Petterino's

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$30 and under
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Located in Chicago’s exciting theatre district, in the city’s “Loop” area, Petterino’s offers prime steaks, fresh seafood and classic specialties. Featuring a 1940’s style look, with original drawings of actors who have performed in Chicago, Petterino’s celebrates the Golden Age of Glamour and the Theatre while offering delicious cuisine with a full menu of favorites from tomato bisque soup to a shrimp de jonghe to fettuccine alberto.

Pre-theatre and after work specials are available daily. Petterino's location is ideal for business lunches as well as a break from shopping or touring in the nearby State Street and Millennium Park venues. Pre-theatre diners have the option of leaving their car with Petterino's while they attend the show and can then pick it up after the performance is completed.
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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Wonderful food but our server seemed beyond miserable and that he wanted nothing to do with us. It was my first time dining here so that was quite disappointing, and frustrating. He just seemed on edge and not happy

C
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

In fairness, the restaurant was very busy. However, despite being told a table was being prepared, we were seated 20 minutes late and after people who didn't appear to have a reservation were seated. We had theatre tickets so the delay made for a rushed dinner. The food which is normally reliably good was mediocre. A pasta dish arrived cold and gummy - there was no time to ask for a replacement. We've been going to Petterino's for over 15 years, but this was a very disappointing experience.

CS
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The wait for the valet parking was ridiculous. the food was good but not great for the price

RM
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Luckily the food is good, our server was terrible. Super distracted, rude and abrupt, super embarrassing because I had my friend’s 80 yr old mom who needed a few extra minutes.

I probably go to Petterino’s every couple months and I would just as soon go across the street to McDonald’s than have this server ever again.

I had a few extra minutes when I was waiting for my car so I was able to share it with the manager, we’ll see what happens next. Sorry Petterinos, I thought we were cool.

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our waitress made it a very good experience, after we waited on Dearborn for 40 minutes to valet! I had to leave the valet line and park in the garage across the street ($55.00 and no validation possible at restaurant) which was itself a nightmare, as they charged me twice (which I'm still disputing). It seems that if Petterinos cannot valet in a timely fashion, then they need to have an agreement with the garage, as do the other restaurants in the area!
Otherwise, they are an outstanding operation that does a very good job of getting you to your show on-time. The food is also very good.

SM
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were seated right at our reservation time. Our waitress made sure that we were served in a timely manner since we were going to a concert right after.

SA
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Petterino's for dinner before or after the Broadway shows in the area. Be sure and make a reservation as always crowned. They do a great job getting you in and out quickly without feeling rushed. Delicious food and drink.

N
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server and bus-boy were both excellent. Thoughtful, courteous, and very gracious.

SA
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch before the theater! Great food great service!

JC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch with friends before an afternoon theatre show. First time our friends had been there & they all enjoyed it. Great food & great service. Will go again & recommend to others.

MQ
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

14 years celebrating Valentines Day in the same booth with my hubby and we Lobe it more every year

JT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Petterino’s is a fantastic pre show dinner spot. The ambiance has a Broadway vibe with fantastic celebrity caricatures covering the walls. Their presence will sure to spark lots of great conversations and nostalgia. We loved that they did not rush you. The food was fantastic. I loved the 5 cheese ravioli. Good wine selection. I highly recommend the tiramisu for desert. 5 stars.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day. The atmosphere was very nice and the food was tasteful. Server was attentive.

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent! had dinner before seeing Donna Summer show.

PB
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Pre Goodman dining. The food is consistently very good... not gourmet. The menu has a dish for just about every kind of eater. The service is very fast, sometimes too fast. The wait staff is knowledgeable and friendly. What could be improved... the coffee. Portions are quite ample and the entrees are interesting with the come withs. All in all a very nice place to eat pre theatre. Nice parking arrangement with the restaurant too.

DM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the roasted brussel sprouts are to die for!

DK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite pre show lunch spots

MA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have dinner before going to see a show!

