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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.

71 W Monroe
Chicago, IL 60603
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 8:30, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Clark and Dearborn

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 332-7005

Website:
http://www.italianvillage-chicago.com/

Parking Details:
Valet is available starting at 5:00 pm daily.

Public Transit:
Blue line and red line trains. Clark bus #22

Executive Chef:
Sal Liberato

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine

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Details
Tue - Thu 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Fri - Sat 7:30PM - 8:30PM

La Cantina Italian Chophouse Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

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Quiet

78% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (28)
Special Occasion (18)
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Cozy (17)
Casual (14)
Authentic (14)
Romantic (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Business Meals (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Fun (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Tasting Menu (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined 11 hours ago

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.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Great food and service! We eat at Vivere a lot and this place is in the same Italian Village building and the food was just as good and more affordable. We loved the pizza bread and pastas! Will be back!

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 (Indiana)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

We had tix to a show and this is a great place to eat and park. They expedited the meal and got us out with lots of time. Good food, nice place.

Tags: Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food was good but the atmosphere felt a little cramped. The walkway through the restaurant is narrow and the tables do not have a lot of space. I have no complaints the food itself though or the portions.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Really enjoyed my eggplant Parmesan- It was the best. All four in party liked their dished.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We had a delicious dinner and they were very accommodating honour schedule (we had theatre tix). They are even nice enough to keep our leftovers in their fridge until we could pick it up after the show. Lasagne is a sure winner!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Went here prior to a show. Waitress was aware and made sure we were done in time

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Really enjoyed the food , service and the location within the theater district. Will always keep it in mind if attending another show in the future.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Service was great, food was average for one of us and terrific for the other, bread was substandard which was surprising for an Italian eatery

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

one year anniversary, food service and drinks were amazing

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 2017

A fine old standby and great pre theater spot. I'd go there any time

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Authentic, Business Meals, Cozy, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

This was my first time at Italian Village and it was fantastic. I am excited to go back and sit on a different floor to get another amazing experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

We found the restaurant online to be close to Hamilton and it did not disappoint for our anniversary dinner. It's a classic Italian place and the food was very good. You won't be disappointed if you go here.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food and atmosphere were good, but nothing spectacular. It was fine for going to dinner prior to attending the theatre. However, I am not sure that I would go there to done again since there were other choices nearby.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great meal. You need to check this place out! Brought a couple customers and everyone loved this place. Amazing wine list.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great food; small space and it seemed we were dining in a basement - which we were. I like the atmosphere in the Village better.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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).

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Simply loved the entire experience. It was my girlfriends birthday and we just wanted a nice slow meal to enjoy. Our waitress understood this and the experience was fabulous. Thanks so much for the experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Meh. Just meh. Slow service. Small booth for 3 large people in party of 4. Probably won't go to again.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great authentic italian food with a friendly atmosphere.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic, Romantic
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 6, 2017

One of the best meals we've ever had and we eat a lot of meals. Give it a chance.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great Italian place in the theater district of Chicago

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Intimate dining with great Italian Food and excellent wine pricing

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Lovely meal with excellent friendly service. I highly recommend this spot for a quiet romantic dinner or group occasion. Great choice before theatre!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Very nice, Italian restaurant with a good variety of menu items. Had a pre theater dinner. Service is good. Coffee was not hot at all after 2 tries. Ambience is OK for the basement restaurant with cramped quarters.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, People Watching
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

We booked a table to have dinner before a play and it just made the whole experience of the day even better.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fun
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

The food seemed pre packaged not authentic. The atmosphere was like eating in a hole.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

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.

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·Dined on September 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

Super food, great service and as always - good company with my better half. Thank you.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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