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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4.3

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4.1

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
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Romantic (13)
Good for a Date (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Business Meals (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Cozy (8)
Authentic (8)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Fun (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Casual (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Live Music (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Seasonal (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined a day ago

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Waiter was rude

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vip
 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Thanks to Carlo for making the evening memorable. The restaurant week menu was a great value.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Always a good experience. Very reliable food quality and service. And they had half off wine bottles! That was a great special!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Absolutely wonderful Restaurant Week menu. Food was all very good and selection great. Definitely will be back. No hassle and we were able to talk without shouting at each other. Classy place without over doing it.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Went for Restaurant Week, food was great and the lunch was an amazing value and the service was extra friendly. Anxious to go back for dinner.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Nice venue good service. Good food went for restaurant week lunch was excellent

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

It was our first time there. The Linguini Bobonato was outstanding. The Salami Board is sufficient to share with others at your table. Everything was well prepared and delicious.
We definitely will go back.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Went there for Restaurant week. First time at that Restaurant.
I was very happy with the service & food. What they offer
for Restaurant week was great. The Filet I had was delicious,
the pasta was great very we had was great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Went to Carlucci’s because it was part of Chicago’s Restaurant Week. The special menu selections were very nice and priced at $44 for 4 courses. The portions were ridiculously large and I took home portions for three more meals! Great, attentive service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great Restaurant Week menu ...large portions

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

As always we.had a wonderful dinner, and our server Liz was great!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Our food was amazing but the waiter wasn't attentive at all and we were a party of 8 and he came to our table only 3 times!!

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Organic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Very good menu options. Service was prompt and courteous. Food was very good. I will definitely go back when the opportunity presents itself.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We love this place. Beautiful inside and out. Great ambiance especially the patio. Make sure you try the pasta dish made in the cheese wheel!!!

Tags: Seasonal, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The food was excellent. I had the linguini presented in the parmesan cheese wheel! Our waiter was awesome!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

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

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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 on December 8, 2017

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 7, 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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