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About RPM Italian

RPM Italian presents cuisine that is modern in approach and Italian in spirit, with dishes intended to be shared. Chef partner Doug Psaltis has created a menu which features a variety of cold and hot antipasti, more than a dozen freshly prepared in-house pastas, and a selection of salads, prime steaks, chops and slow-roasted meats. The restaurant also has an open bar area where guests can order a signature cocktail or enjoy a glass of wine from their extensive list. Sophisticated and chic, RPM Italian is perfect for a great meal or late night out.

52 West Illinois
Chicago, IL 60654
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Steak

Hours of Operation:
MON: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
TUES: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
WED: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
THURS: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
FRI: 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
SAT: 3:00 PM -12:00 AM
SUN: 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Cross Street:
Dearborn & Illinois

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 222-1888

Website:
http://rpmitalian.com/

Public Transit:
Grand Ave. Red Line

Executive Chef:
Doug Psaltis

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:

Private Dining

RPM Italian features a modern expression of classic Italian fare suitable for any type of event. From corporate functions to social soirees, our spaces offer a sophisticated and chic setting for groups of 12 to 40 guests.

RPM Italian Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (300)
Special Occasion (267)
Romantic (217)
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Good for Anniversaries (195)
Good for Birthdays (187)
Hot Spot (177)
Fit for Foodies (166)
Creative Cuisine (133)
Notable Wine List (132)
Good for Groups (126)
Fun (124)
Business Meals (123)
Vibrant Bar Scene (118)
Worth the Drive (107)
Authentic (106)
Pre/post Theatre (95)
Bar Seating (90)
Handcrafted Cocktails (86)
People Watching (77)
Cozy (76)
Neighborhood Gem (64)
Comfort Food (57)
Casual (53)
Happy Hour (47)
Tasting Menu (43)
Late-night Find (34)
Quiet Conversation (32)
Great for Lunch (30)
Seasonal (24)
Gluten Free Options (22)
Local Ingredients (22)
Sunday Lunch (20)
Good Vegetarian Options (19)
Tapas (18)
Great for Brunch (11)
Healthy (11)
Kid-friendly (9)
Scenic View (7)
Spicy (7)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Organic (5)
Great Beer (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Live Sports (2)
Vegan (2)
Live Music (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 13 hours ago

The food was excellent and service was great. The only comment is that I felt claustrophobic sitting so close to the other patrons. People were shifting tables to make room in order for them to get out of their seat.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 18 hours ago

RPM Italian was on my restaurant bucket list. We went for lunch and can't wait to go back for dinner! We had the scallops and the crab with squid ink pasta. Both were perfect. Creative, fresh and delicious. The desserts are fantastic. Creamy, slightly sweet, not overly sweet and the perfect end to our meal. We also can't say enough about the service. As with RPM Steak, the staff is so friendly and engaging that you want to return just to hang out with them. We found a new dining spot!

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·Dined 19 hours ago

Very good food and great service

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined 2 days ago

We came here after a show for our anniversary and opted for the burrata and three pasta dishes instead of doing an entree for each. Great service despite a packed house and perfectly al dente pasta. Impossible to get a bad meal here.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 2 days ago

It was everything we hoped and more!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Reservation was at 8:30 and did not get seated until 9:15.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Nothing special

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined 3 days ago

Reservation was for 645 but didn’t get seated until after 7. Should have offered free drink as compensation. Table was too small. Steak was over cooked and lacked flavour and overpriced for a porterhouse. Brussels sprout salad was delicious. Carbonara was average.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 3 days ago

Delightful waitress, delicious food, wonderful fun! We celebrated our anniversary and felt so taken care of by all staff. The petit ice cream cones on our dessert plate “holding the Happy Anniversary sign was the best!!!!

Tags: Tapas, Organic, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Fun, Vegan, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Our food and service was simply amazing. Our only issue was that our table sat so that a large curtain draped down between the two of us. We had to move the table out in order to see each other. We did thoroughly enjoy everything else though!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 3 days ago

WOW WOW WOW!!!! Can’t say enough good about this place. Atmosphere is great. The service from our server Stefano was impeccable, extremely attentive but not overbearing. FOOD? FANTASTICO. Every worker at this place is a team player. Everyone greets you and makes sure you’re lacking nothing. The manager Harley heard the four of us were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary and sent over a bottle of champagne and dessert. What a way to finish off a great meal. We’ll definitely be back. After reading this review, anyone who does not try this restaurant is in for a huge culinary disappointment.
Thanks RPM for an unforgettable and memorable evening.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Birthday. Staff and food was wonderful.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was excellent. Jackie, our server was outstanding. Had a vegan along and Jackie made sure they had a great meal. The food was superb across the board. Everything was so great, that our friends actually skipped a symphony performance.

