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Permanently Closed - Carlucci Restaurant Downers Grove

1328 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch

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This restaurant is permanently closed. • 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Italian, Seafood
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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.
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Phone number
(630) 512-0990
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Private dining rooms are available for groups from 10 to 150 people.
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Private party contact
Sharon Borkowicz: (888) 604-3699
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Catering menu is available. Large variety of items are available "to go" and we provide catering menu and service.
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Cross street
Butterfield and I355
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Parking details
Free self park and free valet parking.
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Live entertainment on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in the bar. In the summer, the entertainer performs in the patio area.
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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

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!

zinner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined 7 days ago

They need to update their menu online. They didn’t have either dish we went there for.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

So sad that this was our last meal at Carlucci. We love this restaurant and wish all employees the best.

sharonb (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

santo (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Bad service
Did not bring or ask about bread
Wine was hot
Forgot my espresso
Bring the check without asking for desert

Host was nice!

vipGreg (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We hate to see you close. Have really enjoyed your restaurant.

vipRoss (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

This restaurant is closing on February 18 as the property has been sold to Coopers Hawk, who will build an entirely new restaurant on the site to open in 2019.

LizB11 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Our standard for Valetines Day. Great food, super atmosphere and relaxing and enjoyable.

AmyP (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.
Very disappointed.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food is usually excellent. Tonight main course was good, but dessert special for Valentine's Day was horrible.

Waiter was rude

vipPlanter (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

We came here for restaurant week with some friends and had a luscious meal. Lunch menu is very adequate With plenty of good choices.

vipKathy (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

Lupita (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Girls night out.. food was fabulous and the service was great!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Was a great experience. Waiter was personable and had good knowledge of the wines. Food was excellent for the price.