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About La Cantina Italian Chophouse
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.
Chicago, IL 60603
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 8:30, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
Clark and Dearborn
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Valet is available starting at 5:00 pm daily.
Blue line and red line trains. Clark bus #22
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine
La Cantina Italian Chophouse Ratings and Reviews
I had an Open Table Dining Reward and the manager indicated that it could not be used there as they have a "swipe"system, no key input. I told him prior to being seated that I had the Dining Reward and he said it would be used at end of meal. When bill came I was told I could not use it.
Our reservation was for 8:00 but arrived 1/2 hour early. We were seated right away with no problems. The service was very good. Our server, Ken, asked if we were attending a show to expedite our meal if need be. He was very knowledgeable about the menu. We asked to see the wine list which is quite extensive. Could be daunting so he offered to have the wine manager come and help us select a wine. We were fine but appreciated the offer. I ordered the Veal Marsala. It was good and what I expected. My husband ordered the Eggplant Parmesan. It was very good. It was made with panko crumbs which gave it a much lighter crust. Very nice. Plates were picked up quickly. We were checked on frequently by our server as well as the manager of the evening. All very friendly folks. We would definitely return.
Excellent service. Great food. We had two Caesar salads. Caprese with excellent tomatoes and mozzarella. Huge high quality pasta dishes. My wife says portions are too big which is true. Could easily share. Waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely going back.
Decided on going here due to the reviews and proximity to the Theatre District. Atmosphere was very nice in the basement. Surrounded by old brick the space was quaint and elegant.
As for the food I can’t say it was anything special. I had their lasagna which was a specialty on their menu. It was bland with over cooked meat, noodles and lacking spices. If you’ve had Olive Garden you’ve had theirs.
My daughter had the Meat Ravioli. I tried it and again very bland. I knew everything I needed to know when she said she preferred her schools meat ravioli. Really Hun?
If you want to be close it’s fine but since your in the city please go elsewhere. There’s countless other Italian options that are 5 Star.
Everything about the ambiance and location and service was wonderful. It was the food that was problematic. We ordered gnocchi, advertised to come with sausage, mushrooms and asparagus. It was difficult to find a mushroom, and the asparagus was cut into tiny pieces from the "not-as-good" end of the spear. The pasta was OK. A seafood salad was lacking much seafood. In the past, it had a better variety of seafood, and a lot of it. This one had mainly shrimp, and very little calamari. Very disappointing. It's close to the theater where Hamilton is playing, but I'd much rather eat earlier and walk farther than return here.
We were early for our reservation but they were able to seat us right away which was great. Our server looked like maybe he had too many other tables in his section. It was a long wait from seating to placing our order. He came by shortly after the meal was delivered and checked on us but we had to flag him down for anything after that.
We had tickets for an evening performance of Hamilton, wanted to be close to the theater and we were starving! The restaurant is part of the Italian Village with each restaurant having its own ambiance. For a chophouse, there are lots of salads, seafood and pasta options. We split the salmon and it was very good. They forgot to bring our salads which really doesn’t affect the review. The bread is less than average. Skip it. There is a nice wine list and our server was very knowledgeable about the different reds. This is an excellent pre-theater choice. There are far better restaurants in Chicago so if theater isn’t a consideration spend some time looking through Open Table.
I had Veal Saltimboca which was pretty good, but my daughter's fettucini alfredo tasted like pasta with a little cream drizzled over it - super bland. Chocolate Mousse desert was fabulous! Waitress was underwhelming - she tried to take my 11-year old daughter's order while I was clearly in the restroom. Later, when I told her the pasta was bland, she smiled and said OK and walked away- she was obviously not listening to my response to her question on how everything was.
This restaurant is in a very historic building and perfect for before the theater. The booths are old and very uncomfortable. I was so close to the table that I had to take off my sweater. Our dinner took over 30 minutes to arrive and clearly had been sitting under heat lamps. We were thrilled that they could accommodate our time frame for the theater but disappointed in the service. We would be willing to try the other two restaurants in the same location but will not return to this one.
I had lunch in La Cantina 2 or 3 three times per week for more than 40 years when I worked full time. The chef's salad was my favorite entree (gone since the kids took over). No more 'World's Best Thousand Island Homemade (From Scratch) Salad Dressing!' Mo (Maureen) was the world's greatest bartender. She remembered everything. Enough about yesterday.
My niece and her H (he too has gone regularly for 20 years)) picked it. It was a huge disappointment.
The decor and the atmosphere were the same; perhaps it is more brightly lit now. That was the end of the fond memories. The food was worse than mediocre and grossly overpriced. I had seafood salad ($17.95) supposedly calamari (three tiny pieces were on my plate), octopus (perhaps two baby octopus parts) and there were about ten or twelve tiny shrimp (like the 70-80 per pound type you get at the supermarket for $7.99). I estimate there was less than 2 ounces of seafood on the plate. I call this a rip off. The rest? some sliced olives and celery.
My wife and niece had the gnocchi and lobster entree. There may have been 2 ounces of lobster meat (between them). Lots of cheap sauce and the gnocchi were like mush. The women both ate about half of their portions.
My niece's husband had the only palatable entree of the group which was the chicken 'rottellini' (sorry about the spelling). The dish was about 6 ounces of chicken rolled over stuffing next to twenty pounds of pasta swimming in a gallon of white sauce (I exaggerate here too, to make my point). Very expensive cheap pasta with minimal protein.
IV has slipped far. There is a reason restaurant review publications like Chicago (magazine) have dropped it from their listings. I should have paid attention.
Sorry, IV, never again (even if Mo calls me and begs to try again). Well, anyway, I'd meet her for a drink.
Service was impeccable, BTW. The wine was good and reasonably priced (house 'chardonnay' and the chianti's).
I love Italian Village - their 2 upstairs restaurants. I had not been in the Cantina for many years and wanted to have a reservation, so tried it. Principally, I did not like the dank feeling of being in a basement. Ambience is key to me when dining out and this was lacking. I would return to either of the other dining rooms any time though.
The food was tasty. I had the seafood ravioli & I would definitely go back to have it again! The service was good. The price was reasonable. The ambiance was good. It was quiet when we first arrived after the theater, but it picked up quickly & was quite busy when we left!
The only reason I'm taking one star off this review is because when I booked through OpenTable it asked if there was anything special about our reservation and I said it was my best friend's and her fiance's birthdays so I wanted their dinner to be extra special. We showed up, there was no wait for our table, they served us our drinks quickly, our food came out hot & delicious, but when they brought out surprise birthday desserts there was nothing. No singing, no excitement, no embarrassing the birthday couple (that's the best part!), NOTHING! The server just dropped off the cake at the table and said "I heard there were 2 birthdays, here you go," and just walked away! It was really disappointing. So, we really love the food and we'll most likely go back in the future but probably not for anyone's birthday.
Went before seeing Hamilton. It's not even 5 mins walking from the theatre. It was cozy and Our server, David was great. I heard every server asking tables if they were seeing a show to ensure no one was late. Our reservation was at 5:15pm and had more than enough time to enjoy our meal, getvto the theatre and grab a drink before the show started. The manicotti was good, a little too much filling for my taste, but my husband's 3 cheese tortellini was awesome, I stole a few bites! :) Great pre theater option.
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