Petterino's

4.5
8462 reviews
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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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Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great experience on Valentine's day at Petterino's! The Pappardelle Bolognese and the short ribs were both fabulous! We didn't have apps because the meal itself is plenty. Great service as well. We'll be back for sure!

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was prompt despite the restaurant being full of pre theater diners. A+

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Had reservations yet had to wait 10 minutes or more to be seated. Tablecloth was dirty where I was sitting.

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m
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect spot for pre-theater meal. Our server was delightful to our 14 year old grandson who was very excited to be there with us, celebrating his birthday.

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c
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good

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KM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 4th time to Petterinos!! Every time fabulous!!

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KS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and great value. Highly recommended!

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CM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I took my family for the first time to Petterino's this past Saturday night. When I confirmed the reservation the day before, I mentioned that it was my wife's 50th birthday and we were downtown Chicago for the weekend. I asked if the restaurant offered anything special for such an occasion. I was told by a staff member over the phone that, yes, the restaurant would be able to provide a small dessert presentation and that she had made a note of this on the reservation.

It was quite busy that evening and apparently the request was either not noted or passed on to the wait staff. I had expected to surprise my wife with this as a special treat. The entire dining experience was very good throughout dinner so, I didn't bring this up to our waiter when he asked if we cared for dessert. Not a major deal, but I did think that this feedback would be beneficial to correct the cause of this not being carried out.

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DM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Petterino's continues to be our favorite spot to go before and after shows in the Loop. They never fail to deliver and seem to improve each time we visit. The food is excellent and the service is even better. If you are having any occasion downtown do not hesitate to make a reservation at Petterino's. You will be happy that you did.

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

It’s perfect for dining if you’re going to the Goodman Theater right next door, which we were. Our reservation was for 5 pm and they took us directly to a table at 4:30. When I ordered my gluten free meal, the waitresses brought me warm GF toasted bread. That made my day! My classic margarita was just ok, however

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LG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John was our server (been there for 17 years). You couldn't ask for anyone more kind and attentive. Ask for him. Food was excellent and well presented. Atmosphere is not stuffy...you might see a famous person dining. Many have in the past as evidenced by the framed and signed caricatures on the walls. Great place. Use the valet as it is the least expensive way to car park.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pre theatre lunch

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was top notch- can’t wait to go back!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Goodman theatre

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Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We eat at Petterino’s whenever we go to the Goodman Theatre. They have very good food, excellent drinks, and wonderful ambiance. This time I had a Manhattan, though I usually get the Windy City Martini. It was perfect. My husband and I split a Petterino’s salad, and my daughter had her usual tomato bisque. My husband had fish and chips; I had the short ribs; and my daughter had the ravioli. Everything was well prepared and tasty. The hot fudge sundae with three big scoops of vanilla bean ice cream was big enough to share. We love eating there and highly recommend it to anyone for pre theater dining.

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PW
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good service and food. Little pricey for what you get- but is downtown so goes with the territory

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall it was great. Food and service were excellent. We were in a hurry and the server made sure we were in and out pretty quickly considering the type of meal we had.

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for restaurant week with my cousin who never been before. We did some restaurant week and regular menu options. Everything was great as usual.

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a
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My friend and I enjoyed our dining experience. While it was great, there were some opportunities that Petterinos can improve upon. My friends risotto was a bit salty that evening. My steak was served well done even though I requested medium rare. However, the chef brought out the replacement steak himself and it was perfect! Our server was pleasant and attentive the whole evening. I wished the server had asked us if we were going to the theater because he would have brought the check a bit sooner without us having to track him down at the end. He came by frequently throughout our meal but as luck would have it when we really needed him he was with another guest. That’s no slight against him.

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E
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our dinner was excellent, as was the service. Highly recommend for a great pre-theatre dinner.

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n
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious! Great place to bring clients and friends alike! It's always busy and the staff is very friendly!

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s
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and relaxing!!

