Fornetto Mei & Mei's Corner

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$30 and under
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Italian
Located between Michigan Ave & Rush St, Fornetto Mei is a Gold Coast gem offering a cozy & intimate atmosphere with authentic Italian dishes in an elegant venue. The décor conveys the classic elegance & grace of European style, with all the warmth & hospitality of the Midwest. Fornetto Mei offers fine dining with consistently delectable food accompanied by personalized service.

Visit us after a busy day of shopping on the Magnificent Mile or sightseeing around Chicago. NOTE: Visit our sister restaurant Mei's Corner serving Asian small plates located at 101 E. Delaware Place.
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OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible and there’s was only 1 other table

No host/hostess

Every meal came out at a different time

Ordered a Margarhita pizza but came out as a cheese pizza

Also could’ve walked out without paying and when we asked for our bill while standing up near the bar already, it took another 20 minutes!!

KL
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

The food was undercooked

TS
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A wide variety to choose from. Comfortable atmosphere. Good service.

JM
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place we continue to enjoy!

LD
Naples
50 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good breakfast. Slow service, but friendly.

LD
Naples
50 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian food. Slow but friendly service.

OT
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My friend and I ended up walking out of this restaurant without eating. When we arrived, they asked if we had been told when making the reservation that the Fornetto Mei menu was not being served other than pizza. Instead, they handed us menus for another restaurant attached to the hotel which was Asian.

Also, the restaurant was dark and did not look clean. Given all of these issues, we left without eating and found another restaurant in the neighborhood.

TS
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Small menu but everyone should find something. Nicely presented. Calm atmosphere. Good service.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food good service was really slow.

LW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommended by work colleague and we loved it. Perfect for after shopping on Michigan Avenue to get out of the weather and relax. Homemade pizza was terriffic.

RL
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

This could be a very nice neighborhood restaurant given the location and atmosphere. However, the food and service are very uneven and the prices are not low. The our main course was OK, but that was offset by slow service. In addition, we were not offered a wine list, bread, after-dinner coffee or dessert. There is a lot of work to be done here for this to be a good Italian restaurant. We may return to have dinner in the Mei (Chinese Food) part of the space. We'll see.

F
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I only had soup and salad but both were terrific . The salad was well-balanced with just the right amount of balsamic vinaigrette and did not overpower the green with too much Parm. The soup was a chicken vegetable and wonderful with a definite Italian flare. It was not too salty. The wait staff was attentive but discrete. Overall a real find for the reasonable prices.

E
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Awful pizza ,soggy wih too too much cheese and appear undercooked

DH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A very cozy and elegant dining room, in back of the bar and the casual room looking out on the street. My wife and I shared an appetizer of arancini, which were exceptional -- very rich and creamy. She had a seafood risotto which was very good -- I had capatelli with brochiolini and sausage, which was heavy and uninteresting. We ordered a bottle of wine, which took so long that I thought the cellar must be several blocks away! Our waiter was attentive and helpful.
A very limited menu. If you choose carefully, this would be avery nice date spot for quiet conversation.

TC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Everything was ok. Nothing terrible, but nothing great either.

H
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Fornetto Mei! We had the shrimp scampi and the short ribs with polenta. Both were DELICIOUS. The restaurant has a warm, cozy atmosphere---and the service was friendly and attentive. We will definitely go back.

LG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A cozy, classy restaurant with delicious food and intimate bar.

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Restaurant Week: seared scallops with roasted corn and squash, Bolognese and lava cake delicious. Tuesday night super quiet and the drinks were definitely worth it!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

Food was really poor
Wish it was better as live in the neighborhood

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cozy little place, good food and very attentive staff.

H
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They accepted the reservation but informed me upon arrival that the kitchen was closed. The whole point in using the app was to find food nearby when I arrived late on a flight to ORD.

