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About Carlucci Restaurant Downers Grove
• Carlucci Restaurant Downers Grove is a Regional Italian Restaurant with a contemporary décor featuring Tuscan inspired food from a rotisserie, wood -burning oven and grill. The wine list is dominated by Italian and California selections with most being Chiantis, Cabernets, Merlots, and Pinot Noirs. The great bar promotions include $3 and $5 appetizers Monday through Friday from 4-7pm, and $5 Martinis on Wednesdays. Some of their Dinning Room promotions include “Penny Wine” on Fridays (limit 2 per person), and BYOV (no corkage fee) on Thursdays. Their beautiful private dining rooms can accommodate anywhere from 15 to 120 people. The outdoor patio is definitely the place to be seen in the summer. Rotating live band performances every Saturday night. In the summer starting with the month of June; live bands perform on the patio every Thursday and Saturday.
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:30pm.
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday: 3:30pm - 10:30pm, Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm; Sunday 4:30pm - 9:30pm. Bar is open till midnight.
Butterfield and I355
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live entertainment on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in the bar. In the summer, the entertainer performs in the patio area.
Catering menu is available. Large variety of items are available "to go" and we provide catering menu and service.
Free self park and free valet parking.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Private dining rooms are available for groups from 10 to 150 people.
Carlucci Restaurant Downers Grove Ratings and Reviews
We enjoyed what would be our last dinner at Carlucci, this past Saturday evening, as they were closing that weekend. For many years, we have enjoyed the food, ambience, service , and entertainment. Many occasions were celebrated at Carlucci. We especially enjoyed the beautiful outdoor patio with the waterfall. Thank you, Joe. We will savor the memories!
This Carluccis is closing after this week end. It was great because they seated 10 of us when at first we expected only 6. The waiter was attentive. Some of the entries were excellent, mine was ok. The meatballs aren't as good as at other restaurants, and I needed to have them heated. But, the waiter did so immediately, no questions asked. I believe some of it was because they were closing this location for good after the week end. I had been here before, and it was excellent at that time. I would give a Carluccis at another location another chance. And, I can't say enough good things about the hostess and the servers. Hope they stay on or get another good gig.
The food was good, we had the pork chop and the Parmesan linguini. The prosciutto with the linguine seemed more like sliced ham, so we did not eat it. Also the bread that they brought to the table was hard and stale, and so was the next batch. For the type of restaurant and prices I expected a bit more from the service too. There were no recommendations or conversation. It was just a “what do you want to eat ” “ok do you want a refill” “yes” ..... so it’s something I would expect at chili’s. Server was very friendly, but again, not what you expect at a place like this.
This was the worst experience ever! I made reservations for 4 for Valentine's Day with my family. When we arrived I told them my reservation. They said NO you don't have one. I showed them my Open Table confirmation email. They still said no reservation. You must of made the one for the Schaumburg I restaurant.It clearly states Downer's Grove on my email as I showed it again to them.
They gave us the worst table in the restaurant. A separate room all the way in the back corner by the cold window. I asked if we could have a different table. No can do. Place was empty.
We had a question about the carbonara sauce. Waitress didn't know what was in it and they were out of it at 6pm.
They also didn't have the stuffed blue cheese olives for the Martini. They were not prepared for V-Day.
The atmosphere was relaxed and quiet. The food did not have much flavor. The pasta though was excellent. We had sword fish and it was seasoned with pepper and maybe salt - no flavor and was a bit over cooked. The noodles ( knoke) sp. that they served with the fish were dry and flavorless. Under the fish was shredded fennel and some sort of beet which was also rather tasteless.
Sorry to say this but I was very disappointed.
Really enjoy the food and a favorite is the pasta served tableside. Over the years I have recommended this place because the menu is broad, service excellent and tables. At a comfortable distance. It even works for friends with hearing issues. Cousins who have experienced gourmet dining rated this as excellent including the tomato mozzarella salad. Hard to have room for dessert, but worth the indulgence.
We went there during Restaurant Week and got to sample a bit of everything. The food was amazing. The appetizer portions were odd but delicious. Everything we got was delicious and authentic and we can't wait to go back. The linguine was honestly the second best pasta dish I've ever had in my life, second to a homemade meal in Venice.
We went there the first time as part of the Restaurant week. We were seated promptly. One of the people in the group next to our booth was loud, but otherwise was a very pleasant outing. The servers were friendly. The food was very creative and very tasty. We definitely will go back again.
By chance, we dined during Chicago Restaurant Week. The $44 prix fixe dinner was outstanding. My husband and I shared it with a bottle of wine, as did our friends, and we loved it. I woke up the next morning thinking about the delicious food. Fish was excellent.
Our waiter was terrible. It seemed he had no time for us. He put down the bread and ran. We wanted butter but he didn’t stat long enough for us to ask.
I got the wrong appetizer. When ai looked down and saw it was wrong, he was gone already. So I had to flag him down. My girlfriend had a question on her meal but since he wasn’t around, she said forget it. Maybe the staff was short handed so he couldn’t even pause at our table. It seemed like here, and he was off.
Meal was excellent though!
There was a rock band playing in the bar which made conversation in the restaurant next to impossible. They need to decide if they're a fine dining restaurant, or a night club. Food was ok, nothing special. Drinks are weak. Waitress clearly should be doing something else with her life, pleasant enough, when she showed up, which wasn't often, but not good at this job.
2 filets were ordered at our table, one "medium" one "well done and butterflied", they didn't butterfly, she couldn't tell them apart, and guessed wrong. We still tipped 20%, because that's how we roll, but all in all, not a wonderful experience.
It was our first visit to Carlucci’s Downers Grove. Ambience was perfect...noise level not too high. Conversation at our table was easily, but did not hear same from other tables. Dover Sole was delicious, and a large portion! Service was a bit sketchy. We did not see much of our server, even when the “runner” brought the food to our table. However, we do look forward to returning because of the good food and ambience.
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