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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R
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

BK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

l
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

H
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JN
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

l
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
58 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is always fabulous as is Andrea

DL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

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
13 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice place.

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MM
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

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
30 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

G
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

NM
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It was crowded and, even though we were in a corner, we could hardly hear each other. We didn't stay for coffee. Instead, we went to a quiet coffee shop where we could hear each other. One of the meals was very good. Two were OK. One was so bad that the restaurant comped my friend's meal.

DG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time dining and this time brought another couple. Very enjoyable meal with more than ample servings of delicious entrees. Everyone got something different and we shared and tasted! Will go back and the groupon paid for the cost of Chianti.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The hostess was not super friendly upon arrival. The waitress came out and said no one told her we were on the patio. Took several minutes to receive water and bread. Asked for the olives/garlic to accompany the bread-they never came and finally the waitress brought them after our second request. We have been many times and they need to have some friendly and warm at the hostess station. They always miss the mark on this. Been this way for 15+ years.

WF
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, Great servers, Great atmosphere! It’s the best Italian restaurant in the West Suburbs!

SQ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zaza’s is one of our favorites.
The food is delicious, with generous portions. We usually order the fish dishes, and they are all wonderful. Walleye, grouper & whitefish are so flavorful & come with tasty veggies and really yummy sauce. We like the atmosphere as well. It feels cozy and lively but not too loud.

M
Chicago
326 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice menu with plenty of options. Portions are definitely not small. Appetizers are a favorite. Actually they are large enough to order as an entree. The eggplant parm is surely one to do that and still take home.

ML
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

There were 5 of us and the only
People in the entire place. Private dining at its best! I wanted the lasagna which is the best anywhere but ordered the ZaZa salad. It was good but not as good as the lasagna! 😂. Service very good and chef even accommodated one in the party for her dietary needs. Have dinner there several times and will definitely go back.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

SA
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always great service.food was good. A favorite go-to restaurant

SS
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love zaza’s. Consistently great!

KL
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice restaurant, good food. Try the rock shrimp appetizer!

P
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Its a little loud, but worth it.

N
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and service. It’s a bit noisy, but I still recommend it.

SA
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The salads and main entree s were excellent. Whitefish and Walleye were prepared perfectly. Rather loud in the restaurant but the food and service were good. Always a reliable choice

PP
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food! Nice service in a very attractive dining room. Thankfully one of the QUIETER conversation-friendly restaurants. Pricey side, and wines are definitely overpriced. BYOB would be a welcome feature.

Suggest owners install a privacy fence with some flowers to obscure the unattractive parking lot/Ogden Avenue view. Take notes from nearby Bakersfield - that restaurant created a lovely outdoor wonder that gives no hint of busy, noisy Ogden Avenue just on the other side of the fence.

JL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service as always outstanding. Favorite Italian place in Chicago!

JG
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We asked to sit outside even though there was a threat of rain and everyone was so accomodating. An inside table was kept for us "just in case". While the real rain never materialized, by the time our appetizer arrived the flies had begun to bite so we had to move inside. Everybody helped out with that - the manager, the waiter, and the busboy - bringing our food, water, new setups, etc. Za Za's is always customer friendly but they definitely went a step beyond that night.

DM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We are longtime customers. We ordered sausage and peppers appetizers. It tasted strange with the texture unlike other sausage I have eaten. We asked the waitress to ask about it. Someone ( don’t know if manager or chef) said it was fine ( did they eat from my plate? ) and surprisingly send the same plate back to me that I didn’t eat. Normally I would have expected a new plate of sausage to see if it tasted better or not to bill me. Neither happened. Wasn’t waitress fault. I would have expected the manager to step up and make this decision.

S
Chicago
144 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Zaza's is a favorite of ours. I pretty much always get the whitefish, but had a big lunch so decided to get the chicken risotto appetizer. I've had it in the past and was a bit disappointed. It was full of onions, which I've never noticed before. Gave it an odd texture as well as altered the taste. Lesson learned - go with what you love. Next time I'll get the whitefish again. My husband had his favorite - pasta with shrimp and broccoli and loved it as usual.

M
Chicago
326 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

So glad to have found this place. Thanks to a Groupon we did and we were surely pleased. The food so very good. Pasta sauce was wonderful!!! Portions are more than large they are HUGE!!!! I had the eggplant on the appetizer menu and was unable to eat it all. Very small, quaint, place with a homey feel for sure. Cannot wait to go again.

E
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Can't miss on any food item! Always tasty and nicely presented with quality service! Leftovers taste great the next day.

l
Chicago
196 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Za Za's is always delicious! We look forward to every occasion of eating there!

F
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very good dinner at ZaZa's. It is one of our favorites and our experience the other night lived up to our past evenings. We will be back!

OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this spot!

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