La Barra - Riverside

4.6
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383 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
La Barra is brought to you by Rich Labriola, Chicago’s premier artisan baker. We feature sharable Italian small plates, award-winning pizza, great wines and hand-crafted cocktails. The beautiful space includes a private dining room and a gorgeous outdoor patio.
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S
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I had the fruta de mare it was outstanding I’ll be back for that dish again! Our waiter was a little pushy we felt rushed. Overall it was great!

M
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Only complaint is the noise level, very very noisy. And the restaurant was even full. Hard to talk with friends. Food and service were awesome.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Delicious pizza and the gluten free pizza crust is great. Our go to place! Highly recommend for every day or special occasions. It’s a lively restaurant. 😀

PM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LaBarra is a very stylish venue, food always excellent, we had a wonderful time visiting with friends at an event Tuesday. The only downside was the noise level. Six of us sat at a round table towards the back of the restaurant near the 2 seater booths. We had to shout across the table to be heard. Someone at our table said a couple baffles would help reduce the noise , as there was so many big windows and nothing to absorb the din.

JZ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our meal and the atmosphere! I will be back.

N
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were awesome - great dining experience!

N
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service tonight!

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Juan did a great job

N
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had family join us for dinner - it was their first time dining at La Barra - everyone loved the food and atmosphere!

JU
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Overall the experience was great. Staff was lively and interactive. We felt that the value of the food was pricey due to the plate being portioned. The food was very delicious, we will reccomend to our business partners to dine here. Perfect amount of alcohol served for the cost.

K
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place to meet co-workers after work for a drink and apps. Great food, great service.

CP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun girls dinner. Easy to catch up over delicious food and wine.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I xcellent

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JZ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had a large party, and were celebrating a birthday. The service was a bit slow, but I think the waitress was letting us take our time. The menu is interesting, the appetizers are good, but the entrees leave a bit to be desired- nothing out of the ordinary.

T
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was GREAT! Our party had mussels, fish, pizza - all perfectly prepared.

v
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food good atmosphere

LA
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and had a wonderful dinner. The wait time for drinks as well as food was much improved since our last visit. We had the deep dish pizza and it was absolutely fabulous!

PR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great service! We had a party of 12, and food was served together, quickly, hot and delicious.

B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Amazing food--friendly staff--would definitely go back!

DG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as usual!

L
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The bread was excellent. Service okay, my wine order was wrong. The meal was overpriced and the sauce tasted and had the texture of tomato paste right out of the can.

JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

WOW...very LOUD. Couldn't even talk to person next to me. Couldn't hear the waiter talk.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pizza in town. Service has improved twice over. Great value and the happy hour is one of the best in the area.

La Barra - Riverside
Responded on August 25, 2019

Thank you so much for your review. We appreciate the fact that you took the time to review your recent experience at our restaurant. We're so happy that your wife's birthday celebration was "perfect." Thank you, also, for mentioning that the "service was outstanding." Who was your server? What made the service outstanding? Finally, thank you for commenting that "the service has improved twice over" during your visit on 8/22/19. Thanks again for your comments. We hope to see you soon.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great time. Good food and hospitality! Caesar is the best!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

The waitress- Sherri- was initially attentive but after she got other tables she all but forgot us. At one point had to wave arms over head to get her attention. Then she started giving us attitude. when we tried to order she said let me get you some water. She went to another table- took their order and five minutes later returned to us. Still brought no water. Ruined the evening. Will not go back.

C
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The half price appetizers and $5 on certain drinks from Tues - Fri is a bargain. Nice way to sample the appetizers and see what you like. Everything we ordered- fried calamari, beets and the asparagus with an egg were delicious. Am going to come back and sample some of the other appetizers and dinners.
Very pleased with the food and service.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food ! Good for the whole family. The kids really enjoyed the meatballs. The bread is outstanding and the pizza was phenomenal!

L
Chicago
63 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Marcello our waiter was great but it looked like he had a lot of tables to work with, both inside and out. Despite that he was cheerful and as attentive as possible. We did have to ask again for our birthday cake as the hostess forgot to mention it to the staff, and it did delay our departure. Apps were really good, the Sicilian seafood salad was very fresh! The grilled calamari are great, but could have used a few more calamari;)).

n
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, good food but a little pricey. A couple more shrimp in the fetttuccine Alfredo would have made it a better value.

FS
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Barra is all that I expected it to be.

The food was amazing and the waiter did not leave us unattended, very good service overall.

The scenery is beautiful ,it's the perfect place to take your date to or your whole family.

The place is very well managed, the personal pay good attention to details and that is something you won't find just anywhere.

La Barra is very beautiful inside and it's just as beautiful outside as well.

They have out door tables and it's very nicely decorated with beautiful lights that just take your breath away at night.

I strongly recommend this place to anyone and I also recommend that if you do go do not leave without trying out their deserts.

The canoli and cheese cake were the most delicious I have ever had in my life!

AI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Great food! Inconsistent service! We were a table of 4 adults having wine and dinner. The staff in general seemed disorganized with a slow bartender service, so wine came late to the table.

MA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice evening. Loved listening to Matt Scharpf at the He mic. Will return for Thursday night music. The brachiole was delicious.

EW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everyone was friendly atmosphere was nice food was good.

LA
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I have been to LaBarra serveral times and I enjoy the food and atmosphere, however, the wait staff has
been consistently under par, even when the place is not busy. The wait staff is slow to introduce self, get water, drinks, come back for order and once food is served, slow to refresh drinks. I have had several different waiters, so it is not just one.

RJ
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. We enjoy fine dining and no rushing. Our waiter, Patti,was wonderful. Knows her menu and gave us great critiques on prep of food items. The service was great, too. This was our second visit, and I know we
will go back again.

DB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

everything was good but, the service. the waitress was friendly but, slow. it should not take 2 1/2 hrs. to eat. even in a casual setting.

L
Chicago
63 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bread - as expected- was delicious and we kept ordering more. Ruben our server was on point, and made sure that our meal came out the way we wanted, ready to be shared across the table. Food was nicely done, nonna was not excited about the gnocchi but that was to be expected;) We ordered a lot, would highly recommend the lasagna. Cacio needs more black pepper, and please offer freshly grated cheese instead of the containers of who knows what.

RR
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good time. Good food.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family visiting from out of town.