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Clara's

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6550 South Route 53, Woodridge, IL 60517
+1 630-968-8899
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Dining options: Dinner, Private Dining, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A great spot if your in the area - give it a try

We stopped here because it has been recommended to us by several people and we were in this area to see a movie. We knew that it had been enlarged and moved within the general area early this year. It was going to be a 30 minute wait - not bad at 7:00pm on a Friday night - so we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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West Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This has been our favorite restaurant for years, but since moving to the larger location, service is not what it used to be. Food used to be perfect every time and service was the beyond compare. But now servers abrupt, non-attentive and distracted. Difficult to get water or drink refills. Food mediocre without the attention to detail and temperature we... More 

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West Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We stopped here because it has been recommended to us by several people and we were in this area to see a movie. We knew that it had been enlarged and moved within the general area early this year. It was going to be a 30 minute wait - not bad at 7:00pm on a Friday night - so we... More 

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Woodridge, Illinois
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This restaurant has top notch pasta. We each have our favorite dish and get to Clara's about twice a month for a meal. The food is excellent, and atmosphere is pleasant and the service attentive. The owners/managers are not always friendly, but the employees are excellent.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

My family and I visited Clara's on the first week of August. On initial view, the restaurant had curb appeal and nice aesthetics. Once inside the Maître D' and other wait staff was pleasant. There was numerous seating in the front of the establishment but we our Maître D’ sat my family in the back of the restaurant near the... More 

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Woodridge, Illinois
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Went there after all of your glowing reviews and was very disappointed. Thought they might have been outstanding since they made their move from the strip mall to the freestanding building, Not so much... My stuffed shells were diluted by the amount of water that was on my plate.The pizza we ordered could have been great, if not for the... More 

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Bolingbrook
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23 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

so there! Now you all know. I'm surprised the staff at Clara's didn't notice. They have these oh so trendy bistro tables with highchairs... Thankfully they also have regular sized tables so not only basketball and volleyball players can enjoy their food. I found the food to be good but not extraordinary. Service was adequate and professional. Portions were bigger... More 

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Dawn M, Owner at Clara's, responded to this review

We are sorry our high top tables were uncomfortable; tall or short we want all of our guests to be comfortable! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your dinner especially the bread. We bake our focaccia bread in house every afternoon. We hope you return soon. We accept reservations for any size party and you can request a better... More 

Wheaton, Illinois
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147 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Food is very good, nice ambiance and a convenient location. The service was outstanding, attentive without being rushed!!! It always seems to be crowded so reservations are advised.

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Dawn M, Owner at Clara's, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent visit to Clara's. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our "new" restaurant. Our staff takes great pleasure in making sure our guests enjoy their experience; I will pass along your praise to all of them. More 

Woodridge, Illinois
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We've been going to Clara's for over 15 years now. They used to be located in a strip mall, but this past year they opened a standalone location in the Seven Bridges development. It's a beautiful restaurant - with a new open air patio (with windows that can close). The food is delicious and the portions are huge (we always... More 

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Dawn M, Owner at Clara's, responded to this review

Wendy. Thank you so much for your kind words and patronage over the last 15 years. It is truly our pleasure to get to know our regulars as they become part of our extended "family". Looking forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Woodridge, Illinois
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129 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

At the old Clara's, I ordered lasagna. It came out in a pool of water with ice crystals-frozen, not fresh! At their new location, I was served raw chicken. My friend's was properly cooked. I accidentally ate a few pieces while talking before I realized it was raw. Sent it back & they fired up a new one. It took... More 

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Dawn M, Owner at Clara's, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear of your displeasure with the food on previous visit. With regards to your most recent visit, we are sorry that the small child bumped into your table causing your wine to spill on your guest and yourself. However, it was an accident caused by a customer (small child) not a member of our staff. We... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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553 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We hadn't been to Clara's since it has moved to it's new (much larger) location. They have done a nice job with the design and decorations. But best of all, the food is still great. I had the eggplant lasagna and my husband had the pesto chicken - both were very tasty. We were there on a Wednesday - which... More 

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Dawn M, Owner at Clara's, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us at our new location and bringing 8 of your friends with you to enjoy. It is always great to hear our customers enjoy our new location as much as we do. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6550 South Route 53, Woodridge, IL 60517
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Woodridge
  • Phone Number: +1 630-968-8899

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Steakhouse, Seafood, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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