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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

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (293)
Special Occasion (267)
Romantic (206)
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Good for Anniversaries (204)
Hot Spot (191)
Good for Birthdays (188)
Fit for Foodies (177)
Fun (137)
Notable Wine List (136)
Creative Cuisine (129)
Business Meals (126)
Good for Groups (122)
Vibrant Bar Scene (117)
Authentic (109)
Worth the Drive (104)
Bar Seating (96)
Pre/post Theatre (91)
People Watching (85)
Handcrafted Cocktails (79)
Cozy (71)
Neighborhood Gem (62)
Comfort Food (55)
Happy Hour (51)
Casual (46)
Tasting Menu (41)
Late-night Find (37)
Quiet Conversation (32)
Great for Lunch (28)
Seasonal (23)
Local Ingredients (23)
Gluten Free Options (22)
Sunday Lunch (20)
Good Vegetarian Options (20)
Tapas (20)
Healthy (12)
Great for Brunch (10)
Kid-friendly (9)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Scenic View (7)
Spicy (7)
Great Beer (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Organic (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Live Sports (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Live Music (1)
Vegan (1)
Waterfront (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Was disappointed when booking I stated it was a birthday celebration and thought when we ordered desserts it would be acknowledged and it wasn’t and was disappointed 😔

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

Very good reliable service and food never disappoints. Ambiance is lovely

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined 4 days 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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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Post theatre dinner. Stefano was an excellent table captain and his support was equally good. Food drink all was outstanding. We will be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days 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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 (Nashville)·Dined 4 days ago

Loved this spot. Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Chicago. Actually brought some family from Chicago that had never been and they are coming back. Really cool spot.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

We had dinner at a round bar table. Very quiet as it was Sunday at 4:15p. Our waitress was friendly and did a nice job - except for one significant disappointing issue.. I got up from table discreetly and told her it's my sons birthday and to please bring birthday dessert. She acknowledged. But as we finished dinner & she brought our check I realized she likely forgot. So I again got up discreetly and asked the bartender to remind our waitress of birthday. She then brought our check back as if done with us, I (AGAIN - at the table this time) whispered to her, "birthday dessert???" She said, "oh yeah I have the order in for it". At this point, I was disappointed and the "surprise" dessert was no longer a surprise. If it was a busy time I'd have more grace, but it was practically empty in the bar, so needless to say, I don't think I'll be back for any future birthday celebrating....

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Birthday celebration free gelato portions were small but delicious

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

James was great!!!

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·Dined 5 days ago

Girls weekend away to Chicago and this ended up being our favorite restaurant. Met and exceeded our expectations! The atmosphere was perfect, food was unbelievable and the service outstanding. I️ can’t wait to bring my husband back for a weekend with friends so we can go again.

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 (Montreal)·Dined 5 days ago

Delicious and great service. Well worth the wait. Enjoyed immensely.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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·Dined 5 days ago

Very satisfying! Great service and professional! The food was amazing from drinks, to appetitizers, to main course to dessert! Can’t wait to come back and try something else on the menu!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, People Watching
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·Dined 5 days ago

We went to RPM for a date and it was a wonderful restaurant. We loved all of our courses, and would recommend everything we tried with the exception of the fried olives, they were a bit overdone. Overall everything is fairly priced for the area and worth the expense.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

awesome risotto dish with first truffles. excellent meatballs

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, People Watching, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Went Sat night with friends. We shared the meatballs, artichokes and lobster caprese all were very good. For dinner the monk fish was tasty and lobster ravioli is a must order. We also ordered the roast chicken it was juicy and cispy. Fantastic Old Fashions for drinks. Every time we come here we are pleased wurh services and food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

The ambience inside the restaurant is certainly alluring. The cuisine options were all flavorful. The service was fantastic.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Cozy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 5 days 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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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

It was good, small portions,very friendly staff, the donuts were the best!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Amazing time and amazing food!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 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 6 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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 (Miami)·Dined 6 days ago

Drinks, appetizers, entrees, dessert - everything was fantastic! Our group of 4 split everything and there wasn’t a bad thing to be had. Only negative is the tables are very close together and can be a bit difficult to maneuver and make it loud. Will definitely go back.

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·Dined 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 days ago

Absolutely amazing food, atmosphere and service. Loved it!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Groups
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·Dined 6 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 6 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 6 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 on November 17, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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 on November 15, 2017

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 on November 15, 2017

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 on November 15, 2017

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 on November 14, 2017

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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