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Club Lago Restaurant

4.7
4.7
423 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Opening its doors in 1952, Club Lago has anchored the corner of Superior and Orleans since before the neighborhood River North grew up around it. Serving classic Northern Italian specialties from the Garfagnana Valley in Tuscany to steaks, chops and signature sandwiches too, the Lago's staff will recommend the perfect entree for whatever mood you're in.

Third generation owners GianCarlo and Guido are pouring the wine or serving the veal--it's a family affair. Time warp back to the fifties with a glass of chianti in a plush booth in the bar or hold court at one of the tables in the back; Club Lago's ideal for the first date, a meal before the theater or a game, or whenever you're looking to relax to great food and be a regular in a family joint.

Some call it "retro," we call it home. Benvenuti, come on in!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Comfort Food, American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm Friday & Saturday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 951-2849

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Your next office meal can be at Club Lago or Club Lago can be in your office for your next meal.

  • Private party facilities

    Club Lago can accommodate special events for groups up to 180 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Guido: (312) 951-2849

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Cross street

    Orleans

  • Parking details

    All sorts of street parking and lots just south of us.

  • Public transit

    Club Lago is one block west of the Chicago/Franklin stop on the CTA Brown line

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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What 423 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

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  1. MS

    MarkS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an excellent experience. High quantity and delicious food, excellent service, and all in a clean environment. I’ve gone on dates, taken clients here, had friends dinners, and even dinner with my family. Versatile restaurant.
  2. c

    cclark

    Indiana

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious food! Service is excellent. It's Chicago Marathon weekend, glad we got a reservation.
  3. JA

    JoAnneL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very energetic and authentic Italian restaurant. Good experience and food was delicious. Best carbonara ever!!
  4. MK

    MarianneK

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Classic old-school Italian restaurant - neighborhood staple since 1952. Lot of regulars - food is always good. Nothing fancy or elaborate. Easy street parking.
  5. FL

    FLPJ

    Chicago

    48 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience4
    This is a great bar with a local vibe but the food quality is very poor. Everything looked and tasted like it came out of a can. Very friendly owner.
  6. AB

    AlanB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was really pretty good overall. Not many specials or variety . Needs better music and more of an ambience , it’s like a dull diner versus cozy Italian , it’s ok for money and if you’re in area but not worth a journey for .
  7. K

    Kiri

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This iconic Chicago restaurant never disappoints
  8. CD

    CindyD

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have always loved Club Lago Restaurant! Should go there more often than I do, walking distance from my house. All there food is fabulous, casual atmosphere and employee's are very nice. A+ all around. THANK YOU!!!
  9. N

    Nancypirri

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous. Love these two guys. And their food. And their martinis. We were treated like royalty. Thank you.
  10. JH

    JaneH

    Indiana

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a great Italian restaurant. 3rd generation family owned. The grandson was nice and staff very attentive. All the food homemade. Menu had nice selection. There was outside dining which we would have done, but it was a hot evening. We would definitely return our next trip to Chicago.
  11. DT

    DanT

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It doesn't get better than Lago for old-school ambiance and delicious Italian eats. Super friendly, super tasty and a great value. Don't miss this Chicago treasure!
  12. AP

    AprilP

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Club lago is one of my favorite go to spots. The Chicken Marsala is my favorite! Love having this gem in the neighborhood
  13. H

    Haywire

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It had been many years since we were last in to Lago. We would go every week after going to the galleries in the neighborhood. Everyone stopped in and the food and drink was outstanding. Glad to see that the quality is still there
  14. MJ

    MJS1955

    West Palm Beach

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We ordered about 10 dishes and sides to share family style. Every dish was great including the white clam over pasta, saltimboca, spicy chicken, eggplant parm, meatballs and sausage and several pastas with meat sauce. Cocktails and service was great too. Good locals place. We seemed to be the only out-of-towners!
  15. J

    Julie

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great option for classic Chicago Italian food! Great, personable service and awesome food!
  16. LC

    LivinintheCity

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    This was our first time back since Covid. Like many restaurants, to survive, they’ve had to raise prices and cut portions. I get it, but there are better values elsewhere. Taste of everything was excellent, but portions were just too small.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    Told they were closed after accepting reservation
  18. t

    traveler

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant! Ambiance and food top notch!
  19. RV

    ReneeV

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I love this place. There aren’t many places that serve the true, authentic Italian dishes that they do. It feels like stepping back in time. Delicious.
  20. TT

    TonyT

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great meal with family…loved the old school feel and excellent food! Just a really great Italian restaurant…
  21. RH

    RobertH

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Calamari was larger rings which I love because it’s more squid and less batter - really get to enjoy the flavor of the squid. I had a lovely eggplant Parmesan - thinly sliced lengthwise and nicely battered - properly prepared so there was no bitterness. I love the ambience and family feel of the restaurant.
  22. t

    tbnews

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best homestyle Italian in city. Authentic from the minute you walk in, food portions are generous and puts more expensive places to shame on service and value.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, friendly staff, great food!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down this is the best, most intimate and authentic Chicago-Italian restaurant experience—everytime! Homemade, personalized and old school! Go now!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outing for friends, it was fantastic start to finish! Food, drinks, apps, bread, gelato… all outstanding! Support this charming family run Italian restaurant, we need more places like this!!!!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything on the menu is worth sampling! Service was excellent. A favorite place to go in the city!
  27. JB

