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About Sofi Restaurant

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.

616 South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60605
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
7 days a week: 5PM - 10:30 PM

Cross Street:
Harrison and Polk

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(312) 753-5502

Website:
http://www.sofichicago.com/

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.

Private Party Contact:
Private Event Coordinator: (855) 602-6382

Sofi Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (15)
Good for a Date (14)
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Cozy (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Romantic (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Casual (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Healthy (3)
Fun (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Business Meals (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Love the ambience, food is high quality.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 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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·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! :)

Tags: Authentic, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·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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 (Memphis)·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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vip
 (Chicago)·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!

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·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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 (Chicago)·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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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

As usual fine dining. Not usual, poor service of dishes--main courses not at the same time, and worse, desert the same--and some were hot (got cold) and some cold-ice cream (and melted). NOT first class as was the food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great Food and Service

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Excellent dining experience.
Loved the sea bass special.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great choices on menu and careful preparation. Pasta dishes, appetizers and risotto was excellent. However server was surly and inattentive. Not sure what his problem was but he didn’t want to treat us well.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We were stuck in traffic and we still were seated right away at a delightful table! Plus, we were in a rush to the Nutcracker (Auditorium Theater which is right around the corner)! When we told our server he put a rush on our order and our delicious food came out fast. We had plenty of time to eat and plenty of time to get ourselves seated in time for the ballet! Would totally recommend and go again!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Service and food were excellent. A group of 6 of us all tasted each other's food - and we all loved everything.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We had a great evening. The service was cheerful, accommodating, top notch. We had the lamb shank and boar stew pasta. Both satisfied our wishes exactly. For the appetizer I had the special zucchini blossom and requested a spicy tomato sauce which the waiter happily provided. This was our third visit and no doubt there will be more even though we live on the near north side.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Casual, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Loved our first experience at Sofi...great pasta, risotto and fabulous waiter!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Requested table for two, reservations at 545pm. When we were seated its was with two strangers. Waitress said that is how they seat two people parties.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food and service was good. It was nice and cozy, great for a date night. It was a bit crowded that night, but the staff was careful to ensure everyone was comfortable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

we had a reservation for 515 on a Saturday. we were told upon arrival we had to get out by 615. one of our party order lobster tail which arrive 15 minutes after the other 4 entrees. we also had 2 bottles of wine. if they didn't have time for us they should not have accepted the reservation and confirmed it twice with me. they did buy us dessert and a round of drinks in the bar and limited us to 2 bar stools for our party. I will not be back.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 19, 2017

In town for meetings and escaped to Sofi with my wife for dinner. We love smaller, locally owned restaurants with amazing food! Sofi exceeded our expectations! Thank you!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

This a delightful small restaurant with a nice bar, excellent service and excellent food. We went for dinner before seeing a show at the Auditorium Theater and it worked out perfectly.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Very good food. Meal took a little long from ordering til appearing at table. Excellent branzino. Very warm and welcoming. The only negative was $18 for a Dewars. That is too high.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

At best the food was fair. I had pasta with a duck ragu which was almost tasteless and only a few shreds of duck. Others said there’s we’re OK. Service also not impressive. I asked for a lemon for my water and got 1 small piece. I order a cup of tea and for $5 got a minimal selection and a tiny cup. Had to ask for an additional pot of hot water which I did get. Water was not refilled unless we asked. Would never go back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our server was delightful. The food very delicious and at the perfect temperature. A small, intimate restaurant and the noise level st times was a little loud since it was a busy Saturday night.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

This place was recommended on Check Please and from a friend. BIG MISTAKE. Overpriced and waiter was very very inattentive !!!!! He recommended the Veal Chop($45.00) without anything. It was horrible , fatty and grizzly . When he came to give us the check, THEN he asked how we liked our meal. I told him what was wrong with it and he just laughed. Suffice it to say, he did not get a 20% tip. Also the other three people who had the veal felt the same. Never again!!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Many choices on the menu
The bread with oil and balsamic was great
I had the risotto with clams, mussels, scallops, octopus, and calamari. It was very good.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Had dinner with friends after going to the Joffrey Ballet. Very nice place for a social dinner with excellent service and wonderful food. We will make it a regular stop for our future visits to the city.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

