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The Rosebud

#238 of 7,702 Restaurants in Chicago
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University Village / Little Italy
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1500 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4016 (Laflin Street)
+1 312-942-1117
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12:00 - 23:30
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:30
Fri 11:00 - 23:30
Sat 12:00 - 23:30
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Chicago, Illinois
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2,976 reviews
2,314 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 493 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This Rosebud, which happens to be the original restaurant, and has been around for at least 40 years, is located near the western edge of "Little Italy" at the northwest corner of Taylor St. & Laflin Ave. We were seated in their rather tight (or cramped) seating, but, at least the server was efficient. We ordered a Caesar salad and... More 

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Thank Allen21096
Chicago, Illinois
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited the original Rosebud on Taylor Street after a Chicago Bulls game. (It's about an eight block walk from the stadium.) Neither of us had been there for years so we were really visiting based on it's reputation vs what we knew of it today. We were very pleased with everything. First off, our server Erin was attentive, friendly and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Four and a half stars really. Stopped in for a simple but above average dinner. Started with a superior order of mussels in their lovely tomato broth. Just fabulous! A generous pile of plump fresh mussels in a delicious broth with stewed tomatoes and garnish that was out of this world. In the mood for some salad, we shared the... More 

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West Fargo, North Dakota
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119 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a group of 8 at 3:30 on a Saturday afternoon prior to an event, the service was outstanding and the food even better. Their portions are huge, many could have been split and still plenty. (Eggplant parm could have fed three people!) Seven Seas special was so full of seafood, you didn't have room for a bite of... More 

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Peabody, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Patrick was our server both nights and was tremendously accommodating with my dairy allergy. I look forward to returning and asking for Patrick again twice in 2017.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

The atmosphere is ok, typical of any smaller restaurant. It's bigger on the inside than the outside suggests. If you can get a corner or a booth, take it, Was kind of awkward sitting at a table out in the middle of the floor somewhat. Okey, now time for the grub. 1==Linguini in garlic & oil with the shrimp...A KEEPER!!... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

If you're an aficionado of traditional Italian cuisine, if you adore bruschetta, spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, veal scallopine, veal saltimbocca, chicken Vesuvio, ravioli, fettuccine, rigatoni, linguine, manicotti and tiramisu, then you're a fan of The Rosebud at 1500 West Taylor Street in Chicago's Little Italy neighborhood. It is the original Rosebud, founded 40 years ago by legendary Chicago restauranteur Alex... More 

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Big Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

So I took my hipster son and his girlfriend. They just moved in not too far away. My son says I don't like pizza and red sauce. I say you don't know Italian food. First course, calamari calabrese, best I have ever had. I ask my server what he recommends, he says bone in ribeye encrusted in garlic. I say... More 

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Columbus, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Though the decor, staff, and food are wonderful there is something to be said for tight seating. It is difficult to discuss private topics when tables are placed tightly together. Otherwise our group was very pleased with our experience and I would recommend dining here! I hope to return and enjoy another wonderful meal.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

The food is quite normal, nothing special, this local needs some refurbish and the food too either the waiters too. They try to charge the account in cash because they show me that my credits cards didn´t work but after to try 5 differents!! they accept one of them This type of thing probably works in the past but not... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 40
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:30
Thursday
11:00 - 22:30
Friday
11:00 - 23:30
Saturday
12:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1500 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4016
    (Laflin Street)
  • Public Transportation: CTA Pink Line - Polk Stop / Ashland Bus #9 at Taylor
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > University Village / Little Italy
  • Neighbourhood: University Village / Little Italy
  • Phone Number: +1 312-942-1117
Description
Located in the heart of Little Italy, The Rosebud is where it all began. With its classic Italian-American dishes and charming atmosphere, this is the Rosebud location that started a legend and became one of Chicago's most exciting destinations. With every bite of its iconic dishes-from the Chicken Vesuvio and Square Noodles to the baked clams and our tiramisu-you'll know why The Rosebud has been a favorite spot for food lovers and world-famous celebrities for 40 years. "Keep it simple, keep it good, and keep it coming" has been Alex Dana's philosophy since he first opened The Rosebud, and that philosophy has not wavered. At The Rosebud, with its delicious cuisine, generous portions, and celebrated hospitality, you'll get a taste of Chicago's history. And you're welcome any time.

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