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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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  • 46
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  • 22
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  • 9
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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
Clara's is #1

I usually do not leave reviews for restaurants but after reading the last review from My Lionlog I had to write something about this restaurant.. I respect his opinion but I have been at this place MANY TIMES, and I can honestly tell you I never had a bad experience at this place; staff is always... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
Haciel C
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  • Families with children
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Great spot good for family or date night! We have been many times love their pasta, we have used it for catering as well. You can't go wrong!

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Darien, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

This place rates low on my Italian food offerings list in the Chicago area. Poorly executed dishes that lack attention to detail. Examples: fried calamari that was cooked at way too high a temp (in my experience, this is a tell tale sign of what to expect for the rest of the meal ) resulting in a texture somewhere between... More 

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

Mark. We are sorry to hear that your visit did not live up to your expectations. As hard as we might try, we know that our family recipes might not strike the right note for every customers. I will share your thoughts with our staff and hope you give us another chance. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

I usually do not leave reviews for restaurants but after reading the last review from My Lionlog I had to write something about this restaurant.. I respect his opinion but I have been at this place MANY TIMES, and I can honestly tell you I never had a bad experience at this place; staff is always friendly, food is always... More 

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

Haciel. Thank you so much for your kind words; we are very happy to know we have earned your loyalty and business. I will pass along your kind words to our hardworking staff. More 

West Chicago, Illinois
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31 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Chicago and the suburbs are loaded with good Italian food. Clara's is is not one of those places! I eat a lot of Italian food with a lot of real Italian's, and I can tell you that this is some of the worst Italian food I've had in the Chicago metro area. I was excited at first, in that the... More 

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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 sad to hear that your experience did not live up to your expectations especially since Chicken Parmigiana is one of our more popular dishes. Since we opened in 1987, we strive to make everyone's visit a special one by using nothing but the freshest ingredients just like our grandparents did... More 

Chicago
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

First, we absolutely loved the booths! They were generously sized for 6 people and quite tall so you had privacy which we loved! Ambiance is very nice and parking isn't an issue. We were excited to go here because a close friend said Clara's has the best Italian food in the Chicago suburbs. That being said, the food was okay/good... More 

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

Thank you for your recent visit but it seems we have dropped the ball a bit. The goal of our wine list is to give our customers wines they might not find anywhere else with the hope they find a new love! That being said we seemed to have dropped the ball on training with our staff. I apologize and... More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Tried this place on a suggestion from a friend while visiting Chicago. Ordered the Chicken Parm with a side of pasta. It was the worst Chicken Parm I have ever had, and the pasta came swimming in water! They took the pasta back after I complained and brought me more, and it was in even more water! My friend ordered... More 

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

We are so sorry to hear we did not live up to your expectations. I will be following up with our staff to investigate why your dishes did not meet our high quality standards we strive for with every dish. I hope you will give us another chance the next time you are in the area. More 

Woodridge, Illinois
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This restaurant has great Italian food. We haven't had a bad meal here and it is truly the traditional Italian food that we have grown up with in Chicago. The family atmosphere and the owners are genuine and we are so glad to have this premium establishment in our town.

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

Thank you so much for your high praise. Our family has enjoyed serving our great customers for the past 28 years. I will pass along your comments to our staff. More 

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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Since they moved to this new location I think the food has gotten even better! It was already very good. This place is even busier with more people and food quality is the best. You can't go wrong on any day for a outing at Clara's!

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

Hi Tom. Thank for visiting Clara's. We are happy you are enjoying our new location. I will pass along your praise to our hardworking staff. More 

Woodridge, Illinois
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Clara's never disappoints. The food is always top notch. The pasta us very light and doesn't weigh heavy on you... great so you can eat more!

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

Thank you for your recent visit to Clara's and your kind word. I will pass along the praise of our fresh homemade pasta to Silvia. Silvia has been making our pasta everyday for the last 15 years and love to hear that people enjoy it. Till next time! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Excellent food, great service. Will be back! Pasta with pesto, kids pasta with meat and my husband had a shrimp dish. All food, drinks and dessert was delicious!

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

Angie. Thank you for your glowing review. We are happy you and your family enjoyed your recent visit to Clara's. I will pass along your praise to our staff. We look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

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Additional Information about Clara's

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

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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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