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General Info
Welcome to Sabatinos a beautiful old school Italian restaurant with delcious food and great ambieance. You get bread including focaccia - a kind of pizza bread, then a salad and soup, then an entree - try the veal Parmesan, and a side of pasta. Many recommend the baked Alaska dessert. Sabatino"s is dimly lit with flowers on every table, this Italian-American restaurant has been the perfect date restaurant for about 25 years. Diners might have their steak or seafood entrees complemented by the serenade of strolling musicians in the main room or piano music in the bar area. Angelo Pagni, who owns the restaurant with his brother, Enzo, said Sabatino's is popular in the neighborhood for a lot of reasons, food and atmosphere and chief among them. Stop in today!
BBB Rating
A+
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Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Fax: (773) 283-0603

Payment method
amex, discover, master card, visa, all major credit cards, diners club
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Old Irving Park, Northwest Side
AKA

Sabatino's Restaurant Chicago

Sabatino's Restaurant & Lounge

Sabatino's Inc

Categories
Italian Restaurants, Fine Dining Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Caterers, Bars, Bar & Grills, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Valet

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Fine Dining, Mediterranean, Caterers, Family Style, Italian, European, Seafood, Continental, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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sarah74s

05/05/2011

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Overall
Great Italian place

Super charming, authentic Italian spot. The atmosphere is very welcoming. Great ambience for an impromptu date night. Delicious pastas! Great place! Highly recommend.

thelemalove

02/08/2010

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Old school Italian at it's best

I went here on Friday with my husband after receiving some very rude service at La Gondola. We were seated right away and we were in for a treat. First, the decore is old school, but in a good way. Reminds me of my great aunts living room or a place where the mob would go for dinner. Really, really cool. Also, it is classy. The hosts are in tuxs and the wait staff is in old school black and white uniforms. The food is amazing. You get soup AND salad with your meal. I had the fettucini alfredo which was really good, and my husband had a farafalle dish which was one of the best dishes either of us have ever had. We both had a ton of left overs! For desert we had their in house made canollis. They also do banana fosters table side along with cherries jubilee which I am definitely trying next time. This place really blew me away.

Munchkin79

12/03/2008

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Very romantic .. best Itallian food!

This is one of the best Itallian restaurants... my husband and I have been going here for years now and the best feature is their romantic booths!! This is the place we celebrate our special ocassions!
I've only tried the vegeitarian part of the menu and the bow tie pasta with cream sauce and the fettucine with mushroom cream sauce are the best. Good drinks and huge portions... we always walk out with lunch for the next day! Bit pricy but its well worth it!!

The tiramasu and the baked alaska is a very good dessert choice.

Make reservation for the booth... its prefect for couples!! I would definately recommend this to families and couples.... dont be fooled by the outside... You have to walk inside and try this place!!

AprilMae

06/26/2008

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Recently Disappointed

Sabatino's had always been one of my family's favorite resturants. I grew up in the neighborhood and looked forward to going for special occaisons. We loved the attentive service, the large portions and the tasty food. Chicken Parm and Chateaubriand were are favorites. We recommend Sabatino's to all of our family and friends.

Recently we visted and had a bad experience. We were very disappointed. One of the steaks was overcooked and we asked for a replacement. One of the owners came to the table and argued that the steak was cooked correctly. He was extremely rude. Never-the-less, the steak was replaced but came back still overcooked and tough. We were most shocked by the owner's behavior since this was a man who had greeted us warmly in the past and knew us from the neighborhood.

That night, my sister became extremely ill. She was rushed to the emergency room and told she had food psnng. The doctor said that based on the timing of the symptoms, the food psnng must have come from the meal at Sabaino's. A few days later my sister called Sabatino's and told them she had gotten food psnng. She mostly wanted to make them aware. They were very rude and insisted that it was not because of thier food. They also told my sister, ""she could not prove it was thier food that got her sick.""

In addition to the horrific service, the once charming decor has begun to look dated and worn. We hope that Sabatino's makes the necessary improvements to return it to the nice family resturant it once was. At this point, we are not interested in returning.

ebo126

01/14/2008

Overall
Great Restaurant

Great Atmosphere - Great Food - Good Prices - All around a wonderful establishment for Traditional Italian Food

biscotti11

01/10/2008

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Overall
Mangia! Mangia!

