Pelago

4.6
1528 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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KB
Detroit
1 review
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food, friendly but elegant service. A bit warm in the are where we were sitting, but other than that a fabulous meal!

W
Houston
125 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pelago is a rare oasis of outstanding, creative, fresh Italian cuisine in the Gold Coast area of Chicago. We overdid it — ordering the tasting menu with a course of four delicious risottos, a course of four pastas, a whole sea bream and a huge veal chop —outstanding! The wine recommended was a perfect accompaniment. The dining room is quiet, cool and elegant. The service is impeccable. A special evening and a dinner to remember!

JM
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Thank you for a lovely evening. The pasta is the best in the city.

RK
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

The food was not that good, it was just ok for the very exuberant price. I come from a family of chefs born in Italy. There are much better Italian restaurant in the city & better pricing. Portions are very small. Atmosphere is excellent and so is the service.

JS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Very pricey for what we got. $160 per person for mediocrity

OT
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best kept secret in Chicago

J
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Pelago and had a lovely evening, outdoor seating, impeccable service and delicious food. My friend had fettuccine with black truffle butter and raved about it. I had the ricotta pasta with peas and a light butter sauce. Ate every bite. Excellent wine list. Will definitely return.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great -classic white table -top Italian restaurant

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and food.

SB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pelago restaurant because of the talented chef is the best Italian place in Chicago, highly recommended if you wish to eat authentic superb Italian dishes.... High quality ingredients and presentation and atmosphere are all excellent reasons to keep going back and dine at this incredible ristorante!

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My food was salty. I was offered a different dish but I declined it. Service was slow. They did not deduct any amount for the dish. The bill was very high I will not return anytime soon

OT
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Expensive! But, the service and food are exceptional. I enjoyed the experience.

JH
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Very nice owner/chef. However, the prices were outrageous. Waiter pointed us to a very expensive bottle of wine and an appetizer that was inedible and also very expensive. Pasta was undercooked. Worst meal we had in Chicago. I hate writing bad reviews; however, people should beware. If you don't care about the price and the taste and waiters you cannot understand, then you will be fine.

DM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We dined at Pelago in celebration of my wife's birthday, and had a wonderful experience. We have been there several times in the past and as always, the food was excellent. My pasta was prepared to al dente perfection, and the staff was accommodating in honoring my request to shave the generous portion of truffles onto it at our table. My wife's veal ravioli were magnificent, and throughout, the service staff was attentive without hovering. For up-scale Italian food, we prefer Pelago to a much more famous nearby restaurant hands down.

p
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They hit it out of the park! I am so happy I picked this restaurant to celebrate our 20th Anniversary! The wait staff was excellent!

JH
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Hard to understand the servers at times. Take your appetite with you, the food is to die for!

DL
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The service was not quite what I had expected from such a sophisticated restaurant.

C
Naples
43 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love to take friends to Pelago. The menu is extensive with excellent pasta and many seafood dishes. One of the appetizers is a tasting menu of pasta which is unique and delicious. Two in our party were vegans, and the chef made accommodations to provide them with a very tasty dinner. Service and ambience are wonderful!

JW
Charleston
85 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go here quite often when visiting Chicago and the food is amazing! Their outdoor patio was inviting, friendly and very nice. Service is prompt and efficient. Great place to dine!

DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best italian in Chicago. Nothing even close to Pelago. The pasta is incredible. Staff amazing. Great time every time we’re visiting.

BW
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always,

h
Miami
88 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is delicious and the terrace lovely, but it is very, very expensive.

BD
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We are outside on a quiet afternoon. The service was wonderful. The ambiance was great. We can’t wait to go back.

PA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb staff and wine recommendations to match food. Loved the pasta.

g
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st time here. Tony and Jesus provided us a great dining experience. We sat outside as weather was cooperative. Flowers and garden atmosphere added to the experience. Black truffled pasta cooked al dente. Will definitely be back to try to beauty of the inside. Food, service,atmosphere....what else could we ask for. Thank you.

PA
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Francesco and Maurio continue to make for the best evenings ever. A very special restaurant, with exceptional service, and outstanding food.

LD
Chicago
130 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Sadly, Pelago is not what it used to be. While the service and ambiance continue to shine, the food, by and large is no longer delicious. The salmon crab roll, once robust, is now dry and wholly lacking in flavor. The pinot grigio is a flat, watery pool. Disappointed on East Delaware Place.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just fantastic!

SB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic! My husband and I have dined here a handful of times and will continue to return. It's one of the best restaurants we have been to in the city. The service was impeccable and the food was devine.

IL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 4

We were charged $35.00 for a valet parking. After asking why it is $35.00 instead of $13.00 as advertised, we were told that the owner has to deal with it. The owner/chef came out, told us that he has nothing to do with the valet, told us not to come back and trow some money into our car through the open window. NEVER felt to humiliated before! Terrible services, no client's appreciation, bad manners!!! NOT the way to treat customers!

Pelago
Responded on July 15, 2019

My employees called me out of the kitchen because this grouchy lady was very upset about the valet parking mistake. I kindly asked her to wait for the valet personnel to come back from the garage to fix the issue but she was so angry that she couldn't understand reasons. I gave her the money back but she didn't stop screaming that she didn't wanted my money, so then when I didn't know what else to do to help, I asked her to leave me alone and to not come back anymore. What do they want from me?

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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PB
Chicago
133 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent

C
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was excellent, but I wll have second thoughts coming back for the surprise bill I got with things not in the menu... Not nice getting that hughe bill not knowing what the cost will be....

RC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this is a great restaurant. period. Expensive, but worth it. Truly fine dining.

LS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, excellent, excellent!!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hostess was courtesy & friendly.
The minestrone soup and the ravioli were delicious. The chocolate pudding was most pleasurable!

Server Jesus was professional and friendly, he made an excellent selection for the wine.
His assistant, Juan, professional and polite.

I would definitely dine again here!!!

LD
Chicago
130 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pelago is one of the best kept secrets in town. The food is truly outstanding, the service is second to none, and the ambience is perfect for a quiet conversation or romantic evening.

s
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely perfect for my mothers birthday. Frank go to the food to the ambience we couldn’t have asked for anything more thank you for making it such a special evening! We will be back again and again and again. This was not our first visit

K
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful dinner
The concierge at Ritz Carlton recommended Pelago which was one block away from the hotel

It is not often we find staff, from head waiter to bus-boys, this well trained and attentive, a remarkable experience
Chef popped out of kitchen to make sure things were going smoothly and patrons happy

The risotto was perfectly prepared, consistency, flavor, seasonings. Many places overload salt, not this one
The rabbit was delicious, the sauce just right, flavorful, not ladled on

Through some waiter-water-magic, our Pelligrino was bottomless

High quality White linen table cloth and napkins (not sad polyester) and sprays of natural flowers lend to this memorable meal.

We will definitely return, and recommend to you

J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. Excellent food. I would recommend this place for a special evening or lunch

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