Bar Lupo is a neighborhood Italian pub in River North's booming Gallery District. Join us for strong drinks, great music, red sauce favourites and regional Italian classics. We offer private events + catering for groups sized 2-250.View Private Dining Details
Bar Lupo is an Italian Pub in River North serving decent pasta and red sauce classics.
We really wanted this place to be amazing. The decor was fun. The food looked (and tasted) amazing. Our waitress, though, was horrendous. After drink orders, I told her that we were on separate checks (only a party of 8, not insane) and she made it seem like I had just completely inconvenienced her with the request. We saw her every 30 minutes (maybe) if the FOUR hours we were there unintentionally. When I asked for appetizer tips, a couple we could share, she said she could put a sampler together and then ordered 4 appetizers on our behalf. I spent $50 that I wasn’t expecting to on that alone.
At some point she asked if we wanted another round of drinks and when a few people said “yes” but two of us weren’t even aware (in a conversation at the other end of the table), she didn’t bother to check. She brought a whole round. I returned mine because I was driving and hadn’t ordered it in the first place. When I approached her about it, she said “well, I asked the table and you didn’t say anything....”
When we were done, we waited an hour to get any attention from her. Then she told us she had 8 tables outside, who apparently were waaaay more important than we were. She finally collected our cards and then charged us for the wrong amounts, saying that she didn’t do gratuity right. Next thing you know, she’s increased our auto gratuity from 18% to 20%, as if to say WE were the annoying ones and she somehow was deserving of tips for work she barely did.
Beyond that, she tried running my card.... three times before thinking something might be wrong.... I got a fraud alert. Duh.
Bar Lupo, Jaime (or whatever her name was) is not the face of your restaurant that you seek. Maybe a little customer service training is in order.
They ran of fish and muscle for dinner..Rest of the food is chicken or pork! Server is new does not know much about the food... pretty pricey! Soup is $13? Olive $8... beer on draft is $10.... not going back! 👎🏻
Food is outstanding, Hanna our server was very helpful with recommendations. Would highly recommend and return on our next visit to Chicago!
Table of 20 people so we were seated in the back room, which fit everyone comfortably but the noise level in the small space was high. Also it got stuffy with so many bodies in the small space. Service was good. Appetizers were awesome. Burger was delicious. Cool atmosphere and good drink specials.
I reserved this restaurant for a bachelorette dinner, and everyone loved the vibe of the restaurant! The cocktails were so different and good, while the food was amazing. Highly recommend!
An unexpected gem for lunch in the river north. Delicious food and solid service. Overall a very satisfying experience. I will certainly go back for dinner.
Love the ambiance - very comfy. Cocktails are well done. Bar Lupo has probably the best minestrone I've ever had - absolutely delicious - light, flavorful, and really clean tasting - not muddled or heavy in the least. I like this place - it's easy, tasty, close to my work. My only hesitation for not going more often is that it is pricey for what you get - especially the starters. Pricier than comparables on the food. Drink prices are market - no complaint there.
Their truffle pasta is AMAZING! Highly recommend this place!
This was a great meeting spot that is quiet and accessible to transportation. The staff was very nice and helpful. The food was good. We enjoyed our time there.
Great food, been a couple times and only had a couple things off the menu but they've been phenomenal, which keeps me coming back. The service is always excellent as well, from that host to server, bartenders, and bus boys that come in between. A very lowkey location but Definitely a great find in river north.
Bottomless mimosa brunch, plus incredibly tasty food. The place was empty, but I believe this is because google shows them as closed on Sunday’s, which they’re not. Will definitely come back!
Very good food!! We arrived around 9pm and had a reservation. Our waitress made us feel under the impression that we were a tad bit bothersome. One person in our party asked for a substitute for a cocktail and the waitress responded that they can't and if they make changes and we don't like the cocktail "fear of losing money" gave off an awkward impression. Food and the bar tender (Bill) were great! but table service we received wasn't what we expected.
My friend’s birthday. Dinner was awesome. Cocktails superb. Great service. Will be back!
Tiny menu. Didn't care for my pasta, but wife's chicken parm sandwich a big hit
Authentic Italian food, and delicious. Friendly and helpful staff. We
ll run. Great tasting appetizers. Have the minestrone soup. Not hurried. Worth the trip and the cost, but not expensive. I'd return.
Best place ever! Love this place for wine deals and a fun atmosphere. great service
Went to Bar Lupo to celebrate a birthday and they took very good care of our large party! We had 13 people and they were able to split checks accordingly as well which was very nice. Our server was great and everything was done in a timely fashion. The food was also delicious!
