Ristorante Bottaio

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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!
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DH
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good Italian food. Not as good as other more authentic Italian restaurants we have been to in the Chicago area (and Italy), but good. Wait staff was very quick and no personal connections made, maybe they were short-staffed so he had to hurry. Felt like we were being hurried out since we received and finished our meal faster than I can ever recall in a sit-down restaurant.

GS
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We had 7:30 reservations and you closed at 9:00. I know you all wanted to go home but when tables were being moved and a group of people came out and started resetting and moving/clearing . . . I figured we must have been holding everyone up. Sorry.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on September 13, 2019

Hi Geri, Thank you for your feedback. We're so sorry to hear that your visit was disappointing and we deeply apologize for making you uncomfortable, as that was not our intention. You were not holding us up at all! There is a lot to do when closing a restaurant at the end of the night and it helps to get some of it done early, but the customers are always our first priority. Please know that you were not in the way at all and we hope you'll give us another chance.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

JB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always really good! The service tonight was outstanding!!

SS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The noise level was high due to a funeral luncheon. The host suggested we sit upstairs which was better but still loud. Not complaining, though, since it was a funeral lunch. The service was great and since my friend and I were celebrating her birthday the waiter brought a complimentary dessert, which we very much appreciated. He was very accommodating and friendly.

l
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Not bad Overall. Did not seemed very Italian to me

MS
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

This was a pleasant experience. Wait staff did a good job, and atmosphere was nice. Valet a bit pushy. Food was good, but soup was luke warm at best. Calimari cooked perfectly as well as veal shank. The rest of the food was good, but well overpriced for the flavor return. We enjoyed our meals and atmosphere, but probably wouldn't spend that kind of money on it again. if you have a few extra bucks to spend leisurely, you will be happy.

C
Chicago
118 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our pastas weren’t remarkable but we enjoyed our dinner at Bottaio nonetheless.

L
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Unfortunately they make you use a valet that isn't necessary. It's only a few steps to the door

LF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bottaio was fabulous, as always. Bot the food and the service were excellent. We are looking forward to our next visit.

OT
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always dependable. Good food. Fair priced. Good service.
Accommodating. Honors reservation time. White cloths.
Valet parking. We dine there quite often.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on August 21, 2019

Thank you for all of your wonderful comments! It's terrific to hear that our food is delicious and our staff took great care of you. We hope to see you again soon.

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S
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

On my first visit with friends had such a good meal that I had to come back with my spouse. I tried the beet salad with fennel, orange slices, walnuts and little balls of breaded and fried goat cheese, topped off with balsamic vinegar and EVOO. Absolutely incredible. I also tried the veal parmesan which was fantastic. They prepare and serve it on the bone. It was so delicious. I love Battaio and can't wait to try other things on the menu. Have already recommended this place to others.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on August 20, 2019

Hi Stillyounger, Thank you for all of your terrific comments and recommendations. We're proud to hear how delicious our food is for you and all of the love you have for us. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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DD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, the restaurant did not disappoint. The food is delish. Service is very good. We tried the crab cake appetizer and it is the best crab cake I have ever tasted. Kudos to the chef! I had an exceptional dinner with a good friend.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on August 20, 2019

Hi Donna, Thank you for joining us and for all of your kind words. We're thrilled to hear that our food is delicious and our staff provided great service. We look forward to your next visit.

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S
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A friend recommended Bottaio. I was expecting reasonably good food, but instead found a mouth watering experience by way of their Salmone Adriatico which was a special the evening I was there. Outstanding dish, can’t wait to go back and try other menu offerings.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on August 16, 2019

Hi Stillyounger, Thank you for joining us and for all of your wonderful comments. We love hearing how delicious our Salmon Adriatico was for you and look forward to seeing you again.

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DD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have some friends that we join up with once a month and they really enjoy having dinner with us in this restaurant. The food is always very good, the wait staff is very friendly and accommodating. Pricing is moderate and the food is plentiful. The only thing negatively I can say is that it does get a little noisy when the dining room is full. Other than that, I think you should give this restaurant a try. It will not disappoint .

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on August 16, 2019

Hi Donna, We're proud to be the backdrop to your evening out with friends and appreciate hearing that our food is always delicious and our staff is great. Thank you for all of your kind words. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place always!