    JohnB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my go to restaurants for great Italian food for a reasonable price. Lago is a neighborhood staple.
  28. FV

    FrancoV

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    We were looking forward to our meal as had read several positive reviews. Our experience was very disappointing. The staff are friendly and welcoming but I find it really hard to even try and find something positive to say about the food. The pasta starter we were brought was cold and the pasta was over cooked. It was delivered shortly after we placed our order and that made it obvious the pasta is precooked and simply heated up. The sauce was good. Our main courses, both veal, were well presented and a decent size. Unfortunately again the food was cold and there wasn’t even a hint of steam riding from the plate. The bottom of the plate was also cold. We complained to a member of staff who took the plates away only to return about a minute later with the same cold food. I don’t think the food had even been reheated in a microwave. The waitress realised something was wrong and came over. I explained our issue and she seemed surprised as, apparently, they had never before received any complaints about cold food. Maybe we were just unlucky. Doubt it though. We decided to leave and offered to pay for the drinks we had consumed but kindly we were not charged for these. Overall not a very pleasant dining experience. The other issue is that they obviously haven’t recently updated the menu on their website and there is quite a price difference when comparing the online menu to the actual one. Main courses are up by an average of ten dollars. Sorry to be so negative but I find it really hard to be complimentary in any way about the food. The staff are nice though.
  29. EC

    EllenChr

    London

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very attentive host. Enjoyed wonderful pasta. The portions are plentiful.
  30. P

    Peter

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall1food3service2ambience3
    They couldn't have made it more obvious that they wanted to "turn the table" ..anything but relaxing dining experience ...actually took one persons plates away when others were still eating ...great if you and they are in a rush - not great if you had planned a relaxing meal ...just how many times is 45 mins do you need asking "is everything OK , can we get you anything more" !
  31. SL

    StaceyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First visit. Loved everything about it - met all expectations.
  32. MB

    MaryB

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Friendship meet up
  33. A

    Alexandra

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great atmosphere and attentive service. Had various age ranges with us and they accommodated for our different tastes, everybody enjoyed their meals. Good place to bring out-of-towners for Chicago Italian with no frills and a welcoming environment.
  34. d

    davidb

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Quaint, excellent place. Very neighborhoody feel. Excellent straight forward menu, chill for weeknight dining or a quiet date location.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Good food and atmosphere. Nice staff that greeted us on entry. Service was subpar. I had to find and ask the staff if the waiter could serve us our wine that we asked prior to our food arriving. We had finished our food by that time. Additionally, we were only give refilled water once at the beginning of our meal and after our meal. Heard great things about the place but it was a little disappointing.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I found this restaurant by googling places close to the Drake hotel. I had no expectations and was absolutely delighted with my choice in the end. Club Lago is unpretentious, delicious, welcoming, and had a familial neighborhood vibe. We ordered chicken parmesan and fettuccine Alfredo with chicken. The portions were very generous and were fresh and well prepared. We were served our entrees very quickly. The service was very good.. attentive but not invasive. We ordered coffee and split a cannoli for dessert. To die for! Thank you, Club Lago for a very enjoyable dinner. We look forward to your outside dining in the summer.
  37. DB

    DrB2

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice little authentic Chicago Italian food. Nice tomato sauce!
  38. MA

    MattAndTricia

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This place should NOT be listed on open table!!! The food was inedible let alone undigestible. I can literally point to their meatball sandwich and say by far, it was absolutely the worst meatball sandwich I’ve ever had in my life. The atmosphere was horrible and it wasn’t a quaint little Italian place. If it didn’t have the fancy sign outside I truly believe no one would ever go in here. This place is nothing more than a disgusting dive bar that should be shut down that serves food. By the way, spaghetti sauce should be a bright red not brown.

    Club Lago RestaurantResponded on February 15, 2022Wow, Mr. Trump. Get back into your cage.

  39. N

    Nicolina

    Chicago

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing veal, and sauce! great prices, great owners and staff!
  40. JL

    JuliusL

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great old-style place. Super friendly service. Good menu.

FAQs

Club Lago Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Club Lago Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 951-2849.

Club Lago Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 423 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


Google Map for Club Lago Restaurant

331 W. Superior, Chicago, IL 60654

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Orleans

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm Friday & Saturday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Comfort Food, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    All sorts of street parking and lots just south of us.

  • Public transit

    Club Lago is one block west of the Chicago/Franklin stop on the CTA Brown line

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 951-2849

  • Catering

    Your next office meal can be at Club Lago or Club Lago can be in your office for your next meal.

  • Private party facilities

    Club Lago can accommodate special events for groups up to 180 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Guido: (312) 951-2849

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