Osteria Rusticana

4.7
307 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 307 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was impeccable and the food was excellent!

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AmandaA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was quick, drinks and food were delicious. Would recommend and come again.

AJ
AnneJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This place was great for a family dinner--the pastas were amazing as was the spinach!

HB
HeatherB
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance, service, and food were amazing. We had the special pasta with mushrooms, the pesto pasta, and the chicken.

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Mkaechele
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time at this place and it was just as outstanding as the first time. Service was excellent the entire time. Waiter made great recommendations and suggestions to our meal. Bucatini and Gnocchi were both fantastic. Can't wait to go there again in the future.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Cute spot and good food but they absolutely need to play some music! It was uncomfortably quiet when we sat down at 6:30, and then the sounds of everyone’s voices were loud and other tables’ conversations were clearly audible by the end.

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KirstenM
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a lovely experience! We really enjoyed our waiter and the pasta dishes we got. A little loud and the tables were close together because it’s a pretty small restaurant, but overall very nice experience!

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EarlK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All 4 entrees were excellent. The appetizers were also very good. Aracini, and a calamari and shrimp dish both worth a taste. Nice patio if the weather permits.

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Ethan
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very pleasant restaurant experience. Staff was very nice and funny, and they made us feel welcomed. The food was good, a little overpriced, however. The drinks were very good as well. If sitting outside, there will be some noise since it’s in Division, but not to where it is uncomfortable

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MarinaL
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been on a mission to find good arancini for months now, so I am soooo happy I finally did! Pasta was also all excellent, but for me what really made the evening great was our server, Laura. She made the whole experience lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Laura did a great job helping us decide what to have for dinner. Also, Laura helped pick out a wonderful bottle of wine for our dinner. We will be back soon.

DH
vipDerekH
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Laura was a perfect host and the food was amazing!

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JimT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was awesome - different Italian than I've had before. Our server was also awesome - friendly, attentive, and talkative - while getting our order just right!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Both the bread and the food seemed overcooked/not great - a very average Italian meal for a high price.

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Jessie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great dinner! Our server was knowledgable, friendly and fun. The food was delicious. Would come back again!

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vipErinP
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, attentive staff, intimate atmosphere

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famousj
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really enjoyable. The wife snd I got an opportunity to visit this place again 5 years after purposing here. It’s nice to see they are still around. Indoor seating setup is different but just as enjoyable as we remembered

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Their signature dish, with the word rusticana in it, was soupy and unappetizing. Overall the main entrees felt like something I could make at home. The seasonal appetizer was great though!

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AndyR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing! Our waitress was so friendly. The food was delicious. Only complaint were portions were small for the price

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LizzieD
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The meatball appetizer was fantastic. Both entrees we got were also very good (gnocchi with pesto and tortellini special). Overall, great food and cute patio!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was extremely friendly and engaging. The food reminded me of the food I’ve had in Italy, in terms of taste, quality and presentation. Can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite neighborhood spot.
Elevated cuisine with a friendly staff.
It’s my ‘cheers’.
Treat yourself to a date night here!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Pastas weren’t fresh.The taste was not exceptional. The price is pretty high regarding the quality of the food

Osteria Rusticana
Responded on June 15, 2021

Thank-you for your feedback and kindly appreciate you stopping by. We are very sorry to hear about your experience? Were you able to let the server or the manager know regarding your experience? We actually make our Ravioli, Tagliatelle and Gnocchi in house and is fresh! The other pasta- Gluten Free, Bucatini, Rigatoni, and Linguini is imported from Italy Our prices are on our website if you have any questions, but more than happy to comp the meal if you were dissatisfied, thanks!

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MaeveH
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

loved the food - the waitstaff was also amazing and helped make our anniversary very special. obviously the food is expensive, so i wouldn’t eat here all the time, but nonetheless i loved it!

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thor
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and the food and wine surpassed our expectations. We’ll be back :)

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DennisL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly fine dining. The polenta appetizer was memorable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food very authentic, great ambiance and exceptional service

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vipLisaS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service and meal to accompany. Everything was cooked perfectly and the cocktails were delicious. Too cold for outdoor but patio looks cute and they are just so pleasant and grateful to their customers.

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samserdam
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience!! Our waiter was fabulous & attentive. He also gave us great recommendations. The food is incredible. Got the Ariancini di Riso, Pollo Agli Agrumi, Paccheri in Salsa di Pistacchio, Panna Cotta Al Pistacchio (my birthday treat), & Chocolate Gelato. Will be going again soon & I will recommend it to everyone I know!

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NataliaP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I chose this restaurant based on reviews, and OH MY, it did not disappoint!
Not only the food was amazing (from the bread and olives to the spectacular pastas), but the service was 5-stars.
We ordered the tagliatelle rusticana (signature dish) and the cavatelli (the week's especial) and could not recommmend them enough! Delicious!
Also, both the manager and our waiters were incredible (thanks Gerardo!). It was my boyfriend's birthday and they did everything in their power for us to enjoy a memorable night. Can't wait to return and try more dishes!
100% recommend :)

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BKB46
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, Gerardo was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about menu! Love this place!

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Suzee53
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal, the short ribs were stellar will be back again.

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AbhaA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent restaurant. laura was phenomenal. food was great.

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vipfox1979
Chicago
78 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
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 on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

Osteria Rusticana
Responded on May 11, 2021

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 on May 7, 2021
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 on May 10, 2021

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
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is insanely good!!!

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jls84
Chicago
8 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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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 4.7 stars by 307 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.