Stefani Prime

4.6
524 reviews
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Stefani Prime (Italian) brings Chicago dining; experience to Lincolnwood in a modern and comfortable environment. It offers prime cuts, the freshest seafood, signature Italian dishes and more. More than just a steakhouse, the name Stefani Prime is a nod to offering the best of everything from premium fare to top notch service. Stefani Prime is a collaborative effort between famed restaurateur Phil Stefani, wife Karen (owner of Inspired Catering & Events), and their children Gina and Anthony, the next generation of the Stefani restaurant group.

Right off the Edens expressway, Stefani Prime is the ideal meeting place where the North Shore meets the city with guests enjoying a “city dining” experience without having to battle the downtown traffic and parking challenges.
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C
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food was wonderful and the server was very nice and accommodating.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Salty risotto. Fish over cooked. Waited for dinner due to kitchen issues so long that we offered to leave. Not impressed.

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OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was spectacular.

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DT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Noise level was better than most restaurants-easy to talk to friends and every was able to hear each other. Wait staff and bartenders were very friendly and knowledgeable. Looking forward to going back!

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CJ
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Mixed on the service as our server was very lively and fun (that's where the 3 stars come in) - we just don't agree with his assertion that he "knows how to pace" our meal (this would have gotten 1 star). Salads were being served as the appetizer plate was being removed and our entrees came immediately after the salads. No time at all in between - we felt rushed. 2 of 3 coffees came cold. We sent them back and they were obviously sent through the microwave. Guess they showed us! Steaks were fine, not really flavorful. Branzino was terribly salty but the potatoes that came with it were delicious. Potatoes au gratin were meh, mashed were ok. Our party of 6 will not be going back.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Daniel one of the Bartenders took great care of us. Great place!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service and food quality not on par with many steakhouses in the city, although price is.

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KZ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my husband’s birthday. Our server was very knowledgable and gave great suggestions. Everything from the cocktails to the complimentary birthday dessert was delicious. My husband loved the veal parm and my frutti di mare over spaghetti was loaded with seafood. The sauce was seasoned perfectly. Portions were large and we had enough for dinner the next day

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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Our server was Juan.
We had a great time celebrating my daughter's birthday.

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Naples
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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MJ
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in with the family for Sunday dinner. We ordered the following:
Shrimp Cocktail - Very fresh, nice sized shrimp. The cocktail sauce has horseradish added on top and this was a big plus.
Proscuitto/Mozzarella - They have an Italian, hand-cranked machine which generates paper thin slices of absolutely delicious proscuitto. The house made mozzarella is also excellent and comes with a nice sprinkling of sea salts and pepper. The arugula salad is perfectly dressed with a sweet tasting oil/vinegar dressing.
Ravioli - also house made and perfectly stuffed with ricotta and delicious, tasty short rib. The bolognese sauce is fantastic.
Skirt Steak - The quality of meat is outstanding and we ordered it with a side of chimichurri sauce. Our little guy absolutely loved the frites. It comes with so many of them that the table was able to share.
Prime Tomahawk Ribeye - what an excellent cut of meat that is perfectly marbled and melts in your mouth. We ordered it medium and it came out rare which was no problem at all as our server brought it back quickly after giving it a quick turn under the broiler.
We enjoy the martinis and old-fashioneds here and they never disappoint.

The best part of this restaurant is the service. You can get quality food in a number of places but we greatly enjoy the high level of service we get here. We've now had dinner here a number of times and has become our go-to place for dinner in the neighborhood.

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

Had a great dinner for our anniversary. Meal was great. I had one issue and they immediately changed it out. Will definitely be back here.

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r
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stefani Prime was excellent. Met Phil and his first chef Alex. It was a great celebration for his first year at Prime and his birthday. The entertainment was outstanding. Jimmy O and Rhonda Lee rocked the house.

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R
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The veal piccatta was a little too salty for me. But the fettuccine was yummy, along with my husband's chicken vesuvio. Juan was a great server and it was ladies night. Fun.

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TL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our evening with family young and old!
The service was simply amazing.

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GG
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and terrific service. Noisy if the bar is full.

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c
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

I was so disappointed in my food. I ordered shrimp deJohnge and there was not a hint of garlic on it. I asked 2 other people at my table if they tasted garlic, they said no. I think the kitchen made a huge error here I also ordered steak tartar which was ok nothing special, like they use to have at the Brauhaus. The other guests split a ribeye which they liked My husband had the seafood pasta which he said was good flavor but a small amount of seafood We are seniors who don't go out that often so you won't be losing a lot of business when we no longer dine there. however I will tell you Calos on Clark St has better food and of course, better pricing. We live between you and Calos, so our choice, after Sat., would be obvious. Their Shrimp is spectacular and very garlicky! Our waiter was great, valet service also was great. When I called for reservations I said there was 1 person who was handicapped. They sat us in the middle of tables, making it difficult for the handicapped person. Table was small, difficult to reach and exit. Sorry this is not a better review, but if I'm going to pay your prices, I will go downtown, not Lincolnwood.

