Riccardo Osteria

4.6
63 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Riccardo started his career at a very young age in Milan's prestigious GIRARROSTO which was family owned. Then, in 1982 he moved to the United States and he opened the famous Sonny Bono's in Los Angeles. In 1987 he started to work with his cousin Roberto Ruggeri (owner of Bice Ventures), with him he opened Bice New York, Los Angeles and many others around the world.

Here through the craftsmanship of an Italian food connoisseur, dishes are prepared with an almost zen-like essentiality that has shaped Riccardo's professional and existential life course.
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a hidden gem, as much as that is an oxymoron is west loop. Every detail is amazing from the service to the food. Would highly recommend to anyone for any occasion.

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OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant. Great menu. Wonderful service! Can't wait to go back!

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DS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding pasta.. delicious cocktails..

best pasta outside of Puglia..

not kidding,
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m
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every dish was excellent. They’ve only been opened a few months and I’m wishing them many more years to feed those who enjoy great food and love to dine. We will definitely be back. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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c
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing flavors. Risotto was so flavorful it didn't need anything else with it! If you like mushrooms, this is so very worth it. Grilled octopus was so tender and tasty, my husband ate half it from my plate. And the service was so cheerful and helpful, even in picking out gluten free options. A new fave in the west loop for dinner.

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MJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The El was a constant conversation stopper, do not sit in
The front of the restaurant during rush hour

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K
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The homemade pastas are fantastic. The rabbit was amazing. Great drinks, great service. I felt like I was in Italy!

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c
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. A nice variety of offerings and great atmosphere.

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RS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great spot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was terrific and can’t wait to come back

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JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was amazing! It was so authentic and flavorful. Great wine prices too.

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

Only Outstanding

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JB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Lovely experience overall. Pastas were delicious, service was fantastic. They could use some larger tables, four of us were crammed into a table that likely should have been for two people. The zucchini blossom special was particularly delicious.

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MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing - an Italian place in the West Loop who actually serves full-portion meals, not any of that small plate nonsense. Really great martini, really good suggestions from the waiter, really energetic vibe in both the front and back of the house. Food was phenomenal. Only thing I wish they'd do was provide a better description of some of the items for those of us who aren't great at Italian.

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f
Chicago
85 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We loved this place. Nice logistics and well spaced tables. Service was friendly, but not hovering. We ordered a bottle of wine, white, but not Chardonnay. Nicely flavored with hints of lemon. Starters were a wonderful heirloom tomato soup and a great arugula and artichoke salad.. We had a nice basket of fresh bread and forcacio with olive oil. Entrees were grilled octopus served with pesto and roasted potatoes and risotto fruits de mare chocked full of great seafood. Both were wonderfully prepared and tasted excellent. Dessert was chocolate and pistachio gelato with espresso. we will definitely go back soon to ray some other dishes. Well worth the money.

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PM
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the greeting at the door to the kind thank you as we left, we had a great experience. The food was excellent, service friendly and helpful, the ambiance was conducive to a great experience. We’ll be back.

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TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and people were wonderful. Love nicki

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AL
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Loved the food and the overall experience! The only downside is that our party of 4 was seated at a table that was uncomfortably small.

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AD
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Love this place. Food is great. Love how Macello greets you at the door. It's just a little loud.

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CB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came to celebrate my friend's birthday at this newly opened restaurant which is the third restaurant of the owner. The original location is always booked in advance, with opening this new location it gives people more opportunities to eat great Italian food. The owner and staff made our dinner special and plan to return soon. Love the open windows of the location.

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s
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

the original Riccardo is considerably better in terms of food quality and appearance. Osteria was disappointing for all of us.

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DD
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very nice new location. Food was fabulous. Nice wine list.

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TA
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

We had a pleasant evening celebrating my wife's birthday. I forgot the server's name, but he was very hospitable and knowledgeable about the menu. My wife had a lobster risotto that was delicious. I had a sea bass entree that was cooked to perfection. The ashes to ashes cocktail was a great start to the evening.

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a
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We had a lovely meal. While there was a minor hiccup (missed salads), the staff was quite conciliatory and did their best to assure the error didn't impact our experience. The food was quite tasty and very nicely presented.

My one suggestion would be to arrange the dishes by the table position of the diner. That would eliminate the need for the server to name each dish and wait for a hand to go up to claim it

Overall though, this was a pleasant evening with friends. We look forward to returning.

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D
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were very pleasantly surprised by how charming and welcoming we found this addition to the West Loop. The service was excellent - not too rushed, not too leisurely and our server was very attentive. The arancini, fava beans and pecorino, and tuna tartare were shared by our group of 5 and were plenty for us for appetizers. Two of us had pasta, one the fish special, and two had veal. All were excellent. We particularly appreciated the attention from the owner who was speaking to everyone in the restaurant during the evening. We will definitely be back. Perfect for family dining.

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J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

I was so excited about Riccardo Osteria's menu. It was the best sounding Italian menu I had seen in quite some time. However, the execution of the food was just so-so, nothing wrong per se, but there was not one dish that I tried and said, "Wow, this is amazing." With all of the great restaurants in Chicago, the food has to be a "WOW" in my book. This restaurant didn't measure up.

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Know the Trattoria well and have enjoyed their food, ambiance and service. Thought we would give Osteria a try.

The menu is basically the same. But the food preparation is not. Had ravioli al butera and the osso bucco. The ravs too al dente and the osso bucco was tough. Real chewy! Disappointing. Maybe working out the new restaurant kinks

I’m gonna stick with the tried and true Trattoria on Clark for now.

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F
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We had a perfectly lovely time and the food was good. I enjoyed it. I don't need to go back.

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OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Conquest meal.

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

A little loud for date jight

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f
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

the service will improve. the staff is new and they just need a little more time. the food and place are outstanding. Riccardo's Trattoria on Clark has been my favorite Italian restaurant for a long time. Had to try its brand-new location. Service was a little slow, which gave us plenty of visiting time. The waiter and kitchen staff are new and waiter was very accommodating. All of that will improve quickly, I am sure. Beautiful space. Same delicious, high quality food and friendly atmosphere.

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G
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great as usual. Service, Food, drinks. The noise level was a bit louder this time. Also I wonder when the stuffed zucchini blossoms that the Lincoln Park restaurant will be offered at this location.

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HK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Poor service, double charged us for drinks. Terrible cocktails, food was cold and over priced - $26 for small pasta dishes. Absolute disappointment.

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

Really amazing AUTHENTIC real Italian food served by Italian speaking servers!! This place does it right.

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

Same great food... A bit noisy for we old people

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

There’s al dente and there’s horribly undercooked pasta. Mine was the latter, they re-fired the dish for me, but it completely threw off the timing of a dinner out. Sauce was wonderful though.

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W
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our first time there for dinner. Perfect! Will return especially to enjoy the outside seating for summer.

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L
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Riccardo Osteria is a great restaurant. Hidden gem under the tracks on Lake Street. Valet parking, so no worries about that. Service was great. Food was wonderful....their veal dishes outstanding. I had the veal chop and it was delicious.

The bar tender knew how to make a very dirty martini......surprisingly, few do and I always have to send it back for a tweet.

What would make this restaurant perfect would be an outside seating.

Will come again very soon!!

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KC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The ambiance was wonderful! I loved the food and our server was very sweet!

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G
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I am so happy to have this restaurant in the west loop! Just like the Lincoln PArk location, the ambiance is pleasant, the staff are warm and friendly, the food is delicious and perfectly seasoned and authentic! The service is attentive! Perfect!

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