Mambo Italiano

4.5
260 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date

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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(847) 281-9100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Cross street
Butterfield Road & Allanson Road / Greggs Parkway
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 260 People Are Saying
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Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Get there early before they run out of items. This was the second time that we have been there when they ran out of the dinner items that we ordered. We had 7:30pm reservations, not that late for a Saturday night.

The waiter verbally informed us of all of the specials and did not inform us of price. they should have a written pamphlet of the specials with the pricing like many other restaurants.

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B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

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D
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My friend was in from Florida and had never been to Mambo. I love eating there. Everything was great but two of us have birthdays in July. The waiter said they could not give us a birthday treat. Owners did away with that. I was there last year on my birthday and they did do something then. Kind of weird. Maybe people take advantage of it.

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JM
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mambo Italiano never fails to impress. Superior service, menu selection and specials. I had the Braciole which was so tender you could cut it with a fork. My wife had the lasagna and said it was outstanding. We both had to take to-go boxes because there was so much food on our plates. A big shout out to our server John. He is a total professional, knows the specials inside-out and super friendly to boot. Mambo gets 5+ stars as always!

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BV
Chicago
195 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven't been inside Mambo since they expanded and remodeled (have gotten take-out many times the past few years) and what a nice up-grade. The food is very good, portions large, and the interior really nice. Will go there to eat more often in the future instead of just getting carry-out.

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E
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The waiter disappeared for long periods of time. We never got the fresh pepper for our salad or the grated parmesan cheese for our entrees that we asked for. Instead of apologizing, our waiter kept making excuses. It took soooo long to get our drinks before and after dinner (he said they couldn't find the bottle of Grey Goose, and for the long wait for coffee, he said they were brewing a fresh pot which took about 15 minutes) I think the main problem was that the waiter was preoccupied and did not take care of us at all. I am not sure where he went when he disappeared because he could not be seen in the dining room. We felt like we were looking for him throughout our entire dinner. The food has always been good but I had the Linguine with Scampi and thought it was very salty. We hadn't been there in awhile but always liked it and had good service. We will not hurry to go back anytime soon.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was outstanding as always. Mambos is my favorite restaurant. I have eaten there several times and have never had a bad meal.

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always one of our favorites. Great food, service, and they always honor our reservation!

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w
Palm Springs
19 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Mambo at least once a month great food excellent wait staff.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding...

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We saw this restaurant on Check Please and had to try it out to see if it was everything it was that was protrayed. We were not disappointed. I had their signature dish of homemade black squid ink pasta topped with seafood, mussels, shrimp, calamari and lobster which was phenomenal. My husband had the lasagna with homemade noodles and it was the best he ever had. We will be back.

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B
Chicago
77 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Server was MIA.

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RN
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent menu... authentic Italian food...consistent quality service...

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food & Service. A little pricey for the Suburbs!

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DA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Wide variety menu with many items on the specials for the night! Hard to select one over the other. We will return often!!!

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P
Chicago
171 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is always delicious and never disappointing. The service is great and the wait staff is very efficient. We enjoy dinning here.
Will return in the near future..

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l
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding food and service! numerous daily specials....it's hard to decide!

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RW
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Our server John was wonderful. It was Father's Day and very busy. My shrimp and pasta could have used garlic. A little bland. My husband loved his shrimp and green beans. His salad looked good. Baked clams were small but tasty.

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C
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We usually are never disappointed when we have dinner here, but this time, the service wears very slow and my daughter’s lasagna was horrible. We showed the server the hardened cheese and lack of noodles but she only said she would let the cook know. I also had my granddaughter with me and was also surprised that there was no children’s choices for dinner. The server said we had to order off the regular menu which was much more than she could eat and was a waste of money.

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N
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food. Fair prices. For a local place, it is one of the best around. Highly recommended.

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SP
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Garret our server was wonderful. We saw the episode of Check Please that featured the restaurant and thought it might be a good place to try. We were not disappointed. Great food. Excellent service

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C
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian Food. Will definetly be great. Real neighborhood gem

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I think that the appetizers/salads and pizza are great. I had ravioli and they were not that great. Seating is pretty tight and it is just too loud.

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EA
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good and our service was excellent. We are six couples who have just formed a dining-out group and our waiter, Adam, accommodated all of our requests. Even after dinner, when some of us changed seats, he was able to match the diners with their respective bills. We will certainly return to Mambo Italiano and encourage others to do the same.

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JW
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This place was better last year. They have cut quality of ingredients and preparation. The meal was over $100 with tip.... a rip off at best. I’ve been disappointed the last fed visits. I will not return

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w
Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local Italian restaurant nice atmosphere and good service.

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GM
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

My friends and I enjoyed fabulous meals. I had lobster ravioli and it was the best I have ever tasted. This restaurant never disappoints.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Noticed the waitstaff seems to have an impressive memory of the days specials, over time it becomes clear the specials are more regular and explains how they can remember them so well.

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D
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Would not recommend as prices jumped considerably since my last visit. Restaurant under went an expansion and they updated the look. Portions could be larger for the price paid. Flavor of food was nothing special. They need to amp up the flavor

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KD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood Gem! Mambo Italiano always reminds me of the amazing restaurants you find in a big city. Ask to sit at Robert's table - attentive and full of life! Best meal we've had in suburbs. They have a boatload of specials that will knock your socks off.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Server was excellent along with the food

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KB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Good ambience. Will definitely eat here again.

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t
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful chandeliers and ambiance. Very good food.

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SW
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good. About 8 specials that night, each of them interesting sounding. I tried one of them and was pleased. Waiter Nate was really good, bus service was good. Restaurant has a plain folks and special occasion feel at the same time. You can bring a family or go on a date. You can go for a fancy occasion or just to get out. Will certainly go back some time.

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JK
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great and so was our server. I wish we had someone like her at every place we dine at.

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l
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place so much that it has become a Sunday evening ritual. With BYOB, it's affordable and a fun way to cap off a weekend. Get the sausage and penne--incredible, and the Mambo pizza is outrageously delicious. I found the mussels a little fishy a few weeks ago, but still good, and am so enjoying working my way through this neighborhood gem's menu. Husband says to suggest that the specials should maybe switch up from week to week, or maybe even make the gnocchi a regular on the menu; he adores the gnocchi, and it's the Saturday night special, so we only luck out with leftovers once in a while. Wait staff is always friendly and fun, and if you want a real treat, sit at the bar and watch the folks make the Italian oven pizza.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Julia was outstanding. Each and every time we dine at Mambo Italiano we always receive excellent excellent service. The food quality is superior. So enjoyable good food good people.

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o
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

This was our third visit. The first two times were exceptional. This time was not. We told the hostess it was a birthday celebration. She obviously never told the waiter. No celebration. Also, we ordered Tito's vodka. The vodka served was not what we ordered. Obviously, trying to pass off a lower grade of alcohol. Also, one in our party asked for a bowl of risotto and was given a bowl of plain rice. We will probably go back, not very soon, though.

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KJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and great service! Mambo has created a great neighborhood experience for dining.

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R
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. Service was excellent. We had to wait 20 minutes after our reservation which was disappointing. Once we were seated, out meal was excellent.

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