AZ
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The Seafood Risotto was divine! The shrimp and scallops were perfectly cooked and the the flavor was excellent. The Ceasar salad was a pleasant surprise. The dressing was not cream based but very light and flavorful. I truly enjoyed this meal.

M
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food fired pizza in an old world setting

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server, Solomon, was excellent. He served my husband and I in the bar and then moved us over to the restaurant for our dinner with friends. he did a great job.

J
Vancouver
32 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent, but the food was only 'OK'. I'd never been to Chicago before, I had higher expectations of the pizza. And they don't have a pepper grinder - what's with that? Just regular old ground pepper in a shaker on the table.

J
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner with long time friends. Attentive service and good food.

We shared the appetizers and deserts.

CF
Chicago
121 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Not a good experience. Ordered a Caesar salad and it was served with no dressing and pickled anchovies.
Will not be back.

D
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit Chicago once a year and go out of our way to eat here. This intimate restaurant is located at the Whitehall Hotel but you can toss out any preconceived notions about this being ordinary hotel food. It's reasonable prices and interesting menu present a far better experience. Choose anything on the menu. You can't go wrong. Don't skip dessert either.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

This is a strange restaurant in a hotel and it was empty even during restaurant week. Our waitress got every course wrong and argued with us on what we ordered from the restaurant week menu. A 20% tip was included for a party of 5 and the service was terrible.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thos waa one of those rare scenarios where the service was top notch and the food was even better, but the relative anonymity of the restaurant and chef provided a more intimate dining experience than we could have hoped for in one of the more popular areas in Chicago. I dont think it will remain this way for long.

L
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

First time there, pleasantly surprised by everything. Perfect atmosphere for a date or casual meeting, very good food, attentive service.

MM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2016
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was awful. We ordered the arancini, meat & cheese tray, pizza and shrimp pasta. I sampled it all and chose to drink a coke instead. Wish I would have read the reviews before eating here.

OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The restaurant looks lovely but the service was inattentive and unfriendly. Worst of all, the food was terrible. Almost everything we ordered arrived cold despite the place being half empty. The calamari was so overcooked it was like rubber and inedible. The margherita pizza was cold and mediocre. My cocktail was straight whiskey and my girlfriend's tasted like cough syrup. The only thing we had that was good was the arancini. Not worth the price.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Fornetto Mei last Thursday night with a Gilt City deal (and would come back without the deal). We each received a glass of house wine (one white, one red, both great sized pours!) and each were able to pick from the pizza listed on their menu. We chose the Quattro Formaggi and the Tre Carne, both of which we would definitely choose again. The meal was also started with warm and fresh bread, olive, oil, and parmesan cheese.

Overall, we had a great experience, the service was amazing and perfectly attentive, and a huge shout out to the woman making the pizzas, as they stole the show! I would highly recommend coming here. The atrium is great for people watching outside and beautiful seeing the Christmas lights up. Could also see it as a great space to hold an event with drinks and pizza.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

There was only one other person there! I think that is why they seemingly gave us instant coffee rather than make a fresh pot just for us, especially since I was drinking de-caf. The food was sensational, On time, tasty and fresh.If you ever want true tarimusu, this is the place to go!

SZ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One my favorite places, bartender is great and friendly and the pizza is amazing!

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was really good

k
Chicago
116 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Revisted this neighborhood gem. They have a new chef and the food is excellent. The chef redid the menu which was an improvement. Very few people in the restaurant. But I think the service would have been excellent anyway. The restaurant is dark and romantic. We sat right behind the wood fired pizza oven, which made it seem romantic. In addition to the regular menu, you can order from the pizza bar menu.

TF
Oklahoma City
42 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Well let's start with when we entered the restaurant the manager was behind the bar and yelled just sit wherever. Not what you hope for at these prices. We than waited 10 minutes before menus were brought to us. The server was
Slow and inattentive. Once we placed our order it took forever.
We had the bolognese which wasn't a true bolognese more like meat sauce, and short rib polenta, the polenta was like mush. I would avoid this place!

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