Quartino

4.6
8182 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Quartino, an urban Italian restaurant and wine bar, is the creation of Hugo Ralli, Steve Lombardo (owners of Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House, LUXBAR) and Exec Chef / Partner John Coletta. Quartino combines the best of Italy’s osteria and enoteca to offer an authentic everyday Italian food and wine experience. “Where wine is cheaper than water” Throughout Europe, in bistro after osteria after enoteca, fresh local wines of high quality and unique characteristics are priced as a less expensive alternative to bottled water. Reservation requests for patio seating are not accepted. Patio seating is first come, first serve.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.4

Cater to your basic needs with small plates Italian food in River North.

Ratings 7.0-7.5:These are your neighborhood standbys - the places that you’ll happily hit for some pasta or a quick salad, but not a restaurant you are bringing your parents or (god forbid) a date to. The true embodiment of good but not great.
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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still a great meal and atmosphere

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Seating staff/hostess was rude. Waiter and manager were excellent!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vic was a great waiter! Fun place!

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PV
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have come to Quartino many times and it is always a good meal here!! Zeppele for dessert this time--yumm!

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JR
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing! Very great food and great service

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 4

Food was not what I expected it to be. Unflavored

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Indiana
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was great and the small plates were very fun to share. The actual taste left something to be desired. The fondu’s bread was very hard, it actually broke part of a permanent metal retainer in my girlfriends mouth. The mushroom risotto lacked a certain spark that the dish typically has. Overall we were not impressed and had 6 different small plates.

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SB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Quality of service and food not up to expectations

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TC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. We were there with a large group and we all left leaving incredibly satisfied. Quartinos never disappoints.

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MF
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was good but all the tables were packed together and it was extremely noisy. We struggled to talk the whole time because we could not hear each other. We ate at 9pm but maybe if you go at 6/6:30 it isn’t as bad?

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

We had a fairly large group for a birthday celebration. You can't be seated until your entire party is present. When I went to let the hostess know we were all there, I stood at the hostess area and was actively ignored by 3 employees helping everyone around me. Another person from my party intervened to see what was going on. Guess my appearance caused me not to be seen as a guest equal to those around me. I will not eat here by choice ever again.

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G
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The Ambiance was nice , I think there was a lot of noise with larger groups being seated with people that were in smaller groups . It did disturb the mood of the restauran. The food was delicious , the players were said to be big but they were actually quite small.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was really good, server took care of us well. They took a really long time with the shrimp risotto so they comped us.

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J
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! The food was incredible and our waiter was super nice and welcoming.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Portions are a lot smaller than they use to be

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LK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Madeleine was awesome. The food was awesome. Customer Service Awesome.
They staff even wrote a "happy valentines" message for my girl and was very helpful at the end of the night. Thank you for being a great restaurant and for making our night one to remember!

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r
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place,the only one problem, tables very close to each other.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food at great prices. Service was amazing. Definitely will be going back!

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ML
Cincinnati
48 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Was a bit more commercialized, larger than what I believed on-line, but I'll try it again for dinner (versus lunch); no parking / difficult to find parking, so better to Uber / taxi there.

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CF
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food, simply loud due to amount of people, but comfortably able to converse. The server had great recommendations and was polite all night.

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KB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Tables are way too close together - especially for a 9 month pregnant lady like myself. We felt trapped! Also the tables are really tiny for a sharing plates restaurant. Food was good though. Just cramped.

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BC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Felt really authentic. The portion sizes were great and it felt like eating with family and friends

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l
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was good! The service was not the best. The waiter was amazing. However when the bus boy came to collect out dishes he threw away our $30 cheese tray that was still half full without even asking if we were finished with it or if we wanted to take it home

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

A large group of us went to eat here on a Saturday night. It was our first time here but I wasn’t a big fan of how they bring everything as it’s done. We all for our food at different times so we had to sit there forever and watch each other eat basically. Some of us got the wrong thing. One of us didn’t even get our food until finally talking to the manager. Through all the chaos though, our server was great and apologized and was very nice. He tried his best to handle the situation (which he did) and we for a good chunk of money off our bill because everything that happened. Maybe it was just bad luck for us or the kitchen but probably wouldn’t go back. Wasn’t a fan of the bolognese (no one really loved their food from our group honestly) but the zeppoli doughnuts with the chocolate sauce i liked.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time at Quartino. I only rate it 4 stars, because the food did not taste as wonderful (5 stars) as it had in the past. A little bland! We also felt as though we were shouting to be heard at our table. Very energetic crowd and the tables are very close.

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TR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great for going with groups! Reservations are recommended!
Fun atmosphere and good food!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Moderate food. Poor mixed drink. Stultifying noise. Well meaning but not such good service.

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MZ
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and just loved it! Food was delicious and service excellent! The portions were the perfect size!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful place! Loved it

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great food. Our server was great as well.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Awful dinning experience. Will not go back, don’t recommend

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Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We were very very disappointed in the food as this is one of our favorite restaurants. We live in the neighborhood and this is our go to restaurant.

The veal meatball were extremely hard,. The fried calamari were tough, and had no taste other than the heavy breading.

The salmon was very tasty but the Brussels sprouts tasted like they had been sitting around for hours.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place , authentic Italian cousin and very good staf

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RW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service is top flight, as you would expect of a Gibson’s affiliate. They know what the market wants and give it to them. Not the typical menu selections, but very good variations. Worth the trip.

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MP
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food, especially the meatballs and spicy shrimp dish!

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b
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Place was packed as usual, but wasn't overly noisy. Service was quick and waiter was friendly while not memorable. Went as a group of four and shared: polpette, shrimp diavolo, baby octopus, brussel sprouts, sausage risotto, white bean spread, and rigatoni.
Polpette - 3.5/5 - decent meatballs, tender, sauce was okay, could've used a little more flavor
Shrimp diavolo - 3.5/5 - good, but nothing special. Won't order again when we go back
Octopus - 5/5 - perfectly cooked
Brussel Sprouts - 5/5 - very tasty
Sausage risotto - 5/5 - creamy with good flavor. Will definitely order again
White bean spread - 5/5 - perfect amount of garlic
Rigatoni - 4/5 - very good dish, could've used a little less burrata

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CG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food, good value but a very tight space inside. Waiters kept on bumping into us while we ate and it was uncomfortably hot. Meal was very good though; liked the family style plates and the carafes of wine.

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KB
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Going into dinner, I was not aware that these would be shared plates-style dining (which - FYI!) but I'm so glad that it was. We were able to share all of our dishes and left feeling stuffed with yummy food. It was GREAT quality and ambiance for an affordable price. The drinks were large and yummy, too!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 1

Was very disappointing experience. The food was great and our server was really good. But the floor manager that took us to a seat, put us at a table in the middle of a highly traveled doorway. I’m not saying next to the doorway, our table was in the middle of the door! The hosted had to repeat herself to him because he was on his phone and never said anything to us, just walked over to, again the table in the doorway, set the menus down and walked away before we could be asked to move. I was bummed twice by staff, one time knocking the food off my fork, and once by another customer.

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