T
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fails to deliver a great dinning experience. Thank you to all.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on August 16, 2019

Hi Tommy, We're proud to hear that your experience is always terrific with us. Thank you for letting us know.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Giant portions of just ok food. Service was terrible, slow, inattentive and just generally MIA. It was super loud also and the whole place looked like it was a hit in the 1980’s. Worn out dishes and worn out decor round out the experience. We parked with the complimentary valet and got no ticket for our keys but that guy was the best part. He pulled the car up front before we had even asked. I guess he knows people want to make a fast getaway from here!

KS
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We all enjoyed our meal. The dining room was nicely appointed; not formal, but not overly casual. It was quiet enough to hold a conversation. Our waiter was courteous, attentive and knew the menu . A little pricey for a weekday meal, but perfect for special occasions.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on August 16, 2019

Hi Kathryn, Thank you for letting us know that you enjoyed your meal. We appreciate all of your great comments and look forward to seeing you again.

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TF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I have to blame the waitress for super slow food service as other tables around us with other waiter were served in a normal amount of time. Manager was apologetic. Food was good as it normally is.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on August 7, 2019

Hello Thomas, Thank you for your feedback. We assure you that this is not how we want our guests to be treated and we will be taking this up with our staff. Our goal is to always provide the best experience possible and we apologize for falling short with your visit. We hope that you will give us another try.

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k
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience!

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on August 6, 2019

Hi Kris, We love hearing that you always have a great experience with us!

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NG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I love this restaurant and typically the food is excellent. I chose one of the specials, which was a whitefish. Unfortunately, the fish was tasteless and the linguine was so slippery I couldn't get it up on my fork even with the aid of a spoon. At $26 this was a miss, but I'll chalk this up to a bad night.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on August 6, 2019

Hi Nan, Thank you for your feedback. We're certainly disappointed to hear that our whitefish and linguine wasn't the best. It would have been our pleasure to take care of you and replace it. We wish we would have been able to make your visit a spectacular one. We hope that you will visit us again.

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LU
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went again for a second effort at finding out if the restaurant was as good as I thought. It was!

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on August 6, 2019

Hi LoveUpscale, Thank you for joining us! we're proud to hear that our food was delicious and we appreciate hearing that our restaurant is wonderful for you.

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LU
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

A legitimate Italian meal (I just got back from Italy last month) with good service. Wine list is pretty pricey but Amorone and Brunello aren’t cheap anywhere.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on July 30, 2019

Hi LoveUpscale, Thank you for joining us and for your great comments about our delicious food! We always want our guests to have the best experience possible and we love hearing that we hit the mark with you.

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

The staff was pleasant and punctual and the ambiance was great. The food was outstanding and the noise level was pleasant where we were able to talk and enjoyed catching up with friends. The menu was so appealing it was hard to narrow down to one choice. I ordered the Linguine Con Calamari
(Baby squid in a spicy marinara sauce.) It was outstanding. I highly recommend this restaurant and we look forward to going back.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on July 19, 2019

Hi Tom, We're thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed dining with us and that your meal was delicious. Thank you for all of your wonderful comments. We look forward to your next visit.

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b
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

All I can say is "Wow, can't wait to go back!" We have been to many "fine dining Italian" restaurants, but this one just blew us away. It's a pretty place, simple white tablecloth style. The menu had an incredibly diverse and large selection of dishes in pasta, fish and meats that included some really unique ingredient combinations that we never saw before. There was a "short list" of specials that were really creative. I ordered one of the specials as my entree and was very impressed. The Pasta Fagiole, both I and my husband agreed, was absolutely the best we have had ANYWHERE. We like to have an appetizer before we order our entrees and make an evening of it, and we were pleased that we did not feel at all rushed. Although some might say this is a pricey place, we found it to be pretty competitive and even less than some of the competition, for the quality and the area in which it is located.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on July 17, 2019

Hi BooBoo, Thank you for joining us and for all of your kind words. We're proud to hear that our pasta fagiole was the best you both had and that the rest of your meal was just as delicious. We look forward to your next visit.

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SB
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and wonderful food with very large portions. One meal can be split! Affordable as well. Amazing place to visit often.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on July 17, 2019

Hi Steve, It's wonderful to hear that our staff took great care of you and your meal was delicious. we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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SH
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I were celebrating a special anniversary and I am glad we picked Bottaio. Food was great, excellent service. Manager sent over a small complementary tiarimesu for our anniversary. Nice touch. Will be going there again soon. I highly recommend.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on July 17, 2019

Hi Sara, Thank you for allowing us to be part of the celebration! It's wonderful to hear that our food was great and that service was top-notch. We hope to see you again soon.

