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Tarantino's

4.7
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521 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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 521 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Bad service
Good food

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vipJiggy
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, the location in the neighborhood can't be beat. Always have a good meal when I come here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Can’t believe the pizza dough isn’t made in house! Completely flat and flavorless.

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jbsd
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on a Sunday night. Seated promptly, great table. We split a pasta for our appetizer - it was very good. We had the pork chop (done perfectly) and Osso Buco. Both were excellent. Highly recommend.

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vipHenryM
Chicago
139 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined on Friday night. The food here is always good. The special Black Sea bass was amazing. The restaurant feels a little more crowded. The noise level was a bit higher. Even so we had a great meal.

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vipkennethk
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Italian food in a nice and cozy atmosphere. Server couldn't have been nicer and the food was great

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Greatest service, every dish was just ok except 1 pasta which was the best I have ever had

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

This restaurant is not worth the expensive price tag. I was very disappointed when I was served a $25 plate of pasta to have over cooked bland food served to me.


We added chicken sausage to one of the pasta dishes and they had served us TraderJoes Italian chicken sausage cut up and microwaved into the meal.

Manager was very generous in refunding the entrees but the expensive price tag will steer me clear of this restaurant for future occasions.

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Vredun
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening, great food, wonderful atmosphere! Definitely will go back!

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vipNicholasM
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always fantastic combined with great service and ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

We had been looking forward to trying Tarantino’s for a while, and were excited to finally eat there. However, our experience was rough from the get go, we waited over 15 minutes for a server, despite the restaurant being half empty. We eventually had to track down a bus boy and ask him to find our server for us. The server apologized but was quiet and quick each visit for the rest of the evening.

We both ordered steaks which were sub-par to say the least. We ordered one steak medium, the outside of the steak was beyond charred and tasted off, the middle was rare-medium rare, not medium. The second steak came out with mushrooms despite requesting no mushrooms. After a quick replacement, the medium well steak came out also incredibly charred, on a burnt level on the outside, with a bloody middle. The asparagus was strong and chewy, however, I will add that the tomato salad and chocolate cake both tasted good, so hopefully the steaks were just a fluke.

We saw excellent reviews and had high expectations, but needless to say, we were incredibly disappointed in our night at Tarintino’s.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tarantino's food and service are always excellent. We live in the neighborhood and value the presence of such an outstanding restaurant .

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vipMacc
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early and to our surprise were seated right away!!! Maddy as our waitress, super cute & so friendly & attentive! Got our drinks right away and let us take our time looking over the menu. We asked her for a couple recommendations-she was spot on...my husband & I were trying to pick between a couple dishes she said Osso Buco for him and fusilli for me, but since I don’t eat meat she suggested adding spinach & peas to the pasta. Both dishes were outstanding!!! Plenty to take home. We will definitely be making a trip back here and asking for Maddy!! Wonderful evening in the city!!!

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vipLINAB
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an enjoyable neighborhood jem. The service and food is consistent and it has a cozy atmosphere and Tuesday is half-price bottle night! Pork chops are a definite must!

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vipMaureenM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The The service is friendly and the food and atmosphere are reliably excellent!

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vipEllen
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tarantino's has been a favorite of ours for 25 years.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! Casually elegant, a treasure in Chicago.

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vipKA2099
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely night. 4 friends/2 couples. Great food, great service! Did not feel rushed at all. We lingered a bit and did nor feel pressured to hurry. Really a nice night!

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JimK
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Everything was very good, except my wife's pasta dish was not to her liking. Pasta wasn't done quite enough.
It did take a long time to get the initial drinks but are waiter was apologetic and funny and doing so.
The famous pork chop is indeed very good. Portions are very large, easily could be split between two.
Overall, it was a very nice experience.

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LewisMcLeod
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Love the place. Food was great as was the service. It is very loud, but we still had a great time. Would definitely go back.

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DebbiB1
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

The food was mediocre at best.
It was sadly not somewherecany of the four of us would return despite good service.

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vipMaureenM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner and service was excellent as always!

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vipDonE
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood place.

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vipKennetW
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Tarantino's. I stumbled upon it as it was close to a tie shop (Named -Tie Shop) I was interested in, also located on Armitage. Upon entry the Hostess took charge of my shopping bag and an art piece I also had purchased.

I started with a delicious cocktail made of apple cider, bourbon and a cinnamon stick; it tasted like a liquid cookie. (Yummy) I began my meal with a tasty heirloom and mozzarella salad that although appropriately portioned left me wanting more. I selected the Fusili for my entrée, pasta with spicy sausage and creamy tomato sauce with a bit of kick. (Wonderful dish) I wrapped dinner with some lemon sorbet and fresh berries.

The Staff (Hostess, Waitress and Bussing Personnel) were great, they were very attentive, but not trying to rush you through the meal. Not sure what my Wife had? But, as a really picky eater that had no complaints I am to assume she enjoyed the experience as well???

