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Permanently Closed - Trattoria Isabella

412 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (570)
  • Good for Groups (350)

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Trattoria Isabella, in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood, crafts refined Italian cuisine with a comforting style in its elegant and welcoming restaurant. For a delightful start to your meal, enjoy the portabella funghi ripieni burrata cheese-stuffed mushrooms in garlic white wine sauce and the fritto misto fried calamari and shrimp with jalapeno mayo dip for appetizers. Some of Trattoria Isabella's specialty entrées include the pollo Vesuvio chicken with rosemary and sweet peas, the grilled salmone Genovese with pesto sauce and the gluten-free spaghetti Bolognese with San Marzano tomato meat sauce. Fresh-pressed panini sandwiches, like the Tuscan steak sandwich with sautéed onions and mushrooms, the alla Siciliana with grilled Italian sausage, mozzarella and gardinaire and the della Nonna with basil, tomato, pesto and mozzarella, are other diner favorites.

Enjoy your delectable meal at Trattoria Isabella with one of the vast selections of wine.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 11:00am -10:00pm; Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: CLOSED.

Now Offering Delivery too! You can call the restaurant, place your order and we will have your food delivered to you asap!!!

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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Serratore
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Private party facilities
From the moment you step through the door of Trattoria Isabella, you take in the best of Italian dining within a warm, romantic, contemporary setting. Our attentive staff and skilled chefs will help to create the perfect private event and ensure your guests experience a night to remember.
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Private party contact
Event Coordinator: (312) 207-1900
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We do have a full line of catering dishes. Please inquire within.
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Cross street
Lake Street
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Parking details
Free parking evenings and weekends on Jefferson/Fulton, private lot. **says reserved, however after 4:30 the lot is open for Trattoria Isabella's guests
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Public transit
Clinton green line, Union Station, Metra
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Special events & promotions
Currently, we have our Trattoria Isabella's After Work Wind Down Party!
Come in between 4-6 pm for 1/2 off one (1) appetizer.

Enjoy our amazing after work drink specials too!
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Gift Card
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
1.0  Dined on October 1, 2016

It would have been nice to know that the night we were there was the last night they were to be in business. They were closing October use to be a great restaurant, but under the circumstances things were not norm. It's always good to know what you are getting involved in and we did not..

vipDiDi (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on September 24, 2016

First visit to restaurant. Sat outdoors, beautiful Fall evening. Service great. I am very particular about Italian food, and especially red sauce. It was VERY good and the eggplant parmesan, one of my favorites, was delicious!!

vipDanz (Pittsburgh)
2.0  Dined on September 22, 2016

First time I've been to an Italian restaurant where they didn't have a caprese salad. In fact they do not even carry fresh or buffalo mozzarella. It was on the menu on the open table app but they do not have it at the restaurant. We had a new waitress and it was her 2nd day supposedly it it seemed like it was the first time she herself had looked at the menu. Disappointing night.

Gary (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on September 17, 2016

We were meeting friends I haven't seen in some time and I feared that it would be too loud. No problem. There was plenty of seating outside and the noise level was low. The food was great, plenty of free parking next door and a nice atmosphere. The waitress had a little problem coming back enough to check on us but I think she was new and she did seem to try hard.
Definitely we would come back.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on September 8, 2016

This is always a nice place, good service, and very well prepared food. The fish here is always cooked flawlessly!

vipYamuna (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on September 5, 2016

We showed up late in the night, they were very friendly, welcoming and made us feel at home. My father enjoyed his lobster ravioli greatly. We ordered three different pastas and they were all great.

vipTRSJAS (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 24, 2016

Great outdoor patio. Traditional southern / Sicilian food is basic but well prepared.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 23, 2016

Fun outdoor patio, noise level was as expected for an outdoor Chicago dining experience. Delicious lasagna and salad. Nice bar, friendly staff. We'll be back for sure!

vipJtag (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on August 19, 2016

I really like the very nice outdoor patio. There is free and convenient parking-very unusual for the city! The bruschetta was not remarkable but the 2 seafood pasta dishes we had we very good. Mine had a white wine sauce, my fellow diner had the special with brandy cream sauce and crab---he found devine! The service was helpful and genuine and there whenever we needed him. We are looking forward to coming again!

jack (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on August 9, 2016

we enjoyed the neighborhood location, attentive staff and reasonably priced meal.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on August 6, 2016

I ordered the lobster ravioli. I was disappointed when I saw my dish. The ravioli was drenched in way too much sauce. The presentation was bland. The waiter never came back to ask how we enjoyed our food. We will be back for another try!

Danica (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on July 30, 2016

Our server was very friendly, polite, and knowledgeable. We just wanted to try it out and found that we weren't as hungry as we thought we'd be. As a result, we ended up sharing the special- seafood linguine, which was excellent. We will be back!

vipHWHW (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on July 28, 2016

This is a great "go to" restaurant for a business meeting. Well prepared Italian foods, well stocked wine list, professional and friendly management and wait staff that always picks up on if we're on a time line or desirous of a leisurely dinner. The calimari and mussels are a good start, and the pasta and fish dishes are excellent. I tried the veal piccata and it was well prepared with tasteful veggies. As always, I'm a cannoli lover and it's always freshly stuffed before serving it.

vipCMBC (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on July 26, 2016

Food was not great. Service was spotty. Would only return for the lovely patio.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on July 18, 2016

Decent. Not great

vipkathyrnc (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on July 9, 2016

The calamari was rubbery. Milk was spoiled. We sat inside when most sat outside which impacted our service. We told them we needed to leave at 7:00 and we had to hunt someone down to pay our bill. There was a reason this was one of only a few restaurants in the area that had reservations available.

OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on June 16, 2016

Great food! Equally great service!

vipMilwaukeeBoy (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on June 13, 2016

Sat outside for lunch and the meal was perfectly fine. The service was very slow but maybe the waiter just had an off day. I will go back for the food but if the service doesn't improve it will be my last trip.

DanielM3370 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on June 7, 2016

Wait staff are very efficient and friendly. Love the traditional Italian meals.

vipDoZe (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on June 4, 2016

Isabella has a lovely outdoor patio! The west Loop location is easy to reach, convenient. Italian fare, some traditional dishes and some creative selections, well executed. Service is good, adequate wine list. There's free self parking in the adjacent lot late afternoons and evenings. The patio is a great place to enjoy cocktails, appetizers, or a nice meal, enjoy while the weather permits (the indoor lounge and dining room are nice, too).

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on June 2, 2016

Went there last night and had outdoor seating, the staff was so nice and made the dinner worth it. Hugo (our server) was very helpful and made our night even better.

OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on June 2, 2016

This place is it just around the corner from our place, so ease of access has some weight in our rating....but the food and service is just great. Overall, I would put this in the "casual Italian" category, not a formal white table cloth kind of experience (although their table cloths are indeed white!), and thats what we like about it. Michael, the owner, is a sweetheart and is quick to offer wine suggestions (and in my case, suggest what wine NOT to get). I am a pushover when it comes to Italian in general, but am snob when it comes to arrabbiata. This place serves the real deal....not just marinara loaded up with red chili flakes. Highly recommend!

vipDining (Austin)
1.0  Dined on May 28, 2016

We had been to Trattoria Isabella in the past and the food was good. We were disappointed with our recent dining experience. Our son had eggplant parm. that was greasy and very thin. Did not taste good and not appetizing to look at. The place is quite rundown and could use a face lift. We did start with an appetizer that was also greasy and did not taste fresh. We would not recommend this restaurant to anyone! We will not return!

MSM13 (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

Nice website, but not consistent with the reality of the restaurant. Entrance and sign outside were worn out and certainly not welcoming. Table had to be propped up. Staff was very pleasant, but not well trained. Several menu items, including meatballs (!!!) were not available. Food was average. Would not go back.

MrsNic (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

This was a great little find within walking distance of the Civic Opera House. We enjoyed some homemade risotto and pasta along with a wonderful Mussels with white wine sauce appetizer. We have eaten a lot of mussels from here to the East coast, but this white wine sauce was one of the best we have ever had. Mussels were on the smaller side, which we appreciate. After eating we walked over to the Oglivie and caught our train home. If you find yourself planning an outing to the opera consider this quiet little gem for a great meal.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on April 29, 2016

The place was empty on a Friday night and they huddled three couples next to each other with no background music... very awkward!
Food was overcooked.
Manager was rude and did not acknowledge us.
Over Priced for the poor quality.
We will not be going back!

vipTina (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on April 29, 2016

We were seated in the bar area, which certainly is different than the main dining room. Dining with my mother and 2 children in a bar with TVs on was not what I had in mind. I've been to this restaurant before and gave it a great review and loved it. My experience this time was not good at all. Every meal we ordered was average to below average. My daughter had the steak - it was like leather. My other daughter had tortellini that had absolutely no taste. My mother had spaghetti bolognese - it was average. I had gnocchi - there was so much garlic I couldn't eat it.

Will not return a third time!

vipcitydweller (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on April 27, 2016

My wife and I ate here on a Wednesday night and we were the only ones in the dining room. Was worrisome for a time until the wine and food came. Simple Italian dinner but without the gratuitous pasta. Minestrone soup, halibut special with grilled vegetables and the chicken marsala all very nicely prepared. I suspect desserts very nice but we were too full. We certainly plan to return.

DenisioInKZoo (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on April 16, 2016

Went to Trattoria Isabella on Saturday night looking for home made tasting Italian food. I found it. The red sauce was thick and mild, but flavorful. The veal parmagiana was tender with a crispy crust. The cheese was ooey gooy. Bread was crusty on the outside, tender on the inside. The salad had just enough dressing , a sweet Italian, but wasn't swimming in it. I had the Super Tuscan wine. It was a great blend. Our server José was attentive. I was surprised that it wasn't busier, but it is in an out of the way spot.

OpenTable Diner (Austin)
1.0  Dined on March 27, 2016

Made reservation through open table. Received confirmation for reservation. Even thought it was a little out of the way, we thought we would give this restaurant a try. Upon arrival, we noticed the restaurant was closed. As you can imagine, this was very disappointing. If you are going to be on open table, you need to figure out how to only take reservations when you are open!