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Volare

201 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-3311 (Near North Side)
312-410-9900
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Ranked #38 of 8,270 restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Near North Side
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This restaurant is my favorite Italian in the city! It is classic fancy real Italian food! The wine list pairs perfectly with all the food options! It's really important to me to feel the real authentication of a restaurant- Volare is the perfect example- the staff seems like a large Italian family all speaking to each other in native tongue.... More

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Montreal, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We were a group of 11 to go to Volare on a week night. The place was completely packed! Not a seat available, we were in Chicago for a convention (AIA). We made our reservation weeks in advance and we didn't have our table up to 30 minutes past the reserved time. The food is good and the portions are... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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103 reviews 103 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The concierge at the Intercontinental Hotel recommended Volare. The restaurant is a short walk from the hotel. We didn't have a reservation and arrived very early so that we could get a table outside. We started with an appetizer of Pecorino cheese and Prosciutto Parma. We had recently had Pecorino cheese in Italy and unfortunately, this wasn't nearly as good.... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

We ate at Volare a few years ago and we have looked forward to returning to Chicago to try it again. My husband thought that the minestrone was one of the best he's had. My salad Volare was terrific. They didn't have eggplant on the menu, but all I had to do was ask and they were happy to make... More

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Hong Kong, China
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

My husband and I sought this place out after being recommended it by some foodie relatives of ours. We'd heard it was loud and were prepared for this but we found it lovely.....atmospheric but not too loud. We didn't have a reservation but were seated in 10 mins (we did come in at 9pm though). Amazing clams starter.....one of the... More

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Henderson, Tennessee
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

A small informal authentic Italian restaurant in downtown Chicago! A wonderful place to go for a nice dinner and good food. My wife had the veal, and I had the Caprese salad and ravioli. The sauces were excellent, and we were not disappointed in anything we ordered. The staff was friendly and helpful, and the service was superb. We will... More

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USA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Very good dinner. Politely greeted at the door, was directed to the bar to wait where our bartender served us promptly and politely. Our table, outside on a beautiful night, was ready quickly. Our server was Joe. 5 stars Joe. He was knowledgable of the menu, was quick to suggest. When asked about a puttanesca which was not on the... More

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Holt, Michigan
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Great spot for a romantic Italian dinner! Customer service was outstanding! You must eat here at least once, nice wine selection as well.

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Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Remember, my mother, may she rest in peace made the best Italian food ever, so I'm very very spoiled. But I'll make a trip to Chicago, for the vodka cream sauce on the gnocchi. When going to Chicago, how do you choose? We were so fortunate that our Concierge, Paula, at The Sheraton, recommended this place and made reservations for... More

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Goshen, Indiana
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38 reviews 38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We heard that people had issues getting seated, so we were hyper vigilant. We arrived a half hour before our reservation. We had even checked in with the hostess and told her we had found our way to the back bar. After our appointed time had passed and noticing that no names were being called, we checked in again only... More

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