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Riccardo Osteria, Chicago, IL

Riccardo Osteria

4.5
4.5
579 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Riccardo started his career at a very young age in Milan's prestigious GIRARROSTO which was family owned. Then, in 1982 he moved to the United States and he opened the famous Sonny Bono's in Los Angeles. In 1987 he started to work with his cousin Roberto Ruggeri (owner of Bice Ventures), with him he opened Bice New York, Los Angeles and many others around the world.

Here through the craftsmanship of an Italian food connoisseur, dishes are prepared with an almost zen-like essentiality that has shaped Riccardo's professional and existential life course.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 42 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 291-8620

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Riccardo Michi

  • Neighborhood

    West Loop

  • Cross street

    N. Carpenter Street

  • Parking details

    Free street parking on Carpenter St. between Lake St. and Randolph St.

  • Public transit

    Green line

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 579 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fantastic experience
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    Four people crammed into a tiny two-top table.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a sweet, intimate and well run restaurant. Great staff from bartenders, hostess and servers. Very accommodating and conscience with attention to detail. Food was outstanding and not overpriced which is surprising for west loop. Hidden gem here!
  4. D

    Dove

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    I ate here because it was listed as participating in restaurant week. None of the main dishes me or my partner ordered were good--flavors off, portions too large, ingredients didn't taste fresh. Drinks and dessert were fine, but generally not worth the trouble.
  5. S

    Slick

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great for a business lunch. Would go there again. Food was awesome.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Cozy and delicious food. restaurant week deal was great!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Had a fabulous time tonight here for restaurant week: $44 for a 3 course meal tonight. Everything was delicious!! Including the bread. The servers were sweet and very on top of things even when it was super busy and packed. It was an intimate setting as well which was nice! Not too loud either where we could hear each other!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Love this place. Arancini and truffle risotto deserves a chefs kiss!
  9. FN

    FridayNiteEats

    St. Louis

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food was outstanding, as was service. The music just didn't fit the cuisine
  10. CC

    ChristinaC

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our server (Aisha/Ayesha) was super sweet and knowledgeable of the menu. The food was great and the ambiance was the perfect vibe. Looking forward to visiting again!
  11. g

    gggg

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Cool ambience but average food. Not sure if I would return
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal. Love the place. Worth the trip out of downtown.
  13. CH

    ChristopherH

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    I thought that the food quality and choices were great. Only negative was no iced tea.
  14. L

    Ludo

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The service is good as well as the food but we were bothered by the cold draft when someone opened the door.
  15. FD

    FineDiningExperience

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Pleasant environment that allowed for dinner conversations to be heard around the table.
  16. CH

    ChristopherH

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    You should not advertise it as open for lunch when it isn't. Shame on you!
  17. J

    Joan

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The bartender made theeee most fabulous Old Fashion…4 Roses bourbon yes please!
  18. L

    Louis

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Were told when seated that we were only allowed to stay for 90 minutes. Not cool.
  19. PM

    PaulM

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    2nd time in a row for sub-par dish. My wife and I like the physical plant but my dish, chicken milanese, was inedible---almost too dry to cut. To the restaurant's credit they did remove the charge.
  20. KB

    KurtB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great evening for a company dinner for 5. Excellent food, ambience and wine list. and the live jazz combo was an unexpected bonus. Service could have been a bit better. They missed one diner's entree order initially, and then didn't check after the meals were served, as one diner hoped to have her entree heated a bit more.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Best Italian place in Fulton. Gnocchi is from heaven.
  22. l

    luvgudfud

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food!!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Overall great experience. Everyone liked their food but it all lacked seasoning. Website advertised live music but it wasn’t there for our Monday evening at 7:30. Would definitely go back
  24. C

    Charles123

    Chicago

    118 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    We really enjoyed Riccardo Osteria for our weekly family dinner on Saturday night. However, instead of a relaxed ambiance, there was fairly loud and distracting music playing the entire time. Not sure why loud-ish music is necessary, as the space is already quite loud from people talking and being jam packed (on Saturday night). The space was also very tight and jammed with tables. I personally found it a bit stressful and uncomfortable. Maybe others are okay with it. I felt much more comfortable after 9:00PM as many tables had emptied out by then. The next time we return, I'll for sure reserve a later night table. Otherwise, the issues with the ambiance in my opinion take away quite a lot from the dinner experience. The food I thought was solid southern Italian food (pastas, pizzas, the traditional mains) and very fairly priced. It's a good value, and their wine is excellent. The wine actually was my favorite part of the dinner!
  25. B

