Cafe Bionda

★★★★☆
  • 1924 S State St

    Chicago, IL 60616

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  • 312-326-9800

About Cafe Bionda

Hours
Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

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Loved this restaurant. Cafe Bionda is a very homey, traditional Italian restaurant serving up generous portions of deliciousness. Great menu with a super waitstaff. Loved the relaxed atmosphere.

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Loved this restaurant. Cafe Bionda is a very homey, traditional Italian restaurant serving up generous portions of deliciousness. Great menu with a super waitstaff. Loved the relaxed atmosphere.

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I stumbled upon this place about a month ago and I've been back 3 times. Nana's Gravy is the best! Also the meatball salad and Lemondrop Martini's made with Lemonchello are awesome! It's my new favortie place!

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★★★★★

I stumbled upon this place about a month ago and I've been back 3 times. Nana's Gravy is the best! Also the meatball salad and Lemondrop Martini's made with Lemonchello are awesome! It's my new favortie place!

Pros: Authentic, good service, Nana's Gravy

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Big food does not equal good food or great retaurant. I don't get it, this place is average at best.

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★★☆☆☆

Big food does not equal good food or great retaurant. I don't get it, this place is average at best.

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Tables are close enough to see and be seen without feeling cramped, great service for my party of 12-worth the visit!
Taking my family after the bears game.
Will go again and recommend to others

2
★★★★★

Tables are close enough to see and be seen without feeling cramped, great service for my party of 12-worth the visit!
Taking my family after the bears game.
Will go again and recommend to others

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Great food, like the previous poster, I have eaten here numerous times. Exact opposite experiences. Great, friendly wait staff, service and the food. Wow, best meatballs I have ever had.
The only "bad" thing is the space is a little tight, don't get the backroom, there is an annoying flat screen TV.
Highly recommended, great addition to the booming South Loop

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★★★★★

Great food, like the previous poster, I have eaten here numerous times. Exact opposite experiences. Great, friendly wait staff, service and the food. Wow, best meatballs I have ever had.
The only "bad" thing is the space is a little tight, don't get the backroom, there is an annoying flat screen TV.
Highly recommended, great addition to the booming South Loop

Pros: food, price, service

Cons: not really a con, but tight seating

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Average food and if you don't believe me, order the pasta with mussels in it or even the one with clams. They are both tasteless and bland. I'm not sure which part of Italy are they claiming their food represent, but certainly not the parts I have visited. Anyway, waiting staff is terrible, I'm not saying that they are impolite, but they lack the basic skills i.e. they have no idea about any wine, and according to them all dishes are great ... WOW what a lame response. By the way, the mussels pasta was highly recommended by our waitress. I have eaten here 3 times (you must be wondering why, but I don't form an opinion quickly, I give people a chance to prove themselves), but everytime the only thing that was decent was bionda salad. By the way, did I say that their bread is the worst in town, it tastes stale.

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★★★☆☆

Average food and if you don't believe me, order the pasta with mussels in it or even the one with clams. They are both tasteless and bland. I'm not sure which part of Italy are they claiming their food represent, but certainly not the parts I have visited. Anyway, waiting staff is terrible, I'm not saying that they are impolite, but they lack the basic skills i.e. they have no idea about any wine, and according to them all dishes are great ... WOW what a lame response. By the way, the mussels pasta was highly recommended by our waitress. I have eaten here 3 times (you must be wondering why, but I don't form an opinion quickly, I give people a chance to prove themselves), but everytime the only thing that was decent was bionda salad. By the way, did I say that their bread is the worst in town, it tastes stale.

Pros: Location/parking

Cons: Everything else

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I will follow Joey Farina to any restaurant he works. His food is awesome. Bionda is worth going to just for the Sunday salad with meatballs. Great job

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★★★★★

I will follow Joey Farina to any restaurant he works. His food is awesome. Bionda is worth going to just for the Sunday salad with meatballs. Great job

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Great food and service. It is a far cry from the old restaurant that was there. I am sure this one will be around for a long time! The quarters are a little tight, but I think that will change since they have the space next door and plan on expanding. The meatballs are the BEST

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★★★★★

Great food and service. It is a far cry from the old restaurant that was there. I am sure this one will be around for a long time! The quarters are a little tight, but I think that will change since they have the space next door and plan on expanding. The meatballs are the BEST

Pros: parking, service, food

Cons: a little tight

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Spiffing up a formerly dreary stretch of south State Street, the restaurant is divided into two halves--sporty bar with flat-screen TVs on one side, and a more elegant dining room with original art on theā€¦

 

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