Ristorante Bottaio

4.5
318 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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!
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
Reviews from verified diners
318 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
66%
Very Good
26%
Good
6%
Fair
3%
Poor
0%
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Chicago
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

Food was absolutely delicious and the service was terrific. This place has never let us down. Always a guaranteed great meal.

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F
Chicago
4.0
Dined 5 days ago

Once again we enjoyed an excellent meal at Bottaio with friends. It was their first time and they enjoyed it very much. Our only downside was the wine list; the Nero Davilo was no longer on the list. But we had an excellent Argentinian Malbec instead.

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J
Orange County
4.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

Great food and great location. Service was very good, only thing is that it might be too loud for a business dinner.

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OT
Chicago
5.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

Our meal was outstanding as always.

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OT
Chicago
2.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

The polenta on our daily special appetizer (with shrimp and scallops) was bland and dry. All of our pastas were over-sauced. The salmon "pieces" on the Farfalle Salmon really amounted to shredded salmon bits which were overcooked. The ossobucco was too saucy and salty, and the veggies were overcooked. None of us felt the need to ever return, and the 4.5 star rating is wildly inaccurate.

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OT
Chicago
5.0
Dined on June 28, 2018

The food and the service were both excellent! It was my fiancé’s birthday and they brought out a complimentary piece of tiramisu with a candle. Very kind and thoughtful! Thank you so much! :-)

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l
Chicago
4.0
Dined on June 25, 2018

The meal was very enjoyable as we have been here many times. Always consistently good.

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AG
4.0
Dined on June 25, 2018

The food and service was great for a party of eight people.
I'd recommend this restaurant!

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DM
Chicago
4.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

One of our favorite local Italian restaurants. Had the Wild Boar with mashed potatoes and fried leeks. It was awesome. Highly recommend Bottaio's!

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TC
Chicago
5.0
Dined on June 21, 2018

We had requested a table in a quiet area so we could talk and visit. We were placed on the porch at a round table. It was a great spot and made it so nice to visit.

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OT
Chicago
5.0
Dined on June 15, 2018

This place never fails to serve an awesome meal and the wait staff is great!

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B
Chicago
4.0
Dined on June 10, 2018

Food was very generic. Nothing to write home about. Restaurant was Very, Very noisy. Difficult to hear dining partners.

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JO
Chicago
5.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

Great food and service!!! Never a disappointment !

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OT
Chicago
5.0
Dined on June 6, 2018

Great service

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OT
4.0
Dined on June 3, 2018

Just fine; will return

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LW
Chicago
2.0
Dined on May 29, 2018

I have dined here previously although it was six years ago the last time I was here. I recall the food was very good and it was just a quiet little Italian place with good food. This time, my experience was lacking mostly due to the preparation of the food. I ordered a chicken pasta dish that had very little flavor and just some sauce. My husband ordered the same thing but his was made with Gluten Free pasta. He barely had any sauce. There were some vegetables but it wasn't enough. He had a plate full of pasta and no sauce in the end. Our friends dish looked much more appetizing but she is gluten free and the sauce was made with flour so we had to reorder it (we could have asked more questions up front). I will pick another restaurant next time.

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CW
Chicago
5.0
Dined on May 27, 2018

We always like eating at Bottaio, great food and great service.

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L
Chicago
5.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

The waiter was awesome and very friendly. Excellent service. Our graduation went late and they allowed us to order near closing time. The food was delicious! Would go there again in heart beat.

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A
Chicago
5.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

We went to Bottaio on our anniversary. It is our favorite restaurant. The food is outstanding and the service is very good. We will continue to go here and recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys Italian food.

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OT
Denver
2.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

Big menu with big consequences. You’d think a menu with grilled calamari and rapini vegetables you are going to be wowed. Grilled calamari tasted both burned. When the meal came the waitress mentioned rapini wasn’t available and that the order was never put in because of this. Would have been nice to know earlier on, but people get busy I guess. She suggested broccoli which upon arrival was overcooked mushy and served with the stems included. The scampi dish was unlike any I have had before. It was overcooked fishy shrimp which tasted like chlorine, over spaghetti and Alfredo sauce. For $19 this dish was far from worth it. This experience looked good in the beginning as they came out with bread and olive oil, but slowly became more displeasing as we actually ate the food. Will not be back.

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CN
Chicago
5.0
Dined on May 19, 2018

We had a wonderful time at Bottaio. Everyone was friendly, and our food was excellent. We ordered chicken, pasta, pizza, and a caesar salad with grilled chicken -- and all were great choices.

