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Leona's Restaurant

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1236 E 53RD St, Chicago, IL 60615-4008
(773) 363-2600
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Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 3
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  • 5
    Very good
  • 7
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  • 4
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good, but...

Good plates, quantity and price are ok... but the service was bad: waitress very unfriendly, she said only a couple of words and gave me the wrong bill over 4 table! However nothing seems italian on there... and I'm italian.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
pitta570
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Cambiano, Italy
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a kid, my mom brought us here all the time and I remember combing through the menu, laughing at the pictures, reading the descriptions, and having to spend a good amount of time picking what I wanted to eat. Now, there's only a handful of options and they aren't very good ones. The buffalo wings are still worth an... More 

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Thank Marshall A
Crete, Illinois, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

Following a long day of singing having recorded a LIVE DVD, we initially thought about going to Mellow Yellow; however, our hearts quickly turned to Leona's. The first great attribute is the availability of parking options. We were seated immediately and our server, Luis, was wonderful from introduction, throughout execution, and upon exit. Three of us ordered the Catfish Dinner... More 

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Thank Clinton W
Cambiano, Italy
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17 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 via mobile

Good plates, quantity and price are ok... but the service was bad: waitress very unfriendly, she said only a couple of words and gave me the wrong bill over 4 table! However nothing seems italian on there... and I'm italian.

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1 Thank pitta570
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014 via mobile

I have been here a few times with my some family. I love the atmosphere and the servers are good and quick to your needs!! I loved the food!! I have ate through a little bit of the menu. I will be back to finish what I've started. Keep on being consistently great!! Cheers

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1 Thank Jordan H
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I visited the restaurant with four friends. There were a total of 5 women sharing a Sunday afternoon dinner. We all have visited Leona's other locations and had been at this location also. We were disappointed in the limited number of items on the "new menus". It was explained that they had new owners who had downsized the variety of... More 

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1 Thank Strick S
Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I had one of their pastas and some salad; it was pretty good. Nothing outstanding, but I have no specific complaints about anything, either. Service was not great, though - it was bizarrely slow, given how few people were in the restaurant besides us at the time.

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1 Thank MeAsNeptune
Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is a great go-to neighborhood restaurant, The service is always professional, and friendly. They recently changed their menus, so it is great to see them make changes as needed, The food is always great!!

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Thank Lora C
Gurnee, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

The North Side iterations of this venerable Italian chain have always served me well, so I ventured in for dinner with my two near-adult daughters and 92 year old Mom. A solo visit a few months ago had resulted in a brief chat with the house manager at dinner's end (minor issues); I was pleased to see the same lady... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012 via mobile

I I have always liked dining at Leona's.I like their pasta,I like their service and I like the atmosphere.However, I don't like the salad. My salad looked more like lettuce with dippers! The cucumber and carrot slices were big! They appeared big enough to be used to dip the salad dressing . The olive tasted like it had been around... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

My spouse and I dined there on a business trip. The entrees' were authentic, and very large portions. The atmosphere was quiet for conversation. I would return to this restaurant. Mt

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1236 E 53RD St, Chicago, IL 60615-4008
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Hyde Park
  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Phone Number: (773) 363-2600

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Hyde Park

Neighborhood Profile
Hyde Park
If you want to get a feel for quintessential South Side Chicago, you have to make a stop in Hyde Park, one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. This historic area is home to two of the city’s most prominent cultural institutions, the Museum of Science and Industry and the University of Chicago. A stroll here will bring you past vintage and grand hotels converted into luxury apartment buildings; peaceful gardens, parks and green spaces; and ivy-adorned museums and other cultural institutions that speak to the city’s diversity and architectural beauty.