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La Barra - Riverside

4.7
4.7
728 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
La Barra is brought to you by Rich Labriola, Chicago’s premier artisan baker. We feature sharable Italian small plates, award-winning pizza, great wines and hand-crafted cocktails. The beautiful space includes a private dining room and a gorgeous outdoor patio. Please be aware that our kitchen closes at 9pm Tuesdays - Thursdays and Sundays. On Fridays and Saturdays, our kitchen closes at 9:30pm.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizza Bar, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (708) 887-7700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Pepe Martinez

  • Catering

    Please check out our Catering Menu on our website. For specialized catering, contact us directly.

  • Private party facilities

    Semi private room that seats up to 36 people. Custom and preset menus available.

  • Neighborhood

    Riverside

  • Cross street

    Longcommon

  • Parking details

    Street parking and private parking lot behind the building available.

  • Public transit

    La Barra is steps from the Riverside stop on the Burlington Metra line.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 728 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Near West

    Best Overall

  • Near West

    Best Food

  • Near West

    Good for Groups

  • Near West

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Near West

    Special Occasion

  • Near West

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Near West

    Most Booked

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  1. LR

    LynnR

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly service without any time pressure and fabulously fresh food. Excellent summer evening experience!
  2. DI

    DIANEJ

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was beyond perfect. Very attentive - gave us wine suggestions - I ordered their new Zucchini Fritti Chips they were severed with their new dill dip and were hot when delivered to the table. Birthday celebration and the Birthday gal received a free slice of cheese-cake (or her choice on the dessert menu). Plates were removed promptly from the table and water glasses were refilled promptly. Ordered 2 different pizzas and they were hot and very tasty. Also, Spaghetti w/Meat Ball, again, delicious. We will return soon. The restaurant was clean and we asked for the table ends to be opened to make the table round, no problem. Love the cloth napkins, not paper.
  3. NB

    NettieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were great at accommodating our large group. Everyone found something on the menu they liked, we really enjoyed our dinner there.
  4. AN

    ANITAS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating Birthday and Anniversary with family. Great food and service !
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was Father’s Day. It was great. Awesome tasting food.
  6. NG

    NathanielG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved my first time experience,. Will definitely be returning!
  7. K

    Kelly

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great, quick and friendly service. The food was also delicious.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great choice for dinner on a hot summer night. Summer menu has some really good new options. Definitely recommend!
  9. C

    Carol

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We just absolutely love dining at La Barra-Riverside.
  10. TO

    TheresaO

    Chicago

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat at bar for cocktails and pizza..: great service!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a Dad and his two you daughters out on date night while Mom was out of town and the service was incredible. Very accommodating and welcoming, and the food was fantastic!
  12. MQ

    MrsQ

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Food order took about 45 minutes. We sat outside and the staff took a long time to make the rounds outside. Our dishes were barely warm. One dish was sent back to be reheated and was eventually taken off the bill when it was still not warm. Entire lunch experience took 2 hours. That’s beyond my level of patience by a long stretch.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service.
  14. MA

    MARCD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was excellent. Our server was very knowledgeable and thorough. Our server exhibits great customer service acumen.
  15. KC

    KenC

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Jose, our server was terrific as well as the supporting crew. The food was amazing as always, especially the mushroom soup of the day and the puttanesca. Will definitely be back soon! And thank you again for my wife’s dessert for her birthday, was a very nice touch.
  16. K

    Kveloz

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    One of the worst service experiences I’ve ever had. We had dinner reservations for Saturday evening with my husband and teenage son. We were seated and after 20min of patiently waiting, not a single staff member had approached us. My husband had to get up and say something to the host who said it was her fault and that she would send someone over right away. Finally, our server arrived and took our order. I observed that she was not writing anything down which is fine as this is common in most restaurants now a days. I personally don’t like this practice and sure enough as I thought, our order had a missing item. Guests that were arriving after us were getting their food before ours, they seemed to have servers waiting tables both inside and outside(no sections), forgot to bring napkins(asked for paper ones), and after our food was brought out, server did not check on us until almost 30min after when we were done. Once finished it took awhile to receive our check. Overall, food was great but no organization and poor service. What was supposed to be a great dinner/evening together with my family, turned into a frustrating and disappointing experience.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a good experience. The pizza and the chop salad are always on point as was the soup. We were treated to complimentary lemon drops by the manager which was nice. Our new neighborhood go to restaurant.
  18. MS

    MikeS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding! Staff very accommodating. Thank You Sabrina, Olivia, Caesar and Pat.
  19. AL

