Mambo Italiano

4.4
294 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion

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 294 People Are Saying
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J
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great server!

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t
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food great service

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JS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything. We loved that dinners included soup or salad. Can't wait to go back.

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DH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both the food and the service were excellent! The specials were more than abundant which made it difficult to make a selection. Our waiter was attentive and courteous.

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RG
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mambo Italiano is outstanding!! The food is wonderful, the wait staff is excellent!! We will certainly continue to come back over and over again.

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s
Chicago
208 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service are outstanding. Lots of people, lots of noise, everybody having good fun and great food. We brought friends who had not been here before but will definitely be back.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

2 our of 3 meals had no flavor so they were sent back. The manager or owner came and got them with a smug look on her face. No apologies. The waiter however apologized and asked if we wanted something else but we were over it by then.

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mambo Italiano never disappoints...excellent cuisine, cocktails, wine, service & ambience!

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l
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thy honor your reservation. The food is consistently good. Service very pleasant.

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C
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed Adam! Food was great, especially the salmon

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l
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy our meal. Our server was terrific!

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was fun and good. I am Italian, I always enjoy every meal I have had there. The price is right.

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P
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Went on a Saturday night, first time. Place was crowded but very short wait with reservation. Food and service were excellent. Ambiance was nothing special but did not detract.

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JH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and fabulous service.

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E
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first time, and we will hurry back. The food was fresh and delicious. The portions were huge.

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f
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food very tasty. Plentiful portions. Great service.

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G
Chicago
79 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server Meg was exceptionally knowledgeable about the menu, professional and attentive. She helped make a nice evening special.

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RN
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, server, and atmosphere. Never rushed and very reasonable cost. We have carried out but rarely dine in, but plan to dine in more now. Outstanding experience.

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M
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Had a reservation but still waited for 10-15 minutes. Waiter was engaging and enthusiastic. Unfortunately they had run out of one of the specials after we ordered it but he was apologetic. The chicken ravioli special was wonderful and we also enjoyed the fried calamari appetizer. The renovated decor is attractive and made for a nice ambiance.

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D
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious, the room was lovely and the service was great! Loved it and will definitely be back. Specials were so varied that a small typed menu would be helpful. I had scallops and my husband had filet medallions with sausage and chicken. Both were very good. Marinara sauce was fresh and nicely seasoned which is often not the case in Italian restaurants. Creme puffs for dessert were amazing!

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g
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We both had one of the several specials offered, the fragoile and lamb. Food was mediocre at best including the salads. Didn’t have the opportunity to let any of the staff know. Server never asked how the food was and plates removed quickly by back waiters.

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R
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was really good but smaller portions than others in this genre. Bill was a little high for the amount of food. Bread was stale.

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NB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I chose to spend my birthday at Mambo.
We have been patronizing the restaurant since they opened.

When I announced it was my birthday, the waitress informed me the restaurants new policy was not to provide a complimentary dessert.

We dine out frequently and always on special days. While I don’t deny the owners right to run his business the way he wants to, I plan on patronizing restaurants that value my patronage.

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J
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Never a bad meal . Always a lot of specials. Very friendly staff.

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DS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The restaurant itself was very nice. Loved the décor. Our waiter was very slow and seemed to be a bit inexperienced. He did do a good job, but could have been a bit more attentive. The food was good, but not outstanding as I thought it would be. The pasta portion that came with the dinner was way too small. Please add more pasta to your dinner dishes. I love pasta and would have liked to have some left over to take home with my piece of chicken. Was a nice experience. Will go back to try some of the other dishes and/or the pizza.

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PS
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

An old friend and I got together for dinner. It was her first time here. She got the mostaciolli with meat balls and I got the chicken Parmesan. I ordered a salad and our server asked if I wanted blue cheese crumbles on top. I replied “sure” but didn’t realize until the bill came that it was an additional charge. The same thing with my friend’s meatballs. It sounded like they were included in the meal. My friend loved her meal. My chicken was over done, with almost burnt edges. We both agreed that the service was prompt but we also felt very rushed. But all in all a good experience.

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NG
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

In the past, I have found Mambo Italiano to be a reliably good restaurant. This time, I was extremely disappointed. We ordered salad that looked like it had been pulled out of a bag of grocery store greens and plopped on the plate and left out for a while; wilted greens with a couple of tomatoes and average dressing. My friend ordered lobster ravioli; tasty but not much lobster. My chicken dish was supposed to have some type of arabbiata sauce, but there was not a bit of spice to it. The chicken was swimming in this dull sauce, and the breading, which was too thick, was soggy. The marinara sauce was more like tomato paste with a few chopped onions in it; bitter with no fresh taste. Maybe they overcooked it. Anyway, I won't be back. Sorry. The pasta itself was good, and our waiter was nice. So, that's something.

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JJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great atmosphere! We have been here many times and Mambo Italiano never disappoints.

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L
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

the food and menu are authentic Italian!. However our server was less then attentive.

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X
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Made a reservation through open table that wasn't honored as we waited for 20 minutes along with about 15 other people and finally settled on eating at the bar. This wasn't a much better option as getting help from the bartender was next to impossible. I wont be returning to this poorly run establishment.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The service was poor. Our sever never told us about any specials. She did not offer us desert. We had to go ask for our check at the front desk. The food was just ok. He lasagna has way too much cheese. I could not even chew it. My husband switched dishes with me. I would not recommend it. I would never go back here again.

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BP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My party loved the experience.The ambience was great, the tables were spread out. It was a large dining room but the noise was not bad. The menu was extensive and they had about a dozen specials the waitress told us about but she did not know prices. However the service was excellent. For appetizers we had grilled calamari (lots of garlic and spicy peppers) and arancini both of which everyone loved. For entrees we had the salmon with risotto and seafood risotto specials which were great, but the scallops were the best. We also had eggplant Parmesan and shrimp linguine which were very good. Our party of 7 was all looking forward to going back.

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C
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as usual! I always love coming back!

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NG
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
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 on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

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D
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
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 on July 14, 2018
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
199 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
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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