La Cantina Italian Chophouse
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Tue - Thu 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri - Sat 7:30PM - 8:30PM
Food was good. Server was timely/attentive, but not very friendly.
La cantina is a fantastic restaurant that has great food.
Best food and service in Chicago.
Very mediocre food. A small bowl of gnocchi for $26 is a bit outrageous. Seafood salad had a lot of ingrediants, but was tasteless. Could have used some additional seasoning or taste. The ambiance was sterile. Actuality no ambiance at all. A LONG long corridor of tables in a nondescript narrow space was not attractive. Vivere and Italian Village on the upper floors were far SUPERIOR. If I ever go that venue again I will go upstairs. As far as I'm concerned La Cantina has NOTHING going for it. Not even price.
A most excellent dining experience!
Located in the cellar area, but cozy and much more elegant than I thought it would be (better than pics online). Traditional favorites like lasagne and chicken parm were a hit with my visiting relatives.
This is a basement (7’ ceilings) that might bother some people. Not us. What was disappointing was that the veal piccata was covered with a glazed thick sauce tasting of fake lemon juice. The veal was served on top of pasta—which no self-respecting Italian chef would do. The Chianti was served in a white wine glass—hello?
The whole set up is confusing in that there are two restaurants at the same address—Italian Village and La Cantina Italian Chophouse.
In short, we were disappointed.
Impeccable service. The only reason I said the food was very good is that the Italian Village has two other restaurants at the same location which are supposed to be even better albeit slightly pricier. I am sure the food in those are excellent. We come to Chicago twice a year and make sure we go here each time.
My go to Italian when i am in Chicago, good old style food, great wine list & excellent service never disappointed
Visiting Chicago from Los Angeles and wanted Italian food from Chicago area. It was a decent meal. No frills here.
I chose this Italian Village for its location near the CSO and availability on short notice. The reviews were good but I feel the food is not up to par for a Chicago dining destination.
We were seated on time and the server was professional and attentive. The atmosphere was exactly what I had expected in a basement with some Italian music playing in the background.
The food was a major disappointment except for the salad with house dressing and bread and olive oil. The fried Calamari was over cooked and dry. Our main course was Fruti de Mare (seafood) with Linguine and the sauce tasted like pizza sauce. Disclaimer: my wife is first generation Italian and speaks Italian so her bar is higher then mine when it comes to Italian food but I agree with her 100% this time. I don’t understand how an Italian restaurant that has bred about since 1929 can pump out such mediocre food. Maybe they just cater to our of town tourists like UNO and DuO pizzeria. You can get better Italian at most suburban spots and if your in a world class city like Chicago there are hundreds of other choices. My biggest regret was not getting a chance at one of those other great spots. We only make into the city about once per month and try a new one each time.
Salads were good. Entrees were bland. Portions were good.
I hadn’t been here since I was a teenager, so it has been more than fifty years! It was terrific. We are so glad we took a chance and tried it. We ate in the Cantina downstairs and want to come back and eat in the more expensive place upstairs. The food was very lovely and our service was impeccable. Great place to go pre-theater or anytime you crave nice Italian food. They have been open since 1927 and are still providing Chicagoans with a wonderful meal!
This was a great experience and the food was good. The portions are very large as well.
Excellent service, waitress went above and beyond. Our meal was very good as well. Great place to go before or after a show at CIBC.
Confusing, no sign out front. If you don’t have the address you won’t find it. Low ceiling basement. Cramped space. Service was just ok. My nephew had the pork chops. They were dry, but flavorful and only came with a cup of soup. No vegetable, no pasta. Bread was not the freshest. I asked for lemon to go with my water. They were over-ripe, almost spoiled. I ordered veal piccata. Not the best I’ve ever had. Cannoli was delicious.
Great service, great options, lovely ambiance, great time.
Took my husband out for dinner and a show. We were seated on time for our reservation and staff was aware of the show schedule. Service was relaxed, but attentive. The ambiance is a wine cellar with little adornment. Some music would improve the atmosphere in my opinion as I found it a bit flat.
