ZaZa's Tavola Italiana

4.7
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551 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
ZaZa's Tavola Italiana offers an intimate, comfortable seating, where you can relax and savor authentic and fresh Italian foods as if you were at a Trattoria in the Italian countryside. Our pastas are rich and flavorful reproductions of "Old World" standards, such as our Rigatoni Abbruzzese or Paccheri Tartuffi. There are plenty of entrees for our guests to enjoy, like the Filet Barolo and the Pesce Bianco Spinaci, as well as insalates, antipastas and rustic brick-oven pizzas.
Zaza’s Tavola and Zaza’s Enterprise Inc. are not affiliated with any other restaurant.
What 551 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A first time visit—a hidden GEM!!, Food, ambiance, service all top notch.

B
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took friends here for their first time at Za Za's. They very much enjoyed the food. Service was very fast. The ambiance is quiet with low lighting. I would recommend this restaurant without hesitation.

A
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food, and drinks were perfect

N
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place on a snowy night. Looks like there would be outdoor seating in summer as well

C
Chicago
129 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I enjoyed the Pollo Limone and my husband ordered the rigatoni again because it is consistently very good from visit to visit. Nice portions. Really like the olives and warm, crusty bread offered at every meal.

LT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always highly recommend Za Za's to everyone. We arrived a few minutes early, but were seated promptly and immediately acknowledged by our server. We had the outstanding fish special, halibut encrusted with hazelnuts.. Absolutely delicious! As an appetizer, we ordered the special antipasto plate. The meats were sliced paper thin, served on a bed of arugula, grilled artichokes and cubes of delicious parmesan cheese. The tiramisu for dessert paired with a cup of espresso completed our delicious Friday night treat. Our server, Danelle, was very knowledgeable, attentive. Za Za's has a wonderful staff. We are never underwhelmed, always overwhelmed and awed by this wonderful restaurant!

CD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great service, excellent food. The experience has improved over the past two years.

C
Chicago
130 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The kale and sun-dried tomato risotto was very flavorful and my husband enjoyed his rigatoni dish.

ER
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was wonderful and our table was ready precisely when reserved. Food was great!

UR
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time visiting Zaza’s. We sat in the front dining section and it was a nice atmosphere until the music started in the bar area. It was a Thursday night and they had a singer/dj. The music was REALLY loud. The song list was pretty good but the volume level made it difficult for my friend and I to talk at a normal level—in the dining section. Can’t imagine how loud it was in the bar.

My friend had the salmon and I had the whitefish. Both entrees were quite tasty and fresh. I had a bourbon cocktail from the specials list and it was good. Salads were fresh and good too. We didn’t have dessert.

Our server, Linnea, was attentive and pleasant, and the support wait staff was good about keeping water glasses filled and clearing plates. Service was as expected for this kind of restaurant. I would go again to eat/drink but would check first to avoid the overly loud music/noise level.

C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Had a New Years Eve reservation and didn't get seated until over an hour past our scheduled time. The hostess was not very transparent on expectations and the restaurant was very understaffed. We always enjoy going to ZaZa's, but this evening didn't give wasn't not very pleasurable.

DH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The NYE was overbooked.. a bit messy situation food great service this time was chaos due to overbooking

L
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve

WU
Lincolnshire
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

From the moment we walked in, we were greeted with a smile and were seated right away. We were greeted by the server who was happy to answer questions and offer suggestions. It's terrific that others work the holidays so we can enjoy them. From the appetizer, to the main dish, and then the gelato, I recommend the lemon, everything was superb! The wait staff timed everything so nothing got in the way. The evening ended just the same as when we entered. The staff up front wished us a Happy New Year. Thank you ZaZa's!

CB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent!!

d
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent as always, they just were busier than they expected for that day.

Y
Chicago
78 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Enjoyed the live entertainment which was a fun surprise. Loved the shrimp and lobster diablo.

k
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group of women do our Christmas luncheon at ZaZa’s. We love everything about this restaurant! Our husbands group joined us, but sat separately. This was our choice as we shared gifts. Can’t wait to return.

OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was excellent. Wasn’t very busy and service was great.

M
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salmon was delish - chicken limone very tasty. Our server Rhonda was just the right amount of attentive. The only negative was the noise level but the restaurant was packed. Once it was less crowded it was perfect. Great night.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great! Food and service never disappoints.

KW
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love ZaZa's Friday night high energy. Great food with great friends!

JM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another outstanding meal and service at ZaZa’s!

OT
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice > Great Food > Beautiful restaurant > highly recommend

N
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, excellent food and service. We will be back. This is our upscale go to place

PO
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and dinner service. Our server Stephanie was attentive and aware. Non-obtrusive, which is a plus when dining. The food was delicious. We enjoyed the evening.

RW
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and drinks. Pricing was moderate. All great results from our first visit. Will definitely be back.

OT
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. A hidden gem! If you love Italian, you have the go!

c
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance, excellent food and wonderful service by our server, Ruben!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place.... Ashley was a great waitress

b
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As always the food was excellent. First time we tried the scallops as an appetizer. Exceptional! Joe C was our server. I can’t say enough good things about him. He made a great meal even better.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service

EG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved ZaZa's! Great atmosphere, a classic restaurant with delicious food and good service. We will be returning!

D
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Restaurant is too hot. Love the food and service but too hot temp. Turn it down !

MM
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time I've been to ZaZa's and I enjoyed both visits immensely. One of the diner's asked for their dish to have a slight modification and it was done without any issue. Accommodating and friendly staff, nice atmosphere and good food.

LT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was outstanding. Halibut and whitefish were well prepared and delicious!

P
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful fresh Italian food! Service was prompt and discrete. Waitress Danielle was very patient with one of our party choosing his wine. They had been prepared for our birthday celebration and really made it a special night for all. Thank you

MS
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants!! It seems to get better and better! Highly recommend!

WL
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

ZaZa’s is always dependable for a good dining experience. The choices are good, and with a rotating menu, there is always something new to try for those more adventurous. We’ve been there many times and have never come away disappointed.