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Victory Italian, Chicago, IL

Victory Italian

4.6
4.6
447 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Located in River North, Victory Italian features Chef Joe Farina's authentic Italian Cuisine. While the menu boasts of Joe's Mama's Meatballs, you will find fresh made pastas, home-made ciabatta garlic bread, and specialty pizza from Armand's Pizzeria, including a 3-foot long pie! The wine list is one to delight all palates offering several regions of Italy, many appellations of California and a well balanced mix of global varietals. You will dine in a space filled with Old-World sophistication, black and white photos of familiar faces and quintessential Chicago Style. Invite friends to watch a game while sitting along our elegant marble bar enjoying one of our many craft beers. Happy Hour is Monday-Friday - 3pm - 6pm with classic offerings such as Old Fashioneds, Negronis, and Martinis. Perfect for romantic dinners, social gatherings, business, or a night out on the town.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 929-2850

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef/Partner Joseph Farina

  • Catering

    Off-site catering for small or large groups, customized menus.

  • Private party facilities

    A River North Chicago- style Italian restaurant brings Chef Joe Farina into the kitchen to execute a hearty menu. Featuring his famous Joe's Mama's Meatballs, classic Italian plates, and appetizer-sized pizzas served in sophisticated Old-World style setting. Framed black-and-white photos of familiar faces, TVs above the elegant marble bar, ornate beer taps and house made cocktails. The wine list will please the entire party with several regions of Italy to many appellations of California and interesting global varietals. The entire lower level of Victory Italian can be used for private events and special celebrations. For private dining & special events please email Erika Switzer at eswitzer@victoryitalian.com

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Cross street

    On Ontario Street between Orleans and Kingsbury

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Chicago Franklin Brown Line #37 Sedgwick Bus North/South stops; Orleans Grand, Orleans Erie

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 447 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Loved everything about VI. Staff was great, menu was delicious. Had a tween with me and a simple salad or plain pasta would have been nice to have. Overall love the space and friendly staff.
  2. JM

    JillianM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was great! Classic Italian food with large portions. Would go back. It was an easy experience that wasn’t dragged out by slow service. The food came out to our table promptly and was very delicious.
  3. SK

    ScottK

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and amazing food. I highly recommend Victory Italian. Also wonderful relaxed atmosphere.
  4. DM

    DonnaMarie444

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and phenomenal food! One of our favorites!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The food was decent and a decent price, took my daughter to dinner and we sat outside so we could visit. The indoor dining was quite loud, but a fun vibe. Felt like the staff forgot about us being outside. 😏
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Reserved a table outside for my mother’s birthday. Unfortunately it started raining but no one came to tend to us, despite tending to the rest of the tables outside. Our waiter had an attitude with us. Enjoyed the food but ended up taking main entrees to go because they had no room inside to accomodate us despite us having a reservation outside and rain.
  7. PP

    PrePacerGame

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2021

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Didn’t have two bottles of wine chosen, waitress suggested we share entrees and she’d bring share plates and didn’t, waiter spilled hot piccata on sons arm, waitress brought espresso when order was cappuccino, waitress brought us another customers bill…food was outstanding, rest stunk frankly spent $250 for three , wine two apps and 3 entrees including tip not bad value just total crap service
  8. CE

    ChrisE

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had chicken parmigiana and zuppa di pesce, both excellent. The pizzas make a great shared appetizer. Very attentive service. We will definitely be back.
  9. MK

    MattK

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Beautiful inside and absolutely delicious food with a wonderful selection!
  10. MK

    MarkK

    Chicago

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is outstanding. Great neighborhood spot. Food is fantastic and the service is great. Highly recommend!!
  11. JS

    JaclynS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and delicious food! Super cute patio area too!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience3
    I love coming here! Patrick was great, and he was very attentive. Our appetizers were delicious!

    Victory ItalianResponded on September 14, 2021Thank you for dining with us and for your kind words for Patrick, he truly is great! Please join us again soon.