I had a branzino special that was served topped with a spicy tomato sauté. The fish was meaty and perfectly cooked and served with a fresh vegetable and an excellent minestrone. My husband had the veal scallopini saltimbocca. He found the veal was a bit dry, but liked the preparation nonetheless.
This was our first visit to the cellar restaurant. I like the ambiance upstairs better, but would gladly take table in the cellar if the other restaurant was not available.
Food was fantastic. Wonderful wine list.
Great location for theater goers. Great ambiance. Great service, too. Chose items from Theater Menu. Maine courses were disappointing - tilapia too dry & chicken parmigiano pretty tasteless. Desserts were wonderful though.
Bday and anniversary. Great service and food was great! Everyone was helpful and great service!
I took a large group to La Cantina for an early dinner after seeing a matinee performance. We could not have been more pleased with the service or the food. Even with some changes to our reservations, everything was handled quickly and with great kindness. The food was melt-in-your-mouth good. La Cantina now will always be a part of my travel to Chicago.
It was my girlfriend's birthday and everything went perfectly! The ambiance, food, and overall experience was more than I could have hoped for
We had a fantastic meal. Our server was amazing and they went out of their way to make it a special birthday dinner for my niece.
Fabulous service, as always!!
Had dinner in LaCantina before seeing Hamilton. The food and service was great. I highly recommend the Baratta.
This consistently excellent Chicago stalwart pleased again. Terrific choice for an early meal before a play or game, or if you want to celebrate something special.
Great night out in Chicago. Wanted to take my wife and daughter to restaurant that wasn't a chain to celebrate our last weekend before school starts. We had a fantastic meal, friendly service by everyone on the staff and really liked the decor of the restaurant as it reminded us of a restaurant in Nice France (I know France is not Italy but that's what it reminded us of). It wasn't a 5 star restaurant but we also didn't pay 5 star prices. Overall great value and we will have a special memory for years to come.
Wonderful basement ambiance. Felt a little like a goodfellas :) beautiful outdoor sign. Nice and simple wine selection. Our server Petra was perfect. Very polite and to the point and attentive. She came to the table the perfect amount of times. My boyfriend had his staple at almost every restaurant even not Italian restaurants. Fettuccine Alfredo. He claimed best he had ever had!! Even better then my homemade sauce!! He dared venture there so it must be true. PS I had a bite and he was right!! I had the special Risotto. Delicious dish with beautiful light colored mushrooms carrots and asparagus. With tender pulled chicken. We had a house Pinot that was perfect. My only dislike was the bread at the beginning could of been warmer and my salad specifically was heavy on the frisee lettuce. Overall some of the best food, ambiance and service. We repeatedly said out loud how much we enjoyed it!
Food was excellent. Marina is a wonderful waitress. Thank you.
The “risotto” was just rice mixed with chicken and vegetables- it was not cooked like an actual risotto. The veal picatta was not cooked properly either. The veal was overcooked and looked it was boiled- not sautéed.
The medium rare Center Cut Tenderloin was a 10! Hubby should have sent his ribeye back as it was over medium when medium rare is what he ordered. We know they would have re-made it. That being said, he would not order a ribeye again. The wine list is exceptional!! The service is OVER 5 stars. If we make reservations in the future, we would request to not be in the row of booths that is in the well traveled path from the kitchen. The wine cellar and Chicago history feeling was cool.
Food delicious; service delightful. We were so glad to enjoy this place again.
Friendly staff start to finish great non-invasive service. We all had a different pasta dish and each were delicious and plentiful The ambience is quiet, a little dark though, since it is downstairs with no windows
The food was great as usual. Little disappointed with my wife's salad, one of the tomatoes had a core still in it. Other than that everything was delicious.
Our waiter was incredible, she was so sweet and helpful. Best waiter I have had in quite a while.
Always a great option before a show. The staff is friendly and helpful. The food is delicious and the portions are huge. We were there for a birthday and the staff brought cake and sang which was a nice touch. Love this place.
We had dinner before seeing a show across the street and they got us in and out in plenty of time of time and the food was nothing amazing but was not bad either.
Everything I wanted it to be. Close to Hamilton but very authentic Italian Food. The best Burrata I have ever eaten! Great atmosphere.