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JW
Milwaukee
3.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

Full dining room resulted in an incredibly loud dining experience!

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OT
Chicago
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

Outstanding Management, Outstanding Food, outstripping Service. I highly recommend this establishment.

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OT
Chicago
5.0
Dined on May 10, 2018

This has become one of our favorite places. The food quality and taste is consistently wonderful. The wait staff is always so pleasant especially Kyle! Don’t pass this place up!

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RW
Chicago
3.0
Dined on May 9, 2018

Service not what it used to be. And 1 smidgeon of bread. Lost some of its quality from years back. But still excellent.

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OT
Chicago
5.0
Dined on May 6, 2018

OUr experience here was wonderful. The food was absolutely out of this world and our waitress was also very good. Been to a lot of Italian restaurants in my life and this one is at the TOP OF THE LIST!

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OT
Chicago
5.0
Dined on April 22, 2018

Erin our server was wonderful ! We had a great time! Thanks

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BI
Chicago
5.0
Dined on April 21, 2018

From the moment the valet parked our car to the time we left the experience was definitely a 5-star experience. We arrived early but were seated immediately and the waitress was right there to service our table. The food was fantastic and the service was outstanding. I would highly recommend you do try Ristorante Bottaio.

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OT
Chicago
5.0
Dined on April 20, 2018

Our meal was absolutely delicious. The service was also very good. This is one of our favorite places!

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DG
San Diego
5.0
Dined on April 20, 2018

Went here fom a Navy boot camp graduation. The restaurant looks very nice inside and the prices were very reasonable. The wait staff was very friendly and professional. This restaurant is great for special occasion or just a romantic dinner. The only negative I would say is the outside of the restaurant doesn't match the inside but you have to go there to see what I mean.

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p
5.0
Dined on April 20, 2018

They have the best Italian food!!!
I am 100% Italian and love this place.
We come here for weekend dinners and special occasions. Highly recommend.
Gracious owner and staff that treats customers like family.

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M
Chicago
5.0
Dined on April 18, 2018

Great place for dinner. Or any other occasion. My favorite place.

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C
Chicago
5.0
Dined on April 15, 2018

We enjoyed dinner at Bottaio! The starters of carpaccio and caprese salad were delightful in taste & presentation.
My husband and I shared the shrimp posecco ( spelling)- yummy, the dish was light, but very enjoyable. We sat in the porch area which seemed quieter then the main dining area. Our waiter started off attentive but became less so as our meal went on. They seem to cater to regulars and I get that, but we began to feel like the uninvited step children.
Our drinks weren’t refilled towards the end unless asked - I think because we weren’t drinking alcohol. Just a perception. We’ll go again, nothing awful happened and the food is wonderful.

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OT
Chicago
5.0
Dined on April 15, 2018

The food was absolutely delicious. I loved that they had valet parking as it was cold and rainy and it allowed us to stay dry and warm. The valet even turned on the heated seats for us!

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FG
Chicago
5.0
Dined on April 15, 2018

If you are looking for a great Italian restaurant in the suburbs, this is the place. Not only is the food prepared with great care using the freshest ingredients, but the service is outstanding. We had three courses and the pacing was as good as we have experienced in some of the finest restaurants. The portions are large without being ridiculous, but don't be surprised if you end up taking some home. The grilled calamari was perfectly prepared which is often not the case in our other restaurant experiences.

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T
Chicago
5.0
Dined on April 10, 2018

Phenomenal! Always great. The food is always spot on.

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JK
Chicago
3.0
Dined on April 8, 2018

Food was excellent. Kind of a cramped space for seating, so you are pretty close to your neighboring tables. Service was slow, seemed like not enough servers and they were handling too many tables by themselves. Overall the food made up for the slow service. Definitely eat there again.

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OT
Chicago
5.0
Dined on April 8, 2018

Always great food and friendly service.

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M
Chicago
5.0
Dined on April 5, 2018

This is one of the best Italian restaurant around, the food is great as well as the service. We go at least twice a month. We live it as well as all the people we tell

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k
Chicago
4.0
Dined on April 5, 2018

Very good Italian food - some unique menu options we have not seen elsewhere. Nice presentation for each appetizer, entree and dessert. Service was impeccable. We appreciated that there were No TVs. When we first arrived, 6:30 p.m. on a Thursday, it was fairly full, and a bit noisy. Part way through our meal, some people left, it quieted down and was more relaxing. We will probably return, and do recommend this location.

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