Za Za's Clarendon Hills

4.7
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.5
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NF
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as usual, Great food, Ali tyke Quiteria than usual due to early hour. Made for pleasant conversation

JM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect might out. Our waitress was on the ball and the food was on point. We can't wait to get back to Za Za's as soon as possible.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Overall it was a good experience. Ordered baked clam appetizer and they were micro clams. Food was good but not worth the expense.

P
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and service.

PK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was great. Very attentive and there was a great selection on the menu. The food was outstanding.

MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wanted to sit in the bar area and evidently did but the hostess said they had a big party coming. I said we’d eat fast and she said that would help.
We did have a reservation

WM
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Our server Cindy was the best, In a review from 7 Sept 19, I wrote about a terrible experience at this establishment. I reluctantly agreed to go back and I was glad we did. Cindy redeemed the restaurant. I know that these reviews fall on deaf ears when and if management reads them but as a reviewer who wrote a bad review on this post I would Encourage you the customer who are reading my comments to please give them a try. If you ask for Cindy When you make your reservations, I am certain you will not be disappointed.

D
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive staff, great food, nice atmosphere. We hadn’t been there in awhile and I appreciated the updated menu items.

CM
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service has improved quite a bit. Stopped going there for a while because it was chaotic and service was very erratic. Still a very busy place but host and servers very friendly and food always good.

KB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCELLENT AS ALWAYS. EVERYTHING WAS DELICIOUS AND PRICED RIGHT

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We had a 6:45 reservation, and with just two of us took 1.5 hours to eat. Would not have minded if we didn't have a party to get to. Waiter was really nice but took forever to fill my husband's beer. Our food took a long time as well and was not that good. My lasagna had hardly any cheese and was really bland. My husband got a meat dish that was so dry he couldn't swallow it without water. We've been driving past this place for years and finally decided to try it. We hardly get a nice date night and was disappointed we wasted one there. Needless to say we won't be returning.

E
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

A little tight and very noisy. Food was just ok, a little over priced. Fried calamari was a little soggy. Best dish was the pork neckbones on pasta.

MS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drive fast to get there. One of the best meals in forever!!!

JB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place!!

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MY
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service is always great. Love this place!

BA
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite Italian restaurant in this area. It is always delicious. If you go, definitely get a Za Zas salad.

CM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zaza is consistently excellent. Love the stuffed artichokes.

RT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, always consistent.

MF
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have lived in Clarendon Hills for 8 years now, and this was our first visit. The staff could not have been any more welcoming, the drinks came out fast, and the service was top notch. Our meals were delicious and they accommodated our kids preferences willingly! A great dinner experience. We will certainly be back!

DB
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Service was outstanding. Restaurant is small and the noise level tends to be high and seating is a bit cozy. Cost was within expected limits.

c
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best whitefish ever. The menu is extensive...pastas, fish, and several meat dishes. Loved it!

G
Chicago
120 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was top notch. The homemade Minestrone soup was fresh, hot and hardy. Both of our pasta entrees were prepared just right, and there were no leftovers.
We love it when everything is just right.

PR
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience2

They did not take into account anniversary and service was so so bad

R
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you’re looking for excellent food this is the place to go !

BK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Za Za's is the best Italian Restaurant in the West Suburbs.

l
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always outstanding, especially the Whitefish. Our waiter was very nice and helpful with the menu. Our friends were never at ZaZa's and loved it!

CD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely delicious. Our server was attentive and friendly and didn’t want to rush us. As always, the restaurant was full and the tables pretty tight, so the noise level is a bit above average, but we were not bothered by it. The staff do a pretty good job of trying to give you your space by adjusting your table to be somewhat apart from the tables around you and being available so you’re not searching for someone when you have a question or are waiting for your check. Always a good pick for a great meal.

PB
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I have eaten here a few times over the last few years and the food is consistently good.

H
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greatest.
Tony the owner is always attentive.
From the host to the waterboys .

JN
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous. You can't go wrong at Zaza's. Enjoy!

l
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I regularly dine at ZaZa’s and we keep coming back for more! Your White Fish and baked clams are scrumptious! My mom celebrated her 86th birthday and was very happy with everything! Thank you!

E
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always fabulous as is Andrea

DL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

It was my granddaughters birthday and the food took a very long time to get. We sat down at 730 and didn’t leave until 930. The waiter was new and apologetic, but it took a long time to get salad and and hour for a pizza for my granddaughter. Food was ok. Pizza was the beat

JH
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice place.

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MM
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

I was there with a dear friend and was very disappointed with our waitress. She was curt and it was apparent she did not want to be there. I love this restaurant and that was very disappointing. We had to ask for tea at the end of our meal and to see the dessert menu. She had already dropped off the bill without asking. This made her behavior get nastier. Have to say I would request a different waitress if I go back.

WM
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We have been to this establishment numerous times. This is the first time we experienced appalling service. We waited for 45 + minutes to get our food.
The manager came over a few times offering excuses, other servers stopped at the table attempting to rectify the unpleasant situation.
We declined the complimentary desert offered by the manager however she insisted we take them home. We paid the bill (full price) and left without tipping. We did however advise the manager that we did not tip and the reason why. She was understanding.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a lovely wine, orin swift abstract, delicious veal dishes and yummy molten chocolate cake. Great service as well!

G
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went to ZaZa’s for the first time just one week previously. We enjoyed it so much, that we brought our best friends to your restaurant. The food was amazing...one of us said the lasagna was the BEST she ever tasted....wow...Two of us enjoyed the fish very much and the special rigatoni was delicious. Quite impressed with the food. The service was okay, could have been more attentive....

Difficult to park...maybe purchase a few more spaces to match the capacity of the dining room.


We will be back, Za Za....you fast became one of our favorites.

D
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Love this place, wish it were a little less loud- we would come here more often. Zaza salad not as great as usual but whitefish and spinach fabulous as usual. Service is fine drinks and food came quickly but server was very rushed which is typical there.