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ZaZa's Italian Steakhouse

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5 South 1st Street, Saint Charles, IL 60174
630 443 9304
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Description: For years, Zaza's has been dedicated to providing excellent food and...
For years, Zaza's has been dedicated to providing excellent food and service at our two locations: La Zaza's Trattoria in St. Charles and Zaza's Italian Steakhouse in Addison. We want you to know there are restaurants in the area using names similar to our own, but they are not related to, or affiliated with us in any manner.
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Good for:
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 45
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Sandy

This has been my favorite restaurant for 20 years. Great food, menu, and atmosphere. Wait staff is helpful but also knows when to let you relax. I want to go there now!!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
Sandy H
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Saint Charles, Illinois
via mobile
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Reservations
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Saint Charles, Illinois
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

This has been my favorite restaurant for 20 years. Great food, menu, and atmosphere. Wait staff is helpful but also knows when to let you relax. I want to go there now!!!

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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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80 reviews 80 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Four of us really enjoyed our meal at ZaZa's. I ordered an entree not found on the menu and our server, as well as the chef, didn't hesitate one minute to make it for me. That was very much appreciated. Everyone else had equally fantastic food. We will be coming back soon.

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Xenia, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Not the Italian I expected, Patsy Cline playing in the background, Mexican waiter and no lasagna or Chicken Alfredo. Food was good but not what we were expecting for an Italian dinning experience. Wine was good.

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Chicago, Illinois
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105 reviews 105 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I am crushed, because this was once my favorite restaurant in the Fox Valley. Now, I just do not want to chance it again. Try Bien Trucha (not Italian) in Geneva for something fresher. Sadly, something has changed over the years. The Receipt calls itself "La ZaZa Trattoria" But now if you try and find it on Trip Advisor it... More 

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

We took two guests out for dinner at the St Charles ZaZa's and they did not disappoint. The place can be crowded but that's a testament to how good this restaurant is. When I think Classic Italian I think ZaZa's.

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Service was slow and steaks were mediocre. Steak is listed a USDA without naming the quality. Obviously, not prime and probably not choice. I won't be back

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Ate here last night and had my usual fish special. The food was fantastic and the service is prompt. if at all possible try the restaurant in summer for a great experience.

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Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 via mobile

We've been going to ZaZa's a few times a year for many years and have never been disappointed. Service is good and the food is excellent. The grilled calamari is an excellent appetizer and the ZaZa salad is great for two to split. Entrees are generous, my menu favorites are the seafood linguini de mare or the New York strip... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

If you find yourself in St. Charles, I can heartily recommend this restaurant. Our group of 4 shared the fried calamari. It was a delight. I had the cavatina pesto with a side of sausage and enjoyed it greatly. Everyone else also enjoyed their dinner. We had tiramisu for dessert that was light and flavorful. We have dined here several... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Grab a window seat and relax looking at the river. Select a favorite Italian dish from the menu and great wine. Lovely and unexpected in St. Charles. Service was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive at a busy time on a Friday. Expect a long wait in a tiny place, if you dine later in the evening.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5 South 1st Street, Saint Charles, IL 60174
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Saint Charles
  • Phone Number: 630 443 9304

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating

Description

For years, Zaza's has been dedicated to providing excellent food and service at our two locations: La Zaza's Trattoria in St. Charles and Zaza's Italian Steakhouse in Addison. We want you to know there are restaurants in the area using names similar to our own, but they are not related to, or affiliated with us in any manner.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?