Formento's

4.7
1216 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
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Located in Fulton Market District within Chicago’s bustling West Loop, Formento’s is an Italian restaurant steeped with the bright and fresh flavors of Italy. Created as a nod to the owner’s grandmother, guests will experience an array of dishes from house-made pastas, seasonal antipasti and wood-fired fish and steak. At Formento’s, Chef Todd Stein combines new world culinary creativity with generations past. Our world-class wine program offers guests more than 300 varietals from around world. Three private event spaces can accommodate parties of 10 to 200 guests in an intimate second floor loft overlooking Restaurant Row, featuring a private bar and amenities.

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Sun - Thu 4:30PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 4:30PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

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Minneapolis
56 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for Fathers Day and felt lucky to have gotten a table. Awesome everything! Food outstanding, service impeccable and ambience inviting and comfortable.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

The brunch menu is not a true representation of the restaurant’s full menu. It is gimmicky with eggs and pancakes, extremely boring menu and uninspiring. Such a disappointment.

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

They did a really great job catering to the children in our group during brunch. Etch-a-sketches saved the day when the kids had to wait longer than expected because part of group was late and our waitress was super friendly.

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EM
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 1

Was so disappointed in our dinner at Formento's. Service ruined the evening by rushing our food and not paying any attention to our table. Wouldn't go back and would recommend looking for another restaurant with better quality service.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very good service and ambiance. We had meatballs, calamaris, and white beans for starters (they were all amazing ). For main course we had the agnolotti pasta and it was undercooked and honestly not very tasty. I would definitely recommend this place but it is overpriced for what it is.

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SB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambiance, server couldn't have been more positive and friendly. The food overall wasn't as outstanding considering the price. The meatball appetizer was the best part of the meal. The entrees were not at all worth their value given the portion and overall quality. I wouldn't return as the entrees weren't that great.

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E
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food. Exceptional service. Perfect for a special evening.

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L
San Francisco
116 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Artichoke appetizer is wonderful, as is burrata. The pastas are a little skimpy (they are called a middle course so you have to double if you want them as a main, but they're priced more like pasta mains, in my opinion) and a little salty, but fine. The veal parm is excellent: bone in, beautifully crispy, tasty tomato sauce, not too much mozzarella. The atmosphere is fairly buzzy, service very good. We would certainly consider returning.

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K
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I was dining alone, but I was treated nicely, while leaving me space. I was between two noisy parties, so next time I’d eat outside.

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BC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a thoroughly reliable experience every time I dine there - great food, service and wine. I love that every person in the front of the house collaborates to give diners personal attention.

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New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Honestly the best experience my wife and I have had, everyone was so nice and they went above and beyond.

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A
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Food was great but the service for a Tuesday was very slow

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WL
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All the food was flavorful, beautifully presented and prepared perfectly. We had several shared items. The cauliflower, strawberry buratta and strawberry-rhubarb crostata were the standouts- so fresh and flavorful. Chloe our server was engaging and efficient. Boras helped us select a delightful, well-priced rose. Lots of smiles from the staff. A lovely evening.

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CC
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for Sunday brunch and were not disappointed. Two had the eggs, bacon and/or sausage, with small potatoes and toast. Both dishes came with the eggs perfectly done and the diners were very satisfied. The third had the poached egg with crab lumps and asparagus. A side salad was also included. There were two eggs so one went home with the diner. The dish was delicious.

A slice of chocolate cake was split between two and was a hit. The Bellini cocktail was the perfect cocktail for brunch.

The service was exceptional and we will definitely return.

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A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food was DELICIOUS!! This might be my new fave Italian restaurant! I do wanna mention the servers as they did not seem to know what food went to what table. But other than, awesome!

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N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Location in the West Loop is fantastic; the lemon papperdelle is amazing.

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L
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and atmosphere. We were lucky to sit outside and enjoy the nice weather complimented so fantastically with the superb food offers. A great relaxing evening. Service was fantastic!

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N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and attentive staff! My sister and I visited prior to a concert at the United Center and sat outside on the patio. Super cute environment! The happy hour deals at the bar were great, too! Will be coming back ☺️

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AM
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Don't let the scale of the restaurant or the bonus points scare you off - the food really is that of a much more intimate, elevated dining experience. Every single dish was incredible and we tried approximately 10 dishes - one of the best dinners I've had in Chicago.

