Del Rio

4.7
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462 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Come enjoy our family's 90 year-old Northern Italian restaurant.

Whether you dine with us in our main dining room or upstairs in what was once our family's home, we warmly welcome you. If you're looking for that special restaurant where you can take a a breath from the fast lane and go back to a time when restaurants were not part of a chain and the owner became a friend, the food was always great, and as my grandmother said, "You feel better for coming"....then you've found the right spot. We combine the classic Italian Menu and new creative dishes, with full attention to both. If you enjoy fine wine, you've found a new home. Our cellar contains well over 3,500 choices dating from the late 1800's.
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MR
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It's like a you're in Northern Italy ... a step back in time. Tin ceilings, warm greeting by the owner Bill and wife, Connie. Warm and inviting atmosphere. . . tablecloths, cheerful wait staff who describe the evenings specials, and when described, you can tell they have tasted the menu and care about what they are doing. I write this because each time we go, it is the same wonderful service. I give this restaurant out of 5 stars a 7star. I had the Chicken Eevino ...two breasts cooked to perfection with a lemon and white wine reduction... also had the maple walnut butternut squash ravioli...crisp toasted walnuts to cut the sweetness and richness of the sauce. Pasta is homemade. Highly recommend...have taken out of town guests who travel extensively and they said this is the best Northern Italian meal they have had.

R
Chicago
104 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We always enjoy returning to Del Río! It’s been a go-to place for us for years. We had a variety Of dishes this time around — Mushroom Risotto, Butternut Squash Ravioli, Branzino and the Pork Chop. Everything was cooked to perfection and no one went home disappointed.

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

Consistent, delicious, classic Italian. Love the food, love the comfy hospitality.

S
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

With all the terrific choices in the suburbs & city Del Rio’s still is a dining choice at least six times per year. We’ve been going for 47 years. Bill, owner/greeter has been overseeing the family restaurant as long as we’ve been dining there.
The cheese ravioli al forno & veal modenese are go Too dishes. The baking of fish aveva style is worth too!

P
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Del Rio has always been a favorite of mine.
I enjoyed my birthday dinner there with friends from Cape Cod on Wednesday, 9/25.
Thanks for making that meal a very special occasion.
(We particularly enjoyed meet the 5th generation of your family, who was bussing that evening!)

OT
Puerto Vallarta
4 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Jennifer was amazing! The food was delicious!! Always love Del Rio.

CS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love it here! Even though it is an old establishment, we are surprised at how many of our friends haven't been here in recent years. The food and service are consistently excellent, and Bill is the best!!

I
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just a most enjoyable dining experience. Food is always good. They were packed yet service was very attentive. Wed nights have live music and it’s like what I picture dining in the 1940’s would have been like

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

Service and food were outstanding. Love this place!

DM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

There are some restaurants that make you never want to move away. But when you do, it's places like old school italian eatery Del Rio in Highwood, Illinois, that stir the heart and culinary senses, and make you always feel like family. It was so good to hear 4th generation owner Bill Pigati remember my folks, and to welcome me, and my wife, back after over 40 years. 95 years and still packing 'em in.

BH
Savannah
47 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Del Rio. Favorite restaurant of ours! The service is outstanding along with fine food! The shrimp scampi were delicious in a wonderful cheese sauce! Pasta is always andante and great!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Birthday
Too loud

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

Loved the music,menu options, went with in laws and we truly enjoyed it.

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The ambiance was homey and comfortable. The music by Carl and Dan was wonderful and lovely. They play on Wednesdays and we will definitely go back.

MH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Have been dining there for over 30 years. Wouldn't change a thing!

JB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Because of our Open Table reservation which included the fact that it was my husband's birthday, we were treated to a desert and were fussed over.

JA
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Like a throw back to old times. Food was delicious. No short cuts here. Staff gracious, friendly, and helpful. We were allowed to enjoy a leisurely, coursed meal, unrushed. Full dining room, but still quiet enough to enjoy easy conversation. I don’t think anything has changed here in 50 years. Hope it stays this way!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot!

M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was my first time dining at Del Rio, and definitely not my last! Jazz night was very enjoyable, and the wait staff extremely friendly/knowledgable. Also got the chance to meet the third generation family owners, great people! The food was simply prepared and delicious! Great time.

I
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

always have a fine dining experience here. one of our favorite places to dine.

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

Very enjoyable evening. The food was great (including veal, tortellacci , and more). The restaurant owners and staff were very welcoming, and helpful. It was obvious that there were many "regulars," which is always a good sign. We will return for sure.

b
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We’ve been coming to Del Rio’s for over 25 years. We live farther away so now it’s our occasional treat. Charming family owned authentically decadent pasta and Italian cuisine! Must go!

n
London
49 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Always reliably wonderful. The live music on Wednesdays is a great addition

OT
Chicago
219 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our meal was outstanding and Julie our waitress was fantastic. What a great time was had by all!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Family get together for out of towners.

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

Everything was awesome from the food to wait staff to the ambience. Highly recommend!

L
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Historic building
Family recipes

h
Salt Lake City
11 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Traditional place that offers reliable food. Veggie and Gluten Free options and decent wine list.

MG
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All time favourite.

T
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

At first sight, you had to wonder. After being greeted by the Owner, we were seated and the server (Cecelia) was very attentive. Although the menu was limited in selections, our selections were very good.
My wife and I would definitely go back.

JC
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Warm, cozy, and romantic. Old school Italian eatery. Delicious drinks, appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Home made gelato to die for. Service staff from a bygone era. Respectful and accomodating. Best Manhattan I've had in years. The portion of my Son's chicken parmesan was on the small side. Otherwise - wonderful.

LZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My dinner was fantastic. The owners walked around and talked to the guests. And our server, Jenny, was top-notch! Can’t wait to go back again.

DA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Del Rio never disappoints! Great food, ambiance and a great drink.

B
Chicago
79 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our monthly "Boys Night Out" was great success, great food, gracious host and a party atmosphere every time we go to Del Rios. One of the friendliest restaurants in town (if not the friendliest).

e
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good meal. Filet mignon was excellent. Wonderful atmosphere

A
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We’ve been eating at this restaurant for 30 years. It’s fantastic and feels like you are visiting family. This is a gem and I hope it never goes away.

DA
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love the place.
The food is really good and everyone is friendly

b
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Charming old world Italian! Family owned restaurant passed down and it’s an Authentic Gem!

AB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent authentic food. Delightful service.
Would definitely make this one of our regular stops on
The weekends.

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always an outstanding experience!

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