La Buona Vita

4.4
327 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Born out of our love of fine wines and delicious food, La Buona Vita has become the premiere location for fine dining in LaGrange.

Our biggest challenge is finding the right, high-quality ingredients for the dishes we serve. We are dedicated to offering only the finest and freshest foods. We have also taken great care in assembling a team of only the best chefs, and experienced kitchen and dining, staff.

Come and taste the experience for yourself.
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was good, portion size was kind small. Good service and ambiance tho. Would recommend

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

Excellent as always

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

The homemade pasta is a true treat! I finally tried this restaurant last month and have been back twice since because the food is outstanding and authentic! Love the grilled calamari and the lasagna is the real deal!

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

Excellent bar tender -Dan

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PM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with wonderful, friendly service! We’ll definitely go back!

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DK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place

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s
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our meal, everything was absolutely delicious, fresh and tasty. The chef made excellent meals for all of us. Exceptional service, the manager and waitress were outstanding. Definitely a place to go back to, this was our first time here and extremely enjoyable, great specials

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Since their Chief Terry and I believe part owner has left and apparently under new management there has been a marked decline in the quality of the food. Alfredo sauce portions on the pasta are a bare minimum. Balsamic glaze and oil for bread has been removed. This glaze was outstanding. Portions overall appear to have decreased in size. The wait staff and crew still remain outstanding.

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GG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

It was a ladies nite. First time for some of us since restaurant re-opened. Three of us ordered “pollo rotollo” it was delish, also enjoyed Thursday nite special pricing on house wine by the glass. I will be back!

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RZ
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been to this restaurant twice. Once with a large group and once meeting a friend after work. On both occasions, the food was excellent. The wait staff was very inviting and accommodating. I will definitely put it on my short list of establishments that provide good food, service and value.

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OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Buona Vita is our “go-to” place for Italian food. Awesome

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DM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Will definitely go back again.

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RK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had excellent service on a very busy New Years Eve night. Both the hostess and our waitress went above and beyond to insure our night was an enjoyable one.

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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service impeccable! Great food served exactly as described. Excellent choices with proper portions. Best baked clams we have enjoyed in quite some time. Desert selections have no equal.

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KH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined here probably a half a dozen times. The food is always outstanding. We were here on Christmas Eve, and even though the restaurant was filled to capacity, the service was awesome! Food and drinks delicious. We will be back!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas Eve

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K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are great every time we come here!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I made a reservation to celebrate my Mom’s 77th Birthday and was surprised that they made no acknowledgement of it. We went on December 21 (Moms b-day) so the restaurant was busy for the holidays even though we went early for dinner. This is my go to place because the food here is usually excellent as is the service but the young girl waitressing must have been new. I had the cod special and it just wasn’t what I expected. I expected a fillet but it was pieces stewed in a tomato sauce and the funky pieces of skin were jelly-like and attached or just hanging out in the sauce. My Mom’s dish was excellent (calamari with linguini special) and my sister’s was excellent too (chicken stuffed/rolled with sausage and things on the inside). I will definitely be back but will ask more questions before ordering something off the specials.

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KS
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A busy Saturday evening before the holiday and everything was excellent, service was very attentive and the food was superb. Well done, seems like they have staffed up and really are doing well

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r
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and welcoming environment. We had 4 guests in our group and everyone enjoyed their meal. We were not rushed. We were seated in a quiet area of thee restuarant which was great

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OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always good!

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DE
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Well-prepared, fresh food. I had grilled salmon on a bed of spinach with roasted vegetables and potatoes. Excellent! Very good option since I do not eat pasta. Service was excellent. We were seated immediately for our 6:45 reservation. Noise was moderate but still easy to talk. Definitely recommend!

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JL
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of my favorite Italian Restaurants in the 'Burbs. It's not a big place, but I would describe the atmosphere as cozy.

Standard Italian Fare, and they do everything well. I always default to the Pollo a la Parmigiana, which comes with side of vegetables and pasta. We also really like the Rigatoni with Proscuitto and Peas.

Highly Recommend.

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AM
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very good, service friendly and prompt. I didn’t love the antipasto, but the entrees and dessert were delicious.

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d
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our 11th annual Ornament Exchange and had a great time. Good food, drinks and friends.
Nice relaxing atmosphere and love the location.

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e
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I usually love this place. Tonight was a little disappointing. My favorite salad was minus broccoli and the service was meh. When I made the reservation on open table I said it was a birthday which went ignored even after reminding the waiter.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful restaurant; great food and service!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my “go to” place since I can always count on great food and good service in a comfortable atmosphere where you can still converse without having to raise your voice! Prices are good too for the quality of the food. It’s by far the best place in LaGrange!

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PS
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a great meal at La Buona Vita. The calamari is always good and a large portion. Pastas and seafood delish!

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R
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The duck risotto and cannelloni specials both were very good. Great service, a nice value dinner.

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D
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

This had been our go to italian restaurant in the neighborhood until this time. We ordered two reasonably priced bottles of wine, but instead bottles over 3 times the price were brought to the table. We questioned if the wine was what we had ordered when it was uncorked table-side, and the server said it was. We discovered the error when the bill arrived, and management said the server will pay for the error. Since this seemed harsh, we offered to pay for the wine at cost, instead we were given a $30 (10%) reduction on the wine because “we drank 2 of their very special bottles”. If there were two different wines by the same vintner, shouldn’t they have clarified which one we had ordered? I blame management, not the server, for extremely poor judgement and baffling customer service. We will not return.

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JS
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had never been here and decided to come with a group of my friends last week. The food was absolutely amazing. I live on the South Side of Chicago so it's a bit of a hike for me. But I will definitely be back!

Julie Snow

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MB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First Time here. Great neighborhood establishment. Pleasant Experience. Delicious Food. Will return, for sure.

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LG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food at reasonable prices. Seasonal specials were good. Great calamari. We enjoyed our dinner.

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L
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were happy with the service. We were not rushed. I will go back and recommend to others.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Spectacular service

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KV
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great Italian food. Nice place for a fun meal with friends. A bit loud, but a joyful atmosphere.

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O
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Marinara sauce was acidic and too heavy , took over the taste of the entree

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MV
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Great service, okay food. One of our meals was good, but we didn't care for the other. Would still recommend this restaurant.

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KP
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent, my server James was great. But I only gave 4 stars for service because the kitchen took awhile for our dinner, kids food came out super fast. My wife and I, soup and salad took a little bit and our actual meal took awhile. Overall though loved the place can’t wait to go back.

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