The breakfast sandwich (as a skillet) is amazing! Unique and delicious. Not a lot of other patrons but with good food and a good bottomless option I feel like more people will start coming soon.
Perfect! Such a hidden gem!
Our waitress was super easy-going and polite. She gave great recommendations too. Nothing better than a place that gets it. Didn’t overwhelm us with the menu. Servers remain attentive but not overly attentive. Noise level was perfect. I really love everything about this place. Well done Lupo!
awesome all the way around. consistently great service, food and ambience. been for dinner many times and weekend brunch is also really good. great spot in summer.
The food and champagne were excellent, the decor amazing and our server was THE BEST! We loved her so much we had her join us in our group photo! It was a 50th birthday and they went over and above to make her feel special! Loved it! Thanks!
the service at this place is just terrible and the food, given the price, isn't much better. there are too many good italian places in chicago for this place to be in business much longer.
I don’t know if they were understaffed or what happened but it took an hour to get just a drink and an appetizer and 2 hours to get our food. Our waiter was never really around and we only got service when we spoke with the hostess about how long we had been waiting. Multiple tables were having the same issue. We were testing out the restaurant to see if we wanted to go there for a larger group outing but we will definitely not be back
I initially really liked this place for its many virtues- housemate pasta, affordable Italian wines, vegan friendly options and a very large space that’s close to home. I later decided to host a special event in their private room and held multiple meetings with the staff to fine tune the details to insure a perfect event. About 80% of the agreement was executed to the level of our agreement. The event started off fine but within a half hour, it was clear that the staffing was falling short. We did not have a dedicated wait staff and their was no continuity between them. The long and short of it, the service is lacking. As much as I like the individuals working there, they could greatly benefit from hiring ancillary staff to bus tables, serve water. This restaurant tends to overwhelm itself by scheduling special events and then can barely keep up with the demands. I would love for this place to thrive but at present, they cannot compare with the number of power houses in Chicago that consistently show great attention to service and are overall better managed.
Finally the pasta is consistently way too al dente. Nearly inedible.
Simply fabulous. Food was exceptional! Staff were all attentive. Overall vibe was cool - nice blend of age groups and attire. Felt very comfortable and had a fantastic time!
Spent Valentines Day here right before closing time. Very nice place to impress date, not too flashy but has a good vibe.
Good place for a group or a date. Interesting cocktails and light snacks for an "Italian Pub".
Would be nice to add a few more "small plates" like Octopus or other Italian Appetizers / Tapas.
Can be a bit noisy if you're a couple near a big group. Great service...very nice people who took care of us.
Really like the couches & chairs in the lounge are...nice and more quiet for drinks & talk with a date.
Staff was friendly but get ready for an expensive meal for very little food. With that said, the stuffed crispy meatballs were amazing.
4 of the 8 people in my party ordered the Tagliolini. Sadly, all 4 did not like it. Zero flavor.
Love the atmosphere and decor as you walk in.Small selection but interesting menu offerings.Many fun options for seating,not just standard tables.Friendly attractive staff.Loved Ricotta toast,our Kale salad had only trace kalamata olives,Our server suggested a decadent chocolate type pudding that tastes like Milk Duds...definitely get that!
Food was relatively good ... both toasts (avocado and ricotta) were worthies it! We also enjoyed abbottom-less mimosa for $17, which is really convenient!
Food was Phenominal! Meatballs with the perfect crunch and melted cheese in the middle! Great staff with Conner and Sevannah and the music hit the spot. A MUST TRY!
Food was just OK, we won't be back with so many other choices in Chicago. One dish was much too spicy and it was not authentic to the Italian version or mentioned in the Menu description.
Emphasis here is on drinking.
Seated 30 minutes after reservation time. Host kept us updated which was nice, but it was pretty late.
Food was fine, service was fine.
The biggest problem was how loud it was. Could barely hear each other over the noise from other tables. Was bad enough to skip dessert portion of our restaurant week pre-fixe.
Also we weren’t seated at a proper table, our high top chairs didn’t have backs so it was hard to actually relax while straining to have a conversation.
Great food. Nice servers
Great ambiance and vibrance and great food, service could have been better but I guess they were short on servers
Food was very good, but expensive for the portions and the service was very slow.
Excellent Italian meal!! Server was awesome and offered up great recommendations! Highly recommend!
The staff was very warm & welcoming. Loved the ambiance. Easy parking right out front. So wonderful, We closed the place! We shall return!