Pelago

4.6
1483 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Authentic
  • Cozy
  • Special Occasion
Mauro Mafrici is a Michelin starred Italian chef who has worked in some of the greatest international kitchens and luxury resort hotels of the world. His long resume of prestigious experiences in revered establishments culminated in the opening of his own critically acclaimed restaurant, Lo Scalco, in New York City which earned a coveted Michelin star in its first year open. Mauro has now brought his talents to Chicago with PELAGO.

The basis of Mauro’s cuisine is “sapori veri’: true, honest, genuine flavors used masterfully to create new sensations, forms and colors. Fresh seasonal ingredients from Italian and local sources will tantalize every taste bud as Mauro allows each bite to speak for itself in a clean, straightforward flavorful vocabulary. With each endeavor Mauro continues to look for new ways to incorporate regional Italian ingredients as he redefines Italian cooking.

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Palm Springs
81 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A very fine restaurant with an incredible menu and chef

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

Poca gente por la hora y el día , pero todo el personal atento a atendernos !! muy bien

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Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, amazing food, great atmosphere.

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Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very good food, honest, elegant without being over the top. The pasta was perfectly cooked. The slight disappointment was their variation on a tiramisu. Not memorable, however it’s a good restaurant.

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l
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Spectacular food, wonderful service! Came here with some foodie gfs and we loved our meal and the experience. If I lived in Chicago, I’d eat my way through that menu and come back often. Beautiful wine selection too.

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G
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding and elegant restaurant with perfectly prepared food and attentive, top shelf service. Expensive but worth it. My only complaint is with the exorbitant pricing on the wine list. Excellent selection of high quality Italians but priced at over 3x retail which is ridiculous. Wine corkage policy is overly restrictive as well. Conclusion: Food, service and atmosphere great; do not understand their wine pricing philosophy. Will definitely return but will study the wine list personally before I order and not simply default to the (excellent) recommendations I received.

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H
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our favorite place for our special occasions. Chef Mauro is a master cooking everything to perfection, especially his fish. The service is outstanding and he has the highest of standards with his staff. We always feel so welcomed and Chef Mauro absolutely spoils us.

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LC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was the best night ever!!

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L
Chicago
82 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We eat there often, the food is wonderful but the great thing about pelago is how welcoming they are. Every customer is treated like a much valued regular customer.
By far the friendliest staff and chef of any restaurant where we eat.

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Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 1

Service was appalling. Made to feel unwelcome.

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j
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food, service and choices in wine were excellent. We always have the assortment of four homemade pastas as a starter. You cannot go wrong.
I highly recommend this trattoria.
Joe Power

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EJ
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff was incredible and very attentive. They explained everything well and made our experience memorable. My wife and I both enjoyed our dishes immensely. I had the mozzarella ball appetizer with an octopus risotto and my wife had the grilled octopus appetizer and the grilled lamb chops with fresh herbs. The food was fabulous. We didn’t have any of the pasta dishes on this visit, but I have before and their pasta is all freshly prepared and worth trying. Thanks for a wonderful evening.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I’ve been in Chicago. The food is extraordinary and the service outstanding. Everybody is really nice, in particular Alfredo.

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AH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Incredible service. Perfectly portioned melt-in-your-mouth pasta. Favorite hidden gem in Chicago.

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H
Cincinnati
48 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great truffle fettuccine. Perfect options, very attentive.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic! Everyone made the night wonderful!

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CW
St. Louis
21 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely evening from cocktails to desserts. Service on point but not hovering. Our Guests were experiencing Pelago for the first time, and we were all pleased with the outstanding food and beautiful wines & attentive service.

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TB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Disappointing. I really wanted to like the weak overpriced drinks, under cooked risotto, and toughest steaks in the city. Far too many other great options in Chicago to recommend this Pelago #neveragain.
Atmosphere was really classy, staff awkwardly loomed around like the villains in an action movie, the bread was on point tho.

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m
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Crisp and clean ambiance. Meal was great but outrageously overpriced. Server asked if we wanted another bottle of wine and 10 minutes after he served it was hovering over us to leave. So we left ... with a lot of expensive wine on the table. That was disappointing.

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BC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sophisticated, classic modern ambiance. Attentive staff. Excellent Italian food.

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EH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food, service and ambiance. Top restaurant.

