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Rumba

3.9
3.9
539 Reviews
$31 to $50
Latin American

Rumba is the premier Nuevo Latino cuisine restaurant in Chicago. From live Latin Jazz to the ultimate Chef's table, there is no other dining experience quite like Rumba. Chef Benjamin Soto's menu is as eclectic as it is inspiring and one that has to be experienced to fully appreciate.

Reservation Requirements for Friday’s and Saturday’s only.
Cancellation/No Show Policy: For parties of 10 or more if reservations are not cancelled by 3:00pm on the day of the reservation then a $10.00 per person cancellation fee will be applied to the credit card on file.
Dining Policy: All dinner reservations for Fridays and Saturdays require a minimum of one entrée per person. If an entrée is not ordered then a $10.00 per person fee will be charged to the final bill.

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3.9
3.9 based on all time ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4.2Ambience

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2012

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    This was a truly romantic night and the restaurant was the perfect place for celebrating. I enjoyed the food, service and entertainment! I am very thankful to have chosen a wonderful venue to celebrate a joyous occasion.

  2. DS

    DrStoycheva

    Milwaukee

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2012

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    This was our second visit, and we loved it! Even though there was a small misunderstanding about our group reservation, the staff handled it very well, and we were all very happy with the service. We will come again!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2012

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    They food was great, awesome service and good music. What more could you ask for?? Oh, and the mojitos were awesome too!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and service! Entertainment was among the best of all the times I've been to Rumba!

  5. B

    Bavettes

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2012

    overall2food3service3ambience4

    The food was outstanding along with the drinks. Yes kinda pricey but I think your paying to listen to a live band more than anything.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A very good competitor for Havana Central NY! Very good food. Great place for date and even just family reunion. You get everything you expect and then more!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Simply loved the entire experience!

  8. C

    Chifoodie

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2012

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    It was one of the worst service ever received. The waitress showed up three times in 2 hours. They forgot our drink order. They forget bringing basic silverware. And, they also just "hand" the food and utensils. Never to go back

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Interesting (if somewhat limited) Central and South American cuisine, fantastic ambiance with live Latin Jazz (and later salsa dancing), attentive service.

  10. CP

    CeceliaP

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    besides there being no music when they advertised there would be.... it was a really pretty place. Too bad they are closing and moving location. Can't imagine it will work in second location...these things never continue the same vibe.

  11. AR

    AlmaR

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2012

    overall3food4service2ambience5

    I've been in Rumba a couple times. I love the food and it's definitely the hot spot for dancing.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2012

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Very good food, though service is a little slow if they get too busy. Also, the dance floor gets very crowded on busy nights because it's not that big. They also play a lot of salsa, so you might not have fun if you're not into salsa. But on a not so busy night it's a great place to go dancing And have great food and drink.

  13. L

    Lukeduke33

    Chicago

    40 reviews

    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2012

    overall3food3service2ambience5

    Discovery appetizer was really good. Service was very slow. Our drinks and water glasses were bone dry and the waitress was nowhere in sight. My boyfriend's entree of mixed seafood was wonderful. I ordered my filet medium but it came out very well done. Barely edible for a $33 steak. We did get a free coconut flan which was very yummy. Almost seemed like they wanted to get people in and out. We would have had more drinks had the service been more attentive. Wonderful band was playing during dinner. I will go back but only at the bar for dancing.

  14. M

    Michele

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Rumba is an awesome place to dine at. The food was out of this world. Our server was very attentive and had awesome recommendations on food choices.

  15. R

    Ricanlamba

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2012

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Excellent restaurant. Unique mixture of culture and flavor.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2012

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Service was exceptional! Wait staff evidentally well trained

  17. JM

    JimM

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2012

    overall4food2service4ambience5

    Service and setting was great. Mojitoes were outstanding. Ropa vieja appetizer was great-better than Miami. Two different main dishes were so salty they were like licking a salt block. Would love to go back if we can figure some way around that issue.

  18. FO

    FOODIE

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went there to celebrate birthday. Server was grear, patient, and helpful. Food was extraordinary. Loved the dance scene and am definitely going back with more friends..

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2012

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    Everytime I've been to Rumba it's because I've forgotten how my last experience was. Most recently, I went on a Friday night hoping to have a great time with my date, but the poor service killed the mood. On top of that, our table was practically on top of the table next to us and the food was overpriced.

  20. J

    Johnson

    Chicago

    117 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2012

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    We enjoyed a fun night out at Rumba. The food was very good. We ordered the steak and lobster combo and just the fillet on its own. The fillet was our favorite; it was cooked correctly and was a good cut for the price. The service was friendly however; you did feel like you were on ‘island time’ as to the pace. We enjoyed the live entertainment very much, it really added to the overall experience. Great mini island vacation close to home.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2012

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    The waitstaff was very patient and kind with all of our requests. I enjoyed the atmosphere and would want to come back on a night when there is live music and people dancing. I didn't have a chance to enjoy a drink, but would return in order to do so. The food taste good, but I didn't think the food pricing matched with the taste.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2012

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    I went here for my 1 year anniversary and had a blast! The food, music, dancing was all great! I would come back in a heartbeat and next time bring some friends with me for the dancing portion of the night!

