il Porcellino

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1933 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Il Porcellino, located in the heart of River North in downtown Chicago, is a neighborhood restaurant offering classic Italian-American comfort food in a casual setting. The seasonal menu focuses on housemade pastas, vegetable antipasti and daily specials, all crafted with ingredients sourced from quality artisans, purveyors and local farmers. The fun and approachable wine program encourages sharing with selections from southern and central Italy.
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had such a great experience ! We are from out of town in for the marathon and our server was patient, answered any questions we had, and was super attentive to our needs. We will absolutely be back when we visit Chicago again !

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and great service!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love it here always come for the pre dinner before Chicago Marathon. Only non good thing is my old fashioned wasn’t good. I’ve always had great ones here!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our night was amazing
We has the Lasagna and the Casio pepe and the truffle garlic bread
It WAS THE BEST ITALIAN we had

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

Julio made our experience perfect. They started us out with some arincini and we also got apps, food was very timely and Julio, our server, made us feel at home. The food was unbelievable and the service was top notch. Most definitely would come back next time we’re back in the city

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

Absolutely loved the lighting and decor. The food was really delicious and the serving size was perfect. The service here is awesome. Food came out quickly. Highly recommend this restaurant!

GF
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

If you like Italian food, you’ll love this restaurant! All the pasta dishes are amazing. Great bar. Fun place with great people watching.

C
Nashville
54 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great ambiance with cozy lighting. Friendly service. Vegetarian-friendly. We’ll definitely return.

K
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place!

FA
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food. We loved the grilled calamari. The marinara sauce is their specialty and it shows.

R
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the moment we were seated all the way to the end, we were very well taken care of. The food was delicious and the presentation was lovely. We very much enjoyed our time there. On a busy Monday night we never felt rushed. Jacob, the gentleman assigned to our table, was very good: professional, attentive and friendly.

TM
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was great and service was wonderful. I would highly recommend visiting this restaurant

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a good experience. Service was courteous and friendly. The food was exquisite and cooked to perfection. I ordered the Halibut with grilled broccoli rabe, it was really delicious. I recommend it.

SS
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband & I were in Chicago for the first time this past weekend. Il Porcellino was in walking distance from our hotel. I made a reservation on open table and arrived about 20 minutes early. We were sat before our reservation time. Our waitress offered suggestions for drinks for my husband. We ordered meatballs for an appetizers and pasta dishes for our entree. Our food was outstanding and was offered bread on the house to soak up our sauce afterwards. We decided on donuts for dessert and was also bought out lemon pepper cookies. We had a very pleasant experience.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food!!

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

Food was on point! Traditional and cooked perfectly.

CS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Peter our waiter was superb. Nice experience overall.

C
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place was amazing, so worth the wait. We traveled from Bloomington, IL on the train and train was running late...the restaurant was so kind to keep our reservation changes. Also the were very busy, but still serves for fast and waiter was understanding that we want to be to our next destination on time. I will be back il Porcellino's.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

Food was mediocre at best which was a letdown as we waited at least an hour to get it.

FD
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service. The waiter was always there at the right times, without being obtrusive. It was a very enjoyable dinner!

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

Had a lovely dinner.

t
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The menu had some creative items I hadn't had before, and the food was very good. Service was attentive without being intrusive and very helpful. It was a good experience and we will go back.

VP
Houston
38 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere and bread ($7) to die for! Food was excellent. Cocktails served in French champaign glasses were a bit lame for $15.

SL
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I always make a point to visit il Porcellino at least once every time I come to Chicago. I found it initially due to the proximity to my hotel, but ever since that first visit I've eaten here every time I come to Chicago.

The service is outstanding. I've never had any food that wasn't outstanding, although once I tasted the Steak Grigliata, it was difficult to stray from that dish to anything else. The steak melts in your mouth and the garlic fries are absolutely scrumptious.

Start with the loaf of garlic bread. Any entree will be outstanding. I love the salted caramel semifreddo for dessert. Enjoy the experience.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Food was good but came out cold originally and had to send back.

K
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing!! Great food and ambiance. Everything we had was perfect.

RS
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was fantastic very helpful and professional.
We would come again.
Love the lighting and music.....

E
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The garlic bread was excellent. We really enjoyed the service as well. This is definitely above average experiencewith a good price and excellent service.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The lasagna was phenomenal!! Service was great as well!

AR
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our 2nd time here and we love it. It is cozy, the food and service is outstanding. Will be back!

CB
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Attended with a group of friends. Arrived early for our reservation and were seated even though all of our party was there which not many restaurants will do. The food is very good. Nice sized portions and a few people took part of their entrees home.

MM
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfection!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved everything about il Porcellino. We ordered the grilled calamari and it was cooked perfectly. Added a little Parmesan to it and it was fantastic. I ordered the spicy scampi spaghetti and my boyfriend ordered the salmon. The shrimp was cooked perfectly and the flavor of the dish was excellent. It was also nice and hot - literally like they ran the dish out right after it came off of the pan. My boyfriend’s salmon was cooked PERFECTLY! It was tender and flaky. It came with kale that had great flavor. We were so full by the end of the meal that we had no room for desert. Service was also friendly and quick for how busy they were. We will definitely be back with friends and family to try more soon!

RP
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything about Il Porcellino was memorable in a positive way, from the efficiency of the check-in, the bar staff, our wonderful server Elvira and the delicious meals my wife and I enjoyed very much. They even comped us with a dessert as we mentioned in our reservation that we were celebrating a wedding anniversary.

No future trip to Chicago will be complete without a meal at Il Porcellino.

RJ
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This a a nice find. The food was outstanding and the service was superb. A short walk from the major hotels downtown. If you are looking for excellent Italian food at a reasonable price, il Porcellino is the place!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance. Great food. The perfect last meal on my trip to Chicago.

R
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

There were four of us. The service was mostly but not super friendly, not unfriendly...think more dry. We all liked our food but one, and the restaurant took that meal off the check. I had the tortellini with Asiago cream (on a bed of marina) with spinach and crunch prosciutto mixed in , which was good but not great. It could just be that it wasn’t my taste. I also think it would’ve been better with kale instead of spinach. The mini risotto balls, they gave us as a welcome in, were fantastic. The cheese and bread was great. The wine, super Tuscany #2, was good and the deserts were excellent. Recommend the Italian donuts. Loved the look and feel of the place.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first time here and have now rated it one of the best Italian restaurants we've been to! Everything was amazing, we are still talking about the house made ciabatta and the Caramel dessert, and the lasagna, and pretty much everything about it! Excellent service and food we will definitely be back to try some other menu items.

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere, great oldies music, the service was incredible despite how busy it was. Our server was wonderful. Would recommend and definitely go back

B
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food

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