Za Za's Clarendon Hills

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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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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P
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Tom, the owner was wonderful! The food was outstanding!

NH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place for good food. One of my favorite spots.

SK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love Za Za's. They make the best stuffed artichoke I have ever had. It is a bit pricey, but the ingredients are high quality and everything is prepared so well. It is a small, intimate place and when they are busy sometimes it feels a little tight. Za Za's is my favorite place to go for romantic dates such as Valentine's Day or Anniversaries.

CS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We've been coming for years when we want an intimate atmosphere with great food

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!! Love the ambience yiu can actually hear everyone - we had a party of nine and it was no problem to have conversations across the table!

PE
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I love the cozy atmosphere. With great food and service as well!

E
Chicago
66 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Zaza's is our go to restaurant for that special meal. You can always be assured of a wonderful meal with great variety. I always have a difficult time narrowing down my choices because there are so many wonderful options. Great place, service and food, always.

W
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very busy evening, which we’re contributing to the small breaks in service and attentiveness. Food was exceptional as usual from fish/seafood to pasta to dessert. Definitely consider ZaZa’s a neighborhood gem!

d
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Entrée was very good. Martinis for almost $13 overpriced. Baked clams were very small. Shrimp Dijon appetizers are average and overpriced. Four shrimp for $17 cost more than our entrée. Way overpriced. Would not recommend appetizers or drinks to friends because of these reasons.Entrées were good though.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent service.

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EA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the menu and food. My only drawback is that the seating is a bit tight, but not a big deal. Decent outdoor seating in the summer.

CG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are always great! Hadn't been there in a while and glad things haven't changed!

WF
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic! Our waiter, Bobby, was awesome!

l
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great dinner at ZaZa's. Everything was fresh and absolutely delicious. The highlight, however, was Julius, our server. Julius was knowledgable and went out of his way to make sure we were well cared for. Baked oyster special and Chicken Limone were standouts.

S
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very dependable location for ambiance, service, and especially the food.

Some dishes are better than others, but all are well presented and very delicious.

l
Chicago
213 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We try and go to Za Za's at every opportunity we can! We love this neighborhood Italian fare restaurant!

HJ
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Dover Sole special was the best my husband has ever tasted. He did have a problem with his Bombay Sapphire martini. Had to send it back two times as it had a fruity taste probably because the shaker it was mixed in was not cleaned out properly from the previous cocktail.
I had the Salmon dish with mustard sauce, fettuccine, green beans, and spinach which was very good.
The intimate atmosphere and friendly staff make ZaZa’s a neighborhood favorite spot.

EU
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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NS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We love the food here but making a reservation doesn’t help with eating on time. We are often directed to the bar because no tables are open and bar is usually packed. Good thing the food is delicious!

TK
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

have been there many times. overall the food is excellent ambience great but our night was ruined by our waitresses nonchalant way of handling the situation
my husband ordered pizza with selected items on it a busboy delivered it when we saw the waitress she had an attitude saying She did not deliver it to the table so what it what is all that is what you ordered

my husband proceeded to tell her there’s mushrooms on it she went and got her tickets and where she proceeded rudely to read off the ticket and realized the ticket was for another table. We understand busy times in the restaurant make mistakes but it’s the way that she accused us and was so nonchalant she wanted to make up another one we said don’t worry will just head on home we wanted to leave

she was rather rude have another glass of wine ..we didn’t want any wine we wanted to leaveGive me the time to make one. meanwhile my pizza was cold i was not going to eat in front of him. they could have offered to warm up mine or keep mine till his was made. they rushed his order not listening to the fact we wanted to leave. listen to the customer we were not asking free pizza.
after everything she even asked if we wanted a desert
we were so irritated by the way she handled the situation she staired us down I saw her being hugged by another person we gave her 15% tip we continued to polite
admit fault and move on

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

BR
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good place. Food was very good. Crowded on Saturday's.

LW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

very nice meal and evening with friends. would definitely come back soon

PM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was good but we were not happy with the hostess. We showed up and explained that we had reservations at 6 pm through Open Table. We were told our reservation was not in the system. We even showed her the email from Open Table. I understand that this is not her problem if it is not in their system but she could have handled the situation in a kinder manner.

G
Chicago
124 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server did an expert job of taking care of the customers, all by herself.
The food was served hot and flavorful. There is a nice selection on the menu plus there is a daily special.

SE
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service. Always a great night out at Zaza’s!

WF
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in the burbs! Staff is fantastic!

MZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We have eaten many times at this restaurant and have found your service, food quality, ambiance, etc. to be solid and consistently good. However, our visit the other night was nothing but disappointing.

Our server was inattentive and our service slow the entire evening. I had to ask for another server to ask for bread and water to be brought to the table as we waited. This other server handled my request and had a coy and clever reply that made light of the fact that we had to ask for these items. The food quality was fair but the quality was not what I expect for the prices that you charge at your establishment.

I was just ready to chalk this dinner up to an off night for the restaurant staff by asking for our check as the server was walking by our table. However, suddenly the lighting went off and apparently there was a power outage. At this point, we were there 1.5 hours already and I was told by the server that it may take some time to sort out our check. 10-15 minutes later, she returned with our check and was informed that the credit card machine would not work tonight. It was asked of me to leave my credit card # and the transaction would be handled at a later time manually. I refused to do that and was able to dig up $140 in cash to cover a $131 bill. The server then gave me a nasty look and walked away.

I will probably not return to this restaurant. I believe that the server thought that I was a jerk as I was visibly frustrated at the point where we wanted to pay and leave as quick as we could. Little did she know at the time that the power outage was the icing on the cake and an appropriate ending for such a poorly executed dining experience by the staff that evening.

OT
Miami
64 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place is always great food service and atmosphere

JL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service!! Thanks Tony!

OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

New Years Eve. Food not as good as other times I have eaten here, but still very good. Waitress amazing. We were a large table, and she didn’t skip a beat.

E
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service even with a full house on New Years Eve! The sea bass was perfect as the accompanying prawn and scallop. The chicken bavossa was delicious and cooked nicely with linguini. Overall, a great meal,
service and price.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful New Year’s Eve dinner with friends. Great food and great service. Zara’s is one of the best Italian restaurants in the western suburbs.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I have visited ZaZa’s quite frequently. On this occasion we waited a long time for our lunch to be served even though there were only 3 tables occupied - lunch portions also seemed smaller than usual and were not very warm when served. Our food was good but not as tasty as usual. This is one of my favorite restaurants so would return - maybe it was just an off day or perhaps the kitchen staff was preparing for a crowd later since it was Dec. 31st.

DR
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good but the noise level gets very loud and hard to hear. Go early because it gets packed.

S
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delightful, relaxed atmosphere with quality food.

S
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely flavorful food! So glad to have dined here. The scallop appetizer was amazing! We’ll be back. Don’t sit by the door if you catch a chill tho!

OT
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent, time after time.

OT
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best Italian in the Western Suburbs. Tony and his team do an excellent job! Always packed but always worth the wait! Highly recommend

r
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The white fish dish is always absolutely delicious. Service was great. Two of us sent back cocktails and one of us kept his but didn’t like it. The pork dish was dry but wasn’t sent back. Food and drinks have always been outstanding in the past and were not quite the same last Saturday.