Quartino

4.6
8113 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.

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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
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!

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Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful spot for our first time visiting Chicago!

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The pasta machine broke while we were there (which we heard never happens) and that caused us to order certain things that we wouldn’t have but that was fine. Everything was delicious.

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

The food was very good! Prices were reasonable. The tables were close together and kind of uncomfortable. The plates and glasses were dirty. The service was excellent! Lots of families, kids but that doesn’t bother us.

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

Great ambiance and food selection. Loved the small plates sharing options

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

The service was terrific and the atmosphere is fun!! The food was really good! The proportions are smaller but we ordered a pizza and then each of us ordered a main dish. We will definitely return for another dinner!

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

Great spot. Fun atmosphere. Food was fantastic.

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SA
Montreal
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

When in Chicago, make sure you go. Best pasta and charcuterie dishes. They'll do it up how you like it.

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a
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Unfortunately we made this reservation for an out of town friend as we have always had a good experience here but they did not. At 9:00 on Friday it was packed and nothing was done with precision. First appetizer was warm, not hot. Ordered two pizza's and they only brought one. It was a birthday celebration and the candle came out on a half of a strawberry on an empty plate. Ridiculous. Service was poor, food was cooked too quick and they forgot one. Chalk it up to bad night?

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KS
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The made-to-order food is fantastic. As each item is finished, it is dashed to the table. Apps, entrees, everything is shared (if you care to) with your entire table. We had an absolutely delicious feast. Bar tender made a specialty cocktail at my request, no hassle.

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

Lovely dinner but very very noisy.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 1ambience 1

Lelebtsuing out 10.th aniversário !!!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebration

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

I have several friends where this is “our go-to spot”... great food, ambiance, prices, location, etc... Favorite items include the octopus, polenta fries, caponata, and house red wine! Always fantastic, attentive service.

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MC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overlooked rice and pasta were the highlight of the evening!

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GG
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Overall really nice experience. We came here for my birthday last year, so I wanted to come back for my mom's birthday. We noted that in the reservations and it was acknowledged, however it was inconsistent with birthday dessert, did not receive one and was a little bummed.

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JH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

The restaurant is beyond crowded. We had a table of 11 adults and they squeezed in a table that should have sat 8 people. This may work for a younger crowd, but we're too old for this now! And because the restaurant is so crowded, the noise volume was very high. In regards to Service, it was not great. The waitress would take one or two drink/food orders, then quickly walk away, not giving anyone else at the table time or attention to ask for anything. The food runners kept dropping plates at our table and I checked with all of our guests at our table, only to realize that no one had ordered that food. Meanwhile, some of the food that we did order never arrived and we had to ask about it. Overall, not a stellar visit for a highly rated downtown restaurant. I will likely not go back.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quartino’s never fails to provide a great, energetic, upbeat atmosphere! The food is always awesome and the organized chaos is just fun to be a part of. Love it here!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved the food. Hated the noise level. Had to scream to be heard.

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G
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Usually go there when we r in town. Seems like they always squeeze us into a table meant for less people. While we were just a party of 2 this time, we were jammed in the upstairs back corner, at a table that wasn’t big enough for 2 plates of food and a wine bottle. The restaurant was hopping but there were numerous tables that were a little bigger open all over the restaurant. Our pasta course was very good, although took over 30 minutes.

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ML
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Overall, I enjoyed the food and the service. The biggest two cons for me was the level of volume and how closely the table are sat. It was so loud I could barely hear my fiancé across the table and then on top of that, the tables were so close to one another. The table next to us continually hit out chair/table due to the close proximity.

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Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Service was great. Fettuccine tasted like popcorn. Salad was good. Wasn’t impressed with spaghetti sauces. Average food!

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BF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm there quite a bit. It never disappoints. Food is always great and it comes out when its ready. We had Alycia tonight and she was incredible.

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CV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food, service and value. The desserts were great too!

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KT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quartino’s is a dining experience the way a meal should be. The service is attentive without being smothering, the food is served properly and timely, without making one feel rushed; the food is phenomenol, from appetizer, to soup, salad, main, and dessert. Indeed an experience to be treasured...and repeated! A great way to spend our anniversary!

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P
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed lunch consisting of funghi pizza with appetizers of mixed olives and eggplant caponata. Pizza is excellent and easily feeds 2. Absolutely love this place!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our overall experience was great, from the ambiance to the service. Our only complaint was the pizza was slightly saucy from an over abundance of tomatoes and could’ve used some more cheese.

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EW
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my go-to restaurant for when friends come to visit!

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Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The white bean hummus was fantastic. Nice atmosphere. Prompt and attentive service. Would go back next time I'm in Chicago

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Incredible place for your anniversary! The surprised us with sparkling wine to kick off the night for our anniversary. Loved our time and appreciated the amazing service!

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C
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

We arrived for our reservation a few minutes early to find dozens of people waiting outside, which seemed a little odd. We then tried to make our way inside but you couldn’t even move as people were packed in. I was getting hit by the revolving door as I tried to get out of the way, but there was no room. My wife, two kids, and I finally navigated our way to the host stand, only to find out that they were running 15-20 minutes behind on reservations. We made our way outside and waited for the text. It actually ended up being 25 minutes after which we had to navigate through the front of the restaurant and swarm of people again to make it to the host stand. The food and service was good, but it seemed slow for everything to come out. I’m guessing they were still behind from what happened earlier. Not exactly the experience I was hoping for during my 40th birthday dinner with my family...

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M
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is wonderful, but it’s a massive restaurant so gets really loud. They have liters of wine for good prices, which is such a treat.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was good! Can’t hear a thing though.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My only complaint is that they told open table I was a no show. Excellent food and service

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had six guests (two vegetarian). Quartino had good selection so everybody had plenty to eat.

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1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Noise level was extremely loud, but food was well worth it and great prices!

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1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great spot for some good Italian. Food gets brought out VERY quickly and can be slightly overwhelming

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j
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The Tuscan Kale salad was excellent as were the dates wrapped in pancetta! The gnocchi was bland but was taken off the bill, thank you! The banana dessert was a lot of ice cream with 3 small pieces of banana and a little chocolate drizzle. Ice cream was tasty but the dessert was disappointing. We were celebrating our daughter's birthday early because we won't see her on her birthday and put it on my reservation but no mention of birthday. We were there recently and had a fantastic meal by comparison.

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l
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quartino is consistenly wonderful. I've have been several times over the last decade, and their food is always delicious and fresh. The service is attentive and quick no matter how busy. The main dining room can get quite loud, but there are other options available if you request them.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

We were seated 30mins after our reservation time. The tables are so close together, if you are cutting with your knife, you are also elbowing the person behind you. Disappointing establishment.

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