My husband and I have been visiting Sabatino's from the South Side for nearly 30 years and have never (I repeat NEVER) been disappointed in their fine food and service. It is one of the truly precious Italian (real ITALIAN) restaurants left in Chicagoland. It is affordable and friendly. If someone is unhappy with the food....say something!! I'm sure that it will be remedied immediately. The owners aim to please.....like I said, I've been going there for nearly 30 years. Oh, did I say that I, too, am a chef?

along1111

11/15/2007

Overall
Best Italian Food!

Sabatinos is a hidden treasure. They have everything from steaks to outstanding pasta.

drmagazine

11/14/2007

Overall
Old Fashioned Italian Steakhouse

Sabatino's has been doing things the same way for decades -- thank goodness! Tuxedoed maitre d', piano bar, some dishes prepared tableside -- The whole thing is corny but it works. When it's busy it can feel a bit hectic but if you go during the week you couldn't find a nicer place to have good dinner anywhere in the neighborhood. I especially recommend the chateaubriand (prepared tableside and served for 2) and the bananas foster or cherries jubilee (served the same way).

mercypes

07/31/2007

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Restaurant should be kept a secret!!!!!!!

Hostess was less than charming - when we told her we didn't have reservations she made a face. We were seated quickly and server took our drink orders. Place began to crowd up after 630 to the point every 5mins bus boys and waitresses kept excusing themselves to get through to other parties. The area we were located in was definitely not a romantic spot - it was too noisy you can practicately hear everyone's conversations. Soup, Salad, Entrees were served every 30 mins. When entrees finally arrived my friends chicken had an eye lash on it she disregarded it. My entree the norweign salmon had a black short hair on the sauce. Plate was replaced but after having my entire party finish their food. In total we were there 2hrs and 15 mins. I can suggest that servers should try to lift trays higher to prevent their hairs from being dropped on food because they carry entree trays so close to their necks.. I will NOT go back to Sabtino's this place is better off kept a secret.

foodindustrynewsguy

05/04/2007

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Overall
Neighborhood legend still a big draw

We enjoy Sabatino's. Along Irving Park Road, It is a classy place in a middle-class neighborhood: valet parking but parking is always easy on Irving, but Irving being a main street that cuts through the north side, you can easily take the El here or grab the bus in front.

Very nice Italian fare and lowered lights makes this a PERFECT place for a group of friends to quietly chat and enjoy dinner together. If you leave it still hungry, you're not trying: it's Italain, for gosh sakes: indulge!

Dress well: this isn't McDonald's. Wines are varied, so try a recommendation with assurance that they'll do a good job for you. You go here to eat well but also to impress. you may try to plan a movie or show after your visit, but Sabatino's IS the show for the evening, so spend, eat and smile.

This is 1950's class that refuses to go away, thank god! For those times when you want to impress someone, Sabatino's is one of our fav places, and has been for nearly three decades!

Mark Braun
Food Industry News

damo1176

04/09/2007

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Overall
Good value

This is old-school Italian without the sticker shock. I've never spent more than $40 a head, and that's with appetizer, salad, entree and drinks. A strolling violinist with singer go from table to table--my kids get a real kick out of them.

geneambophoto

04/05/2007

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Overall
depends on the night

first time it was great . good food kinna fun and decent service.
last time totally sucked. tasted like chef boy r dee and the wine was too expensive. bar tab was 4 times the food bill. local westside goodfellas dump.

sweetyj026

04/01/2007

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Overall
Don't wait your time or $$$

I couldnt believe how dissapointed I was, this past Valentines day. You take the time to make reservations in advance and ask the right questions but it was the opposite of my expectations. We were seated next to the Kitchen door, It was very noisy and very non-romantic. The waiter was ignorant and rushed us to order. The food was very undercooked and it lacked flavor. We were really looking forward to a good Itailian meal and got pasta that tasted like it was out of a can. I had confirmed they had a lobster special that evening and they changed it because it was valentines day. If your looking for a good itailian restaurant, do not waist your time nor Money on this place... you will be dissapointed too!!!