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RM
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was absolutely delicious. Great service. Friendly employees.

A
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This is our go-to Italian restaurant. Favorites include Veal Marsala, Eggplant Parmesan, Veal Picante, Pasta Pomodoro and Bolognese.

Pros:
The service is always excellent
There's plenty of variety on the menu.
Bread is served hot.

Cons:
If you like wine, be prepared to be disappointed. The wine list is very small, as are the glasses. One size fits all.
The main dining room can get loud.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on July 8, 2019

Hi DerAlte, We're glad to be your go-to and to hear that you have many favorites on our menu. Thank you for all of your kind words and feedback. We look forward to your next visit.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good Italian food.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on July 8, 2019

It's wonderful to hear that our food is really terrific for you! Thank you for your comments.

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T
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

This was our second time there and it did not disappoint. The place the food the people are all most excellent. The waiter was having a rough day but, everybody does once in awhile. But, he hung in there and we had an awesome time once again. We are totally going back again. Awesome eats.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on June 25, 2019

Hi Tommy, We appreciate all of your kind words and love hearing that you had a terrific time dining with us. Our dishes are made with the freshest ingredients we can get our hands on and our staff always wants our guests to have the best experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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OT
Chicago
215 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal and service.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on June 24, 2019

We're glad to hear that your meal was outstanding and our service was top-notch! We hope to see you again.

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A
Chicago
204 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We really enjoyed our first visit here! We’ll be back for the chicken Milanese alone! Warm welcome and service was excellent too.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on June 17, 2019

Hi Andy, Thank you for joining us and for all of your great comments! It's wonderful that our chicken Milanese was delicious and that our service was excellent. We look forward to your next visit.

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AJ
Chicago
96 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a wonderful place for good food to enjoy with family and friends. Excellent food. Attentive service. Good selections on wine list.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on June 18, 2019

Hi Ann, We're proud to always have delicious food, attentive service, and a great wine list. Thank you for all of your kind words, we hope to see you again soon.

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BE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always delicious and consistent. Great Italian for the area. My favorite is the spaghetti bolognese. Try it!! You won’t be disappointed!

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on June 17, 2019

Hi BunnyEars, Thank you for all of your wonderful comments! We're thrilled to hear that our dishes are great and our spaghetti bolognese is your favorite. We look forward to your next visit.

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RC
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It’s the sauce that’s extremely good here and I always order a little extra on the side. Osso Bucco is one of our favorites as well. I wish I could get out of the habit of ordering my go-to Eggplant Parmigiana; I do think it’s the best here.
We love Guido and we love the food here.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on June 10, 2019

Hi Regular Citizen, We love hearing that our sauce is delicious and that you have a few favorites on our menu. Thank you for all of the kind words and love. We hope to see you again soon.

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TM
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great table service. The wine was OK, but fairly priced. The Melone(sp?) & Prosciutto Appetizer was bad. Basically, they took 2x large wedges of cantaloupe that and draped a bunch of Prosciutto on top haphazardly. Not wrapped, or even draped in a thoughtful way. It was up to us to clear off the prosciutto, then slice the melon into manageable pieces, then apply the prosciutto to the melon. I am glad that they at least got the 2 ingredients out of the kitchen and brought them all the way to our table, but that was all they did. Zero preparation on their part, it was up to us to use the table silverware to prep the dish entirely. Very disappointing for the price, which IIRC was $12 or $16. Simple is sublime when elegant and done well. This was lazy and frankly insulting.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on June 11, 2019

Hello Tim, Thank you for dining with us and for providing your feedback. We’re sorry to hear that the rustic presentation of our Prosciutto E Melone wasn’t great for you. We will certainly speak with our staff about your feedback. We hope that you will join us again.

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

We love it here! Great ambiance, food and service both times we've eaten here! We'll be back often!

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on June 10, 2019

Hi Carol, Thank you for the love! It's fantastic to hear that our ambiance, food, and service are wonderful. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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h
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A calm and relaxing atmosphere with delicious food. The service could’ve been a lot better. We had to remind our server to bring our soups and salads. As well as our beverages.

Ristorante Bottaio
Responded on June 4, 2019

Hi Hokusadventures, Thank you for your kind words about our atmosphere and delicious food. We love hearing that our staff took excellent care of you. We hope to see you again soon.

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