La Barra - Riverside

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370 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Neighbourhood Gem
La Barra is brought to you by Rich Labriola, Chicago’s premier artisan baker. We feature sharable Italian small plates, award-winning pizza, great wines and hand-crafted cocktails. The beautiful space includes a private dining room and a gorgeous outdoor patio.
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We had a large party, and were celebrating a birthday. The service was a bit slow, but I think the waitress was letting us take our time. The menu is interesting, the appetizers are good, but the entrees leave a bit to be desired- nothing out of the ordinary.

T
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The food was GREAT! Our party had mussels, fish, pizza - all perfectly prepared.

v
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food good atmosphere

LA
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We sat outside and had a wonderful dinner. The wait time for drinks as well as food was much improved since our last visit. We had the deep dish pizza and it was absolutely fabulous!

PR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and great service! We had a party of 12, and food was served together, quickly, hot and delicious.

B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Amazing food--friendly staff--would definitely go back!

DG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome as usual!

L
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and food

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

The bread was excellent. Service okay, my wine order was wrong. The meal was overpriced and the sauce tasted and had the texture of tomato paste right out of the can.

JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

WOW...very LOUD. Couldn't even talk to person next to me. Couldn't hear the waiter talk.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best pizza in town. Service has improved twice over. Great value and the happy hour is one of the best in the area.

La Barra - Riverside
Responded on 25 August 2019

Thank you so much for your review. We appreciate the fact that you took the time to review your recent experience at our restaurant. We're so happy that your wife's birthday celebration was "perfect." Thank you, also, for mentioning that the "service was outstanding." Who was your server? What made the service outstanding? Finally, thank you for commenting that "the service has improved twice over" during your visit on 8/22/19. Thanks again for your comments. We hope to see you soon.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great time. Good food and hospitality! Caesar is the best!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

The waitress- Sherri- was initially attentive but after she got other tables she all but forgot us. At one point had to wave arms over head to get her attention. Then she started giving us attitude. when we tried to order she said let me get you some water. She went to another table- took their order and five minutes later returned to us. Still brought no water. Ruined the evening. Will not go back.

C
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The half price appetizers and $5 on certain drinks from Tues - Fri is a bargain. Nice way to sample the appetizers and see what you like. Everything we ordered- fried calamari, beets and the asparagus with an egg were delicious. Am going to come back and sample some of the other appetizers and dinners.
Very pleased with the food and service.

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food ! Good for the whole family. The kids really enjoyed the meatballs. The bread is outstanding and the pizza was phenomenal!

L
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Marcello our waiter was great but it looked like he had a lot of tables to work with, both inside and out. Despite that he was cheerful and as attentive as possible. We did have to ask again for our birthday cake as the hostess forgot to mention it to the staff, and it did delay our departure. Apps were really good, the Sicilian seafood salad was very fresh! The grilled calamari are great, but could have used a few more calamari;)).

n
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal, good food but a little pricey. A couple more shrimp in the fetttuccine Alfredo would have made it a better value.

FS
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

La Barra is all that I expected it to be.

The food was amazing and the waiter did not leave us unattended, very good service overall.

The scenery is beautiful ,it's the perfect place to take your date to or your whole family.

The place is very well managed, the personal pay good attention to details and that is something you won't find just anywhere.

La Barra is very beautiful inside and it's just as beautiful outside as well.

They have out door tables and it's very nicely decorated with beautiful lights that just take your breath away at night.

I strongly recommend this place to anyone and I also recommend that if you do go do not leave without trying out their deserts.

The canoli and cheese cake were the most delicious I have ever had in my life!

AI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Great food! Inconsistent service! We were a table of 4 adults having wine and dinner. The staff in general seemed disorganized with a slow bartender service, so wine came late to the table.

MA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice evening. Loved listening to Matt Scharpf at the He mic. Will return for Thursday night music. The brachiole was delicious.

EW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Everyone was friendly atmosphere was nice food was good.

LA
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

I have been to LaBarra serveral times and I enjoy the food and atmosphere, however, the wait staff has
been consistently under par, even when the place is not busy. The wait staff is slow to introduce self, get water, drinks, come back for order and once food is served, slow to refresh drinks. I have had several different waiters, so it is not just one.

RJ
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love this restaurant. We enjoy fine dining and no rushing. Our waiter, Patti,was wonderful. Knows her menu and gave us great critiques on prep of food items. The service was great, too. This was our second visit, and I know we
will go back again.

DB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

everything was good but, the service. the waitress was friendly but, slow. it should not take 2 1/2 hrs. to eat. even in a casual setting.

L
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Bread - as expected- was delicious and we kept ordering more. Ruben our server was on point, and made sure that our meal came out the way we wanted, ready to be shared across the table. Food was nicely done, nonna was not excited about the gnocchi but that was to be expected;) We ordered a lot, would highly recommend the lasagna. Cacio needs more black pepper, and please offer freshly grated cheese instead of the containers of who knows what.

RR
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Good time. Good food.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Family visiting from out of town.

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

It was my daughter's 21st birthday and we went here, our server went above and beyond she was genuinely amazing. The food was fantastic thank you everyone there.

B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Always a good time that's why we go back. Great for birthdays and special events.

OT
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have eaten at Labarra many times. Decided to have my mom's 90th birthday party there. There were 11 of us seated in Marcello's station. We could not have been happier with the food, service and ambiance. We had 4 medium pizzas as appetizers. A few people had entrees as well. We brought our own cake and they were very accommodating.

CT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful service and amazing food.

DA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Always great food and great people. Took extra long for food to come out but they gave us a complimentary round of drinks while we waited!

OT
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Good food, nice Atmosphere, great service at the bar.

OT
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful time here. The noise level is higher the closer to the bar you sit. We loved the food, our waitress was attentive and great. Overall, it was wonderful.

s
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great meal on the patio with a friend who was visiting from out of town. Great service and great value with half off bottles of wine Wednesdays!

D
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had a birthday celebration with 6 adults and 5 grandkids ages 2-7.... Marcelo was a great waiter and food was great... Tuesday was BOGO pizza which worked out great for kids... we recommend the bracciolle... our celebration couldn’t have been better!

MG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is good. I had pasta taste it was delicious . The Drinks were on point not to strong well served. The prices on the menu are great I expected to be more expensive but it wasn’t. Great service polite workers. Veronica was our server she was awesome funny polite really good server.

s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

MOTHER’S DAY DINNER FOR 8. WELL SEASONED WAITRESSES THAT CAN HANDLE SMALL CHILDREN AND FAMILY NEEDS. PERFECT EXPERIENCE.

s
Chicago
90 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always a favorite

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PB
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

LaBarra is the best overall restaurant in Riverside!!

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