Ristorante Bottaio

4.4
369 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Ristorante Bottaio - Fresh vegetables, fish and various meats prepared as modern interpretations of traditional dishes from the Abruzzo region of Italy. All within your reach at our charming restaurant in Libertyville, Illinois. Stop by and see for yourself!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
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Phone number
(847) 573-1800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Tom Quaranta
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Private party facilities
For your next important event, allow us to host. We will create an amazing experience for you. We have many private dining options for parties ranging from 10 to 200. We will provide custom table settings and any other accommodations you require for your event.
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Private party contact
Adam Laughlin: (847) 573-1800
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Catering
WE CATER ALL KINDS OF PARTIES TO CREATE A WONDERFULLY TASTEFUL EVENTS
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Cross street
Winchester Road
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Parking details
COMPLIMENTARY VALET
Additional
Banquet, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
What 369 People Are Saying
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The waitress was nice, but not very attentive. My fish was very under-seasoned...I added salt twice, and still didn't have any flavor. My companion, though, seemed to enjoy her calamari, so I gave the food 3 stars.

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OT
Chicago
186 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant - great food and outstanding service! Don't miss this hidden secret.

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S
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Disappointing experience. Food average, very noisy, waiter overwhelmed due to a large group, and valet service denied our use of handicap parking spot. Shrimp was mediocre in size and quality.

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TC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would go back again good price point quality food and service

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

They filed my water cup up 21 times.

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L
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We don’t get here often enough even though it’s close. We’ve never had a bad meal.

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AB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great and price is very good per serving.

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JM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. Food is very good, service is excellent.

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OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere with great food and daily specials

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F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food - parking and access is a bit challenging, fortunately they offer valet services. Recommend for quality Italian dining

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TH
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Ristorante Bottaio has always been our go to for many years. We know everyone that works there and you can always count on a great meal.

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DS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great dining experience. Server, Erin, excellent. She was very helpful in giving menu suggestions and guidance as to what we favored. Main dishes were served perfectly hot, as they should be. Flavors were super, but lasagna was a bit too meaty, even for the men in our group. We all will add Ristorante Bottaio to our list of favorite restaurants.

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LL
Chicago
149 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had excellent service here and the food was very good. They were very accommodating as I ordered from the dinner menu and my friend ordered very plain chicken and eggplant. They even brought us a birthday dessert for my friend. Thanks

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YG
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came in with a group of 12 and the wait staff was very attentive - the food was outstanding and the ambience is just right

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EP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bottaio is a favorite that my friends and I go back to again and again.

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DT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was great and the turtle cheesecake is unbelievably good

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OT
Chicago
187 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal was fantastic and the service was equal. Love this place!

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AW
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great time with friends that traveled 40 miles to visit and dine here, the customer service was friendly and courteous from the valet attendant, host, bartender and wait staff. Food was delicious and prices reasonable. Will definitely return.

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DT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

From the valet to being greeted at the door by a sous chef, it felt as if they were truly looking fwd to having us as guests. The table service was wonderful. Right balance between being too present and giving you too much 'space'. That's an art. Food was nicely prepared, very tasty and portions on generous side. I had Lemon Piccata and it was among the best I've had anywhere. Chicken was seasoned wonderfully. Just right amount of wine sauce that was right consistency, not thin, watery. The sauce had been reduced enough to allow zest lemon/caper flavor to come through nicely. My husband enjoyed Farfalle Salmon. Red sauce was well seasoned as it didn't overwhelm the fish. Salmon was cut in small chunks and mixed in with pasta and sauce. His pasta was tender (homemade?).

Ambiance needs some small tweaks. The neighboring business as obnoxious sodium lights that shine directly into dining room. Simple sheers would take the edge off the glare. Also because of the loft space in front dining room, the acoustics are tough. Perhaps a few discreet sound baffles? We'd like to try the patio-type room on the back on our next visit. It looked inviting and a touch more lively...casual? But main dining room felt like a special occasion space and fit our evening plans perfectly. We will def. return.

