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Homemade Pappardelle, Ravioli, Lasagna, Sauces, Desserts, and more await you at Monasteros. Monastero's offers a culinary tour of northern and southern Italian tradition within its menu. Maria Giorgia Monastero and brother, Joseph Monastero Jr. continuously work on new specials while maintaining the quality of their father and grandparents past recipes and cuisine. Few leave without a taste of Mezzi Rigatoni Mamma Maria and Arancine, Nonna Maria's favorite dishes.
Originating as a Pizzeria, Monastero's culinary masterpiece is its Pizza. Made with a medium thick crust, the Monastero's Special is a top seller. Sausage, Peppers & Onions, a cold beer, and a sports game makes for the perfect night.
Come discover the Garden Room and dine in Monastero's enclosed atrium. Greenery surrounds you and skylights let in the beautiful Chicago day. Sandwiches, Salads, and other lunch specialties make Monastero's lunch menu friendly to your work day and time.


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130 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.4 / 5
(130 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 130 reviews
5 stars
(75)
4 stars
(39)
3 stars
(10)
2 stars
(3)
1 star
(3)
Food 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Service 
4.4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.4 / 5
Ambiance 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Noise Level
2.1 / 3
Energetic
Value 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • neighborhood gem(89)
  • good for groups(64)
  • special occasion(61)
  • romantic(39)
  • fit for foodies(38)
  • kid-friendly(37)
Monastero's Reviews List
Review 1 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
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5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
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5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/07/2016
 2001
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 2 for Monastero's
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4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great Value

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
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4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
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4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
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Quiet
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Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Excellent food. Attentive service. Nice environment. Pianist and soloist -- excellent."
Dined on 2/05/2016
 2004
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 3 for Monastero's
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4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/04/2016
 2003
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Review 4 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/23/2016
 2016
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2016
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2016
Special Features: good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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Review 5 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/26/2016
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 6 for Monastero's
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5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Monastero's Shines

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
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5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
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5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"The cuisine under Chef Maria Monastero is excellent. I grew up eating Italian food and truly enjoyed our recent outing there. We brought a future relative who is not Italian (but he has other redeeming virtues) and I was proud of the quality and ambiance that Monastero's provided. An unexpected treat was hearing a well-trained soprano accompanied by master of the keyboard."
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 7 for Monastero's
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5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2009
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Review 8 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 1/23/2016
 2006
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2006
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2006
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Review 9 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Monastero's - Good Food, Fairly Priced

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Dined on 1/22/2016
 2011
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
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Quiet
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Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"It's hard to beat a restaurant offering a big glass of wine for $7.50 and veal for $23.50, plus live entertainment to boot. Wish that there were more like it."
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2011
Special Features: great for lunch, special occasion
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Review 10 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Had an amazing experience with family in from out of town. The restaurant had piano and vocalist to accompany their wonderfully warm and comfortable atmosphere. The owners came and greeted our party and I would highly recommend Monasteros for any occasion. Thanks for a wonderful evening!"
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2010
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Review 11 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/16/2016
 2004
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2004
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2004
Special Features: good for groups, special occasion, kid-friendly
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Review 12 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/16/2016
 2012
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
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Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 13 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/15/2016
 2015
Dined on 1/15/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/15/2016
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 14 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/07/2016
 2011
Dined on 1/07/2016
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/07/2016
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, kid-friendly
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Review 15 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/10/2016
 2011
Dined on 1/10/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/10/2016
 2011
Special Features: good for groups, special occasion
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Review 16 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 12/31/2015
 2008
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2008
Special Features: good for groups, special occasion, kid-friendly
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Review 17 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 12/31/2015
 2009
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 18 for Monastero's
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5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 1/02/2016
 2007
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Review 19 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"We went with the family the day before Christmas eve and had a wonderful time. Food was top notch, the servers, while being very busy, were friendly and courteous. Will be going back with an even larger group next time."
Dined on 12/23/2015
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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Review 20 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 12/18/2015
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion, notable wine list
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Review 21 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

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Dined on 12/18/2015
 2012
Dined on 12/18/2015
 2012
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Dined on 12/18/2015
 2012
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch
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Review 22 for Monastero's
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5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 12/10/2015
 2009
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Review 23 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food and price

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Good bang for the buck,no ripping you off on drinks,also,Paul the bartender was excellent"
Dined on 12/05/2015
 2015
Special Features: romantic, special occasion
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Review 24 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 12/02/2015
 2015
Dined on 12/02/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 12/02/2015
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, kid-friendly
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Review 25 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 12/01/2015
 2010
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 26 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Amazing Italian food! Fantastic service! I highly recommend this restaurant for any type of occasion."
Dined on 12/01/2015
 2007
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 27 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 11/21/2015
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 28 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 11/14/2015
 2004
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion
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Review 29 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 11/13/2015
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 30 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 10/30/2015
 2011
Dined on 10/30/2015
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 10/30/2015
 2011
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion
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Review 31 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/29/2015
 2011
Dined on 10/29/2015
 2011
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 10/29/2015
 2011
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Review 32 for Monastero's
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4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 10/24/2015
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 33 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 10/10/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Review 34 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

