Permanently Closed - Monastero's

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502 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Homemade Pappardelle, Ravioli, Lasagna, Sauces, Desserts, and more await you at Monasteros. Monastero's offers a culinary tour of northern and southern Italian tradition within its menu. Maria Giorgia Monastero and brother, Joseph Monastero Jr. continuously work on new specials while maintaining the quality of their father and grandparents past recipes and cuisine. Few leave without a taste of Mezzi Rigatoni Mamma Maria and Arancine, Nonna Maria's favorite dishes.
Originating as a Pizzeria, Monastero's culinary masterpiece is its Pizza. Made with a medium thick crust, the Monastero's Special is a top seller. Sausage, Peppers & Onions, a cold beer, and a sports game makes for the perfect night.
Come discover the Garden Room and dine in Monastero's enclosed atrium. Greenery surrounds you and skylights let in the beautiful Chicago day. Sandwiches, Salads, and other lunch specialties make Monastero's lunch menu friendly to your work day and time.


Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Sicilian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(773) 588-2515
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joseph S Monastero Jr
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Private party facilities
Monastero's Ristorante & Banquets offers four independently private dining rooms accommodating groups of 30 to 300 for all occasions. You will work with one of our sales team to custom design a menu and event to suit your specific needs.
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Private party contact
Maria Elisabeth Monastero: (877) 273-4241
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Cross street
Pulaski/Crawford
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Parking details
Plenty of free parking available in our private lot. When our private dining rooms are hosting events, we graciously offer complimentary valet parking to all guests, both the private rooms of Monastero's, and our patrons in the Main Dining Room.
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Entertainment
Enjoy the best of Neapolitan, Italian Opera, and Broadway with a live pianist and singer Friday and Saturday nights. Sundays enjoy the subtle background music of our live pianist.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

We will miss our favorite "family" restaurant.
Thanks for all the years of great dining and sharing with the Monastero family.
Best of luck.

The Wrights

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

We are going to miss this place, so wonderful! The food, the service, the ambience - all great!

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2017

Our first and last time. They are closing after fifty-five years. Food, service environment was utstanding. Service with a 😃.

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4.0Dined on November 1, 2017

Sorry to see Monastero’s will close! Get there soon if you can. Food was very good. Our waitress was excellent. She stopped by enough to see how we were doing without being overbearing.

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Very friendly and food was great

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2017

Fabulous. We’ll miss you Monastero’s

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4.0Dined on October 24, 2017

My wife and I went there to celebrate our respective birthdays. This was where we had our first date, our 25th wedding anniversary and now our birthdays. I ordered steak and my wife ordered a seafood with pasta dish. Both dishes were cooked to our satisfaction. The ambiance was good, and although the dining room was almost full, we could still engage in conversation. It's sad they are closing next month. We'll miss them.

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2017

To the monasteros family
Thanks so much for many memorable meals and service. You will be missed. God bless

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2017

It'll be very sorry to see it go Great people and I'm a dad loved going there

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3.0Dined on October 20, 2017

Perhaps service/food/ambiance are going down since Monastero's is closing in less than a month and they are using whatever is left of their inventory. In the past everything was wonderful. Went on a Friday night expecting opera - NOT - when asked why , the maitre'd said he didn't know, maybe the singers were booked elsewhere. Wish Monastero's last days were good rather that having a bad experience

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5.0Dined on October 11, 2017

Love their food - so sad they're closing - they've been a neighborhood staple for years. There's no where else to go now. Too bad it's going to be a church.

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5.0Dined on October 10, 2017

Have been here intermittently over the years and it is always a wonderful experience. The food is traditional Italian done VERY well. There staff and service are very attentive.

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5.0Dined on October 10, 2017

Had a great time with my father and wife, super friendly pro service, nice drinks, great "loving touch" food.

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2017

A true gem and long time favorite! So sorry to see them leaving. The restaurant and family will be missed!

