Za Za's Clarendon Hills

4.5
398 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Northern Italian cusine in a cozy and relaxed environment. Known for our housemade dishes, delectable sauces, and generous portions. Voted best Italian food by West Surburban Magazine.
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JM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Mama's Sunday Gravy is my favorite food at ZaZa's. Unfortunately they didnt have it on Valentine's Day. Overall, everything on the menu is very good. We eat here whenever we are in town.

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PE
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to ZaZa's for years. The food is outstanding and so is the service!

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E
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always top notch service and food preparations. Each dish look delicious when delivered to the table. Many changing and interesting menu items and specials.

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T
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic wait staff. Tables very close together. Ford and wine were quite good.

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S
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

the Waiter was not very attentive and couldn't wait to go home. At one point, I noticed he was sitting down chatting with another employee and our table waited 10 min for our cocktails.
totally unacceptable!!

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MW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best diner experience in a long time! The food and service was great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great friends!

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DS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and service the best pork chops ever

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their homemade food is the absolute best. I love the way the dishes can be customized as well! Friendly and attentive servers!

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always ZaZa's did not disappoint. The food was fabulous! Make sure to make reservations if going on Friday or Saturday. I am glad that I did!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

We were just there to celebrate my daughter’s 30th birthday and the waitress who was there and the only one , was awful . She made my mother in law feel so bad she wanted to leave the restaurant . If an employee is having a bad day , they should not take it out on a customer who has nothing to to with whatever was happening to her .
We have dine there before , the owner is supper nice , the food it’s great , but he should look at who he hires as his employees. This was a horrible experience and I hope he will read this , so he can address the issue .
She totally ruined my daughter birthday celebration today January 29th 2019.

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DH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was fantastic and the server was very attentive ! We had a group of nine and everyone enjoyed the food!!

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WF
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best....pasta, eggplant parmigiana and desserts! You can tell everything is hand made in the restaurant...nothing frozen...all fresh...feels like home!

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S
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I enjoyed the range of appetizers (carpaccio, meatballs, grilled seafood) – all great flavors and interesting platings. The sea bass for my entrée didn't work (portion to accompaniment flavoring and ratio), plus the breading took away from the natural flavors. This being said, the rest of the meal was great.

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JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Met a friend for dinner on Saturday night. Food is amazing. Atmosphere is perfect. Cozy, fun vibe. Service was top notch. Only exception is our waitress could have been a little more personable, rest of staff was awesome.

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LR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We go here often but usually do not go here on Sat., so it was busier than usual, to be expected. We had a 545 resv., so it was fairly early. However, the service lacked from start to finish. We had a waitress we have not had before- usually service is pretty efficient. Service was very, very slow, but the thing that was most bothersome, was a person in our group of 4, who questioned what was floating in his glass of Sauvignon Blanc- a reasonable question if one has something floating in their glass (upon delivery of said glass)... the waitress stumbled and couldn't answer the question.. rather than saying "I'm sorry, sir, I will get you a new glass of wine", she took it to the bartender and returned the same glass of wine, still with floating items in glass- with a very lame explanation- we didn't even understand what she said really, made no sense.. and no offer of a replacement. It was very odd. We should have asked for the manager but don't like to make a scene.

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KS
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time at ZaZa’s once again. Thanks for a great evening. I’ll be back.

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food!

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HJ
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our ladies lunch group enjoyed meeting for a leisurely lunch. The food was very good and service was professional and friendly.

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AC
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food & excellent service in this attractive setting

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Usually enjoy this place. Tonight my 6:45pm ressie turned into a 7:45pm. They basically overbooked the place and I got the short end. Don’t use Open Table they put people who call direct in your table and make you wait til they are done.

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MR
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good. Restaurant was crowded and small. People waiting for a table should not be allowed to stand by your table when waiting to be seated.

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OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We have dined here many times. The food is always very good. However, this time it was so crowded and the service was not that good due to not enough servers. We do dine out a lot in the suburbs and the city and as much as we enjoy the food at ZaZa's, the prices are fairly high for a suburban restaurant.

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JJ
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently good, even though it is a small dining area with a couple feet between small tables. Their whitefish is our favorite.

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RF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whitefish continues to be the best in the area

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EW
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Nanas gravy was excellent. Will be coming back soon.

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JC
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice place for a holiday party- menu is varied enough so everyone can eat exactly what the want- creative and delicious appetizers, gourmet pizza, sumptuous pastas or full entrees. Nice wine selections, too

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t
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Took over 10 minutes to have waiter take our beverage order. I ordered the lasagna which was one of the specials for the evening. Lasagna was cold in the middle took waiter at least 15 minutes to come by the table to ask how our food was. He brought it back to kitchen to warm up. He never asked how our meal was. I had noted we were there to celebrate a birthday the hostess acknowledged but the waiter never acknowledged.

Lasagna was $19.00 did not include soup or salad.

Very disappointed with food and service will not be dining at this restaurant anymore.

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N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I love this place I've been eating here for about 2 years and always find something on the menu that I enjoy I like to try different things and my family enjoys coming here also

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OT
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We both ordered special entrees and we were delighted with our choices.

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AK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Affordable upscale Italian with a flair for food pairings. Fish is fresh (per our server). We had Grouper and Sea Bass which was fabulous. Service was friendly.

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W
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! The food is consistently great. White fish delicious. A very nice dining experience. Intimate smaller dining room. Cozy and warm

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PD
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant ambiance, superb service, delicious food and dim light with vibrant bar scene. A great new find for a romantic date or group dinner with friends

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S
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lasagna was great ..... sauce is so good

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JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had good food as usual , ......moderately priced .......parking was a challenge....

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RJ
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoy dining at ZaZa’s - the food and service is always good.

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OH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This was our first visit to Zsa Zsa's.

Food was excellent. Kitchen was a bit slow but it was VERY busy even though we showed up relatively early on a Friday night. I would not show up here without a reservation.

Wine list is VERY PRICEY. The cheapest bottle of wine was $34 and it was a very common $7-9 white wine at Binny's. We drank beer.

To say the restaurant was "energetic" was an understatement. The restaurant is small and is very loud. I had a hard time talking with my spouse across the table but, to be fair, I do have an issue with background noise.

Bottom line: food was great, service was great, it was noisy the night we were there.
Wine list is overpriced in my opinion. We WILL return here but we will try to go on a less busy night.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The moment we stepped in and were seated, our server had an attitude with us. No smile, no eye contact, interrupted our conversations throughout the evening by talking above us. Not once was asked how we were doing, enjoying the food, refilling our water glasses
And to top off the evening, as She handed us the bill, she placed it on our table, with her BACK to us and spoke facing the other direction ...WTF...I was giving her the benefit of the doubt...thinking maybe she was having a bad day..but the end was enough for me to speak out.
We noticed she was very friendly with other guests JUST NOT WITH US.
When we asked for the manger, someone from working behind the bar came over to us and claimed HE was the manager - he was LYING through his teeth...fortunate for us, our server did not realize why he talking to us and slipped up by telling us he wasn’t the manager - he was the bartender.
DO NOT GO HERE - ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE NOT WHITE !

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W
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our adorable neighbor to lunch for her birthday and had a delightful time. The food was excellent and the setting very cozy and warm. Lovely place to dine for either lunch or a romantic dinner

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S
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Well ..... we have had better white fish. Sorry to say, but maybe the Chef wasn’t in tonight.
Great wine pairing and service advise ..... fish and the trademark sauce just did not have it ..... too bad.
Will go back to the lasagna again ..... so good from the first bite

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