Ristorante Bottaio

4.5
339 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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COMPLIMENTARY VALET
Additional
Banquet, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
What 339 People Are Saying
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M
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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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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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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
6 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
79 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
180 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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p
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I had the Tortellacci Crema with a side of meatballs, my wife had the Melanzana Parmigiana. We both felt the food was bland. Just lacking something. Service was similar. There was nothing wrong with anything, just nothing exciting. Go ahead and try it out, the prices aren't bad, and you might feel differently.

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TE
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always delicious and service wonderful too. Nice atmosphere. Great place for special occasion or just feeling like a great meal anytime.

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LV
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here to celebrate a special birthday. It is also my client (Rich Cascarano) favorite restaurant and he recommended this place. We had a wonderful experience will definitely be back for more. The food and service 👍👍
We are going to be your new loyal customers.

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w
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved celebrating our friends 36th anniversary with you all!!!

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OT
Chicago
180 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again the food was out of this world. Steve the bartender makes a good drink and is very friendly.

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T
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time going to this restaurant. The girlfriend and I loved it. Great place for a dinner date.

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JC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

I was disappointed with our waiter. He seemed to have an attitude and I have no idea why. It was to the defree where I felt uncomfortable asking him for anything. And it was a bit embarrassing because this was a date.

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OT
Chicago
180 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here before and had a great experience so decided to return. We give them a * again for food and service. What a GREAT place

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JO
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Very overpriced for food that was not prepared very well.

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OT
Chicago
180 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From Steve the bartender making awesome drinks to our server and delicious food. This is a must return place!!! Tom, (I believe the owner) is very friendly and accommodating.

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C
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were last minute reservations with our two young grandsons 3 and 6. We were not dressed up or anything so apologized for looking as such but we’re greeted with a welcoming smile and the gal saying- you are just fine. The server catered to our grandsons and made the experience a pleasant one. Thank you! Food was great as always!

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OT
Chicago
180 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
8 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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
180 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our meal was outstanding as always.

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OT
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

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
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
7 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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AG
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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DM
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
180 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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B
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

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
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service!!! Never a disappointment !

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

Just fine; will return

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LW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

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
11 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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L
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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