Mambo Italiano - Mundelein IL

4.6
426 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

Family owned and operated, Mambo Italiano Ristorante is the ideal spot for couples, families and colleagues. With its relaxing atmosphere, the friendliest of staff and most creative daily food specials. The restaurant's interior is beautifully chic and newly remodeled.

Mambo Italiano Ristorante's expert chefs use only the freshest ingredients to prepare the numerous dishes available. With a combination of both traditional and contemporary Italian cooking styles, the menu offers a variety of delicious flavors. Large portions of favorite dishes like veal vesuvio and scallops/asparagus keep customers coming back. Fresh seafood is used to prepare entrees like the seafood risotto, and Mambo Italiano Ristorante's pizzas are made by hand.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always good and a good value. Service is exceptional!

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JR
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service. Best Italian in area!

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. The place smells great as well. Great Italian food.

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LC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff is exceptional - we had a wonderful waitress but did notice the servers at the other tables were also friendly and accommodating. The portion sizes allow for leftovers the next day. We had the sausage and peppers appetizer and I can say we have NEVER had that big of a plate of sausage! Besides a complete menu, there are about 8 different specials offered as well. We didn't ask the price of the special that my husband got, but were pleasantly surprised when the bill came. This was our first time at Mambo and we will definitely go back!

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JL
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! From the bruschetta to the banana cheesecake the food and service was outstanding! Highly recommend.

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I came here for the first time in March and we loved it. We loved it so much we came again for my birthday in April. The food is great, people are friendly and it’s at great price. We discovered it because we were going to Dress up and Dance, also in Mundelein.

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I LOVE their Veal Vesuvio! The best I’ve ever had! A great homey feeling and always a good meal ! The service is top notch!

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C
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic 360! Love Mambo!

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TH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Made the reservation on open table for my husband’s birthday. I have friends that are regulars here and love it, so we thought we’d give it a go. I asked for a table vs a booth. They set us up fine with a table. We love wine and had phoned ahead to get the rules on if we were allowed to bring in our own wine. They explained as long as they didn’t carry the wine, it was commercially sold, and the manager approved it we could pay the $20 corkage fee. The manager approved the bottles brought in. When we were seated our waiter, Manny came to the table. “You brought your own wine?” Said with disdain. This is your opening hello to a table of 4? I’m sorry but this was our first time here and this is the second impression after your hostess stand. My friend stated that, yes we phoned ahead and were compliant with all of the restaurant’s rules. He simply walked away without saying a word. We wondered if he was coming back or what.....several minutes later he returned with wine glasses for us and opened our wine. He proceeded to rattle off about 8 or 9 dinner specials. (I think we all lost him after the 5th one) He was very soft spoken and on a busy Saturday night, speak up! Anyways, Manny turned out to be efficient, but not friendly at all. I’m sorry but if you don’t like your job, find something else. You are in a service industry, being friendly is almost more important than taking food from the kitchen to a table. The food was pretty good. I was also disappointed that the reservation had a notation on it about my husband’s birthday, but there was no mention of it at all. Again, thanks Manny for the spectacular birthday dinner. I’ll have a very hard time returning here after this. Oh and yes, I’m telling everyone about....”You brought your own wine?”

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience. Food, ambiance and service were all beyond expectations.

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JH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a bad meal!

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JF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit there and won’t be our last! Service was great! Food was outstanding! A little hard to find ha but we made it glad we did absolutely will return keep up the great work!

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were in town for 3 night. We spent 2 of them here because the food was so good my Italian husband loved it!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place

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PT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just love this place. Too many favorite dishes to mention here!

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JP
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We returned to Mambo after having a not so great experience in September. We were so pleased with our dinner the other night. Everyone enjoyed their meals - and the appetizers we shared (grilled calamari & bruschetta) were excellent. Service was also excellent. I'm glad we gave it another try.

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IS
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to Mambo Italiano and we were just as pleased this time as the first The food is exceptionally delicious and came out the correct temperature. Our service was excellent and food came out timed correctly. We will definitely be returning again and again and we will recommend to all our friends. Thank you for another wonderful dining experience.

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KL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and drink. Lots of nightly specials offered. Loved the Braciole-something one doesn’t see often on the menu in a typical Italian restaurant. And the Lobster Cappellacci is a favorite choice of mine! Delicious!

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our server Steve was awesome. The food was decent and came out fast. The ambiance was wonderful. You can tell it was recently renovated.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

For second time food was lackluster.

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JB
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a reservation for 7 pm but weren't seated until 7:30 pm which was annoying. The food was great.

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F
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were good, but in spite of the fact that the restaurant was nearly empty, we were placed in a booth next to a very noisy party. Next time I’ll speak up!

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Des Moines
100 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always lots of good choices at Mambo. Good food, good service, decent price. I'd like to see them tone down the lights in the dining room a bit. Also, with all the great value Italian wine on the market, they'd do good to expand their Italian wine selections and offer them at less than double to introduce others to Italian wines.

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IF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants, it never disappoints us!! Food is consistently good, they have food for every taste in their menu. I thoroughly recommend it.

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R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. The service was very warm, friendly and well paced. We were rushed. Our server was quite knowledgeable.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted and seated immediately upon arrival. The service and food were excellent. Looking forward to our next visit

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TS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

VERY DISAPPOINTING. Food was cold and service was terrible! Our friend ordered a side dish and it was wrong. And when we told the waitress...she said "oh...well that goes well with what he ordered.". Very dark atmosphere since they painted the entire interior with black walls. With all the other great restaurants around us, we will not be going back. Also when we express our dissatisfaction with the manager, he really didn't seem to care. Poor customer service.

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F
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most of our party had one of the specials and we were not disappointed. Food was excellent from soup to dessert. Our server was knowledgeable and made us feel very welcome. Mambo Italiano always provides a great dining experience. Highly recommend for any occasion.

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BB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent! We will be back again soon

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H
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food .. their eggplant parmigiana is amazing !! Their chicken dishes are good too . We have always had attentive , nice waiters .. the noise level is such that you can carry on a conversation and I think the prices for entree are reasonable . Also have an amazing terramisou .

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CP
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. The stuffed pepper specials should be part of the regular menu...they were delicious!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Good food, but crowded, noisy and busy. Service could be improved.

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S
Chicago
83 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the high energy and great food. Always a lot of specials.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was really good. Nice waiter and good food.

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M
Chicago
130 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our first visit here was a nice experience. It was for Valentine's dinner, but we went on 2/15. The food was very good and that goes for the 4-cheese ravioli and shrimp scampi as well as the dinner salad. We ordered a bottle of the local wine and it was more like drinking a port than a red blend. I would order with caution as it is not what you may be expecting for a dinner wine. The server was attentive and other staff made sure water glasses were filled and dirty dishes cleared.

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SL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Table of 4 had the branzino (bass) and the spouse had lobster ravioli. We didn't try each others as it was too good to share. Another had the scallops that I was told was mouth watering. Comfy, not hurried, attentive service. Prices seem fair. Couldn't be happier and will return

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nicole was unbelievable. The management really took care of us as well. We showed up early for our reservation on Valentine’s Day and had a table ready almost immediately. However we decided to pass up on that table to wait for Nicole. We had a little bit of a wait and management bought us and appetizer, glass of wine each, and a dessert. They did not have to do that because it was our choice to wait however they went above and beyond to make our experience exceptional

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DS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sal and company always provide wonderful, authentic Italian food. Top of our list in the northern suburbs.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines

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MH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was perfect and server was terrific! Great locally owned restaurant! Only eat at locally owned establishments.

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