Not what it usually was
We missed Guy!!!
Horrible service and we are regular customers!
great food, great server. Will definitely come back
This is our favorite restaurant in Chicago. It used to be our weekday go to, but can serve just as easily as a special occasion or date night place as well. The food is always perfect and the service is excellent- our absolute favorite
Fabulous as always! We had a party of 6 and left a tip for the bill. Our waitress was ever so kind to come back and let us know it was already added and she was giving the money back! It reminded us that good people still do exist!
I like that this restaurant has a parking lot. The short ribs ravioli special was delicious! I was not too impressed with he Caesar salad. The presentation was non-existent and the lettuce seemed less than crisp and fresh, and had too much dressing for my taste. The waiter was kind and attentive, however the hostess could have been a bit more welcoming. Overall, a good experience.
Server disappeared for long periods of time beginning with a 15-minute wait to order.
It was so great we had to go back for an encore! Start with their steamed clams with fresh jalapenos and thinly sliced garlic in a delicious broth, that you use the wonderful bread to soak up the deliciousness! Then move on to linguini with more clams, meat lasagna or chicken parmesan with an added meatball and you have a fabulous dinner. May I recommend the apple pie ala mode and the warm chocolate lava cake! 😋😋😋😋😋 Life is grand!
Had the chicken with pine nut special and it was delicious. However, started with the friend zucchini which was a bit well done and the soups were bad. The pasta fagioli had chunks of ham and the spinach soup tasted like fish. The desserts were delicious, too. Best was the service! From the waitress to the bus guys, all with a smile and willing to serve.
Food was superb!
One of the best Italian meals that I've had in years. The staff we're absolutely fantastic from start-to-finish! We were greeted at the Valet with a smile, the hostess was extremely efficient and nice to us and then our serving staff was absolutely incredible. Would HIGHLY recommend to anyone looking for an authentic Italian meal in Chicago! Thank you very much!
Great evening. Had a round table so the six of us could all talk and hear. Food was fabulous as always. It was comfortable and we didn’t feel rushed. Ashley took great care of our group.
I hadn't been to Cafe Bionda for a couple years and man has it gone down hill. From beginning to end, the experience was poor. When we arrived, there was no hostess for 10 minutes, then we had to wait for our table to open up. Our server was attentive at first but disappeared once the order was placed. The food was small in portion size, especially considering the high price. My entree and sides came out cold and it took us an extra 15 minutes to flag someone down to ask them to heat it up. Once the food came back out, it was very good. Then when we were trying to pay, we had to wait another 10 minutes for the server to come back. Overall, the service was poor, the food came out cold and was not worth the high cost. We will not be returning.
Always a phenomenal meal and service. Great food at a good value and their wine selection is solid and reasonable too.
Start off that we wound up there after a Bears game with a huge crowd all over the area. We were met with a very friendly hostess who seated us right on time. The waiter was helpful in making sure we ordered meals we would like, in that we were visiting from NYC. The the meal was over we had to get back to our hotel and were not able to find a cab. The football game crowd had decimated the area. The hostess came to our aid, helping us use our iPhone to get transportation through Uber. Just an incredibly friendly and helpful atmosphere to a couple of out of towners.
I go to Cafe Bionda a couple of times a year. The food and service is always first-rate and has never failed.
From the bartender to the waitress, the service was excellent. I recommend.
The best Italian gem in the south loop. We’ve been going for 10 years and always consistently great!
Great food and service. A local gem Hot Sausage is delicious
Great food and outstanding service
Went in to “carbo load” for the marathon, so it was a special occasion you must say. Really good food. My parents had wine and enjoyed the selection as well.
Another great evening, 2nd time in 4 week. Excellent dishes. The brick chicken is exquisite. My friends, colleagues and business clients loved this place. Guy was our waiter for a second time. He is absolutely the best!
The food was so good. In particular, the marinara was perfect.
Guy was a fun, attentive server! Food was delicious, wine was delectable!
My absolute favorite for authentic Italian food in Chicago! The best!!
The food and presentation and staff was fantastic however, the service attentiveness and timeliness was poor. It seems that they were understaffed however, the tables were not filled so it wasn't because they were slammed. Again - Great food, Pleasant atmosphere and staff, just need to be patient.
Met client and had a very nice experience. Walkable from convention center, food was good, service for large group was excellent.
They must have changed ownership. Quality and portion size have decreased while prices remain high.
We sat outside on a nice night, watching the State Street world go by. We all enjoyed our entries. Service was patient as we had lots of questions. The four of us enjoyed their meals, my wife especially enjoyed the chicken done her way. We raced off to a concert, so we did not dessert. I would go back.
Cafe Bionda never disappoints. One of my most favorite places for Italian food.
From the second we walked in we knew we would like this place. The wait staff made excellent recommendations. I had the Brick Chicken and it was the best! I’m going back to Chicago for the marathon and eating there again!
Excellent Restaurant. Excellent food. Try the Brick Chicken Velasco
Really solid Italian food, my favorite thing is their sauces! Portions are good size, their salads and appetizers are delicious too - love their fried zucchini!
We went with friends, and we all had a hard time deciding what to get. Our server was very patient with us and very attentive. The food was very good, but nothing to write home about. Nonetheless, we had a great time and would definitely come back!
We are from the Twin Cities and were in Chicago for the weekend. This restaurant wast recommended from friends that had lived in Chicago for some time. The food was what they said it would be plus more... awesome service and delicious meals!!
Great food and great service amid a pleasant ambiance.
Our favorite place we found a little plastic piece in the salad - Manager took care of it right away - all good who knows what it was, it didn’t bother us. Great food and service!
The food and service never disappoint here! Daily specials are delicious and authentic Italian dishes.
The red sauce with the complimentary bread was wonderful- I’m Italian, and rarely do I like anyone else’s sauce. We had the hot Italian sausage with Escarole and Beans as an app- also very good!!! Eggplant Parm was perfectly prepared, and a very generous portion.
Overall wonderful experience, and the wait staff was friendly and very attentive
We were graciously welcomed at Cafe Bionde and taken to our table very quickly. The service was very attentive and the menu had many interesting choices. The food was delivered to the table piping hot and was very delicious. We truly enjoyed our evening out at the restaurant.