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225 South Calumet Rd, Chesterton, IN 46304
+1 219-926-5552
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: In Italian, the word popolano means popular or of the people, which...
In Italian, the word popolano means popular or of the people, which describes our award-winning, family owned restaurant to a T. On any given night, you'll see everyone from beach-going vacationers to businessmen to sweethearts to the local Little League team. A rehabbed circa- 1870's mansion in the heart of downtown Chesterton, Popolanos offers something for everyone at reasonable prices. Complete with large, sheltering trees, an outdoor dining patio, the restaurant reflects the intimate charm of an Italian Bistro. The eclectic menu features excellent made-to-order pizzas, creative pastas and a wide selection from sandwiches to steak.
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Visitor rating
  • 36
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Disapointed in the lower review

MY wife and I had our wedding dinner here 2 years ago. We eat here on our anniversary and usually sit in same booth by huge painting in middle of back long wall by rear ramp exit. They always treat us special. The Italian bus tour gives a choice of 3 of 5 main dishes. All authentic Italian... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
btm63
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
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100 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

MY wife and I had our wedding dinner here 2 years ago. We eat here on our anniversary and usually sit in same booth by huge painting in middle of back long wall by rear ramp exit. They always treat us special. The Italian bus tour gives a choice of 3 of 5 main dishes. All authentic Italian food.Very romantic... More 

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This is a duplicate listing for Popolano's...which is amazing and has the best pizza ever. You should remove this listing as it might be confusing for people trying to navigate to this restaurant.

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Chesterton, Indiana
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

This smaller hometown eatery offers fresh pasta meals. They have an outdoor patio and a quaint bar area inside. The pot roast, lemon chicken scallopini and the Bus Tour are our favorites. Sometimes service can be slow, but the wait is worth it. They also have a kids menu.

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Huntington, Indiana
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56 reviews 56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We really enjoyed our meal here. We came on a Saturday night and had to wait just a short time for a table. Service was friendly, the atmosphere warm, and they were fast about bringing out our bread and starters. We both enjoyed our entrees, which were large portions--enough that we both asked to take our leftovers with us. The... More 

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Bequia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Lovely outdoor seating and comfortable nice booths inside. Food is yummy. Try their pot roast....always good...just like Grandma's :) You can depend on everything being tasty. Drinks are sometimes a little light but when we complained they refilled.

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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

An enjoyable place to dine after shopping in Chesterton. nice variety with their own little twist. I love dining outside on a warm summer night specially when they have entertainment.

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Chesterton, Indiana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We had a party of eight that set outside for lunch. Everyone chose different entrees and were happy with their meal. I would definitely recommend this place.

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NW Indiana
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70 reviews 70 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Nice restaurant with indoor/outdoor reasonable dining & simple ambiance just south of downtown Chesterton on the main road. Attendant & friendly wait staff & good food. We had their pot roast specialty, which included a salad, & it was delicious. Dinner for two & one glass of good house wine plus tip &44.00. Four & a half stars. If weather... More 

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Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The food was just OK but the sparkling wine was flat. I asked for another glass and got the same thing. Next I asked the bartender to see the bottle. It was half empty! She just poured another glass from the same bottle after I said it was flat. After that I said I'll just take our check and obviously... More 

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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95 reviews 95 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

When we moved to the region 8 years ago we discovered Popolano's and it has always been one of our favorites. I'm sad the tortellini is no longer on the menu as I use to crave it! I love their buffalo wings and go when you can sit out on the patio. There are so many good places to eat... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 225 South Calumet Rd, Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Chesterton
  • Phone Number: +1 219-926-5552

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 16
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Dining on a budget

Description

In Italian, the word popolano means popular or of the people, which describes our award-winning, family owned restaurant to a T. On any given night, you'll see everyone from beach-going vacationers to businessmen to sweethearts to the local Little League team. A rehabbed circa- 1870's mansion in the heart of downtown Chesterton, Popolanos offers something for everyone at reasonable prices. Complete with large, sheltering trees, an outdoor dining patio, the restaurant reflects the intimate charm of an Italian Bistro. The eclectic menu features excellent made-to-order pizzas, creative pastas and a wide selection from sandwiches to steak.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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