71 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603
Primary Phone: (312) 332-1890
La Cantina Italian Chophouse
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Bike Parking: Yes
Cuisines: Caterers, Mexican, Take Out, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Latin American, Italian, Steakhouse, European, Seafood, Continental
Alcohol: Full Bar, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Above Average
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02/03/2011Provided by Citysearch -
What a nice quaint steakhouse for Italians or those who like Italian flair and food. They have given the restaurant a nice face lift since I was here last. New booths - lights - paint and carpet looks very very nice.
The food as I remember was very good. I had the filet with a shrimp cocktail. The dessert I chose was the canoli, my friend had the tiramisu..! The waitstaff is very nice and the food is served in a timely manner and hot !
The wine list is amazing. I always have the house red..seems to hit the spot everytime!
I also appreciate the menu pricing. I can eat 2 meals for the price of most places here at LaCantina.
11/10/2010Provided by Citysearch -
First of all, let me start off by saying I'm 17 and went to this restaurant with a few friends of mine instead of going to homecoming. Reservations were made at least a week in advance. My friend who made the reservation called the restaurant 3 times to confirm and every time La Cantina said they had our reservation. When we arrived at La Cantina they said we never made a reservation and said we would have to wait 30 minutes for a table. Needless to say I was very pissed off and didn't want to give them the business of 10 customers, but for some reason my friends insisted we wait and still eat there. When they finally seated us 30 minutes later, we were put in a back room and cramped into a table with barely any elbow room. The atmosphere was very very loud and not enjoyable. I ordered salmon and it was not up to par at all; the salmon was mushy and quite tasteless.
I will never be visiting this place again. Personally, I think they claimed to not have our reservations because we were a bunch of teenagers and they wanted to seat other customers and didn't think we would made a scene because they claimed to not have our reservation, but I'll never know.
03/27/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I recently had a business lunch and my client suggested La Cantina. Definitely a different atmosphere, than most steakhouses I've been to, feel of being in a wine cellar with fish tanks everywhere. I have to say I was very impressed. We were on a tight schedule, and had reservations for 12:00 on a Friday. We were seated almost immediately and greeted by our server right away. We ordered salads and two steaks medium well, and were out the door within an hour. When on a tight schedule prompt food service is very important. Next time I come back I will spend more time, as the wine list is incredible and I 'd like to try some of the wines as well as other food items on the menu.
Last night we went to dinner at La Cantina, the service was outstanding. I have been to several steakhouses in the city and this places among the best. We were seated immediately and our server came to our table within minutes. He was very friendly and knowledgable and suggested an excellent merlot to go with the steaks we ordered. They came out cooked perfectly and melted in our mouths. The gorgonzola cream sauce on the strip steak was fantastic!! The food came out fast and was very reasonably priced. I will definitely be coming back here.
This restaurant is a great place to go for lunch or dinner. It is in the lower level of the Italian Village, but should not be missed. The Veal parmigian is outstanding and I've also had the New York strip steak on several occasions. It always comes out the way I ask and is very tender, almost melts in my mouth. The wine list is amazing!! I can always find a good red or white wine depending what I'm having. They have a much more extensive seafood menu here, than the other two restaurants. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
10/30/2008Provided by Citysearch -
First let me start by saying how impressed i was with the wine list. They have over 40,000 bottles in their cellar. La Cantina is one of the three restaurants of Italian Village- and it is just as good as the other two. My boyfriend and I went here for dinner a couple of weeks ago and were very impressed. We had reservations for 8 pm and were seated shortly after, which was fine, because we were finishing a bottle of chianti in the bar. We were greeted promptly by our server, who quickly brought us another bottle, even though it was very crowded as it was a Friday night. Our steaks were fantastic, tender and juicy. The service was excellent, and we will definitely be back!!
So I have been to both Italian Village and Vivere on several occasions so I thought I'd try out La Cantina, which is their steakhouse. I have always had great experiences at both of the other restaurants and wasn't surprised when the service here exceeded my expectations. We had reservations for 7:30 on a Saturday night, and were seated very promptly, our server greeted us right away and suggested a fantastic pinot grigio to start off with. The wine selection at all three of the restaurants, I believe their wine cellar has something like 45,000 bottles of wine, and a lot of reasonably priced bottles. We started off with the beef carpaccio which was delicious. We then had the Captain Salad, the Italian dressing was outstanding. For dinner we had the Beef alla Toscanini, which were sauteed in a mushroom and marsala wine sauce, and the New York strip, the gorgonzola cream sauce was to die for. Overall, the experience I had here was outstanding. The Italian Village restaurants continually impress me with their excellent service, knowledgable staff and amazing food.
I cannot say enough great things about La Cantina, the steakhouse at the Italian Village. It is fantastic. Every time I go there it always impresses me that they have such an extensive wine list and they are so knowledgable on all of the wines and pairings. My husband ordered the petite filet and shrimp and I had the Cantina Ribeye, both dishes were outstanding and cooked to perfection. Our server was great, he was prompt on top of our drinks and our food came out fast!! I never felt as though he was to busy with tables to take care of us and our needs, I feel that some restaurants give the servers too many tables and then they are too busy to give good service. Im thrilled to say it was the opposite at La Cantina, I felt like we got to know our server a little bit. I would recommend going here if you have not, it ranks among my list for best steakhouses in the city.
04/13/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I were so excited to try the Italian Village for Valentine's day, especially since Citysearch had rated it so favorably. Instead, we were completely disappointed. The food was worse than mediocre: our salads were wilted and our main courses (eggplant parmesan and seafood ravioli) were truly so disappointing that we didn't even take our leftovers home. We decided that maybe dessert would help redeem the meal, but instead, our waiter didn't even offer us dessert or coffee; he simply brought us the check. It was a huge let down, and I'll never go back.
01/02/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My girlfriend and I were excited to try an Italian Village restaurant, so we decided to go with La Cantina. (The restaurant downstairs.) Besides the fact they seat you in the hallway, (if you go you will see what I mean) the food quality and taste is much below average. The pasta was wet and cold, and the tomato sauce had no flavor. The chicken tasted like it came off of a dirty charcoal grill. I consider myself a food enthusiast having a pretty diverse palate. La Cantina is hard on both the wallet (for the quality you receive) and the stomach. Consider dining at one of the other two restaurants in this building. Hopefully, the food comes from a different kitchen.