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Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We were greeted by the hostess and taken by another employee to our table. After 10 minutes our server Greg, came by to obtain our drink orders. During that wait we were given water by the busboy but no bread basket was delivered. When Greg returned with my beverage, we requested a bread basket and ordered our food. After another 10 minutes a bread basket was delivered to our table by another employee. After 15 more minutes we waved Greg over and advised him that our soup and salads had still not been delivered and, the soup should be taken off the bill if our entrees were close to being served. He said he would check. Five minutes later our entrees were served. 10 minutes later Greg returned and asked if our soup and salad was ever delivered, we told him no and he stated he would have the soup taken off the bill. He offered to box my friend's salad to go. After another 10 minutes passed we called Greg over to request another soda, at that time he did not ask my friend if she wanted her water refilled and, at no time during the meal did any other employee offer to refill her water. My friend also advised him that we were celebrating my birthday, (apparently he had not been told this even though it was included in the notes for this reservation, and after ordering a dessert to share, we requested our check be brought at the same time as the dessert. It was another 10 minutes before the dessert was delivered. We have Greg cash for the bill along with my Lettuce Entertain You rewards card and advised him to use one of the birthday rewards when he processed the bill. He returned not having processed any reward discount. We waited again for that to be corrected. The food was very good but the service was quite lacking on this visit. It did appear that there were a number of new employees so I hope this is not a continuing trend as this is one of my favorite restaurants.

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

Petterino's is always reliable, especially when we have theater tickets. They are quick and efficient, yet we never feel rushed. The food is dependable and the menu changes enough so regular diners don't get bored.

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

A pleasant and professional place. Great location for dining before the Goodman.

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MM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We greatly enjoyed our dinner. It is a nice feature that you can substitute any of the featured specials of the day to the prix fixe menu. Portions are very large, so plan accordingly! I second the excellent reviews of their peppermint ice cream with chocolate sauce--it was delicious, but 3 scoops were beyond me. I made it though 2 scoops, with all the chocolate. Yum!

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LY
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great time at Petterino's. We ate brunch before a theater matinee. The food was delicious and our server did a great job also. He helped select items we truly enjoyed. Our drinks were always full and the restaurant allowed us to move to a seat that was more comfortable for our backs. This could be a 'second home'.

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l
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Great brunch! Felt a little rushed by the waiter,

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BT
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Usually one of my favorite restaurants, but NOT this time!! I always come there with two friends before our scheduled Goodman Theater play. It is understandably busy but was always great. This time the service was poor. Waiter was not attentive. Seemed to ignore our table, in particular, while attending to those around us, including a party that arrived 15-20 minutes after us. I have had this waiter in the past. While he has never been my favorite, this experience was quite subpar.

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KH
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was ok. Flavors and textures seemed a bit off on certain dishes. Our waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable. Overall it was a bit if a let down for the price.

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H
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed an amazing meal on Saturday night! The host was very accommodating, I had to call and let them know we were running late and they changed our reservation with no issue. The food was EXCELLENT and the service was perfect. Our waiter didn’t crowd us and we always felt like we had everything we needed! I wish I caught his name to give him a shoutout! Thanks Petterino’s I’ll be back before my next show!

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B
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great place for pre-theater dinner, especially during inclement weather. Good food and cocktails. Noisy and tables close together.

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MB
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had brunch before our Saturday matinee and it was delicious! Wait staff was friendly and attentive.

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G
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Busy and crowded pre-theater—but efficient and fun and tasty.

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B
Chicago
209 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good wine selections. The fritzel salad is the best "side" salad anywhere. It's a fantastic, delicious start to a meal. Their chicken parmesan is the best in Chicago. The white fish with veggies is pretty great, too. The key lime pie and espresso chocolate cake are also very, very good!

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FF
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious chicken parm. Really good Caesar salad. Great peppermint hot fudge sundae.

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CG
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening! Went there for our anniversary. .

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love Petterino's for our pre-theatre dinner. We can always count on consistently good food, a good wine selection, and excellent service (Daniel is the best!). The white-tablecloth environment is special but not too fancy. The dining room and bar feel like Classic Chicago.

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b
Chicago
194 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Petterino's is a good choice for pre-theater dinner, particularly at the Goodman. They are very conscious that their early evening diners are often theater-goers and are conscientious about making sure those people get in and out in the appropriate amount of time. Food is good rather than great, but always reliable.

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SS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very loud. We were rushed and the food was cold and boring.

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