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ZaZa's Tavola Italiana, Barrington, IL

ZaZa's Tavola Italiana

4.5
4.5
568 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
ZaZa's Tavola Italiana offers an intimate, comfortable seating, where you can relax and savor authentic and fresh Italian foods as if you were at a Trattoria in the Italian countryside. Our pastas are rich and flavorful reproductions of "Old World" standards, such as our Rigatoni Abbruzzese or Paccheri Tartuffi. There are plenty of entrees for our guests to enjoy, like the Filet Barolo and the Pesce Bianco Spinaci, as well as insalates, antipastas and rustic brick-oven pizzas.
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (847) 381-1333
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Gustavo
  • Catering
    We can customize your menu or catered event specific to your needs. Catering orders must be reserved no less than 48 hours from event and guaranteed with a credit card.
  • Private party facilities
    We will work with you to create a custom package and grant requests to make your event special. Please reserve your event at least 2-4 weeks in advance with our ZaZa’s Event Coordinator. Bread, olive oil, cheese, coffee, and fountain beverages can be included with packages. Host dinner or a Cocktail Party for your friends and family in our Private Room.
  • Private party contact
    Paula Voska: (847) 921-2376
  • Neighborhood
    Barrington
  • Cross street
    Rt 59 & Kelsey Rd.
  • Parking details
    Plenty of parking available day or night.
  • Entertainment
    Every Thursday from 7-10, we have entertainment. Occasional we will have entertainment on a Friday or Saturday evening. Please see website for our schedule. www.ZaZaslb.com
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 568 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

568 Reviews
  1. PeterK

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s so great having a quality restaurant within walking distance of our condo. The food is outstanding and the staff most attentive without being intrusive.

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  2. Marlene

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, and comfortable noise level so you can still hear the conversation at your table

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  3. LisaW

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous restaurant with amazing food and outstanding service! We’ll be back!

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  4. PaulaJ

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappointed in food and service. Very pleasant dining experience.

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  5. LynnT

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Mahi Mahi special was outstanding. Very fresh and well prepared. Danielle was our server, training Linda, a new server. We could not have asked for better service.

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  6. JeffM

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another outstanding meal at ZaZa’s! Top quality cuisine and service. The entertainment that evening was enjoyable as we’ll!

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  7. LynnT

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a delightful Sunday family dinner. Our server, Joe, was so very nice, attentive and knowledgeable about the menu which made our dinner enjoyable for everyone. My husband and I had the Walleye special entree which was outstanding. Our daughter had the pasta with sausage, She loved that as well. Our grandchildren had their special noodles (buttered noodles), they are 8 and 12, perfect dinner for them. For dessert we had the special pear bread pudding, and creme brûlée Both were delicious and very managable sizes. We will definitely dine here again. Za Za's is a real treasure!

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  8. TimL

    Chicago

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have dined here often and the service, quality of food are always top notch

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  9. RodK

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is a great place to eat all the food is great

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  10. HarryS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been to Za Za's many times, and once again we were not disappointed. We arrived about 10 minutes before our 7pm reservation and were seated immediately. The server came with water right away and took our drink order. The bread basket and plate of olives followed in a minute or so. We both ordered soup, which came quickly, was hot and delicious. My wife ordered the chicken parmesan and I had broiled calamari. Both dishes arrived in a timely fashion, and like the soups, were hot and delicious. We did not have dessert, the check came to a very reasonable $58 to which I added $12. We were back in our car by 8pm and on the way home. We will return again soon.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall was very good, it has been awhile since the last time we dined here. We usually get the same dishes, the food was a little disappointing . Not saying that it was bad, just was lacking taste.

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  12. Alec

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We made a reservation for 8pm, we arrived at 7:50pm but weren't seated until 8:45pm. The waitress was nice and apologized but it took about another 20 mins after we were seated to finally see here and put in a drink and appetizer order. Some more time passed and we put in our food order, what we got was very disappointing. When I say it was like I was inhaling fennel with every bite of my food, I am not exaggerating at all. I wasn't sure if it was just me so I had my Girlfriend try it as well, she said the same thing... I couldn't eat it. She had a rolled steak dish with pasta, the beef was very dry and bland tasting and the noodles tasted like it came from a Chef Boyardee can. Honestly, I never complain or write reviews but I was so upset with my overall experience that I had to write this. Maybe it was just because of a crazy Valentines night but that is no excuse for the service we had.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Made a reservation for Valentine’s Day for my husband and I, we called that we were running late the host was polite and said no problem. Once we arrived they said they were behind tables. We waited by the bar and tried getting a drink for half an hour an the bartender did not acknowledge us. The bartender said if you are waiting for a table I cannot serve you you have to wait. I understand it was a Valentine’s Day but they were definitely not ready for a busy night. It was 8:30 we checked at Francesca’s they had a 8:45 and we left and what a difference, Francesca’s was busy on a wait but at the bar they serve us drinks right away and we were seated at 8:55 10min after our reservation. It was our first time at Za Zas and the last. We felt unwelcome. I will say next time for a holiday Zazas should definitely prepare for a busy night and a full staff.

