Quartino

4.6
7990 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Tapas / Small Plates, Cocktail Bar
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Hours of operation
Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am; Bar Daily: 3:00pm - 2:00am
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Phone number
(312) 698-5000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John Coletta
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Private party facilities
Quartino embraces the true essence and environment of an authentic Italian urban ristorante, pizzeria and wine bar in quintessential Gibsons Restaurant Group style. Quartino can accommodate private parties of 10-100 guests for luncheons, cocktail & antipasti parties, and dinner.
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Private party contact
Valerie Prescott: (888) 641-3569
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Parking details
Valet Parking is available $14.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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.
What 7990 People Are Saying
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Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic authentic Italian food!

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V
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Way too many tables going. Should seat fewer folks so the wait staff stays and talks to you. Too crowded in as well. Food very good, though.

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JC
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was all excellent, from Calamari, to Bruschetta to Shrimp Diablo and especially the penne in vodka sauce. Waitresses forgot to bring 1 order, but they added some extra to try to make up for the mistake.

Love this place!

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

I used your online reservations and it was so easy. When we got there our table was ready and they treated us so well. We all loved our food and we will definitely come back again.

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t
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Love the concept of small plates, but the food was sort of simple, marginally bland. Had the linguine with clam sauce, it hardly tasted like seafood. The brussels sprouts were very good.

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JR
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

We had a late reservation and had to wait for 30 minutes to be seated. Management must have changed because the dining area used to be spacious but instead was completely packed with almost no room. Waiters and bus boys continuously bumped into me and my guests while we were seated and the noise level made conversation very difficult.

It really was not a good dining experience whatsoever. The food was good but not exceptional. There was not even a proper waiting area while waiting for our table and the bar was overloaded, it looked more like a sports bar than Italian restaurant.

Very disappointed in the evening and would not go back. I’m not one to complain about this type of thing but the seating arrangements were just horrendous and made the dining experience a disaster.

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

The food was fantastic! Service was excellent. Very crowded but it was Saturday night.

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

Food was great and our waitress was wonderful. We weren’t sat until 35 minutes after our reservation time which was very frustrating.

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

Our table wasn’t ready and the waiting area was insane. When we were finally seated we did not see a server/ waiter for 15 minutes. At that point we decided to leave. No one cared as the lobby was full of people waiting on their reservations. We will not be back.

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CL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Family Reunion. A great time was had by all!

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

Always exceptional!!

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

16th Birthday

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

The atmosphere was so noisy and crowded that it was not enjoyable at all. Maybe going on a week night would be better. Being with my dad who is a fire inspector made us see what a death trap this restaurant is.

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

I took my family that was visiting here before the Holiday Light tour. We ordered a few different dishes, that all came out at different times. The pastas were great and hot, but the pizza was cold and chewy. We also ordered the kale ricotta salad and there was absolutely no toppings on the salad, including no ricotta. We were told we would get a new one and it was never brought out. Luckily the waitress took this off our bill. The place was so packed and they were trying to fit as many people in as possible, so we were constantly being bumped into while trying to eat. It was horrible. The drinks were great, but the waitress barley came to check in so by the time we got our second drink we had to rush and drink it and ended up wasting half of the drink and for the price we paid this was very frustrating. Overall horrible experience. I would not recommend.

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

I've been to Quartino's several times, and each time I'm reminded why I like it so much. We were there for dinner on Saturday with our two sons. While they do not have a kid's menu, our server was very quick to offer up to the boys that the kitchen can make pretty much whatever the want -- and they definitely delivered. Our server, Alycia, was fantastic -- she was courteous, fun, and very knowledgeable about the menu. Our boys thought she was so great that they already can't wait to go back and insist we ask for Alycia again :) Food was delicious - we tried several different dishes: sausage pizza, tortellini carbonara, pappardelle with short rib meat sauce, orrechiati with meat sauce, and gnocchi with a simple marinara that they customized for my gnocchi loving son :) Everything was absolutely delicious! Thanks for a wonderful night Quartino's!

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

Amazing find for Italian dining, the pastas , desserts are amazing and great for sharing /friends dining .

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Cancun
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nos sorprendimos de lo deliciosa que estaba la comida.
Al ser un lugar muy grande no esperábamos que tuviera tanta calidad. En verdad es delicioso y el ambiente es muy agradable y hogareño.

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

Superbe bouffe! Ambiance festive!

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

Amazing food. Perfect size portions. Best meatballs I’ve ever had.
Definitely going back!