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 (Indiana)·Dined 5 days ago

Unique Italian dishes? Don't disregard the Homemade pasta dishes. Portions are close to invidual size as you can get and delicioso!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Dinner with mom and son. Very fun/chic atmosphere! Our server was attentive and knowledgeable-knew menu we’ll.
A bit noisy but the food was great and the wine list substantial.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 6 days ago

The food was excellent, the service was amazing. My biggest complaints was that we were at a small table almost shoulder to shoulder with the neighboring tables. It was also a bit loud. Hard to hear the server give the specials.

It was our anniversary and birthday and they treated us very well.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

RPM Italian is my daughter's choice for celebrating special occasions. We are never disappointed, always very pleased. Bobby was a wonderful waiter.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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·Dined 6 days ago

The waitress was so rude it ruined the whole dinning experience.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined 6 days ago

Absolutely wonderful meal! The King Crab Bruschetta was delish, pastas were wonderful and the rice pudding was top notch. We couldn't have asked for a more enjoyable meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Amazing food. Amazing service. Amazing waiter.

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·Dined 7 days ago

I brought my daughter to RPM to celebrate her college graduation & it was a wonderful spot for such a special occasion. The food, ambiance & service was impeccable!

Tags: Romantic, Afternoon Coffee, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 7 days ago

It’s safe to say the experience and quality was above average. I will continue to visit RPM.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Service was great, was disappointed they didn’t have the au gratin cauliflower that was all over the owners social media

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Aside from our waiter starting off very snooty and taking a while to warm up, me had a great meal. This menu can be ordered from in a family style menu or individual. The scallops and sea bass were expensive but the pasta's were very reasonable. The garlic bread and meatballs were an awesome appetizer to kick things off!

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Our first visit to RPM. Great food and excellent service. We will be back again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great spot. Unfortunately placed in back corner which was uncomfortable with so many servers coming by. Still a great meal!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Would be 5 stars if not for obscenely long delay in being seated(had 930 Reservation sat down about 1030). That being said the food was fantastic.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We were seated 20mins after our 9:15 reservation time. Wait staff was awesome, apologized, and immediately sent out two appetizers on the house. We were a party of six celebrating birthdays. The round table was great for conversation and sharing bites of everything. The food was awesome! We enjoyed the carbonara, the lobster ravioli, the meatballs and the bucatini. Great evening! Thank you RPM

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Everything was great except for being seated an hour after our reservation time.

Tags: Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 3, 2017

If I could give RPM Italian 10 stars, I would. The entire experience was incredible from start to finish. Our server was incredible. The food was insanely good. We had A LOT of food and not one dish was even just “good.” It was all outstanding. We will without a doubt be back

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Had a fun time at RPM. From the Spritz and Giggles cocktails to the Zucchini Fritz, Ricotta Toast, then to a deliciously prepared truffle risotto our dining experience was fun and a culinary experience like no other! Ryan our waiter was prompt and knowledgeable of the menu. Good job Ryan! We will return.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Amazing food each time, can’t say enough about RPM.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The hostess was so extremely nice even though we were 20 minutes late due to traffic! I requested seating in main dining area and she gave us a perfect spot in a booth!

The food was good, but not great like I remember experiencing 2 years ago. Not sure exactly what changed, but I wouldn’t say that I was astounded by it! We got the calamari and shrimp fried appetizer and there was a breaded and fried lemon in the mix. Not looking I took a bit of it and ate it, horrible! Not sure why they would have mixed it in and fried it with everything else.

I waited for my second glass of wine for a while.

Otherwise the experience was great! I can’t wait to come back!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This was our first time at the restaurant and everything was amazing! We had exceptional service. Our waiter was phenomenal, offering great recommendations and very attentive. The food was fantastic! We will most definitely go back again and refer others as well. Thank you RPM!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Amazing!!! Service, style, and taste!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The best! Great food and service

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Loved the meatballs !

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

the only real complaint about this place is having to wait even with reservations. the cocktails are awesome. pretty nice wine list. probably check with SOM if you are not familiar. probably wouldn't recommend the waiters choices.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food and service great as always. Ambiance is awesome.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Cozy, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

By far the best dinner I had ever had. The portion sizes were perfect, the food had amazing flavor and the services was spot on ! Would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy
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