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La Cantina Italian Chophouse

4.4
1270 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre (43)
  • Authentic (24)
  • Good for a Date (24)
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Steak
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 8:30, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(312) 332-7005
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sal Liberato
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Clark and Dearborn
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Parking details
Valet is available starting at 5:00 pm daily.
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Public transit
Blue line and red line trains. Clark bus #22
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine
What 1270 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great service - felt very welcome and like part of the family. Excellent dinners - salmon, risotto, grilled calamari. Cheesecake was just okay, but overall I nice dining experience.

Our waiter was excellent - service is just as important as food quality.

Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Great service. Great food. Great ambiance. Perfect dinner and experience before the play.

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Oilman (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Always excellent food, service and personable staff.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

The staff at La Cantina and very nice and accommodating extremely professional and made me feel at home.

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Ellie (Indiana)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

We had tickets to the nearby show and they were great about getting us out in time. Great Italian food and we felt it was a good value.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

We had a lovely dinner before the theater. The restaurant has been around since 1955 and is still very enjoyable.

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LoriB (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We flew into Chicago mid afternoon and this restaurant was within walking distance of the hotel. Being Valentine's Day, I made reservations weeks in advance. We arrived 15 min early and were seated immediately. We received a complimentary appetizer after we showed a business card for the concierge at the hotel. The service and food were quite good. I didn't score as 5 stars as my 'cannoli professional' husband mentioned he has had much better.

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ProfDave (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Very nice. Sat at the bar before dinner and were unexpectedly (enjoyably) joined by two friends. Restaurant was very good at easily and unquestionably finding us a table for 6 (we had a reservation for 4). Service was excellent at the bar and at the table. A great variety of food was ordered and everyone enjoyed what they had. Good food - Great service - Good time -- nothing more is important!

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JenniferK (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Seafood Ravioli was delicious and thanks to our waiter I got the Canniloni with white sauce on one and red sauce in the other. It was perfect. Will definitely return on my next trip back to Chicago!

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GPJS (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Great food, ambiance, and outstanding service. Great place for Italian food and drinks.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food, vibrant Theatre crowd but service good and timely.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Wonderful Food and Excellent service, staff is friendly, caring and very knowledgable, food is excellent well prepared and served to your prefection! 5 stars!!

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Thebutcher (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Great location but avg food and seating felt like dinning in a basement. Low ceilings and quite loud.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

Great menu, server was excellent. Food was tasty

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Hamiltondinner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

A pre-Hamilton dinner. Staff was very attentive to our needs, food was excellent. We told the staff we needed to get to the theater, and they got everything out to us without making it appear rushed, or losing any quality. Can't wait to go back and have a nice leisurely meal!

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