Petterino's

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8983 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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OT
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here before going to the Cadillac theatre. If you are seeing any show, this is hands down the best restaurant within the area. The food was delicious, atmosphere was great, and overall the service was good! Loved everything about Petterino’s and would recommend to anyone whether they are seeing a show or not.

PS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good place in Chicago's theatre district. Nice ambiance, good service. Food is fine but nothing great.

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

I was disappointed when I went for lunch before a play. I wasn’t in a hurry, but I felt rushed by the people busting tables. They were constantly coming around and asking if we were finished and asking if we were finished with the bread.

K
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was particularly noisy on Tuesday. Difficult to hear conversations. Don't remember this problem in the past because we love eating here?

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

Great waiter! He was very concerned bout getting us to the next door Goodman show on-time.

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

This is about as minor an issue as I've ever complained about but here it is. The Crabmeat Eggs Benedict was wonderful (but needed a bit more Hollandaise.) I got the requested extra and put it over the dish. Half of it was put into a doggie bag. When I got home, I found that not a trace of the sauce ended up in the container. A minor frustration to be sure. But there it is. Can staff be reminded we want all of the leftovers, and scrape a little more.

P
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for a nice dinner and I must say it was extremely nice. Food was excellent, service was quick and peaceful. Will definitely return next time I’m in Chicago.

DR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Fine place to have a quick dinner before a show, but not outstanding. While we were seated right away, it took 10 mins for a waiter to come by. The soup of the day Chicken noodle was delicious. Chicken Parmesan was on the salty side and sauce was uninspired. Trout was very good.

ST
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the experience was very good.

S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food is excellent. Salad and especially the dressings are fantastic. Food is well-prepared and tasty. Service is not as attentive as it could be. This is the second visit and both time service was lacking in attention. This time our wine did not come out until we had our meals and asked where it was.

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything very good excellent service the food very well.

AC
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was fun and reminiscent of Sardi's in New York. The food was great and our server was very attentive. We did the prix fixe menu and the food came out very quickly.

E
Chicago
444 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are return diners at Petterino's and had another wonderful dinner! Cocktails and wines are varied and prices are fair. Their Caesar salad is as good as anyplace in the Chicago area! The chicken vegetable soup was excellent. My wife loved her salmon, and I went out on a limb to have the trout (which I never try,) and was rewarded with a delicious filet of tasty fish! Service was excellent, the ambience old school classic, and overall a great experience.
Except...my wife, whose birthday we were celebrating, was wished "Happy Birthday" three different times, and...nothing!!! Not even a cupcake. The takeaway? Don't celebrate anything there and expect recognition other than lip service.

TB
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Menu was varied enough to suit everyone’s varied tastes. The proximity to the theater is ideal. Value was typical for a downtown restaurant. Service was efficient but bordered on dull. I guess we like to have genuine interaction with the wait staff, but either he was tired or not interested as our inquiries were given brief and unenthusiastic answers. With so many options it may be a long while before we choose to eat here again.

G
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best server and our food was amazing! We all got the price fixed menu and we were so happy with our food. I recommend the crispy burrata and the chicken Armando

JB
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner. My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary and chose this restaurant for our “pre-show” dinner. The food was delicious. Their Prix Fixe menu had great options for a great price. The ambiance was nice. And they were playing top 40 music. Which was just fine by us. Overall we had a great experience and would gladly dine there again.

K
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service as always. Love the pre fixe menu for before theater dining.

SW
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my daughter there for her 16th birthday before going to see Hamilton. She loved the food and the environment. Thank you for making her birthday special!

A
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent food and service however the chicken and crusted Parmesan had too much cheese and was very very salty. Need a few more healthier items on the menu in today’s environment

p
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Six adults seated in a booth which should have held four. Short ribs tasted like they had been sitting for a long time.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The new menu is horrible, a lot of old time favorites taken off, like country rigatoni, the wedge, the fritzel

F
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I was disappointed this time. I've been there before, but this time I was not happy. We arrived ten minutes early for our noon reservation and were brusquely turned away until noon, even though there were open tables. It took 45 minutes to get our salad orders. That's excessive, but no apology. We asked for separate checks and were told it could take up to 20 additional minutes. Come on!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Bring back the fritzle salad!!! SO disappointed

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

Nice place to have a wonderful salad glass of wine and people watching; our waiter T** was fabulous!

