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General Info
Located in the heart of Little Italy, The Rosebud serves a selection of soups, salads and pasta items, and features a bar, patio and dining rooms.We provide catering for private parties, birthday celebrations, corporate meetings and wedding receptions. The Rosebud also offers gift cards of several denominations. Specialties include fried calamari, grilled skirt steak sandwich, shrimp, roasted red peppers, stuffed mushrooms and baked clams. Online reservations available. Managed by Rosebud Restaurants.
BBB Rating
A+
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Hours

Regular Hours

Delivery Hours

Mon - Thu11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fri3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sun11:30 am - 9:00 pm

Payment method
debit, all major credit cards
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
West Side, University Village - Little Italy
AKA

Rosebud Cafe

Categories
Italian Restaurants, Caterers, Mediterranean Restaurants, Steak Houses, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street, Valet

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Mediterranean, Caterers, Family Style, Italian, Steakhouse, European, Continental

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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Dominicthorn

12/30/2011

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Overall
Excellent Gluten Free Pasta

You no longer have to sacrifice great taste and texture to get a delicious gluten free pasta meal at Rosebud. The glueten free pasta is made with all organic ingredients. We enjoyed the Gluten Free Pasta Primavera in Garlic Olive Oil. Which is the perfect mixture of yellow squash, zucchini, mushrooms, bell peppers, carrots and sweet peas in a an amazing garlic olive oil sauce. The Rosebud Restaurants have decided to be pro-active and offer multiple gluten-free dining options. Remember to ask your server for a list of gluten-free dining options since they may only have a few may be on the menu.

dysphoric

05/30/2010

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Overall
Some of the worst Italian I've ever had.

I am quite sure that at one point this was a great restaurant. I've talked to a few native Chicagoans and they said when they were kids this place was considered a hot location.

For whatever reasons (maybe a lot of midwestern tourists keep them afloat) this place is AWFUL. Cold diced tomatoes served on wet TOAST is not an appetizer. The calamari was drenched in butter and fibrous, tendony and mediocre. The main course, the pounded veal, was unremarkable, but at least edible. It appeared to be soaked in some kind of canned tomato stock.

The people who love this restaurant probably think the Olive Garden is great Italian food. If you agree with them, then go ahead and spend 5x as much eating there.

jimkev

09/26/2009

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Overall
Horrible And Unacceptable!

First of all my wife wanted to celebrate her 50th Birthday at Rosebuds on Taylor. I thought great we have been going there periodically over thirty years. So i called and made reservations two days ahead of time. I asked for window seats and the person i spoke to said this would be no problem if i were to come in a little later around 9 p.m. I agreed and left all the infomation they required over the phone. When my two sons my wife and myself arrived I was told by Nick some twenty something ,that i would not be getting a window seat. After nicely explaining to him i had requested these seats days prior to, and was told this should not be a problem Nick informed me that he doubted the person on the phone told me that. Too bad because that was the wrong answer. Very unproffesional and inapporpriate attitude. So of course we were than given the seats from hell, in between two other parties crushed like sardines . Needless to say it was a very unenjoyable experience. And i would not have written this if not for my two sons infoming me that the internet is a powerful force. So if this deters just one person from not going to Rosebud on Taylor GREAT. P.S. It all starts from the top Nickey boy, and we will find a new Italian restaurant after this experience!

njs29

08/02/2008

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Overall
Best Italian in Chicago (so far)

I have tried quite a few Italian restaurants in Chicago (Dinotto, Trattoria Roma, Club Lago, Bice, Quartino's). I found out about this place after reading revieiws for Spiaggia and Coco Pazzo. The cheaper cafes of these two (Spiaggia Cafe and Coco Pazzo Cafe) offer prices comparative to Rosebut and are highly recommended, however, I have not yet been to either.
The Rosebud offers family style portions, so for two people, one dish and one or two appetizers is more than enough.
Many reviews complain about the poor service. I would say taht the service is attentive, however, our server, Vita, was not as friendly as we may have liked. But keep in mind, the servers at The Rosebud are not 20 somethings bouncing around the restaurant like eager bunnies looking to please you and checking on you every 5 minutes. The service at Rosebud was good, not exceptional, but what I will be going back for is the food.
I had the Eggplant Parm and my wife had the Rigatone a la Vodka. Both were amazoing and we had enough leftover for dinner the next day. The eggplant parm was probably the best i have ever had.
Ambiance is good: dimly lit, and nice wood panel decor. Not the most romantic place since there were plenty of large tables (great for families) with kids, but the
restaurant was quiet enough for a romanttic dinner.
Street parking is available (be sure to pay the meter and leave receipt slip on your dashboard) but most people elect to use the valet. I recommend making reservations and opt for the tables by the Taylor st windows!
Overall, I highly recommend this place!

