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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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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 (293)
Special Occasion (265)
Romantic (206)
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Good for Anniversaries (204)
Hot Spot (187)
Good for Birthdays (184)
Fit for Foodies (173)
Fun (135)
Notable Wine List (135)
Creative Cuisine (126)
Business Meals (125)
Good for Groups (120)
Vibrant Bar Scene (116)
Authentic (107)
Worth the Drive (107)
Bar Seating (94)
Pre/post Theatre (89)
People Watching (86)
Handcrafted Cocktails (81)
Cozy (67)
Neighborhood Gem (62)
Comfort Food (53)
Happy Hour (51)
Casual (47)
Tasting Menu (39)
Late-night Find (38)
Quiet Conversation (32)
Great for Lunch (29)
Local Ingredients (23)
Gluten Free Options (21)
Seasonal (21)
Sunday Lunch (20)
Tapas (20)
Good Vegetarian Options (19)
Healthy (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Kid-friendly (9)
Scenic View (8)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Spicy (7)
Great Beer (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Organic (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Live Sports (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Live Music (1)
Vegan (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined 8 hours ago

We have dined here on more than one occasion and RPM is always a highlight. Great food and excellent service! Will continue to dine here when we have the chance. Highly recommend!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 9 hours ago

The food and service were amazing. This place lived up to all the hype. I can’t wait to go back

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 10 hours ago

James was great!!!

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·Dined a day ago

We had a fabulous experience at RPM to celebrate my birthday! The service, ambiance, even the music playing was extremely well-done. The food was excellent- even my Italian husband said the bolognese was the best pasta/sauce he’s ever had. We will be back!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined a day ago

Amazing time and amazing food!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Love the bar. Dining room is a little bright. Love the food and ambience in the bar

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 2 days ago

Always a great experience. Fun, swanky vibe. Food is excellent. And service is alway good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, People Watching
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·Dined 2 days ago

Great good. Such a great people watching place. Want to go back and order just appetizers. Had the fried olives and bruschetta. Superb! Had the crispy chicken which was really crispy which is how I like it! Love RPM Italian!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 2 days ago

We visit RPM Italian on every visit to Chicago and it is always an absolute pleasure. The food is the best there is. Wine choices are good. It is a bit pricy.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Authentic, Tapas, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Dallas)·Dined 2 days ago

We went to RPM Italian before going to see Hamilton and we couldn’t be more pleased with our choice. The food was excellent and the service exceeded our expectations. They even brought out complimentary Prosecco because we were celebrating our anniversary. This will definitely be a go-to spot every time we come to Chicago from now on!

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 (Detroit)·Dined 2 days ago

Our dinner was a home run. Every item we ordered was fantastic! Great service and a very nice atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 2 days ago

The best restaurant in Chicago, staff was beyond incredible so accommodating, nice and helpful. By far best salmon I have ever had. Love this place.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 2 days ago

amazing service along with amazing food. if you are in chicago, you must stop by RPM Italian

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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Me and my gal went here on Friday, 17 November for an early evening dinner. Our reservation was for 4 pm (only spot that they had left a week prior) and as it turned out we were late. They were kind enough to seat us at 4:25pm in a nice booth. Interestingly enough, the restaurant was almost empty at this time. I explained that I was surprised that the 4 pm reservation was all I could get and the hostess stated that it would be getting busy in the next half hour and it did.

We ordered a couple glasses of wine, the lobster caprese which was very good, the daily special of crab stuffed ravioli which was also very good and the whole grilled branzino (Mediterranean Sea Bass) for two. We both were disappointed in the Branzino. It was an expensive meal, lacked any kind of presentation an flavor, and sort of reminded me of a pan sear walleye. Nice an light in flavor, white and flakey, but certainly not worth it at the price point.

They surprised us at the end with four mini ice cream/sorbet cones in honor of my birthday which was very nice.

Overall, I enjoyed the ambience, the attentiveness of the wait-staff, but felt that the portions and price point is something that I'd think about twice before returning. There are lots of fantastic restaurants in the Chicagoland area and obviously we all have many choices. Interesting to try once, I'm wondering if it'll be enough to make me, or others, to return...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Had a wonderful meal with Team members and we had a ball. Strongly recommend this spot for so many reasons.