SR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was undercooked
But the manager was very helpful.
The kitchen needs an over haul
Also the menu is limited

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

Excellent food and the best server (DAN) ever! Parking is great for the theater in the surrounding blocks. Never disappoints - a solid choice for a great meal.

D
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

We arrived for our reservation on time only to have the manager hold up seating those waiting. We waited 20 minutes when there were clearly many empty tables. As a restaurant in the theater district they should know when the plays get out and have their wait staff there.

j
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was very average, my chicken paragon was very tough. My wife had he put pie was lacking in taste, very ordinary. Appreciate a different approach but it missed it's mark.

PA
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic, great service, and they really accommodated the two kids with us (made a 1/2 order of a pasta not on the kids menu, brought more bread, etc).

VB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location and good food. The service was attentive yet discreet.

I
Chicago
119 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We arrived early due to an added Metra train and still got to be seated early. We enjoyed the sliders with a cup of tomato soup. Nice to have brunch menu available. Crab cakes benedict was a nice change.
Service was very good but we did have 3 or 4 different servers stop.

N
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our first visit to Petterino's with friends! The service was friendly, yet professional. We enjoyed lunch before going to see the musical, Hamilton. Parking valet, was very helpful, especially considering it was the weekend of Lollapalooza! Always so much happening in Chi town! We will definitely make a return visit!

JF
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We like going to Petterino's before we attend the Sat. matinee or any other time we're in the Theater Dist. We like their food, but we wish they would put back some of our old favorites. However we can still find things we like and one of the best things is the fixed prixe section of their menu. This gives a first course, main course and dessert.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 2

We were not seated until 20 minutes after our reservation time. The waiter never came to take our order. I finally got the manager who took our order. The food was not served until 30 minutes after the order was taken. I had to find someone to pay the bill and we almost missed our theater time. Overall a very bad experience.

JR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Our server was gone for long amounts of time and had no apology when he did show up. We ordered appetizers and dinner at the same time and specifically asked that the appetizer come out before the meal and guess what! They came out at the same time. The food took a really long time to arrive and you could tell it had been sitting in the kitchen for a while. Petterino’s has a great location and the outdoor seating on this beautiful summer evening was second to none, but that still isn’t enough to make me go back.

e
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went to petterino's for early dinner after play at Goodman. It is always reliable. Had old standbys tomato bisque, cheeseburger and hot fudge sunday and they were all as good as I remember.

D
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Petterinos is a fun place to dine before a play. The ambience is quite theatrical with the celebrity caricatures all around. The service was very friendly and efficient. the bread was outstanding and food was good with a great selection including for children. The location is perfect for the theatre district.

G
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We love Petterino's! What's not to like? The bartenders were super nice! Lunch was delicious and they even kept our leftovers for us until after the play. It's SO convenient to the theaters!

JW
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

This review was for a dining experience on a weekday evening during showtime rush. I have dined in several of theatre districts restaurants at that time and I would say Petterino's is a place I would not dine at again at before a show. The place was very busy.

The good
The food was OK for the price
The waiter was very polite

The bad
Even with reservations they still didn't seat me with 1 member of the party missing ( a pet peeve of mine.)
The menu was rather short on options with little creativity.
Drinks took almost 30 minutes to arrive.
Food took almost an hour to get the table.
Never got asked if we wanted even a second drink.
service was exceedingly slow.

all in all i think the price was mid range and the service and speed was on the low end. I would not repeat for a before show meal. I would consider going again at another time, but it would not be my first choice.

NP
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really appreciated that our out of town guest could check her luggage as we were going to the theatre after lunch. Also a plus was the ability to leave our "doggy bags" to pick up after the show. A very efficient experience.

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