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

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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (289)
Special Occasion (262)
Romantic (204)
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Good for Anniversaries (203)
Good for Birthdays (194)
Hot Spot (174)
Fit for Foodies (155)
Creative Cuisine (129)
Notable Wine List (124)
Fun (123)
Good for Groups (123)
Business Meals (117)
Vibrant Bar Scene (105)
Pre/post Theatre (105)
Authentic (103)
Worth the Drive (96)
Handcrafted Cocktails (90)
Bar Seating (86)
People Watching (79)
Cozy (78)
Comfort Food (56)
Neighborhood Gem (52)
Casual (44)
Tasting Menu (43)
Happy Hour (41)
Quiet Conversation (33)
Late-night Find (29)
Great for Lunch (25)
Good Vegetarian Options (21)
Seasonal (20)
Gluten Free Options (18)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Tapas (17)
Local Ingredients (14)
Healthy (13)
Kid-friendly (12)
Quick Bite (9)
Scenic View (8)
Great for Brunch (6)
Organic (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Great Beer (4)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Live Sports (2)
Spicy (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Wow what a great experience. Great service, great drinks and food. Our server was super friendly and knowledgeable of the menu. Looking forward to coming back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Great food and service. The prime meatballs were awesome. As was the cavatelli and the Bolognese. Only bummer was 30 Mins over the reso time and no mention of it once seated.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Love the truffle garlic bread

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Great waiters. Excellent food

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·Dined 3 days ago

The food was amazing! My boyfriend and I went for our anniversary and it was the perfect setting for a special occasion. We got the focaccia bread to start and it was hands down the best focaccia bread I have ever had. Then we had the zucchini fritti which was a huge portion, probably a better appetizer for at least a table of 4... we had plenty leftover but still very good and light for it being a fried food. Then instead of entrees we decided to each get a pasta dish and then split a side dish. I got the procuitto tortellini and he got the short rib bolognase. Both loved the pasta dishes! They were on the smaller side but with our appetizers we had, they were the perfect size. The side dish we chose was crispy Brussels sprouts and they were the best Brussels sprouts we have ever had! Best meal I have had in a long time, would definitely recommend it. Overall, great food and good atmosphere. Very dim lighting so it feels very intimate, but on the pricier side so more for a special occasion.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined 3 days ago

We had a nice dining experience that started with the valet parking. Coming in from out-of-town, it was nice not to worry about parking. After dinner, we wanted to visit the neighborhood and the valet went beyond their duty and retrieved our coats. What great customer service.

The hosts were sociable and we had a reservation and were promptly seated. The server was kind as well as the other staff. The server, hosts, and busers all made sure our table was clear and our water topped off.

The best part was, of course, the food. We started off with the Itilian Salad. The depth of flavored were spot on. If we had known the salad was so good we would have eaten the it as a meal. The eggplant parmesan was tasty and had lots of gooey cheese. The roast chicken was good but you had to watch out for the red pepper flakes. The chicken portion was big enough for two people.

Our dining experience was very good and we would like to return to try out the other menu items.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined 3 days ago

The food is second to none. We enjoyed the crab bruschetta, lobster caprese, spicy king crab squid linguine, and prosciutto tortellini. Well worth waiting for a Friday night reservation!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined 3 days ago

A lively, cool place with lots of energy. It was definitely loud but fun and exciting. Service was excellent! We were seated right quickly. Food was only average, nothing special.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Overall it was a fun night. Our server was helpful, when he was around. The food was delicious and perfect portions for sharing. There were 8 ladies and we were all comfortably stuffed. My negatives come from being seated 30 minutes late. It was beyond frustrating when we are told our tables ready but our entire party must be there. The entire party arrives within 5 minutes and the table is gone!?!

The other problem was how slow everything moved. I had 2 drinks during our 3 hour dinner. I asked for 4 drinks but 2 never arrived. The espresso took 25 minutes?! Why? Just when I thought we were good the food would take an additional 15 minutes to arrive. The flow of the evening would stall.

Although we had a great time, I probably wouldn’t go back unless someone else plans the night out. There are amazing options in this city with better service.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Anniversary meal - they went above and beyond!

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·Dined 4 days ago

The food and staff were amazing. Not a drop of food was left in our plates. Can’t wait to go back.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Kansas City)·Dined 4 days ago

Great experience for a pre-theater dinner.

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 (Miami)·Dined 4 days ago

Amazing restaurant for anyone! Whether you are younger crowd or not , this place is for you. Lobster ravioli and Chicken Parmesan was amazing! Service was incredible!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 5 days ago

The service was great and the food was even better. The garlic whipped potatoes were delicious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

Fun Fun Fun- great atmosphere & vibe with a creative Italian menu!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 5 days ago

We expected so much from this place after all the amazing reviews we've read. What a disappointment. Working in the hospitality industry, we go to a lot of places and love good and tasty food. This place is incredibly expensive for what you have in your plate. There is no balance in the flavors and we don't really see the point of some of the items on the menu. We took for exemple the tuna tartare and steak tartare. The tuna was on garlic bread and had no taste by itself. You could only taste garlic and oil, which is not why I ordered this item. I would have gone for a bruschetta then! Steak tartare was a little bit better but again, the pseudo aioli took all the spotlight and you didn't feel any meat. The scallops (3 pieces for $32 with no side !!!!!) were good but not crazy and certainly not worth the price. Indeed, they were just seared with peanuts so no surprise here. I could go on and on because we tried several meals as recommended by the waitress but the overall experience was not good. We will certainly not go back to the place and do not recommend to our circle.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

