About Mama's Boy

The atmosphere is casual and the value is extraordinary. At Mama’s Boy, Executive Chef Massimo Gaffo serves up favorites like osso buco, handmade pastas, and a splendid array of fresh shellfish.

445 N Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60610
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary Italian

Hours of Operation:
Christmas Eve: 11am-12am
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year's Eve: 11am-2am
New Year's Day: 1pm-9pm

Monday - Thursday: 11am-11pm
Friday: 11am-12am
Saturday: 4pm-12am
Sunday: 4pm-12am

Cross Street:
Illinois

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 832-7700

Website:
http://www.rosebudrestaurants.com/restaurant/mamas-boy-peasant-italian/

Catering:
Rosebud Catering & Events brings the rich flavors of Rosebud traditions beyond the familiar atmosphere of our restaurants to parties and events throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. We guarantee to bring the same quality and excitement of the "Rosebud experience" to every guest at your event whether it be a birthday celebration or a corporate meeting. Sample menus and current pricing are available by fax or e-mail. Contact Rosebud Catering & Events at 773-325-9700 for more information.

Parking Details:
Valet Parking is available on Dearborn Street. The cost is $14 for the first three hours and $18 after three hours. Street parking is also available, but is often difficult.

Public Transit:
The Grand stop on the Red Line is .1 mile to the North East, on the corner of Grand Avenue and State Street.

Executive Chef:
Massimo Gaffo

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Celebrate your special events with any of our Rosebud restaurants! We promise to make a most memorable event! Visit our website for more information www.rosebudrestaurants.com

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Details
Sun 9:00PM - 10:00PM

Mon - Thu 12:00PM - 1:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

Sat 9:00PM - 11:00PM

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Mama's Boy Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (24)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Special Occasion (21)
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Fit for Foodies (18)
Authentic (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Comfort Food (16)
Good for Groups (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Business Meals (14)
Romantic (13)
Casual (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Fun (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Cozy (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Healthy (2)
Live Sports (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Vegan (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Fantastic food and great service. Will definitely come back. The risotto was particularly amazing!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Absolutely incredible time at Mama’s Boy!! The food was outstanding but the service was the best I’ve seen in a long time!! Amazing place that feels like home and I can’t wait to come back!

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 (Houston)·Dined 5 days ago

John, on of the mangers make our eating there feel special. High energy, extremely nice, Makes every visit special

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·Dined 5 days ago

Simply excellent! No more to say 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Nashville)·Dined 6 days ago

Went for late evening dinner at Mamas Boy. Much better than expected based on name and location in a Hampton Inn. Part of the Rosebud group. I enjoyed the veal piccata with a side of pasta. My guest had the lake whitefish. Both were excellent. Nice wine list with several Italian options. Attentive wait staff.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Best Italian food in Chicago. John, the manage does it all. He has a high degree of energy that he puts into making your dining experiences very special . Food and service is excellent.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was delicious. Our main waiter could've been more attentive. We had to remind him about our 2nd glass of wine, asparagus. The other waiters (water, table clearing) were extremely attentive and very good

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Went for Christmas meal before seeing White Christmas at the Cadillac Theatre with family. Perfect meal and walking distance to the theatre.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I wanted to take my parents for a nice Italian dinner downtown and this was an excellent choice. We were seated in the back corner of the restaurant, which was perfect as it felt more quiet and cozy. Our server was excellent. Very knowledgeable about the menu and wine. He made the perfect wine recommendation for our palate. In addition, my mother has several food allergies, and the server worked with the kitchen to prepare the meals according to her needs. My parents dine with me often in the city, but noted that this was one of their best experiences yet.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Service was a little too slow from the time we were seated but there were so few tables occupied that they only had one server.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Everything was just perfect, which is tough to do. Steven, our waiter, was attentive, knowledgeable, and conversational. It was crazy busy but we never felt rushed. My husband ordered the lasagna and I had the Brick Chicken. Both were absolutely incredible. I’ve had brick chicken before but this shamed the previous attempts and I don’t believe Lasagna could be any better. The atmosphere was abuzz, lively, not overly loud and everyone was on the ball. I wished I lived in Chicago so I could return sooner.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great ambience and service with delicious food! I went with my parents, I had Chicken Parmesan with a side of broccolini, they both had a special, we all loved our food. Desserts are big enough to share. The pasta noodles are homemade. The red sauce was great. The chandeliers are pretty. The staff is friendly and attentive. It's a nice restaurant without being stuffy. We had a fabulous time and will be back!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food was great. We all had something different. Steve was our server and was very attentive

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

If you make your reservation, make sure to wait and extra 45 minutes if you're not old money , look like you have a ton of money, or look like you're dressed like a kardashian. We asked multiple times after watching these types of people walk for 45 minutes AFTER our reservation come in and immediately get seated. When we asked one of three hostess', she told us they had reservations. We said we did too. She said stop yelling at me(we weren't yelling, even though now I wish we did) and go complain to the manager. Well the manager kept saying sorry sorry sorry and walked away.

The food was mediocre. The cheese wheel hype is only for lunch, and the drinks were so so(I also own a few cocktail bars in NYC)
And if they even knew who we were with(someone with LOTS of money, and a designer but doesn't flaunt it) they would have sat us down right away.

