Chicago, IL 60654
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.
Italian, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am; Bar Daily: 3:00pm - 2:00am
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet Parking is available $14.
Private Party Facilities:
Quartino embraces the true essence and environment of an authentic Italian urban ristorante, pizzeria and wine bar in quintessential Gibsons Restaurant Group style. Quartino can accommodate private parties of 10-100 guests for luncheons, cocktail & antipasti parties, and dinner.
Private Party Contact:
Julie Jensen: (888) 641-3569
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
Quartino Ratings and Reviews
Disappointing. I've had really much better experiences here. but this time: From the lackluster service and over salty food it wasn't a good dining experience. I had originally suggested this as a birthday event dinner. We were asked once by a bus boy "who's birthday is it?" and after we told him he said, "cool." and left. waiter was barely present in the sense of knowing we were in front of him and speaking to us like he was knowledgeable about the food. His recommendation was an over salty rigatoni that i could barely eat. Maybe it was a combination of all of this that made the noise level really annoying.
Had lunch with a friend and they have a 3 course shareable meal with great variety of choices.
We had brussel sprout salad, asparagus rissotto, and sauteed shrimp, all delicious.
Nice wine choices and lovely desserts (we shared a lemon specialty of the chef)
All wait staff very helpful and gracious.
Fantastic little gem if you are looking for reasonable family style meal in a lively setting. Came here before a formal gala and we were a little on the fancy end for the crowd, but not totally out of place. Really awesome ambiance and cool architecture. Great alternative to a more generic/chain restaurant, but still in close proximity to the main restaurant area in this part of town. Easy access to other locations!
Went here for a ladies night. We had a blast. The place is bustling and there is a lot of noise. So just be prepared to talk loudly. The food is excellent. We ordered some apps and drank and talked, and ordered more food and drank and talked and we did that well into the night. Great place for friends wanting to catch up. Although this restaurant has small plates, if you'll be ordering pasta dishes, they are very filling. Friends and I ordered quite a bit of food and we were stuffed and couldn't order dessert.
A fun and vibrant restaurants, that can do with taking away a few tables to make it more comfortable for dining. Tables are small, space between tables tight and lots of people, makes for a loud dining experience. Overall, food is good and service was excellent.
Noise level very high and very crowded, but was able to find a table which was nice. This is not a romantic place, but a great place to have a drink and great food. The gist is small plates so you can try many different flavors. Each dish is a bite or two for a group of four. Overall great place and fun and casual date night!!
Had a wonderful time at this authentic Italian restaurant. The staff were very friendly and during the busy hour, still attended to our needs. Only down side was it was a bit loud, and the seating was a bit cramped. But the food was delicious and came in shareable portions. I will be coming back soon!
I've always loved this place - great for booking groups as they have plenty of seating and bring dishes out that are meant to be shared. The house made Ricotta w honey and Short Ribs are a must. I've recently moved to a low carb diet and was pleased to find several options available even though this is an Italian place.
The place was packed when we walked in and we had to wait about 10 minutes for our reservation to be called, but it was well worth the wait! The food was authentic and delicious. The service was wonderful...we could not have had a friendlier server and the management checked on us multiple times throughout the night. It was a bit noisy and quite cramped, but we got a decent table for the two of us. I would recommend removing those two tables by the door though...I felt terrible standing over them while we waited for our table.
Overall, a very enjoyable evening. We ordered 4 plates to share between the two of us - the first two were just OK - the Brussel sprout salad was a little too raw/strong for our taste. The Polenta fries (as others have reported), were pretty bland, but a good carrier for the pepper sauce. However, the linguini with clams were outstanding - buttery clams - great pasta. The last dish was the porcini and truffle risotto - you need to like mushrooms if you get this dish-strong flavor-but it was outstanding. All of the above, paired with a half liter wine made for a very nice evening. The place is crowded-the waiter said they had 1,200 reservations that night. Its loud, its Italian....
Service was spot on. Extreamly attentive waiters and busboy, but not hovering or taking your plate before your done searing. Food was excellent, prices reasonable. Over all great experience. Guys or gals if your wanting a quite place to dinner, to be able to converse with the person(s) sitting with you. Go somewhere else. I'll be back, again and again.