A
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. It was very crowded and Nathan was handling a lot of tables - but - he made every one of his customers feel like they were special. He was GREAT. Kudos to the chef and servers and the front desk management - all first rate.

SG
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and service. So convenient to eat at before seeing a play.

A
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Petterino's never disappoints! Fun atmosphere, great food and wonderful, friendly service!

C
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful 5:30pm dinner before 7:30pm theater at Petterino's. We sat in the small room between the reception desk close and the Goodman entrance, which we find to be quieter. We shared a salad, enjoyed two entrees (with changes to fit our preferences), and peppermint ice cream with chocolate sauce for dessert. The food was fresh, well prepared, and delicious. And, start to finish our server Dan provided amazing, attentive service. Petterino's is highly recommended for pre-theater as well as for dinner anytime.

OT
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lasagna special was not what I thought it would be. Ravioli was very good. Our waiter Ryan was excellent!

MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was great, as was the service. I'm just not a fan of the close 2-person tables. You can't have a private conversation and have to brush the other tables to get into the bench seat.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great service. Good food

m
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We have dined at Petterinos many times in the past. For whatever reason the food was awful on this visit. I had the trout which I have had at Petterinos before. This time it seemed to be undercooked, cold and stuck to the skin. The small roasted potatoes were actually soupy inside. I wanted to complain, but I was very tired and just wanted to get out of there. The check-in process was chaotic with two people who appeared to not know what they were doing. I guess Petterino's was just having a bad night.

SJ
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend and I went to Petterino's for lunch before a play at Goodman's Theatre. We ordered off the Brunch menu and the wine list. The wine and food tasted great. She had an omelet and I had chicken pot pie. The waitress asked if we were there for a theatre performance to special occasion, while she poured us water. I like that, which told me she was going to be attentive toward us during our meal. The room was full of people and so it was a bit noisy. Not a great place to have an business meeting or intimate conversation!! Nor would I bring someone with a HC Scooter there, just no room to move. My friend had to turn sideways to get to her bench seat against the wall, so I feel the tables are a bit close together. We could easily hear our neighbors conversations. She had an omelet and I had the chicken pot pie. It was a great presentation of food and the amount was satisfying. I will go again.

OT
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Great value during Chicago Restaurant Week. Portions were of higher quality and greater size than we expected. Appetizer salads were ample and dressings were excellent. Strip steak was very tasty and mahi was delicious. Side of fries served with steak should have been presented in a separate dish since they got soggy from the steak juice. Pecan pie a la mode was amazing -- massive slice with big scoop. Cool, pre-theatre vibe. Service was adequate, but server was not very enthused about being there. Would have expected him to stop by ask how the entrees were, but that didn't happen. That said, we're huge fans of Lettuce Entertainment restaurants and this one met our overall high expectations. We've dined here before and will be back.

VI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Fabulous service! Great for before or after the theater!

EE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service. Pre-show dinner and we had plenty of time for coffee and dessert. Thank you.

l
Indiana
223 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Petterino's has good food and good service and is adept at getting us to the performances at the Goodman on time. But the banquette tables for two are much too close together, and the noise level in the restaurant makes talking almost impossible. We will continue to put up with these downsides when we attend performances next door, but would not eat at this restaurant on other occasions.

PJ
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived around 1:45pm for Saturday brunch. The service was great and the food was just right.

s
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu choices and food were great. The service surpassed even those. I highly recommend this restaurant for brunch.

KS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was so good in dealing with food allergies!

NC
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was great- very engaging. Service was fast as we were going to a show. We were celebrating my husband’s birthday and it was nice!

LI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The customer service was great from being seated , choosing a menu item, getting excellent customer service from our waiter, and friendly employees throughout my visit .

j
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunchtime at Petterino’s is always a treat. The food is great and the service is “spot-on!” Risotto is my favorite there, and of course the portions are generous and the wine flows freely.

AP
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place; 1950’s feel with the perfect option of food in a good range of prices!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre-theater dining at it’s best. Food was delicious, wait staff asked if we were seeing a show, made sure we were served and our in time.

OT
Chicago
1 review