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

Great food and service. Awesome selection. Server was very helpful in deciding how much to order

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SP
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner with Friends! This place is always good - both food and service! Must go!!!!

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

Food was delicious, service was great. We had 2 small children that they accommodated really well plus it’s noisy enough if they are loud or fussing it doesn’t bother the neighbors!

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l
Minneapolis
79 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Quartino and have the other times we have been. It’s a very fun place - great food and great people watching. Very fun to try new combinations of small plates - we had the stuffed dates, beets, and the meatballs to start. I love that things come when prepared so nothing is waiting and cooling off. We then had the vegetarian pizza, penne a la vodka which I love. Always fun to have plates to share.

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

Crappy food, service ok. Very expensive. The food was expired and tasted bad. The plates were small.

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MD
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food and service.

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TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First visit but knew that this is a Steve Lombardo created restaurant and everything he touches is exemplary. Great menu with many options. Everything was well prepared, and delivered to the table hot and fast. Liked the option of ordering wine by the 1/4, 1/2, or full liter allowing us to try several wines at reasonable cost. Service staff is well trained. Will definitely return.

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JS
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In Chicago for a long weekend and booked Quartino for dinner on Open Table at the last minute. We were very impressed with everything we ordered: Burrata, Salami salad, Sausage Risotto and a pepperoni pizza. The Burrata was perfectly creamy, pizza crust amazing, as the Salumi salad was so flavorful. I told my husband that Quartino is the type of restaurant I would visit again on the same trip, even with all the wonderful dining options in Chicago!

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

I had a great group dinner with over 15 people for my birthday. The food was delicious and this is a great place for groups or eating late.

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Chicago
32 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

7 family members met to take my niece to dinner from out-of-town. And to celebrate my grandson's birthday. We chose the spot for it's proximity to my niece's hotel. It was a good choice for a group our size both for space and service. Also We had one vegetarian and one vegan. We shared many small plates. Polenta sticks risotto Shrimp Diablo and several veggie plates. The birthday boy was served a scoop of ice cream atop molten chocolate cake. Yummie.

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ES
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great experience for my sons 25th birthday. Will go back for a date night with my wife.

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b
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Small plates let us try a range of great and tasty dishes. There we a few misses, that were immediately corrected, but we where there to take our time to enjoy a leisurely meal with good wine.

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

Took my office there for a Holiday family style dinner and couldn't have been more impressed (9 people total). The food was great. Nice, shareable dishes. Service was fantastic and an overall great experience.

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Naples
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will definitely go back, great menu , food was wonderful and our waiter was VERY helpful

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DH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was just OK Gnocchi were bland. Tiramisu was ok, but the cake with nutella was dry.

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service from the moment I walked in I was greeted nicely ! My friend came straight from the airport and was even able to hold her luggage with the coat check which I truly appreciated . The server was knowledgeable of the menu , food came out quick and I love that all the plates were shareable like Italian tapas . Great place with a group of friends and very affordable for downtown Chicago ! Will be back 😀

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AC
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

On a recent girls' trip to Chicago, we had gotten many recommendations for Quartino's. We ate there for a late lunch on our first day and it was perfect. There were 4 of us and we shared plates. It's kind of a tapas Italian place. Good for sharing and trying multiple dishes. Liked it so much, we went back for dinner another night. Classic Italian, really nice servers and great value.

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c
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it loved it loved it. Love the atmosphere. The pizza and salads were awesome. Great ambience. Fun. If I lived in Chicago I would be there several times a month

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PN
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Such a disappointment during this trip because we have had some excellent dinners at Quartino over the years, but was not a good experience for us from the minute we walked in the door …. from a bad table (kept hitting in the back, in the head, had enough and asked to be moved …. much to the disgust of the hostess … then before we could eat our appetizer, the dinner had arrived - then never got drink refill, either our server was overworked or perhaps not feeling well … unplugged … my food was cool to the touch, and my husband's was fine - being the tolerant people we are … just decided to hang with it and looked forward to the dessert until we had someone drop our check before we were even done with dinner. That was it for my husband - he HATES when the bill is delivered before he is finished. So we paid and left - disappointed. Not sure if we will return on our next trip to the city :-(

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MO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Our party of 6 was squeezed into a space for 4. It was unfortunate. Our waiter seemed overwhelmed as well.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

If you can get past being in a great big log jam while waiting for your table...you will enjoy the food.

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