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Alive with robust flavor and convivial spirit, 312 Chicago stands out as one of the city's favorite restaurants. Our Loop location, inviting atmosphere and authentic Italian cuisine come together for memorable meals in the heart of the Windy City. Adjacent to Hotel Allegro, our bustling restaurant showcases innovative takes on Northern Italian classics as devised by our Italian-born Chef Luca Corazzina. From flavorful bar bites to full Italian feasts, satisfy your senses at our restaurant.
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Phone: (312) 236-0153

Fax Number: (312) 236-0153

Services/Products
  • Italian Food Products
Payment method
amex, discover, master card, visa, diners club, debit, all major credit cards
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Central Chicago, The Loop
Categories
American Restaurants, Italian Restaurants, Bars, Taverns, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Garage, Street, Validated, Valet

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Mediterranean, American, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Italian, European, Continental

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

Pets Allowed: Yes

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04/03/2009

Provided by Citysearch - 
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Wonderful Meal and Dining

We had dinner after the Mary Poppins matinee at the Cadillac Palace Theater. My four year old daughter was excited to be in Chicago and we were staying at the Hotel Allegro. My daughter was treated like a princess and had a wonderful time. Her food off the Children's Menu was nothing to write home about, but our meal was phenomenal We had an eggplant and portabella mushroom appetizer and the 4 Cheese Risotto special - both were amazing.
Once the restaurant filled up, the service was a bit slower, but we enjoyed ourselves and the atmosphere!

07/22/2008

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You've Got to Be Kidding Me..

My boyfriend and I came here to celebrate our anniversary and were completely put off to find this place was a ""hotel restaurant"". The place was nearly empty at 8 PM on a Saturday evening! I was shocked.. to say this place is a ""Top 50"" restaurant would be an exaggeration - the decor is antiquated and hokey, and the food was average at best. Even the service was slow for the few tables that were actually occupied. I was more impressed with the hotel upstairs than I was with the food and ambiance downstairs. I was completely underwhelmed. Oh - the ""icing on the cake"" - I specifically requested a nice dessert to be brought to our table - they charged us for a ROCK HARD chocolate mousse which we barely tasted. It was completely inedible. NEVER AGAIN!

08/07/2007

Provided by Citysearch - 
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Very nice upscale dining.

My partner and I found this place by accident on a Sunday night when everything else seemed closed. We had a lovely experience. Even though they were closing in 15 minutes, we never felt rushed or unappreciated. We shared a delicious scallop appetizer and a salad. My partner had a seafood dish that was conspicuously missing the advertised blue crab - but it was really nice nonetheless. I had seabass that was extremely flavorful and beautifully prepared. EXCEPT that it came topped with a huge pile of very roughly chopped parsley (mostly stems!). The service was very attentive. We feel lucky to have found this place in the loop on a Sunday night.

05/15/2007

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READ THIS REVIEW.... The best place in Chicago!!!!

I am new to reviews but I had such a wonderful experience at Chicago 312 that I had to tell as many people as possible! My husband and I were on a getaway in Chicago to see Wicked. (Our last trip away before he is deployed to Iraq again.) We made dinner reservations late and the staff was very accommodating. There were not any reservations for a table left but they said they could get us in at a side bar area. We were thrilled the staff was so helpful. We had to take a Taxi in from the airport and with traffic we were almost 30 minutes late for our reservation. When we arrived the manager Mike Avella (remember his name folks!!!) came right up to us. When we told him we were late for our reservations he said ""let me see what I can do"" and before we knew it we were on our way to a table. Before we sat down he said ""you know what, if we are going to do it lets do it right"" and escorted us to a very quiet, romantic booth! It was so much more than we expected!
Our waiter was wonderful and very helpful. We were just finishing our appetizer, soup and salad when it came to me! I left our Theater tickets at the hotel. With the show starting in one hour and the hotel an hour cab ride away I felt sick. I just got my main course, a fillet Mignon to die for and I couldn't eat it. I went to the staff for help. To get a number to the box office or anything!
Again Mike came up and offered help. He offered to again see what he could do. Before I had time to work myself into a full panic up walks that wonderful man and he lays down two tickets to the show and says, ""I don't know what your seats were but I'm sure these are better... on me!"" Two 90.00 tickets just given to us!!! When I asked how I could thank him enough he simply stated ""...please just relax and enjoy your fillet."" Then he reappeared with two glasses of highly recommended dessert wine and asked us to please relax and enjoy. I will tell this story for years to come! Thanks again Mike Avella!!!

