Bar Lupo

4.1
243 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
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  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
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Bar Lupo is a neighborhood Italian pub in River North's booming Gallery District. Join us for strong drinks, great music, red sauce favorite and regional Italian classics.

Aperitivo weekdays from 3-5pm. $4 beer and wine; $5 spritzes. Have two!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Italian, Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Open daily at 3pm
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(312) 643-3400
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Cross street
N. Wells St.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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Bar Lupo is an Italian Pub in River North serving decent pasta and red sauce classics.

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1.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Ugh... I wanted this to be good. Don’t go, the service and wine isn’t worth the headache. We sat outside, 80% of their tables were full during prime time happy hour while inside what’s completely empty. Outside is a nice place to sit, but the food is over priced and wine is served warm. While we were sitting there we heard at least one bottle hit the ground and break.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

I've been to Bar Lupo many times and I can always expect something different. I would prefer more consistency in the service and in the food portions. The food portions seem to be getting smaller each time I go. Although the patio may be more casual, I would like to see the servers outside dress up a bit as their attire doesn't really reflect the professionalism and ambiance of the restaurant (way to casual and not insync with the inside servers). The food was very good as usual and I will still go again, maybe not so late in the evening and definitely will not sit out in the patio.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Great location. Good variety on the menu. Our server was excellent

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Super cool Italian punk rock vibe inside and welcoming Euro style patio :)

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Great spot and chill for a Saturday afternoon. We sat on the patio and drank unlimited mimosas for 3 hours. Our server brought us several caraffes (there were 5 of us) and we got sufficiently drunk so it was a good value. The food was good too!

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

It was very crowded outside and there were not enough servers.

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2.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Terrible service

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Hannah was our server. She was fabulous and gave us delicious recommendations! Fun place and yummy eats. Great for bday celebrations!!!

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3.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Not enough staff

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2.0Dined on July 4, 2018

The prices on open table did not reflect the prices on the actual menus at the restaurant. We came in thinking we would get a substantial meal for an appropriate price. The prices are way too high for what was provided. We had only one appetizer, one side and one entree and a few drinks and the price was outrageous. The food was lackluster as well. I wouldn’t return if I was actually hungry.

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2.0Dined on July 4, 2018

The wine was overpriced, the pasta not drained well, and the presentation lacking. The bread was too hard and made for a subpar dining experience. Will not be going back.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Jamie was great and very accommodating to my large group of gals!

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1.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Awful food was under cooked. Went on a Saturday night and no one was there the place was empty

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2.0Dined on June 14, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Food and wine were fantastic!! Though it did take 20 minutes to get our wine and it wasn't that busy.

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1.0Dined on June 13, 2018

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! 👎🏻

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Food is outstanding, Hanna our server was very helpful with recommendations. Would highly recommend and return on our next visit to Chicago!

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on May 22, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Their truffle pasta is AMAZING! Highly recommend this place!

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

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!

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2.0Dined on April 29, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

My friend’s birthday. Dinner was awesome. Cocktails superb. Great service. Will be back!

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Tiny menu. Didn't care for my pasta, but wife's chicken parm sandwich a big hit

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Best place ever! Love this place for wine deals and a fun atmosphere. great service

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Perfect! Such a hidden gem!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

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!

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1.0Dined on March 18, 2018

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.

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1.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on March 10, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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!

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