ALWAYS AWESOME!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Once again, we had a wonderful time at Monastero's - our "home kitchen away from home." We settled in for a sort of later night dinner and were pleasantly treated to outstanding and unexpected entertainment. It's always a great night when we get to see the Monastero family and have a delicious meal."
Dined on 10/09/2015
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 35 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 10/02/2015
 2011
Special Features: romantic, great for lunch
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Review 36 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 10/02/2015
 2008
Dined on 10/02/2015
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 10/02/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 37 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 9/26/2015
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 38 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 9/26/2015
 2015
Dined on 9/26/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"By far the best dining experience ever. Never disappointed, great food, great service and the authentic atmosphere along with a capella singers are perfect!"
Dined on 9/26/2015
 2015
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Review 39 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great restaurant!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Upon entering, we were greeted and seated. Our server took drink orders almost immediately. Our food was excellent and the entertainment was great. I would recommend Monastero's to anyone."
Dined on 9/18/2015
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion
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Review 40 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 9/19/2015
 2015
Dined on 9/19/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Wonderful food wonderful atmosphere enjoy the piano player and the singer great authentic Italian food"
Dined on 9/19/2015
 2015
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Review 41 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/13/2015
 2011
Dined on 9/13/2015
 2011
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 9/13/2015
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, kid-friendly
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Review 42 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

45 Years Later

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Still family run and great after all these years. Married in the courtyard (it wasn't enclosed then) 45 years ago. The family is as attentive today as they were back then. The food and service is the same high quality. Thanks for a delightful evening."
Dined on 9/06/2015
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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Review 43 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Excellent service

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"The service was excellent, and everything is home made."
Dined on 9/03/2015
 2007
Special Features: romantic, special occasion
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Review 44 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 8/30/2015
 2010
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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Review 45 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Delicious Food with a Beautiful Opera Backdrop

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/22/2015
 2008
Dined on 8/22/2015
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I've now been back to Monastero's twice. I waited over 6 months, because the first time was such a fantastic experience, I was almost afraid to go back and not have it live up to my first dinner there.
Well, Monastero's did not disappoint. In fact, it's now one of my favorite restaurants. The food is fresh, delicious and tastes like it's made of pure love. We started with the Burrata and Gnocchi Pomodoro as appetizers. The Burrata was delicious and accompanied by perfectly ripe tomatoes, prosciutto and bruschetta toasts. The gnocchi was the perfect consistency and the sauce tasted rich and fresh. I ordered the Tuscan Salmon (served on a bed of risotto, spinach and cannellini beans). So tasty! Others ordered the mini Osso Bucco and the filet.....everything was cooked to perfection and flavorful. We wrapped it up with the most amazing Cannoli....not too sweet center with a flaky perfect pastry.
On top of the food, Monastero's provides amazing opera singers as entertainment. They open their mouths and my eyes almost immediately well up with tears. The music is so beautiful....and I am not an Opera fan. I'm much more a rock n roll gal. The beauty of these voices is undeniable. If you're lucky, the owner and his wife will sing for you as well. They bring down the house with their voices and the care they show for their patrons.
Monastero's is a gem.
P.S....the martinis are delicious. I'm partial to the Sorrentini. And sambuca is a delightful pairing with the cannoli."
Dined on 8/22/2015
 2008
Special Features: good for groups, fit for foodies
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Review 46 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 8/27/2015
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, late-night find
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Review 47 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

The best value around

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Everyone there is a gem! Our servers are top notch and the food is divine...go and enjoy!"
Dined on 8/26/2015
 2008
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 48 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/22/2015
 2008
Dined on 8/22/2015
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 8/22/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion
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Review 49 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Monastero's has been a neighborhood, family-run Italian mainstay for more than fifty years. They have long been a supporter of opera and a visit there is frequently punctuated by bursts of song. Both of these characteristics can work to your benefit or your dismay. The menu is broad and decently executed. The room is old-school and crowded -- our table sealed off a corner where another table required that the servers bump into us whenever they came by. Our server was energetic about pushing the aperitifs and desserts, but several times left the table before we could tell her what we wanted. While the food did not disappoint, Monastero's has much more nearby competition today than when they first opened. We would certainly return if that is what our companions wanted, but our own choice would be one of our more-favored restaurants. Sometimes, progress is cruel."
Dined on 8/22/2015
 2008
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Review 50 for Monastero's
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 8/14/2015
 2007
Dined on 8/14/2015
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 8/14/2015
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion, fit for foodies
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