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2017

The best eggplant parmigiana in the city, light as air. Too bad this family run spot is closing after decades. It will be missed

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

I have already written a review on Groupon. Great Manicotti and I asked if the chef would part with his recipe. It was a Birthday for my friend and they served a chocolate sundae complete with sprinkles and a candle. It was very special.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Sorry to see them closing after 55 years. We had a great Anniversary eith a group of friends, one last time. Thanks for the memories !

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3.0Dined on September 6, 2017

Sorry to see this landmark going away. Our neighborhood really needs good restaurants.

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2017

Outstanding food and service! Sad that it will be closing in November.

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2017

We were running late and I called and they accomadated us 30 minutes after our reservation time. The meal was delicious and not at all rushed. The only thing they could improve on was dessert my mousse was not fresh. It was my friends bithday and the Hostess sang to her was a goregous operatic voice.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Been there many times. Sorry that it's closing.
Thanks for all the good times!

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2017

SATURDAY EVENING AT THE TIME I WAS THERE WITH THREE(3) OTHER FRIENDS; IT WAS VERY BUSY,BUT THE WAITERS WERE ATTENTIVE. A PIANIST AND FEMALE OPERA SINGER PERFORMED AND WERE ENTERTAINING. ALSO SHE WOULD SING HAPPY BIRTHDAYS AT THE INDIVIDUAL TABLES.
A PLEASANT DINING EXPERIENCE.

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2017

I have many years of lunch and dining experience at Monastero's. It has always been a great experience for food, ambiance and service. To make additional comment is mute since the restaurant will close for good in a couple of months. It will be missed.

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2017

Delicious food. Huge portions. Warm ambiance. Wonderful menu with evening specials. Worth a visit before it closes.

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2017

The chicken vesuvio is great. Service was excellent!

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5.0Dined on August 22, 2017

The food, service and ambiance of this restaurant is excellent. Would highly recommend

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2017

Good food , quiet crowd, reasonable pricing on drinks and free parking.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2017

Delicious food. Friendly staff. Great bartender Paul.
Congrats on a job very well done over last 55 years!

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2017

This is our FAVORITE place. We are happy for the Monastero family, but we will really hate to see the restaurant close.
We'll miss the family, food, and all the good times....

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2017

Excellent food, gracious service and comfortable atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2017

Very nice evening. Food was wonderful. It was a good experience.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

We have been to Monastero's many times over the years. We have had a wedding reception, numerous showers, my mom's funeral luncheon, my sister's 90th birthday at Monastero's. Sadly, we had not been there in years, but all the great memories came back Friday night.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2017

Don't want them to close. We have been a customer since 1971 and will truly miss them.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2017

The food was excellent. We enjoyed the chicken vesuvio and the pasta with clams dinners.
Too bad they are leaving. We will miss them.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2017

Braciole was excellent. Sorry it is closing Nov. 18th as I had forgotten how good the food is. 7 friends who had worked in the neighborhood had fun one last time.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2017

My daughter-in-law, who's half-Italian, helped us navigate the menu, which had some interesting dishes that were new to me. Everything was well-prepared and quite tasty. They very cleverly included dessert with our granddaughter's children's menu item, which led us all to order desserts as well. The tiramisu-in-a-cup was the favorite.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2017

A wonderful place! Had our wedding reception there 4 years ago and go regularly for our anniversary. So sorry they are closing in mid November! Go before they are gone!!!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2017

Monastero's has some of the best Italian food in the city of Chicago. We go out of our way to go there when heading up north to any activity we enjoy. With Manicotti being added back to the menu, we'll return soon. Any of the pasta dishes we've eaten we recommend highly.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2017

The food was delicious and so was the wine. The service was great.
It was way too loud when the singer sang with the piano player. While she was talented and so was he it was very loud and disruptive. She played /sang ten minutes on and rested for the next fifteen minutes. I asked the hostess if the singer was going to sing the whole time and she said no which was true. However it was too loud.

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2017

Service was so slow, over two and a half hous to eat. There were only 3 tables of customers too. Food was just OK.

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