Pelago

4.8
1444 reviews
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Mauro Mafrici is a Michelin starred Italian chef who has worked in some of the greatest international kitchens and luxury resort hotels of the world. His long resume of prestigious experiences in revered establishments culminated in the opening of his own critically acclaimed restaurant, Lo Scalco, in New York City which earned a coveted Michelin star in its first year open. Mauro has now brought his talents to Chicago with PELAGO.

The basis of Mauro’s cuisine is “sapori veri’: true, honest, genuine flavors used masterfully to create new sensations, forms and colors. Fresh seasonal ingredients from Italian and local sources will tantalize every taste bud as Mauro allows each bite to speak for itself in a clean, straightforward flavorful vocabulary. With each endeavor Mauro continues to look for new ways to incorporate regional Italian ingredients as he redefines Italian cooking.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wonderful service. I would definitely recommend.

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PJ
Chicago
85 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Went there for Valentines Day Dinner and it was a mistake. They were way too busy and as a result the service and food quality suffered. Even though we had a reservation, we were still made to wait at a make-shift bar out in the lobby. The bartender insisted on keeping our credit card while we had our drink, presumably so we wouldn’t skip payment - how insulting! Then we were jammed into a back table less than 2 ft away from the next table, so you could hear each other’s conversations - not exactly romantic. The food was good overall, but one dish we had (braised beef risotto) was too salty. The service was spotty and the server harried and not very attentive. Perhaps on a less busy day, this restaurant might have potential, but we felt our Valentine’s Day dinner was spoiled and definitely not good value ($200+). Wish we’d gone somewhere else!

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KD
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant in Chicago!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t wait to go back , the food was incredibly fresh and delicious

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F
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I liked Pelago a lot before the last visit. I ordered Osso Buco, the meat was dry and chewy. My friend ordered a salad and a soup, and she was rushed by the waiter to finish her salad as they wanted to serve a soup. Overall felt rushed and not welcomed.

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W
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service

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CC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing experience ! The food was perfect and the staff very attentive.

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J
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food. Fantastic service and ambiance. Our waiter, Nicolas, was stellar. One of the few Chicago restaurants we go to multiple times.

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SF
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Better than Spiaggia.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite food, with beautiful presentations. This is our one “must go to” when in Chicago. The pastas are meticulously sauced, and the mains have never disappointed. We’ve also been very impressed with consistency through the years. Great restaurant!

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PT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu, very friendly atmosphere. Ideal for conversation.

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f
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alfredo and team are phenomenal!

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TW
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Absolutely amazing! We eat here every time we come to Chicago.

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VV
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well worth a visit for wonderful food, service and ambiance.

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RG
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here a number of times. Pelago is a must for each each time we visit Chicago. Highly recommended for a romantic evening.

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WC
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pelago is an urban oasis. Outstanding service, wonderful food in a refined atmosphere where you can actually carry on a conversation with your dining companion without shouting. Favorites included spinach salad with prosciutto; risotto with seasonal vegetables; pappardelle with mushrooms; and veal Milanese.

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C
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best Italian food I have ever had, hands down. I will definitely be coming back!

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down- our favorite meal when we are in Chicago!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant

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O
Las Vegas
25 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great upscale Italian. The restaurant is small but well laid out. The service is great. The food amazing. The wine prices are steep frankly for the size of the pour. But that’s the only small drawback.

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PB
Chicago
124 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends getting together to celebrate wedding

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PC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is my fourth time at Pelago and it just keeps getting better and better.

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LL
Tampa
49 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous, as was staff & ambiance. Was VERY surprised how pricey the sample pasta appetizer was and the salads, although delicious probably wouldn't have ordered as much.

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SC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the special $36.00 combination lunch. It was a great value. I had the pork chop and it was fabulous. The service was great, the room is pretty, the fireplace was on -- what more could you want? I would definitely go back -- soon.

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H
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner at the restaurant! I ordered the special -a house made fettuccini with freshly grated truffles. Truffles are only available for a few months, and luckily they were in season. I don't think I need to say much else. Truffles!!! My dish was pricey, but oh so good!

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I have had in a long time. The Dover Sole is remarkable.

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JS
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each time we come back to Chicago this is our go to place for Romance.

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k
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best meal we have had in Chicago!!! Loved it and look forward to going back again. It was our 5th wedding anniversary. Lovely restaurant!!!

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B
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food, great ambience, one of the BEST restaurants in Chicago

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CS
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Pelago. However, it is hard to have a quiet conversation. Very load acoustics.
Having said that, Pelago has the best service, best food and all around great experience.

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TH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!!!!! Truly an amazing dining experience

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L
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, ambiance lovely and food delicious! Be sure to ask for prices on specials. A hidden treasure. Enjoy!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent!!!

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PS
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb, attentive service and delicious, well prepared food, within one of the most elegant dining rooms in the city, make this restaurant the very best place for an intimate & romantic lunch in Chicago!

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c
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I dined here on a Monday evening when it was not very busy so that may have affected the service we received which was off the charts. Extremely prompt and attentive without being intrusive. Food was excellent and beautifully plated. We were very happy with the entire experience and since we live in the area we will be sure to come back again. Also, we loved that we could have a nice conversation. Great spot!

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DB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great evening! Excellent service, amazing food and romantic ambiance.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect!

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M
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful Italian Cuisine - very authentic and tasty. The Service was excellent -
our waiter was most knowledgeable about wine pairings and knew his business overall.
Plus very nice and forthcoming without being intrusive.
Great experience!

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B
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, a must visit if you're in the neighborhood.

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LE
Palm Springs
80 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mauro is an incredible chef! Every dish that comes out of the kitchen is a tasty and elegant creation.

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