Fantastic food reasonably priced is a rare find in Chicago. My favorite is the tortellini. The service has always been first rate, too. I've been there for a late lunch alone a few times, and the staff always makes me feel totally comfortable. If you're going on a weekend, make your reservation early.
Went here for restaurant week... after a very long day I was excited to have a nice meal with my boyfriend and talk about plans for the upcoming weekend. We were unable to hear each other due to how noisey the restaurant was. We were placed right by a door so we were crammed and there was barely enough room on the table for he entrees. By this door, people were going in and out and I constantly had someone's butt rubbing against my arm every 5 minutes. It was a very annoying experience. The manager (Alysha) was nice and offered to move us once we got our dessert... next time I will know to go to the bar area and not the dining room. Food was very good though!
Michael was an amazing waiter!! He was knowledgeable, attentive and very friendly. His concern about my food allergies, and his patience in helping us pick a red wine, were both exceptional.
We had Caprese salads, spaghetti Pomodoro, the four cheese pizza, eggplant parmigiana and veal skirt steak. Everything was delicious! 'Can't wait to return!!
Can't say enough about this place. Went in during restaurant week to find out that I had accidentally booked the wrong night. Instead of shooing me away during what may possibly be one of their busiest nights of the year, one of the hostesses found a table for us and sat us right away. We have gone twice now and have not had a mediocre dish yet. Be it flank steak, seafood, or zeppole (hot Italian donuts with dark chocolate dip), every course has been mouth watering. Our 4-course meal left us with full stomachs at a great price. The place is very energetic so don't go in with expectations of quiet conversation.
The food is always good. We like the choices & that you can get glasses and 1/4 carafts of wine so you can sample a couple of them.
Our only complaint is that the tables for 2 are way too small, very cramped the whole time, will have to remember next time to ask for bigger table.
We had a wonderful birthday dinner here with a reservation for a party of 7 on a Friday night. We LOVED that they gave us a round table so everyone could see & talk to each other. Food was great, the dishes were family-style for sharing (but also suitable as an entree for 1). Everything was very reasonably priced. The restaurant and food had a homey, rustic feel in the middle of bustling, downtown Chicago. I would love to return & would recommend it to others.
Extremely disappointed with this. Super excited to come due to all of the good reviews. We had a party of five on a Friday night and it was horrible. The only good plates were gluten free pasta and penne with vodka sauce. The spaghetti and meatballs were fine. Bland but what was expected. Truffle risotto was good but over cooked. The ravioli was horrible. Strong alcohol taste and weird texture. Plate did not look appetizing coming out to the table. Grilled octopus was super chewy. Very fishy. Ate one bite and sent it back. We walked out paying $90 for 5 people and had to go get another dinner afterwards.
Waiter handled everything every well - just needed some better kitchen help
We always come to Quartino when we are downtown. The wine list is fantastic, and the family style Italian cuisine makes dinner a great event for families or couples. The Penne all Vodka and the Orecchiette are two of my personal faves, along with the charcuterie, fromage, and olive assortment.
Always a wonderful meal! Sangria was a little off this time. The mushroom and truffle risotto was really gritty and had a chemical taste. First time in the 12 years we've been going there that I haven't given them 5 stars. Hopefully it was just an isolated incident
We had a wonderful dinner during restaurant week. The place was packed, but our waiter was fantastic and very attentive. The fondue and tortellini were exceptional. We were too full to eat dessert, but the ones we saw being served to other tables all looked delicious!
Since a few years we were back in this restaurant. Even on this monday it is very busy. The staff was efficient and very friendly. The first drinks: a basil gimlet (very well prepared) and a simple gin&tonic good. The eggplant parmigiana and the burrata with red beets salad as starters also of good quality. The entrees: Osso Bucco and the beef short rib sufficient. Nothing special, but more then satisfying. The only complaint is the bread. Not very good. Here in Europe the Italian bread is better. Overall more then good for a nice evening. It remembered us at the last time when we at Quartino with a party of 12.
We sat down right away which was great and the food came out at a good pace. The seating is pretty close together but the staff works well. We didn't need the stack of plates and platter holder in the center of the table and it took up a lot of room on the small table. Manager asked about our experience and server was very knowledgeable! Would absolutely go back
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