Osteria Rusticana

4.8
273 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Osteria Rusticana evokes the heart and soul of authentic, traditional Sicilian cuisine.

Our welcoming atmosphere and flavorful menu reflect all that is Sicily:
warm, inviting sunshine, sea-kissed beaches, abundant farmlands, and a rich,
long-standing food culture, infused with the unique and special tastes and fragrances only found on this beloved Italian island.

The Sicilian people treasure time spent at family dinners, sharing and laughing as they gather around Mama’s kitchen table. Osteria Rusticana is proud to offer you this very experience, right here in the heart of Chicago.

We use the finest ingredients (many imported directly from our network of family owned Sicilian farms), and our unique recipes (based on those handwritten gems passed down through generations of Sicilian families ) to bring Sicily to you, straight from Mama’s kitchen!

Buon Pranzo!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 273 people are saying
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4.8
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipfox1979
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Our server, Gerardo, was fantastic. We had an octopus appetizer special which was phenomenal.

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Andy
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good, the lamb was a bit salty. Service was great

Osteria Rusticana
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Andy, Thank-you for stopping and dining with us. We appreciate the feedback on the Lamb being too salty, but unfortunately we don't serve any lamb on the menu? We only have steak, chicken, fish, and veal. If you have a few minutes to further discuss this that would be great. We hope to see you again soon and please let our staff know if any of the dishes are not to your expectations, thanks! Team Osteria

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KalleS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was excellent. My wife and I went there for a date night and the entire experience including the staff made it one of our favorite experiences.

The food exceeded our expectations and the staff was able to accommodate our dietary preferences (vegan) including having the chef build a couple of new creations for us. The food was excellent, and the experience blew us away.

Would highly recommend.

Osteria Rusticana
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Kalle! We loved having you and very happy you enjoyed your date night! The Chef was absolutely thrilled to hear that the food was excellent! We enjoy being able to accommodate your vegetarian/vegan lifestyle! Thanks and we look forward to seeing you again soon! Team Osteria

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vipRachelH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is insanely good!!!

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jls84
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly enjoyed the dining experience! Food was excellent! Service impeccable! Owner was outstanding! A must try restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Wanted to love this place, but wasn’t impressed. We had multiple order mix ups (both during appetizers and main entrees)! The waiter did what he could to speed up corrections, but our food came out without proper preparation, thus cold and not thoroughly cooked. Our halibut came with cold cauliflower mash , the arancini were still cold inside, and our vegetarian at the table was presented veal as her main dish by mistake.

Our server tried to make things right by offering us a free desert, which was nice, but the whole experience didn’t make our $130 dinner feel worth it at all.

I will say the special oriechette pasta was amazing, which was the one redeeming quality.

Not sure if we will come back again to give it another shot.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

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vipGSPVIP
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We were excited to celebrate special occasion!

Service started off @high level, then dropped off throughout the dining ..

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KrystalP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food , atmosphere , wine , and service was terrific !

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Osteria Rusticana is a must-eat when you're in Chicago. This restaurant can do NO wrong. Such a fresh but traditionally-rooted take on Italian! We visited on our anniversary and they surprised us at the end of our meal with prosecco!!! Unfortunately we're moving away from Chicago but we will definitely come back when we visit the city.

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vipStaceyH
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t sing the praises enough of this restaurant! The food was incredible, the service was excellent, we will be back!

Osteria Rusticana
Responded on April 15, 2021

Hi Stacy, Thank-you so much for stopping by! Our entire staff puts a lot of effort and time to ensure our guests have a wonderful experience! It's amazing to have guests like yourself provide positive feedback and dine! Thanks again and we hope to see you again soon! Ciao! Team Osteria

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StevenL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food - had the beef short rib special and scallops. Both were specials. Foods was fantastic! Service at 4 stars due to the wait; the table in front of us overstayed there 90 minute slot by a significant amount. Osteria Rusticana took care of us ... complimentary glass of Prosecco. Overall a great experience!

Osteria Rusticana
Responded on April 13, 2021

Hi Steven! Thank-you so much for your amazing feedback.. We sincerely appreciate your patience for a table to open up. Unfornately, we didn't expect our clients to sit for so long. However, we are very glad you enjoyed our Dinner specials along with our Complimentary glass of Prosecco due to the long wait. We hope to see you again soon- thanks! Ciao! Team Osteria

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vipmaureenrkelly
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My friend - a big foodie - and I had never heard of this restaurant but found a reservation. We were delighted — unpretentious place with excellent food and service! We’ll be back and recommend it to friends!!!

