Quartino

4.6
7886 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Quartino, an urban Italian restaurant and wine bar, is the creation of Hugo Ralli, Steve Lombardo (owners of Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House, LUXBAR) and Exec Chef / Partner John Coletta. Quartino combines the best of Italy’s osteria and enoteca to offer an authentic everyday Italian food and wine experience. “Where wine is cheaper than water” Throughout Europe, in bistro after osteria after enoteca, fresh local wines of high quality and unique characteristics are priced as a less expensive alternative to bottled water. Reservation requests for patio seating are not accepted. Patio seating is first come, first serve.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Tapas / Small Plates, Cocktail Bar
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Hours of operation
Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am; Bar Daily: 3:00pm - 2:00am
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Phone number
(312) 698-5000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John Coletta
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Private party facilities
Quartino embraces the true essence and environment of an authentic Italian urban ristorante, pizzeria and wine bar in quintessential Gibsons Restaurant Group style. Quartino can accommodate private parties of 10-100 guests for luncheons, cocktail & antipasti parties, and dinner.
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Private party contact
Valerie Prescott: (888) 641-3569
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Parking details
Valet Parking is available $14.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.4

Cater to your basic needs with small plates Italian food in River North.

Ratings 7.0-7.5:These are your neighborhood standbys - the places that you’ll happily hit for some pasta or a quick salad, but not a restaurant you are bringing your parents or (god forbid) a date to. The true embodiment of good but not great.
What 7886 People Are Saying
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Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quartino was recommended to me by a coworker, and man, it did not disappoint! For how many people were in the restaurant, our waitress was nothing but attentive and energetic. The food portions were also perfect for tasting a little of everything. Speaking of food, it was absolutely delicious! 10/10 would recommend, and 10/10 will return.

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F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time in Chicago and I picked Quartino because it came up on my GF App. It did not disappoint. We were seated right away, the first table we were supposed to sit at was right in the middle of a walkway so we asked if there was another table and a little more private. The hostess was more than happy to seat us at a table nearby that was only for two and it was perfect. The waitress was simply delightful. She was from Romania but was very fluent in the English language. She was so friendly and once she learned I have a gluten allergy, she made sure to let me know about all of the dishes I was interested in and even offered me GF crackers since I couldn’t have the bread. The service was great in that we ordered a half carafe of wine and appetizers which came out very quickly and tasted very good. For dishes, we ordered GF pasta with a homemade bolognese sauce which was soooo delicious! My husband ordered pasta with a short rib tomato sauce on it and it was spectacular! The GF pasta was so good you would’ve thought it was traditional pasta. The next time I’m in Chicago, I will definitely be back to eat at Quartino!

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G
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and numerous gluten free options. Service was excellent. Food was exceptional.

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M
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

The food was remarkably average and not authentic Italian by any stretch of the imagination. I was extremely disappointed because there are so many good restaurant options in Chicago.
The restaurant was very noisy with tables crammed close together. The waiter spilled sauce down the side of a serving bowl and on the table and floor beneath our table and didn’t clean it up. I could barely hear the waiter talk is was so noisy and he spoke incredibly fast as if he just want to get his spiel over with. This was the worst dining experience I have had in quite some time and the worst in Chicago ever. The one bright spot was the kale salad, which was tasty.

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CD
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is phenominal, but the tables are jammed in to the space and the bussers are continually bumping into your chair. Tables are small with a lot on them so if you are ok with tight quarters, you have to eat here!

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London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great portions and tasty food. Service friendly and knowledgeable.

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j
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great casual Italian restaurant in Chicago. Downtown, but reasonable! great food and service.

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M
Austin
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and great service. Picked the restaurant based on a friends recommendation. It was a little different then most restaurants. They tell you before you order that the food will be brought out as it is prepared, so everyone may not get their food at the same time. It does make it good for sharing dishes and trying numerous dishes.

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j
Orlando
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Unfortunately, not as good as I had hoped. The warm plates of food were barely past room-temperature, despite the fact that they are supposed to bring it to the table as soon as its finished? Wonderful ambiance, though.

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n
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was an all around pleasant dining experience. Lots of vegetarian options and good wine selection. We will certainly be returning customers.

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Austin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved everything about the restaurant

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MH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Came with a group of 17. Had to wait for 10-15 until our table was ready which was fine, but there was virtually nowhere to stand in the bar area or the lobby without bumping into someone. Once seated (crammed into) a very tight table space, our waiter was horrible. We had to flag him down to put in a cocktail order (after 15-20 min) and also to ask questions and order our food. The food, however, was fabulous. Pastas, pizzas, salads were all great.

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f
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect night out with friends !

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TO
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

I read reviews that described this restaurant as “loud”, but I didn’t think it could be that bad. But the noise level is so ridiculously loud that I would never come back! Our group struggled to carry on a conversation above the noise- and there were only 4 of us seated in a corner table. Additionally, the bar area was so over-crowded that you could not even make your way to the bar without aggressively pushing people out of the way (which other people were doing!). The food quality and service were very good- but not good enough to overcome the unpleasantness of the very crowded and loud atmosphere. I couldn’t wait to get out of there.

