Bar Roma

4.6
388 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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It takes more than exquisite cooking to make a memorable meal. We at Bar Roma believe an intimate atmosphere in the right location, personal and attentive service and great company are what separates a delicious dinner from an unforgettable experience.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Brunch
Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm
Bar
Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm–12:00 am
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–1:00 am
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Phone number
(773) 942-7572
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Fred Ramos
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
W Carmen Ave
Additional
Wine

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Bar Roma is a Italian restaurant and bar in Andersonville with fantastic pastas and Italian small plates.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Bar Roma! I come here a lot and have tried many things. It's all good. The meatballs are awesome and I noticed they have some ready made to go which is dangerous for my budget.

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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

I was told my reservation wasn't listed...they switched to ' reserve'..odd

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g
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought good friends to Bar Roma that we’re visiting from San Diego.. they loved it..

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch with friends is always fantastic at Bar Roma

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S
Indiana
26 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great find!! We were looking for a good place to eat before a show close by and picked Bar Roma for the location. We all LOVED the food!! Handmade pasta? Yes please. So tasty and charming. You’ll definitely be seeing us again soon.

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t
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Everyone seems to love this place. I’ve been twice now and don’t get it.

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l
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Large portions allowing for a great meal the day after!!!

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RM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was nice, as was our server. We mentioned that it was our anniversary when we made the reservation, and asked for a nice table where we could enjoy the occasion. But we ended up at a pretty small table, squeezed in between two other couples. It was loud. A corner or window table would have been nice.

So go for the food, but maybe don't expect them to notice / accommodate special occasion requests.

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SS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I often stop in for a solo dinner. For the price and good food, Bar Roma never disappoints!! I

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MK
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Despite a 5:30 pm reservation, and sitting down in a nearly empty restaurant. We felt our meal was rushed from start to finish. Our appetizers arrived minutes after ordering them. Our entrees arrived no more than 10 minutes after the apps. While the server did apologize that the entrees 'came 5 minutes faster than they expected'. Five minutes wouldn't have dramatically improved the situation. By the time I started my entree it was at best lukewarm. My dining partner felt her dish lacked adequate seasoning.

For future reference - order your meal in stages so you can control the speed of service.

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B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

My husband was so excited to find an Italian restaurant with squid ink pasta; however, the menu described it as lemon white wine sauce and it came with a pomadoro (spicy) sauce. Three people at our table had ordered it and two of them didn’t want a spicy dish. Therefore, food only got three stars. All other starters and dishes were quite tasty. We brought it up to the waiter and he was gracious enough to bring him a birthday dessert and two other complimentary desserts.

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DG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Italian spot with a good wine list and knowledgeable staff.

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b
Chicago
95 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a birthday meal here with family and friends - pasta is handmade and excellent! Highly recommend!

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ES
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a place we keep coming back to. On our last visit the staff were exceptionally kind and attentive making sure our friend got a comfortable place to sit in the busy bar area (she had just had hip surgery). Food and drinks were great as usual, and at reasonable prices.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday dinner with friends!

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want to have some delicious pasta... this is the pace to go. We had meatballs as well everything it was so delicious. Great service and the restaurant is really nice.

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GF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meatballs are fantastic and so was the ricotta gnocchi. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable about both the food and how the wine we selected paired with our food selection. Overall a great experience.

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j
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

The service was fantastic. The salad was the beginning of a poor presentation. The meatballs were TERRIBLE...cold and hard....

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NZ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took my parents about for their anniversary. The food was great and everyone enjoyed themselves. Highly recommended!

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DT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was good but not great. Service was very slow.

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JM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I ordered the Fettuccine Isabella

Squid ink pasta, shrimp, calamari, Manilla clams, cherry tomato, lemon garlic white wine sauce

The squid ink pasta was so over cooked that it looked like a dark risotto. It had a creamy look. They even added white pasta has a filler. Not a great dining experience.

We have dined at Bar Roma many times and we have always had a pleasant dining experience, unfortunately this time it was not good.

Our waiter offered great service!

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KF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A wonderful neighborhood spot. Good for an unplanned date night!!

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ER
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food here could be a lot better. Meatballs are good but many of the entrees lack richness or wow factor. The tomato sauce is too sweet. Cocktails also need work. Why are you putting an olive garnish on the Spritz? I like olives, but they don't belong on a Spritz.

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CS
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great spot to dine with friends after work. Loved the half priced Wine on Monday!

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CM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love Bar Roma! Best restaurant in Andersonville! Food is consistently good, service outstanding, cool bar area with great happy hour option's during the week. The only complaint I have is they changed the chicken meatballs a bit- I didn't care for them this time as they were in a much richer cream of chicken soup type of sauce (normally in more of a lighter type of broth with caramelized onions ). Our son loves the homemade pasta's, we also got the branzino and lamb dishes this time- both excellent!

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BS
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Olive oil & garlic with bread brought to the table is great! Fish was well prepared but not too flavorful. Pastas were fine. Nothing too exciting.

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AM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

We were there to celebrate a milestone birthday and very excited to try Bar Roma. We called in advance to see if they offered a gluten free cake and since they didn’t we brought our own. The waitress told us twice, I guess in case we forgot after the first time she told us, that there is an $8 cake cutting fee if we consume the cake. The bill was over $150 for three people and a cake fee is kind of ridiculous.

The food was just okay. Steak presentation was gorgeous but the potatoes were soft like they had been cooked hours before. The bruschetta portion sizes were small but flavorful. The eggplant Parmesan was mostly cheese and over cooked. The chicken meatballs were tasty.

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s
Chicago
119 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Everything they do here is so good! Meatballs are outstanding (had the chicken and the beef - sauces are great). The pappardelle with oxtail ragu is melt-in-your-mouth. The veal parm was a bit firm (overcooked?) And the bread pudding - warm, with dark chocolate, banana, chocolate & vanilla swirl gelato - OMG!! Katie the server was absolutely terrific too. Thanks for a great meal.

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K
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful server who was so nice. Was a bit disappointed that some of the items we wanted were sold out but what we got was fabulous.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Roma is perfect. Whether it’s their happy hour, weekly specials or just a Saturday night dinner they always knock it out of the park. Service, food quality, drink menu, they are THE restaurant to go to in the area.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Went to Bar Roma for the first time with 6 friends for my wife’s birthday. The food was pretty good. The service was excellent. Great setting and ambiance. I would go there again! I rate it as 7 out of 10.

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L
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! The service is excellent, the food is great!

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b
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ally was amazing. If she is working, request her section. Amazing wine knowledge and phenomenal service.

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j
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a great neighborhood restaurant with a great menu. Yes the pasta is fresh and delicious , yes try the meatballs (split the order as an appetizer for the table) veal and beef are my favorites and yes, you will not find more genuine and helpful staff. Go! What are you waiting for?!?!

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and service was amazing :)

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OT
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Bar Roma. We will be back! Loved it!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Flies and an inattentive waitress

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JH
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood spot for a dinner with a few friends. Comfortable, clean and cozy, with enough of a crowd that it felt like a popular place, but not too loud to have a conversation. The food was tasty, service attentive, and bottled wine was half off (Monday special). Would happily go again.

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LL
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We stopped here on our way home from Cubs game, We arrived early for our reservation and they seated us immediately. I had the short rib ravioli with a wonderful sauce. My husband had the sea bass and enjoyed it. We loved the arugula and peach salad. The bread is too delicious. The Italian rose wine was excellent. I always go for the French roses and this was excellent! Service was very good and efficient.

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k
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at Bar Roma is always enjoyable. Great, warm service and wonderful food.

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