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Alberto's Ristorante

1409 La Salle St, Ottawa, IL 61350
815-434-6200
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Ranked #8 of 78 Restaurants in Ottawa
Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
Most recent review
- Jul 13, 2014
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English first
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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97 reviews 97 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

Alberto's is a great Italian chef. He is a local legend and bon vivant. He is as charitable as cynical and has mellowed with age. I have been dining with him for over 20 years. Quality of everything is way higher than anything and anywhere else served in LaSalle County or Ottawa. This restaurant is an island of gourmet cuisine... More

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Milton, Wisconsin
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

While known primarily for his Northern Italian dishes, Alberto offers much more .Pasta dishes go far beyond the spaghetti and red sauce commonly associated with "Italian food" Choices here include ravioli stuffed with mushroom or lobster,or rigatoni with sausage and tomato cream sauce to name a couple. Meat eaters will find the rack of lamb or veal dishes of the... More

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Streator, Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

First of all, it's not difficult to turn a couple of rooms into a charming Italian restaurant. The atmosphere was cold, the bar uninviting, and the general appearance of the place un-Italian.....in other words, get rid of the paper napkins and the paper-covered tables with crayons. The food was average. We started out with grilled calamari which was delicious. The... More

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Miami, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Went into Alberto's early (5 pm) on a Tuesday and there was only one other couple in the place. I wasn't sure when I walked in if they were even open, no one at the bar, and whatever outdoor seating they had was all put way (???) I startled a server coming out of the kitchen and she asked me... More

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Illinois
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

What a gem! Tucked in center Ottawa, Alberto's provides a dining experience. We spent 2 hours enjoying Alberto's cuisine. The owner, Alberto, greeted us when we arrived and had a fabulous glass of wine at the bar prior to seating. Alberto was very kind and checked on our needs at the bar. We did not find him to be unfriendly... More

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Ottawa, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Everything at Alberto's is made to order. All ingredients are fresh not frozen. His meals are gourmet, seasonal as to what is in season, seafood is fresh and cooked appropriately. The bread is awesome, and they have Cappuccino here! Great atmosphere, great food, great art. Alberto is a warm and caring host, so don't hesitate to ask questions.

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Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

Start off with warm bread, roasted garlic, evoo, and parm yum. Grilled calamari appetizer prepared perfectly. Pasta is done el dente. Grilled tuna done as you like. Owner is a little rough around the edges but he did bring out some cheese to snack on with our wine while waiting for our main entrees. Varied menu to please anyone. You... More

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Princeton, Illinois
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44 reviews 44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Great food! good wine list. You would have to travel to Chicago to get any thing better! Moody owner but worth it!

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Winnetka, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Best Italian food, and not just in the area. Very creative entrees and well prepared. Wish we had a place like this in the Chicago area.

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Seneca, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Best restaurant in Ottawa. A bit spendy but worth it. The bread, olive oil, and garlic are always so good.

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