Pelago

4.6
1690 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Mauro Mafrici is a Michelin starred Italian chef who has worked in some of the greatest international kitchens and luxury resort hotels of the world. His long resume of prestigious experiences in revered establishments culminated in the opening of his own critically acclaimed restaurant, Lo Scalco, in New York City which earned a coveted Michelin star in its first year open. Mauro has now brought his talents to Chicago with PELAGO.

The basis of Mauro’s cuisine is “sapori veri’: true, honest, genuine flavors used masterfully to create new sensations, forms and colors. Fresh seasonal ingredients from Italian and local sources will tantalize every taste bud as Mauro allows each bite to speak for itself in a clean, straightforward flavorful vocabulary. With each endeavor Mauro continues to look for new ways to incorporate regional Italian ingredients as he redefines Italian cooking.

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EmilyV
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular!

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BrigitteO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very attentive. Food was delicious.

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vipPFG55
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its truffle season again! Try the tuna appetizer tonno uffumicato for two and truffle menu. Best outside of Umbria!

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Izzy
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was amazing, a little overpriced thoough. And the staff was awkward and they kept looking at us

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jmpm
Des Moines
60 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at Pelago a number of times during trips to Chicago. We keep coming back because the food is delicious, the ambiance attractive and restful, and the service, attentive and friendly. The dishes are thoughtfully prepared and presented. The homemade pasta is a personal favorite thing about this restaurant. It is wonderful. The wine list is extensive and fun. I'm sure we'll go back again when in Chicago.

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FoodieGirl
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Food here is great. Beautiful place too. Sadly, they are overly interested in upselling items (tastings) that are not on the menu and whose prices aren’t in print. And whatever you do, do NOT let the waiter assist you with wine selection - you might find yourself paying more (like really a lot more…) than what you think you might. Also, interesting (in a bad way..) is that the waiter brings your bottle, pours a bit for your approval, then disappears with the bottle and the wine is returned in a carafe…. Not decanted at the table, what?! Not acceptable. And you never see the bottle again, or the cork. I suspect because their up charge is *more* than what the industry average is and they are banking (literally) that you won’t remember the name to perhaps source on your own… whatever. Watch your bill, make sure you know how much your selected items cost. We live a couple blocks away and had this happen once a few years ago (precovid) and then avoided the place for a year and a half. Went again and all was ok, but still the hard up selling. Went this past weekend, and while the food is great, the up selling, the incorrect bill, the terrible attitude of the waiter… nah, forget it. Slow learners we are for sure, but we figured it out finally. Won’t be back. Too many other good restaurants who appreciate their customers and don’t try to rip them off. Go at your own risk

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StevenS
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. First time but definitely not my last. Pelago stands out in city with great places to dine. It scores on every measure.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have dined at Pelago many times and it never disappoints. This trip was for my wife’s birthday. Chef Mauro delivered a delicious meal and the service remains best in class. Whether you live locally or are in town for a quick visit, put Pelago on your fine dining list. True Italian cuisine with the freshest ingredients. ❤️ 🇮🇹

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday dinner was great

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Its completely overrated WHY over priced FOR WHAT YOU GET…servers raffling food when it comes to delivering it to the table for two people ….no mention of specials only interested in jacking up the ticket price…No wine by the glass list (watch out for that one) water being poured charged for every bottle …skip it it is not worth it ..those days are over.
Pasta overcooked heavy food not so flavourful.

Plenty of other places to take a chance on downtown Chicago

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vipTheresaS
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with interesting preparations and artistic presentation; extensive wine list; very attentive, knowledgeable service in a inviting environment, sublime decor... recommend for a special occasion date or high profile business dinner. Also offering nice outdoor seating.

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vipsidw
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Food was very good, although a bit pricey. Had a miscommunication with waiter which really ruined the experience. We told him we were looking to split one main course and two appetizers. We chose a shrimp main course, and he looked at us and asked if we wanted one shrimp...or 2. We both assumed that he was suggesting there was only a single shrimp tail in main course so we said 2. Ended up bringing 2 huge plates of the shrimp special. I brought up the miscommunication, and there was no apology...just a rude "its too late to change now"....with a clear suggestion that it was our fault. We ate one dish and asked them to wrap the other. We waited 15 minutes and they never brought it out so we left...having paid for a $60 main course that we never intended to order, and were never delivered.

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Nickname
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was great, the drinks are strong, the patio is wonderful, but it is a bit pricey.

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design
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was attentive and generous
While being respectful of our table conversation . While eating outside , the warm food arrived hot ensuring a pleasant dining experience

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vipKyle
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Had to continually summon our waiter for service. I’ve been here several times before and service was great. This was not how I wanted to spend my birthday, continually trying to get the waiters attention.

