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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4.2

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4.3

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4.3

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4.1

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Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
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Special Occasion (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Good for Groups (11)
Good for a Date (11)
Romantic (10)
Cozy (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Business Meals (9)
Fun (8)
Authentic (7)
Live Music (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Casual (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Healthy (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
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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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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Food not so good.

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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 22, 2017

As always the linguini was great!

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·Dined on July 20, 2017

Food was good, service was terrible. 30 minutes to get our check.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 17, 2017

GREAT Staff !!! The manager Sharon is amazing...Quinn rocks !! Excellent waiter...

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The menu is very small and limited. It was missing the pasta dishes & baked cheese dishes we all crave but shouldn't eat. Overall, the meal was fair but certainly didn't blow us away. The dessert was the best part! But isn't it always???... :)

Tags: Live Music
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We really enjoyed the Branzini (Italian sea bass). The very tasty asparagus was in about 2inch pieces, mixed with cherry tomatoes and seasonings Chicken Vesuvio was very good, large enough to take some home.
Misto Di Mare also very good, and took 1/2 home.

We could adjust these dishes to suit individual preferences, for example getting pasta instead of faro.

We had crispy calamari for an appetizer, which was plenty for four of us.
Desserts: a bowl of pistachio gelato, or a large piece of very dense chocolate cake, layered with a cream filling, covered in chocolate frosting, with pistachios sprinkled on the plate and a scoop of the pistachio gelato. This was enough for two, easily.

We were all very pleased.

Tags: Live Music, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 14, 2017

From the start, we were impressed at the freshness of our food! Salad, chicken, seafood ... and wow the panna cotta is my new favorite next to the linguini tossed in the cheese wheel. Great food.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 12, 2017

The food was served in a unique fashion. The flavor was very good. The wine selection was very good as well and reasonably priced.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 9, 2017

My friends and I sat in the outdoor patio area, and it was such a pleasant area - tables around a central fountain. Every once in a while, we heard the traffic on nearby I-355, but we never saw it and any noise was mostly hidden by the layout of the patio. Although there was not a separate gluten-free menu, there were plenty of options and our waiter seemed knowledgeable about what was safe for me to eat. The food was very good, but a little pricey. Nice wine list!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Excellent food, service, and ambiance. We enjoyed it.

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 (Naples)·Dined on June 25, 2017

My sisters and I were at Carlucci's to enjoy each other's company. From the time we walked in the door we felt welcomed. From the hostess to the bartender to the waitress . Everyone was very friendly. We will certainly come back again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

The experience we had here was average at best for a high end italian restaurant. It took a long time to get out drinks and food. About 15-20 minutes for drinks, with appetizer arriving 5 minutes after drinks. Our main course took at least another hour after our appetizer to arrive and all we ordered was linguini in the cheese wheel. Both our dishes arrived already in a quarter of a cheese wheel (not a complete wheel) with someone just turning the pasta over a few times and portioning on our plates. I have ordered this dish from other restaurants and found this one to be creamy, but overall bland. I was expecting it to have alot more flavor and texture from the Parmesan cheese wheel but it did not even though I asked for plenty of cheese on my dish.

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