Palermo's 95th Fine Italian Cuisine

4.4
948 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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vipHibachiLover
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Mlcpres2
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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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EileenS
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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Marigo
Chicago
12 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
20 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
7 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
4 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Cancun
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always a good time at Palermo’s.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

had a great time celebrating my sister in laws birthday will go back the pizza and Sicilian calamari is amazing!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday dinner - pizza was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Kelsey was our server and she was very attentive and funny.
She was very busy but still managed to serve all her tables well.

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KathleenM
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Good Service
Our Server was excellent :
Very Cordial and efficient
Food was excellent
Water: Hot Bread : She made sure we had it all !
We were very Pleased we choose Palermos

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MattC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Waited for almost 2 hours for our pizza to get to the table.

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JustineP
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food and Service both the Best highly recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was great. Pizza was good, service was fine.

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vipMelissaH
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family loves to come here for dinner!

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Marigo
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious - especially their Capellini Christina and their Mellizana ala Nona. Atmosphere is great too!

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vipSharonI
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience4

The waitress- Kelsey was not very good, did not pay attention to what we ordered and had to come back several times to ask what we ordered. She basically ignored us and only when we got her attention did she come over . She spent a lot of time talking to the bar tenders instead of doing her job.

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yumm
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service around! Amazing food ! Excellent place for family and friends to gather!

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vipWine4u
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner on our way to the airport on Friday night! The antipasto salad was great and the pizza amazing! Kelsey had a lot of tables but was attentive to all our needs! Great service and awesome food!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

The waiter forgot about us multiple times. At first I thought they were busy but upon me walking to the bathroom I noticed he was only waiting my table. The food was bland to me my date enjoyed the plating but felt the same on the taste . I ordered pizza to go and ate a slice while it was still hot and that was ok overall 4/10 wasn’t terrible at all but wasn’t to enjoyable.

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dreaL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

I put in the notes of my reservation that we were celebrating a birthday and nobody paid attention to the comment. The service was slow, we were there for 2.5 hours and didn’t get our food until we’d been there for an hour and a half. The food tasted good, but they didn’t have enough staff to make it a positive experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, my server Kelsey R made my Experience delightful, she recommended best drink & food selections 😋, thank you.

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vipKristiD
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good service.

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MzAD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Nice ambience. Good prices for the food. The pasta items could be more flavorful. Food and drinks are ok for the price.

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PaulD
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Been out of IL for several years and decided to meet up with some friends when I was back in town to visit family.

The service was great, but the quality of the food went down hill drastically. The Shrimp was mushy and the Calamari was rubbery and the fries... They must be using the same distributor as Burger King because the battered fries are gross and remind me of BK.

Stick with the Pizza

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JoeF
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Didn't have to wait long to be seated. Food was great, first time I had something other than their pizza and I was amazed. I'm definitely going back again.

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EdRu
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pretty good short staffed just like everyone else. Usually a lot better.

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 4.4 stars by 948 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.