Mambo Italiano - Mundelein IL

4.6
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534 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

Family owned and operated, Mambo Italiano Ristorante is the ideal spot for couples, families and colleagues. With its relaxing atmosphere, the friendliest of staff and most creative daily food specials. The restaurant's interior is beautifully chic and newly remodeled.

Mambo Italiano Ristorante's expert chefs use only the freshest ingredients to prepare the numerous dishes available. With a combination of both traditional and contemporary Italian cooking styles, the menu offers a variety of delicious flavors. Large portions of favorite dishes like veal vesuvio and scallops/asparagus keep customers coming back. Fresh seafood is used to prepare entrees like the seafood risotto, and Mambo Italiano Ristorante's pizzas are made by hand.

What 534 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.4
Ambience
4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JG
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had an absolutely terrific meal and the service was outstanding. Waiter was knowledgeable and informative. Had a most enjoyable experience.

BL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Overall experience was okay. Food was okay. Staff/server as recovering from a large party and not able to focus on our needs.

W
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was fantastic. Cassandra our server was amazing. Surprise Birthday dessert was delicious and unexpected. Truly a fun birthday celebration

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Attentive service with outstanding lunch food options!

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 3

Food took a long time. It was over cooked and dry. 2nd time food was off. Can’t figure out why people talk so highly about the restaurant. Fair at best. I guess if you’ve never had good Italian food then your not sure what it’s supposed to taste like. Manager was very nice and understanding. He refunded 2 out of 3 meals.

G
London
49 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great as usual!

CC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Blackened salmon was dry and overcooked and not really blackened. Topping was good and thankfully the only thing that added flavor. Spare ribs were very good. Rigatoni was good.

S
Chicago
89 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great meal.
Walleye with egg bstter.

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

Although we were there the same night as the homecoming dance at a local school, and many students were at Mambo for dinner, the quality of food and service was excellent and the ambiance relaxed and pleasant.

MB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time but not last. Hip, fun place, yummy food, friendly service. Live music cherry on top!

J
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

If you've always heard good things about it, like we did, JUST GO. We're so glad we did. We went to celebrate my husband's birthday. I had made such a note in Open Table and they did acknowledge it with a candle in a dessert. The food is truly made from scratch and you can tell. Yum!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great day experience!

JK
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We love Mambo! We have been there over a times and have never ordered off the menu. The nightly specials are always amazing and a great selection to choose from. Food and service is top notch!

JG
Chicago
66 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always enjoy our meals. Great food Great service.
Wonderful owners!

MS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great neighborhood Italian restaurant with excellent food. Our group had the lobster ravioli, steak, spaghetti and lasagna...All were amazing. Excellent ambience and beautiful decor. Owner and staff were all very friendly!

C
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We've been coming to Mambo Italiano for several years now and it never disappoints! For this night, we hadn't been in awhile and were so delighted at how great the food is. I tried the homemade beef and veal raviolis and they were outstanding. I'm still thinking about them 2 days later. Love this place.

OT
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely waitress & wonderful food!

DS
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great time at Mambo--the food was excellent, all fresh ingredients, I had the branzino and it was fabulous. The fried ravioli is my favorite appetizer--a must try! Mambo makes authentic italian cuisine and has a fantastic environment. The owners and the staff are so friendly and welcoming. Overall excellent dining experience! Highly recommend.

C
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Me and my fiance celebrated four years together and Sunday September 8th we were celebrating getting married. We wanted Italian food with good flavor we tried Mambo Italiano last year and Yes!!!! This is the place and I love the Moscato. Atmosphere! Food! Servers! And the ambiance.... It's all wonderful ❤️

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

This is our go-to restaurant - love it there! The food is delicious and service is always fantastic!

JS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Veal Vesuvio and liked the Potato Soup. Ross did a super job on the service.

CR
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and attentive, friendly service. My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and they gave us complimentary dessert, delish!:)

JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Excellent food and service. Personally I don’t like the decor at all

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mambo Italiano is a hidden gem! The food was excellent - great quality, freshness and nice size portions on the entrees. So many choices with their specials for the day! Great service too. We will definitely return!!

H
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food ..everything is delicious!
I especially like their eggplant parmigiana . Took my son here who lives in Ca and he loved it too.
Wait staff are friendly , accommodating and efficient .
Always consistently good food !

f
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food.Best waiter ever. His name is Nick. Owner comes to all tables to make sure everything is great

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mothers birthday

RG
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, great place and great people!!

TB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We were right next to a large group, more than 20 people which made the service a little slower than usual but not a big problem. They were pretty noisy but that is not the fault of the restaurant. Food was spectacular, as usual. This is our favorite local Italian restaurant.

TR
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Our go to place for Italian food - not possible to make a bad choice from anything on the menu and the daily specials are a treat. The wait staff is friendly and doting and willing to do whatever possible to accommodate requests.

CC
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

we have eaten at Mambo Italiano many times. we have NEVER been disappointed. the food is wonderful and the portions are large.

AK
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent wine selection. Authentic Italian food. Always the Best food and the Best service.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The veal marsala was out of this world. Great selection of wines and cocktails. Would recommend making a reservation it seemed to be very crowded.

MZ
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love Mambo Italiano!! We were celebrating my husband’s birthday and our dinner and service was wonderful!!

PG
Chicago
130 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Several entrees were ordered and the eggplant and pollo dishes were fantastic

CL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Hostess sprinted to our table despite having four seniors, two with canes and very slow. Service was very fast, barely a few seconds between courses.
Chef should leave his salt shaker at home.

M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was amazing from time walking into Restaurant. Food was Amazing and delicious!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Recently moved back to the area and were happy to return to one of our favorite restaurants. Food and service is always excellent. The owners treat everyone like family. Happy to be back!

CF
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waitress was very attentive and the food was amazing!

j
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

I ordered the Italian sausage and peppers. The peppers and onions in this dish were SO over cooked that they were like mush. Additionally, the marinara sauce on it was oily and runny. I had this same dish at Di Piero’s in Lake Zurich and there is no comparison. The peppers were big pieces and were roasted.. not sautéed and the sausage wasn’t as greasy.

Lastly, I felt that the prices were very high for what you got. My friends ordered a bottle of wine to share. It was $33. On line, that same bottle was as low as $7.99.