Pelago

4.6
1496 reviews
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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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Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was excellent, but I wll have second thoughts coming back for the surprise bill I got with things not in the menu... Not nice getting that hughe bill not knowing what the cost will be....

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RC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this is a great restaurant. period. Expensive, but worth it. Truly fine dining.

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LS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, excellent, excellent!!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hostess was courtesy & friendly.
The minestrone soup and the ravioli were delicious. The chocolate pudding was most pleasurable!

Server Jesus was professional and friendly, he made an excellent selection for the wine.
His assistant, Juan, professional and polite.

I would definitely dine again here!!!

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LD
Chicago
122 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pelago is one of the best kept secrets in town. The food is truly outstanding, the service is second to none, and the ambience is perfect for a quiet conversation or romantic evening.

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s
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely perfect for my mothers birthday. Frank go to the food to the ambience we couldn’t have asked for anything more thank you for making it such a special evening! We will be back again and again and again. This was not our first visit

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K
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful dinner
The concierge at Ritz Carlton recommended Pelago which was one block away from the hotel

It is not often we find staff, from head waiter to bus-boys, this well trained and attentive, a remarkable experience
Chef popped out of kitchen to make sure things were going smoothly and patrons happy

The risotto was perfectly prepared, consistency, flavor, seasonings. Many places overload salt, not this one
The rabbit was delicious, the sauce just right, flavorful, not ladled on

Through some waiter-water-magic, our Pelligrino was bottomless

High quality White linen table cloth and napkins (not sad polyester) and sprays of natural flowers lend to this memorable meal.

We will definitely return, and recommend to you

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J
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. Excellent food. I would recommend this place for a special evening or lunch

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AN
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable. Warm, attentive service. Food delicious and the atmosphere very welcoming. Highly recommend it.

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S
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always perfect service & excellent food

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KP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the very best restaurants in Chicago. It never disappoints and the service outstanding.

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PV
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined here several times and always look forward to returning. It is a treat to experience true old-world sophistication. The service is flawless and the food extraordinary. A true gastronomic temple.

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w
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat. Make you feel so welcome and excellent food.

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LE
Palm Springs
81 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very fine restaurant with an incredible menu and chef

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Poca gente por la hora y el día , pero todo el personal atento a atendernos !! muy bien

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OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, amazing food, great atmosphere.

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Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food, honest, elegant without being over the top. The pasta was perfectly cooked. The slight disappointment was their variation on a tiramisu. Not memorable, however it’s a good restaurant.

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l
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular food, wonderful service! Came here with some foodie gfs and we loved our meal and the experience. If I lived in Chicago, I’d eat my way through that menu and come back often. Beautiful wine selection too.

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G
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding and elegant restaurant with perfectly prepared food and attentive, top shelf service. Expensive but worth it. My only complaint is with the exorbitant pricing on the wine list. Excellent selection of high quality Italians but priced at over 3x retail which is ridiculous. Wine corkage policy is overly restrictive as well. Conclusion: Food, service and atmosphere great; do not understand their wine pricing philosophy. Will definitely return but will study the wine list personally before I order and not simply default to the (excellent) recommendations I received.

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H
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place for our special occasions. Chef Mauro is a master cooking everything to perfection, especially his fish. The service is outstanding and he has the highest of standards with his staff. We always feel so welcomed and Chef Mauro absolutely spoils us.

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LC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best night ever!!

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L
Chicago
82 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat there often, the food is wonderful but the great thing about pelago is how welcoming they are. Every customer is treated like a much valued regular customer.
By far the friendliest staff and chef of any restaurant where we eat.

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Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Service was appalling. Made to feel unwelcome.

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j
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food, service and choices in wine were excellent. We always have the assortment of four homemade pastas as a starter. You cannot go wrong.
I highly recommend this trattoria.
Joe Power

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EJ
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was incredible and very attentive. They explained everything well and made our experience memorable. My wife and I both enjoyed our dishes immensely. I had the mozzarella ball appetizer with an octopus risotto and my wife had the grilled octopus appetizer and the grilled lamb chops with fresh herbs. The food was fabulous. We didn’t have any of the pasta dishes on this visit, but I have before and their pasta is all freshly prepared and worth trying. Thanks for a wonderful evening.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I’ve been in Chicago. The food is extraordinary and the service outstanding. Everybody is really nice, in particular Alfredo.

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AH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible service. Perfectly portioned melt-in-your-mouth pasta. Favorite hidden gem in Chicago.

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H
Cincinnati
48 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great truffle fettuccine. Perfect options, very attentive.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Everyone made the night wonderful!

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CW
St. Louis
21 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening from cocktails to desserts. Service on point but not hovering. Our Guests were experiencing Pelago for the first time, and we were all pleased with the outstanding food and beautiful wines & attentive service.

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TB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Disappointing. I really wanted to like the weak overpriced drinks, under cooked risotto, and toughest steaks in the city. Far too many other great options in Chicago to recommend this Pelago #neveragain.
Atmosphere was really classy, staff awkwardly loomed around like the villains in an action movie, the bread was on point tho.

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m
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Crisp and clean ambiance. Meal was great but outrageously overpriced. Server asked if we wanted another bottle of wine and 10 minutes after he served it was hovering over us to leave. So we left ... with a lot of expensive wine on the table. That was disappointing.

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BC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Sophisticated, classic modern ambiance. Attentive staff. Excellent Italian food.

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EH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, service and ambiance. Top restaurant.

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GC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was under cooked. Server didn’t get order correct. Drinks were over priced.

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R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thus was our first experience there, and we were impressed on all aspects. We look forward to our next dining experience there.

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f
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pelago continues to amaze! The food is phenomenal and the team is as well. A not-to-miss!

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Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Mauro does an amazing job serving very authentic high quality Italian food

I highly recommend a visit to enjoy the food and ambiance!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Just a normal experience. Nothing extraordinary.

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I have been so excited to meet an out of town friend here. To start with - we were seated in the front section of the restaurant - right by the hall to what I think was a hall to the kitchen. Not sure. I believe there was a door at the end of the hall to the alley - which was being opened constantly! This would send a huge blast of cold air into our area - and it was March in Chicago!!! It was FREEZING. I wonder why a restaurant which took such pains to mitigate the air from the front door -Enclosed awning front door plus an enclosed vestibule - would allow this. It honestly ruined the meal. On top of which - the food was just FINE. Good but not great - on a positive note - our waiter was lovely and very good - however, for the price I will not go back - especially because of the cold air. So disappointing.

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