La Buona Vita

4.5
353 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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Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time at La Buona Vita and was so impressed with the quality, taste and presentation of the meal. Most definitely will return again!!!

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the fettaccinni alfredo. Excellent service!

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SU
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Buona Vita is our go-to restaurant when we want home cooked Italian food. Nice people, comfortable and great food, perfect for a night out or a celebration.

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Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience. The food is amazing and the service with Diane was tremendous!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great place. The service was wonderful! The food was outstanding. We will definitely go back. Great place to meet friends for a nice dinner.

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Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are never disappointed at La Buona Vita. The food is consistently delicious and our server, Rebecca, is one of their best! She is friendly, knowledgeable and does not get frustrated when the restaurant is completely filled and she is hurrying to accommodate all! We enjoyed such a fun Friday night catching up with our friends!

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Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Chicken lumpen was so good. Desserts were just ok. Server was great. But we had to wait to wait over 15 minutes for the server to come to the table. They made it up to us by paying for an app.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was great....the host was very friendly, the food was outstanding, I love the atmosphere and the fact that it’s not too noisy so you can have an actual conversation with the people you are with (and not be yelling!). The only downside was that we got the not so friendly, nearly rude waitress on this visit. However that one girl will not stop me from coming back. I go here a lot and I think this is the best restaurant in La Grange!

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SB
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is good and tasty. The service is great, friendly and promptly. We have been here a couple of times and it is always an enjoyable experience.

La Buona Vita
Responded on March 18, 2019

Thank you! We hope you will come back and dine with us again!

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n
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for an evening out with friends.

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OT
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful experience. Sat by the window, beautiful view. The martinis, zucchini appetizer, chicken parmesan and pasta were excellent!! Our waiter was very helpful with our decisions.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had dinner with a friend and it was the perfect spot to meet up. Not too casual or too fancy, a mix of families and adults, and we didn't feel rushed when we lingered at the end of the meal.

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Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was better than I expected! Even though it was very busy, our food was hot and plentiful!

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BD
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, as usual! We enjoy the food and the ambience every time we dine at La Buona Vita.

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p
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is excellent. Wine list was great. Service was solid. I did however find the tables’ chairs to be very uncomfortable, which is a pet peeve of mine as I want to physically be comfortable when I sit for 90min’ish. They were wobbly and just uncomfortable.

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JP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Very cozy restaurant with the best calamari we ever had! Skip the lemon chicken and stick with pasta. Chicken was bland and a very small portion. Overall, a good meal but slow service.

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NG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of five friends was seated at a nice round table, very conducive to conversation. They let us linger, totally unrushed, while we enjoyed a delicious meal.

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SJ
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Our meal was delicious. I was disappointed by the quality of service. Waited a while for the server to initially come to our table. Had to ask for refills on our drinls. Had to remind server to bring dessert menu. Liked where we sat and the atmosphere.

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Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there during Restaurant Week for LaGrange so each of us chose from the special menu. Food was DELICIOUS and service was excellent. The server didn't rush us which was nice because it was a table of 5 women! Definitely go back!

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m
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I would definitely go back and try many of the menu items.

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p
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

My spouse enjoy dining here on occasion. We decided to try options from a pre-fixe menu this time. We both had salmon with roasted vegetables & my wife had roasted potatoes & I enjoyed the homemade pasta with marinara sauce. The entree was excellent. Good food & service here but a bit noisy during peak hours on Friday/Saturday evenings.

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MB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 2nd visit to this wonderful hidden treasure. Can't say enough good things about their food. Wonderful selection, perfectly prepared and always memorable. Service is top notch.

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VM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

James was our server and he along with the food was great. We really enjoy this restaurant and always look forward to our next visit.

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MI
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been here a few times. Each time it just seems better than the last. Service is always great, food is amazing, value is great!

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AT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were outstanding. I had the handmade lump crab ravioli in vodka sauce and it was superb. We sat all the way at the last table to the right past the bar area and it was quiet and quaint. Much less noisy than the main dining area. I will definitely request that table next time.

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E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
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
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife for Valentine's Day dinner. They had good food and drink specials. The restaurant is small enough where you do not have to shout to talk but big enough that you are not crammed together. Their cream of mushroom soup that night was one of the best I have ever had. Staff is friendly and attentive to your needs.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

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

Excellent bar tender -Dan

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PM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 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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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 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 10, 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 10, 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 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DM
Chicago
3 reviews
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 December 31, 2018
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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t
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 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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