drinks are strong, but in a good way

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Reservation ran 30 minutes late.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

My wife and I dined at il Porcellino before going to a play, all part of our 36th wedding anniversary celebration. The restaurant was wonderful. We were early for our reservation, however we were seated shortly after arriving. Our server asked if we had been there before, and when we said No, she was very forthcoming with helpful suggestions. We ordered stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer, and they were delicious. My wife ordered Salmon, and I ordered Bass, and both fish entrees were well prepared, and delicious. We shared a dessert, and were provided with glasses of Champagne to celebrate our anniversary. My wife and I both agreed that they could not have done any more to make our meal enjoyable. We will be back!

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, People Watching
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was fantastic...top notch bread and pastas....service was great...

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing experience. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly, fun and a bright spot in our dining experience. Sazi even had a tide to go pen readily available for a red sauce mishap. The ambiance was cozy with fun music playing in the background. From start to finish, everything was on point.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food wasn’t good , terrible service and music was stupid .What type Italian restaurant plays Motown songs all night long ?
I am a Italian i know my food , we order pistachio gelato they bring something else and we had to wait for at list 7-8 minute for the spoon so we can eat the damn gelato.
No moscato d'asti in Italian restaurant ? That’s a biggest shame right there
I wouldn’t call this place a Italian restaurant ,mostly American restaurant with a Italian menu but they cook like American not like Italian .We made a reservation for 7.15 and they give us the table around 7.45

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Everything was lovely. Food, service, and ambiance. The burrata lasagna was EXCELLENT- the creamy burrata really took a good lasagna to the next level. We also had the eggplant parmesan, which was very good but nothing extra special.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Generous portions of great Italian dishes. Go for the Lasagna if you can share it (or have your lunch the next day). We did have a service issue with our server bringing the wrong dish. She insisted we ordered it but all three of us concurred we did not. She did not offer to bring the correct one, as we agreed to settle for it. She did comp us a desert though. Overall a good meal.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

great food

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Really good Italian food. Pappardelle with ragu was delicious as was spaghetti scampi. Salmon was also very good, though kale was a bit chewy.

Bread is great and spumoni for dessert was terrific.

Fun place, but not for a quiet conversation.

Tags: Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

First time at Il Porcellino and it was excellent! Great food, great wine, and a great time!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

It was a fabulous dinner. Chicken vesuvio was amazing as was the lasagna and eggplant Parmesan .

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great service, great atmosphere, and absolutely the best Chicken Vesuvio

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Romantic, Bar Seating, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

While at a conference in Chicago, we had dinner at Il Porcellino and it was amazing! We dined family style and every dish was outstanding. The tables are pretty close together, making it a bit loud, but the food and vibrancy was worth it. The linguine with clams was fantastic!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Service was quick and friendly. Food was good but could have been hotter and the sauce richer.

Ate Brussel sprouts, stuffed mushrooms and cauliflower Parmesan. Very good and large portions.

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

It was fabulous ! The best waiter , great food !! Loved it !

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I have had only good experiences with Il Porcellino. The food is always good and the restaurant has a good vibe.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Good food, service, ambience, and music as good as it gets

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great food and large portions--lasagna and shrimp spaghetti were both delicious. Nice atmosphere, but music is too loud. Wine options by the glass are not great. Spumoni ce cream is wonderful. Service was very good. Will definitely return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Comfort Food, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Another Lettuce Entertain Youwinner. Great Italian fare. We ordered family style for six. The cheese bread with marinara was crazy good. The roasted Brussel sprouts with pancetta was amazing. By the time the main courses arrived, I told our server to wrap them up.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Good food, great service, and nice atmosphere!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

It was our first time here and the food was very good, but the service was mediocre. We had a reservation and because we had to change the number from 7 to 5 people at the last minute (due to someone in our party having a family emergency, they sat us in the bar, right near the front door instead of at a table in the restaurant when the restaurant was pretty empty. We were there for an early dinner before a show, so we would have been in and out before the dinner rush.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Went with a group of 7. Great overall experience. Great service, food, and drinks. All Italian dishes were delicious as well as seafood dishes.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 28, 2017

celebrated my bday with family :D good food --- love the garlic loaf and the eggplant parmesan was delicious!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We loved the atmosphere and the food! We would definitely go back when we are in Chicago. We recommend the meatballs.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Top notch, personal service paired with delicious food. My mom had my leftovers and wants me to bring home carryout food from Il Porcellino the next time I visit her!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

il Porcellino continues to be one of my favorite restaurants in River North! The food never ceases to exceed my expectations -- I honestly can't pick a favorite dish. But what makes this place even better is the exceptional service. The staff knows how to treat their guests and they help make a celebration just a little more special!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Fun, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Swanky and cool spot. I loved the ambience and lighting. Great food and service too!

Tags: Late-night Find, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Our server was great. He noted my food allergies and came back several times with questions "just to make sure", and was also very accommodating to one of our guests who is a vegetarian to make sure certain ingredients were okay for him.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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