Nonnina

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$30 and under
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Italian
Nonnina echoes old school cooking techniques inspired by the partners’ “nonnas,” offering an upscale, yet approachable experience with a retro vibe.

Please note: OpenTable Reservations are not accepted for Happy Hour.
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C
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very friendly and super accommodating. They made the occasion THAT much more special!

KL
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were able to get a reservation the morning of our dinner. Had never been to Nonninas before but made our decision to go based on the reviews we read. Awesome pick!! Great food and staff. Will go again!

LD
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and very authentic, staff were friendly, knowledgeable and extremely attentive. We went as a group of 8 and didn’t feel like we had been squashed in anywhere, restaurant has a great spacious layout which made for a comfortable dining experience

N
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great restaurant! We had a business lunch here and we were delighted by everything. Our waiter (don't know his name) was great... food was amazing. The noise in the room was just enough to be pleasant and the dining room was nice. We will definitely come back here- there are a lot of choices for lunch in River North, and this place definitely deserves their spot. Would highly recommend.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best experience ever

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful! I absolutely loved it! Will be back soon

DM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve dinner
The food was excellent and the service was great

C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Came here on New Years Eve - they were incredibly understaffed (one bartender, very few waitstaff) and the whole experience was pretty bad. Took almost 45 minutes to get drinks, our food took forever, and we ended up there for almost 2.5 hours... it was a really disappointing experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, excellent food, great environment.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great vibes

l
Chicago
180 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had New Year’s Eve dinner at Nonnina’s for the second time. It was a little disappointing this time. My husband had the lasagna, which he said was nothing special. I had the chicken parmigiana, which was very good. We shared the Pera salad, which had the potential to be very good but was very heavily soaked in salad dressing, particularly the spinach. We shared a tiramisu for desert & that was excellent! Service was ok, but there were so many servers to assist the wait staff it was constant coming & going of different ones. I had a glass of wine but my husband was drinking sparkling water from a wine glass next to its large bottle on our table. Yet, when one server saw his glass was empty, he asked if my husband was having another wine, to which my husband said no, so the server whipped the glass away giving us no chance to intercept him. It took us complaining to another random server for us to get a replacement wine glass.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had our New Year’s Eve dinner here and it was fantastic. Great service, yummy cocktails, large portion pasta. Just great.

BC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You will not be disappointed!!! The food was awesome and authentic. I had the braciole and it was the most tender meat I have had in a long time. The pasta dishes were also tasty and flavorful. I highly recommend this place!!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and ambiance

OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

service was excellent. Ambience was good. But Food was very expensive given the quality and quantity. They charged $10 for virgin mojito considering it is just soda water and mint. Also, we got the worst table which was at the entrance door.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and the service was extremely speedy. The meatballs as appetizers were a home run; same with the fried rice balls filled with mozzarella. Today’s special was great as well!

P
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nonnina is an Italian restaurant that tries hard to prepare their dishes in the traditional Italian way, in other words "not americanized". In terms of portions, they are still very big, not like in Italy but one can order the pasta in the appetizer size which is the portion sized normally served around the world. I am from Italy and we like our pasta "al dente" , resistant to the bite, and this was not, but overall it was good, the sauce delicious. My husband ordered meat, which was not an enormous steak but a lovely, tender, juicy piece of meat seasoned and cooked to perfection. Unfortunately the baked clams I ordered were rubbery but the rest of the food was good and presented very nicely, plated to satisfy the eye, as well as the stomach.

DL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my roommate from college had dinner here to celebrate the holidays. Great meal. Friendly and attentive wait staff. Would definitely go again.

C
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food, lovely wait staff and the best table in the room. Could have used a few more holiday decorations, but other than that, a special treat. Thank you for a wonderful Christmas Eve.

WC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Christmas eve

D
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience at Nonnina for Christmas eve. My boyfriend and I both satisfied by service, food and everything except the carbonara we had was kind of salty. Other than that, we loved it. Definitely coming back!!!!

MT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything was great! The food was all delicious and it was a perfect cozy spot for dinner with family.

BK
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Delicious wine but pasta was lacking compared to the rest of the city.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time my mom is in town from California she always wants to go to Nonninas! The food, service, and drinks are always great!!

AF
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience4

Spaghetti Frutti di mare were very tasty. Service great. However extremely disappointing check in experience. Although we had made a reservations more than 2 weeks ahead, they tried to give us the worst table - in the patio outside in a makeshift tent directly at the road with road noise. Got a nice table inside the restaurant after we complained, but it spoiled the whole experience.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family celebration

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was incredible! They were extremely accommodating to our allergy restrictions and were very attentive. The food was delicious and the wine was as well. There were quite a variety of great drink options. I can’t wait to go back!

JA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the food and gelato here. Our reservation time was 1:00p and not that crowded. We sat near the window and it was freezing but the food was amazing! We will definitely be coming back here!

J
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

They need to loose the outdoor patio space in the winter, drafty and cold. That said the service was good and food exception. Had truffle pasta in light crepe, wonderful, also lobster Diablo great. Got assistance with wonderful bottle of wine. Will try again to see if better.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We were completely rushed out of the restaurant Even though we had hardly been there. Dessert came with the check which was shocking given that we were there to celebrate a birthday and the dessert was a big part of it. They serve me a bad glass of wine and admitted it was bad apologized profusely but didn’t try to make it up in anyway. Waiter was great and food was very fresh but Probably wouldn’t go back because I felt really undervalued

JB
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Food was great, and service was efficient.

However, despite having reservations a month in advance, we were seated at a table in the drafty covered patio on a windy December day. The couple at the next table actually moved as the drafts hit them even worse! I ended up finishing my meal wearing my coat.

OT
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The outdoor seating was a little chilly by the door, but warmed up when we moved. Food was delicious and probably one of the best Spaghetti Carbonara I've tasted!

RS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Very average and definitely nothing special. Certainly not a gourmet dining experience. Food had very little flavor and disappointing.
Service was ok but waiters are in jeans; so, the atmosphere is anything goes. The food appeared somewhat standardized without any effort to create great flavor.

OT
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. The food was amazing & the service outstanding. I felt like we were regulars and not first time guests. Natalya, our server, was a joy. In fact, I plan to visit again when I return to Chicago in March & will definitely ask to be sat at one of her tables. There are lots of eating choices in Chicago—put this at the top of your list. (the tiramisu is fantastic!)

JW
New England
45 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Nonnina was terrific. From the pre dinner cocktails, the service, dinner, after dinner drinks and our return after the play for dessert & a nightcap all were 5 stars. A special shout out to the wine list with some nice by the glass selections. I have been here before and will most certainly go again.

AS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. I enjoy it very much every time I go.

RC
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holiday linch. Service was great. Everyone enjoyed their food. Would definitely go back

Z
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 10 had a standout meal at Nonnina on Sunday night. The Branzino was so fresh and perfectly prepared, the pastas were just right, and two friends who had the salmon raved about their dishes. Also the crafted cocktails were spot on. Nonnina gets overlooked as not located in the ‘Triangle’ but is walkable from all over MagMile district. The service was impeccable. We love Nonnina.

l
Chicago
180 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nonnina's is one of our favorite restaurants in Chicago! Insalate Mista (new on the menu), Gnocchi, and Bucatini All’Amatriciana were all excellent! We always enjoy Nonnina's bread. No room for dessert this time. Service was excellent. We each had a glass of their Sin Zin - excellent zinfandel for $10.

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