Osteria Ottimo

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$30 and under
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Italian
You’ve never tasted Italian food like this before. Pasta made by hand every morning; fruits and vegetables sourced from a local farmer - just for us; fresh fish flown in daily and our meats aged to mouth-watering perfection. We have taken old school Italian and added a modern twist.
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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is delicious as always. The specials are always amazing!

JD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed the food and the service was excellent. The only complaint was that we wanted a round table for 8 & didn’t realize that the only one available was a high top. We are 8 seniors so it wasn’t as comfortable as we hoped. Some of the stools had no back and the bartender would not let us take some stools with backs from the bar. It was also hard to hear each other because of the noise level.

S
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a great experience! Servers Rowa, Bulmaro, Danny and Lindsey are our favorites but all are good. The busboys are fantastic!! Mgr Ogre and hostess Annie are always welcoming.

TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Our go to restaurant for Italian in the area.

SQ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent dinner and the service was great! Love Ottimo!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took out of town guest and they loved the food and service restaurant. It was a good experience overall experience and a wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion.

C
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food choices and wonderful flavors! It’s a favorite!

BW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice lunch (all of us had a chicken and pasta dish). The scallop's appetizer was excellent. The service was attentive without being obtrusive. Amanda is still in training , but she made us feel welcome right away. We appreciated her recommendation.

B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual we had a wonderful experience. Food was delish, service was friendly and efficient .

k
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service

K
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the whitefish - Excellent combination of flavors and a decent portion.

LD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food with a local comfort feeling. Awesome daily special selection. We will definitely go back!

SD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. All and all, enjoyed the evening.

S
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Servers,busboys ALWAYS friendly and efficient! Hostess/Host always welcoming. Manager Ogre runs a great restaurant.

f
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ottimos is superb in taste and service! The atmosphere is authentic and quaint. It had become one of my favorite restaurants to frequent. Our server Dan is outstanding.. ALWAYS!! You can never go wrong there.. highly recommend.

j
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crab cake appetizer was delicious! Service was attentive and thoughtful. Very nice dining experience

KA
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood restaurant with authentic Italian food.

OT
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Rowa was excellent and the food/ value was great.

F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The 2 specials on the menu were fabulous! We had the boat scallops on potato hash & corn crusted halibut on spinach with a lemon sauce.
The food & service are the best.

SB
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The meatballs are outstanding. The waiter was excellent, very attentive.
I look forward to returning !

TK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All enjoyed our meals - great service. Would definitely go back again!

j
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was great; server was too slow; although we did order drinks, we were seated for 30 mins before our dinner order was taken

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside on a beautiful night! Great service and good.

N
Chicago
276 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Four of us went for dinner & drinks. We started with salads & bread (delicious herbed butter). We all ordered a different entree & each enjoyed their meal ~ scallops/potato hash, risotto, halibut & chicken Parmesan. We shared a piece of delicious cheesecake for dessert. The service was great & paced out nicely (they did not rush us through dinner). We look forward to our next visit.

JA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here and its really intimate and great food!

R
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was outstanding the service not so great. No I had a reservation I have to wait for my table to be made up. It took us about 15 minutes to get silverware yet we were served bread and butter without utensils. The waitress kept forgetting our drinks. They also threw away my leftovers which I had asked to be boxed. They offered me a dessert but I insisted that I get meat and pasta She happily comply. Very nice waitress but a little forgetful and bad on follow up

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

My husband and I have been regular customers at Ottimo but will NOT be back. During our last visit, I began our order by explaining to the server that I have a gluten allergy. Another employee brought out our meals and, after a few bites, I questioned the dish. He immediately became defensive but told me he didn’t enter the order as gluten allergy. He wasn’t sure if I had ingested gluten (because he wasn’t educated on the menu) so I asked to speak with a manager immediately. My husband and I watched him walk over to a computer and proceeded to enter other orders. My husband then walked in to find the manager and, after about 5 minutes, a manager finally came out, followed by the owner, Stephanie. The manager confirmed the dish contained gluten and I was immediately upset about the mistake but also the lack of urgency that was given. Even worse, instead of listening to me, Stephanie was dismissive. She was more worried about herself and her business; she even told me to leave as she poured drinks for other customers. Do mistakes happen? Yes. But this was handled so poorly and unprofessionally that she should be embarrassed. No apology...all I heard was that accidents happen and that I needed to listen to HER while she proceeded to talk over me. Stephanie, if you’re reading this, you might want to take a course in customer service to understand how to treat your customers since customers are the reason you have a business. Allergies are serious.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an awesome experience!!!

PK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

General noise level was bad. We couldn't hear one another across the table. ( It was a Friday night)

LA
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The burrata with roasted peach appetizer was excellent!

A
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lynette was our waitress and she was superior!! She gives great service and is so friendly!!

M
Chicago
322 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Best risotto I have ever had is at Ottimos. They will prepare it with whatever you like. The shrimp risotto is to die for. Portions are huge there no matter what you order. Pasta nights on Monday and Lasagna night on Thursday. You can't go wrong with anything you order here. Even the pizzas are delicious!!!!

S
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service!! Servers and busboys work well together and provide a nice, relaxing, delicious dinner. Manager Ogre keeps things running smooth every time!

CW
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

It was wonderful. We were outside so the service was a little slow but the food was delicious

MZ
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was so delicious and the service was great. We got right in at our reservation time. Can’t wait to go back!

BL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was delicious I would highly recommend the scallops!

J
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely evening with friends on their patio. The double pork chop was incredible. Risotto and chicken Milanese were very good. Service was very good. Generous wine pour. We will be back

GJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Soup was fantastic as well as Greek salad. The lamb and whitefish dinners could have used a little more seasonings. Kind of bland. Will go again and try something else.

OT
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was timely. Ottimo's is always a great place to have a dining experience.

A
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food and service were very good. I have been at this restaurant many times and have never been disappointed.

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