Livia Italian Eatery-Elmhurst

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$30 and under
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Italian
Livia Italian Eatery is a full-service Italian restaurant. Our concept is organically driven. Whether the current movement is farm-to-fork, farm-to-table or farm-to-street, our goal is to ultimately provide our guests with culinary delights that incorporate locally sourced fresh ingredients. Our Culinary Partner and his team work collectively together to create chef-crafted items that range from our Meatball Sliders to our New Zealand lamp chops to our Farmer's Wife flatbread to our Quinoa Blackened Salmon salad. Some of our chef-driven menu creations come to life with our custom charcuterie board.

Specials

WEDNESDAYS HALF PRICED WINE BOTTLES

We invite you to join us on Wednesdays for Half-Priced Bottles of Wine. Make it a date night, GNO, book club meeting, lunch, celebrate a birthday or make up a reason to enjoy a bottle of red or white wine. Half-price bottled promotion applies to only those bottles of wine priced $80 or less.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 9, 2019

Ends: July 10, 2118

Availability: Wed 11:00AM-10:00PM

HAPPY HOUR

Join us Monday - Friday from 3-6pm in our bar lounge area for $4 house wines + draft beers | $5 bar snacks | $6 cocktail specials. Ask your bartender for the most current Happy Hour menu. Happy hour promotion not to be combined with any other offers.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 22, 2019

Ends: February 23, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 3:00PM-6:00PM

What 549 People Are Saying
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M
Chicago
75 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the choice of cauliflower crust on the flatbread. The chicken limone with sweet potatoes and green beans was excellent. Ricotta cheesecake for dessert an excellent choice; nicely topped with a berry sauce. Our waitress was excellent in every way. Definitely recommend this place.

L
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will definitely be back. The service was as great as the food, nice pairing!

ST
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was delicious. Tables for 2 were too close together.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Not worth the money for the portions.

JO
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

First time trying this restaurant and it will be the last. Waitstaff seems disorganized and untrained. We waited 10 minutes for menus and another 10 minutes to place our orders. Waiter did not check on us during 1st course or at all until the end of the meal. I tried to wave him over and even made eye contact but he still completely ignored our table. Our food was served warm, not hot. The complimentary bread was served at the end of the meal. Really wanted to like this restaurant but would rather spend my money on The North Shore for better food and high quality service.

DW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It was restaurant week and it was busy, but we waited for menus, drinks and food was served cold Didn’t have entree ordered on prefixe dinner, even though it was ordered an hour before it was to be served. Server did not appear happy with us.

SO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

There was a bridal shower going on at the time so until the doors closed off that part of the room it was quite loud. And the food came out slower than usual although we hadn’t noticed until the waiter and manager both apologized to us which was really nice. The food was incredible and well worth the wait.

DG
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Liked the restaurant week menu. Had a great meal at Livia on Thursday, mussels, wild boar ragu and lobster bisque. Friday’s meal was not as good. The pork belly and the wild boar ragu were barely warm. Service started strong but finished very slowly. On the bright side, the manager was very responsive, had a good explanation and gave us a gift card to come back. And, we will.

AA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Excellent food (except for the slightly frozen tiramisu). Service was spotty, which was very unusual. Usually we have great service. We arrived on time for our Saturday at 6:30 reservation. We were seated right away, but then everything slowed down. We had to search for our server several times.

K
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this neighborhood gem! Alex and Kathy are very attentive and watch the flow of the meal. Food is fresh, innovative, delicious. Stop in! It’s worth it.

DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was pretty good, but the service was outstanding. Our waiter was very attentive without being overbearing, as well as very speedy with bring out food, refills, etc. His demeanor was kind and professional. Unfortunately I do not remember his name, but he was the gentlemen with the longer wavy hair brought into a very clean ponytail.

AJ
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Pretty disappointed in our visit. We have dined at the Livia in Geneva multiple times and really enjoyed our meals. We decided to try this location as we were in the area. The restaurant itself is very nice. The waiter was knowledgeable and attentive. We ordered the zucchini and mozzarella fritters for an appetizer to share. All we received was a lot of small pieces of cooked batter. There were only maybe two fritters in the appetizer and they were the size of a dime. We have ordered them at the Geneva location and know what they are supposed to look and taste like. Salads and soup were good. Filet medallions were supposed to be prepared medium and were actually rare. I could only eat a few bites of one of the medallions. Normally I would have asked the waiter if they could cook the medallions some more, but I wasn’t feeling well and we decided to leave. Unfortunately, I don’t think we will return to this location.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had been waiting to try this place for a while and it did not disappoint. Food was great and even though there was a large birthday party going on one side of the dining room, our service was great and quick. I had the chicken Milanese and my fiancé had the lamb chops, we both were impressed. My fiancé’s only gripe was that they didn’t have Corona, (his fave anywhere we go) and he didn’t like the beer the waitress suggested instead, but not a big deal.

MH
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Waitress was not attentive or friendly. poor attitude. We felt she was preoccupied and didn’t want to be there

D
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wedding planning

GB
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

G
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful restaurant. Great food, service and ambiance, what could be better!

