Ristorante Bottaio

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$30 and under
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Italian
Ristorante Bottaio - Fresh vegetables, fish and various meats prepared as modern interpretations of traditional dishes from the Abruzzo region of Italy. All within your reach at our charming restaurant in Libertyville, Illinois. Stop by and see for yourself!
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MH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our Favorite local Italian restaurant! Always a great meal and service.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for your wonderful review, Michael! We are so proud to hear you choose as your favorite Italian restaurant in the area. We can't wait to have you back!

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JV
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Loved the food. Even our teenagers loved this place.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on 9 October 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review, We are so glad the whole family enjoyed. Come again soon!

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SM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Several dishes needed better seasoning. For instance capers were subdued in veal limone dish. Service was good

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on 9 October 2019

Hi Suzanne, Thank you for your honest feedback. We are happy to hear you received good service. We will share your comments about seasoning to our kitchen staff so they are aware. We hope you join us again soon!

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M
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved everything about this place! The atmosphere was relaxed and the service was excellent. I had Fettucini Alfredo with chicken and broccoli. My husband had the spaghetti which he said was one of the best around. The other couple also were pleased with their entrees. Drinks were great. We will return!

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on 3 October 2019

Thank you, Mitchpat75, for letting us know what a great time you had! We're thrilled that you enjoyed the Fettuccine Alfredo, the spaghetti and the drinks. We look forward to your next visit.

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

Outstanding food.... great local place

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on 1 October 2019

Many thanks for your kind comments!

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CD
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. The Oso Bucco was out of this world.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on 26 September 2019

Hi Christopher, Thank you for your wonderful comments! We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed.

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S
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Been there numerous times and have never been disappointed. Only problem is noisy acoustics at times.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on 28 September 2019

Thank you for your kind words, Suburbanfoodie!

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WT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was excellent. Hadn’t been there in a while but they haven’t lost a beat.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on 25 September 2019

Thank you for your amazing review, WTL2014! We are thrilled that you returned and that things were still top notch :) Hope to see you again soon.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Made a reservation for quiet table, we got the corner between kitchen, bathrooms and hallway.(not great start) Then the soup was medium-warm and tortellini were under cooked. My husband was served his salad and dinner at same time, then they pulled back the dinner briefly before reserving it with a cover. Not our best experience here, also not typical. Maybe because it was a "homecoming " night? In addition the valet/parking attendant was not cooperative with our handicapped parking placard. Overall very disappointing.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on 1 October 2019

Thank you for taking some time to let us know about this. Your satisfaction is our highest priority and we're sorry to hear that we dropped the ball. Our team works hard to provide customers with an amazing experience and it pains us to say but we were not on our game the other night. Please accept our sincere apologies. We hope you'll give us another chance.

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DH
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good Italian food. Not as good as other more authentic Italian restaurants we have been to in the Chicago area (and Italy), but good. Wait staff was very quick and no personal connections made, maybe they were short-staffed so he had to hurry. Felt like we were being hurried out since we received and finished our meal faster than I can ever recall in a sit-down restaurant.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on 25 September 2019

Hi David, Thank you for visiting and taking some time to leave us a review. Your feedback helps us understand what we're doing right and what we could work on! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed the food. Hope you'll come again!

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GS
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We had 7:30 reservations and you closed at 9:00. I know you all wanted to go home but when tables were being moved and a group of people came out and started resetting and moving/clearing . . . I figured we must have been holding everyone up. Sorry.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on 13 September 2019

Hi Geri, Thank you for your feedback. We're so sorry to hear that your visit was disappointing and we deeply apologize for making you uncomfortable, as that was not our intention. You were not holding us up at all! There is a lot to do when closing a restaurant at the end of the night and it helps to get some of it done early, but the customers are always our first priority. Please know that you were not in the way at all and we hope you'll give us another chance.

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

Great food and service!

JB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always really good! The service tonight was outstanding!!

