Riccardo Osteria

4.6
50 reviews
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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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MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing - an Italian place in the West Loop who actually serves full-portion meals, not any of that small plate nonsense. Really great martini, really good suggestions from the waiter, really energetic vibe in both the front and back of the house. Food was phenomenal. Only thing I wish they'd do was provide a better description of some of the items for those of us who aren't great at Italian.

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

We loved this place. Nice logistics and well spaced tables. Service was friendly, but not hovering. We ordered a bottle of wine, white, but not Chardonnay. Nicely flavored with hints of lemon. Starters were a wonderful heirloom tomato soup and a great arugula and artichoke salad.. We had a nice basket of fresh bread and forcacio with olive oil. Entrees were grilled octopus served with pesto and roasted potatoes and risotto fruits de mare chocked full of great seafood. Both were wonderfully prepared and tasted excellent. Dessert was chocolate and pistachio gelato with espresso. we will definitely go back soon to ray some other dishes. Well worth the money.

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PM
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the greeting at the door to the kind thank you as we left, we had a great experience. The food was excellent, service friendly and helpful, the ambiance was conducive to a great experience. We’ll be back.

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TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and people were wonderful. Love nicki

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AL
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved the food and the overall experience! The only downside is that our party of 4 was seated at a table that was uncomfortably small.

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AD
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place. Food is great. Love how Macello greets you at the door. It's just a little loud.

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CB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came to celebrate my friend's birthday at this newly opened restaurant which is the third restaurant of the owner. The original location is always booked in advance, with opening this new location it gives people more opportunities to eat great Italian food. The owner and staff made our dinner special and plan to return soon. Love the open windows of the location.

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s
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

the original Riccardo is considerably better in terms of food quality and appearance. Osteria was disappointing for all of us.

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DD
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice new location. Food was fabulous. Nice wine list.

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TA
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a pleasant evening celebrating my wife's birthday. I forgot the server's name, but he was very hospitable and knowledgeable about the menu. My wife had a lobster risotto that was delicious. I had a sea bass entree that was cooked to perfection. The ashes to ashes cocktail was a great start to the evening.

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a
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a lovely meal. While there was a minor hiccup (missed salads), the staff was quite conciliatory and did their best to assure the error didn't impact our experience. The food was quite tasty and very nicely presented.

My one suggestion would be to arrange the dishes by the table position of the diner. That would eliminate the need for the server to name each dish and wait for a hand to go up to claim it

Overall though, this was a pleasant evening with friends. We look forward to returning.

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D
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very pleasantly surprised by how charming and welcoming we found this addition to the West Loop. The service was excellent - not too rushed, not too leisurely and our server was very attentive. The arancini, fava beans and pecorino, and tuna tartare were shared by our group of 5 and were plenty for us for appetizers. Two of us had pasta, one the fish special, and two had veal. All were excellent. We particularly appreciated the attention from the owner who was speaking to everyone in the restaurant during the evening. We will definitely be back. Perfect for family dining.

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J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I was so excited about Riccardo Osteria's menu. It was the best sounding Italian menu I had seen in quite some time. However, the execution of the food was just so-so, nothing wrong per se, but there was not one dish that I tried and said, "Wow, this is amazing." With all of the great restaurants in Chicago, the food has to be a "WOW" in my book. This restaurant didn't measure up.

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Know the Trattoria well and have enjoyed their food, ambiance and service. Thought we would give Osteria a try.

The menu is basically the same. But the food preparation is not. Had ravioli al butera and the osso bucco. The ravs too al dente and the osso bucco was tough. Real chewy! Disappointing. Maybe working out the new restaurant kinks

I’m gonna stick with the tried and true Trattoria on Clark for now.

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F
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

We had a perfectly lovely time and the food was good. I enjoyed it. I don't need to go back.

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OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Conquest meal.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A little loud for date jight

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f
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

the service will improve. the staff is new and they just need a little more time. the food and place are outstanding. Riccardo's Trattoria on Clark has been my favorite Italian restaurant for a long time. Had to try its brand-new location. Service was a little slow, which gave us plenty of visiting time. The waiter and kitchen staff are new and waiter was very accommodating. All of that will improve quickly, I am sure. Beautiful space. Same delicious, high quality food and friendly atmosphere.

