La Cantina Italian Chophouse

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$30 and under
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Italian

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Patterned after a wine cellar with tucked away booths, this unique restaurant places diners to dine on traditional Italian steak and seafood dishes with a Northern Italian flair. House favorites include pasta staples like the tortellini tre formaggi-a three cheese filled pasta with fresh cherry tomato garlic basil sauce-and the lasagna al forno which combines pasta layers with meat filling, cream sauce and parmesan cheese. House specialities include manicotti with fresh tomato sauce, shrimp casaligna and spaghetti mare Monti. Steaks and chops are hand cut to order and include our famous "Cantina" Rib eye, 16 0unce T-bone and pork chops vesuvio. La Cantina is perfect for theatre dining and famous Chicago steaks. The wine bar is the perfect setting for a romantic date or private deal making. With nods from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast La Cantina has the largest wine cellar in the Midwest.

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Tue - Thu 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri - Sat 7:30PM - 8:30PM

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The restaurant was located in the theater district and convenient for grabbing dinner before the show. Service was great. Our entrees were just ok, I expected better, we had two different chicken dishes and they were not very flavorful.

MG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious. Portions are the right size, not too big. Tasteful environment, great service. Really enjoyed our meal here.

DB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great option for a quick but high quality pre-theater dinner.

N
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Poor service overshadowed a great atmosphere and pretty good food.

PB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our pre theatre dinner at La Cantina Chophouse.
Food was excellent and service great!

EH
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Still our favorite after 25 years.

OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went before our Hamilton show. It was the perfect location! I made reservations a couple of months in advance. However the hostess was rude to my friend who was looking for us between the 3 restaurants and was not able receive my texts from the basement. The hostess was young and didn’t seem to know the system, as we had already been seated by an older gentleman beforehand. My friend was walking all over and felt frustrated and put off by this rude hostess.

MK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and service!

W
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

On my open table account I have my request to Not be seated near the kitchen and bathroom. Our table was next to the server station and directly next to the bathroom. People constantly passing our table. I wasn’t happy about that. Food was good. I wish we could have sat in the other side of the restaurant that had more ambiance. Side note-We were one of the first people to be seated when the restaurant opened. Not sure if we will return. Probably not

MP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Waitress very unpleasant and inattentive.

p
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Specialty cocktails were delicious, as well as our food. We had one gluten free in our party, who was accommodated with ease, and one very picky child, who was able to order plain spaghetti. All of this was accomplished with a smile and without making them feel like problems. All of our food was delicious, including the desserts. We would love to come again when we are next in Chicago.

OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent and the service was terrific!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were seated right next to kitchen so noise bothered us a bit. But it was a very private booth, almost a room. The wine was okay, food was excellent, from salads to bread to all 3 entrees we tried between the 5 of us. All staff was very professional and friendly.

SM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed our dinner!

DC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The chicken parmigiana and the spaghetti with meatballs were excellent. It is across from the CIBC theater and in the downtown core so it is busy on weekends and theater nights so reservations are highly recommended if not mandatory. I was able to make ours the day before for five without a problem. Though if you get there right as they open around four there wasn’t a wait even on a Friday with Hamilton playing across the street.

EA
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic ambiance, excellent service and delicious food.

JJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

the Service was great. Table was ready on time. The Food was just okay.

F
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service. Delicious meal

OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best and oldest Italian restaurant in the city! Gina Capitanini has done the three generations of her family well!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service good, everyone was nice. Food good but felt packed in like a sardine!

l
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service; we did not feel rushed to eat and leave. Wonderful place!

C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was romantic and a perfect atmosphere for my date and I, thank you!

B
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, bartender was awesome! In Chicago for a weekend, found this spot and would definitely go back!

PE
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every employee we encountered was friendly, extremely polite, and service oriented. Our server checked in often without being intrusive. The food was delicious and very nicely presented. The atmosphere of this restaurant makes you feel as if you have been transported to Italy for the evening.

j
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have come here every time we come to Chicago. Never disappointed, always enjoy the time there.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was good, was a little bland though. Food had hair in it but our waiter replaced everything with no problem so we decided to stay and continue. Service wasn’t the best either but the overall experience wasn’t so bad. Sensed we were treated a little different by staff because of skin color so with that being said i can’t recommend to anyone that I know was waiting to see how my experience went.

JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorites. I always go here before a show, as it is right in the theater district. The staff is so accommodating, especially Emilio at the bar and Hans who manages the restaurant. The food is fantastic as well. If you go you must order the tiramisu. It is the best I have ever had, even better than what I have had in Italy!

SP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table was ready when we walked in. Our waitress was knowledgeable and very friendly. The food came out hot and very attractive. We received several refills on pop and water without having to flag anyone down and our empty dishes were removed and didn’t pile up on the table. Very pleasant conditions

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The pasta was raw in some parts. The chicken was dry. The fish stew was greasy.

OT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent food. Service was quick.

T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went to the La Cantina before going to see Hamilton and dinner was great. Our server Indiria was very nice and attentive. Will definitely be returning.

LG
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening meal was before the theatre. We DID have reservations. Very efficient service. Great food. Wide selection. We considered the cost to be fair. Absolutely will go again. Absolutely will recommend. Grateful for a memorable meal.

CJ
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. We were running late and were going to see Hamilton. Our waitress asked us right away if we were seeing a show. We had 45 mins. She made sure we not only had excellent service with no pressure and made sure we were on time. The food was amazing. Thank you.

LC
Western KY
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Best lasagna I have ever had! Restaurant is charming.

CG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We ate here before going to the theater. We only had appetizers, but they were good. Our biggest complaint was that when served coffee, no teaspoon is given in order to stir the cream.

ML
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food. One of our favorites 30 years ago when we lived in Chicago, and now that we’ve moved back we’re delighted to find that the place is even better than we remembered.

SC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in Chicago. Professionally run restaurant. Excellent food. Excellent service. This is a place to go in Chicago!!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A very fine and sumptuous place to dine in downtown Chicago. The staff is courteous and response to every need is prompt.

BG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We ate in the “basement” of the Italian Village which is the La Cantina Italian Chophouse. The ambiance was nice but the seating is a little weird. There is a long hallway when you enter the restaurant and there are tables (2-tops) along one side of the hallway. This is where we sat which is little odd because you’re basically sitting in a hallway and because of that there is a good deal of traffic that constantly goes by. If you eat here (and are a party of 2) I would call ahead and request that you don’t get seated in the hallway immediately upon entering the restaurant. There were some other areas of the restaurant that were tucked away. It’s almost like they wanted to add more tables in the place and decided to use the hallway. Weird. Other than that everything was great. Service was good. Food was tasty. And wine was good. They also asked if we were attending a play, which we were, and were quick to get us in/out.

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