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Pompei

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University Village / Little Italy
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1531 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4015
+1 312-421-5179
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Description: The Original Pompei Restaurant on Taylor street features Italian Food...
The Original Pompei Restaurant on Taylor street features Italian Food served in a casual atmosphere. Pompei features Appetizers, Pizza, Pasta, Salads, Soups and Desserts. There is plenty of parking along the street, and behind the restaurant. Pompei offers dine-in, carry out, delivery, catering and private banquet rooms. All food and desserts are made fresh daily from over 100 year old family recipes. Located close to the United Center, UIC Pavillion and RUMC, Pompei can accommodate large parties, last minute. Reservations are not required. Pompei is Family owned and operated and has been since 1909.
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Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 12
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Casual with good food

I just want to start off by saying their cookies are super good. I love the lemon knots and the cresent cookies. It is a bit like a subway sandwich feel, you order your food at a counter and then it is brought to your table. The service is always great. The place is very comfortable and clean. If... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
Jenn A
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English first
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I just want to start off by saying their cookies are super good. I love the lemon knots and the cresent cookies. It is a bit like a subway sandwich feel, you order your food at a counter and then it is brought to your table. The service is always great. The place is very comfortable and clean. If you... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We stumbled upon Pompei, while spending the day in Chicago. Thanks to other reviews on Trip Advisor, we decided to give it a try. When I walked in, I wasn't sure about the quality of food, but it did not disappoint. The food was very delicious, the portions were generous and everyone in our group seemed satisfied. I loved that... More 

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USA
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110 reviews 110 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We go in to Chicago on business not too far from this restaurant. We try to go for lunch every time we are there. Once you get the hang of their system it's quick, efficient and good value. We had lunch there last Saturday. Philly Steak and Cheese was the special so we had one of those and a pasta... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We were looking for a quick meal after our mini tour at Downtown Chicago, when our relatives took us here at Pompeii, during our visit last month. It was still early in the afternoon and the place was just starting to get busy. The restaurant has the original structure - typical Italian and rustic decor, and has the ambiance of... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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136 reviews 136 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

I debated between a 4 & 5 star rating, and I haven't decided until I was done writing the review. The restaurant is easy enough to find from the Polk stop on the Pink line, and it is quite spacious inside. I loved the "Italians in Chicago" mural, and especially loved the original family photo on the wall, circa 1909.... More 

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Lockport, Illinois
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45 reviews 45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Sometimes being good also means being taken for granted, it really shouldn't be that way. I have been ordering from Pompei's for the last 6 years on the average of twice a month. All of it on a carry out basis. I have never been disappointed. Soup, salad or sandwich it is all good. So to make amends I'm writing... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

We go to Pompei often from UIC but I only recently found out they have banquet rooms. We held an dinner meeting in the space that is called "Jut's" at breakfast, 1529 West Taylor Street. The Italian buffet and pizza appetizers provided plenty of choices for our group, which included vegetarians and meat-eaters. The space was very private and ample... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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109 reviews 109 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Tried Pompei on recommendation from someone who used to live nearby. Definitely sound advice. We had two small salads and shared an order of chicken ravioli. Just the right amount of food. Next time we will try the desserts. Other patrons really seemed to be enjoying them. Icing on cake was free parking behind the restaurant.

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Chicago, Illinois
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427 reviews 427 reviews
336 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

I have been coming to Pompei Bakery on Taylor Street for years, and though there may be copycats, there is only one. Samples of the food are set up as you go down the line, and pizza is there to see. There are three different types of pizza, but I love the strudel pizzas especially the BBQ beef one. If... More 

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chicago,Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

I have been going to this eating establishment for some time,and i place a order to go because i really did not have time to go inside an order. the order was (2) Fettuccine Alfredo one with broccoli and the other just simply Chicken fettuccine minus the broccoli.Call the Pompei Bakery and told them that a mistake had occurred and... More 

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Kim D, Owner at Pompei, responded to this review

I am sorry to hear of your displeasure with your order. Would you mind giving me your phone number that you would have placed the order under. I can then determine who took the first incorrect order and then which manager was on duty and mishandled the corrected order. As you know, we have been in business a very long... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1531 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4015
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > University Village / Little Italy
  • Neighborhood: University Village / Little Italy
  • Phone Number: +1 312-421-5179

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget

Description

The Original Pompei Restaurant on Taylor street features Italian Food served in a casual atmosphere. Pompei features Appetizers, Pizza, Pasta, Salads, Soups and Desserts. There is plenty of parking along the street, and behind the restaurant. Pompei offers dine-in, carry out, delivery, catering and private banquet rooms. All food and desserts are made fresh daily from over 100 year old family recipes. Located close to the United Center, UIC Pavillion and RUMC, Pompei can accommodate large parties, last minute. Reservations are not required. Pompei is Family owned and operated and has been since 1909.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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