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

From the moment we walked in and spoke with the hostess, to the end of the meal when the executive chef came to our table to check on the food; the entire experience was delightful and went beyond our expectations. The food was absolutely delicious and the entire meal was made better by the attentive and helpful staff. We couldn't have had a better experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Best service from hostess, to servers to the manager! Food is outstanding, prices are reasonable.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Everything was great!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2017

This Rosebud establishment has it all together. Location, Food, Service, Ambience.
We were actually able to carry on a conversation without yelling at eachother.
4 Meals 4 Satisfied customers, All portions were large and spiced perfectly, and arrived hot.
The kitchen and restrooms were spotless.
Can't wait to return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Fun evening and excellent food. Only caution: very noisy! Otherwise excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Mamas Boy was delicious! The menu was very authentic and included true Italian favorites like veal Marsala and Carbonnara. The pizzas were a great option for our kids! The food was well-prepared and the service was very attentive.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Authentic Italian - excellent pizza, pasta, risotto. Start with drinks accompanied by olives and focaccia. Progress through the menu, pizza and salad are a great way to satisfy a lighter appetite or great options for a first course. Consider the beef carpaccio appetizer - enough to share, but so delicious you'll regret offering. Attentive service, nice wine selection (moderate to pricey) ask for recommendations. Having enjoyed opportunities to dine at Mama's Boy for dinner & lunch - I enthusiastically recommend !

The only down side are the high-school-locker-room bathroom stalls. When I've dressed up for an evening out I want a grown-up washroom, especially troubling with new or newly renovated restaurants, why would you skimp on your washrooms?

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fun, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was excellent, and the service was fine, especially after two in our party of five arrived twenty minutes late. Before that, it was odd that they didn't ask if we wanted a cocktail or wine until about ten minutes after we sat down. We had a table right in front of the kitchen where you could watch meals being prepared in the cheese wheel.

The only complaint I have is with the valet. We had an early reservation, but when we pulled up, there was no attendant. The hostess took our key, and brought us the ticket a bit later.

Upon leaving, it took at least twenty minutes for our car to arrive. I thought it was nice that one of the hostesses was out in the vestibule chatting with us. Then I realized she was waiting for the valet to give them a ticket on behalf of another guest who evidently knew how bad the service was.

You would think that they could fix something basic like this. The only dark mark on an otherwise excellent evening.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food very good indeed; Saturday noise level (table 34) was very high; In large part caused by staff standing in the kitchen speaking loudly and servers standing together near our table speaking loudly. Service was good to the point of pushy or churning. In future, we would choose to return on weekdays when not quite so busy. However, we will return!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Absolutely delicious food with the best presentation EVER ( risotto finish ), friendly service, cozy & beautiful dining area. Wonderful dining experience!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food, atmosphere & service!

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Mama's Boy is our official River North Go-to restaurant, due to exceptional food and the best service imaginable.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Vegan, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Live Sports, Cozy, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Casual, Authentic, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Scenic View, Spicy
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Fantastic service and food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Mama’s Boy was amazing! The food, service & ambiance were all excellent. I would highly recommend Mama’s Boy if you want to enjoy a great Italian meal in Chicago.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

All pastas are made fresh daily in their kitchen! You even have the option to watch if seated near the kitchen area via a huge mirror! Staff is very friendly and attentive! Worth a try and a return!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Romantic, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Healthy, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Menu was very much Rosebud's. Cuisine was very good with a sense of flair. Service was personable and professional. Welcome was warm from everyone. Ambiance was very nice indeed. Definitely a keeper!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We dined at Mama's Boy with friends before the theater Friday evening. We were all very impressed with the restaurant's vibe, decor and the service but the food was the star of the show! We started with the meatball appetizer followed by the chicken soup - both were delicious! My husband and I split a pasta dish and our friends split the risotto. Both entrees were outstanding. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. We will definitely go back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The service was a let down. The food was overpriced for what you got. $28 for chicken parm w/ no pasta!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food was great but there was limited seating for a party of two. We made reservations but the only seats available where in a bar like style overlooking the kitchen. That was very disappointing. The food though was excellent.

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Hostess was rude on check in. Food was Olive Garden on steroids.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 2, 2017

I had fettuccine with clams but their menu has it named something fancier and it was amazing to say the least! I thought it was super cool that the chef stopped at tables and helped served too! I was impressed that I NEVER once had to ask for more water since they had a person assigned to make sure people's glasses were always filled!

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Outstanding dinner. Every item was great. Will definitely return.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

2nd visit and it did no disappoint. Great food atmosphere and service. Will be back when ever in Chicago. 👍👍

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed my experience here. Everyone from the hostess to the executive chef was extremely friendly and welcoming. The chef came around and personally introduced himself to guests, handed out business cards, and also allowed me to watch him mix my risotto in the giant Parmesan cheese wheel. The ambiance was quiet and relaxing and the food was delicious. For dessert, we ordered the coconut cake which was HUGE. The service here is unmatched.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We waited 20 minutes for our 8 PM reservation to start with. The server said it was his first day so maybe some of this was caused by the server. My appetizer was taken away before I had finished it as the entrée came right on top of it. there were four of us at the table, we were only served two rolls. A side of pasta with expensive and small portion of veal would have been appropriate. Drink ordered without ice came with ice. On the plus side, you were very attentive and the food itself was excellent.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The service is the best. The food was wonderful. What more can one expect? It was perfect for the occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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