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MarelynR
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and service for a wine and dine with friends!!! This was my first time in Chicago and I’m glad we found this gem outside of the crowded Downtown streets. Our server Gerardo was kind, communicative and provided some delicious recommendations. We ordered a charcuterie board for the table and he gave us a couple of wine samples to best make our selection. The vibes were so great we ended up having 2 bottles for our table of 3. The menu had several options that I was not familiar with but Gerardo translated his enthusiasm for Chef Christian’s food and made my choice easy - I had the Paccheri in Salsa di Pistacchio, a yummy pasta made with pistachio-based sauce that nicely paired with the tomatoes and was not at all overpowering. We stayed a bit past closing hours, which our table was not even aware of thanks to the staffs awesome service. Definitely would recommend for quality time with friends and/or date night.

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ccott
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff works as a team and each individual was outstanding in our experience. From pairing a great bottle of wine (and allowing us to taste between a few) to speed to the presentation of the food, all was outstanding. Hats off to the chef for making outstanding vegan/vegetarian options as well!

Osteria Rusticana
Responded on April 5, 2021

Thank-you so much for the positive and warm feedback! Our team tries very hard to make sure we exceed customer's expectations. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Ciao! Team Osteria Rusticana

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Natasha
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding! We were quite impressed! Can't wait to return.

Osteria Rusticana
Responded on April 24, 2021

Hi Natasha, Thank-you very much for your positive feedback and score. Our team tries extremely hard to ensure our customers have an amazing experience. We are happy you had a great time and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Ciao! Team Osteria Rusticana

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vipDavey
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Very disappointing.

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KristiL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so good and the service was amazing. We did indoor dining even though we've been staying away from it during the pandemic and we felt very safe with their covid precautions. They even had those plastic separators between tables so that was really great. They had really great vegetarian and vegan options as well.

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MitulP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. Jason and team were great. Excellent experience

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Laura
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was, as ever, exceptionally good. Service was also fantastic; we love a server who knows the details of gluten intolerance without us having to give a crash course. Just a really lovely evening.

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vipKristenBrittany
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food on their restaurant week menu. This place never disappoints! Fresh ingredients and incredible taste!

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Jmjj
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The staff was attentive but the food was subpar...

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Jules
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cute date night place. I liked the intimacy the plexiglass dividers creates - it provides privacy that otherwise would probably not exist.
Service was very good and our server suggested several delicious options. However I have to take away kudos on the portion size - I feel for the price they could have been larger and taste was just OK. Drinks were decent.
I would consider revisiting if I found a good groupon.

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vipMICHAELS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lasagna was amazing. Love how it comes in a ceramic bowl, baked, with melted mozzarella

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vipBobL
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Dependable, friendly place. Can't go wrong here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service!

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MarkK
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience, food, service and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. The authentic Sicilian service and food is unmatched! From the cocktails, to the apps, all the way to the dessert everything is phenomenal

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service. Perfect place for a night out, this place has authentic Italian food. Had the Cavoletti for an appetizer and the rigatoni ragu for dinner and the Nutella filled donut for dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While the food was outstanding, we were disappointed to only have offerings from a Pre Fixe menu that has a set price of $65. It was not what we had planned on spending, but the food was truly amazing!!

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EllieV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is authentic & delicious and service is excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic!!! Lucca, the owner, is the best!

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vipDanielleL
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wish I had the heads up on prix fixe menu

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner was wonderful. They did a great job making people feel safe. Food was amazing!

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vipIreneV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was absolutely excellent! We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic Sicilian food and top notch service with excellent Italian wine list. Will definitely go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food. Luca and Umberto take you on an experience to Sicily. Love everything about this place!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had dined here before and didn’t realize it since the name had changed. Menu changed too. Same great service and delicious food. Will definitely go back.

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LizzieB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner personally waited on us, was very kind, gave recommendations and answered questions. Great ambiance. Great food. We’ll be back!

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vipchibuilder
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luca and his team were super personable and took great care of us. So much so that we never even noticed that we were the last 2 in the restaurant and even the staff were going home. A great host and the food and wine were great too! Will be back for sure. Thanks, Luca!

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You can order delivery directly from Osteria Rusticana using the Order Online button. Osteria Rusticana also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 486-2636.

Osteria Rusticana is rated 4.8 stars by 273 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.