Sofi Restaurant

4.6
1090 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
IN-DOOR & PATIO WITH HEATERS,TAKE OUT AVAILABLE. PRIVATE PARTY AVAILABLE WITH COVI-19 RESTRICTIONS X DETAILS CALL 312-753-5502.
Born in Milan to a renowned restaurant family, Chef/Owner Maurizio Michi has always had a passion for cooking.
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, TiramiSu 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.

Support Sofi Restaurant during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1090 people are saying
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Camille
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The appetizers (scallops w/o bacon and cheese and vegetables) were too salty for my palate and small portions for the price.

Dinner was just ok - alfredo and spaghetti vongole. The restaurant was full so just maybe not for me and my guest.

The overall service and ambiance was great!

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Michael
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliably consistent and exceptional cuisine. Waitstaff is extraordinarily knowledgeable. Outstanding chef and kitchen.

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vipLsums
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

best authentic Italian food in Chicago

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

My meatballs were pink in the middle, now I have had an upset stomach last 48hrs. The taste of the dish was really great, but unfortunately it’s lead me to leave this level of a review.

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dickens
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic. Food was perfect, service friendly and fun.

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vipMnbull
20 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great as always. Fantastic food.

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JulieR
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Loved the food and atmosphere. Drinks were pricey as is usual in Italian restaurants. Staff friendly and although cery busy they were attentive and on point!

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KathrynC
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Sevan was out server. Appetizers-scallops and tuna carpaccio were sooo good! Dinner was Sevan’s suggestion since the whole Branzino was too much for me he suggested a filet which was perfect. A final serving of lemon cello was the perfect fino! Touch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been to Sofi several times and it’s always outstanding! I lived in Turin for a year after college and their menu is true to Northern Italy cuisine.

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Meddie
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, helpful server, lovely ambiance. Great location near Symphony Hall

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food very good. Only one waiter who did ok under circumstances

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SteveS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem of a restaurant!


The food and service exceeded my expectations. A wonderful restaurant with incredible food!!!

I highly recommend it!!!

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CarolD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our evening at Sofi was delightful! The food was incredible, and was surprisingly reasonably priced! I had the orechiette, which was scrumptious and not too heavy--I finished the entire bowl. My fiancé had the lamb chops, and he was so interested in his meal our conversation really started to slow down. For our appetizer we enjoyed the meat and cheese plate--the prosciutto was so incredibly fresh! For dessert I had the gelato---it was also to die for. In general, I am always very impressed when an italian restaurant does not over salt the pasta. I was SO happy with Sofi!!! Bravissimi, Sofi.

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RandyT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived from out of town, didn't know where to eat Italian food, found Sofi
We had a wonderful experience, food outstanding, great service.

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HeidiF
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming neighborhood Italian cafe.
Excellent food and service.

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vipjocko1945
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was excellent

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DebbieR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food here is delicious!!! Highly recommend this little, unpretentious restaurant.

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SeRe
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

OpenTable somewhat misled us about the availability of our table at our reserved time, but the staff did great finding us an outdoor table and setting up heaters for our comfort. Food was good and lighter than expected. Will try again!

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curtizg
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fantastic food, and people!

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Jemange
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This our neighborhood Italian restaurant. The food is good and we all have our favorite dishes. The wait staff are great; friendly and helpful. Love the outdoor space!

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vipTomW
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great for business dining. Everything was great!!!!!!!

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NicoleS
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We sat in the outside area, which was adorable, but we were in one of the few tables adjacent the street right next to the bike lanes, which took away from a bit of the ambiance. The heaters outside were surprisingly warm on a chilly night. The scallops and the sauce they were in were delicious- 2 jumbo scallops per order. The carpaccio was fine - an 8-9” plate of carpaccio (for around the same price, Francesca’s carpaccio is on a dish 2-2.5x the size of Sofi’s). We got the seafood pasta and veal saltimbocca- both were just as expected and delicious. The Tuscan fries (potato wedges) that come with the saltimbocca were notably good. Service was professional, well-paced, and you can tell they strive for Italian authenticity in your experience there. Inside looked cozy.

