Pelago

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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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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance

PB
Chicago
136 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an amazing restaurant. Five star food and service in architecturally stunning setting. Chef personally communicates with guests to assure unique dining experience.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. Nice for a romantic dinner, celebration or important business dinner.

F
New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent but value not there

OT
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary

JT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love

A
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The always charming Jesus enhanced our experience!

S
Chicago
97 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really, really good authentic Italian food. Quite fancy and very pricey. Worth it though. $64 fish!

PV
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pelago has become our "go-to" special occasion restaurant. Alfredo, the maitre'd is a joy to deal with. The food is simply, if that's the right word, spectacular. It is worth getting dressed up and going to Pelago for an ethereal experience.

JP
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect restaurant.

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L
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a return visitor to Pelago, and after each dinner there, I start thinking about when I can go again. I frequently speak of the delicious food to friends. Everything about this restaurant delights me!

j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Pelago has been our "go to" place for special occasion splurges, and we've generally been pleased. Tonight (9/14( was a great disappointment. Service was abysmal, perhaps due to understaffing. We had to flag down a busser to ask for menus, then flag him again for bread (40 minutes after arrival) which turned out to be cold, stale and dry. First course (octopus) was room temperature rather than hot. Main course (veal chop) was good. Service, when it occurred, was abrupt--"slam bam"--and impersonal. Servers and managers were arguing loudly with each other nearby. Noise was extreme--maybe out of the restaurant's control but very unpleasant and unusual for this restaurant. Overall the experience wasn't worth half the price. We won't be back for dinner for a long time, but maybe for lunch when very few diners are present.

AB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is one of the most amazing restaurants I've visited. I don't live in or near the Chicago area. However, whenever I'm here on business I make it a point to go there. Everyone is very friendly, the service is great, and the food and wine is what keeps me coming back. Anytime anyone that I know that's traveling to Chicago I highly recommend they dine at Pelago.

r
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Service impeccable. One of the best meals I’ve had in Chicago

PB
Chicago
136 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to have an upscale early or late dinner with friends or alone.

S
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unreal food. Our server Franco did a marvelous job. The two pasta tasting dishes where we were able to try an assortment of pastas was truly amazing bc it was so hard to decide

OT
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and exceptional service in an elegant setting

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. Highly recommend.

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

Wonderful food, friendly but elegant service. A bit warm in the are where we were sitting, but other than that a fabulous meal!

OT
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is great but very expensive. The space is beautiful but so tight as to be claustrophobic. I sat with the table pushed uncomfortably close and couldn’t leave my seat unless all three of my companions stood up, moved the table, and moved away so I could slide out of the corner space. I expect a bit more comfort for a $200-per-person meal.

SM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite possibly my favorite Chicago restaurant. Exquisite yet approachable, delicious and fresh, authentic and beautiful food. Fine, attentive service without being stuffy. Great ambiance.....closest thing to being in Italy. Love it so much!

W
Houston
129 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pelago is a rare oasis of outstanding, creative, fresh Italian cuisine in the Gold Coast area of Chicago. We overdid it — ordering the tasting menu with a course of four delicious risottos, a course of four pastas, a whole sea bream and a huge veal chop —outstanding! The wine recommended was a perfect accompaniment. The dining room is quiet, cool and elegant. The service is impeccable. A special evening and a dinner to remember!

JM
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Thank you for a lovely evening. The pasta is the best in the city.

RK
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

The food was not that good, it was just ok for the very exuberant price. I come from a family of chefs born in Italy. There are much better Italian restaurant in the city & better pricing. Portions are very small. Atmosphere is excellent and so is the service.

JS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Very pricey for what we got. $160 per person for mediocrity

OT
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best kept secret in Chicago

J
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Pelago and had a lovely evening, outdoor seating, impeccable service and delicious food. My friend had fettuccine with black truffle butter and raved about it. I had the ricotta pasta with peas and a light butter sauce. Ate every bite. Excellent wine list. Will definitely return.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great -classic white table -top Italian restaurant

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and food.

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

Pelago restaurant because of the talented chef is the best Italian place in Chicago, highly recommended if you wish to eat authentic superb Italian dishes.... High quality ingredients and presentation and atmosphere are all excellent reasons to keep going back and dine at this incredible ristorante!

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My food was salty. I was offered a different dish but I declined it. Service was slow. They did not deduct any amount for the dish. The bill was very high I will not return anytime soon

OT
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Expensive! But, the service and food are exceptional. I enjoyed the experience.

JH
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Very nice owner/chef. However, the prices were outrageous. Waiter pointed us to a very expensive bottle of wine and an appetizer that was inedible and also very expensive. Pasta was undercooked. Worst meal we had in Chicago. I hate writing bad reviews; however, people should beware. If you don't care about the price and the taste and waiters you cannot understand, then you will be fine.

DM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We dined at Pelago in celebration of my wife's birthday, and had a wonderful experience. We have been there several times in the past and as always, the food was excellent. My pasta was prepared to al dente perfection, and the staff was accommodating in honoring my request to shave the generous portion of truffles onto it at our table. My wife's veal ravioli were magnificent, and throughout, the service staff was attentive without hovering. For up-scale Italian food, we prefer Pelago to a much more famous nearby restaurant hands down.

p
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They hit it out of the park! I am so happy I picked this restaurant to celebrate our 20th Anniversary! The wait staff was excellent!

JH
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Hard to understand the servers at times. Take your appetite with you, the food is to die for!

DL
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The service was not quite what I had expected from such a sophisticated restaurant.

C
Naples
43 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love to take friends to Pelago. The menu is extensive with excellent pasta and many seafood dishes. One of the appetizers is a tasting menu of pasta which is unique and delicious. Two in our party were vegans, and the chef made accommodations to provide them with a very tasty dinner. Service and ambience are wonderful!

JW
Charleston
93 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go here quite often when visiting Chicago and the food is amazing! Their outdoor patio was inviting, friendly and very nice. Service is prompt and efficient. Great place to dine!

DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best italian in Chicago. Nothing even close to Pelago. The pasta is incredible. Staff amazing. Great time every time we’re visiting.

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