11/20/2006

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Good service, great before theater dining

We were running a little late for the Pirate Queen at the Cadillac Theater and had to cancel our reservations at China Grill due to the massive amounts of people downtown for the Holiday Parade.
312 was right next door to the theater, so we said....why not?? We were seated immediately, but warned to tell our waiter that we were attending the show so he could give us recommendations on what would be ready on time. The waiter assured us that everything takes about the same amount of time, so to order what we wanted.
The wine list was extensive, but I didn't have much time to peruse it. My eyes caught a Cusumano Nero D'Avola/Syrah and I made my choice. My partner had the potato leek soup for app. I had the heirloom (more like beefsteak) tomato salad with buffalo mozzarella, basil and red onion drizzled with olive oil and a little vinegar. The salad was good, and unlike some restaurants that try to pass off Flor di Latte or other cow's milk mozzarella for buffalo, this was the real thing. Although there was a slightly hardened skin around the cheese suggesting they were not storing it properly, or perhaps it was shrink wrapped in shipping without being stored in liquid. But still..the flavor was there.
For entree I had the appetizer grilled maine lobster with avocado relish. Now, I really don't understand what this new trend of calling guacamole avocado relish. It's guacamole. Tastes exactly like guacamole.
And the 'grilled maine lobster' was the size of a large shrimp.
But it was still very tasty. My partner had the lamb risotto with manchengo cheese. Sooo tasty.

The restaurant was a bit crowded, with a crying baby behind me. (NOT a way to get me to come back). And a very close/very large table of loud middle aged women sitting about 1 foot away from us. They shoved the two tallest people in the restaurant (us) in the smallest booth in the back corner. And the man behind me kept pushing on his seat, lurching me forward into the table.

05/25/2006

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Happy Diners

We had dinner at 312 before going to Spamalot next door at the Cadillac Theatre. They were extremely busy with theater goers but everyone was so friendly and helpful. We especially enjoyed the halibut and the rhubard tart.

01/19/2006

Provided by Citysearch - 
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MONEY WASTED

WE WENT TO SEE A PLAY AT THE CADILLAC PALACE AND FIGURED WHY NOT EAT NEXT DOOR AT 312.....BAD MISTAKE. WE WERE SAT AND GIVEN BREAD AND OLIVE TAPANADE. WE WAITED ABOUT 20 MINUTES BEFORE SOMEONE CAME TO OUR TABLE AND SAID ""YOUR SERVER IS TAKING A BIG TABLE AND WILL BE WITH YOU SOON"". I TOLD HIM THAT WE WERE READY TO ORDER AND I GAVE HIM THE ORDER. THE WAITRESS DID NOT COME TO OUR TABLE ONCE TO EVEN SAY HELLO. WE ORDERED SIMPLY THE FRIED SHRIMP AND VEGETABLE APPETIZER AND A FILET MIGNON. THE APPETIZER HAD NO FLAVOR AT ALL, NOT EVEN ANY SALT OR SEASONING. THE FILET CAME OUT RARE WHEN WE WANTED MEDIUM. OVERALL, THE WORST UPSCALE DINING EXPERIENCE I'VE EVER HAD IN CHICAGO. SAVE YOUR MONEY AND SKIP THIS PLACE.

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