Za Za's Clarendon Hills

4.7
714 Reviews
$30 and under
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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shubob
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made a reservation for 6:30 pm. Arrived at 6:30. The hostess immediately wrote my name down and said it’s going to be a while have a seat and I’ll come back and let you know how long. At 6:45 I noticed 2 seats at the end of the bar open. I walked over to the hostess and said there are 2 seats at the bar can we eat at the bar. Yes of course she said, great that you found a spot. We sat at the bar. To be told by the bartender these 2 seats are reserved. I said the hostess just said great for finding a seat at the bar go ahead and eat there. Well after a lengthy discussion they made room at the other end of the bar squeezing us next to the server station. Pizza was burnt and tasted like any pizza at the local bowling alley. My wife like the penne/vodka sauce. Which is why I gave this over booked every table packed not even close to 3 feet away let alone 6 feet rude hostess restaurant 1 star. If I could post negative stars I would. The hostess is the first personal experience the customer has. If your hostess is inexperienced and rude. That makes for a bad dining experience.

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DebraW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST Italian restaurant we’ve ever been to. The food was delicious. The service was Outstanding! We will definitely be back. Thank you for such a wonderful experience!

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TimW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being with friends who lost a loved one.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our Anniversary and my Husband’s Birthday at Zaza’s. He had the Walleye and I had the Grouper. Both were very good! Good service from our waitress! Will be back.

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vipks2014
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The whitefish was very good. The lasagne was quite average. The calamari appetizer was fresh and tasty. Server was attentive and pleasant.

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vipChiDK
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Eggplant parm appetizer was tasty but a little too much salt. Chicken parm was a disappointment, it definitely wasn’t made in house from scratch. White fish dinner was the best thing out of the 3 we ordered.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will be back

JS
JoeS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience1

We were disappointed that ZaZa's was not limiting their capacity on 2/14. Had we know this we would not have made the reservations and will think twice about dining there as to there apparent greediness vs. theirs patron's safety.

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JosephineL
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our dinner party were 3 people. The appetizers were amazing!!! 2 of us ordered fettuccine Alfredo both people said the sauce was rather bland. I ordered shrimp and lobster Diablo is was delish!!! The ambience was perfect. Our server was wonderful. This was our first time there the menu is very appetizing. We will be back because there was plenty we’d like to try. Also priced very very reasonable.

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StaceyS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time a t Za Za’s. We were seated in the bar area. A little noisy for a Valentine’s Dinner. Staff was very knowledgable about the menu and wine list and very helpful with pairing the wine with the entrees. Baked oysters with the light cream sauce were fantastic. Vitello Frances was very good. The Braciolle was very good but over cooked.
Dessert was the special heart shaped red velvet cake but was served too cold. The left over cake was much better the next day when at room temp. Stick to the main menu for desserts.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

The food was good but we were seated in a heated tent which was about 57 degrees. It was very cold and unconfortable!!! We asked to be seated in the dining room and it was declined due to being full. Other peope were walking in and were seated there. I thought we had a reservation??? We should have been informed about being seated in a tent which made for a very uncomfortable dinner. Ate with coats on and froze!

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vipScottFalcone
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our hostess Austin did a fantastic job as did Nancy our server… We had a lot of laughs and the meal was very good

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious italian fare with great service and a warm and friendly environment. Great for a romantic evening, family dinner, catching up with friends! Love the scallops and braciole! Dessert is a slight miss but great wine list and overall wonderful experience everytime.

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vipXimenaP
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service..........

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vipjoeyg
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to relax and dine

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Poor service

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LauraD
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out. Whitefish delicious asparagus salad fresh and wonderful. ZaZa Cosmo fabulous

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food was not very good. It did not taste fresh

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vipDiner19
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food is excellent!

JG
JohnG
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and place. Recommend to family and friends.

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CindyT
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice service and great food. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience! Would come back. Everything tasted great and the ambiance was perfect

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vipAndy
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Outdoor dining (tent with fans) with good social distance. Food is always terrific and drinks are very well done. Enjoyable experience (always) for me and my family.

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Hungry
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Our server was so rude he literally threw a temper tantrum at our table, never checked on our app or main entree. The hostess brought all of our food out to our table and we didn’t see him all night until we complained at the end. We asked for salt and pepper and he freaked out and threw his hands in the air and said we were just going to have to ask the governor. I get that there are Covid restrictions but we didn’t know their particular policy, he seriously yelled at us. We didn’t want to take our leftovers home because we were afraid he spit in them in the kitchen. It was absolutely awful. The food was good, and we felt safe (the rude server was not wearing his mask properly but everyone else was). The manager comped our cocktails (2), but I just left so disappointed. We have been coming here for like 15 years and have never had anything like this happen so I am hoping it was just an anomaly and they will get rid of this guy, it ruined our whole evening. It was hard to spend $100 on such a disappointing experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such great food and service. One of the very best restaurants in the western suburbs!

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vipLove4food
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, great table, great waitress, however, they were stretched for staff. Not a secret there have been cutbacks with Covid however their restaurant is so good, people just keep coming! Staff wore masks the whole time and tables were social distanced.

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vipjoeyg
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and atmosphere Exceptional service We love to take new people to Zaza

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gck0914
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! Thank you!

DD
DonaldD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience4

Waited close to 2 hours for our entrees to be served. Yes, it was New Year's Eve, but waiting that long is unacceptable. We were close to walking out. We've dined there several times in the past and had good experiences. Not sure we'll return after that fiasco!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an awesome spot. Great food and very personal service. Constant check up to make sure you’re enjoying your meal. Also the bus boys are always ready to refill your beverages. This place is a 10/10 and I would even say 15/10 as of right now with all the covid closings and restrictions.

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vipSandra
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was great! We sat on the patio, were warm, with distance between the tables. Music playing and could easily talk across the table.
Great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nancy was a wonderful server. Thank you for a special Christmas Eve dinner.

TW
vipTimW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always excellent and well priced. Overall service is great!

TW
vipTimW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently great food and service.

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vipJulia100
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and staff here are fantastic!! Their whitefish is amazing - my husband gets it almost every time we go. I have never had a bad meal here, the food is outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Friendly, knowledgeable staff.

ME
MEM1
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, as usual, with friends!

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vipartk
Chicago
104 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu with great service. Food has always been prepared perfectly. Go with an appetite because portions are generous!

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vipDave
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and delicious food. They do a great job spacing tables and ventilating the restaurant.

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Za Za's Clarendon Hills is rated 4.7 stars by 714 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.