AB
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Jeanne was phenomenal. Food as always was great. Honey Ricotta and Zucchini fritters as started and had the butternut squash ravioli as my entree. Yummmmmm!

B
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I met my date there for drinks and dinner. We sat in the bar area, was an excellent view of downtown Elmhurst. They have a full bar, and a wide variety of brands to choose from. We did order an appetizer, as well as dinner. The food came out in a timely fashion, looked very appealing, and tasted fresh. The bartender was a little bit busy,
So the service was a little bit slow, but not a problem because we were busy chatting away. The restaurant had a very nice modern Decour, yet still felt comfortable and cozy. This is an upscale Italian restaurant in downtown Elmhurst. There is easy parking close by.
Overall, a very nice restaurant and a great experience. We will certainly be going back.

j
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is always delicious. Service was good, fairly busy night.

RM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! They are very consistent and we have eaten there many times....

r
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating there. It was delicious. The calamari appetizer is amazing. For the main entree I had the lasagne and my husband had the lobster and shrimp with pasta. We would both order these again.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Must have an old fashioned! Excellent food!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sergio (I believe that was his name) was our bartender as we sat there during happy hour. He was phenomenal, he made us aware of their happy hour deal going on. He was attentive and even asked when we were splitting things if we would like them physically split. Which was so considerate and appreciative. We will definitely be going back to sit at the bar with Sergio. Great happy hour deals and great food!

DB
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Disappointed , you changed the cheese cake, was great now average to below average

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The service was good as usual, but the kitchen made numerous mistakes on very simple requests. They sent out pasta with no sauce and a plate drowning in pasta water. Very atypical for this usually phenomenal italian spot.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. The veal meatball appetizer is fantastic. Every entree is perfectly prepared.
Friendly service. Just the right amount of attention, available but not intrusive.
We’ll be back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks, and service were excellent, and it seemed to be a busy evening! Could not be happier with our experience.

ED
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Waitress did not bring bread. Had to ask. Had to keep reminding her I wanted glass of ice. Food my sister and brother in law had lamb chops. Everything on their plate cold. We went at 4pm no one there. How could food be cold. We took another couple out and it was a bad impression.

UW
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I was a bit disappointed this visit. We happened to get to the restaurant when it was still Happy Hour. A lot of confusion followed. The other couple with us were our guests there for the first time and the whole experience really fell flat. I’m not saying we won’t return but we won’t hurry back. Livia has some work to do in training their staff.

BB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was excellent. The recommendations made by our wait staff person were spot on. With drinks the bill for four of us was just about right for a holiday lunch.

The only down check I give it, because I am hearing-impaired, is that is too ... darn ... loud. No soft surfaces I could see to mute the noise level. Perhaps that is what some people enjoy.

I just wish it had been quieter.

Not library quiet, but a noise level that doesn't challenge the noise level reduction feature of my hearing device so much.

m
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great salads. Very healthy kale and quinoa with blackened salmon perfectly cooked. The spicy shrimp and arugula salad was fabulous.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Best old fashioned!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience3

Great food, waitstaff got backed up and we were brought our bill without being offered dessert.

TK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

We went here one time and really enjoyed it so we went back with the same six people and had a completely different experience. We asked to move our table which was too small for six and they said they would but never came back we had three different waiters over the course of the evening and at the end at 9:30 PM on a Saturday night had a waitress come over and basically let us know in no uncertain terms that it was time to leave because we were the last of two tables there. We were constantly missing utensils, plates and glasses as well. We will not be back

KP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The beet salad was too notch. I'd love to get the recipe.
Service was excellent...Our waitress Susie was just the right combo of attentiveness and giving us time to leisurely enjoy our dinner.
The lasagna was very tasty too. We'll definitely come back.
PS The servings are large that I made meal of my leftovers.

P
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Excellent food...
...the eggplant parm was perfectly crisped; the accompanying linguine pesto was fresh and bright; the tomato sauce had a good zing
...the chicken saltimbocca was a moist flavor bomb; the light broth-based sauce was a perfect foil for creamy mashed potatoes
...portion sizes just right for midday
Our servers Jasmine and Ray did their jobs well enough, though some coordination between expectations of diners and capabilities/limitation of the kitchen would be helpful. We were first told that our dessert choice was unavailable; then told the chef would do it. We reminded our server of our time constraint and were reassured it was no problem. We waited and waited and waited, finally insisting that we pay our bill. But the manager was needed to take the dessert off the bill. So we waited longer, until she came with the corrected bill AND the dessert in a carry out tin. We’ll be back but when we have more leisure to wait...

BD
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak and Eggs Benedict was delish. So was the shrimp Bloody.

MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food, excellent kids options!

RM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming to Livia. When we are hungry but not enough for a whole meal we order the steak burger. It is out of this world and the potatoes yum. We usually split this meal. other times when we come to Livia every meal is delicious. I like trying their specials. This meal was sweet potato gnocci with a cream sauce. So, so good. The customer service from the time we walk in the door until we leave is supurb. Everyone smiles and makes us feel as though we are the most important guest they have. Thank you.