Tarantino's

4.7
422 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
In Lincoln Park, an elegant yet comfortable ambiance featuring seasonal arrangements of contemporary American and Italian inspired cuisine …and Summer has brought a delightful setting in our sidewalk garden.
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, American
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(773) 871-2929
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jesus Santoyo
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Catering
Tarantino’s offers a personalized menu for groups of 10 - 100.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Seminary
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Parking details
There is also street parking available.
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Public transit
CTA Train (Brown Line, Armitage stop) CTA Bus (#73 Armitage)
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
What 422 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I love Tarrantino's. The food is great, and it is close to home. The one downside is that is loud. It is difficult to have a conversation. It is a small restaurant, and if the table next to you is loud, it can be disruptive.

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k
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice casual dining and good food.

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RW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We've been dining at Tarantino's for 15 years so its a note-able moment when we can't provide the usual high marks. As long-standing guests what happened, we hope, is an anomaly. If not, its marking a moment when additional training may be beneficial. My wife ordered salmon for dinner and when it arrived she grimaced at the first bite.

It was cooked beyond any reasonable temperature, and had nearly the characteristics of jerky it was so dried out. I flagged down the waiter to explain and he kindly offered to refire. But my wife wasn't interested in sitting there while my daughter and I ate dinner, so she politely declined. The waiter appropriately said he would remove the charge from our bill.

But as an expert in retail experience I have to say it was a moment lost. This meant my wife, who received bites from her family, was not going to eat dinner. Had the waiter been more empathetic to this situation there was a glaring moment of opportunity for delight & surprise. Had there been recognition of this he might have offered her a beverage or comped a dessert, or offered some option that could be prepared in minutes. But nothing...

So you might say the restaurant did what it was supposed to by taking the cost off the check. Yes, but I was struck by the absence of any further effort to address the loss of her dinner. Loyal customers are a cherished asset and if it had been my restaurant I would have made a few other things happen, without being asked, to create a smile and advance past the disappointment.

For the record the other entrees were terrific, and otherwise the service in general was spot on.

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MS
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tarantino's never fails to impress. The food is outstanding and the atmosphere and service are top notch.
I can't wait to come back.

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LO
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a neighborhood gem- it’s cozy, great outdoor space great in summer, but I like the vibe all year! And it’s fine to eat st the bar! Food is consistent and ambiance warm and friendly. Casual and upscale all at once!!!

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NM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as usual. You simply can't go wrong at Tarantino"s.

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A
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. I had the rigatoni and it was wonderful. The prosciutto covered figs were wonderful...though we were a bit bummed that we only received 3. Oh well. We will definitely be back!

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AO
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and great outdoor atmosphere!

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HM
Chicago
115 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined outdoors in beautiful weather. The food and service were both excellent. This is one of our go to places and never disappoints.

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T
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night! Enjoyed the atmosphere & delicious food!

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JI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

8p reservation but we got there early (715p), group of six. It was a wonderful evening and we wanted to sit outside. They were able to seat us immediately outside and we had a fantastic meal with family and the food was incredible. Staff was great, would highly recommend Tarantino's !

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M
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superior service.. wonderful ambiance!
Tables nicely spaced.

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EW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Loved the food and ambiance but we made a 9 p.m. reservation and were told when we were seated at 8:52 that the kitchen was closing at 9 p.m. so we were SUPER rushed. Appetizer and entree came out back to back and we didn't feel comfortable ordering dessert or drinks.

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SR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The valet is so good to us! He watches our bikes on the back of our car while we eat. If he didn't do that we'd have to drive back to Hinsdale and we wouldn't be able to stop for dinner at such a delightful restaurant.

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RJ
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Dinner just wasn’t as good as last time, but will go again!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual we had a very satisfying meal!

