Join us for our bountiful Easter Brunch in the Arts District of Oak Park served 10:00-3:00P.M. Fresh seafood, salads, omelet station, carving station and sweets table for your enjoyment.
Sunday, April 1, 2018
225 is always great. We've introduced 5 friends to 225 and they all have come back.
Food was good except for salmon ordered that was very "fishy." Service was not very good. Waitress only asked half the table about drinks and half the table about dessert (this included 2 out of 4 children who couldn't figure out why they couldn't have dessert). We solved the problem by not ordering the wanted drinks and getting another waitress to get kids dessert. Probably won't return. Food isn't cheap and we can go to other places and get better service.
The food as usual was good. We enjoyed the NY strip steak medium rare with vegetables. Our friends had shrimp scampi with mushroom risotto and another shrimp item. All of us left our plates clean! The sauce with the strip steak was particularly good. The Affogato dessert was also very good. All in all a very enjoyable meal in a quiet setting with excellent service.
The bottle of wine we ordered was opened by the bartender at the bar, so it arrived at the table opened. This is a big nono. The bottle should be opened at the table.
Food was spectacular. Great Cosmo’s too.
We went here to visit with old friends, wonderful atmosphere. Food and staff both excellent. Highly recommend this restaurant as both a place to celebrate special occasions and to spend time with friends and family.
I live 4 blocks from Trattoria 225, but haven't been in quite a while -- it was nice to reconnect with the restaurant. Service was very good, and the pastas we ordered were tasty, but my friend and I had to go on a search-and-rescue mission to find the roasted beets in the salad. It's pretty loud here on a Saturday night, but it's a "having a good time" loud, so it's tolerable.
Great food. Pleasant atmosphere. Very enjoyable meal
Was there for New Year’s Eve dinner and have been there previously many timed. Food is consistently great. Service friendly. Saw families, groups of friends, and couples. Everyone seemed to be having a good time. We enjoyed the prixe fixe menu items. Great neighborhood place.
Found this little gem by accident and don’t know why more people haven’t discovered it yet. The service is always attentive. The food is good and rarely disappoints although could benefit from a few more vegetarian options. Since the grills are open to the dining area it can get a bit “greasy” smelling but a table closer to the window helps. Unfortunately the creme brûlée was either tempered incorrectly or was overheated and although the flavor came thru the custard was too eggy. Will definitely keep coming back.
Disappointed with restaurant overall. Expectation was that it was a warm and cozy Italian restaurant, but instead we were seated in a long hall type room. It felt like like the waitstaff were at the level of a casual pizza joint. Our specific server was nice, but we had not even finished our salads and our entrees were brought out. My husband ordered a steak which was rather chewy and they paired it with what was supposed to be augratin potatoes - unusual taste and not very good. I had the lamb shank and risotto- it was fine but not great. Risotto should not be so sticky and dense. Felt like it was plated like in a lunch line instead of a fine Italian restaurant.
A few ideas to help this restaurant- need to partition into a few areas using drapery ceiling to floor. Have more intimate seating in the window areas would help.
Partition kitchen area so everything is not viewed by guests. Felt like a large banquet hall with little thought to ambience.
Favorite neighborhood spot! We always order a bunch of food and are never disappointed by the flavors or the service. Relaxing place filled with art as well.
Slow service. We waited 15 mins for a waitress. Once we ordered drinks, it took another 10 mins to get them. We were charged $6 as a separate fee for ice in our drinks. Simple requests seemed to be a challenge.. Food was ok, not great. Caesar salad was bland and served as a wedge. The Au Poive sauce was excellent, but the meat was tough. We had a birthday celebration. Most restaurants comp a birthday dessert, they did not. All I n all, a big disappointment. Do no t recommend. We won’t be back.
Nice place for diner with friends. Very good menu, and also excellent pizza's.
Kid friendly. Our son especially liked watching the pizza's baking in the oven.
We have been coming to Trattoria 225 for a number of years and the food is consistently very good. Great value too!
My husband and I stayed in Oak Park for a week while we visited the Chicago area. Trattoria 225 turned out to be one of our favorite restaurants. We liked the broiled octopus so much we had to return for more. We are sorry we missed getting pizza here because it looks great.
Food was mediocre and the male waiter needs a lot of training. Perhaps he should consider a different kind of employment.
A friend recommended this restaurant to me for a first date a year ago. We came back for our first anniversary. I’m am sure it will become an annual event. The food was excellent! The service was perfect. It’s classy, but not overpriced. We highly recommend it. BTW: we have now been married for 7 months!
We continue to love the food, but this was the second time where there was far too little wait staff, resulting in slow service. It wasn't our waitresses' fault given the number of people she had to serve at several tables, but it will be many months before we return, if not a year.
Great food, but service was slower than usual. They looked to be down a server or busser and had several larger parties going on.
Amazing food and service. One of our best dates. Highly recommended.
The salmon was cooked a little crispy, don't think it needed the added butter on top-was a little greasey.
Reserved a table Trattoria 225 for me and my guy. We chose outdoor seating as the weather was perfect—right on the sidewalk, so you have to enjoy the occasional car going by. (The host was totally open to us changing tables and moving to one in their tasteful and inviting indoor dining room if we wanted to.) I can't attest to the noise level, as we were outside.