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OT
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quartino did not disappoint! Such a fun way to dine. Portions are perfect for sharing so you get to try lots of things without getting uncomfortably full. Limoncello martini was divine. Favorite dish was the tortellini. Our server was phenomenal and for the life of my I can’t remember her name (it could have something to do with the 2 espresso martinis). Highly recommend!!

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SB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great. Super crowded and super loud but it was a Saturday night!

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DR
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing time ! Was there for a family dinner and the service and food were exceptional .....

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DH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Too many people, overcrowded

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DB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter, Ruben and his assistant were great. The manager this night (can’t recall his name) was also great. He took our order as our waiter was extremely busy

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AR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was recommended this restaurant by a co worker. We arrived at the restaurant and waited 15 minutes to be seated. It was truly worth the wait. My boyfriend I ordered the calamari (most tender calamari I’ve ever had), clams, fettuccine Alfredo, salmon and a few other dishes. Absolutely delicious and great service. I will definitely be back on our next trip to Chicago.

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L
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large group and it was a very busy night in the city and at the restaurant. They sat very close to the time of our reservation. The hostesses were in top of everything excellent. Waitress was awesome and had a great table for the big party we had. We have been here several times and highly recommend and of course the most important part excellent food.

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KR
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I say YES to Quartino's Italian-style tapas & wine! I've dined at Quartino twice now, each time being delicious experiences with quality service and an energetic atmosphere.

The must-orders? White Bean & Garlic Dip and Eggplant Caponata. Both are perfect to pass around the table, both are vegan-friendly, both are full of flavor, and both pair romantically with red wine.

Meet your friends for shareable plates, take your family for homemade Italian dishes, or plan date night at Quartino. You're guaranteed an enjoyable, tasty time!

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R
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an awesome experience for any occasion. We came here before our show at House of Blues

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J
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Reviews are great, people seem to really love it here. I'm 60. I'm probably over-the-hill even though I don't consider myself that way, LOL. I work out regularly. Anyway it was my 2nd time here this year; from Los Angeles. Too noisy, tables too close. Food is good but I wasn't overly impressed both times. It is a crowded, energetic place. I don't get it. The restrooms: My husband said there was an assistant in the men's bathroom that would provide hand soap so my husband would tip him every time. Wow, there was a lady helper in the women's room that sat there- I guess I should've tipped her but she didn't give me any hand soap The restrooms are upstairs in another crowded, noisy room. It could make any drunk person fall flat on their face while walking up & down the 2-flights of stairs. Service wasn't that great as we had to ask several times for wine glasses & for server to open our bottle. Other than that it was fine. Food is decent but I have no desire to go back.

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All meals are prepared to share. We had a nice variety and everything was really good. I was surprised at how full the restaurant was both upstairs and downstairs, mainly cause it was a Thursday. Would highly recommend.

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PG
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. The servers were very friendly and helpful.

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MA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I loved the kindness of the wait staff, the prompt seating and variety on the menu. The food is always delicious as I frequent here every few months or so.

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LE
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went here with a friend for her birthday. Love the food and the drinks! It is really loud in here. Totally fine for two people to talk but couldn’t imagine if I was trying to talk to multiple people! I do recommend for good Italian food!

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N
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service klnd personell effective and overall good vairati of plates

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BS
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinary as usual !!

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H
Adelaide / SA
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious - we got a few things to share from our meal to dessert. Every thing we ordered was so rich and full of flavor, I can’t wait to come back and try more!

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and fairly reasonable. My husband had the Cobia, which was wonderful and I had the Lobster tail special, which was also delicious and for starters, we shared a Caesar salad. We finished the dinner with this beautiful dark chocolate bag filled with white chocolate mousse and fresh fruit - just amazing! We loved our meal and would definitely go back!!

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MD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent wine selection, food, and service! An all around great experience!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelent food and service for an honest price.

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JR
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is my third time and as the previous two...just amazing food.
Different this time was the overwhelming number of people waiting in the lobby. Our reservation was at 7:30pm and judging by how dangerously crowded it was, maybe overbooking or slow turn-over tables.
Great restaurants usually have full lobbies, but this was seriously getting into the dangerous category.

As far as the service, restaurant, and food in general... simply extraordinary. Excellent selection of dishes, great/fast service, and overall an outstanding restaurant.

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SB
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Outstanding server with an engaging personality, he was excellent even though it was crazy busy.

The restaurant might want to rethink its traffic flow in entry. It was very hard to get out due to the crowd. In their benefit to make it smoother so the next groups can come in.

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We arrived a little before our reservation and were seated within a few minutes. The tables are VERY close together and a tad on the small side, but overall it was still comfortable. We ordered the fondue, fettuccini Alfredo, calamari, and cavatelli; the fondue and cavatelli were AMAZING, but the fettuccini and calamari were just okay. We also got two desserts to share and the Italian donuts were pretty blah, but the hot chocolate cake was delicious. The service was awesome, food came out quickly, and the prices were very reasonable, so overall it was a great experience. I would definitely go back, just wouldn’t get the fettuccini or calamari again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience!

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Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian we have had. We make a day of it in Chicago but the main reason we drive three hours is to eat at Quartino.

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KG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! The cheese and olive oil was so good we bought some to take home.

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