Quartino

4.7
8281 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Quartino, an urban Italian restaurant and wine bar, is the creation of Hugo Ralli, Steve Lombardo (owners of Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House, LUXBAR) and Exec Chef / Partner John Coletta. Quartino combines the best of Italy’s osteria and enoteca to offer an authentic everyday Italian food and wine experience. “Where wine is cheaper than water” Throughout Europe, in bistro after osteria after enoteca, fresh local wines of high quality and unique characteristics are priced as a less expensive alternative to bottled water. Reservation requests for patio seating are not accepted. Patio seating is first come, first serve.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.4

Cater to your basic needs with small plates Italian food in River North.

Ratings 7.0-7.5:These are your neighborhood standbys - the places that you’ll happily hit for some pasta or a quick salad, but not a restaurant you are bringing your parents or (god forbid) a date to. The true embodiment of good but not great.
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Nashville
1 review
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were in Chicago for four full days. We ate at Quartino on Day 2 and made it a point to go for lunch as our last meal before going back home. Quartino is warm and inviting with its charming curb appeal. The interior ambience exceeded the expectations set by the exterior. The staff is friendly and attentive and the food is absolutely amazing. We had the fettuccine Alfredo and, a pepperoni pizza, a Margherita pizza, and an assortment of olives. I can not recommend Quartino highly enough.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed this dining experience.

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R
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Ambiance was great
Great service and great food you could taste the freshness of the food
Took my girlfriend here for our anniversary
She liked the place
Staff was friendly and look forward to making another visit here

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 2Food 5Service 3Ambience 2

The food was delicious and the wait staff were very polite and friendly. However the host and hostess were extremely rude and our table wasn’t ready until 30 minutes after our reservation time.

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience & loved the food!

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T
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

I've been coming to Quartino for years and I can say, with out a doubt, it's my favorite restaurant in Chicago! The food is absolutely amazing! The service seems a little rushed. But, the servers are of course very nice and accommodating! Although it seems like they try to fit as many tables as possible into the space, the loud atmosphere makes for the feel of a true Italian restaurant.

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JM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had an unbelievable experience at Quartino! The fondue was life-changing. We asked our server (Ryan) to customize our charcuterie board and it was fantastic. We loved the family atmosphere and the vibe. Ryan was outstanding and had a great attitude. The value was also a big plus.

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J
New England
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is always amazing but the star of the show was our server. She noticed we were celebrating, gave us time, was never pressuring us to order and brought a positive vibe to our table every visit. I wish she could be my server everywhere!

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and atmosphere were excellent! We went with our 6 and 7 year olds and they liked it too! Service was attentive.

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Calgary
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Good for accommodating a very large group

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent! Great value and service. Enjoyed sharing each dish.

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SW
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Very helpful server, gave good recommendations but didn’t try to up sell us. Food was tasty, portions were on the small side, even for tapas. Noise level was high, we had to raise our voices to hear each other, but it didn’t detract from the experience. Overall, a fun dinner with family.

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P
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Quartino is fantastic. The food is amazing. Service is usually excellent. This time it was ok. The tables are too close together. And the noise/ambiance made it nearly impossible to hear the person across from me.

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

Restaurant was lovely tables were a bit small service was terrific food was very good though the noise volume was horrible

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b
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was fantastic. It’s so much fun to share small plates with friends.

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MG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and wine! Fantastic wine list!!!

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New England
50 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful place service was good food good had a great meal

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food is supposed to be like small plate and shared, so comes out at random times. We waited over 30 min for one friend to get her food. We were all done with our plates as they came out very fast. All the food was delicious though and well priced!

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Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the food & service!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great but the service was even better. It was packed but our waitress Alyssa still took the time to give us great recommendations and have a conversation with us. She even gave us a free dessert! So sweet. Get the meatballs and the ribbon pasta with meat sauce.

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OE
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very fun place with delicious food. The menu is quite extensive with plenty of options. We loved the small plate concept so that we could try a variety of dishes. The only thing you should be aware of is the crowded seating and loud environment.

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J
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

AMAZING dishes we tried & LOVED ~~~~
Caprese salad, roasted beet salad, cavatelli, shrimp risotto, eggplant parmigiana, & DELICIOUS dessert— torta al cioccolato (warm chocolate cake w molten chocolate lava). Service was awesome. Plates come out as soon as prepared. DELICIOUS!!!!!

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San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very very busy. The food was good but one of our appetizers got lost In the shuffle. The service was great.m and the menu had a lot of options.

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JM
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We chose Quartino to have dinner with my daughter and son and to meet his new girlfriend for the first time. Perfect choice! We have always said we weren't going to go to downtown Chicago on St Patrick's day (Eve) but we did it this time and were happy we did. Quartino has normal Italian entree's but specializes in Italian-style Tapas. We decided to go with the Chef's choice for appetizers and were pleasantly surprised with the selection. Prosciutto, Fontina and Romano cheese chunks, Italian bread, Italian olive assortment, a mango based sauce, a candied mustard infused sauce (yum!) and salami slices. Delicious! For our main course we each chose a favorite. The wait staff brings out each dish to pass in perfect sequence to keep us occupied while not eating too fast. Our server was energetic, funny, prompt and checked in with us often to make sure we were satisfied. We finished off with some dessert selections (Tiramisu of course), cannoli and a light flaky donut-like pastry with apricot and chocolate dipping sauces. Oh so good! The highlight of the evening came when a group of Irish bagpipers entered the restaurant and serenaded us! The perfect evening!

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

Amazing food, amazing service! We loved every moment.

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

I am originally from the area-but now live out of state. We come here every visit back.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Quartino has great food, friendly staff, good wine, and very reasonable prices. I love taking friends and family there. Never get tired of Quartinos.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing. Great food. Good service.

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

Service was amazing. Our server was very accommodating. Food as always was great.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love this restaurant. The service is always spot on and the food is great to eat and share. You will not be disappointed.

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r
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is my second trip here. The first time was with my parents and we really enjoyed the experience. This time I went with a few co-workers for my birthday celebration and they treated us really well.

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NS
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

They need to teach servers to leave you alone. Constant pressure from servers to order more, eat and drink quick so they can free up the table for more fat tips. Owners sh

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a
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food, large portions, service got a little fragmented towards the end but overall great experience. Good place to go with a group that wants to have a good time and linger, but just as nice for couples too. Great meal!!

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G
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love this place!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Loved the cheese & charcuterie platter

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A
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very busy atmosphere, but food was delicious!

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KK
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The most authentic tasting Italian I’ve had since going to Italy! Everything was incredible!

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WJ
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food and service; very noisy to a point where you had to yell in order to communicate.

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CB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It was pretty packed, I'm glad I had a reservation or I might of had to wait awhile. The food and drinks were great. My friend and I shared fondue and she got a pizza and I got the short rib. All of it was delicious. I'll definitely be back.

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GB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Nice wine list fairly priced, loved the veal meatballs and the pancetta ravioli. Service was excellent. It can be quite loud as it was on a busy Saturday night but otherwise outstanding.

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