SS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The noise level was high due to a funeral luncheon. The host suggested we sit upstairs which was better but still loud. Not complaining, though, since it was a funeral lunch. The service was great and since my friend and I were celebrating her birthday the waiter brought a complimentary dessert, which we very much appreciated. He was very accommodating and friendly.

l
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Not bad Overall. Did not seemed very Italian to me

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

This was a pleasant experience. Wait staff did a good job, and atmosphere was nice. Valet a bit pushy. Food was good, but soup was luke warm at best. Calimari cooked perfectly as well as veal shank. The rest of the food was good, but well overpriced for the flavor return. We enjoyed our meals and atmosphere, but probably wouldn't spend that kind of money on it again. if you have a few extra bucks to spend leisurely, you will be happy.

C
Chicago
119 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Our pastas weren’t remarkable but we enjoyed our dinner at Bottaio nonetheless.

L
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. Unfortunately they make you use a valet that isn't necessary. It's only a few steps to the door

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

Bottaio was fabulous, as always. Bot the food and the service were excellent. We are looking forward to our next visit.

OT
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Always dependable. Good food. Fair priced. Good service.
Accommodating. Honors reservation time. White cloths.
Valet parking. We dine there quite often.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on 21 August 2019

Thank you for all of your wonderful comments! It's terrific to hear that our food is delicious and our staff took great care of you. We hope to see you again soon.

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S
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

On my first visit with friends had such a good meal that I had to come back with my spouse. I tried the beet salad with fennel, orange slices, walnuts and little balls of breaded and fried goat cheese, topped off with balsamic vinegar and EVOO. Absolutely incredible. I also tried the veal parmesan which was fantastic. They prepare and serve it on the bone. It was so delicious. I love Battaio and can't wait to try other things on the menu. Have already recommended this place to others.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on 20 August 2019

Hi Stillyounger, Thank you for all of your terrific comments and recommendations. We're proud to hear how delicious our food is for you and all of the love you have for us. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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DD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As usual, the restaurant did not disappoint. The food is delish. Service is very good. We tried the crab cake appetizer and it is the best crab cake I have ever tasted. Kudos to the chef! I had an exceptional dinner with a good friend.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on 20 August 2019

Hi Donna, Thank you for joining us and for all of your kind words. We're thrilled to hear that our food is delicious and our staff provided great service. We look forward to your next visit.

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S
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A friend recommended Bottaio. I was expecting reasonably good food, but instead found a mouth watering experience by way of their Salmone Adriatico which was a special the evening I was there. Outstanding dish, can’t wait to go back and try other menu offerings.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on 16 August 2019

Hi Stillyounger, Thank you for joining us and for all of your wonderful comments. We love hearing how delicious our Salmon Adriatico was for you and look forward to seeing you again.

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DD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have some friends that we join up with once a month and they really enjoy having dinner with us in this restaurant. The food is always very good, the wait staff is very friendly and accommodating. Pricing is moderate and the food is plentiful. The only thing negatively I can say is that it does get a little noisy when the dining room is full. Other than that, I think you should give this restaurant a try. It will not disappoint .

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on 16 August 2019

Hi Donna, We're proud to be the backdrop to your evening out with friends and appreciate hearing that our food is always delicious and our staff is great. Thank you for all of your kind words. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place always!

T
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never fails to deliver a great dinning experience. Thank you to all.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on 16 August 2019

Hi Tommy, We're proud to hear that your experience is always terrific with us. Thank you for letting us know.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Giant portions of just ok food. Service was terrible, slow, inattentive and just generally MIA. It was super loud also and the whole place looked like it was a hit in the 1980’s. Worn out dishes and worn out decor round out the experience. We parked with the complimentary valet and got no ticket for our keys but that guy was the best part. He pulled the car up front before we had even asked. I guess he knows people want to make a fast getaway from here!

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

We all enjoyed our meal. The dining room was nicely appointed; not formal, but not overly casual. It was quiet enough to hold a conversation. Our waiter was courteous, attentive and knew the menu . A little pricey for a weekday meal, but perfect for special occasions.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on 16 August 2019

Hi Kathryn, Thank you for letting us know that you enjoyed your meal. We appreciate all of your great comments and look forward to seeing you again.

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

I have to blame the waitress for super slow food service as other tables around us with other waiter were served in a normal amount of time. Manager was apologetic. Food was good as it normally is.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on 7 August 2019

Hello Thomas, Thank you for your feedback. We assure you that this is not how we want our guests to be treated and we will be taking this up with our staff. Our goal is to always provide the best experience possible and we apologize for falling short with your visit. We hope that you will give us another try.

