Pelago

4.6
1628 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1628 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.7
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vipBaldegl
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Neighborhood favorite that really serves exceptional pastas. Wine list a bit limited to Italy but they gave us a good selection

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vipPFG55
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got a break with the mild weather and was able to sit outside on the patio. Truffle menu still available, order dollar curd and have the asparagus and potato truffle salad, and a white Negroni. Split a Dover sole. Outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was incredible. The service was outstanding

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vipFWH1977
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Our server Jesus was spectacular and kind and gracious. Put we were seated indoors at the last table that was squeezed into a corner despite two tables outside being available. No ambience.. room looked empty and sad.

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vipBkmoreau
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, beautiful restaurant and amazing food!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very satisfied!!

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vipPFG55
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's pumpkin time at Pelago, Chef Mauro has a $145 pumpkin tasting menu. 5 courses, a pumpkin soufflé appetizer, a risotto and even pumpkin desert. Off menu ask for Chef's special ravioli with caviar as an appetizer.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous time celebrating my wife’s 50th birthday. Pelago is one of our very favorite Chicago restaurants. The experience is always superb. The quality of the food and wine is phenomenal and the staff is extremely knowledgeable and attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every trip to Chicago will include a stop at Pelago. Amazing from the first to last bite.

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SN111
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the absolute best restaurants in Chicago! It is a hidden gem. We have been coming here for the past few years and it is always top notch service and OUTSTANDING food. We go here for birthdays, anniversaries, and it’s always a memorable night! 5-star service every single time we go here!

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SABRINSON
Jackson Hole
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pelago is our favorite place for date-night dining.

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vipPFG55
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pelago is a great choice for elegant dining now more than ever, the place is usually very busy, except for now! the service is fantastic and it is a beautiful place. The menu is changing all the time. even now, the Chef had about 7 different mushroom dishes on special so go now if you like shrooms!

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vipQueenOfStaffining
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

A horrible place where you feel taken for a ride by the scam artists

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The waiter was great and so was the service. The restaurant is very pretty too. However, the food was subpar. The bread was stale, the martini uneventful, and both of our dinners (fish - Dover Sole and Sea Bream) were below average... but the prices were so high. A $700.00 bill for 2 people is not acceptable when the food is just ok.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Hmmm it was over a 3.5 dinner experience for 4 people.... so you would expect the food to be exquisite if you are waiting that long, but the food was very average. Everything on their menu is over priced. This was def a one time dinner spot and we are definitely not coming back again.

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vipBart
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Food was disappointing for the price. The Dover sole ($72) tasted 'fishy', and wasn't as good as places where it cost considerably less. Minestrone soup ($20) was good; but no better than I've had elsewhere for less than half the cost. I'm not cheap; but neither am I stupid enough to pay exorbitant prices for unworthy food. I won't be returning.

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vipJohnE
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! My belated birthday but they totally made it great!

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vipMarisa1972
Central Coast
29 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was perfect, from appetizers to dessert! I highly recommend this restaurant

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SABRINSON
Jackson Hole
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant.

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vipSaladgirl
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday dinner was fantastic! Thanks to the entire staff and chef....pastas were amazing..fish sublime

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vipMonikita
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 4th time there. It is my favorite place. The best chef in town. The staff is amazing. Prices are very reasonable. I can wait until I go back again!

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UrsulaC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!!! Delicious food and excellent service!!!

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vipKevinG
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Have always loved the atmosphere and food at Pelago. Have been there multiple times over the years. They are getting a bit too pricey and I'm not easily bother by good food "prices" . The waiter was obnoxious to say the least and would I never let him serve us again. He started by suggesting a $720 bottle of wine and continued with cheese for the table. I said no to both opportunities and that then it was an offer for risotto for the table. This guy was your worst "nightmare headache salesman" of a waiter. Understand these cost would were been on top of the $900 that dinner did cost me for 3 people. Other reviews I have heard have been the same. Continue with the atmosphere you have and great food, and you will succeed. If not, I suspect this place will price itself out of the market soon.

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vipTheodoreW
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A splurge. A memorable meal enhanced by the service. Lamb chops outsiding

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vipjuliek
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is SUPERB. Mauro is a true master of his craft. He's dishes are so expertly tended to. We enjoyed the cauliflower mushroom app, split a white asparagus risotto and split the branzino. Wonderful wine selection. The ambiance is classy. We love love love this restaurant. Service is fantastic too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the nicest dining experiences in Chicago.

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vipChicagoIntrigue
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Fiod was good.
Staff is pushy.

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KathleenP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I feel for risotto it was a bit expensive.

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vipBrianS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service & very special dinner.

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vipLouisChicago
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still the finest Italian dining in Chicago with white-tablecloth service in an intimate dining room. Extensive wine list spanning every wine-producing region of Italy at a wide range of price points.

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vipLiliyaS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place with upscale feel, top notch customer service, food is very very good .

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vipJimW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the attentive service we received from the moment we arrived till we finished dining. The roasted Dover Sole was outstanding. There extensive wine menu is very impressive. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We thought the food was really good and we had a lovely night but it was expensive and not sure it was worth the cost. I think to charge that amount the food really needs to be superb.

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vipChicagoSophisticatedLocal
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious, soup to nuts. Best meal I've had in months. One of the top restaurants in Chicago. The waitstaff are true professionals. Loved every minute of the evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great, as always

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JenniferD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Entrees were Ok, not great, but the problem we had was unfair pricing and padding of the bill. Double charges for drinks that were not ordered, a pasta tasting was brought to the table with no indication of price on menu or verbally. Thought it was a promo and ended up being $60 per person. Supposed promo appetizers totaled $480 for our table of 8. A Black Martini was ordered which should not come with olives but did. When the waiter was told he took his fingers and removed the olives. Really? A replacement drink was ordered and subsequently we were charged for both. Many of the staff were very nice but when we addressed the issues with the waiter he said that's the way it is. When leaving the restaurant the owner basically ignored our concerns and said he would simply reply to this comment. "People in Italy would be offended if they were informed of pricing" was his comment. Extremely disappointed. Buyer beware and double-check your bill! See attached

Pelago
Responded on January 14, 2020

I am completely disgusted with people like these, they eat like pigs and everything is fine until the bill arrives. Complaining in so many restaurants means either free dinner, half price or gift certificate for the next time. You make me sick. And please write the truth and not your made up story. Remember the fingers didn't go in the martini, Capra.

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BarryW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was the fifth or sixth visit to Pelago for my wife and me. We love the quiet ambiance, the attendant service and, of course, the quality of the food preparation, the main reason for coming.

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vipTakamasa
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good lunch for my vacation date

FAQs

Pelago offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 280-0700.

Pelago is rated 4.6 stars by 1628 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.