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BB
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Got the usual Cowboy Steak. This time it came with Truffle Fries instead of green beans- a definite step up. Got the Grilled Oysters for our appetizer, and it was awesome as always. Wife got the Halibut with a side order of brussel sprouts- tasty and some excellent doggy bag eats to take home. Always a great meal.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

We saw a lot of positive reviews and decided to try Tarantino's. We loved the atmosphere and the crowd. The menu was very good with a lot of choices. Things started out well with drinks and salads. One entree, the halibut special, was excellent. The other, the roasted chicken, had great sauce but was extremely dry. We said something to the wait staff (which we rarely do) but got no apology or offer to comp the dish. We also got no bread with dinner. For dessert, we ordered the coconut snowball, which had really tasty ice cream but the coconut was not fresh. I'd love to give it better ratings because of the atmosphere but the lack of overall food quality makes me suggest their might be better choices.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation dinner

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NM
Raleigh
36 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m giving this restaurant an outstanding review because my wife and I are just so damn happy to find the closest thing to NY style Italian food. The food was excellent and the service was great. This was our second time and it won’t be our last. We shared the meatball appetizer and a Greek salad. Both were really good. The meatballs were too hard but the sauce was almost perfect. Seem like every Italian restaurant we go to in NC the sauce is so sweet - what’s up with that - not here it was as close as it gets to NY style. For my main dish I had the salmon Aurora which was excellent and my wife had the chicken Marsala again really, really good. Hey if you’re from up north looking for really good Italian try this place. If your from NC and want a little taste of NY style Italian try this place.

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M
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab service.. great birthday treat!

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KB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location close to DePaul University. Warm and friendly atmosphere. Very accommodating wait staff.

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JZ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely one of the best Italian spots in Chicago

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L
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently a great meal!

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BR
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son and my husband took me to Tarantino’s for dinner on a Friday evening and it was excellent! The service was attentive but not overly invasive and the room had a nice, boisterous vibe and a welcoming feel. The food was spectacular! I had the crab cake appetizer and the butternut squash ravioli and would definitely have that again. My husband really enjoyed the rack of lamb and my son had the fusilli pasta with sausage. We all could not wait to eat the leftovers the next day, when they were equally delicious. We will definitely go back again.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service! Great food!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday - everyone was wonderful

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LP
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I’ve been to Tarantino’s many times and love it. This was the first time I had a bad meal. I ordered the risotto (which was on special) and it was just sticky rice. Poor rice quality and not the right consistency. If you’re going to have risotto on special, it has to be a home run! I’ll be back, but no risotto!

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N
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood restaurant in Lincoln Park serving authentic Italian food. We keep returning to Tarantino’s because their food is so good. My son had the “Cowboy Steak” and it was cooked to perfection. My four year old granddaughter had salmon carpaccio (appetizer) for her entree and ate just about the whole plate.

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MG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this is a neighborhood gem. We always have a great meal everytime we go !

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MV
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daughter got engaged

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DP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. Being Italian myself and a pretty good cook I find it difficult to find restaurants have Italian food that live up to the standards I grew up with. The food at Tarantino’s definitely exceeded my expectations. Highly recommend

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AP
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

A restaurant we often go to but sadly on this night two of our steaks were charred – one we had to send back for being over cooked and the service was subpar. We sat there several times with empty water glasses.

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LN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I will 100% recommend this place, and have already started to! Ambiance was great, and service was very attentive, but they allowed us to take our time and enjoy ourselves (which is what we like - we were not rushed one bit!). Half price bottles of wine on tuesdays is a bonus! The lighting and music were spot-on, and I'm excited to try it again (especially when the outdoor seating opens up). My boyfriend and I both loved this place :) Thumbs up!

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PE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Chicago!!!

Never disappoints!

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SC
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a small group of 6 for a birthday celebration. The food across the board was very good to outstanding. Bella, the server was great. Very attentive and good with recommendations. A fun evening was had by all.

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ML
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner. We have never been disappointed with a meal at Tarantino's - it's always great. We had a group of 7 people, and everyone enjoyed their meal, the service was great, lovely ambiance, and valet parking is a big plus.

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PM
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good all around experience. The service was attentive if a little strange. We will go back.

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S
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great neighborhood spot. The dining room is warm and inviting. A must for summer dining outside.

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DS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall a fantastic experience. Beautiful interior, inspiring menu, friendly servers.

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