Formento's

4.7
1125 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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Located in Fulton Market District within Chicago’s bustling West Loop, Formento’s is an Italian restaurant steeped with the bright and fresh flavors of Italy. Created as a nod to the owner’s grandmother, guests will experience an array of dishes from house-made pastas, seasonal antipasti and wood-fired fish and steak. At Formento’s, Chef Todd Stein combines new world culinary creativity with generations past. Our world-class wine program offers guests more than 300 varietals from around world.

Three private event spaces can accommodate parties of 10 to 200 guests in an intimate second floor loft overlooking Restaurant Row, featuring a private bar and amenities.

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Sun - Thu 4:30PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 4:30PM - 5:45PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

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1 review
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my first time and one of my favorite dining experiences to date. The food was incredible, the entire staff was wonderful, and the vibe/interior was beautiful. Shout out to our server (I think his name was Murphy) for making it a truly enjoyable experience. I can’t wait to go back.

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W
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I can’t say enough about our experience.

I was surprised and delighted to have Chloe as my server again. She is just unbelievable. Can’t wait to come back.

Fresh pasta and the Butcher Steak. Wow.

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M
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Grabbed dinner here before a concert. Our server made sure our dinner was paced so that we didn't feel rushed. She was very attentive and professional. The food was outstanding!

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PH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lived in Chicago my whole life and so enjoyed a new experience at Formentos- food was phenomenal- Murphy our waiter was so nice and accommodating! We were happy for a Murphy on st pats day ! Hahahahha

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A
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Awful food, very slow waitress, and very dirty place.
Never come back

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DS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious brunch and great service. Was able to customize dishes easily as well. Coffee and pastries were great as well.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Weird place. Food was ok. Better places in West Loop.

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MO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for brunch and loved it. We had Lily as our server and she was excellent. Great pancakes and kale salad

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K
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Another outstanding dinner at Formento's. Service was exceptional and the food unforgettable. Truly a pleasure.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Christina was 14/10 amazing.

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MN
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

My husband and I opted to finally try Formento’s on our night away from our 4 month old. We enjoyed the rustic vibes in a dimly lit corner table. We started with a bottle of vino from a tasting room we’ve visited in Sonoma. Delicious, but if you want something Italian they have a wide range of countries and regions represented on the wine list. For food we started with some salads and veggies followed by two incredible pastas. The tiramisu fell a little flat for us at the end of the night but all in all an enjoyable culinary experience.

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M
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I took a friend here for her birthday. This was a new spot for both of us. The space is cozy: Exposed brick, copper light fixtures. We scored a booth, which I would recommend over the free-standing tables. We had questions about the wine; our server called for the Sommelier. He was knowledgeable; we enjoyed the wine he recommended. We split the eggplant starter. It was fabulous. My friend had the carbonara; I had the pappardelle. Both were outstanding. I had checked "birthday" on my OpenTable res. &, sure enough, the waiter surprised us with a 3-scoop sorbet dessert with a candle in it. We were both enthralled with this restaurant in every way & will both return again & again.

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z
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

very good place & the server was amazing and the food

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K
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was excellent. We had the Char and the pheasant ravioli. Both were excellent, especially the Char. Service was impeccable

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TB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

On the Spendy side but worth it, drinks were good, wine was great, food was amazing. A bit on the small side to split dishes.

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NI
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are still smiling and talking about the dining experience at Formentos, from prompt seating to extraordinary service from Jesus. His expertise, his courteous and kind demeanor, and intuitive take on serving
us. With his help we were able to connect with Ashlei Miller Bergren, new daughter in law of a dear friend. One of the neatest dining experiences we’ve had!!

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WD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service, food was fantastic. Meatballs great. Atlantic Char was really good.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

The new tiramisu recipe was not good. The former puff pastry style was excellent. Also, there was a bolognese-style entree with spinach pasta, which is no longer on the menu that I loved.

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SG
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Formentos is fast becoming our favorite Italian restaurant. The food is fantastic and thoughtfully prepares. Excellent cocktails and the service is outstanding. This restaurant is a solid establishment.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and service, exceeded my expectations.

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s
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great creative food... exceptional service...

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v
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

Resturant is beautiful and I love the ambiance! Not a lot of variety in the food. I was unhappy with my pasta meal. It was meat free and maybe that was why it was bland. Not worth $30, but they were very understanding and removed it from the bill. I guess this resturant is not for me-

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and cocktails. Service was good. Wasn’t inexpensive when you add in the bar bill. Still, will head back some time.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the food and the waitress was wonderful, I hate when they make your whole party show up before being sat though. It's cold and I am standing by the door waiting for someone, when I had made a reservation and she would be there in a couple of minutes. I think it's just not corteous to the guests but overall a great option in the West Loop!

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MS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Formento’s never disappoints! Great service and great food.

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LR
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Had a lovely time and meal. Busy but could hear! Sat in comfy booth. Food great. Very nice evening. Good service. TY.

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RJ
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Pros: service truly exceptional, pasta, overall quality of food, comfortable seating and not too loud.
Cons: somewhat limited selection of entrees, almost seems they are trying to mimic tapas menu; limited selection of wines by glass. I don’t understand the choice of architecture design with huge windows overlooking a forgettable Chicago street, some would say ugly!

Note, lamb chops have replaced venison on menu. Some may consider this an improvement, and lamb was excellent, but venison seems more interesting option.

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t
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, very good food but k
expensive.

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R
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Food and service was good but overpriced. We had ordered pasta and chicken with a few sides and our bill including tip was over $220.

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MD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Our meal was very nice. Scallops and Pappardelle were the stars. Lemoncello martini was tasty as well. Our server was Murphy-he was really excellent. There were three SCREAMING ladies next to us and we could not hear each other. Murphy kindly moved our table down 6 feet! Much nicer. I know the noise factor is meant to create a fun atmosphere, but I really hate HAVING TO SCREAM while I eat. Overall, this is good restaurant. Not sure I will come on a Friday night when the local drunks are present. Good food and service saved our evening.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very accommodating of our toddler! We enjoyed the food, too. Service was exceptional.

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Bristol
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very good service, good for kids, nice experience

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our food was terrific, and our server (I want to say Christine) was one of the best we've ever had. From starters to dessert, everything was terrific!

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LN
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved it. The bartender was so pleasant, our waitress was super friendly and helpful. The food was AWESOME. The whipped ricotta was delicious and the butcher's steak was fantastic. I loved the ambience, the energy, the menu, the wine list - it was a fantastic night!

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MA
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We went to Formentos for my birthday and it was really great. I highly recommend the mussels and scallops— skip the octopus.

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ML
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 1

Food was amazing, but they had converted an event space into overflow seating. We felt like we were at a wedding reception and did not get to experience the actual restaurant environment.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic meal and equally fantastic service as always!

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DO
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Formento's is a great dinning experience. Excellent food, ambiance, and attentive staff. This is a must when you are dinning in the West Loop. Cheers to the manager for a well run restaurant and ensuring diners are having a memorable experience. Great job!

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s
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Pretty basic Italian food; nothing to write home about. Decent service and ambiance. If you’re heading to the West Loop there are a lot better options for dinner.

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