1150 N. Dearborn St., Chicago
Tel: (312) 440-8888
13 Review(s) Total
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- Jorge says:
On Sunday 12/13/09 9:30 AM
This is the second time I have been to Il Mulino. AND the LAST! Both times I have to say that the food was very good and nicely presented. Unfortunately, the service leaves a lot to be desired in a place of high prices and supposed high caliber. We never knew who our waiter was so there was no reference to an individual. We waited for the wine, waited for the entrees for nearly one hour. No attention, no excuses no anything. They had an abundance of busboys who seemed to just stand around and the wait staff was so harried and rushed there was no time for questions or explanations. They spoke so fast and so unintelligibly that we had to ask for repetition of the items a couple of times. It is a waste of money and time to go to this place. There are a whole slew of other restaurants in Chicago where you can get the same meal with far better service and much cheaper. You do not need a mansion for this. Frankly, having been to Biggs many years ago I continue to be unimpressed by the locale. Smoke and mirrors and poor service.
- Leah Segarra says:
On Wednesday 7/9/08 3:13 PM
I have had the opportunity to experience the Il Mulino in Chicago on many occasions. My boss is in love with the restaurant and has all of our business meetings in the private rooms of the 2nd floor. We have also had numerous dinners on the main floor of the restaurant. What one of the best things about Il Mulino is that you get the exact same (although somewhat lengthy) experience whether you are dining in the restaurant or in a private room.
We are often entertaining clients from out of town and this is definitely the place to do it well! Every time we have an event the clients can't stop gushing about the beautiful mansion, great food, and attentive service. I agree that if you are on a romantic date the service can be a bit overbearing; but if you looking to impress and want to be treated like a VIP then this is the place!
I would never hesitate to do business at Il Mulino. I suppose dining on my company's dime isn't so bad either!
- Jim and Ellen says:
On Tuesday 10/23/07 11:49 PM
beautiful room and exceptional patio! food is terrific! the tomato appetizer, the mushroom ravioli, and the fresh fish - not to be outdone anywhere! can't go wrong entertaining someone new to Chicago at this dependable and special locale! Enjoy!
- m.b. says:
On Tuesday 4/17/07 12:52 PM
except for mr. heatherington's fair analysis, (i assume this is the same maestro who conducts ars viva and other notable orchestras - does anyone here know what an orchestra is?), these critiques are all pish tosh, composed by rubes who prefer shadow over substance. il mulino is one of the best restaurants in chicago or any city. we're extremely fortunate to have it here. the food is magnificent, the service impeccable, the atmosphere breathtaking. so one of the waiters has an accent like don vito corigleone. get over it! americans are looking for american experiences wherever they go. that's why they bicker incessantly when they travel to europe and don't find exactly the same crap they left in the u.s. chicago is a sophisticated city for dining and other diversions, though based on most of the reviews here, one certainly wouldn't think so. you want pasta fa zool with your enunciated english and phony affibility, go eat at maggianos or one of those other corporate food concepts. you want supreme cuisine the best outside of the finest establishments in italy, you simply must try il mulino. expensive but worth it!
- Randy Mitchell says:
On Monday 1/15/07 1:44 PM
My wife and I were big fans of Biggs, in part, because of the atmosphere and surroundings, so we thought we would try Il Mulino. The food and atmosphere were as expected, very good. The service, however, was so good it was suffocating at times. Our waiter spoke quickly and in an accent that made him difficult to understand. He also hovered too much. My recommendation to the owners would be to eliminate some of the servers (which would also make the place less busy) and reduce the food prices in exchange.
- Alan Heatherington says:
On Saturday 11/25/06 10:55 AM
Sometimes restaurant reviews reveal more about the writers than the restaurants. Clearly this is the case with Il Mulino reviews. It's all about expecations and American lifestyles. If one is choosing to spend an evening at an elegantly appointed restaurant with an extraordinarily well-informed waitstaff and Italian preparations that outstrip most five-star restaurants in Italy, Il Mulino is the place to dine in Chicago. If one is trying to rush through a meal to get on to the theater or some other event, the North Dearborn area is filled with other options. At Il Mulino the theater is self-contained: food, service, presentation, wine all combine to a level of perfection that demands a few hours of one's time. If a $50 veal chop or a $250 bottle of Barolo is offensive, try any of the eight other brilliant veal preparations for under $30 and any of the great Italian wines for under $50. If you are in quest of fine spaghetti and a cheap Chianti, look elsewhere. If you wish to sample one of the finest culinary creations in the world, don't miss the black truffle ravioli in champagne sauce. But you didn't need me to add my recomendation of that dish.
- LISA says:
On Thursday 10/19/06 1:47 PM
I finally experienced Il Mulino for the 1st time. (on Dearborn in chicago) it was a great experience. after finally convincing my ex-prof. to try a new place. it was an amazing surprize. My dish was the black truffle ravioli, while my prof. ordered fruiti Di mare with thin spaghetti. i was amazed at all the food prior to us ordering our dinner. after we sat down dishes were brought to the table in the numbers, a wonderful bruschetta w/fresh tomatoes marinated with garlic and oil, the zucchini had an excellent taste, best olive oil i've ever tasted. aged cheese with two types of bread /garlic and hard crusted. ALL THIS PRIOR TO ORDERING OUR MEAL. the waite staff was very attentive. I loved that everyone could speak italian as well. (had a little fun) with my rusty italian. the dining room had the perfect ambience, full of romance, low lighting, and a corner table which made it that much more private. at the end of the meal complimentary grappa was served. i normally do not indulge but it was a nice surprize. i would highly recommend the dining experience at this cozy restaurant. the most amazing part of the evening as we were leaving was when my prof walked up to the hostess stand and made reservations for the following evening to take a date........
- jim DeWitt says:
On Sunday 9/24/06 10:20 AM
September 2006 - I've lived in downtown chicago for over 20 years and have been fortunate to dine in essentially all of Chicago's top retaurants multiple times.
Our captain was overbearing. Insulted our wine selection. Continually and inappropriately touched us - standing over table with his hands on our shoulders, backs and necks. Repeateldy interrupted our conversation for no good reason. When he spoke he leaned over the table and talked so loud he actually spit on the table into our wine and food. His conversations had nothing to do with the dinner. Towards the end of the evening he told us he was really a chef and repeatedly solicited us to have him come into our home and cook for us.
We were rushed through dinner by the wait staff. Had appetizers on the table before we even sat down at the table, bumping into as as we were being seated. I had to repeatedly tell the busboy to take his hand off of my plate because I wasn't finished yet.
On multiple occasions while walking from the table to the restroom the waitstaff and hostess almost pushed me out of the way to get down the hall.
Is all of this acceptable in a New York restaruant? It isn't here in Chicago.
On the plus side a very dark romantic spot. But with an overbearing captain and unlnowlegeable busboys, if you want romance, save your money and go elsewhere.
- Julie says:
On Tuesday 8/8/06 12:43 PM
I visited Il Mulino with a friend recently and I can tell you that it is quite possibly the very best restaurant in the city of chgo. The food is extremely authentic, the setting is quite lovely in the Biggs Mansion, and the staff is quite exceptional. Charlie Trotter's, Everest,and Spiaggia can't even compare. I can tell you that I frequent downtown restaurants and this is THE BEST.
- Chris Rockus says:
On Friday 8/4/06 11:42 PM
Il Mulino is my favorite restaurant in Las Vegas. The chef is extraordinary. He let me know that I would be invited to the grand opening of the Chicago location. Chef talks a lot must have lost my number! That's it, we're breaking up!
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