In all it was a nice time, and I was proud to support a small local business in Chicago, My Home Town!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! My wife and I had our first date as Chicago residents here and go back every year!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My family and I are repeat customers of this neighborhood spot. Food and service is consistently good (pork chop is our fave) as we’ve never had a bad meal here. Close street parking is usually available. My only complaint is the noise level gets high after about 7pm, but we will keep coming back as we are addicted to the pork chop :)

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vipFoodie312
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible experience and unacceptable
Ordered one glass of wine two appetizers and a chicken dish
No one brought bread ( tables around us got bread)
Server never came back to check on us for 45 minutes!!!!!!!! I asked where the food was, server just said the consensus was the kitchen was behind and food would be out soon; we said 5 minutes or we’re leaving( in the mean time no apology either). She came back with the news that the kitchen was just working on the food and it would be at least ten minutes ...wrong answer! Left the restaurant. Barely an apology from the server ( totally clueless ) and the worst experience ever! no food no service; get a new expediter in your kitchen and a server who knows what she’s doing.

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vipPickyDiner
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our favorite Italian restaurant in Lincoln Park. If the prosciutto-wrapped ricotta-stuffed figs are available, get them. Your taste buds will thank you.

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DaveFromDenver
Denver
40 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Soft shell crab special was really good, but salty. In fact all the entrées were salty but very tasty. Service was good. Nice variety of menu choices. We have eaten here before, we will be back again.

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MichelleM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This place was not good. The waitress didn't greet our table for a long time. We ordered pasta which was not cooked - it was hard. And the chicken parm was also really bad - very tough meat. With so many great Italian restaurants in the neighborhood, we won't be back.

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KristinaB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nothing special. Salad dressing had no flavor, ambience was minimal, but hand-cut sweet potato fries were delicious.

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Evie3
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! So happy my daughter recommended the restaurant! Everything was delicious. My husband had the pork chop, to die for! Service was perfect! Will definitely come back!

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vipTheDude
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I would guess Tarantino's has better days than what we had. They've been in the neighborhood for quite a long time.

I usually like to order from the "specials" menu and this visit was no exception. We reserved for 5pm, their opening time. We entered the restaurant a few minutes before 5 and one of the staff shouted "we're not open yet, give us 15 minutes". Perhaps they might change their opening time to 5:12pm to avoid confusion.

Seated at an outside table which was pleasantly away from the main street.

When a waitress finally appeared, she took our drinks order. The specialty drinks were well-made and not the usual. The Watermelon Mojito was a nice idea.

We saw a salmon carpaccio on the menu, and had that as the starter. The salmon was paper thin, and I thought overseasoned.

I ordered the veal parmigiana and my friend had Alaskan halibut, a very common item in Chicago during the summer. Both however were overcooked. The veal had a burnt edge around it, and the halibut was overcooked and dry.

We had ordered a side of potatoes, but were surprised to find they were chunks of sweet potato. No harm done, but we might have ordered something else had we known. Was it clear on the menu? Don't know.

Server was first rate. Wish the food was better.

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vipjmdining
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We did enjoy the dinner but some elements were better than others. The arugula salad was nice. The Halibut special was excellent and fairly priced. Nice selection of drinks. Pleasant atmosphere. Disliked the pizza with what looked like a pre-fab crust---skip it. The pasta was just OK. Did not taste homemade but was filling and flavorful. I do not think we should only get bread on request. Either they should bring to us or ask if we want any. I would return if I was in the neighborhood but would not seek out the restaurant, and would not order pizza there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The patio is lovely and it’s in a charming neighborhood The food is average at best. The staff was delightful. It was nice sitting outside, but I wouldn’t recommend it for a good Chicago dinner.

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vipJtag
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had the delicious soft shell crab and my friend had a terrific farfalle with smoked chicken , tomatoes and garlic ! We shared an heirloom tomato salad that was quite good. We both enjoyed our wine and the patio was lovely ! A delightful spot !

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FChris1
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tarantino's is such a great, dependable, and enjoyable dining spot. Highly, highly recommend. Our wait staff, Leeza [sp?], could not have been more helpful, attentive, and patient. The food was great, as it consistently is. Tarantino's is the proverbial 'neighborhood gem' that I recommend time and again.

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mugs
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday and anniversary

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vipOpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Liza is awesome every time

HM
vipHerbM
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife & I have eaten at Tarantino’s many times because we live in the neighborhood and it’s never a disappointment. The food is always delicious and the service is excellent. It’s especially nice this time of year to eat in their outside dining area. A true neighborhood gem.

FAQs

Tarantino's does offer delivery in partnership with Toast and Uber Eats. Tarantino's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 871-2929.

Tarantino's is rated 4.7 stars by 521 OpenTable diners.

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