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vipPFG55
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Mauro runs one of the best Italian cuisine restaurants in the world, and it is right here in Chicago! Take advantage of the outdoor patio while the weather is nice and don't miss the smoked tuna appetizer, it's big enough to split. Followed by a pasta sample (4 types on 1 platter) and split a branzino. With cocktails and a glass of wine about $200 total plus tip, not inexpensive, but well and truly worth it.

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vipOrbman
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent quality with excellent service. A bit pricey.

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vipmidwesttravelor
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you like your pasta homemade, your appetizers and salads exquisitely composed, your fish and meats adorned with interesting and creative preparations, and your desserts complex and delicious, this is your place. The prices are fairly high, with salads and appetizers in the $20s, pastas in the mid-$20s, and meats in the $45 range (or a little more), but the quality of the food is a genuine treat. The restaurant itself is beautiful, with fresh flower arrangements to compliment the all-white walls and peaceful decor. A tip: the restaurant has a very small lower area (maybe 3-4 tables?) by the bar and then an upper level a few steps higher. We like the upper level better, as it is a little quieter with a little less “traffic” of people walking to and fro. Don’t be put off by the restaurants location off the lobby of the Raffael hotel — it is an urban oasis, with excellent service as well. Enjoy!

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Larry
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Friends’ get together was wonderful. Get the pasta sequence!

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GaryY
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been to Italy 10-15 times. This is the best and most authentic Italian restaurant outside of our favorites in Italy.

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vipLosRobles
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Pelago was a disappointment. The. Pasta menu is interesting and unusual but the second course menu is limited. Everything is expensive. The night special appetizer, melon with prosciutto was $36. It’s hard to find wine under $60/bottle and most are more than $100. I asked for the wine by the glass menu and was told there was none. The waiter told us the wine available and I was shocked to find out when the bill came that my glass of wine was $30! Never again.

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vipEvelyn
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal. Outstanding service.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ! Food was so delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Tons of over charging happening here. Paid $20 for water and $44 for two glasses of cheap wine. Food was good but the up sell on everything else is ridiculous

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

True authentic Italian

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TerG
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for our engagement celebration. It was a spectacular meal.

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vipPFG55
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine at Pelago often, nice to see new things and specials. The smoked tuna appetizer is new and outstanding, so is the grilled mozzarella and eggplant. Fish excellent, had the special, some kind of new fish in tomato broth, and even though it comes with whipped potatoes and spinach, got some potatoes au gratin. Lamb rack for 2 is $95. Plan to spend $120 a person at Pelago and it is really worth it, best service and ambience and Chef Mauro cooks up a storm!

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vipJohnL
Detroit
71 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful place with great food and attentive, friendly service.

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Babsieok
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The menu was a bit odd for an Italian restaurant but we were still excited to order. The truffle salad was actually awful but the spaghetti was a little better. Everything was kind of bland. The pistachio gelato tasted like the kind you might get at the mall. Such delicious food in this city, I would suggest skipping Pelago.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal! Service was impeccable and enhanced dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience5

They didn’t have the wine or the port we tried to order from the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

A very nice quiet fine dining restaurant. Very good service, amazing staff. I would love to give it 5 stars however some of the sides were under seasoned and had no taste, good wine selection. Would definitely come here again.

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Maurice
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner at Pelago for our 50th wedding anniversary. We both loved the whole fish fileted for us.

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chicagoguy360
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service but the prices are steep. Hard to justify paying so much.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner and service. Awesome fish and dessert

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vipJohnP
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A high end Northern Italian restaurant for special occasions. Food quality and service are first class. The best restaurant in our neighborhood (Streeterville) for food quality. Up to the standard of top restaurants in Northern Italy. Prices reflect the fact that food and service are exceptional. It is pricey which is why we will save it for special occasions.

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vipDominicB
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Pelago is an expensive/upmarket very old-fashioned Italian restaurant in downtown Chicago. The food is fine, but not exceptional, and expensive for what it is. Primi Piatti (ie pasta) is all around the $25 mark; 'secondi' (ie main courses) considerably more - both bass and bream are around $65. What stops this place being more than 'fair', in my mind, is the service, which is slow and (at this price level) poor. Waiters could constantly reach across me to pour water, etc, and were rather inattentive. All in all, things felt complacent, and all for food that was perfectly OK, but not remarkable at this sort of level.

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MollyD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a lovely evening on the terrace at Pelago. It's truly a gem of Chicago!

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vipMaureenM
Grand Rapids
11 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another outstanding meal and impeccable service. Outside patio is delightful.

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GaiaM
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Real Italian food. High quality ingredients. Interesting menu. Great service. Elegant ambiance

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Pelago is rated 4.6 stars by 1690 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.