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2012

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Three couples went. The wife and I had been before and enjoyed it by ourselves, but adding others to celebrate with makes it that much more fun. Bring your dancing shoes, because the Salsa is a blast. Friday and Saturday night they have Salsa lessons and there's nothing that can beat a live band. They were excellent also. The food was excellent. The Spanish/Cuban/Caribbean style is so smooth and tasty.

  24. b

    buckeyegirl

    Chicago

    247 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    247 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2012

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    go early before the music starts unless you like really loud music. food was good (except chicken skewers were dry and overcooked). very lively.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2012

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Went to this restaurant for the afro-cuban latin jazz series. The group, "Jazz Con Amala" was awesome, well worth it. Food was good, not great. Service was very good and the restaurant itself is very cool inside.

  26. ZQ

    sZyQ

    Chicago

    53 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2012

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    At 7 PM on a Wed. the huge place was almost empty & the band had not started. The portions of assertively flavored food were large; the price point would have otherwise been too high.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2012

    overall3food2service3ambience5

    I have been to Rumba several times before, and in reference to the abbience this was no different. Definitely one of my favorite 'looking' restaurants. However, i was disappointed with the food this time through. I had the filet/lobster tail and was not impressed with either. Just not getting what you are paying for anymore i guess ...

  28. JS

    JohnS

    Chicago

    210 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    210 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2012

    overall2food2service5ambience4

    I found the food bland, expected the flavors of Latin American cuisine to just pop off the plate. Nice sized portions, excellent service

  29. NB

    NicoleB

    Chicago

    112 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    112 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2012

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    Overall a pretty mediocre experience. Food was only okay, drinks weren't very good and service was only okay. We were seated at 6:30 and told we had to leave by 8:00 because of other reservations. When that didn't happen because of service time, we got the eagle eye for 30 minutes. The decor looks like it's from the 70s.

  30. SW

    SteffW

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2012

    overall5food4service3ambience4

    Food was great,big portions..My boyfriend and I were there for our anniversary. We thought the place was very romantic. We loved the dancing class. We had so much fun. Instructor was fun and energetic. We will defenatly be back soon. Thank you for reserving Booth I requested and not any table you had available.

  31. WG

    WilG

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2012

    overall1food2service1ambience3

    The service here was terrible. Price to quality ratio is off. I will not go here again.

  32. j

    justusfoodies

    Minneapolis

    100 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2012

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    We decided to dine at Rumba on a Thursday after viewing their website and noting that they have live music and dancing beginning at 8 p.m. Our reservation was for 7:30 p.m. and the place was basically empty. When our server greeted us, he mentioned they were not going to have dancing in Thursdays during January. Nice... :( For such a slow evening it was surprising how slow the service was - it took almost 30 minutes from the time we were seated to get our first beverages. One other item I'll note is that while I commend this restaurant in placing photos of their food items on their website, in this case, two of the three items we ordered looked nothing like the pictures that were posted. That was disappointing to us.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Rumba has been and still is one of my favorite places because the food is good, portions are large, and the atmosphere is fun and friendly!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2011

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Two Thumbs up! I highly recommended!!

  35. M

    Melissa

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The service from the beginning was wonderful. Everyone in our party absolutely enjoyed their dinner and drinks. The cheveche trio was deliciously paired with house crackers and bread. The star meal of dinner was the mango bread pudding-now on my top 5 all time delicious desserts - highly recommend!!!! Valet parking is VERY reasonable, $10 for the whole night. The restaurant even allowed us to leave our car in valet while we went to a show across town. The restaurant is also VERY easy to get to from the expressway. We will go back again!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was great along with the service!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2011

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    I have been to Rumba's a few times already and have enjoyed it every time. I hope to return shortly. Listening to the latin bands there is an added plus

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2011

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    We found that food was everpriced. Having to pay around $30.00 for a small piece of churrasco and four tostones is somehow ridiculous. Everything else is fine. Great drinks, excellent music.

  39. t

    thatfoodguy

    Washington DC

    89 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Excellent food and music. Jazz and rumba music a big plus.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2011

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    Went here with a group. Very good service and music was good. However, food was very average across the board. Ambiance was nice, but we were there on a Thursday night and it was an older crowd. Good energy and dancing though if that is what you are out for a good spot (note: older crowd not a 20 something's scene)

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Rumba is rated 3.9 stars by 539 OpenTable diners

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