J. Garcia

frankiethebogger

02/07/2007

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Overall
meal was cold all were dissapointed

meal was nice but have been hotter visited in oct while on vac there were seven of us and we were all dissapointed as it looked so nice

jadednikki

10/20/2006

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Overall
All Time Favorite Restaurante

Sabatinos. Simply my favorite restaurant around. You can always rely on one thing. Thats a great meal. I've been going here for years and have never seen anything but the best service, food and atmosphere. Start off with the baked claims. Their pizza bread while traditional is great. Their specials range daily but are great every time. Whatever you go with ends up great so order what you want the menu could satisfy anyone. The baked Alaska is like no other. So grab a glass of wine and Salute! Because Sabatinos has been around for years, their classic and its a good time. Oh and make a reservation because like all good places it's busy at peak times.

amiryghb

09/30/2006

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Overall
Go for the food, stay for the Banana Foster!!!

My husband and I went on a Friday night after making reservations earlier that day for 8:30. Upon arriving right at 8:30, were told there was a 15 minute wait for our table. 30 minutes later we were seated.... They have a very good wine selection (Shiraz was wonderful) and Italian beers. The main pasta, steak and fish entrees come with your choice of soup and salad (salads were just OK. Way too much dressing. Ask them not to put too much dressing). We got the Chef special New York Strip (24 oz!!!!!) and the surf and turf. Lobster was wonderful and the filet was very good but was not medium-well like I had asked. It was more well than medium. Still juicy and delicious though. Our waitress was fantastic. Very attentive but not TOO much so and she had great recomendations. The best part of the night was the Banana Foster dessert. It was heaven. They make it right in front of you so the smell gets you ready to dig in!! It tasted better than it smelled!! HIGHLY recommend the banana foster if you can't tell! The place is a little on the small side but is decorated nicely. Seemed a bit Soprano's-esque which was fun! Piano player was not that great (but my husband has been playing piano for 20 years so he is a tough critic!). A different player took over towards the end of the night and he had people singing along. Bartenders were also attentive and knowledgable. Overall a great Italian place. Worth checking out.

big_z

04/13/2006

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Overall
I must go back!

My girlfriend took me to Sabatino's for my birthday and boy was I blown away. We had a fantastic private booth in the center dining room, perfect for couples. I enjoyed everything from the baked clams and oysters rockefeller to the Rich's special. My girlfriend had the Chilean Seabass with sun dried tomatoes, it was fabulous as well. The fish was fresher than you get at a seafood restaurant and a really generous portion. For dessert we had the bananas foster and got to watch the owner cook it at the table. A+ to Sabatino's, we will definitely be going back soon!

fromagelover

02/10/2006

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Editor who rated this place is so wrong

Never wrote one of these, but after my experience, I felt the need to sign up and write.

I travel excessively for business. In unfamiliar cities, I depend on the Editorial reviews in citysearch for good places to eat. Generally when it is ""highly recommended"" by the editor, in whatever city, it is very good.

Either Sabatino's went down hill since the review, or the editor is related to the family.

I came looking for an authentic Italian meal. My first clue should have been the sign outside that says ""American and Italian food."" My second clue should have been the fact baked potato was an optional side item.

Onto the food... The calamari was definately prepackaged, as was most of the sea food in my entree (rubbery). The salad tasted like the smell of dishwater. The antipaste platter had nice meats on it, but unfresh and stale. HUGE disappointment.

sugare1313

02/08/2006

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Romantic Italian Dining @ its finest!

I have been there many many times .. growing up with the owner's son, i know they take great pride in the quality of their food. It can get busy at times but the food makes it all worthwhile! Gnocchi was one of my favorites there(not to be one-sided but its a personal favorite); they make it like no other place in america. their gnocchi is ten times better than tuscany restaurant and all the other italian restaurants ive tried in america.

dancerclassof05

11/17/2005

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so romantic

went to this restaraunt last year for my 1 year anniversary and loved it. sat in the enclosed booth lit by candles. very classy and the food was terrific. plan on making sabatinos a tradition for our anniversary

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