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  14. kappy

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Food that we were able to get was fabulous as expected, but due to Valentine's Day, the service was terrible. We had to wait 1/2 hour past our reservation time with literally nowhere to stand and no space at bar. Was hoping they would have given us a free cocktail or something to pass the time, but no such luck. I guess it's good that they were busy (for them), but would have appreciated a phone call to let us know to arrive later. It screwed up our plans cause of movie after. Tables around us were leaving with only eaten appetizers. At least we were all laughing about how bad it was. Our server's assistant was FABULOUS and she placed our app order, etc. Although, we never got the app! Will go again when not a romantic holiday.

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  15. ECVH

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    1.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Awful experience. Arrived in time for our 7:30 reservation. Could barely enter the door because of the people waiting. Checked in. Was not given a buzzer; she said they'll find us. The hostess had no clue how long it would be. We found a spot to stand at the bar near the hostess stand. There were 3 tables for 2 open near us. At 7:50 I asked how we were doing. She checked the list and said it shouldn't be long. BTW, only one of those tables had been filled! At 8:05, they seated the second open table. I returned to the hostess and asked what reservation times they were seating. She said we're still working on 7:45. I told her ours was for 7:30. She scrolled backward and told the runner. They found a booth for us and we were seated at 8:15 with no apology. Ok maybe the hostess was new and their reservation process was dicey. And it WAS Valentine's Day. And I've heard such good things about their food! Our server started out great! Friendly, welcoming. And took 15 mins to get our drink order. The calamari app and Caesar salad were ok. But the Rigatoni we shared was cold. I don't mean luke warm. It was COLD. At this point, I wasn't even hungry. I wanted to tell the server about the food temp but she did not check back with us once! Someone else came and boxed up the rigatoni. The server dropped off the check without so much as a thank you or have a good night! Will not be returning.

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  16. DavidC

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Very disappointed with Valentine's Day meal. They had some servers just quit in the midst of the evening and walk out. They lost one half of the dining room to absolute chaos. The remaining servers tried very hard, but it was a nightmare. Manager came by and checked if anyone had stopped by our table after about 25 minutes or so. Never came back, never apologized, never offered to buy a drink, nothing. The food was good, but we ordered an appetizer of mussels, waited thirty minutes for it until our server told us they were out of mussels and that our entrees were arriving shortly. So no appetizer for you. The entrees were very good, but the overall experience was a real letdown.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    They severely overbooked reservations. So many people standing next to tables. Service was very poor. Had to ask several times for basic dinning items. Drinks were not made to order. Very poor experience.

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  18. JeffW

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Truly awful. Incredibly poor service, unacceptably long wait for orders and for delivery. Left early without ever getting our entrees. Excruciatingly bad experience.

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  19. Lopo

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    This was the first bad experience we had there our waiter left the restaurant never finished his service not the restaurants fault

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  20. BarryP

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service excellent, we have repeated visits several times

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  21. DonC

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, knowledgeable waitress, great food, wonderful night!

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  22. TeacherProf

    Chicago

    81 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is always delicious at ZaZa's. Service is good, though when we were there on Saturday evening, things moved a bit more slowly. Tables are a bit close together for my preference. Reservation definitely recommended on the weekend. Great spot in the Lake Barrington area!

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  23. LarryC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A first time visit—a hidden GEM!!, Food, ambiance, service all top notch.

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  24. Berdley

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took friends here for their first time at Za Za's. They very much enjoyed the food. Service was very fast. The ambiance is quiet with low lighting. I would recommend this restaurant without hesitation.

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  25. Andy

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service, food, and drinks were perfect

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  26. Nancy

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place on a snowy night. Looks like there would be outdoor seating in summer as well

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  27. Cindy

    Chicago

    144 reviews

    4.0

    144 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I enjoyed the Pollo Limone and my husband ordered the rigatoni again because it is consistently very good from visit to visit. Nice portions. Really like the olives and warm, crusty bread offered at every meal.

