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Sofi Restaurant

4.4
451 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
7 days a week: 5PM - 10:30 PM
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Phone number
(312) 753-5502
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Cross street: Harrison and Polk
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What 451 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.4
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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kell (Chicago)
4.0
Dined 6 days ago

Husband & I really enjoyed this restaurant & the food! Loved our dinner & definitely plan on going back. It's a real gem.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

Love the ambience, food is high quality.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0
Dined 7 days ago

We have loved this restaurant but the taste of the food slipped. The red sauce on the side pasta was not the light, sweet, fine puree this time but a thicker tomato paste flavor/texture. Our friend who ordered the beef ribs said it was "just okay". Those who ordered the Italian vegetable soup said it had a large piece of bread in the center that soaked up all the broth! What happened? Everything else is wonderful, a quiet, lovely milieu where friends can talk and enjoy the conversation and leave with a glowing appreciation that this kind of restaurant still exists BUT THE FOOD HAS TO MEASURE UP!

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Hoffmanclan 
5.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

Wonderful restaurant, with the most charming and attentive staff. The cuisine made us feel like we were sitting in Tuscany again! Love coming here, always a great, casual, delicious evening out! Thank you! See you soon Massimo! :)

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vipBelle (Chicago)
4.0
Dined on January 4, 2018

Charming restaurant with a very comfortable setting. Food is very good as well as the service. Great find and we will be returning.

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vipAirForce (Chicago)
5.0
Dined on January 3, 2018

Really quite wonderful..

My sister and I were there prior to going to a Bulls game.

Started with the fried eggplant with marinara sauce and the carpaccio with arugula and shave parmesan. Excellent.

Entrees were the rack of lamb with rosemary sauce and the veal chop with mushroom special. The rack of lamb was spectacular; the veal chop was good but chewy. The mushroom sauce with the veal was great.

A small side of bucatini with parmesan/ground pepper was also delish. Although we both agreed that the $8.00 charge for the side pasta was unexpected since the veal chop was $45.00. It should have come with a side of pasta.

Cannoli for dessert and they were wonderful.

We arrived to Sofi at 5:20pm (5:30pm reso) and we made the Bulls game just missing the tip-off. A perfectly timed dinner by the server.

We'll definitely be going again..!

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OpenTable Diner (Memphis)
4.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

Went there for NYE dinner, it was wonderful! From the waiter speaking to us in Italian to the delicious food, everything was authentic and very tasty.

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vipMmaureen (Chicago)
5.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

Sofi is wonderful! It’s likke traveling to Italy. The food and wine are excellent and the atmosphere is so welcoming. I love the branzino; my husband’s favorite is the pork. Highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

The meals at Sofi are as close as they get to eating in Italy! Wine selection is great too!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0
Dined on December 29, 2017

First I preface this review by saying that I don't leave negative reviews. Instead I tend to speak to management if there is an issue. However, it is after speaking with management I am compelled to leave this review.

This is my second and last time to this restaurant. The food is average at best. However, the overall experience is not worth it...especially in a city that has so many outstanding restaurants. It was a bunch of little things that added up to a big negative.

For starters, we were a party of six and the waiter brought out 5 dishes and then said to my wife "what did you order?" He then said it would be out in a minute, but it took close to 10 min. Clearly he forgot to put in the order out he kitchen messed up the order, but instead of apologizing he just ignored it. Ok, they made a mistake...no big deal. But then when the bill came, there were several instances of nickel and diming silliness. One dish was $11 and they charged $12. The ice cream desert says one scoop $5 two scoops $8. But they charged $10. My daughter had a Diet Coke and asked for a refill and we got charged $3 for the refill. All silly stuff that you would not expect from a higher end restaurant. Then they added a 20% gratuity to the bill since we were a party of six...but they added the 20% to the entire bill including the tax and wine. When we spoke to the waiter about the errors on the bill he sent the manager over who got aggressive.

It is not worth patronizing a restaurant that serves mediocre food, is lacking in service, has a manager who does not know how to manage and clearly is more interested in overcharging $5-10 per bill. Seems like a short-sighted approach to customer service.

As I was about to press send on this review, I noticed that there were other reviewers who were equally disappointed in this establishment. My advice is to stay away from this place and go to any number of far superior restaurants in Chicago.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
7 days a week: 5PM - 10:30 PM
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Cross street
Harrison and Polk
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Price range
$31 to $50
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Phone number
(312) 753-5502
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Private party facilities
The space features 60 seats with a front patio that holds 30. This is Michi's first solo restaurant in Chicago, although he's a vet that was literally born in a kitchen in Italy. He owned a restaurant in New York City for five years before moving to Chicago.
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Private party contact
Private Event Coordinator: (855) 602-6382