Pre-theater dinner at Petterino’s was mediocre at best. I called the restaurant 6 hours earlier to tell them we would be arriving 90 minutes before our reservation. The female host said she could accept us as a walk-in and try to get us in close to our arrival time. When we arrived the woman had left and the male host was unaccommodating and rude. Much later I overheard him with other guests being similarly dismissive.
We ended up eating at a small high-top table at the bar. The restaurant’s menu is relatively limited and boring. The chicken parmesan tasted dry and pre-made as were all the other items we ordered. For instance I had a small chopped salad that tasted like it had been sitting open in a refrigerator for 2 days.
My suggestion is to go somewhere else.
Perfect pre theatre spot!
This restaurant is always a favorite before the theatre!
Really great service. Tasty food. Just a little loud for chatting with a bigger table. But it has a great vibe.
Waiter did not follow instructions for charging credit card and switched the cards upon returning them to us. This inconvenienced us because we had to meet to switch the cards back and had to work work to adjust incorrect charges.
Very good food and service. Waiter greeted us quickly and drinks brought promptly. Good food recommendations from staff.
Hadn't been there for quite awhile and was glad to reconnect with a fine restaurant.
A reliable pick for any pre-theater eaters. The menu features something for everyone.
Amazing as usual. We love John our preferred waiter. He provides fantastic service!
I recently dined at Petterino's after a gap of a few years and enjoyed it more than I had remembered. The positive experience may have been party due to our seating in a booth in a quieter part of the restaurant (the section closest to the Goodman Theatre). We also ordered several things from the specials menu (crispy burrata starter and scallops) which may have contributed to our feeling of having a "treat." I also really enjoyed the teriyaki salmon from the regular menu.
Pre-theater dinner with friends. Service was wonderful and food came out quickly. Wait staff was friendly and very helpful. Great pre-theater pre-fixe menu and everyone’s meals were delicious!
Attached to Goodman Theater, which was where we were seeing a play. Valet parked for $16 and our car was waiting for us when the play ended. Couldn’t have been more convenient! Highly recommend.
We selected Petterino's as it was mentioned on our Wait Wait Don't Tell Me tickets, as we wanted to have a nice meal before the show taping. The entire experience was all we hoped for. The location was a block from our parking and 2 blocks from the theater. The timing of our reservation (5:15) was perfect for our tickets. We were exactly on time and were seated immediately. The service of our waiter, John D., was prompt and efficient. The food was delicious. One of our party ordered from the Prix Fixe menu; the other 2 from the regular menu. All the selections were prepared as requested and served in a timely fashion. We were finished with the perfect amount of time to walk 2 blocks for our show. We would definitely eat here again or recommend it to friends.
Very good variety of choices. Wine choices were good. The service was attentive, personable and friendly. Altogether this was a pleasant dining experience. Thank you
Both my friend & I enjoyed the atmosphere & food. Our waiter was very helpful & made suggestions to help us decide on the great food. The filet mini burgers with horseradish was perfect for lunch. We can’t say enough about the creamy peppermint ice cream with hot fudge...it was superb!
I went as part of a girls outing and we thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. Our waiter, John, was fabulous and the corner booth we were seated in was perfect. The food, the atmosphere, and the drinks were amazing. Thank you!
I have dined at this restaurant several times, as I am an avid theater patron. Petterino's is conveniently located around the corner from the Chicago Theater. I made a reservation for 8pm on Saturday March 3rd via Open Table. I specifically noted that if an earlier time became available I would appreciate an update. I arrived early to the restaurant and stated the same. The host was a tal,l handsome fellow who greeted us right away. The hostess acknowledged our request for early seating and stated it shouldn't be a problem. Perfect! So, we decided to have a drink at the bar. Delicious Prosecco and Cosmo. Meanwhile, at least a dozen other parties came in and were seated right away. Some I imagine had reservations while others clearly did not. Once the reservation time passed, I had to address the situation. I was getting a bit antsy since the doors to our comedy show opened at 9pm. We were promptly seated. Again, the same tall gentleman offered to get us a drink while we waited for our order to be taken. We decided to keep it simple and order burgers, mine being well done, my cousin's medium well. both came out like burnt charcoal briquettes. Unfortunately, there was no time to make mention of this since time was so limited. Usually, this establishment is right on the money especially with an extensive theater clientele having delicious food, courteous staff, timely service. I felt rushed and my meal left alot to be desired. Finally, per the website-restaurant patrons that arrived after 7pm were to receive complimentary valet parking, yet we got tagged $15 upon picking up our vehicle after the show. Presumably, disappointing experience overall.