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GC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Food was under cooked. Server didn’t get order correct. Drinks were over priced.

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R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Thus was our first experience there, and we were impressed on all aspects. We look forward to our next dining experience there.

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f
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pelago continues to amaze! The food is phenomenal and the team is as well. A not-to-miss!

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Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Chef Mauro does an amazing job serving very authentic high quality Italian food

I highly recommend a visit to enjoy the food and ambiance!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Just a normal experience. Nothing extraordinary.

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

I have been so excited to meet an out of town friend here. To start with - we were seated in the front section of the restaurant - right by the hall to what I think was a hall to the kitchen. Not sure. I believe there was a door at the end of the hall to the alley - which was being opened constantly! This would send a huge blast of cold air into our area - and it was March in Chicago!!! It was FREEZING. I wonder why a restaurant which took such pains to mitigate the air from the front door -Enclosed awning front door plus an enclosed vestibule - would allow this. It honestly ruined the meal. On top of which - the food was just FINE. Good but not great - on a positive note - our waiter was lovely and very good - however, for the price I will not go back - especially because of the cold air. So disappointing.

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Y
New England
13 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and service in an elegant but relaxing environment. I will definitely return.

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MM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Pelago's food is out of this world. The service is almost too good. My friend and I had a 6 pm
reservation and there were not too many people there yet. We felt a little rushed at the beginning
and the staff is always coming over. As the evening got busier, it was a better. I think if they were
a little less attentive at the beginning it would be perfect. That being said, I would go again and the
food is spectacular.

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UC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service. Delicious food!!!

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j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome as always

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AH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was
EXCELLENT. Can’t stress enough how good and fresh everything was. Service is the best I’ve ever encountered. Like we shared a few plates to try to taste many dishes and they would split the plates. Five stars.

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NC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a magical dining experience from the moment we walked into the restaurant. The staff made my husband and I feel like we were the only people in the restaurant. The service was impeccable. We had the tasting menu for dinner which was outstanding. I especially loved the freshly made pasta and risotto. The desserts were amazing. Delicious!

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L
Detroit
23 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Always a good meal, appreciate attention to special dietary needs. Food very good, wait staff attentive. However, this time, it took more than 20 minutes to locate the bottle of wine we ordered... the wine was very nice...
Thank you

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M
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place was just amazing!!! I can’t believe I had no tried it before. It is my new favorite Italian place in Chicago. Everything was just perfect. The hostess was very kind to help us with the valet parking. The chef/owner was actually present at the restaurant and welcoming guests. The staff could not have been more attentive. And, the food was just incredibly delicious!!! We came for my cousin’s birthday and it was just perfect. I would definitely come back again and I highly recommend it.

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A
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and wonderful service. I would definitely recommend.

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N
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 2

When we checked in, we were sternly told that the chef does not approve of coats being on the back of chairs. We were in a small back room packed tight with 4 tables, that was uncomfortably warm. The waiter was knowledgeable and helpful. The appetizers were small, and very pricey, although the prawns were good. My fresh mozzarella special was 3 quarter size balls wit a drop of balsamic vinegar for $20.00 My wife's salmon was dry, unseasoned, filled with a small amount of crab. There were 2 rolls for $48.00. My monkfish was cooked well, the prosciutto was crispy, but again the portions were small. The value was not there. We left hungry small portions, one dish with no seasoning and appetizer size. For a bill of $280.00 including tip, it was outrageous. There are so many more meals that are far less costly with much better food with more substantial portions. Ah, where is Le France when you want a good meal.
This could not even compare.

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PB
Chicago
127 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great as usual.

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

Best ravioli I’ve ever had!

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PJ
Chicago
87 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Went there for Valentines Day Dinner and it was a mistake. They were way too busy and as a result the service and food quality suffered. Even though we had a reservation, we were still made to wait at a make-shift bar out in the lobby. The bartender insisted on keeping our credit card while we had our drink, presumably so we wouldn’t skip payment - how insulting! Then we were jammed into a back table less than 2 ft away from the next table, so you could hear each other’s conversations - not exactly romantic. The food was good overall, but one dish we had (braised beef risotto) was too salty. The service was spotty and the server harried and not very attentive. Perhaps on a less busy day, this restaurant might have potential, but we felt our Valentine’s Day dinner was spoiled and definitely not good value ($200+). Wish we’d gone somewhere else!

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