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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
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.
This was our first dinner at la cantina after decades of eating at the village traditional restaurant upstairs. My wife had the special beef filet medallions in a wine sauce and it was spectacular. I had the veal medallions of veal in a wine sauce with prosciutto with pasta. It was really good too. Service was attentive. The salad that came with each dinner were average. We had the homemade mozzarella cheese appetizer which was ok but not great. The entrees were exceptional but the ambience of the village on the top floor is better. But la cantina still provides a very good dining experience.
Best Italian food I've had in a while! The server was friendly, information and a treat. Great wine, cozy atmosphere, everything we could have asked for. Made reservations prior to seeing Hamilton, they made sure our food came quickly so we didn't have to rush. Completely enjoyed ourselves and will go back again!
Overall a very good experience! Food was excellent! Good menu selection. My wife had the Chicken Marsala and I had the Ribeye. You had a choice of preparations for the steaks and I went with the Marsala as well. Glad we did because it was fantastic and loaded with big mushrooms! Waiter was very welcoming, engaging, attentive and informative. Ambience was good but the place is a little old but not so much that it detracted from the meal. 3 different restaurants in one on 3 levels. To us the chop house had the better selections. We highly recommend it!
Awful. 6:30 reservation on a Friday night and the restaurant was almost empty by 7. The drink I received was either not as ordered or was one of the worst Moscow mules I've ever had. My wife's minestrone was "inedible". My Chicken Parmesan was good but didn't make up for the rest of the experience. Ambiance feels like you're eating in a basement, especially considering the lack of other guests. Staff were often chatting or on their phones in groups and not checking on guests. We spoke to our server 3 times in over an hour.
The ambiance was sweet, our waiter was chatty and recommended some excellent wine. The food was okay - presentation was a little lacking and the meat in both my chicken marsala and my husband's veal parmigiana was dry and overcooked. Veal was thin - sauce has some sweet notes in it which we are not used to with tomato sauce. The cannoli was excellent, coffee strong. We may go back to try one of the other two restaurants in this Italian Village but we will probably go elsewhere first.
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