It was loud but you have to expect that from a trendy RPM business. Service and food was excellent; we will be back!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

RPM consistently remains one of my favorite places! Food is always so yummy and service is always superb. We were celebrating an 11 year old birthday as a fancy treat, and they took such great care of us! Can't thank them enough for a great family memory!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Great atmosphere!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Food was very good and our waitress was very attentive and knowledgeable about the wines and dishes. It was a great choice for a birthday!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 8, 2018

My dish, eggplant parm, was very disappointing. Looked like pre-made and just thrown into a microwave. My guests seem to enjoy their steak and fish. Meatball app was also fair, cheese was normal. The wine list is ridiculously pricey and with this being a business meal, i found it difficult to find a wine that was good and not outrageously priced.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 8, 2018

The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. But the portions are small. I thought the pasta prices seemed fair until the tiny plates came out. Come on! $14-16 for a pasta that is not the size of a decent side dish. It is especially unfair when you consider that every entree is entirely ala carte (not so much as a piece of parsley) so you must order something. But I would still recommend it bc the food was that good.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Good restaurant, attentive and respectful staff. The food was really good. Recommend Mediterranean Sea Bass as a main dish. The fish was prepared very well with just the right amount of seasoning and not overcooked. Overall lovely experience and even the car came back in one piece after valet, which is a bonus. ;-)

Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 7, 2018

4 of us came here after Hamilton (after 11 pm!), so we were looking for quiet, nice ambience, and small to medium food options. RPM Italian was perfect. James was our server, and he was great. Food recommendations and wine pairing recommendations made by James after he asked each of us about likes and preferences were spot on.
Highlights included Italian salad, all the pastas and the eggplant. 3 desserts (pistachio gelato, affogato , rice pudding) all great.
Lovely restaurant with excellent food, reasonably priced, and outstanding service from James,

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Got there early and snagged a table near the bar. Attentive waiter. Started with drinks and fried olives, both excellent. Then focaccia, very good, and stuffed peppers on which we disagreed. Small plate bolognese was good not great; the spicy crab pasta was another split vote. Ended with some sort of chocolate torte, which we could not finish. Also very tasty. My only issue with the evening: it was my wife’s birthday and we drove 3.5 hours (one way) to dine at RPM. Don’t really care about any free dessert, but when you make reservations through Open Table and indicate it’s a birthday visit, I’d like someone from the restaurant to say Happy Birthday to my wife. Hostess, waiter, guy who brings dessert, whomever. If the concierge at the hotel can do it, so can somebody from RPM.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Fair to start by saying it was a Saturday and crowded, service was mediocre, I.e. sitting with dirty dishes and waiting long periods of time for cocktails, my daughter and husbands chairs continually being bumped by staff. Food was good but I have to say it was to loud and frenetic I probably wouldn’t go back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

This is a good date night spot in the city. Delicious cocktails and good wine. We had the lobster caprese (very good), garlic toast (amazing), chopped salad (pretty good), cavatelli (spicy good), gnocchi (decent), eggplant parm (just ok), mashed potatoes (great) and chocolate budini (amazing). Our server could have been more attentive and we were placed near the door which was very chilly - since we were there for a special occasion I would have appreciated a better table.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food was okay. Some plates were a bit salty. I ordered a prosecco & someone other than my waitress came out to pour it. They poured it until the bubbles came to the rim then walked away, I was left with a flute less than half full.

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

It be great to see a few more Vegetarian options on the menu :)

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, People Watching, Spicy, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Such a great vibe! Love the food and the service

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great server. Name was Shane. Super nice, very helpful with recommendations. Good friendly guy, great service.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We were in town to see Hamilton and stopped in for dinner beforehand. Service was excellent, and most of the food was amazing. Steak was overpriced. You would be content just getting the pasta dishes and a salad. Lesson learned for us not to go overboard.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Incredible service and food!

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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Fried zucchini was not very good

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Food was excellent/very good overall, with the tortelloni and the fried olives as stand outs, not something I had thought of cooking myself. the brussel sprouts and carrots were very good, although the earthy look on the carrots might not be everyone's favorite presentation. Veal chop was good, but not fabulous -- needed a little more of seasoning/rosemary/flavoring. Swordfish was unevenly cooked, but very good. The pastas were excellent. Chocolate Tartuffo was very good, but not exquisite. We ate everything and it was a really lovely dining experience, so don't be put off by criticisms. Loved the clove infused Manhattan.
Service was superb. they run that place flawlessly.

Tags: Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

nice, relaxing environment with excellent good! great spot for date night

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great experience! Staff was excellent - very attentive. Food was wonderful!

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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Had some friends up from Atlanta, and they were blown away with how amazing everything was. The food was outstanding and the service was phenomenal! Will be back!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

If you’re looking to treat yourself this is the place to go. The food was amazing and the service was even better. Travis the server was absolutely amazing.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 5, 2018

RPM is one of the worst dining experiences I've encountered. Loud techno music prevents conversation. Attitude prevails. Food is average with no thought to detail. 3 pasta dishes were ordered and fresh Parmesan wasn't offered. Kyle forgot our bread. Chicago - skip this one. Too many quality establishments deserve your attention.

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