Bar Cargo

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$30 and under
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Pizza Bar
Bar Cargo is a Roman pizza bar concept brought to you by Anthony Stefani, the son of notable Chicago restaurateur Phil Stefani. It was on a family trip to Italy that Anthony Stefani first fell in love with Roman-style pizza and where the concept for Bar Cargo came to life. After months of working with local chefs, pizzaiolos, and even a world pizza champion, the dough recipe and 96-hour rise process was perfected. The result is a thicker crust that is both light and airy. Topped with fresh & fun ingredients and baked in the Castelli ovens imported from Italy, the perfect Roman-style pizza is achieved. Outside of the Roman pizzas, the menu includes a wide variety of bar bites, sandwiches, and salads. The name Bar Cargo is a nod to the shipping containers used throughout the concept’s structure and the many authentic Italian ingredients that are being shipped via cargo containers for their famous Roman-style pizza.

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vipAkd1234
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing service!

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Shell82
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town for C2E2 and stumbled upon this place by our hotel. I made a reservation on Open Table, because it's Chicago and it was a Saturday night.
The service was amazing. I don't think I've ever had food from any restaurant come out so quickly. Its was hot, fresh and delicious! The pizza crust is crisp, airy and one of the best I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are lucky to have many great pizza places in Chicago...and the Roman-style pizza and the fried calamari at Bar Cargo have become our new favorite! No doubt, it is our little reminder of Italy in the midwest.

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vipMelissaK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place has good pizza, good vibe, and friendly service.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best time and the best service! Our drinks were never empty!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with a work group before the opera. Fast service, great pizzas and excellent drinks! Definitely recommend and especially for large groups. Not too busy or crowded either

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Nice place with quick service and a nice bar. Food is great but keep in mind the pizza serving is pretty good even when it says serves two. Definitely going again.

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vipChazz
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pizza, crust, cheese, everything! Also a very good beer selection!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pizza. I highly recommend the fun guy.

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vipMidwestern2dine
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a quiet post Christmas meal. Not a lot of people out and easy to get in. Happy hour drink special good.

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viptravelpuppy
Milwaukee
67 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is our pizza place when going to Chicago. Always good
Nice thing you can do 2 kinds of pizza on one. Service is always great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Brunch was fun. I wish there would’ve been more of happy ambiance in the restaurant. It seemed very quiet and our server didn’t make us feel the most welcome or comfortable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Food was great but our waitress didn’t tell us when the kitchen was closing, so by the time we were ready for dessert she told us the kitchen was already closed.

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vipMichaelK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Solid atmosphere. Food is okay, we got the Chicago, the queen, and the Juliette. The first two were decent but the Juliette was literally crust w arugula and prosciutto on top. The crust is way too thick for a pizza like that.

Fried raviolis are also frozen from a bag as are the cheese curds. To sum it up, if someone suggested to go here I’d say “okay” but would likely suggest another spot. Better cheaper places nearby.

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ladyb
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Brunch was fun, I appreciated the mini champagne bottles instead of carafes of premixed mimosas. The pizza and the salad on the breakfast buffet were a nice addition.

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ryantodd85
Liverpool
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service. Cool bar/restaurant for good food with sports on in the background if you like that kind of thing... which we do!! 😁

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday spot

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RestaurantGuy
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Good service and good food. Music was like being at a club. Very loud. Hard to talk. It was a sunday night and almost nobody there but you would have thought it was a packed club by the way they were pumping the music. Annoying.

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vipBobL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food! Good service! Great for a casual night out. Beautiful patio tucked away in river north! And it’s a Wisconsin football bar for games.

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km789456
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing food, great environment, excellent service.

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PaulK
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Bar Cargo. Great pizza. Nice place. Has not been to crowded the couple times I have been. Servers have been very attentive. All around a great place to get really good pizza.

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HannahM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service could’ve been better but the food was amazing. Some of the best pizza I’ve had in Chicago. 10/10 would recommend.

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vipLJMM
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really friendly and helpful crew working here. The pizza was excellent - crispy base, light and full of flavor. Great experience all round.

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Josey
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fried ravioli and fried artichoke YUM. A perfect outside, nice but not too boujie of a place. 10/10

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stumbled upon Bar Cargo when we couldn’t get into any of the infamous Chicago style pizzerias. Great find!

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meg1313
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We had a party of 6 people on a Saturday night and the majority of the crowd in the restaurant was around 25 years old. The food was good, it was just very loud with all of the large groups in there.

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KhadijahN
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pizza was great. The size of the pizza for the price was good as well. Server was friendly and the food was timely. Thank you!

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vipBadgerBob
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Roman style pizza was pretty good. Surprisingly, I may have enjoyed the white pizza more than the red but both were good. The outdoor patio area is a very enjoyable place to be weather permitting. Good service, good food, and good environment. Enjoy!

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vipNancy
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went when they opened for lunch so it was not too crowded. The food was great and highly recommend it.

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MsInformed
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the vibe at Bar Cargo. It is great for meeting friends or couple time. The food is consistently delicious. I recommend the calamari and cookout pizza - our favorites. TVs are well-places for watching sports and the music adds energy - always something to Shazam for later.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was great, but I’m super bummed they took my two favorite things off the menu- arancini with spaghetti and the Roman pizza. Bring them back, please!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing pizza for the money.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beer garden is adorable! Good food too, would definitely go back

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vipLauren
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Expensive and small wine pour

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JenniferB
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was hesitant about booking this place, but I am so glad that I did!!! Granted it is not Chicago deep dish, but the pizza was excellent!! Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and the service was great! I would recommend.

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BBMy
1 review