Osteria del Mercato – Eataly Chicago

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$30 and under
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Italian

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Osteria del Mercato is the all-new market-to-table restaurant at Eataly Chicago. Featuring a menu inspired by the marketplace using products from artisanal Italian and U.S. producers, the market is your menu at our first-ever experiential restaurant. Osteria del Mercato officially opens on November 1, but our previous concept, Osteria di Eataly, will serve regional Italian food and drinks until then.

RESTAURANT FEST AT EATALY CHICAGO
From November 1 to 17, Eataly Chicago is celebrating Restaurant Fest! Enjoy a 2-course prix fixe menu at Osteria del Mercato for $20 with $25 bottles of select Italian wine to pair. Book your table today!

Special Offers

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the new year Italian-style! Join us for Mezzanotte, our annual all-inclusive New Year’s Eve bash. This year, we will be featuring a great variety of Italian favorites from all of our restaurants and counters at this exclusive event on the second floor of Eataly.

Tuesday, 31 December, 2019

What 290 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.1
Service
3.9
Ambience
3.8
Value
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69% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

The carpaccio was the star of the meal the Polenta with short-ribs was tasty as well. The server was attentive but did not clear the table as often as I would've like. There was a bit of a problem with gnats and an exposed thermostat or some other fixture above where I was seated, while it didn't create a dining problem it was a noticeable distraction.
Overall it was a decent dining experience. The November two-course special was great offer to introduce the restaurant to a new diner.

DG
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience1

Was a much better experience last year when we were there for the first time. We were disappointed

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The carpaccio aa well as the salad with shaved brussel sprouts were divine starters!

JS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience1

The food was overcooked and not worth the money. Our waiter never even checked on us

AM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience1

Pasta was good (thought you can get the pasta downstairs...) but service was slow/inattentive, prices were high and wife's entree was overly salted and not very complex -- just pan fried chicken and potatoes which wasn't really clear on the menu. I'd skip and just get a bowl of pasta downstairs and a glass of wine while you shop. Eataly in general is fun but not this restaurant.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

Great parm

AC
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Today was my first visit with some very dear friends and it was a wonderful experience! Our waitress was amazing! Great personality and friendly. Our food selections were absolutely delicious! We were there during Restaurant Week so most of us ordered from that menu and the gentleman with us had the Wagyu steak. It was not hard to accept a bite and it was the best I've ever had so far. Juicy and with a bite like butter. We'll be back for sure.

JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Difficult to find the host, seating was crowded, waiter did not know the menu at all. Took forever to get or order placed. Waiter was confusing and tried to be accommodating to our requests, but made things even worse and more confusing. Food was sub par, especially for the price.

JK
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Not a good start to our experience. Arriving late into Chicago, complications getting into our AirBnb, and knowing we'd be late for 8pm reservation I called at 7:40 saying we may be late. Was told they hold table 15 minutes and that we should be fine. Upon arrival at exactly 8:15 host didn't seem to care if we were there or not. Told us he gave our table up and corrected me when I said I was told our table would be held till 8:15. He waved his hand in our faces and said "you are 19 minutes late"! Pretty rushed to order, was loud and really wonder what it would be like to dine there midday or at 5-6pm. Wine was good. Just not the experience our group had hoped for.

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

I always love the atmosphere of Eataly. I’ve been to the one in Rome, Las Vegas and here in Chicago. We got the deal they were offering which was paid $20 and get two courses. The value was great but the bruschetta was very salty.

VS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food served in a visually, enticing manner. Our server thoroughly covered our eating and drinking options as well as providing courteous service. All the servers were charming and pleasant. We took advantage of the special 2 course meal and wine price. Quite a good value that I'd repeat.

SL
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Ok, we knew it was a tourist trap, but we hoped for a bit better. The waiter obviously didn’t feel like working that nite. After a very shy hello, he presented a blackboard with menu on it, but didn’t bother explain these very expensive items to us. We went with the festival specials: 2 courses for 20$, and a bottle for a 25$. Choice of 4 appetizers and 4 entrees. The carpaccio was too salty , and I like salt, and something in the salad was passed due, we barely touched it. Then came the wine. Red, i agree should be room temperature, but this one was coming out of the oven, we asked for basket of ice!,! Main courses, ravioli just ok, deep fried chop pork, tasted like deep fried over cooked grey meat. And when we got the bill, a salad was charged extra 12$. Don’t eat there.

A
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Noise level was perfect enough where we didn’t have to shout to speak to our 4 person table even though it was a very full room. My second dish being pasta was later than the three others I was dining with but my waiter Mark handled it excellently, giving us a free bruschetta dish and making sure it came as quickly as possible once I mentioned the tardiness of the dish. Wonderful experience and will definitely be going again!

OT
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The was authentic Italian. Loved the whole place...actually came the next day to eat again

LA
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Upon entering Eataly, it was very difficult to know where to go to check in for our reservation. It was very crowded and we finally stopped a server to ask where we should go and were kindly pointed in the right direction.

Bruschetta and ricotta ravioli were great but the portions seemed small. The pork cutlet was very dry. could not even get half way through it. The place was very interesting and if you were looking for Italian ingredients, it has an amazing inventory of product. However, I wasn't too happy with lunch, our table was directly in front of the pickup station so there were people standing right around us and moving in an out the whole time. Maybe on my next trip into Chicago i'll try it on a weekday to see if it would be less chaotic and noisy.

R
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Food was great. Portions were very small tho

CT
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and there were a few specials going on so the price was great. Would love to go again.