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JoyceW
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cosy little neighborhood Italian restaurant with outside patio in downtown Chicago. Enjoyed the food & an attentive waiter.

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BichonB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Cute restaurant, rude waiter, great food , not the best service
I’m not sure if we go back, but with the right waiter and service there is hope

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MarvinS
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable setting, deliciousfood, a and pleasant staff.

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vipMmaureen
Chicago
159 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going to Sofi is like taking a trip to Italy! The food is outstanding, wine selections are excellent, the desserts are divine, and the service is superb. I highly recommend this restaurant for a wonderful dining experience.

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LisaF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a favorite local joint!
enjoyed sharing this gem with friends from River North!

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LeeW
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Took my twins out for their 11th birthday meal as they love Italian.

We had booked so got seated straight away, but then we had to wait 25 minutes for a server to come over. In the meantime we could hear the staff arguing over who should go to serve us. A waiter eventually came over and offered us water which he quickly provided and then left. No other drinks were offered and we were left waiting again for a while.
They seemed to be focusing their attention on the tables outside so nobody came in very often otherwise I would have called somebody over.
We could see the bewildered look around the restaurants at other tables.

We had the meat and cheese platters to start which were ok but no bread was provided. We could see that other tables were receiving bread as soon as they ordered but we were different for some reason so I asked for some and the waiter replied in a rude tone I will bring it.

When we finished the appetizers the waiter cleared some but not all of the dishes. The others stayed for 29 minutes until the entrees arrived.

When the entrees arrived the waiter asked if we were still working with the other plates? They were all empty and had been for 20 mins.

The three pasta entrees were ok but no pepper or Parmesan was offered. We had a broken pepper mill on our table so couldn’t use that. I eventually got someone’s attention to get the Parmesan but my pasta was getting cold.
The chicken entree was dry but nobody to complain to but inedible.

When the plates were cleared he said will it just be the check? Considering it was my twins’ birthday I was hoping for something special (we had noted it within the booking) however we weren’t even offered a dessert menu? Not that o wanted to stay any longer.

Disgusting service. I would never return or reconnect to anyone else.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

The service was very bad. The waiter did not know the menu He said it was his first day. We asked for olive oil since the one on the table was empty, it never came. The bread again we had to ask for it and it was old. We were not even done with our meal and the waiter handed us the bill and said would you like anything else. We have been in Chicago four days now and have had great experiences and meals in other restaurants. Spend your money some other place. This restaurant is a waste of money and time.

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FranciscoG
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The food was cold and I have to ask 4 times for bread

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vipDPF89
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and waiter.

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MaryK
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had limited time to eat as we had tickets for the Symphony. Our order was taken immediately and the food arrived shortly thereafter. My only regret is that I did not have more time to savor the delicious meal. My lamb chops were cooked to perfection and my son’s ravioli was delicious. I will definitely return and actually recommended it to the woman sitting next to me at CSO! Thanks for a memorable and truly delectable meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded expectations.

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DianeK
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sofi is a lovely neighborhood restaurant. They offer a nice selection of wine. I adore their tropicale salad. Their pasta is always excellent.

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chicagoguy360
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food…excellent food and reasonably priced. My fish dish was expertly prepared and my wife’s veal dish was excellent. First time here but won’t be the last. We live in Streeterville and it was an easy ride on the red line.

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Zach
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

True small village italian presentation. Authentic rural taste with a flair.

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TuckMo
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food3service5ambience5

Never judge a book by it's cover. The hostess and bartender can benefit from this advice.
Thankfully, the waiter was extremely professional and kind.

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vipmarkj
Central Coast
25 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great meal and wonderful flavors
Book in advance

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Teddy
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful menu. The food was delicious and we enjoyed our meal

FAQs

Sofi Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 753-5502.

Sofi Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 1090 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.