Mambo Italiano - Mundelein IL

4.7
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$30 and under
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Italian
For 15 years, we have been keeping Italian tradition alive for the generations to come through Mambo Italiano Ristorante. Our restaurant specializes in traditional styles of Italian Cuisine. Weekly, our features highlight new renditions developed by the Cardone family. Every meal is prepared with care and the freshest ingredients. All meats are humanely raised and free of antibiotics, because we want to nourish your bodies and souls at our family table. For reservations for 7 or more, please contact the restaurant directly.
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We were seated pretty fast but waited an hour to get our salads then waited quite a while to get our entrees. Seated at 7:50 and got our bill around 10 pm. Food was ok but nothing special. Waiter was friendly. Overall we were disappointed with our experience.

o
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food. They honor reservations, but the noise level was extremely high.

K
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated promptly. Waiter was friendly and informative. Service was prompt even though the restaurant was packed!
Everyone (9) at the table enjoyed their meal and would go back.

D
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great server and the best scallps. Too bad about the rude diners at the next table! I don't want to hear about your botox and see your tatas spilling out of your top.

GJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Many favorites on the menu here.
On this visit the husband and I enjoyed the 4 Cheese Raviolis in Vodka Sauce and the Steak and Shrimp special. Both were well prepared and very tasty. Always the freshest ingredients.
The Carrot Cake is the best I’ve had in any restaurant. All of he deserts are delicious but this is a special treat.

DH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five of us had dinner here before going on to the Marriott play. The service was exceptional. Friendly greeting as we entered, and everyone was on point. Food selections are awesome. Dishes sampled at our table included scallops, fettuccine with shrimp, chicken Parmesan and lasagna. Everyone was well pleased with their entree. Great place for a nice dinner with friends!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the special stuffed peppers and they were excellent. All of the food was delicious. I would definitely go here again.

s
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

food was off sadly - not usual. disappointed but will still return

OT
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always enjoy the experience and never dissatisfied!

m
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Thanks to Check Please, we decided to try this restaurant. Our first visit was on a miserably snowy day and we were a little leary when we saw it was a store-front. But once we walked in, pure ambience! Beautiful decor and we were treated royally. The menu runs the gamut of classic Italian fare with so much more. My boyfriend had the lasagna and swears that even reheated, it's still better than anything he's ever had.
We've now been back for a third time, this time on Valentine's weekend and excellent as always. I have tried a differnt dish every time and have yet to be disappointed. We were delighted to chat with the owner and chef, who stops by all the tables to make sure that everyone is pleased. She is a gem and really cares about her guests. Highly recommended!

JB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time to this restaurant as I heard such good things from others. I have to say the food was amazing!! Our waiter seemed to be new as he had to keep checking with the manager to get answers for our questions, but he was very nice and didn't rush us. All in all I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others and I will be back as there were many things on their menu I wanted to try, like their desserts.

OT
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food and ambiance were nice, but had to wait 30 minutes for a table even with reservations. Reservation was for my teenage son and his girlfriend who seemed to be overlooked when being seated as others arriving after them were seated first.

MH
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day. Very busy. Waited 30min. with a open table reservation, expected due to the holiday. Once seated servers and bus staff very attentive. Ordered right away because we were with our young children. Main course did take longer then expected. That was the only complaint. Had to leave without dessert because of how late it was getting. Kids. Again know fault of there’s.
Love supporting locally owned and operated restaurants! Will be back. A favorite spot in the neighborhood.

KC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and the food was very good. Highly recommend.

GT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Our waiter assigned to our table was slow to welcome or even acknowledge us, another waiter stopped to ask if we’d been taken care of yet by the waiter assigned to our table. The wine list was outdated, what I wanted was no longer available and the waiter said it hadn’t been for some time. Chef wouldn’t make a dish to order (I.e. without mushroom).
We’ve been here often, had several parties at the restaurant but overall this was a disappointing visit. Bless the waiter who tried hard to make up for the deficiencies that night; he earned his money.

K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and they make you feel like family. Love this place.

R
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beyond great, as always.

JK
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always good and authentic italian food. Vibrant atmosphere and what a great selection of specials to choose from along with a solid menu.

D
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my wife’s birthday. Great everything! Food , service, ambiance! Keep up the great work.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Diisappointed in the food. It was very ordinary with too much salt in the sauce. I have been coming to Mambo for years & this was the worst meal I have had here.

OT
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We try to come once a month. A great place to be with friends and/or as a couple.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place always!

N
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We had a reservation for 6 at 5:00 PM on Saturday and they were ready and willing to go. A lot of very good sounding specials in addition to what's on the menu. It's hard to get 3 couples satisfied but everyone had a great meal.

b
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we have eaten here so many times and it does not disappoint us. please go and try it. Sal is always a pleasure too see and he walks around too make sure everything is fine....

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

They rushed us thru and was not happy about it.

JH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was yummy, service great! Drinks generous, what’s not to like?

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, excellent service + good friends = great experience and we will all be back SOON. Sal, the owner, even delivered our appetizer!

JP
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Water glasses refilled, finished dishes removed quickly and quietly, tasty food served warm and wait staff attentive. No less than we have come to expect from this comfortable and enjoyable restaurant

DP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Amazing ambiance. A very classy place for celebration of an anniversary.

J
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great owner. They bend over backwards to make sure you are satisfied. Food is top notch. One of our favorite restaurants. Thank you for another great experience.

s
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always GREAT! I love everything here! The sauce is homemade and amazing!

JY
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Amazing service. Doesn't look like much from the outside but inside great bar and dining area. Def going back.

MB
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal in a lovely setting. It was memorable.

W
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday with family. Food was outstanding, service great. Craving that Cream of Mushroom soup. The best I’ve had. Can’t wait to go back.

JM
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place. The food , service and ambiance are excellent. We’ve been here many times over the years and have never been disappointed. Any menu item or special will please but my favorite is the bracciole (brah-joule). The beef is so tender and the meat sauce just complements it so perfectly. You get enough for at least two meals, so you get to eat again! As always, I highly recommend Mambo Italiano!

JN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our all time favorite placed to dine. Everything is top notch from the martinis to the main course to the dessert. Have never had a bad experience there. Thoroughly enjoy the options from the specials of the day. Two of us had the Stuffed Flank Steak special and felt it was one of the best dinners we have had. Many thanks to the staff for a wonderful dining experience.

SA
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, service attentive, and greeting welcoming.I would go back again.

RC
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our local favorites. Every meal has been consistently well prepared & delicious. We are happy regulars.

JF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was good. Service was horrible. This is the 2nd time we visited and had Manuel as our waiter. Very inattentive, very rude, never checked on us during our meal or appetizers. I recommend asking for ANY other waiter

CH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first meal here but definitely not the last. Whitefish special along with lobster crab pasta dish were out of this world. Our new friend Steve and his partners could not have been any more accommodating. Looking forward to the next time. See you soon Steve! Chuck and Candace