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MS
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience. We had a party of six, so we had the opportunity to try several dishes, and all were very good!

We will be back!

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RG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Both my wife and I enjoyed our meals. Our waiter was engaging and personable. He provided the right amount of attention to us throughout our visit and appeared to do so with all of his tables.

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RS
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here dozens of times. Our local restaurant of choice for a reason. Love the atmosphere and truly professional service. Excellent!

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s
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Thought the food was excellent but the waitress just wasn't on top of things. We all ordered a second glass of wine but the waitress only brought 2 glasses, she did not automatically refill the bread, and she did not ask if we wanted any parmesan on our pasta. I definitely would go back as the food was wonderful but I would not want to have that waitress.

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LW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Bottaio's is one of our go to restaurants in Libertyville. The food is consistently very good, with nice specials and a decent wine list. Our server was prompt and attentive. Prices are fair and they're open on Sundays.

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RC
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious! Anything for Guido!!
We sat at the bar with tender Steve. Fantastic food, fantastic wine, fantastic Guido!

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LF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is incredible! We went for a date night and it was phenomenal! Great ambiance! We’ll be back soon!

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MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have come here a few times and each time it has been great!

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M
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a great evening, food outstanding service great and prices reasonable. Love this place, go at least once a month

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IF
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have visited this restaurant several times and the food and service has never disappointed me. Great food, good wine selection, and excellent service continues to this date. The menu is varied, with many great Italian dishes, and new ones to experiment with. You need to make reservations as it is a popular place in the area. They also have Valet Parking. I fully recommend it, you will be surprisingly satisfied!

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M
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great dinning experience. The food was great and the service was outstanding. I would highly recommend Bottaio!!!

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LE
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit.
Lots of energy in the bar. Relatively generous pours. Seated approximately 15 minutes past our reservation time. Friendly, understanding hostess. Once seated, everything was great. Really informed and friendly server. We enjoyed the banter. Comfortable room; plenty of space between tables.
We shared a caprese salad, then pork chops and lamb shank as entrees. Everything was really good. We'll be back!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It took a really long time for our food to come to us.

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f
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Last night a party of 10 had dinner at Ristorante Bottaio. Previously we have a good experience at this establishment. Last night was a total disaster! It took about 1 hour to get our salad and soup. The soup was cold and one of our guest had to send his salad back because the portion of the salad was so small! We again had to wait for the main meal and that was cold (potatoes and green beans) and the pasta had no taste. We asked for more wine about 5 times and finally I had to go downstairs and complain and finally were brought more wine. When the bill came 2 bottles of wine were comped but I felt more should have been done. We all talked about the situation at the end of the meal. Something was drastically wrong. I wish someone would have said.."our chef quit..or we are under staffed." We would have gone someplace else. So, my suggestion to the restaurant is get your act together. For customers, don't go with a big party and don't sit upstairs!!! Hopefully this restaurant will get back to how it used to be..for right now we don't plan on returning!!!

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SL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Kyle made our experience for first time customers Great!
Great Food Great ambience!
Overall great find for this neighborhood!

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R
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous and the wait staff was attentive. I will definitely be back!!

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MG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice decoration and light. Good Italian food (antipasto and pasta). Good service. Dishes were large.
Great lunch offer (salad and pasta dish) for very acceptable price.
Lots of parking.

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A
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine here often but not often enough. It is a gem in the burbs and certainly worth a drive. The ambiance, the food, and service is all what a dining experience should be. Whether it is a casual dinner, a special date or a business meeting i don't see how you can go wrong here.

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SQ
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Delicious tortellacci (which is not easy to find). Attentive service and ambiance is simple but has an authentic vibe. It reminds me of my travels in Northern Italy. Tiramisu was fabulous!

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AJ
Chicago
80 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always consistent. Food and service excellence. Great wine selection.
Thanks for a great night.

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OT
Chicago
187 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is fantastic at this restaurant. Steve the bartender is wonderful.

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