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Volare West

4.2
642 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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About

Established in 1997, Volare welcomes guests to enjoy upscale Italian cuisine in a classically styled Italian Restaurant. Located on East Grand Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, Volare offers guests the opportunity to take a step back in time and to enjoy a traditional Italian meal made with only the finest cuts of meat and fresh produce. Local favorites include Pollo alla Parmigiana, Paella alla Sarda, Linguine Arselle e Bottarga, Panino con Costolette di Manzo and Bistecca di Manzo alla Griglia. Wanting to provide guests with the experience of eating in a classic Italian eatery, Volare has been decorated with white linens, a combination of both wooden and leather seats and wooden tables. Guests also have the option to enjoy their meals outside on the sun-filled patio.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria, Contemporary Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Everyday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Everyday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Bar: Everyday: 11:00am-12:00am
Live Entertainment: Friday and Saturday 8:00 pm
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Phone number
(630) 495-0200
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Matteo Lo Bianco
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Catering
Full catering & delivery menu available
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Old 22nd Street
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Parking details
Valet Parking available Friday-Saturday, $3.00
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Entertainment
Live Entertainment on Friday & Saturday nights.
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Special events & promotions
Check our website, Facebook page, or Twitter page for special events, wine dinners, etc.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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4.2  based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
value
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vipDiningdiva (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2016

I love this place! They have the best homemade pasta and vodka sauce. Sadly, they are closing,
so we will have to find something that might come close.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on February 6, 2016

Our service was awful. We had to ask the host / other servers to send over our own server multiple times. Our food was incorrectly ordered (but delicious) and it took forever. Dinner for two, sat down at 7:00 PM and didn't receive our check until 9:15.

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vipDS0307 (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2016

The downtown restaurant is one of my favorite places. The food was just as good at this location. You can definitely feel the passion the owner has for a great dining experience.

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Rickakaeebs (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2016

The kale salad with roasted chickpeas was a standout. We all felt that the sauces were too rich and tended to overwhelm the taste of the seafood. The Black Spaghetti was quite nice. Our server gave useful suggestions and knew the menu well so could answer some specific questions.

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DropdeadRed (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2016

Unusual twist on a few Italian dishes that makes it fun, especially the Volare salad.
Would go back in a heart beat!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2016

We have gone to this restaurant many times and it is always great for food, service an ambiance. We highly recommend Volare West to anyone in the Western suburbs who does not want to drive into the city to have great Italian food.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 2, 2016

Always good food. Sorry to hear they are selling this one in oak brook .

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vipbeckerlm (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on December 24, 2015

Had reservation at 7pm. Checked in and told there were no tables. Went to bar to wait, checked with host twice more in the 1 hour we waited in bar. After seeing two parties the same size as ours, who arrive at least 30 minutes after us, seated, we called a nearby restaurant, made a reservation, paid our bar tab and left Volare. Because we were not seated in a timely manner, we missed our Christmas eve church service. We are not strangers to Volare, and the food is delicious, but on such a busy evening, they should not have overbooked reservations.

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cstillwell (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 24, 2015

My husband and I took our son there to celebrate his 25 Birthday on December 24th. We had made early reservations because we figured they would be busy. Upon arrival, there were several large parties and the place was hopping. We were seated in a separate room right next to the kitchen. My husband asked if there was anywhere else since we would be in line of the kitchen traffic. Another table was pointed out which wasn't any better. Realizing that there weren't any better places to sit because of the large parties, we stayed where we were. Service was fine until our server was placed with a party of 30. We knew that the service was going to suffer. Prior to the server waiting on the party of 30, we had questions regarding some of the food items. I had one more question and the server responded that we ask too many questions and he didn't return. Another server gave us our check. The food was very good, however, this isn't the place to go on a holiday. I felt regardless on how busy a restaurant is, service should be spot on especially when you are spending quite a bit of money. It will be some time before we return.

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vipLeoO (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2015

We enjoyed our evening at Volare...food was great and we will go back.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 18, 2015

Food was good. Service was good. A little loud but there were multiple Xmas parties so that's expected

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2015

I have been here for dinner and Volare never fails! Lunch was also wonderful. Four friends, we all enjoyed our meals and the atmosphere for a little Chistmas lunch. I will be back again!

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JimmyG (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 12, 2015

The Volare West could not have been a better place to celebrate our anniversary. We thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant. Our server, Ben, was helpful, insightful and pleasure to speak with. The food was outstanding! Every bit as good as the Volare on Grand. I plan on making reservations again in the near future.

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vipBill (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on December 11, 2015

We were in this restaurant for 1 hr. and 50 minutes. Of that time, we spent more than half the time waiting. We waited for drinks (15 min.), waiting for our appetizer (20 min.), and waiting to order our entrees (10 min. after we finished our appetizer), and in general, waited for our server to reappear. When we finally got our entrees, mine was wrong and the response was a lame apology and no attempt to correct the situation. When the server finally presented the check, she made all kinds of excuses, effectively blaming the bad service on the kitchen's inability to deal with groups that night. I don't care what the problem was or who was at fault. This was a bad reflection on your restaurant. If you can't handle big groups, don't accept the bookings.

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spiceboy (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on November 28, 2015

Very welcoming atmosphere. Bar had a jazz singer nice back ground music for dinner. We started with eggplant stuffed with ricotta. It melts in your mouth.MMMM. Then came Zuppa De Pece; filled with all types of seafood and pasta cooked perfectly. Definitely will come back.

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vipefhh (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on November 28, 2015

Probably will not go back. Ain't was ok but just not our kind of restaurant.

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Spike (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving meal was like the best homecooked dinner.

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Idol (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 16, 2015

Been here numerous times. This time was a quiet Monday night. Service excellent as was the food. Will be back many more times.

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vipNeptuna (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on November 11, 2015

Had a grilled fish appetizer with octopus, scallops, calamari & shrimp . It was fishy tasting. Not a good start on my first visit. Didn't like that there was no olive oil on the table for the bread. Just some tomato sauce to dip the bread in. My veal limone was average. Portion size not very ample. Sides ok. My friend ordered a flank steak special; it was tender. He had a lot of leftovers. Very ordinary desserts. I was treated to a message from Open Table that I was a no show for this reservation. In fact , I arrived 20" early & was seated. Had to prove I actually went. Luckily, I saved my credit card. Shame on the restaurant for trying to scam the system.

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MrBanks (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 5, 2015

Met another couple here for dinner for my husband's 44th birthday. Our service was great, we lingered over our appetizers and drinks and never felt rushed but our server kept are glasses full. I had chicken Parmesan and the others in our group were pleased with their dishes as well.

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