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1312 S Wabash Ave, Lbby 1, Chicago, IL 60605-2599
+1 312-939-3870
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good36%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“veal chop” (5 reviews)
“prosciutto” (7 reviews)
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1312 S Wabash Ave, Lbby 1, Chicago, IL 60605-2599
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Reviewed 24 January 2018

I don't often give a 5 star review, but we really enjoyed our evening at Gioco's. The interior was my favorite small, intimate/rustic setting that was also elegant. The food and service were both excellent. This includes a very nice Caesar salad, pasta dish (my...More

Thank Vblakey
Reviewed 5 January 2018

A popular and crowded evening to be out dining but our party of 12 was treated intimately. Great service by our attentive and friendly waiter. For most of us, it was our first time dining there and we all said we would definitely return. Everyone...More

Thank Mary58th
Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Went here with family while staying at the Blackstone and referred by the front desk after being unable to secure other "reputable/popular" Italian restaurants. VERY IMPRESSED from moment we entered the restaurant! Service was friendly and attentive, food more than expected. Drinks were good too!...More

Thank Deb S
Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

Wonderful staff, friendly and very attentive. Great food that wasn’t too heavy or greasy. Loved their results bread. Also like that they have a open kitchen and can see the chefs cooking!

Thank LizChicago217
Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

What a great place with friendly staff starting with Hilary Beltran who always has a friendly smile and ready to put me on the best table of the restaurant.. The manager José Luis Lopez is the best, super friendly and a humble man who loves...More

Thank rilem
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Gioco is a nice, though not especially fancy Italian restaurant. Prices are reasonable, the food is very good, and service was very good too.

Thank Mark P
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

We stopped for dinner with some friends on a Friday night. Service was friendly and helpful, after the standard “everything is good” our server recommended a couple of great dishes. The scaloppini, the tortellini and the veal chop were excellent! The risotto was also good,...More

Thank Roberto A
Reviewed 20 September 2017

This restaurant was a recommendation of a friend and it was such a find. The place itself is lovely and inviting, warm and cozy with exposed brick, wood, soft lighting, crisp white linen tablecloths, split levels, open kitchen and a wood-burning oven ... a charming...More

Thank Toni740
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

What a great meal! The meal was amazing and the service might have been some of the best I’ve ever had anywhere in the world. We never wanted or had to ask for anything but the staff wasn’t hovering over us. We started with the...More

Thank JCinNC1968
Reviewed 2 September 2017

Gioco was recommended to us and were not disappointed at this Italian restaurant. The building is a delightfully rustic with exposed brick juxtaposed with crisp white linens. Jose served us with utmost finesse. The pasta was fresh, light and tastefully sauced. Wish we were able...More

Thank beachNmargarita
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 40
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1312 S Wabash Ave, Lbby 1, Chicago, IL 60605-2599
    (E 13th St.)
  • Public Transportation: Red line train
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > South Loop
  • Neighbourhood: South Loop
  • Phone Number: +1 312-939-3870
Gioco pioneered the retail development of the South Loop when it opened in September of 1999. The restaurant has been a mainstay in the neighborhood as other restaurants and stores have opened up over the years. Gioco is located in an historic building built in 1890 and is one of the few remaining buildings in Chicago from that era. The Gioco space features the original old brick and plaster walls, an old wooden walk-in cooler and a walk-in safe built into the wall, used by the Chicago gangsters (Al Capone, Frank Nitti, George "Bugs" Moran and Earl "Hymie" Weiss ) for one of the gambling and/or brothel houses that dominated the area in the early 1900s. Designer Jerry Kleiner designed Gioco restaurant to retain these old world elements and to feature them in his modernization of the space.
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