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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (291)
Special Occasion (270)
Good for Anniversaries (208)
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Good for Birthdays (202)
Romantic (201)
Hot Spot (172)
Fit for Foodies (157)
Creative Cuisine (128)
Good for Groups (127)
Notable Wine List (125)
Fun (121)
Business Meals (119)
Vibrant Bar Scene (107)
Pre/post Theatre (106)
Authentic (104)
Worth the Drive (103)
Handcrafted Cocktails (90)
Bar Seating (86)
People Watching (79)
Cozy (78)
Comfort Food (59)
Neighborhood Gem (49)
Casual (46)
Happy Hour (40)
Tasting Menu (40)
Quiet Conversation (35)
Late-night Find (27)
Great for Lunch (25)
Good Vegetarian Options (21)
Gluten Free Options (19)
Seasonal (19)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Tapas (17)
Local Ingredients (14)
Kid-friendly (13)
Healthy (13)
Quick Bite (9)
Scenic View (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Organic (6)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Great Beer (4)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Live Sports (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Spicy (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

The waiters are really nice small dishes but do recommend if your just going on a date or friends

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined 2 days ago

We went for my birthday dinner. Everything was beyond delicious, Andre was such a fun server and the restaurant is beautiful. Would definitely go back!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

I requested a fab table -upon arriving we were seated at one of the sexy booths along the wall! James was very attentive and offered great suggestions when questioned about the menu. We were never rushed. Cannot wait to visit again!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

This was one of the best dining experiences I have had in recent memory. The food was excellently prepared and served at a perfect temperature to eat as soon as it hit the table. The staff were attentive, courteous, and professional. All in all, this was a very good experience, and I will definitely return in the future.

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·Dined 2 days ago

The spicy king crab pasta was delicious! Everything was great. Highly recommended!

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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined 2 days ago

Went with four girlfriends, three were from out of town. We were excited to have a dinner kid free and just enjoy ourselves. We were almost there for four hours. We had an incredible server, which completely made the night. The food and drinks were outstanding. Can’t wait to go back.

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·Dined 3 days ago

This reataurant is a must great food and service
Just celebrated our 10th anniversary with dinner and drinks at rpm Italian and was
Not disappointed

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

My boyfriend and I always enjoy RPM Italian. This time, however, they were running late (9 pm res seated at 9:30) but they gave us a complimentary app to make up for it. Honestly I’m never disappointed when we go, the food is great and the scene is always vibrant. Service is also outstanding.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Absolutely phenomenal food and service! Have never been disappointed in RPM Italian. Always so satisfying and worth the hour drive from Plainfield, IL.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

We’ve never had a better dining experience. Dre, our server, was funny, kind, attentive, and allowed us to enjoy our girls night out together without feeling rushed. I will go back to RPM and request him every time. Job well done!

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 (Detroit)·Dined 3 days ago

This place is not overrated!!! Everything we could have hoped for from service to ambiance to food. I overheard the waiter handling a very serious food allergy at the next table like a pro. Still talking about the bucatini. Get the bucatini. And get the warm fluffy donuts for dessert. Trust me.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

We had the best service at RPM!
Our waiter Kevin N went above and beyond for my daughters birthday celebration!!
Excellent service. I would highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Amazing as always! Food is great, but the service is what makes this restaurant a stand out.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

The small plates make it nice to taste and share many great flavours and varieties!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined 5 days ago

The food was delicious! Our server was great at describing the food...making us want to try everything!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, People Watching, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Our first time dining there and plan to return often.... great menu choices, imaginative menu & great food... staff was also exceptional

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

We have eaten at RPM Italian a number of times and always enjoyed great food with excellent service but this time was different. Our waiter was not engaged, seldom present and partially presented the specials. This became more obvious as the meal dragged on as we saw the informative and attentive service being lavished upon a neighboring table by a different waiter. The food was very good but we seemed to wait a long time between our apps and the main course. After the table was cleared we waited 15 minutes until our server reappeared, so we passed on dessert rather than wait again.

We live in the area and this was our go to Italian place, I hope it is better next time.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Great and beautiful cocktails. Menu offered variety and sharing.
Staff remembered a birthday in our party and was very accommodating to all especially towards one who had limited ability to eat.

Definitely will recommend and will visit again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 16, 2018

I would’ve give this restaurant a perfect review had we had a different experience when first getting to the restaurant. The host was rude and snotty. Not welcoming at all! They are the first impression of the restaurant.
The bartender was knowledgeable about her wines, and offered a very nice choice.
The server was friendly and knowledgeable however she did not get our order correct and we never received our side dishes.
The food we did receive was fantastic.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 16, 2018

We had a fabulous time with our friends, Carol and Eric. Everything we had was phenomenal including the service provided by Chrissie Connelly. We will be returning for another optimal dinner here. Thank you!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 15, 2018

I come here every time I’m in Chicago, still my favorite place in the many times I’ve been here.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great service and good food at a reasonable price.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Had a very pleasant dining experience. RPM Italian was highly recommended and it did not disappoint! The staff were very personable and gave great suggestions. Hope to come back when we go to the big city.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Service was outstanding!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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 on January 14, 2018

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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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Arrived and waited a while even though I had a reservation. However, Dan the manager did come by after we were eventually seated and he apologized. The place is excellent and I frequent the place often.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Love the truffle garlic bread

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

RPM Italian was so good! The Fresh Homemade Ricotta bread was AMAZING! The atmosphere is wonderful. All items are priced well.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Celebrated my birthday

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great waiters. Excellent food

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

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 on January 13, 2018

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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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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 on January 13, 2018

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 on January 13, 2018

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 on January 13, 2018

Anniversary meal - they went above and beyond!

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·Dined on January 12, 2018

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 on January 12, 2018

Great experience for a pre-theater dinner.

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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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