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225 South Calumet Rd, Chesterton, IN 46304
+1 219-926-5552
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12:00 pm - 8:00 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: Dinner, Lunch, 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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  • 37
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 10
    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
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Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
  • Entertaining clients
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Ada, Michigan, United States
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35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We were told this was an excellent restaurant by the attendant at our hotel. We were very disappointed. Atmosphere was nice, in a big old home with separate dining rooms. We ate inside because it was to warm outside. Our server was friendly enough but never brought the advertised fresh bread and oil (we asked after our meal was finished... More 

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Indiana
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Fun experience! The food was very good! We ate on the patio! Very nice, quaint experience! We would go back!

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Indiana
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We stopped at Popolanos while camping at the Dunes. We were seated on the deck outside. I ordered iced tea with diet sugar. The waitress set down a sugar holder with just real sugar. She disappeared so we looked on the other tables. Not a one. Another table was set and they were told there was no cream or artificial... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
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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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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
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 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
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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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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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25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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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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Additional Information about Popolano's

Address: 225 South Calumet Rd, Chesterton, IN 46304
Phone Number: +1 219-926-5552
Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Chesterton
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
Average Prices: USD 7 - 16
Cuisine: Italian

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

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?