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225 South Calumet Rd, Chesterton, IN 46304
+1 219-926-5552
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11:00 am - 9:00 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
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
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
  • 42
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 11
    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
Not so great.......

We used to love this place....delivery, pick up, or dine in it was always good.....however the last 3 times we have ordered it the food was subpar at best. Twice the pick up order was incorrect, and all three times the food was under cooked, or just plain bad. It upsets me because they used to be... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 10, 2015
erincollins84
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Chesterton, Indiana
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Valparaiso, Indiana
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

I love this restaurant! The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Service is excellent! There are a myriad of dishes to choose from. I highly recommend this place for dinner or lunch.

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Thank Cathy N
Hobart, Indiana
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

I have worked within walking distance of this restaurant for more than two years now, and I have yet to have a GOOD meal from them. The service, regardless of our neighborly proximity, is poor and unaccommodating. I have taken clients there for lunch, but only once because their service in house is as poor as their to-go service. I... More 

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Thank Marygump
Chesterton, Indiana
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

We used to love this place....delivery, pick up, or dine in it was always good.....however the last 3 times we have ordered it the food was subpar at best. Twice the pick up order was incorrect, and all three times the food was under cooked, or just plain bad. It upsets me because they used to be so great....prices are... More 

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Thank erincollins84
Valparaiso, Indiana
Level Contributor
158 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

This place has pleasant outdoor dining when the weather agrees. The food is good, but not as good as Mom's home cooking.

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Thank NotRealHoosiers
Level Contributor
25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

We took the family here last night for a quick dinner. Sad to see it was pretty empty for a Thursday night. Everyone loved what they ordered- pizza, Cajun chicken pasta, pesto chicken sandwich and Caesar salad. Agree with some of the other recent reviews though, Service was pretty slow. We thought we could be out in an hour, no... More 

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Thank Ashlee C
Chesterton, Indiana
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

A restored home, one of Chesterton's oldest is the center of this local restaurant. Try the tree shaded front yard are where there always seems to be a cooling breeze on hot summer days.

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Thank Steve K
Chicago, Illinois
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124 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Comfortable dining in an old refurbished home. Service was very prompt and friendly. Food was very good. Had eggplant parm. Theirs is served with spinach which makes it very tasty and unique. Lots of wines and good house wine. This was our first visit and from some other reviews it looks like the place was better in the past but... More 

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Thank Mar L
Cedar Crest, New Mexico
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203 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

We have stopped in for lunch every time we travel through the area, which is a couple times a year recently. We've always liked the food. But this year it seems to have gone downhill. There is a new menu, not very interesting, and the preparation seems to be indifferent. The service was equally uninspired. Though there were only a... More 

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Thank TJG214
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Great food but an awesome staff! Eating outside is beautiful especially since you are right in the heart of down town Chesterton! Thanks again Tom Seely

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Thank Tom S
Chesterton, IN
Level Contributor
64 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Some years ago, I gave Popolano's five stars because dining there was truly an excellent experience. But the last few times I've been there, the food has gone from great to mediocre to bad. Many of my favorite things about the place have changed. They serve uninspired rolls now instead of the tasty bread, and forget about asking for olive... 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, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children

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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?