Great place to dine before a show.
Outstanding food, very attentive service. Due to its popularity, it is always crowded and tends to be noisy. If you are looking for a cozy, quite, romantic place, this would not be it.
If you enjoy hustle and bustle of a famed restaurant, this is it.
Food is outstanding, servers very attentive (tho' sometimes seemed a bit overwhelmed by the sheer volume of clients). Crafted mixed drinks and micro beers are top of the line.
Pleasantly surprised by the new Saturday Brunch menu. Caifornia Omelet and Short Ribs Hash were excellent.
We were pleasantly surprised to learn upon our arrival that Petterino's is extending their brunch offering to include Saturday. We very much enjoyed the Maryland Crab Cake Eggs Benedict and the Avocado Toast.
When I booked the reservation, I indicated that it was for a birthday. I even told the waitress when we got there. She did nothing to celebrate my son's birthday and I was very disappointed. The service was very slow and we had to get to the theatre, so we didn't have time to say anything. I plan on calling the restaurant to voice my displeasure.
Delicious food, service a bit slow, ambiance exciting.
Food was ok as we did the pre dinner option. My mom and I could of shared one of them instead of getting two. Disappointed that I called to ask about valet and wasn't told the start time. So instead of paying $16 for valet I paid $40 for self park down the street.
As always, food was excellent. Our server Daniel was very attentive and knowledgeable regarding the menu options. I love to take my friends her for birthday celebrations as the atmosphere is refined but the prices are reasonable.
Terrific business lunch, server Daniel was attentive to our time constraints and sensitive about interrupting conversation. I was pleased my request for a booth against the wall was honored, and the food was excellent, many options across mid-to-higher range prices and daily special at a good value.
Great food and service
Fabulous as always.
Nice lunch with my wife and friend before a matinee theater showing. Would go again.
My experience at Petterino's as reflected above was outstanding. Not only was the food absolutely delicious our waiter was probably one of the best waiters I have ever had. He was very attentive without being overbearing. I would highly recommend Petterino's and hope to get back there sometime soon.
Our waiter was great! He made proper suggestions and checked back with us numerous times to be sure all was well without being obtrusive.
We loved our waiter. Thought we were getting a lunch menu and it was a brunch menu but our waiter helped us out
Great food, amazing service from Juan M! We were in town for the Midwinter Dental Conference, can’t wait to come back!
We arrived a bit late for our reservation but the hostess got us seated at a fabulous table and we had a Very Attentive waiter who suggested their specials since it was our first time there.
The food was delicious from the appetizers to Desert.
We definitely will make this restaurant a new go to place for a Wonderful Evening Downtown !
Every restaurant can have an off night. The question is how do they respond. It was clearly a bad night but the manager took it in hand and made it right. You can't ask for more.
Always great for pre theatre. New weekend brunch menu is excellent
We always eat at Pettrino's before going to the theatre, mainly out of convenience. If there were more tried and true restaurants in the theatre district, we'd try them. That said, the service at Pettrino's is excellent and the atmosphere is special. The caricatures on the wall give the place a very established, well-regarded feel. The food is generally good or very good but not great, and rather overpriced. $72 w/ atip for two plates of whitefish with a dab of cauliflower and desert?
The food was absolutely fabulous. Service was very slow. We sat at our table for 20 minutes before the waiter candy to take a drink order. We had to make a show, so we needed a little faster service.
I love that they are sensitive about your time constraints. If you’re going before a play, they’ll advise that you may be too rushed if you’re ordering a particular item off menu. Most restaurants don’t care.
Another great lunch at Petterino's
TRACEY made sure the table #76 in the southwest corner was available.
The meal was the incredible southwest chicken salad and was on one point .
The greens were crisp and fresh, the jalapeño pepper was there to provide a little heat, avocado half was just rip, and all to other ingredients round out the tasteful dish .....
Consistently good. Adjacent to Goodman Theater and offers a 3-course prix fixe menu for theater goers in the area. Try the almond crusted whitefish. It’s delicious. A starter and dessert are also included in the fixed-price menu. We like the Fritzel salad and peppermint ice cream with fudge sauce.