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Cafe Bionda

#717 of 7,664 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
South Loop
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1924 S State St, Chicago, IL 60616-1613 (Cullerton)
+1 312-326-9800
11:00 - 23:45
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 10:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:45
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Fulton, Missouri
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want outstanding Italian food at a price that is reasonable for Chicago, I recommend this restaurant. Everyone in our group, felt it was truly a culinary experience!

Thank mwesterfield
Scottsdale, AZ
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108 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Had a large party of 18 for a dinner meeting.The service was excellent. Andrea did an amazing job. Food is very good, with large portions. After array of appetizers and salad, many people chose an appetizer for their main course, and they were large too. Debbie and Jacqueline were a big help in making all the arrangements. The private room... More 

Thank hickory444
Chicago, IL
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Cafe Bionda is an exquisite restaurant which serves authentic Italian dishes and is by far the best in Chicago and suburbs. The meatball salad appetizer is incredible. The Linguine, Shrimp and Broccoli is my favorite meal, served to perfection and the Veal Marsala is so flavorful and melts in your mouth. The service is impeccable and you are always treated... More 

Thank lindakane
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

Our dinner was for a group of six. We had appetizers and main course. The portions were enough that we didn't order desert. We had a variety of entrées, steak, seafood, pasta, and seafood. Everyone claimed to have the best dish. We visited several restaurants this week but this one is the one not to miss. They even drove is... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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63 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Perhaps because it was fairly late and the kitchen was about to close, the fare did not live up to the enthusiastic recommendation of our concierge at the Hyatt.

Thank cschkol
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

They have a great menu and staff that are always willing to answer any questions one may have. Their portions are great. The ambiance is also that of an authentic Italian-stay Chicago restaurant. We highly recommend visiting them when staying in Chicago.

Thank SocialSouthLoopHotel
Madison, MS, USA
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

It was mediocre food for high price. Also it was too loud. The bread was good tho'. The walk from the convention center was not bad.

Chicago, Illinois
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I got the veal saltimbocca with an asparagus side. The veal was chewy, the sauce tasted like Campbell's tomato soup seasoned with some salt and pepper, and the asparagus was so hard I couldn't chew it, not to mention it was super salty. The only thing that was good was the linguini side. I shared feedback on the meal and... More 

Thank mercur05
Guatemala City, Guatemala
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Here during the Chicago marathon week and highly recommended by locals. The place is great and food was amazing. We'll be back again in 2016!

Thank malteholm
Indianapolis, Indiana
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67 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Recommended by the concierge at our hotel, we visited Café Bionda for dinner on a Friday evening. This is a family owned, Southern Italian restaurant that is clearly a local favorite from the number of regulars. The food was simply outstanding. Have the Banana Peppers stuffed with Italian sausage and Nana’s Gravy. Don’t question, just order this and you will... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 21 - USD 30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 10:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:45
11:00 - 23:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1924 S State St, Chicago, IL 60616-1613
  • Public Transportation: Red Line - Roosevelt stop or Blue Line - Cermack stop
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > South Loop
  • Neighbourhood: South Loop
  • Phone Number: +1 312-326-9800

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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