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.

1801 Butterfield Rd
Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood

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.

Cross Street:
Butterfield and I355

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(630) 512-0990

Website:
http://www.carluccirestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Live entertainment on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in the bar. In the summer, the entertainer performs in the patio area.

Catering:
Catering menu is available. Large variety of items are available "to go" and we provide catering menu and service.

Parking Details:
Free self park and free valet parking.

Additional:
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

Private dining rooms are available for groups from 10 to 150 people.

Carlucci Restaurant Downers Grove Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Quiet Conversation (15)
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Good for Anniversaries (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Cozy (8)
Fun (8)
Romantic (8)
Business Meals (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Authentic (7)
Live Music (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Casual (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Healthy (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Our dinners were great and the waiter was very attentive. We went there after a performance at The Mac and would certainly recommend this restaurant to our friends.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent, as always. We had an inattentive server, which is unusual.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Good value and flavors! Did the 1c wine with friends that aren’t big wine people

Carlo and crew did nice job servicing

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Wedding planning

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Arancini is a great way to start off 4 great meals. Service from Francisco was exactly what one would want.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Glory days are gone. Everything is just a little different from say 10 years ago. A downward trend. A little shabby, a little less refined, a little downsized in menu, presentation etc. food quality was erratic, oysters mediocre, minestrone average but arancini and lasagna delicious. Costs are prohibitive for casual dining unless you frequent bar specials.

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

GREAT PLACE FOR BUSINESS LUNCH, ATTENTIVE SERVCE, GOOD FOOD. GOOD PLACE FOR CONVERSATION.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 27, 2017

We got the linguine and the grilled seafood dishes. Both were quite delicious. The place wasn't very full but the waiter was barely to be found. Maybe there was a group in another room or something but he definitely didn't pay much attention to us.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Service was slow. Order the filet which was on special. It came way over done then they reserved with the same vegetables as the first order.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Not good at all. Placed right next to the server station. My mother ordered a filet medium and it came out well done. Also, it was not a filet. Poor quality meat. We were presented with the check before the server asked if we wanted anything else.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wonderful evening. Great table. Delicious food. Terrific staff. Reasonable prices. Love going there.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

It's great to connect with long-time friends, and our waiter immediately realized we had a lot of catching up to do, so he was attentive, but didn't rush us in the slightest. The Linguine in the Parmesan wheel was a treat, as always, and others enjoyed eggplant parmesan and a spicy chicken sandwich. The atmosphere is pleasant...usually quiet, I think we were the noisiest group in the room (oops!).

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great everything!!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Sauces for the shrimp appetizer and veal piccata were bland. Prices were high for the quality of the food. The service, however, was very good.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

We all liked what we ordered but the best part was the desser Carluccis coffee! Loved it! The bar scene was lively and with live music and dancing. Altogether a very pleasant evening. We'd all go back again and soon I hope. I know a birthday is coming up soon!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Fabulous food great jazz band so glad i picked this one

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Wonderful as always!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Everything we ordered was delicious. I would definitely recommend Carluccis' . The pastas were good (gnocchi, linguini special) and the veal was good. It is a great food value.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I made a reservation through OpenTable for my father's 87th birthday dinner. We were promptly seated. Our waiter was incredibly attentive and suggested wines that complimented our meal. The food came promptly and was well heated. Most of all, it was delicious! They also surprised my father with an awesome birthday candle that I thought was going to launch! It was a lovely experience and we'll be back for many more happy occasions - including just dinner.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Food not so good.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Little tricky to get to if you don't know the area. Had a reservation and were seated promptly. Server came over as soon as we sat down. He was very attentive. The food was excellent. Will definitely come again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We were looking forward to dining at Carlucci, as we had been wanting to try it for some time. Overall, very disappointing. The caprese salad had mealy tomatoes which should never be the case this time of year. It also had little blobs of tomato puree or something that were not very tasty. Also accompanying the salad were several fruit flies.
Main course pastas were not very good. Their signature linguini was very oily and the pasta in the rigatoni Bolognese was gummy. Highlight was the tiramisu- very good. Will never go back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Waitstaff and food very good. Entree priced well. ..sides too pricey. The BREAD was AWFUL. ...not tissue normal fare,at all. It was like that bought it at the grocery store.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Romantic, People Watching, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The restaurant was way too dark, and the menu is printed too small. I could barely read it. Service was very slow. We were hoping for a quick in and out, and getting to bed early. This was not the case here. With that said, my daughter's pasta was OUTSTANDING. Basic spaghetti with meat sauce, but simply delicious!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Business Meals, Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2017

