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:
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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (31)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Romantic (22)
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Special Occasion (21)
Authentic (20)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Business Meals (16)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Bar Seating (14)
Comfort Food (14)
Good for Groups (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Casual (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Fun (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Cozy (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Happy Hour (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Healthy (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 19 hours ago

What a wonderful experience! The food was amazing with all of those flavors balanced so perfectly.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

I know that this address has a lot of turnover and caters to tourists and suburbanites. Definitely the best part about this restaurant was the genuinely kind and warm host staff.
We selected an interesting Super Tuscan which kept us delighted on our valentine’s date.
Unfortunately, the restaurant is crammed and the cozy red sofa simply takes up too much space. They seated us at a very uncomfortable table that was jostled by wait staff on numerous occasions; we nearly lost our bottle of wine!
Now the food: maybe the worst Caprese salad in the city that should have never been served given the nature of the tomatoes. The polenta/prawn was very rich and buttery, perhaps too decadent.
The plates barely fit the tiny table but I appreciate the large hot pasta bowls.
It took a particularly lengthy time for the table to get turned down but I was in too much of a good mood to mention it.
Ultimately, I’m fairly certain I will not be returning as there are a number of Italian restaurants in the city with better ambience and execution. We may return when It’s yet again a different restaurant. Sorry.

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The service is outstanding. This is my third time at the restaurant and I have enjoyed all of my times at the restaurant. The food is great but what I really like about the restaurant is the excellent service from the second you walk in. I will go back every time I am in Chicago.

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Went for lunch, place was beautiful but the service was okay. Felt off being there for lunch, place was dead and only one waitress. Seemed like dinner would have been a much different experience. Owner walked around and asked if we needed anything which was very nice. The waitress was not very helpful when asked for suggestions. Food was authentic Italian and ingredients were very fresh. Probably would not go back for lunch again, dinner we would try.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Eggplant salad so yummy!!! Food was super fresh and tasty.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Nice place and great food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2018

We knew about Rosebud Steakhouse on Walton since I work in the area, but wanted to try some of their other restaurants. This is definitely a place for good, authentic Italian. The food was excellent and drinks great as well. The price was a bit high for Italian, but made sense considering the location. It's easy for tourists to reach if they don't want to go out of their way and visit Little Italy. I'd say it's still affordable none the less and you can definitely have a good time without breaking the bank. And that's considering the fact that I only make middle class wage. I have already recommended to friends. Great time with my wife!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent food and service. Was visiting Chicago for the weekend and will definitely be back next time I’m in town.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Our group enjoyed the food and atmosphere but it took a while to get our food and service in general was slow.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Date night/birthday celebration with gf. Awesome experience all around: great ambiance, fantastic food, attentive service. HIGHLY recommend!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Everyone loved their food. We got the burrata appetizer and it we a great starter. The Brick chicken looked delicious and I loved the lamb ragu that I got. The restaurant had a fun atmosphere. Made for a fun girls night out. It would be a great spot for date night as well.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great dinner!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Everything was perfect from beginning to end. We were seated within minutes and had a cocktail before dinner. Our waiter was very helpful with suggestions for dinner. We had a member of our party that wanted gluten free and our food choices were made gluten free to accommodate us. We had grilled shrimp on a bed of polenta and pork chops that were outstanding. I had a super Tuscan wine selected for me by our waiter that was perfect.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The best staff, Eddie and all his people make for a great evening

Tags: Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Birthday celebration!! Always great food and excellent service!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We came here for my daughter's 19th bday.she has always wanted to eat pasta from a cheese wheel.i lookwd up cheese wheel pasta in chicago.mama's boy was the first thing that came up.i called the restaurant to ensure that we could get cheese wheel pasta when we came.i was told that it was available and was given the prices.so that, and the great reviews are what brought us here.we were rather disappointed when we arrived and were told we could only get risotto from the cheese wheel, which none of us like.i feel like this was very misleading and a major let-down for my daughter.i will say the service was impeccable.the ambiance was amazing.the food was pretty good as well.the olive/cheese/bread plate we were given at the start of our meal was a very nice touch.i really appreciated the way we were treated when we were there.i would like to give your restaurant another try when i know for sure we can get the pasta from the cheese wheel.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 24, 2018

The worst service imaginable. With all of the alternatives in Chicago, don’t waste your time and money here.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We were celebrating an anniversary and the entire staff couldn’t have been nicer. The ambiance is wonderful and the food creative and delicious. The best Brussels sprouts we’ve ever had and the risotto dishes were incredible. Thank you for a wonderful experience!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Will definitely return. The food was outstanding and the service was second to none.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Absolutely great food, wide range of dishes... nothing disAppointed!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Amazing restaurant for a birthday dinner. The Parmesan risotto is to die for and they even let you stir it yourself!

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 (London)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Delicious food with a very attentive service and all at very reasonable prices. You must try It! We will be returning cistomers.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The food at this place is simply awesome! Great wine list too.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Split an order of eggplant and salmon with guest. It tasted like chef poured half a box of salt in both of them. Didn't complain to waiter. Just wanted to leave. Drink service was ridiculously slow -- didn't get them till after appetizers but just before entree. Not impressed at all. Will never go back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Everything was perfect! Our entrees, Risotto and gnocchi, were impeccable! Best Italian I've had in the area. They even brought us back in the kitchen to watch them mix the gnocchi in the largest wheel of parmesan I've ever seen. Service was great. We left fat and happy!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went to Mama’s Boy on New Years Eve. It was delicious food and a great waiter. Couldn’t have asked for more.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Superb attention to detail. Excellent food. Delicious dessert!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We love Mamas Boy! Incredible food, great service and they make everyone feel welcome. You must go!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Fantastic dinner with my family. We sat in the bar and the staff was extremely attentive and accommodating. Food was delicious! A real gem!!!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Poor service, messed up my food and took almost 20 minutes to get the right order. They also did not come around enough to request refills on our drinks.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great find and come to find out it's part of the same group that owns the Rose Bud and it really shows. OUTSTANDING!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great restaurant and food was excellent last year. This year I had a lobster dish with a tomato based risotto which was just average. It should have had a creamy sauce and the prawns should have been shell less.

Tags: Happy Hour, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Waiter was great.- good wine choice. Food was very good. The holiday desert was delicious.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Outstanding service and excellent food. Very friendly staff. Feel like at home . We loved it and will come back .

Tags: Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Organic, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We arrived and were promptly seated. Our waiter was very kind, patient and attentive. We ordered a variety of different dishes and no one was disappointed with their selections. Baked cavatelli, margarita pizza, spaghetti and meatballs, Dover sole were all personal favorites.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food was amazing. The service team did a great job attending to our table. The speed of food was quick, hot, and delicious. We didn’t feel rushed and they assured our satisfaction throughout our stay.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Fun, Cozy, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Holiday dinner with friends

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We were seated right away, Water, bread brought to the table immediately. However, we weren’t asked if we’d like to order a drink while we viewed the menu and had to ask to get our waiter back. The village salad was quite good. It’s basically a Greek salad. My husband and I both ordered risotto. My husband had the risotto with scallops and said it was excellent. I had the risotto with chicken. I don’t recommend it. It was too salty and just not a good balance of flavors. All in all for me it was an okay experience.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Service was excellent. Food was also very good. Overall, it was a great place and we will defintely be back.

It was also nice that the manager checked on us and obviously wanted to make sure everyone dining was happy.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great Rosebud food and excellent service. The salads and soups were some of the best we ever had. Our group of 6 people had a truly great experience and all of us were very pleased with everything. A beautiful restaurant added to the occasion.😎

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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