We went there on early Sunday evening in hopes that it wouldn't be crowded. We were right. It gave us an opportunity to slowly enjoy the meal the way it should be enjoyed . Glad we did. The wine list is good and affordable. The food was fantastic from the stuffed zucchini flowers to the burnt butter ravioli, rigatoni ,veal chop and short ribs. And for dessert, the riccoto cheese cake and a nice Lemon cello capped a perfect dinner. The waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. A perfect evening was had. And to the chef BRAVO BRAVO. WILL defently be back.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Outstanding dining experience. Perfect setting for a quiet, relaxed meal. Our waiter - Christian was friendly and efficient. The food was delicious. Only downside- it was a little pricey.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Dinning at Sofi is amazing! The quality and quantity of the food my wife and I had was perfect, I had the COSTOLETTA DI MAIALE "SALTIMBOCCA ALLA ROMANA" which was sublime, my wife had RAVIOLI DI ARAGOSTA which was, by her words, "heavenly"; and of course we had dessert and coffee that completed our meal perfectly. This was just the beginning of our evening and we could not have asked for a better start to our night out.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Watched on Check Please. Worth the visit!
Sample as many dishes as possible. You won’t be disappointed.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

After seeing Sofi favorably reviewed on 'Check Please' - we decided to visit. Small venue - tables too close together - we chose to sit at the small bar. Our server was very friendly and the food was good. However, we had our appetizer served before we finished the soup and our entree arrived immediately after - so we had plates piles up. I understand the need to move people out - but we ordered drinks, had 3 courses in less than an hour. Too rushed.

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Authentic Italian. Absolutely delicious. The wine list was not extensive but adequate and good choices.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Some of the best Italian food in Chicago. Squash blossoms, great beet salad, and shrimp risotto.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

There were 2 parties going on in the restaurant, chosen because of its reputation for being "quiet"; fortunately the weather was gorgeous and we ate al fresco, feeling like tourists in Paris.
The pasta dishes, one with salmon, the other with duck ragout, were outstanding.
The street is very very quiet. (I almost hate to give away the secret).

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I noted the recent review on Check Please and convenient south loop location so I reserved at Sofi before a concert at Symphony Center (an easy 15 minute walk). We ate outside because it was a beautiful warm evening. Service was a little rocky because they were very busy. I think the fame has brought many more diners in and Sofi is still adjusting service requirements. The wine list is limited but had some good choices - we had a couple of bottles of the Montepulciano wine and it was quite good with the food. The squash blossoms (a special), salad, and scallops were all good appetizers. Entrees were equally good - roasted vegetables for the vegan in our party, smoked salmon and asparagus (the special), duck bolognese over tagliatelle, and pumpkin ravioli (also a special) were all quite fresh, well-cooked and delicious. We wanted to order a desert but ran out of time so had to rush the check and leave quickly to make our show.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our first interaction was with the waiter who responded very rudely when I asked about citrus infused vodka, such is gray goose le Citroen; he replied no. Happily he wasn’t our waiter, and a lovely young woman served as our waitstaff. The scallops appetizer was absolutely delicious; however, I’d steer clear of the prawns and linguini pasta dish because the pasta tasted a little bit stale and the prawns were overcooked making it difficult to get the meat out with the little fork provided. My friend had the short ribs and said they were delicious and she enjoyed them very much. At an Italian restaurant you do expect any pasta dish to be off the charts delicious and this one was not. After finishing our scallops appetizer, the dish sat on the table for quite a long time after the other courses were served, and I had to ask the waitress to please remove it. She took care of it even though her arms were full with other dishes and for that I give her a lot of credit. Bus boy? Unseen or busy? An older gentleman, perhaps the owner or manager, was on the floor as well and he didn’t help out with the dishes and he didn’t stop by to ask if we were satisfied; he did however go to other tables nearby and ask if they were satisfied or needed anything. Were we invisible? I think not. Weather permitting they do offer dining outside which seems like a nice option if the weather permits. Overall I have to say I won’t be returning to Sofi.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food was good, espevially pasta; bread
meh. Service not so much. Probably short of help, constantly asking for something being told it'll be right there but it wasn't. Too many good Italian restaurants in this town to be careless.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Nice for quick pasta meal if you live in the neighborhood.

Tags: Quick Bite
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