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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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4.5

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4.4

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4.2

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4.1

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Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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Casual (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
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Business Meals (4)
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Notable Wine List (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
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Disabled Access (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Service was very attentive. We had a deadline to meet to get to the ballet and they were bery accommodating. Food was very good, except I wish they would not serve the shrimp still in the shell. Ambiance was nice.

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

It was a surprise discovery to visit this lovely restaurant before attending the ballet. We thoroughly enjoyed the food and ambiance. The service was excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentines Day

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 12, 2018

The food was exceptional. Very intimate place and would be great for a special occasion. Service was great and we thought the prices were very reasonable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Really wonderful pasta in a charming setting.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

First time at Sofi and I will go back. Close proximity to the Auditorium Theatre. Excellent value for the restaurant week option. First course of octopus with pesto and potato cake was perfect. Second course branzino very good but too salty. Italian cheesecake with ricotta was delicious too. Definitely will try again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Wonderful food. Pasta amazing.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Friday night date night. The food was reasonably priced for South Loop. The food and service were amazingly good. This one makes the regular dining list for us.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Consistently great food and attentive service. Great wine list.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Love Sofi! It's the perfect neighborhood spot before an evening of Jazz at Jazz Showcase.
Very authentic Italian cuisine. Well priced wines.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Massimo, our waiter was exceptional, even though it was a crowded evening! Cheers

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We've been to Sofi before as it's in our neighborhood, and every time we've had outstanding dinners. The hostess and wait staff are friendly, very accommodating and efficient.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Lovely ambiance, great service and fabulous food! Will return soon!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Love the ambience, food is high quality.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This is a quiet Italian restaurant tucked away in Printer's Row. It's food is consistently good and the service excellent. The wait staff was attentive to our every need and offering each of us some side pasta to our specifications -- in my case some risotto with parmesan (which was outstanding!)

Tags: Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 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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 (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 December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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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 (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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 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 16, 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 9, 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 2, 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 18, 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 11, 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 11, 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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