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k
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great experience!

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on 6 August 2019

Hi Kris, We love hearing that you always have a great experience with us!

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NG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

I love this restaurant and typically the food is excellent. I chose one of the specials, which was a whitefish. Unfortunately, the fish was tasteless and the linguine was so slippery I couldn't get it up on my fork even with the aid of a spoon. At $26 this was a miss, but I'll chalk this up to a bad night.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on 6 August 2019

Hi Nan, Thank you for your feedback. We're certainly disappointed to hear that our whitefish and linguine wasn't the best. It would have been our pleasure to take care of you and replace it. We wish we would have been able to make your visit a spectacular one. We hope that you will visit us again.

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LU
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Went again for a second effort at finding out if the restaurant was as good as I thought. It was!

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on 6 August 2019

Hi LoveUpscale, Thank you for joining us! we're proud to hear that our food was delicious and we appreciate hearing that our restaurant is wonderful for you.

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LU
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

A legitimate Italian meal (I just got back from Italy last month) with good service. Wine list is pretty pricey but Amorone and Brunello aren’t cheap anywhere.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on 30 July 2019

Hi LoveUpscale, Thank you for joining us and for your great comments about our delicious food! We always want our guests to have the best experience possible and we love hearing that we hit the mark with you.

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

The staff was pleasant and punctual and the ambiance was great. The food was outstanding and the noise level was pleasant where we were able to talk and enjoyed catching up with friends. The menu was so appealing it was hard to narrow down to one choice. I ordered the Linguine Con Calamari
(Baby squid in a spicy marinara sauce.) It was outstanding. I highly recommend this restaurant and we look forward to going back.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on 19 July 2019

Hi Tom, We're thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed dining with us and that your meal was delicious. Thank you for all of your wonderful comments. We look forward to your next visit.

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b
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

All I can say is "Wow, can't wait to go back!" We have been to many "fine dining Italian" restaurants, but this one just blew us away. It's a pretty place, simple white tablecloth style. The menu had an incredibly diverse and large selection of dishes in pasta, fish and meats that included some really unique ingredient combinations that we never saw before. There was a "short list" of specials that were really creative. I ordered one of the specials as my entree and was very impressed. The Pasta Fagiole, both I and my husband agreed, was absolutely the best we have had ANYWHERE. We like to have an appetizer before we order our entrees and make an evening of it, and we were pleased that we did not feel at all rushed. Although some might say this is a pricey place, we found it to be pretty competitive and even less than some of the competition, for the quality and the area in which it is located.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on 17 July 2019

Hi BooBoo, Thank you for joining us and for all of your kind words. We're proud to hear that our pasta fagiole was the best you both had and that the rest of your meal was just as delicious. We look forward to your next visit.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and wonderful food with very large portions. One meal can be split! Affordable as well. Amazing place to visit often.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on 17 July 2019

Hi Steve, It's wonderful to hear that our staff took great care of you and your meal was delicious. we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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SH
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My boyfriend and I were celebrating a special anniversary and I am glad we picked Bottaio. Food was great, excellent service. Manager sent over a small complementary tiarimesu for our anniversary. Nice touch. Will be going there again soon. I highly recommend.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on 17 July 2019

Hi Sara, Thank you for allowing us to be part of the celebration! It's wonderful to hear that our food was great and that service was top-notch. We hope to see you again soon.

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RM
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Everything was absolutely delicious. Great service. Friendly employees.

A
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

This is our go-to Italian restaurant. Favorites include Veal Marsala, Eggplant Parmesan, Veal Picante, Pasta Pomodoro and Bolognese.

Pros:
The service is always excellent
There's plenty of variety on the menu.
Bread is served hot.

Cons:
If you like wine, be prepared to be disappointed. The wine list is very small, as are the glasses. One size fits all.
The main dining room can get loud.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on 8 July 2019

Hi DerAlte, We're glad to be your go-to and to hear that you have many favorites on our menu. Thank you for all of your kind words and feedback. We look forward to your next visit.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Really good Italian food.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on 8 July 2019

It's wonderful to hear that our food is really terrific for you! Thank you for your comments.

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