All 4 meals were very good. Service was smooth and professional even though they were busy.
Everything we have had here is very good.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We had not been to Carlucci's in a while (after a not-good experience); decided to give it another try. So much better this time! The food was very good (mahi for the ladies; guys had the linguine in the cheese wheel; salads, risotto, and shrimp starters). Service was on point. Nice wine selections too. We'll be back.

Tags: Authentic, Live Music, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We enjoyed the food and the ambience very much. Will definitely return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 31, 2017

I'm not sure what changed, but definitely not for the better. Felt dirty upon entering, some ambiance patio lights were out, no candles on the tables. Minestrone was tasteless, fish overcooked. Service was good, yet too big of gaps between visits, leaving empty wine glasses awaiting another. Will probably be my last visit of very many over the years.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Took my wife and mother-in-law and they loved it. It was a Monday, so the restaurant was not very crowded. We were very impressed with the waiter - he was attentive, friendly, and happy to please us. His recommendations were spot on. My wife enjoyed the walleyed pike. Mother-in-law enjoyed the spaghetti and meat balls. And, I had the chicken vesuvio - large portion, very good. We will be adding this restaurant to our regular rotation of fine dining places.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 22, 2017

I am the Activity Director at a memory care residential community. As a Heart's Desire program, I arranged for Mary, one of our residents, and her daughter to have lunch at an Italian restaurant to honor Mary's heritage and her lifelong love of cooking Italian food, a skill handed down from generations of Italian women, and the importance of sharing meals together. Carlucci's is one of the only quality Italian restaurants in the area open for lunch. The food was delicious and the staff was very attentive. Mary was delighted!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 17, 2017

We will definitely be back. Everything was great!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, People Watching, Fun, Live Music, Romantic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Wonderful restaurant! We were seated at a cozy, quiet booth. The waitress was extremely attentive. The owner even stopped by our table to make sure all was well! The wine list was extensive & priced fairly. Everything from the appetizer to the main entree was explicitly prepared to be visually appealing, and absolutely delicious! Would definitely return and recommend to all of our friends and family.

Tags: Live Music, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Poor service, unimaginative menu, average quality. There are many better options for the cost.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Wonderful as always!

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·Dined on August 10, 2017

Terrible Steak. House Special that night. On menu as the Big 22. Asked for it MW, got MR and RARE.

Servers dropped off plates out of reach. When notified of bad steak, a manager did bring free Tiramisu to the table, but no price reduction or offer to cook a new steak. The price for this piece of meat was $36....very important to cook the steak to temperature at that price.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 8, 2017

For this particular occasion, we chose to sit on Carlucci's beautiful patio. Their patio is one of the reasons I enjoy dining here so much! It is relaxing, with lots of foliage and a large fountain. During the week, it is a very peaceful place to have a pleasant conversation. (On Saturday nights, there is usually a band and it is a bit more lively- equally enjoyable.) For dinner, we started with calamari. And while we were not crazy about it, we all RAVED over our entrees: Penne Vodka w/mozzarella, Chicken Parm, and Chicken Piccata. Our service was excellent and our server even kindly brought out desert for the birthday girl. (Try their tiramisu!) This place is quite the gem. <3

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 26, 2017

We chose Carlucci's to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of good friends. We were immediately seated at a table that looked out onto the lovely secluded patio. The menu offered something to please everyone. At the conclusion of our meal, we were surprised with a slice of tiramisu topped with a sparkler. Our friends were impressed. Thanks, Carlucci's, for making this a memorable event.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 23, 2017

How a great dinner, wonderful service and nice Muslim the patio. We love it there !

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Casual
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