    ALICIAB

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks w/family; nice job by the waiter in training. Great to see previous employees return and that they remember us, always great to see there smiling/friendly faces (thank you Grace) and a big thank you to the all the staff and owners that make this Restaurant always so welcoming.
  20. C

    Carlos

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our family was there to celebrate our 42 wedding anniversary. There were five adults and two children. They had our table waiting for us when we arrived. Service was great. Waitstaff was friendly efficient and just real nice to us all. Food was perfect: tasty, served hot, promptly and delicious. Meal finished off with everyone getting their own ice cream. The Riverside La Barra team came through with flying colors!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The best pizza anywhere
  22. SS

    StevenS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The waiter never asked how our dinner was; never asked if we needed refills; never asked if we wanted bread. When we asked, he stated, "Oh, I forgot to ask you if you wanted bread." Evidently, their policy was to always bring it out at the start of the meal, but that has since changed, where the waiter is to ask us. It also took forever to get the tab, so we decided to skip dessert.
  23. NC

    NeCoov

    Chicago

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Always a good time at LaBarra:) service was great-Juan was our waiter. One disappointment-they changed my favorite dish! Salmon no longer served with risotto and instead some spaghetti squash side:(
  24. m

    mitchk

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress Ky she was awesome!! The food was delicious will definitely go back!
  25. BN

    BNT4TAAE

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service, drinks, and food were great! Chicken Parm and Filet Sliders were awesome and the prickly pear margarita was outstanding.
  26. LS

    LauraS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall1food3service5ambience4
    Our reservation was for 7:00 we were on time everything was great until the waitress told us at 7:15 that we needed to hurry up and order because the kitchen decided to close at 7:30. So not only were we rushed on Mother’s Day but they got my order wrong and they put our dessert in a plastic to go box and brought it to the table. We were there for and hour and was rushed and it was my only day to be with my family… it wasn’t very professional. We gave a great tip anyway but very saddened how we never got to enjoy our dinner
  27. GR

    GabrielleR

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my mom to La Barra for Mother’s Day! She loved the spot just as much as I did ❤️
  28. I

    Italian

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    This review is only for the mothers day brunch buffet. Many of the hot dishes were lukewarm or cold. The food warmers weren't keeping up. Love the restaurant but we won't be back for the brunch.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Mother’s Day brunch was amazing! The food was delicious, great service and we will be back!
  30. DM

    DinaM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    Food was very good and reasonably priced. Will go again
  31. SR

    ScottR

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great! Really good food. If I lived closer, I’d be there once a week!
  32. LA

    LisaA

    Chicago

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and service at LaBarra! Great bar scene
  33. MG

    MaggieG

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Service and Food!! Would definitely recommend! Their Pizza is the best!
  34. w

    william

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Good pizza, but other dishes are overpriced for what you get. Service is unattentive at best. Stay with pizza, your fine. If you want Italian food, go somewhere else for value and what you get for your money.
  35. CS

    CynthiaS

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Had linguine wuth clams and husband hwd a delicious pork chop. Staff seems happy and helpful to customers and each other. Good drink-Riverstde Living.
  36. KC

    KC70

    Chicago

    101 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    First time time dining at this restaurant. Food was delicious. We ordered bruschetta. It was very good, a little too much garlic though. My husband had the lasagna and I had the rigatoni. Both very good. Great atmosphere.
  37. AL

    ALICIAB

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great music.
  38. AL

    AlejandraL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant has been the most gorgeous food that I have tried in a long time, I'm definitely coming back and of course will recommend 👌
  39. M

    Madge

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Delicious small plates! Highly recommend the roaster brussels sprouts, beets with burrata and the toasted ravioli nachos!! All are exceptional. My only complaint is that the noise level in the restaurant is not conducive to casual conversation. 'Tis a pity the the acoustics aren't better.
  40. P

    Prairiequeen

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Just a nice friendly neighborhood place. Lots of good selections, some good for sharing. Easy street parking. Outdoor dining looks ready to start soon.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from La Barra - Riverside using the Order Online button. La Barra - Riverside also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. La Barra - Riverside also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (708) 887-7700.

La Barra - Riverside is rated 4.7 stars by 728 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Google Map for La Barra - Riverside

2 E. Burlington St. Riverside, IL 60546

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Longcommon

  • Neighborhood

    Riverside

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizza Bar, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking and private parking lot behind the building available.

  • Public transit

    La Barra is steps from the Riverside stop on the Burlington Metra line.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Pepe Martinez

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (708) 887-7700

  • Catering

    Please check out our Catering Menu on our website. For specialized catering, contact us directly.

  • Private party facilities

    Semi private room that seats up to 36 people. Custom and preset menus available.

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