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l
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

We came here to celebrate my birthday and I wish I'd chosen a different spot. Now, the staff was AMAZING - our water glasses were never less than 3/4 full and the table was cleared promptly. The drink I had was VERY strong so it was a good value for the $13 I paid. We had the burrata appetizer but the green olives were pulverized and watery, not at all like other tapenades I've had before. Our waiter tried to tell us that the pasta portions were only meant to be side dishes and not main courses, and tried very hard to get us to change our order to get more food. I found the bucatini portion to be WELL sufficient for an entree after having bread and two appetizers, but within 5 minutes of being on the table it was cold and the pasta was kind of gummy. We were given a dessert menu but it was expensive and not much sounded good, so we headed over to Bombo Bar afterward. I'd maybe come here again if there was nothing else with reservations open.

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MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic fresh, home-made Gluten Free pasta! Will definitely be back here to try more dishes.

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HD
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was delicious, thoughtfully prepared, and super fresh ingredients. We loved everything we tried. We came during the tail end of happy hour on a Thursday and it was very crowded and a little hectic, but we still enjoyed ourselves very much. The patio is lovely.

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a great meal experience. Our server Christina was wonderful. Excellent food and great people watching from the patio. Will definitely be back!

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MF
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great experience. The food was great and the waiter wonderful. I have a dairy allergy and he was very understanding and able to provide information on exactly what items I could eat. The food was good- I highly recommend the cauliflower appetizer and the scallops as an entree.

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AM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

We ate here at the weekend, and while everything started off well, something went badly awry in the middle! Our waiter started off friendly and explained a lot. Our appetizers came fairly quickly, and were great, including the cauliflower and octopus. But that's when things went downhill, and there was a really long wait for the main course. Our waiter came over after about 15 minutes and said they'd be along shortly. After another 15 minutes, the hostess came along and said that there had been a mistake with the tickets for the order, and two were stuck together... We really did wait another 15-20 minutes, and ran out of drinks a couple of times. When the main courses did come, I for one did not feel very hungry any more. Plus my pasta was on the cold side. I then made the mistake of ordering desert, because they had a strawberry and rhubarb tart, and I can't turn away rhubarb. Even this took a while to come, and was cold. By this point our waiter had definitely lost interest in us!

We got the check, and then waited 10 minutes, and he didn't come back to pick it up. We had to get up and chase down somebody to take our money. The bill was coming up on $300, and they had taken off $22, I guess for keeping us waiting for sooooo lonnngggggg. But why $22???? What did that represent? Honestly, I have no idea what happened to make our waiter abandon us, but I would not go back.

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MR
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our third time at Formentos. The service was excellent, from the hostesses, to the bartender to our waitress, we felt welcomed and well looked after. Our waitress recommended some specials which we shared with the table and were excellent - the blue crab and a Morel mushroom risotto. My husband had the bucatini, which is their signature dish, and it was amazing. I had the scallops which were flavorful and filling. We all left full and happy that we returned once again to Formentos.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and amazing service. Highly recommended.

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DW
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my first time dining at Formento’s. We started out at the bar for happy hour and had a bar tender that was very knowledgeable and friendly. We ordered the meatballs, calamari and salad. The meatballs were moist and delicious. Then we moved outside for dinner and ordered the carbonara bucatini and lamb chops.. both were excellent. The pasta is all made fresh.We had the best waitress, Chloe. She was very detail oriented and when it was time for dessert she remembered that I was eyeing an espresso martini that another table ordered earlier on the evening. I wish all waitresses and waiters were as nice, attentive and detail oriented as Chloe. I will definitely return to Formentos for dinner!

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MA
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing! Every dish we had was delicious. The greatest thing, though, was how accommodating they were! Within our party was a vegan, a diary-free person, and a person sensitive to spicy food. Our server Jose went through all of the items on the menu that could be modified to meet these needs. When they brought out the dishes that had been modified, they also brought side dishes with the ingredients that had been removed, so the rest of us didn't miss out.

Overall, it was a wonderful experience, everyone enjoyed themselves, and I would definitely recommend dining at Formento's!

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L
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food and service! It was worth going out of our way to this hidden gem. The staff recommendations were spot on, and the entire experience was enjoyable and delicious.

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S
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Staff provided excellent service. The best. Food was great.

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BF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was incredible. I love an enthusiastic server and ours was top notch.

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GR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service is incredible at Formento’s. My husband and I ordered the burrata, mussels, monkfish, scallops, and pappardelle. Everything we ordered was delicious and we will definitely come back soon!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great waitress!

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Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good servers very professional make you feel at home

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s
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have never been to a place where each and every member of the staff from the valet to the server was so incredibly kind and welcoming. I can't say enough about their culture of kindness- it makes the experience a consistent 5!

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CG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious & the service was phenomenal! My family and I really enjoyed our evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

I would have preferred more traditional Italian food. It’s really just my preference. The service and atmosphere were excellent

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o
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great service. Everything was well coordinated.

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KR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Spectacular Mother’s Day brunch with impeccable service!!

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