Palermo's 95th Fine Italian Cuisine

4.5
954 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
For outstanding Italian cuisine, look no further than Palermo's 95th. This family run, award winning restaurant specializes in authentic veal, steak, pasta, and fresh seafood creations for lunch and dinner. Established in 1961 by Ben and Nina Calderone, the family tradition still continues thru their sons, Anthony and William. Sherman Kaplen of WBBM radio says, "Palermo's 95th is a true diamond among the southwest side Italian restaurants!" The grilled shrimp and calamari and the 8-finger cavetelli are outstanding. Plus check out their extensive wine and martini list. Featured on WTTW Check Please!
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience, fabulous food, snd excellent service with moderate pricing. Great place to host any event, ours being a Birthday.

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debn
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, nice atmosphere, but I was taken aback by not being required to show proof of vaccination as has been mandated by Cook County. I'll be back after the mandate is lifted.

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JudiA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Drove an hour to get there, waited at our table for 15 minutes without being acknowledged by a waitress, we left. There were more empty tables than full, so they were not busy yet. Can't give 0 stars and finish the review or I would. Used to be my favorite, been going there for 40 years.

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ruthie
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Pizza and Cosmo cocktails. Aaron was our waiter, and was excellent. He is an asset to the restaurant. My only criticism is that they didn't have any beer on tap as they usually do. Also, they were out of most beer brands. Only had a few available.

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vipKathleenG
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good ravillo.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and experience.. one thing though.. pasta with scallops was extremely fishy.. that was the only bad thing!

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JerryT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So consistantly good, in every category! I hope Cook County's vaxx proof policy doesn't hurt their business, I can't imagine a world without Palermo's 95th!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was EXCELLENT! Our server worked furiously with all of her responsibilities and did a wonderful job.

DH
vipDHjam
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Aaron was great and the pizza was delicious as always!

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LilianaE
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

They took way too long to bring our food, check, and boxes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the food was delicious and our server, Brooke is a rock star. Polite, efficient, personable and kind!

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BobD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was awesome!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

The service was so slow! Trapped there for two hours wanted dessert never happened. Second time will not go back.

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RONALDK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First time back since Covid Food was still great but could notice every thing else wasn't and won't be the same
Hard to see what is the new normal and I grieve to see your staff having to struggle with so many tables while trying to serve us all and our expectations
Life is different I pray I can still count on your food memories to remind me of when we used to care about each other

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FrankG
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as always

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BarbaraP
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent food and service!

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paulm
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect. Delicious. This restaurant was very busy the night we went. Great ambiance.

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Disappointedinservice
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A classic south side jewel.

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vipJenniferG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant on the southside from pizza to pasta all is great

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BarbF
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food is always fabulous. Maybe a little short staffed? Overall still one of my favorite restaurants.

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vipHibachiLover
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Thankfully we were out for a leisurely dinner since it was extremely busy. A party of 16+ came in at the same time as us and our server got assigned to them in addition to his full section of tables. I felt bad for the guy because as a former server, that is a situation where either your section or your large party is going to suffer. If you’re being assigned to a large party like that, you should only have the large party or MAYBE 1-2 extra tables. Our server was able to keep his cool and get things done, even if it was a little slower than most would like. Most tables noticed and cut him some slack, thankfully.

The food - he recommended a creamy chicken dish that was out of this world delicious. The portions of everything are huge, kids meals included! I’m looking forward to my leftovers later today!

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kairos
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. We had a table where we were away from other people by the washrooms. We were able to communicate with each other and the food was excellent. Our server was very helpful and available.

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CaddiganC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Son was in from out of town and have to have pizza!!

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Mlcpres2
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Palermos never disappoints. That’s why we chose to celebrate my wife’s birthday here with the family.

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ChrisO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

My only problem is the bathroom situation. It’s seems like when we go there there’s always a woman’s bathroom that is out of commission. A good size restaurant only have two women’s stalls and now you have one not working! I think they’re more concerned about the new gambling area they built.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The waiting area was packed like sardines in the middle of a pandemic! . Getting seated only took a few minutes because we had a reservation but they put us right by the door and it was freezing cold. There were no other tables available in the restaurant. It was difficult to enjoy the meal with so many people walking by coming in and out of the restaurant. The food was made to order and nice and hot once it arrived, but it took a while. We loved being able to use the complimentary valet service. That helped Us to get my 81-year-old mother in the restaurant safely without having to go back and park. May try again on a weekday.

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EileenS
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food, reasonable priced. Relaxed atmosphere. Enjoyable experience.

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Marigo
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and drinks were excellent. Mellinzana Nona is fantastic.

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ClariceF
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clean, elegant atmosphere. Waitress Ms. Ann very attentive. Lots of parking in the rear. Bathroom was clean. Drinks are VERY GOOD! Yahoo to the mixologist (bartender).

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vipbarbara
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great waitress. Love this place.
It was a friends get together. We all live in different directions so we always pick here. Haven’t been since Covid. It was great.

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MatthewL
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

GREAT FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD

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NoelB
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here. Love this place and the food and the service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service.

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JZee
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The food was good but not great. The service was very good though and the drinks were good too!!

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BillE
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I was very disappointed in the dinner that we had at Palermo's. The service was good, our waitress was working her butt off - that was about the only good thing. My husband had two drinks and they were so small! The two of them together would equal one drink somewhere else. We ordered an antipasto salad which I will say was very good, and I think the waitress prepared that. We ordered a pizza which was probably one of the worst pizzas I ever had. I know some people like a "well done" pizza, but I do not. I did not ask for it to be "well done" it is just the way it was. It was pretty much just burnt, and NOT GOOD at all. I was not about to send it back and wait for a new one because we had already waited 40 minutes for that piece of crap one. I did complain to the waitress and she took off a round of drinks from the bill. I would not recommend this restaurant for pizza and drinks at all!

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vipBrew2go
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good thin crust pizza, fried calamari and antipasto salad. Good food all around.

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Luvaya
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nothing to rave about. It’s a neighborhood staple. The food was mediocre. I had chicken calabrese. It’s basically chicken and potatoes over a bed of angel hair pasta. The food was swimming in the spicy sauce. I ended up having bread and wine for dinner. I’ll stick with pizza next time.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The calimari and fettuccine Alfredo were pretty good. My soup -chicken broth with angel hair pasta and meatballs - was TERRIBLE. I also ordered the Radiatore Pasta with Vodka Sauce and if I wasn’t on a date I would have 100% sent it back. I do not recommend! There was no vodka sauce, it was a regular tomato sauce and poorly done at that. Their pizza is excellent so next time will just be ordering that. Very disappointed!!

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vipScottM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The best pizza in the history of pizza!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Katie328
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

As always, the food and service are very good. My complaint is being seated right next to a table where the occupants seemed to be shouting instead of talking in a normal tone. The restaurant was not crowded when we arrived and we would have preferred a more separate set up.

FAQs

Palermo's 95th Fine Italian Cuisine offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (708) 425-6262.

Palermo's 95th Fine Italian Cuisine is rated 4.5 stars by 954 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.