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Pelago, Chicago, IL

Pelago

4.5
4.5
1757 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Mauro Mafrici is a Michelin starred Italian chef who has worked in some of the greatest international kitchens and luxury resort hotels of the world. His long resume of prestigious experiences in revered establishments culminated in the opening of his own critically acclaimed restaurant, Lo Scalco, in New York City which earned a coveted Michelin star in its first year open. Mauro has now brought his talents to Chicago with PELAGO.

The basis of Mauro’s cuisine is “sapori veri’: true, honest, genuine flavors used masterfully to create new sensations, forms and colors. Fresh seasonal ingredients from Italian and local sources will tantalize every taste bud as Mauro allows each bite to speak for itself in a clean, straightforward flavorful vocabulary. With each endeavor Mauro continues to look for new ways to incorporate regional Italian ingredients as he redefines Italian cooking.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Meat

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 280-0700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Mauro Mafrici

  • Catering

    Please contact us at info@pelagorestaurant.com for detailed information on how we can assist with your semi-private or private dining needs.

  • Private party facilities

    Private Dinner for Family and Friends: 20 guests maximum. 30 minutes Passed Hors d'oeuvres. Chef Menu: Five Courses with Wine. $5,000. Tax and 20% Gratuity are not included.

  • Private party contact

    Mauro Mafrici: (312) 280-0700

  • Neighborhood

    Gold Coast / Streeterville

  • Cross street

    Mies van der Rohe

  • Parking details

    Discounted valet price for 3 hours for guests dining at Pelago.

  • Public transit

    #151, #146, #148, #135,#3

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,757 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago / Illinois

    Italian

  • Chicago

    Italian

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were looking for a new Italian spot and Pelago was great!
  2. DK

    DanK

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    The experience was underwhelming. The hostess greeted us and asked if I want to check my leather jacket. I said no ( in fact I wore it because the AC in the restaurant is often chilly). She seemed suspicious and said I would not be permitted to put it on the back of my chair. I assured I would not. Now the food. I remember loving the veal ravioli. This time the presentation very rich. My wife and ordered a smoked swordfish appetizer to share. The waiter seemed obviously annoyed that we didn’t order a “main course”. Mind you the swordfish was $36. The price of the veal dish was comparable. There no non alcoholic beer on the menu as there had been in the past. The wait staff seemed to hover over our table throughout the meal. We were disappointed, in part because our memories of the pre Covid dinner had been so pleasant.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely in all ways, but a bit overpriced
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just returned from Italy and there is simply nowhere in the motherland that can hold a candle to Pelago. The staff serve as a friendly team of pros and the food is beyond compare.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a good surprise with such a superb food The wine list is a bit expensive but there are good picks and it is huge. But only Italian wines. The overall experience was excellent.
  6. TF

    TimF

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    The food, for the most part was quite good, as well as the service. Some of their pastas are overpriced. And they have the audacity to charge $21.00 for a liter of Pelligrino, or they inflated the price because we didn’t order cocktails or wine. Not retup.
  7. m

    mgru

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Waiters very insistent that we selected their food and wine recommendations. Two people did not like their food they ordered. The service for the check was very slow and unprofessional. We all felt the atmosphere awkward. I do believe in the restaurant but they have a lot to improve.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful night out. Fine dinning Al fresco. Waiter was superb. Full of suggestions. Offered us non menu tasting menu based on our wine selection. Shred the chefs vision as he served each course. Outstanding food and just right portions made this a memorable night.
  9. PF

    PFG55

    Chicago

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous, as usual. Mascarpone and green bean salad. Swordfish carpaccio from Sicily. Offmenu pasta sampler for two followed by sea bream. Yum
  10. DS

    DianaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The food was fine, not amazing as we were expecting. The food and drinks were heavily overpriced. It’s fine to try once, I guess, but not worth it a second visit.
  11. KW

    KarenW

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything about Pelago!! Service was divine . . . the gracious staff was beautifully attired, informative, and friendly. Prices were a little steep for my pocketbook but well worth it on this celebratory occasion. Needless to say, I love white tablecloth settings. The food was outstanding, presentations were colorful and inviting - can't wait to return!!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    It's a beautiful restaurant. The food presentation was lovely. I was very put off by the waiter's insistence on upselling expensive wine and then appetizers the table clearly wasn't interested in. The waiter brought a bottle of wine to the table while we were having cocktails and hadn't even ordered food. How are we supposed to decide on a wine before we know what we are eating? We did give in and order an overpriced wine. They served the wine before the food came and then dinner took so long I felt like the delay was intentional while they pushed us to order a second bottle. We finally relented after about the 4th suggestion by the waiter and ordered the mozzarella appetizer. They brought one for each of the 6 of us instead of one for the table. $168 for that. Entrees were 50-65 unless you ordered pasta. I had risotto. It was way undercooked. The waiter seemed to disappear after it became clear we weren't buying everything he tried to sell. Way too expensive and too high pressure
  13. MB

    MelissaB

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely evening. The waiter made some great recommendations. The food is so fresh and exceptional.
  14. l

    ljpe

    Yosemite

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we loved everything about our dinner. the food was amazing, the atmosphere perfect for a quiet date night, very romantic. Staff was excellent
  15. WL

