La Buona Vita

4.3
382 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.
What 382 People Are Saying
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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites, never fails to deliver!! Always good service and delicious food!

LD
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic family luncheon. Good food. Great service?

OT
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had the salmon with salsa and walleye pike picante style. Nicely done. Servers were attentive.

JC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time eating at the restaurant. The food was very good. Friendly service. We will definitely be back .

CM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Service wasn't really good, but the food was excellent!

EJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The pasta dish I ordered was decent, however the Italian sausage was so over cooked and you could tell it had been sitting for hours, because it was hard and cold. They should have everything made to order and fresh. Obviously meatballs need to be pre-made if they truly are made from scratch, but I think they could up their game especially for what it costs there.

DO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

They were not busy. We only ordered pasta. It took an hour to get our food. By the time the food arrive we had to take it to go because we didn’t have enough time left to eat it. The experience was a waste of time and a waste of money. The food is fair at best. Slightly overpriced.

PS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Dominic was outstanding! He was polite efficient friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. I’m sorry I didn’t get the bus boy s name but he too was polite and friendly
I had the snapper and it was done to perfection
I will be back and I will bring my friends

H
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food that we could have paid nearly twice as much for at other Italian restaurants—their homemade pastas are delicious!

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food has been consistently delicious, ample portions and well delivered. We have gone several times

w
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is what they call a "perennial favorite". We had family in from out of town, so we wanted to treat them to something special. NObody was disappointed!

RR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish, everything was great!

JL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite Italian spots in the 'burbs. Good Entree and Pasta Options. No frills. Not a big menu, but has something for everyone. I enjoyed my Chicken Parmigana. Girlfriend had a risotto special. Dessert was good, too. Had Tiramsu, Cannoli, and Spumoni Bomba. Small, but satisfying!

b
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian Restaurant in LaGrange! Immediately, upon arriving, we were greeted by a friendly and welcoming hostess, Mimi, who showed us to a table that we liked. She explained a few things to us and made us feel very comfortable, even suggesting a few of her favorite dinner entrees before our server came to take our order. We took her recommendations and the dinner was delicious! We will definitely come back again very soon!

CL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I would recommend La Buona Vita based upon the menu choices, service, tasty food (basic angel hair w Marinara, salad and meatballs as a side), wine selection (Malbec was very good). We sat outside, as it was a perfect summer night, so did not experience the inside ambiance. The waiter was very attentive and informative. The only reason to give 4 out of 5 stars was that the meatballs were very salty tasting. The Marinara sauce was very good however and the pasta cooked perfectly. Also celebrated a birthday and it was done very very nicely with candles in the dessert!!

S
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food ...SERVICE .
NICE AND COZY

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

Overall it was fine. The only main disappointment was in dining room service. It took about 40 minutes for us to receive our main entrees after ordering. The server may have been new/inexperienced. We didn't see him very much and since the food was taking so long, it would have been nice to get a few check ins and assurances that our food would be out soon. Coffee was brought to us with no spoons/sweeteners. When we did request a spoon and sweetener for iced tea/coffee, it seemed he forgot a few times and would remember one thing, but not the other.

DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

++My veal limone was excelent & well cooked. It was great to see all the people at the restaurant. & the waitors were fast andery curtius.Aso the mater D was a person I knew. It was great to se a old freind.

L
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service including the bus personnel were excellent as usual.

LS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

JW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First visit. Very impressive decor and waiter, Chris very good and kept us informed and a good pace for a relaxing dinner.

B
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great desserts!

T
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Pleasantly suprised my first visit. Nice variety of dishes. Service was top notch. Will return

OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Most every time we’ve had a family meal, it was wonderful. The leadership simply didn’t support a younger new waiter and many things went wrong. Again, everyone deserves another chance and sometimes you make mistakes. I’ve written strong reviews for La Buona Vita in the past as well.

ES
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Newer waiter. Should have had someone working with him to answer questions we had All in all we were disappointed.

M
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

They have a nice bar. Decent food and I will come back. The pistachio gelato was lack luster in appearance and flavor which disappointed, but entree was good.

K
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service by very warm, welcoming, and knowledgeable professionals. The appetizers to all of our dinners were delicious. Great wine selection and fabulous martinis. There was a steady flow of people and busy most of the night. We didn’t feel rushed by any of the staff. Thank you for a lovely evening. I didn’t realize it was 1/2 price bottle of wine night (under 50 usc I believe) so that was an extra wow!

MM
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great fried calamari and I loved my pasta with chicken and broccoli.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Not one good to say. Calms were disgusting. Pasta Fagoli was like a tomato stew. Yuck. Dinner took 35 minutes to come out. Pasta was under cooked and other dinners were cold. Very upsetting for the money. Don't bother.

s
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
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!!!

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

Loved the fettaccinni alfredo. Excellent service!

SU
Chicago
2 reviews
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.

A
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!

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.

D
Chicago
43 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!

OT
Chicago
34 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.

OT
Chicago
3 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!

SB
Chicago
40 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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d
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for an evening out with friends.

OT
Chicago
30 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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