Permanently Closed - Mama's Boy

4.6
570 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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This restaurant is permanently closed. The atmosphere is casual and the value is extraordinary. At Mama’s Boy, Executive Chef Davide D'Andrea serves up favorites like osso buco, handmade pastas, and a splendid array of fresh shellfish.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Monday - Sunday: 3am-3am
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Phone number
(312) 832-7700
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Davide D'Andrea
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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.
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Cross street
Illinois
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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.
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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.
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
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4.6based on recent ratings
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KJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lots of knats (very small flies) flying around. Many went in our food, thankfully after we were finished eating! Otherwise, great experience

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B
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal in a wonderfully convenient location. The ambiance was nice and the restaurant was quiet enough to speak and be heard. It is hard to find restaurants where you can talk to others at the table. This was definitely the place to go. We drove in from the north shore and when we arrived, we realized that others we knew from the suburbs were also there.
The food was delightful.
We will surely return for another dinner.

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YH
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! We loved the food! Little salty but overall, delicious!

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FD
Chicago
152 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful Food, Service and ambiance. One of our favorite spots. Italian food features light flavorful sauces opposed to the heavy sauces of most Italian restaurants. Love the eggplant parm! My husband also enjoyed his Salmon. Many wines by the glass. Will return

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3
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third time here and I absolutely LOVE it here. The entire staff makes you feel like you are family. The food is fresh and fabulous. Chef David is from Italy and actually created a dish not on the menu at the request of my son. Don’t be swayed by the location in the base of a Hampton Inn- once you get inside you are transported to a wonderful experience that will make you excited to return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing! From the music to the food and of course the service!! Service was outstanding! We came in with our suitcases on our way to the airport and they made sure to keep them
Safe up front for us while we dined! The gnocchi was absolutely amazing! Overall awesome vibe and will definitely go back when we are in Chicago again!

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MJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live closeby to Mama’s Boy in River north Chicago and always feel welcome here and have good meals for New Years Eve , Valentines , Ladies happy hours and past birthday dinners / celebrations ! Food is amazing !

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OT
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Upon my arrival the host tried to seat my daughter and husband in the bar area. I told her, "No I would prefer to seat in the dining room...she told me, they were booked and that it would be a half hour wait." I then told her, "No, Im not seating here, I made reservations." She had the nerve to tell me, "People made reservations months in advance." Long story short, she sat us in the dining room, but we had the WORST TABLE in the place. In the front, by the door where the traffic was horrible!!!

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k
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great first experience at Mamas Boy. Delicious food and excellent service.

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m
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great I can’t wait to go back again and service was fantastic love you boys for the best experience as always

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s
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Get invited into the kitchen to watch the chef prepare risotto in a wheel of cheese! Absolutely delicious!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Small portions unlike other Rosebud restaurants. Weird server and staff vibe. Not fun. Very disappointed. Will not go back or recommend.

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TM
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The service was great - the servers work really well as a team and they were all extremely friendly & accommodating. I was super excited to see that they make their orecchiette in house (something I always have a hard time finding in Chicago). Unfortunately it was quite overcooked and essentially turned to mush in the dish. We had the burrata salad/appetizer which was just okay, and my friends each had the cacio e pepe risotto which they both seemed to like quite a bit.

I might give the orecchiette one more try but otherwise don't see any reason to return.

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GA
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!! Great staff, amazing food and great ambiance.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent but the service really made the experience special. Family of four and the kids can be picky. Our server (Cesar) connected with them right away and helped them navigate the menu, even helping our son put together a pasta & chicken dish that was off the menu. He loved it. There’s a mirror in the dining room that reflects over the chefs in the kitchen so you can watch them preparing meals. My wife asked about one of the dishes being prepared and was told it was a lobster ravioli that was being prepped to be on the following nights menu. It looked delicious and Cesar was able to get her the dish for our meal. Thank you!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent!

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CD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pasta was delish!! Handmade oh so good! Our first time here and on the list for a place to return!

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YF
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always friendly service and very good food for value

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OT
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Chef and service!

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k
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was hoovering, removing dishes and drinks before finishing. The food was not worth the price.

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MV
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to Mama's Boy and it lived up to what we remembered. The service and attention to detail was excellent. We had relatively early (6:45) reservations and although the train got us here much earlier, we were seated promptly when we arrived at 6:15. The wines were expertly presented to us and our server answered our menu questions. The pasta is to die for. Fresh and perfectly prepared. Although the restaurant became CROWDED while we were dining we never felt rushed and enjoyed a leisurely experience. The managers checked in on us and remembered us from our first visit some months back. If I had to state one request, please lower your corkage fee ($35) or perhaps bring in some varietals in the $40 range. We opted for a single glass of wine instead of the bottle as we traditionally enjoy.
Overall, still a wonderful experience!

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S
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was wonderful. It was classic Italian and everything we ordered was so tasty. The meatball appetizer was amazing. Service was good. I look forward to dining her again.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food in a setting buzzing with energy!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were three of us including my 10 year old daughter we had reservations and had to wait a bit at bar but was fine. The host asked us if we wanted to sit at the chef’s table which was awesome. My daughter loved it and the chef made faces at her through glass and took a pic with her. It was her favorite restaurant during our weekend stay in Chicago.

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DM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

We had to wait a half hour for our table when we had a reservation and arrived 10 mins early. No one seemed to care. Waiter was not very attentive. Too many better choices in Chicago to go back.

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KT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is incredible and service is wonderful!

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RO
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and the waiter made the night perfect! Fantastic place to eat!

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Meh, i expected more. First off i hate those half bench seat 2 top tables squeezed in a foot from each other. I don't need to watch the couple next to me taking pictures of the risotto in front of them and posting on facebook(to my right) or see the hipster manchild next to me picking the scabs from his new arm tattoo while he talks to his dinner companion(to my left). I really believe any restaurant that cares about its diners will give them the space to enjoy the dining experience without close up.... and sometimes gross distraction. Food was decent. There are other options for more intimate and unrushed dining in this city. The waiter even discouraged us from the parmesan risotto made in the parm wheel as basically a gimmick with better items on the menu. Will i return, prolly not.

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l
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was amazing. Bar staff so friendly and knowledgeable. Excellent evening.

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P
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Being able to watch your food prepared in the parmesan wheel was amazing. Great service. We really enjoyed our dining experience.

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D
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

Third time to this restaurant. I had the Chicken Vesuvio. Not very good. Friend had the gnocchi. Tastier.

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GD
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Too pricey
Food was great

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VL
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The chef is amazing. Great service. Food is some of the best in the city.

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OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian food & great service

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l
Minneapolis
80 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marcello was a wonderful waiter! He helped us pick dinners and really added to our experience. The Branzino fish special was wonderful.

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ZK
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian foo

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M
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant now closed

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

Cheese wheel pasta very intense. Hard for one person to eat. Very good though. Chilean sea bass was absolutely phenomenal. Calamari was also wonderful.

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F
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was outstanding. I had the Parmesan rissoto and my boyfriend had the lamb chops. He said they were the best lamb chops he’s ever had. We also had the chocolate lava cake, delicious ! We went here on a Saturday night and it was busy, so our waiter was not as attentive as I had hoped. There were many times I had to ask for another Diet Coke because he did not stop by. We did not order any alcohol as my boyfriend and I do not drink. He seemed to be much more attentive to the tables that had alcohol. Overall the food was great, but service can be better.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great with kids too.

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