Ristorante Bottaio

4.5
430 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My server was very patient with us as we had staggering attendees. The food was hot and delicious. We loved the appetizers. I would highly recommended the restaurant.

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LW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is my favorite restaurant in Libertyville. There are others that are very good, but I just seem to prefer Bottaio's. It's not haute cuisine, but it has innovative flavorful well conceived offerings. The fried calamari was tender and cooked just right. The veal dishes are excellent and the wine is fairly priced.

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T
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have lived in Lake County all my life. This was the first time we have ever been there By far, one of the best places to eat Italian food in the county. My friend and I were totally impressed from the time we valeted the car to the time it was brought back to us. Ladies and gentlemen of Bottaio, we salute you. Thank you so much for a awesome evening. Go to Ristorante Bottaio. you will totally not be disappointed.

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T
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

Everything would have been perfect if the grilled veal chop wouldn't have been smothered in either Marsala or Picatta sauce, whatever it was.
In my kitchen grilled accompanied with mushrooms and veggies, means actually GRILLED and having some mushroom and veggies on the side.
The way it was served, it looked and tasted like it was boiled in the sauce.
Sorry, I'm a chef and I know the difference!

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MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We have rediscovered Bottaio and will add it to our list of dining options

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L
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Our server was so attentive to our needs. He was patient and allowed us plenty of time to visit with our friends.

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LC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place. The service was a little slow, which may be intentional. The food was great. Server was nice. Very busy on a Wednesday evening. I highly recommend this place.

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OT
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to Bottaio for many occasions and have always had a wonderful experience. The food is always delicious, service is amazing, and the ambiance is perfect for a date night or special occasion. Love it! They also have great gluten free options for my husband who has celiac disease.

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RS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect setting for dinner. Kyle our server excellent!

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u
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The service was great as usual but the food was not good all around - mine and our birthday guests was over cooked which We didn’t finish - we mentioned something to our waiter but nothing was done.

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MK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was wonderful. We had just had our first grandchild, so we were already walking on air. The waitstaff didn’t know our good news but you would have thought they did. Kyle was awesome and made us feel so relaxed and at ease. Food.....OMG.....! Later they did find out about the blessed event and gave us such as wonderful response and FREE DESSERT!!!! Thank you for sharing in such a beautiful moment in our lives!! Totally recommend!!!!!

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drink!! Our waiter was awesome!

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Y
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing !!! Great staff ! Custom foods of you wish and wonderful setting !!!

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OT
Chicago
204 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was wonderful and Steve the bartender is awesome

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JN
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good menu, service, and food. Not a fan of mandatory valet in their lot

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GD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ristorante Bottaio is a favorite Lake County restaurant of mine. The food is fabulous. The value is perfect. The service was perfect, attentive not imposing. There were four of us with 4 different entres, all of which were excellent.

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MP
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a little chilly on the porch area. Otherwise excellent!

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M
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food but slow server. We waited a few minutes for our table but the food justified the wait.

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A
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is consistently fantastic. Great atmosphere, food and service. It's worth a drive.

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TS
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Soup was luke warm.. Cesar salad had almost no dressing . Main course was fettuccine with seafood.. nothing special, was ok. Capaccino was luke warm. Waiter was friendly. With all the Italian restaurants in the area skip this one.

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BK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

first visit turned out to be a very pleasant experience. Veal special was outstanding. Waiter very attentive. Would definitely make a return visit.

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C
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & service

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CR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our reservation was for 7:15. We got there a full 15 minutes early, so we were going to wait in the "bar area", which is extremely small and for as busy as they were, what we ended up doing was standing near the bar area trying to dodge the serving staff as they tried to get to the seating off the bar with their drink orders. We finally got called for seating at 7:25. The restaurant was very full and very noisy. I ordered chicken picatta. The chicken was very good, but the menu said "Mashed Potatoes" but I got instead, about 5 small potato wedges. So, not what I was expecting, but it was ok. This was for a special occasion, our 29th wedding anniversary and honestly, I just couldn't wait to get out of there. Too busy to have an intimate dinner, but if you want good food and a very raucous atmosphere, it's perfect!

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DO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

The room we were in was so hot we were uncomfortable. It was so noisy we could not talk.
Food and Server were great, but not a great experience!

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JK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server Ignactio was great, there when needed but not too in your face. Seating promptly upon arrival but never felt rushed, we ordered appetizers and held off ordering dinner until the appetizers were served.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Managemt is not customer friendly.
The valet put the keys to our car on the wheel of our car. When we drove off we thought the keys were in our car. We called when we got home and they would not deliver our key unless we wanted to wait until 4am. The next day when we picked up the key at the restaurant they were rude as they gave our damaged key back. No apology from them, very rude, and not customer friendly. They should pay for our new key and have given us a free dinner for that mess.

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MG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time here for Valentine’s Day. The food was delicious and the ambiance was perfect once again. We’ll be back again!

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RD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food and service

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MW
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food ans service!!! Fantastic dinner on our vacation!!! We would recommend this restaurant to everyone

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CP
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall good meal and service, food was good would go back again

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GS
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Business Dinner. Enjoyed It. Will visit again soon.

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F
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Cozy Choice for Italian in Libertyville on a very cold and snowy winter night. Extremely busy so clearly a popular local favorite. The highlight was the very engaging server who had excellent recommendations. The food was quite good, but not remarkable. While we had a reservation, we were seated after a considerable wait as it seemed like other diners were quite happy to be there and were not quick to leave. Parking is quite the challenge, but the valet was quite hard working and accommodating. He even turned on our seat warmers when he returned it to us.

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p
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good. Very busy so service was appropriate with how busy it was. Tables are somewhat close together. Noise level is energetic. Not for a romantic dinner...at least on a Saturday night.

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GI
Greensboro
14 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Always delicious...a go to anytime at our house. Food is consistently good.

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M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is good. Just don’t like that I don’t have the options to park my own car don’t like valet parking this is something that’s a big issue for me.

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ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whitefish special was delicious. Service was outstanding. Minestrone soup was a little bland but had a lot of vegetables.

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BE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants! A lovely place, fabulous food, good atmosphere; it has never disappointed!
Two thumbs up, five stars and all that :)

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CS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The whitefish was excellent - perfectly prepared with an abundance of sides. The lamb shank was tender and flavorful. All (or most) entrees come with soup or salad. Our server had a good sense of humor, provided excellent service but did not intrude. Unfortunately, we had room for only one dessert among the 4 of us, given the generous portions. The chocolate cake was very good. The setting is intimate but there is ample space between tables. We'll definitely go back!

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G
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The best part of Bottaio was their valet parking. The server didn’t take notes, and she made mistakes with the order. The food was OK, nothing special. The ambience is really nice. Good for special occasions.

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MH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and service was great also. Highly recommend!

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