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G
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual. Service, Food, drinks. The noise level was a bit louder this time. Also I wonder when the stuffed zucchini blossoms that the Lincoln Park restaurant will be offered at this location.

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HK
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Poor service, double charged us for drinks. Terrible cocktails, food was cold and over priced - $26 for small pasta dishes. Absolute disappointment.

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JC
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really amazing AUTHENTIC real Italian food served by Italian speaking servers!! This place does it right.

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R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Same great food... A bit noisy for we old people

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

There’s al dente and there’s horribly undercooked pasta. Mine was the latter, they re-fired the dish for me, but it completely threw off the timing of a dinner out. Sauce was wonderful though.

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W
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time there for dinner. Perfect! Will return especially to enjoy the outside seating for summer.

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L
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Riccardo Osteria is a great restaurant. Hidden gem under the tracks on Lake Street. Valet parking, so no worries about that. Service was great. Food was wonderful....their veal dishes outstanding. I had the veal chop and it was delicious.

The bar tender knew how to make a very dirty martini......surprisingly, few do and I always have to send it back for a tweet.

What would make this restaurant perfect would be an outside seating.

Will come again very soon!!

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KC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was wonderful! I loved the food and our server was very sweet!

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G
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am so happy to have this restaurant in the west loop! Just like the Lincoln PArk location, the ambiance is pleasant, the staff are warm and friendly, the food is delicious and perfectly seasoned and authentic! The service is attentive! Perfect!

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BB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Delicious seafood pasta, and scallops & prawns, and appetizer octopus and grilled calamari. Perfectly prepared and sauced - not overly oily or salty like some other places. Good portion sizes too. The atmosphere on a Saturday night was busy and loud. Very loud. The open concept kitchen made it cool to see the huge flames leaping up above the chefs. The time from ordering to getting our appetizer was 20 minutes, but they brought out complimentary bruschetta and focaccia. Two entries and one appetizer was $76 plus tax & tip. So about $100 total.

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j
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every bit as good as the Lincoln Park original

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for Easter dinner with the family. The Arancini, Timbalo Au Gratin, and Rigatoni were the three favorite dishes at the table. Reasonably priced for a special dinner - family in town, special occasion or holiday. Cool atmosphere inside and the service was friendly. Would go back again to try more dishes. My family enjoyed it.

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BL
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was similar to sister restaurants, Riccardo Enoteca and Trattoria. Service was terrific. Very noisy, although bartender said they were going to put in something to reduce sound.

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F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Food was mediocre and was very disappointed

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c
Omaha
85 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I would stick to the Italian dishes without seafood if we visit again. The scallops were good as well as the beet salad, but the lobster raviolis were not one I would ever order again. The menu is so huge, if you are not sure what you would like, it is hard to chose. Therefore I chose wrong. Service is good, but since we didn't order wine, we were pretty much left alone. If you decide to have a meal here, I would ask for their specialty or some kind of recommendation.

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DM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Some bread before the meal would have been nice, especially since the portion sizes aren’t THAT big given the price. The food itself however was outstanding and service was good too. Would definitely dine here again.

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SM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great pasta, but avoid sitting by the door when it's chilly outside as we were very cold throughout our entire meal.

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JN
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall we had a very good experience dining at Riccardo Osteria. The dining room is open and airy with lots of windows to the street but still feels cozy. Perhaps part of that was that the tables are a bit small for a four-top; we were challenged to keep all our wine glasses and appetizers on the table without knocking something off. Service was very good. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable, but not overbearing. Calamari was light and delicious. Mushroom risotto was creamy and flavorful. My wife had the duck special which was really good. All in all I’d say this place holds its own as a good entry in the West Loop’s numerous great spots.

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I didn’t realize the restaurant was connected to Ricardo’s trattoria and Enoteca on the north side of Chicago at the time of booking. Same excellent quality. Good for business, everyday dining or special occasion. Happy to have a location near downtown. Excellent food. Gnocchi was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Amazing food. So loud! Hard to have a conversation.

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AM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding Italian cuisine in the west loop. Great food, warm welcoming space, and friendly staff. Highly recommended!

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LB
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I had high hopes for this place as the Lincoln Park location is out of this world. A bit disappointed with the food here. Ambiance and service were good - but it missed the mark on food

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