Mambo Italiano - Mundelein IL

4.7
640 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
For 15 years, we have been keeping Italian tradition alive for the generations to come through Mambo Italiano Ristorante. Our restaurant specializes in traditional styles of Italian Cuisine. Weekly, our features highlight new renditions developed by the Cardone family. Every meal is prepared with care and the freshest ingredients. All meats are humanely raised and free of antibiotics, because we want to nourish your bodies and souls at our family table. For reservations for 7 or more, please contact the restaurant directly.
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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vipRunner
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

This was our last meal before the quarantine and the food was bland. And our server was angry maybe because it was he’s last day as a server but it made our experience horrible. I wish we didn’t go here

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lindaC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food! The specials were terrific. Leave room for the desserts

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vipDjrandall9
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love this place. Introduced my daughter and her husband to celebrate a birthday and they fell in love.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Overall good experience

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as usual. Probably our 7th time there and never even an average meal. One of the best restaurants in the area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food friendly workers

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vipBethB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was attentive while giving us plenty of time to enjoy our evening. And the food was excellent, as always.

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RobertG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and knowledgeable wait staff. We really enjoyed our dinner.

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Polly
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Service was excellent! The ribs are a must have ,they were perfectly cook.
Everyone enjoyed their entrees but the ribs were the big hit of the evening.

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KrisH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a very nice first experience. Food was excellent. Lots to choose from on the menu. Prices were very reasonable. Service was very attentive and friendly. Will definitely be back.

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vipPhyllisD
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Saw Mambo Italiano on WGN. Looked very good. Very disappointed. Caesar Salad covered in pepper. For $9.00, I also would have expected something more substantial. Side salad also $9.00. Also very small. I had the rolled eggplant and hubby had eggplant parm. Just very ordinary.
Natalie, our server, however was a delight

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vipCeleste
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our favorite restaurant in the north shore - always the best Italian food!

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RobertH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love the food and drink. Extensive, affordable wine menu. Pasta is outstanding as is the generous portion of Salmon . Something for everyone. Did feel a bit rushed at the onset.

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ChicagoanlovesLondon
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Terrific food. Energetic atmosphere. Good chianti!

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FrankD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and cost.

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Anniversary20
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We were seated pretty fast but waited an hour to get our salads then waited quite a while to get our entrees. Seated at 7:50 and got our bill around 10 pm. Food was ok but nothing special. Waiter was friendly. Overall we were disappointed with our experience.

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vipotctrader
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food. They honor reservations, but the noise level was extremely high.

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Kelly
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated promptly. Waiter was friendly and informative. Service was prompt even though the restaurant was packed!
Everyone (9) at the table enjoyed their meal and would go back.

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Dinner60061
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great server and the best scallps. Too bad about the rude diners at the next table! I don't want to hear about your botox and see your tatas spilling out of your top.

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GaryJackie
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Many favorites on the menu here.
On this visit the husband and I enjoyed the 4 Cheese Raviolis in Vodka Sauce and the Steak and Shrimp special. Both were well prepared and very tasty. Always the freshest ingredients.
The Carrot Cake is the best I’ve had in any restaurant. All of he deserts are delicious but this is a special treat.

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DHam
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five of us had dinner here before going on to the Marriott play. The service was exceptional. Friendly greeting as we entered, and everyone was on point. Food selections are awesome. Dishes sampled at our table included scallops, fettuccine with shrimp, chicken Parmesan and lasagna. Everyone was well pleased with their entree. Great place for a nice dinner with friends!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the special stuffed peppers and they were excellent. All of the food was delicious. I would definitely go here again.

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vipsushigal5
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

food was off sadly - not usual. disappointed but will still return

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MartaD
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The MOST horrible service I've had in years.
We waited for 1 hour before ordering our food (the waiter completely ignored us after bringing drinks). The special that day was Bracciole, which was ordered by one of our party. 30 minutes after ordering, the waiter came to tell us that the Bracciole was no longer available. When we complained to the manager, they were unfriendly and unsympathetic and simply didn't care.
When we got the bill, they charged us for both the Bracciole and the substitute dish. No apologies, no complimentary anything, no discounts.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always enjoy the experience and never dissatisfied!

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martea55
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Thanks to Check Please, we decided to try this restaurant. Our first visit was on a miserably snowy day and we were a little leary when we saw it was a store-front. But once we walked in, pure ambience! Beautiful decor and we were treated royally. The menu runs the gamut of classic Italian fare with so much more. My boyfriend had the lasagna and swears that even reheated, it's still better than anything he's ever had.
We've now been back for a third time, this time on Valentine's weekend and excellent as always. I have tried a differnt dish every time and have yet to be disappointed. We were delighted to chat with the owner and chef, who stops by all the tables to make sure that everyone is pleased. She is a gem and really cares about her guests. Highly recommended!

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JenB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time to this restaurant as I heard such good things from others. I have to say the food was amazing!! Our waiter seemed to be new as he had to keep checking with the manager to get answers for our questions, but he was very nice and didn't rush us. All in all I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others and I will be back as there were many things on their menu I wanted to try, like their desserts.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food and ambiance were nice, but had to wait 30 minutes for a table even with reservations. Reservation was for my teenage son and his girlfriend who seemed to be overlooked when being seated as others arriving after them were seated first.

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MichaelH
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day. Very busy. Waited 30min. with a open table reservation, expected due to the holiday. Once seated servers and bus staff very attentive. Ordered right away because we were with our young children. Main course did take longer then expected. That was the only complaint. Had to leave without dessert because of how late it was getting. Kids. Again know fault of there’s.
Love supporting locally owned and operated restaurants! Will be back. A favorite spot in the neighborhood.

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KarenC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and the food was very good. Highly recommend.

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vipGTForever
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Our waiter assigned to our table was slow to welcome or even acknowledge us, another waiter stopped to ask if we’d been taken care of yet by the waiter assigned to our table. The wine list was outdated, what I wanted was no longer available and the waiter said it hadn’t been for some time. Chef wouldn’t make a dish to order (I.e. without mushroom).
We’ve been here often, had several parties at the restaurant but overall this was a disappointing visit. Bless the waiter who tried hard to make up for the deficiencies that night; he earned his money.

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Khet
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and they make you feel like family. Love this place.

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vipRedheadedsoprano
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beyond great, as always.

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vipJohnK
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always good and authentic italian food. Vibrant atmosphere and what a great selection of specials to choose from along with a solid menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Diisappointed in the food. It was very ordinary with too much salt in the sauce. I have been coming to Mambo for years & this was the worst meal I have had here.

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vipDavid
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my wife’s birthday. Great everything! Food , service, ambiance! Keep up the great work.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We try to come once a month. A great place to be with friends and/or as a couple.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place always!

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Nope
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We had a reservation for 6 at 5:00 PM on Saturday and they were ready and willing to go. A lot of very good sounding specials in addition to what's on the menu. It's hard to get 3 couples satisfied but everyone had a great meal.

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vipblueye1
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we have eaten here so many times and it does not disappoint us. please go and try it. Sal is always a pleasure too see and he walks around too make sure everything is fine....

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Mambo Italiano - Mundelein IL is rated 4.7 stars by 640 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.