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Quite busy but as long as you have a reservation you will be fine. Food was delicious. Loved the crispy brussel sprouts and the roasted chicken. The butternut squash ravioli was good but did need a bit more seasoning. Overall great experience

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was fantastic. I would strongly recommend getting an entree and pasta. Was very good!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Probably that was the best food that I ever taste!

Tags: Spicy, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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·Dined 4 days ago

The food was outstanding along with the service! This experience was incredible and we will definitely be coming back to visit RPM again!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

My husband and I were in town from NY. I had heard about RPM and wanted to try it. Best decision! Loved the menu and wine choices. Everything was absolutely delicious!! A few of the dishes we ordered were: burrata, grilled octopus, and risotto. When you are still thinking about the food days later you know it was good :)

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Kansas City)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was very good. Our wait staff was excellent. Extremely loud and packed with people. Bar was crazy. Only one bathroom that we could find for 100s of people. Felt more like NY then Chicago. Enjoyed it but prefer old line classic Chicago Italian.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined 5 days ago

The food is phenomenal! My only complaint is that their tables for 2 are tiny and so tight together... It's hard to have a conversation and try multiple dishes... But definitely worth it for the food!

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Excellent food and service.

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great food with unique ingredients. We had spaghetti and meatballs, steak, mashed potatoes, and garlic bread. Everything was very good although the portions are not very big

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Fun, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Restaurant was a phenomenal experience! Service was impeccable . Would recommend to anyone visiting Chicago.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Appetizers we had were good, as were cocktails. The pasta and other mains we had fell short. Highlight was the brussel sprouts, which were delicious! I think there are better restaurants out there and would likely not return

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The best eggplant parmesan! I wish there was an RPM Italian in L.A.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Late-night Find
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

I was really excited to visit RPM Italian because I had ate at RPM Steak the night before but I ended up disappointed. It was so hot in the restaurant that I had to get my food boxed up Togo because I was too uncomfortable to even eat.

Tags: Late-night Find
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The management and staff I was great. They made planning a proposal very special.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We've eaten here before and couldn't stop raving. This weekend we went for our anniversary and the food was subpar at best. Drinks were great, service was great, but didn't have anything other than dessert that stood out as superb. Disappointed and won't be in any rush to return

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Overpriced. My piece of halibut was dry on outside 32.00. Spaghetti and meatball very good. 1/2 roasted chicken dry. Butternut pasta good. Server was excellent.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I took my fiancée here after I proposed to her and she and I absolutely loved it. The food was great and so was the service. They even gave us a free dessert! Would recommend to a friend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Booked this reservation severa weeks out and got a 5:15 reservation on Saturday. Was told to arrive 30 minutes prior which we did. Was told that we probably wouldnt be seated early. Watched for the next 30 minutes people walk in without reservations and be seated. Finally when it was our time to be seated we were stuck in the corner where several open tables were. Couldnt understand why we were made to wait in a very cold lobby with all these open tables. Next ordered an appetizer and it was brought to the table next to us where and they started eating it. Mentioned to server who placed another order for us. At this point we were a little frustrated with the service. Placed our orders Eggplant parmesian and Chicken Parmesian and asked if we wanted pasta with that!?!? Replied yes. Meals came and were delicious but really really on the small size. Frankly we didnt have any alcohol and our bill was $120.00. It was good but not worth that for pasta and the unorganized service.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 11, 2017

our server Andre was exceptional and very friendly!!!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I think the food is overpriced at $50+ dollars a plate I ordered gnocchi and I had like five little pieces of gnocchi with some sauce and everything else was alacarte definitely not impressed for the price

Tags: Seasonal
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

My wife and I had a wonderful dining experience at RPM Italian. The food was phenomenal. We got the Roman artichokes, which Was one of the best dishes I have ever had, Ciabatta toast with fresh ricotta, pork short rib bolognese pasta, and butternut squash pasta. Everything was delicious! Very chic atmosphere, great service, and pleasant dining experience. Portions are on the small side but I highly recommend RPM Italian!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food and service were both great! Ask for Maurine as your waitress!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This has been my fourth time dining at RPM and the fourth time that I have been seated a half hour after my reservation time. Not the place to go if you have anywhere to be after. They need to get a better system for managing their reservations.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Disappointed. Our server was rude and rushed us through our meal. A few of the items we ordered were very good but overall nothing was so outstanding that we would make an effort to go back. Had heard great things so we were surprised to be so underwhelmed.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The Brussels sprouts are amazing!

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