  13. S

    Stuart

    Tampa

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food. Absolutely delicious. Had 4 appetizers and they were all fantastic (sausage, meatballs, calamari, brussels); all entrees we excellent (veal, chicken). Just a great meal. Highly recommend.
  14. ET

    EricaT

    Nashville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall4food5service1ambience5
    The place is great and the food was excellent. The table bread is delicious! Service was very poor, we sat over 20 minutes before we had to get the attention of a waitress. Although we had this long wait, the waitress Lina (not assigned to our area) took care of us and was very sweet and attentive.

    Victory ItalianResponded on September 13, 2021Erica, our sincerest apologies for the wait. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the rest of your time with us. We very much appreciate your dining with us and hope that you will join us again.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, generous portions, and friendly staff. Can’t eat here enough

    Victory ItalianResponded on September 12, 2021Thank you so much for your kind 5-star review. We hope to see you again soon.

  16. DM

    DeniseM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous first time experience at Victory Italian. From our warm greeting by Nina to our servers, we were hooked pretty quickly. The warm Italian garlic bread was to die for! I honestly could have had just bread for my meal. The portion sizes were huge, and the taste and quality of the entrees and appetizers were honestly phenomenal! First time won’t be last time for sure. I commit to being a regular here. Can’t wait to try all of the other entrees!!!

    Victory ItalianResponded on September 13, 2021Denise, thank you for your enthusiastic 5-star review. We appreciate your choosing to dine with us. Please join us again soon.

  17. TN

    ToddN

    Indiana

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service. Meatball is best ever.

    Victory ItalianResponded on September 12, 2021Thank you for the wonderful 5-star review. Please join us again soon.

  18. LH

    LoriH

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved this restaurant! We will definitely be back. The food was phenomenal!

    Victory ItalianResponded on September 13, 2021Thank you, Lori! We appreciate your dining with us and look forward to seeing you again soon!

  19. CR

    CanadaRules

    Miami

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Garlic bread in the world....and its free! And then amazing dishes! Try the lasanga
  20. JP

    JoeP

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2021

    overall2food5service1ambience3
    The service was terrible. The staff should have done a better job of letting patrons know what was going on. Food was great. Would give them a second chance. They need to get their stories straight went from saying they were down 2 people to down 6 as the waits increased. Some people waited 2 hrs for food. Others just left.
  21. PA

    PattyA

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    LOVE this place! Food is always on point! The peperoni pizza with honey is delicious. Everything on this menu is amazing!

    Victory ItalianResponded on September 11, 2021Thank you for the great 5-star review, Patty. We appreciate your dining with us and hope you join us again soon.

  22. F

    Frank

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our new favorite, great variety, good service and quality food! The Best!

    Victory ItalianResponded on September 11, 2021Thank you, Frank! We love being a favorite. Please join us again soon.

  23. AR

    AbbyR

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great italian. Patrick was an excellent server, food was made from scratch, and the atmosphere was romantic!

    Victory ItalianResponded on September 11, 2021Thank you for your 5-star review and kind words for Patrick. We appreciate your dining with us.

  24. JS

    JillianS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Our reservation was at 8:30 (admittedly wish we had gone an hour or so earlier than this). We checked in around 8:20pm and it was clearly busy. The staff were so welcoming and kind. We asked if we could wait at the bar until our table was ready which we did, but our table was ready before we could get a drink ordered. It was so busy and most tables were full around us. We were very thirsty and hungry, but it took about 30 minutes to get drinks and apps ordered. By the time we got our appetizer and drinks we were starving. We got a free garlic bread (one piece, cut into 4 parts) and it was delicious, but we could have used 3 or 4 more of these. I tried to stop a waiter/waitress to ask for more, but there was a hustle and bustle. We ordered our food and it was absolutely delicious. Every single one of us loved our meals. We also had a couple cannolis (it was my birthday) and they even lit a candle for me to blow out which was so kind and unexpected. I would go back! (Maybe when it's less busy).

