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

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (303)
Special Occasion (271)
Romantic (216)
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Good for Anniversaries (200)
Good for Birthdays (185)
Hot Spot (181)
Fit for Foodies (171)
Creative Cuisine (133)
Notable Wine List (133)
Fun (127)
Business Meals (124)
Good for Groups (124)
Vibrant Bar Scene (121)
Worth the Drive (111)
Authentic (107)
Pre/post Theatre (99)
Bar Seating (94)
Handcrafted Cocktails (88)
People Watching (81)
Cozy (78)
Neighborhood Gem (66)
Comfort Food (57)
Casual (55)
Happy Hour (45)
Tasting Menu (43)
Quiet Conversation (35)
Late-night Find (31)
Great for Lunch (29)
Seasonal (22)
Gluten Free Options (21)
Sunday Lunch (21)
Good Vegetarian Options (18)
Local Ingredients (17)
Tapas (17)
Great for Brunch (11)
Healthy (11)
Kid-friendly (10)
Quick Bite (7)
Scenic View (6)
Organic (5)
Spicy (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Great Beer (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Live Sports (2)
Vegan (2)
Waterfront (2)
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vip
 (México)·Dined a day ago

Food, awesome. King crab squid pasta and ribeye, sliced. Delicious.

Sommelier recommended a nice bottle.

Only feedback:
Do not get seated by server station. Unacceptable.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Second time at RPM Italian and it was great both times. Risotto appetizer was amazing as were the meatballs. Pasta portions are not huge (just right) so you have room to enjoy dessert. Everything was great

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

This was our second visit and we love this place. The artichokes were a very unique and tasty appetizer. The meatballs are a must. The pastas were outstanding. The only negative was that the mushroom side dish was way, way too salty. The staff and waitress were very attentive and recognized my wife's birthday on several occasions.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined 4 days ago

Best meal i have ever had in this restaurant. It was amazing!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

The Burrata is amazing and a must have. I've eaten at both the D.C. and Chicago locations now and both are excellent. Service is more of a wild card though. It always starts off great and then sometimes can go a little sideways.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Hot Spot, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 4 days ago

Really enjoyed the variety of food items that is offered. Everything tasted very fresh and was served in a timely manner

Tags: Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Host was great! Management was too busy trying to see which host was next to be cut, so we couldn’t check in right away...kind of rude and unaware of his surroundings. Food was great! Service was great!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Great service and great food always!

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·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent as usual. Food and service outstanding.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion, Fun, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Miami)·Dined 6 days ago

Horrible Carbonara Pasta! The worst I ever had. We send it back and ordered the scallops which were not fresh. My cousin had the risotto and it wasn’t that amazing. Overprice for the food they serve.

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·Dined 6 days ago

A total celebrity driven restaurant as the food is not as good as I imagined. Both meals that I ordered were too salty for my taste. Good thing is it wasn’t that expensive.

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined 6 days ago

Really good from start to finish. Meatballs were delicious, as were the pastas. Nice wine, great service, fried zucchini needed salt. Otherwise excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Great place. Excellent food and service. Room is beautiful and the bar is vibrant.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Hot Spot, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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·Dined 6 days ago

Great food, nice setting, friendly staff. Would recommend to others.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 11, 2017

One of the top 5 meals I’ve ever had. For entree i had the spaghetti and meatball. A little spicy, but amazing. Perfect portion size too. The meatball cut like butter I‎t was so fine. Great salad, dessert and wine too!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 11, 2017

We love RPM and go at least once a month. Food was great as always. We usually get great service but we did not like our server this time. He was not very friendly. We tried taking the high road and being even nicer and he seemed very careless and agitated. on 2 occasions he did not even look at me when i was speaking to him. I understand the holidays can be busy so we let it slide. We are very generous tippers so too bad for him because he definitely cut his tip in half.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 11, 2017

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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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Great dinner and perfect for special weekend in Chicago

Tags: Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Anchorage)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Walked in to a beautiful restaurant, the service was wonderful and the food was perfect. We enjoyed everything about RPM Italian and can’t wait to go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

AMAZING!!! Perfect portions

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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 on December 10, 2017

Very good food and great service

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Service is always impeccable. Food is always delicious.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Our experience was lovely. Great starters and entrees. Atmosphere was super modern and very chic. Service impeccable and quality of the experience overall was exceptional.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food was fabulous from start to finish. A bit to pricey for me but it was our Christmas get together so we were splurging. I wish I could afford to go more often. One of the best meals I have ever had! Service and staff were great as well. The only thing that could have made it better would have been to meet Giuliana.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Very informative on food choices from staff, delicious lobster ravioli ! Would definitely go back when in town.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

We were seated in a back corner, and waited over 20 minutes for our first round of drinks. Appetizers were still not out by the time our drinks were finished, and our waiter was no where to be found to ask if we wanted a second round. After sitting at the table with no food or drinks for well over 25 minutes we decided to put an end to our misery.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great good, poor service by our specific waiter who seemed more interested in turning our table than providing a pleasant dining experience for my friend and I. Very disappointed.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Went there for our anniversary dinner. The restaurant treated us with a glass of sparkling wine which was a nice gesture. Service was excellent and food was great for the most part. Crab bruschetta and their homemade pasta were excellent. However, the salmon I ordered kind of disappointed me because it was way over cooked . I asked them to fully cook it but they definitely over did it. Otherwise it was a great dinner date.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

RPM serves a solid up scale dining experience but falls short. While the food and staff were on point, the restaurant had 2 crying babies the ruined our once a year treat to the city. Watching fellow patrons, my feelings were shared by many others. RPM, not saying can't invite families but those with young ones need to be isolated as to not disrupt an otherwise perfect experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Repeated raves from a friend prompted us to book a table at RPM.We enjoyed a wonderful meal and evening with our friends there. The drinks, appetizers and entrees all met or exceeded our expectations. We look forward to enjoying another meal here when we return to Chicago.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

food was outstanding and atmosphere was great -- really enjoyable place to go. my 2nd time and it was just as good as my first time visiting there.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

It was everything we hoped and more!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Quite a long wait even with a reservation which was disappointing. Was a great experience and dinner regardless of the wait!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

Nothing special

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

There is so much hyper about this place, and it is pretty hard to get a reservation. I had my expectations set too high.
Our reservation was at 6:45, but we weren't even seated until after 7:20. The rest of the evening went equally as slowly. We were afraid to order dessert, as we had already been at the restaurant for over 2 hours.
The food was okay, I could have eaten just as good Italian food at Eataly. I wasn't very impressed.
Wine and drink menu were noteworthy.

Tags: Hot Spot
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