CS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

very loud. food was good not great. The way i read the menu I can choose what i want from the counter and have it cooked for me. That is not really the way it works - the waiter shows a board and you choose without seeing the cuts, the fish the cheese etc. Somewhat misleading. Same with wine - I didn't get to go through the wine area, choose a bottle, then have it with my meal. I was given a list to choose from - only a dozen or so wines. I am a level 2 somm so expected more since you do have an extensive Italian selection. In a town and area with copious options it was lacking a bit.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Eataly NEVER DISAPPOINTS! The perfect place to go for all occasions and the food always blows me away.

A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Went here for a date night and we were very happy with the food! We did a 3 course dinner for $30 and paired it with a bottle of wine, we were stuffed! Incredible meal. The place was packed however, a little too loud/crowded for our liking but are definitely coming back on a more mellow night!

P
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience3

It was fun. A little loud and the service was not the best

JR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

I wouldn't recommend that you visit this place. It's way to loud. Our service is very poor. it took 10 minutes for someone to visit our table and get us a glass of water. It took 55 minutes for our first course to show up (salad and bruschetta, the salad was the wrong style). While we waited for our salad our server said he'd bring over some more bread and olive oil. He never did. It took 20 more minutes for the second course (pasta) to show up. They got my wife's dish wrong again. We spoke to a manager, who apologized and said she'd get the correct pasta to her. When we told her we didn't need a third pasta dish she insisted on bringing it anyway. So, while we still had 3 plates of pasta on the table the servers delivered our third course. I assume it showed up so quickly because my wife was very upset and the manager was cracking the whip. The pork was dry and the polenta was runny. I don't eat a lot of polenta so maybe is supposed to be like eating tapioca pudding. Now i know. They did wave our bill and also comped us a shot of limoncello at the end of the meal. That was nice. Also, the pasta was very good. We probably won't be going back though.

BS
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Very pleased with our first visit. Would return for another time.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Thé white truffles were very dry

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food2Service3Ambience3

It just was okay 🤷🏻‍♀️

OT
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

I was an OK Italian restaurant with a limited menu. Salads were way overdressed. Main pasta courses were somewhat large. Wines seemed a little expensive. You are in the middle of an Italian food store, so look around. There are other Italian restaurants I should have gone to.

JB
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Thé service was excellent so were the salads, especially the kale salad. The pastas were good but overpriced for what they were.

KB
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience1

Very busy restaurant surrounded by a store. Eataly was recommended to me on my trip to Chicago. There truly is something for everyone. House wine was fine and Misto salad was ver good. My husband and I split it. Ravioli was just okay. My husband liked his Pescatore. Had to keep asking for water. Food came out too fast.
Overall average experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food3Service3Ambience5

Date night

JS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very good food and service. A bit noisy but expected because they were very busy.

k
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The food is absolutely delicious and the service was good for us, but I had read a lot of complaints about it in other reviews. It is very crowded and noisy. I would return because the food is so delicious.

GC
Manitoba
415 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Osteria di Eataly is a loud, obnoxius, clattery restaurant in a huge Italian market. The room was filled with loud pop/hip music and loud conversation coming from tables of young 20-30 somethings shouting across the table at one another. This is not a place for a quiet peaceful dinner.

The food was barely edible. The salad was fresh but flavorless. The pasta was allegedly served al-dente but was, in fact, hard and barely cooked. the sauce had a bit of flavor but could not redeem the pasta.

Finally, my red wine was served at a temperature way above room temperature at about 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Two thumbs all the way down on this place.

C
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

We had an awful food server (Angel A.) that soured the entire experience for us. He probably makes a great living with the setup of the place and the constant turnover of the place that he didn't need to or want to care about his customers.

CD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Waiter did not show me wine bottle before opening. Never checked back with us after first bite.

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Muy buen servicio. Mucha amabilidad y buenas recomendaciones.

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MH
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

We used to love Eataly a lot more. They went downhill after the newness wore off, after the scandal, and when employees became less excited to be there. Fortunately for us and them, they're consistently busy as a result of tourism. As a result, I stopped coming, as often. However, our waitress on this visit was outstanding. She deserves a raise!

MF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

I wish I had known that this restaurant inside Eatly did not serve any gluten free pasta. We had to abandon our reservation and wait for a table at the Pizza & Pasta restaurant. We had to then edit another 30 minutes. But once at our table the food was delicious.

TD
Denver
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

OK it gets a little noisy and a little crazy - particularly on Saturday night of Chicago Marathon week...but it is worth it. What a fun place so many items to buy, so much good food to eat

d
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience3

Arrived a few minutes before reservation time and told we were "checked in" and table was being prepared. We waited. 10-15 minutes later, hostess acknowledged that prior party had not left, though check had been "dropped." We waited. 10 minutes later, hostess offered us appetizers and drinks. A gentleman led us to a hightop table that was occupied; the couple there left and I was embarassed. We waited. 5 minutes later he returned with a menu. 5 minutes later, we tried to order, only to learn that they were out of multiple soft drinks and fruit juices. We waited. We were then led to our table. An incorrect appetizer was delivered. Eventually the correct one and drinks arrived. Table service and food was good. Awkwardness could have been avoided by hostess being honest with us on arrival and avoiding use of restaurant jargon--we could have walked around, shopped, etc. While I appreciated the offer of complimentary appetizer and drinks, it was implemented in a way that was awkward and embarrassing.

MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent market to browse before table is ready. Too many things to buy.