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SB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. A little pricey but very good food and service. Lamb chops were great!

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k
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience from the service to the delicious food. Thanks for an amazing evening!

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AM
Chicago
78 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing! Excellent food, excellent service. Love this place!

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n
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My steak was excellent but the sides and apps were just OK.

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l
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

there for a after business dinner
waiter was subperb
parking easy
honored our reservation
fish/seafood excellent
pricey

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This area needed a place to go!

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KP
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our first time here and it was easy to find and great to have valet parking. We were seated immediately and our server was always attentive. We loved the Caprese salad to start. My husband had the veal scaloppine piccata and it was delicious. My risotto with veal shank was outstanding....tender meat that fell off the bone was so flavorful and the al dente risotto was a taste sensation. I'm glad I got that since it will be taken off the menu soon in preparation for spring. I received a delicious cheesecake for my birthday! How sweet. I'll definitely come back!

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OF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The tables were slippery, when I try to cut into my steak the entire plate moves because the surfaces are too slippery. Same thing if a tiramisu is served in a glass on a plate, it will slide around. Some careful thought has to be put into a few things. I was also pouring my own wine and that should not be the case.

Overall still not bad for where it’s located and the overall demographics

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IG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a special anniversary so we planned for a special outing, knowing it would be expensive. Food was excellent.

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V
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took another visit for a second chance and we're much pleased and impressed.
The corned beef.cabbage was excellent.

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LD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Our server was pretty bad. She took forever to take our order. Forgot our drinks- twice. Offered fresh cracked pepper for our salads, and then forgot to come back. Not very good service. The food on the other hand was very good. I had the special lobster risotto which was excellent, but came with a pretty steep price tag of $46. It did have a lobster tail on top but the tail itself was small and the portion size was minimal.

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TC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drove from the city to the burbs just to experience the taste sensation from the fettucini. This side of Rome we have never had fettucini as good as this. We sat at the bar and also experienced excellent service from Jimmy the bartender. His 36 years of experience was clearly seen by his level or service.

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KW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food for a neighborhood restaurant. The area needed a decent restaurant that is not a typical 24 hours restaurant.

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J
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent lunch spot for single diner! Was seated in private booth and really enjoyed lunch alone. Very comprehensive reasonably priced lunch menu with many interesting options as well as daily specials.. Inwill definitely return

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WP
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had requested a nice table location as it was my birthday. They gave us a nice table. Our server Nick was very attentive and helpful. Nice personality. The food was awesome, I had the lamb rack. Best deal in the house. My wife had the petite filet. We also had the broiled oysters, which were very good. The augratin potatoes were a little under done, but tasted great none the less. The asparagus with hollandaise was also very good. The best part were the dirty martinis, their signature cocktail. All in all a very nice evening.

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E
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed a wonderful lunch here yesterday. Seafood Cobbs, smoked salmon BLT and terrific mushroom soup. Shared affogato for dessert. Good selection of wines by the glass. Lovely space. Attentive but not overbearing staff. Price point a bit high for lunch but the total experience was memorable. Will be back for dinner.

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JC
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful evening and dinner at Stefani’s. The Whitefish was amazing. The filet was great and the creme brûlée delicious. Thanks Juan for being a great server.

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HS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice restaurant with good food but a little pricey. The service by everyone was outstanding. We had steak tartare which was really good but needed onions in the side. Our pasta dish was also very good. Not for everyone at about $175 per couple .

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, outstanding meal. There are no negatives about this experience. Every time we go to Stefani Prime, it is a great atmosphere and we can count on a perfect meal.

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LE
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely place for a special occasion. Very pricey, but great for a special night out. Service was wonderful, food great. We had a lovely time.

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NL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was good but the waitress kept rushing us through our dinner and making us feel like we needed to finish up quickly and leave. Waitress even brought our dessert menus while we were still eating dinner! Then she kept checking if we had paid the bill while it was sitting on the table. I'm sure that wasn't her fault but the management probably trains the staff to do this. We didn't appreciate being rushed through dinner. Didn't feel any need to return to this restaurant!

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R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We have been to Stefani prime several times now and it does not disappoint. Staff is great especially Carlo. Don’t need to go downtown when we have a great restaurant in our neighborhood.

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A
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

I requested a window table or booth in a quiet area and not near a busy area and the first table was by a wait station area where waiters would be going past. When I asked for a table by a window they said it was saved for someone else. I made a reservation a 1 1/2 weeks before the reservation. Than it took about 5 minutes to get a table!! Whoever chooses where people sit should read the requests!!

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