StevenMichaels

06/08/2008

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Overall
Wonderful food, excellent service

My wife had the Ciapono and I had the Eggplant Parmigiano. Both were enormous portions, the eggplant thinly sliced and baked (not pan fried), delicate and delicious. The presentation on the Ciapono was appealing, and the calamari in the Ciapono was the tenderest I have eaten in a long time. We had the Ensalada Caprese, thick slices of tomato and delightfully fresh mozarella, topped with a thin slice of sweet onion and roasted red sweet peppers, and of course the fresh basil and tasty aged balsamic. We ate on a busy Saturday night, but service was brisk and attentive without being intrusive, and speed was consistent with meals made from scratch. A delightful authentic Little Italy experience, such as Chicago is known for.

margolis

03/16/2008

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Overall
Horrible service, Outstanding food

I'll keep this short and simple. My brick chicken was amazing. His pasta side and chicken Marsala was great. Our beverages were outstanding. OUR WAITER WAS THE WORST EXAMPLE OF SERVICE EVER IN THE HISTORY OF MAN. I WANTED TO POKE HIS EYES OUT WITH MY FORK. HE RUINED OUR SPECIAL OCCASION WITH HIS FUMBLING INEPTITUDE AND COMPLETE LACK OF INTEREST IN OUR TABLE. WE WILL NOT RETURN!

Celstrial

11/11/2007

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Overall
Classic Italian

I wanted to try the original location, never had any of the other Rosebuds. Made reservations a week ahead of time, had a window-side table. Great antipasto plate, classic caprese salad. All the pasta plates are classic, well made, perfectly seasoned. On the table were veal marsala, shrimp broccoli shells, and rigatoni with vodka sauce, everything was great! Generous portions, good times. Classic cannolli and creme brulee for dessert. Can not express how simple yet wonderful everything was. Highly recommended.

lauraflower

10/18/2007

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Overall
Great

Food is awesome. Service is good too. Try the mushrooms for an appitizer. They are almost as thick as steak. If you go on a day you can sit outside, you will really enjoy it very much.

waynefoodie

04/09/2006

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Overall
Must Try

Went with a party of six. Were were seated right away and had an awesome waiter who patiently explained everything. Everyone loved their meal. The sea bass special was very, very good, but very pricey at $36 (the waiter did not say) Another special was also $36. Regular menu prices are much lower. Expensive drink prices. Stick with the better priced pastas and have a great meal. Old Blue eyes is there overlooking you.

olde_bookworm

10/13/2005

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Overall
The Loooong Wait

Arrived with a party of 10 at 6 pm on a saturday. we had reservations and were seated promptly. after the wine was served, and some bread and oil, out table was cleared of food and we had no service and no food for 1 and 1/2 hours. when the food did arrive the entrees were hot but the sides were cold. we wanted to impress our out of town guests, and we did,badly! never again.

mancusovince

06/14/2005

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Overall
Vinnie

Fantastic! No matter what you order the food is always prepared to perfection.

amandalisinski

02/14/2005

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Overall
User review by amandalisinski

You get so much food for the price. The resturant is beautiful inside, and the food is wonderful. If you are going to go to one of the Rosebud's Resutrants, this is the one that I would go to. I would go back myself, and I would recommend it to everyone. I have a hard time going out for Italian food anywhere else now.

jaroots

03/15/2003

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Overall
Outstanding Service

When I visited here the food was saporous, and the service was impeccable. The host pulled out our chairs and our server placed our napkins in our lap. The servers are very charming and professional. Clams and Stuffed Mushrooms were ambrosial. This is a great place..Highly recommended.

mko265

02/04/2003

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Overall
Best Italian in Chicago

I've been to Spiaggia, Coco Pazzo, and Gene & Georgetti's. Throughout all those dining experiences I was pining for Rosebud's cuisine. Service, however, is gruff and rushed. But hey, they have a takeout menu!

mikef

12/28/2002

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Overall
Thank you, Orson Welles

What this great restaurant lacks in atmosphere is more than made up for in the delicious-and huge-portions of great Italian food. Arriving early on the evening after Christmas, and with no reservations, we were seated quickly and found the service to be friendly and informative. Nice to find a place that indeed lives up to its reputation.

Tony_Filippelli

11/14/2002

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Mama mia

Food is excellent. Thier Alfredo sauce is exactly how mom made it. one of my top ten favorite spots in chicago.

cynthiabrooke

11/01/2002

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Overall
Not too shabby

I thought Rosebud was fairly nice, but pricey for what you got. I think a better place not listed is Orso's on N Wells. Excellent food, and the best, most romantic first date ever atmosphere!! :)

mjb111588

08/20/2002

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Overall
Best Italian Food In Town

Not much to say about Rosebuds except that it has the best Italian food in town. It's expensive, but you get alot of food. You probably could have the leftovers for the next day's lunch and dinner. You get seated right away and it's great for a large party. It's very clean and is very nice and cozy. The only thing that is remotely bad is that it is expensive. I would deffinetly reccomend this restaurant to anyone who wants some good Italian food.

GINAMANNING

06/24/2002

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Overall
SIMPLY THE BEST.....

What more can you ask for besides fantastic food, great atmosphere, fun, attentive knowledgeable waitstaff and a moderate bill?? Nothing....so go to Rosebud.

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