    Victory ItalianResponded on September 11, 2021Jillian, thank you for celebrating with Victory. We appreciate your dining with us and for the thoughtful review. Please join us again.

  25. SF

    SFWhoDat

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun neighborhood spot with good food and good people

    Victory ItalianResponded on September 11, 2021Thank you for the 5-stars! We love beinga part of the neighborhood. Please join us again soon.

  26. FA

    FABULOUS

    Chicago

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We actually found out about this location because we went to New Buffalo MI location with friends . So impressed by service and menu I had to bring my Chicago family here. Good location but no valet? Food is excellent !
  27. J

    Jenn

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Good mood lighting for a romantic date. The service staff seemed overwhelmed and were hard to find at times. Portions were very large. It was good not great, but would give it another chance.

    Victory ItalianResponded on September 11, 2021Jenn, we appreciate your dining with us. We apologize for anything that made your evening less than wonderful. We do hope that you join us again.

  28. KP

    KimP

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the food and the service was great. We will definitely return.
  29. DB

    DeanB

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian food in Chicago! Service is always fantastic!

    Victory ItalianResponded on September 11, 2021Dean, thank you so much! Please join us again soon.

  30. JH

    JoshH

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Victor was awesome. Food was really good.

    Victory ItalianResponded on September 11, 2021Thank you for your 5-star review and kind words for Victor. Please join us again soon.

  31. K

    Kirkleap

    Los Angeles

    70 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    You’d think that you are in a 50 year old eating establishment but you’d be wrong. Really good food and attentive service. Was waiting for Marlon Brando to walk in. So Italian. Just like I remember growing up in Chicago. Little off the beaten track but worth the drive.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting Chicago.

    Victory ItalianResponded on August 11, 2021Thank you for your 5-star review. So glad you joined us on your visit. Please join us again if you are in town.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We booked this place on a whim and we’re glad we did! Being a vis to Chicago
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Food was bland, horrible service.
  35. D

    Downtowndiner2

    Indiana

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. The food was so good and portions were very generous. Highly recommend.

    Victory ItalianResponded on September 11, 2021Thank you for your wonderful 5-star review and recommendation. Please join us again soon.

  36. S

    Stockton

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience all around. Will go back again for sure.
  37. AP

    AngieP

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service are very good! Highly recommend!
  38. HS

    HerbS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    This is at least 4 visit, so we enjoy the location and ambiance. Yesterday we was disturb with dog barking throughout our visit. This was a first given previous experience with dogs at the outside patio.
  39. B

    Bp562hs

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience overall. Loved grilled calamari. Very different and tasty.
  40. TW

    TWIGGY

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    THE BEST ITALIAN DINNER I HAVE EVER HAD. I HAD THE LASAUGNA AND THE MINESTONE SOUP. BOTH WERE THE BEST I HAVE EVER HAD.

    Victory ItalianResponded on July 26, 2021Thank you so much for your 5-star review. We are so glad you enjoyed!!! Please join us again soon.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

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

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Victory Italian does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Victory Italian also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 929-2850.

Victory Italian is rated 4.6 stars by 447 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    On Ontario Street between Orleans and Kingsbury

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Chicago Franklin Brown Line #37 Sedgwick Bus North/South stops; Orleans Grand, Orleans Erie

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef/Partner Joseph Farina

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 929-2850

  • Catering

    Off-site catering for small or large groups, customized menus.

  • Private party facilities

    A River North Chicago- style Italian restaurant brings Chef Joe Farina into the kitchen to execute a hearty menu. Featuring his famous Joe's Mama's Meatballs, classic Italian plates, and appetizer-sized pizzas served in sophisticated Old-World style setting. Framed black-and-white photos of familiar faces, TVs above the elegant marble bar, ornate beer taps and house made cocktails. The wine list will please the entire party with several regions of Italy to many appellations of California and interesting global varietals. The entire lower level of Victory Italian can be used for private events and special celebrations. For private dining & special events please email Erika Switzer at eswitzer@victoryitalian.com

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