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  28. LynnT

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always highly recommend Za Za's to everyone. We arrived a few minutes early, but were seated promptly and immediately acknowledged by our server. We had the outstanding fish special, halibut encrusted with hazelnuts.. Absolutely delicious! As an appetizer, we ordered the special antipasto plate. The meats were sliced paper thin, served on a bed of arugula, grilled artichokes and cubes of delicious parmesan cheese. The tiramisu for dessert paired with a cup of espresso completed our delicious Friday night treat. Our server, Danelle, was very knowledgeable, attentive. Za Za's has a wonderful staff. We are never underwhelmed, always overwhelmed and awed by this wonderful restaurant!

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  29. CeeDawg

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service, excellent food. The experience has improved over the past two years.

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  30. Cindy

    Chicago

    144 reviews

    5.0

    144 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The kale and sun-dried tomato risotto was very flavorful and my husband enjoyed his rigatoni dish.

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  31. ElizabethR

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was wonderful and our table was ready precisely when reserved. Food was great!

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  32. URWhatUEat

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time visiting Zaza’s. We sat in the front dining section and it was a nice atmosphere until the music started in the bar area. It was a Thursday night and they had a singer/dj. The music was REALLY loud. The song list was pretty good but the volume level made it difficult for my friend and I to talk at a normal level—in the dining section. Can’t imagine how loud it was in the bar. My friend had the salmon and I had the whitefish. Both entrees were quite tasty and fresh. I had a bourbon cocktail from the specials list and it was good. Salads were fresh and good too. We didn’t have dessert. Our server, Linnea, was attentive and pleasant, and the support wait staff was good about keeping water glasses filled and clearing plates. Service was as expected for this kind of restaurant. I would go again to eat/drink but would check first to avoid the overly loud music/noise level.

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  33. DianaH

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The NYE was overbooked.. a bit messy situation food great service this time was chaos due to overbooking

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  34. Ladylunch

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    New Years Eve

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  35. Candace

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a New Years Eve reservation and didn't get seated until over an hour past our scheduled time. The hostess was not very transparent on expectations and the restaurant was very understaffed. We always enjoy going to ZaZa's, but this evening didn't give wasn't not very pleasurable.

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  36. WesU

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    From the moment we walked in, we were greeted with a smile and were seated right away. We were greeted by the server who was happy to answer questions and offer suggestions. It's terrific that others work the holidays so we can enjoy them. From the appetizer, to the main dish, and then the gelato, I recommend the lemon, everything was superb! The wait staff timed everything so nothing got in the way. The evening ended just the same as when we entered. The staff up front wished us a Happy New Year. Thank you ZaZa's!

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  37. dsc1962

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent as always, they just were busier than they expected for that day.

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  38. ChrisB

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food was excellent!!

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  39. Yummy

    Chicago

    90 reviews

    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. Enjoyed the live entertainment which was a fun surprise. Loved the shrimp and lobster diablo.

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  40. karen

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our group of women do our Christmas luncheon at ZaZa’s. We love everything about this restaurant! Our husbands group joined us, but sat separately. This was our choice as we shared gifts. Can’t wait to return.

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ZaZa's Tavola Italiana offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 381-1333.

ZaZa's Tavola Italiana is rated 4.5 stars by 568 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for ZaZa's Tavola Italiana

5047 Shoreline Rd., Barrington, IL 60010

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Rt 59 & Kelsey Rd.
  • Neighborhood
    Barrington
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Plenty of parking available day or night.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Gustavo
  • Entertainment
    Every Thursday from 7-10, we have entertainment. Occasional we will have entertainment on a Friday or Saturday evening. Please see website for our schedule. www.ZaZaslb.com
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (847) 381-1333
  • Catering
    We can customize your menu or catered event specific to your needs. Catering orders must be reserved no less than 48 hours from event and guaranteed with a credit card.
  • Private party facilities
    We will work with you to create a custom package and grant requests to make your event special. Please reserve your event at least 2-4 weeks in advance with our ZaZa’s Event Coordinator. Bread, olive oil, cheese, coffee, and fountain beverages can be included with packages. Host dinner or a Cocktail Party for your friends and family in our Private Room.
  • Private party contact
    Paula Voska: (847) 921-2376
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