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The Rosebud

#235 of 7,709 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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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
11:00 - 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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Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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91 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife and I decided to try The Rosebud on the recommendation of her father. We were not disappointed. We stopped mid-afternoon on a weekday, so they were not too busy. We were seated immediately and had a hard time choosing from the variety of choices on the menu. We settled on the chicken parmesan, (which we split) and the... More 

Thank Andy M
Chicago, Illinois
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Must try the chocolate chip cheesecake for desert. Grilled calamari great app, nice wine list with nice Amarone choices.

Thank Diana K
Sacramento, California
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482 reviews
327 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The original Rosebud that I used to dine in the 70s. Still solid Italian cuisine. Dined with family. Casual atmosphere, excellent service, friendly wait staff. A large number of menu choices. Wine selection was modest. The sausage and peppers was Classic and as good as I remember. The fried calamari was perfectly seasoned, fresh, and deep fried. The Tortellini Carbonara... More 

Thank ranishi
Chicago, Illinois
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3,150 reviews
2,462 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 526 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank Allen21096
Chicago, Illinois
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank seibo2830
Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

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 

Thank Matt V
West Fargo, North Dakota
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119 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017 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 

Thank Karn J
Peabody, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 April 2017 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.

Thank Ben W
Chicago, Illinois
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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 

Thank PMc F
Chicago, Illinois
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2,835 reviews
1,590 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,856 helpful votes
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 40
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, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:30
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
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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