    WineLover

    London

    134 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    134 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Ate outside, so ambiance not all that special. Meals are a bit pricey, especially when they up-sell you to an extra course. The food is of good quality, the wine by the glass is limited selection and quite pricey. We will come back, but only for a special occasion
  16. JG

    JenniferG

    Phoenix

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining on the patio in the summer is wonderful in this quiet part of Chicago. Whether we try the specials or have the regular Veal Ravioli with Pistachio sauce we are always thrilled with our meals. Martine knows what wine you would like and how to time the experience. We enjoy the experience so much that it is our go to for dining out!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always outstanding.
  18. f

    foodie1014

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Drink orders wrong, food was ok not great especially for the money…
  19. MF

    MaryF

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding from start to finish!
  20. S

    Sammy

    Chicago

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The service was impeccable. Martin was very kind and knowledgeable. He even talked us into a sirloin that we didn't really need. We didn't need the sirloin, because the food is kind of heavy. We had a very flavorful risotto, an Bufala appetizer, and gnochhi that was filled with cheese. So we could have done without the meat course. This place is also a little expensive.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The same food and even better ! Service was wonderful. The best Chef
  22. VD

    VinceD

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and wonderful food and drinks, the app special of grilled calamari with asparagus was really special!
  23. RS

    RalphS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    My first time at Pelago and it was a wonderful food experience. True Italian fare. Reminded me of some of my favorite restaurants in Rome. I will definitely return. I've already spread the work among friends.
  24. MG

    MikeG

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Elevated and delicious Italian in a beautiful and warm setting.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best Italian food in town.
  26. JS

    JillS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent! Ambiance terrific!
  27. L

    Ladybug

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We sat outside. We had the worse, aggressive server. I believe he was also the maitre d'. We found out the next day that our CC was compromised-which we suspect happen at Pelago, for we did not use that card anywhere else. We will never go back.
  28. NS

    NicoleS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is authentic Italian cuisine at a steep price but worth every bite! Outstanding - would recommend to all
  29. m

    madelinem

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I found it to be a little overpriced for what we ordered. The server seemed to be ‘up selling’ us which I didn’t like. It has a romantic and intimate atmosphere.
  30. c

    christopherreviews

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the last restaurants in Chicago offering true "fine dining". The lovely ambiance and first-rate service are matched by the outstanding Italian cuisine. Tastefully decorated intimate dining room. Highly recommended.
  31. L

    Lasher

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was excellent, if pricy. Totally enjoyed the experience.
  32. a

    annieb

    Greensboro

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and wine were wonderful. Service was impeccable. Enjoyed the entire culinary and service experience!
  33. WP

    WilliamP

    Chicago

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dine at this fabulous restaurant once or twice yearly. The food and service never disappoints. We have dined at most if the rated Italian restaurants in Chicago ( as rated by the Tribune) over the last decade and still have found Pelago the best in terms of the finesse, quality, presentation, and taste. Nearly comparable to the Massimo Buttora restaurants in Italy. And better than many Michelin starred restaurants in Chicago. Their pasta preparation is one the best n the city. Noting that taste is very individual and subjective. Definitely worth a try.
  34. PF

    PFG55

    Chicago

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the finest food and service. And usually something different like this time a grilled squid stuffed with asparagus. Which i have never seen anywhere. Excellent
  35. SM

    SMar

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining room, fantastic staff and service. Food was outstanding and one if the best Italian wine lists in Chicago. Should have at least one Michelin star!
  36. JL

    JohnL

    Phoenix

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a delightful experience.
  37. P

    Partyof5

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful as it always is there. Thank you!
  38. PF

    PFG55

    Chicago

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As with the few fining dining places left, dinner for 2 at Pelago is a treat. So is that money well spent. What Pelago consistently delivers is a fine dining experience, and always a tasty item rarely found elsewhere. This time it was deep-fried squash blossoms stuffed with cheese, and summer truffles on scaloppini. So if you want elegant setting and traditional Italian fine cuisine it's money well spent.
  39. W

    Weezy

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    3hour meal for 2 Slow kitchen Food was below expectations
  40. KR

    KarenR

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    Food was excellent but service was very pushy. Somewhat deceptive. For example, only offered bottled water options and then kept topping off our glasses so that the two were of us were charged for two whole bottles. Will probably not go back and will warn our friends.

FAQs

Pelago is rated 4.5 stars by 1757 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 11 times today
Google Map for Pelago

209 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 60611

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Mies van der Rohe

  • Neighborhood

    Gold Coast / Streeterville

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Meat

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Discounted valet price for 3 hours for guests dining at Pelago.

  • Public transit

    #151, #146, #148, #135,#3

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mauro Mafrici

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 280-0700

  • Catering

    Please contact us at info@pelagorestaurant.com for detailed information on how we can assist with your semi-private or private dining needs.

  • Private party facilities

    Private Dinner for Family and Friends: 20 guests maximum. 30 minutes Passed Hors d'oeuvres. Chef Menu: Five Courses with Wine. $5,000. Tax and 20% Gratuity are not included.

  • Private party contact

    Mauro Mafrici: (312) 280-0700

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