The bread tasted very good—warm and crisp, served with olive oil and parma cheese. I ordered the salmon (crispy on the outside, perfectly done on the inside) and was allowed to substitute roast potatoes for the rapini. All good. My fella had one of the specials: striped bass and green beans (I think) and he enjoyed his meal as well. The bartender made a great old fashioned for me and I believe the delicious wine was a sauvignon blanc.
This is my first time at Trattoria 225. My friends had highly recommended it, and I will certainly recommend it to others. The service was prompt and friendly, all the food was well presented. The prices are very reasonable for this neck of the woods. No complaints. I can't give 5 stars because, well, it takes a lot for me to call a restaurant exceptional, but maybe after a few more visits I'll change my mind!
The food was mediocre. Not sure what has happened here as their pizza used to be quite good. Maybe they have made some cuts impacting the quality. Maybe it was just a bad night. Service was pleasant and quite good!
My favorite place in Pak Park. Nice people and great food. It's consistent and relaxing
I took my girlfriend to dinner for her birthday and the food and service were as great. I had the Braised Beef Ragu and I would highly recommend it. Just a wonderful dining experience.
Went for Mother's Day 2017. Great Italian food. Conversation friendly, good, friendly service and great food at a reasonable price. Attractive decor in a nice Oak Park neighborhood.
My daughter and I were there for Mother's Day Brunch and found it wonderful! A number of trips back to the buffet were required. This is my current favorite restaurant.
Mother's Day brunch was well received by both adults & kids in my household of 4. Not too fancy, plenty of fresh veggies & fruit, small seafood & carving station items.
The was excellent, and the service crisp and professional. But we came for mother's day, and were placed at a table right up against the buffet. We had to physically move our table because people kept bumping into the back of our chairs. Still we were frequently blocked in on two sides by buffet traffic. Just give your buffet a good amount of space next time around please.
We've dined here a few times and have been overall satisfied. The food is a little better than good. This time our mussels were overcooked and that's the dish that keeps us coming back, so that was a little disappointing. We'll probably give it another shot, but were definitely disappointed this time around.
Wonderful place to dine. Friendly, food is delicious....great experience.
Easter brunch, too much food in steam pans for the sternos to keep warm, French toast burnt, bacon so undercooked, chicken pecatta was so dry it was inedible. My mom did like the roast leg of lamb, but wished they offered a mint jelly, the penne pretty good. Server was attentive, reservation seamless no waiting at all. This isn't the regular menu, so I'll give them another chance, but if you are going to offer a brunch, lower the portions and refresh more often
Seating was timely. Staff was accommodating. Wish I had seen a menu before ordering so that I knew the price of "extras (drinks)" in advance.
Trattoria 225 is a neighborhood gem. We feel so fortunate to be within walking distance. We love stopping by for pizza and cocktails at the bar, getting carry out, dining in for a special occasion or just a simple date night. We have enjoyed Easter brunch several times and each time it has been terrific. The selection, variety, quality and freshness of the food is top notch. Love this place!
The pizza is poor. Not the worst I've ever had but pretty poor. Of about ten Neapolitan-style pizza places I've gone in Chicago, it's probably only #9 on that list (the best is Spacca Napoli in Ravenswood). Trattoria 225 pizza looked nothing like in their online photos. The servers were cheerful and attentive and the place wasn't very crowded and was quiet (on a Saturday night, if that tells you anything). The salad came out with pepperoni in it. We asked for vegetarian and they brought it back . . . with pepperoni hidden in it. They comped it, but it made the vegetarians nervous. Overall, I had to pay $15+tip for a mediocre pizza margarita pizza that I could've made a better version of myself in my electric oven for about $3.
The signature pizzas are AWESOME! The salads were good but definitely order to share - one salad per person is far too large and I would have loved if the server would have recommended sharing (a lot was wasted.) Lovely service though, really pretty art installation in the window, and the staff was great with my toddler. We will definitely be back for pizza!
The food was tasty, the drinks did the job and the waitress was the best. The problem was with you,Open Table. When we got there they didn't have our reservation,despite my receiving your acknowledgement #1438669168. Fortunately they were able to seat our party of six.
Have been here a few times before and have always been satisfied. Rustic italian and my wife loved the ahi tuna and I was pleased with the braised short ribs....very tender.
Service was courteous and timely and the owner Bill made a point to ask how we were doing. Will come back in the future.
I had a few questions regarding the Valentine Special offered by the restaurant, and called for clarification. The person I spoke with was gracious, friendly, and helpful. We truly enjoyed the ambience and the food was good (not spectacular, but solid).
The waitress was either having an off day, or needs a little more training. The restaurant was not busy, but she was spacey and seemed rushed, did not offer suggestions or explanations of food (or specials) choices, had to be asked for clarification when she did respond to a question, and was most definitely not attentive. She was nice enough, leading us to the conclusion that she may have been a newer staff person.
Just OK. Dinner served before appetizer was finished. Brick over pizza soft not crispy. Bisque watery. Expensive for pasta.