Sofi Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Born in Milan to a renowned restaurant family, Chef/Owner Maurizio Michi has always had a passion for cooking.
His Sofi restaurant is located on Printer's Row in the beautiful town of Chicago.
This Northern Italian Restaurant features classics that include, Ossobuco alla Milanese, Braised Short Ribs of Beef, Veal Chop Emiliana, Fish Stew Viareggina, along with Steaks, Lamb Chops and grilled Sea Bass Branzino all of which are executed to perfection under his watchful eye.
Sofi also offers authentic Italian pastas that are prepared in house daily with the freshest ingredients in the market.
Bread, Focaccia and all of our desserts are also prepared daily.
some examples of the desserts include Panna Cotta, Chocolate Souffle', Tirami Su' and Ricotta cheese cake.
The wine list is comprised mainly of wine from Italian vineyards with some California exceptions.
Hospitable and Welcoming, Sofi creates the perfect Italian Restaurant experience.

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OT
Denver
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The special was short rib pasta. Perhaps the blandest pasta dish I’ve had since I was a kid.

TT
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the carbo-loading meal the night before the 2019 Chicago Marathon and we were still seated early, never rushed and were able to enjoy our appetizers, and main meal (including a special off menu request - Veal Chop Milanese).
Wait staff treat you like family and you immediately feel at home.
I make sure to stop at least once every time I visit Chicago.

JL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent authentic food. Amicable service. Good location.

JR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Our server was so incredibly rude. We felt like we were annoying him by eating in his section. He was extremely unhappy to bring us more bread, and cleared our table before one of the members of our party was even done eating. When we asked him to split our check, he rolled his eyes. I have never been treated like this in any restaurant.
Portion sizes were tiny. More like a kids size or lunch portion. This was our pre marathon dinner. We had tons of Italian restaurants to choose from, we were all greatly disappointed we chose Sofi

B
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing pasta, fast friendly service , helpful waiter .
Restaurant was recommended my female desk staff at Hotel Bake

O
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sofi never disappoints! Our favorite restaurant in printers row.

F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to Sofi twice. Great attentive service. Excellent Italian cooking.

H
Naples
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice neighborhood restaurant. Good menu choices and excellent service. Albino, our waiter, was outstanding and walked us thru the best choices with a matching wine.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in Chicago for a long weekend and we’re looking for a place for date night. SoFi was an excellent choice! The food was delicious, the prices very reasonable, and the service top-notch. Would highly recommend.

AA
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Sister from out of town was visiting.

ES
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sofi was excellent. The ambience was nice, our waiter attentive, and the ffod was outstanding.....

G
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sofi is a small, quiet Italian restaurant, menu is long enough to hold one's interest thru regular visits. The food is consistently good, its well located

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great dining experience!

JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just delicious, but not for an everyday dining experience - there were 3 of us, 1 bottle of wine, 2 apps, 3 main dishes, bill was 220.00 (with tip) It was a birthday treat so not a big deal, but can't do that very often.

GK
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very friendly staff. Started with cocktails outside and finished with a great dinner, wine, and desert inside. Highly recommend

PA
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was okay. Portions of pasta seemed fairly small, and the special pasta had less sauce than one would expect. For not being very busy, there seemed to be a long time between table visits. The noise was from loud talkers are two neighboring table, which I don't blame on the restaurant, but it is fairly cozy inside (which is one reason I chose to take an inside table) and a loud group affects half the restaurant.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful place to see friends and share a meal.

OT
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

The waiters seemed rushed, serving across people instead of from the side. The food was adequate at best, not worth the $20 plus per plate. If you are looking for high priced middle of the road Italian you will be fine, but if you are expecting an amazing meal then I would look elsewhere.

LD
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

2nd visit here. We live out of town. First, the bread. Squishy wonder bread type served with olive oil. It's Chicago for sakes, where you can easily get good bread. I make muchmuch better at home. Cacio e pepe loaded with butter. Not very authentic. Fried zucchini flowers, greasy, old tasting oil, wrapped in prosciutto, Husband had the short ribs, good, plated next to a pool of polenta. Open table reviewers were mostly loving this place. Many many better Italian places in Chicago.

MA
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good good good good good good good good good good good

DN
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Over the years the quality of the food has declined and the price the opposite. We are old fans, but don’t plan to come again.

DD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic Italian food! Loved it!

GT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sofi is our go to restaurant when we want something special. Yes, it is in our building, but the food, the service and the setting are like being in Northern Italy. We split the Mussels Livornese in zesty tomato broth - capers - garlic crouton as an appetizer. I had the bucatini with PUTTANESCA ; my dinner companions had Gnocchi Bava and Tagliolini Salmone-smoked salmon- asparagus spears. A modestly priced bottle of Malbec was great for the three of us.

CM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic meal and possibly the best canolli I have ever tasted. And that’s coming from a guy who grew up in NYC!

LT
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good variety of Italian dishes. Lentil soup, lobster ravioli and short rib with polenta were very good. It was quiet on a Saturday night after 8. Seating indoors and out. Service is very good. Ambiance is nice. Great option for theatre goers. They also have a theater preset menu for $35 with good options.

FS
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italiano! We are from St. Louis and the LORD led us to choose an excellent Italian restaurant in Chicago!

LB
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. Both the beef and the fish entrees were excellent , with delicate and balanced flavors: we could tell that the ingredients were of the highest quality and they were prepared to perfection.
We were born in Italy and this is one of the few restaurants that doesn’t serve some form of the usual boring American Italian fare : you will not find fettuccine Alfredo or eggplant rollatini at Sofi's , but you will find a very interesting menu of the best Italian cuisine .
The wine list is also excellent .
The service was highly professional and super attentive.
We will be back tomorrow . If we lived in Chicago this would be our "go to restaurant"

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice intimate date with fantastic food.

KG
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The food was just ok. We had a party of 7 and none of us really enjoy any of the food, even though we were starving. The atmosphere was nice. The staff was nice.

S
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outdoors on beautiful Printers Row. We had a charming Italian waiter. The food was wonderful, from the tuna tartare appetizer to the panna cotta for dessert.

AD
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely will visit again. The Blackstone provided an excellent recommendation

A
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, upscale. Nice bar.

E
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was not good at all, bland and generic. Small portions for the price. Would not recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Good service. Fair prices.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always.

LF
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was great!

t
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful Chicago July evening so we sat outside on Dearborn Street. We each had the Tagliatelle Bolognese which came in ample portions. Their Bolognese sauce is not quite as tomatoey as my wife's ,but good. We shared a bottle of Italian red wine and when the waiter learned that my birthday was upcoming, he brought out a special tiramisu for dessert. It was a wonderful evening.

JS
New England
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! An interesting and different menu. Attentive service. We will absolutely return for more!

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was sub par. Zucchini flower was just a fried block. Orechitti past was bland without sauce.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant. Find was authentic and absolutely delicious!

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