    Bradley

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great meal and service. The waiter accommodated my request for a chicken parm. The gnocchi received high reviews.
  26. TA

    TripleADiner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So good! Pastas were divine and service was friendly
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    I had reservations with my girlfriend on a Saturday night at 8:00. When we walked in at 5 till, the place was absolutely packed. We were greeted by a very friendly hostess that informed us our table was not quite ready, and suggested we wait at the bar. I typically wouldn’t have minded the 15 minute wait but the bar was shoulder to shoulder with one bartender working. The dining area and bar were extremely close to another. I felt bad for the patrons that were eating their dinner surrounded by the unrestrained costumers at the bar. Luckily me and my girlfriend were seated closer to the back where we remained undisturbed by the crowded bar that started to dwindle as the night passed. The food was spectacular and our waitress suggested a great Asiago stuffed gnocchi. Overall we had a great dining experience and the food was fantastic.
  28. DB

    DBL1

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    We had a 6:30 reservation and were not seated until after 7. No offer to accomodate drinks at bar or anything else. When seated we were told there was a large party coming in and we had to put our orders in by a certain time. We were told our order had be submitted all at once as oppossed to apps first and later entrees. Really shocking ownership could do this on a Saturday night. Will not come back here.
  29. ER

    ElizabethR

    Cincinnati

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent dinner at Riccardo Osteria. The veal parmigiana might be the best I have ever had. Service was excellent as well.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We showed up at 5:15 for a 5:30 reservation on a sat night. Restaurant was empty so they sat us and proceeded to rush us through the meal so they could turn the table. We asked our server for a few minutes between our salad and dinner. She came back and told us that the manager told her they had a busy night and we couldn’t tie up a table then they promptly delivered our dinner which had been sitting under a heat lamp. This was 30 mins after we were seated and 15 mins after our original reservation time. The food was average at best. I would describe as above average bar food. The experience was rushed and best described as eating in a busy bar with people standing by our table by the time we left 1 hour after being seated. No thanks. We won’t be back.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was amazing. The vodka gnocchi is to die for. Amazing neighborhood Italian spot, the food is delicious, ambiance is cozy, and service is friendly. Definitely recommend this place, good date spot and also a place you can take your parents.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We were told by the staff that they had to “flip” the table
  33. CA

    CynthiaA

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service, ambiance is always a consistent 10!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. I got the Branzino special and it was amazing. Someone else got the veal and it was also delicious. We didn’t taste a bad thing at the table and it was very reasonable priced for the area and food quality. I will be back!
  35. DB

    DBawss

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food was good, but not outstanding. Glad I went. Would recommend if you’re nearby, but not necessarily something to go out of the way for.
  36. GP

    GPK79

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great experience with the best server. Lovely neighborhood place for lunch or cocktails.
  37. TA

    ThomasA

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food is excellent. Great spot. Will return
  38. NC

    NicoleC

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was very good. We sat outside since it was so nice which was great but with the “el” going by every 10 mins, conversation with tricky. I thought the portions were very small for the price, except for my Branzino. The guys were still hungry and we had an app and a salad.
  39. EZ

    EnricoZ

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    A bit underwhelmed because surprisingly it didn’t live up to the standards of Riccardo Enoteca. Maybe it was an off night…
  40. KT

    KaitlynT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We got a last mine reservation which was really appreciated. It was the smallest 4 top table imaginable, the food was just fine. It really depends on what your order. Cocktails were strong, so good or bad depends your vibe. I’d go back to eat a chicken parm at the bar.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Riccardo Osteria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 291-8620.

Riccardo Osteria is rated 4.5 stars by 579 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 42 times today
Google Map for Riccardo Osteria

1023 W. Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60607

Additional information

  • Cross street

    N. Carpenter Street

  • Neighborhood

    West Loop

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Free street parking on Carpenter St. between Lake St. and Randolph St.

  • Public transit

    Green line

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Riccardo Michi

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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