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La Barra - Riverside

4.6
4.6
766 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
La Barra is brought to you by Rich Labriola, Chicago’s premier artisan baker. We feature sharable Italian small plates, award-winning pizza, great wines and hand-crafted cocktails. The beautiful space includes a private dining room and a gorgeous outdoor patio. Please be aware that our kitchen closes at 9pm Tuesdays - Thursdays and Sundays. On Fridays and Saturdays, our kitchen closes at 9:30pm.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizza Bar, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (708) 887-7700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Pepe Martinez

  • Catering

    Please check out our Catering Menu on our website. For specialized catering, contact us directly.

  • Private party facilities

    Semi private room that seats up to 36 people. Custom and preset menus available.

  • Neighborhood

    Riverside

  • Cross street

    Longcommon

  • Parking details

    Street parking and private parking lot behind the building available.

  • Public transit

    La Barra is steps from the Riverside stop on the Burlington Metra line.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 766 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Near West

    Fit for Foodies

  • Near West

    Good for Groups

  • Near West

    Healthy

  • Near West

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Near West

    Outdoor Dining

  • Near West

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Near West

    Most Booked

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  1. MF

    MonicaF

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    There were some unexpected surprises this time! We made reservations and requested to be seated further in past the bar. they placed us right next to the bar. we requested to sit by the window and they said they were all under reservations yet the restaurant remained empty for the hour and a half we were there? The calamari was cold and chewy, the dinners were very good.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family had a fabulous dinner on Thursday evening. The food was very tasty and the atmosphere was great, too! We enjoyed the food and drinks while a wonderful musician was playing too. The family food favorites we dined on were the melrose peppers, the arugula salad, the whitefish with green beans and the lemon cake which my mom really enjoyed for her birthday.
  3. JP

    JesseP

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great Place For Date Night !!!!! Great Service and Food can't go Wrong
  4. K

    emilyK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service1ambience4
    Food was good. We had the Danny's special which was delicious. Took a while before the waitress took our drink order and even longer for her to take a dessert order so we skipped it.
  5. M

    Meza

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service was superb!!!
  6. JK

    JeffK

    Chicago

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We sampled several of the small plates and found everything to be excellent. The food was truly authentic southern Italian and we really felt as if we were dining there. We dined inside but there is a nice street front patio for warm weather.
  7. M

    Mari

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great place for a gathering. Would recommend eating outside if weather permits.
  8. LD

    LynnD

    Chicago

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food! Your atmosphere is beautiful I feel very comfortable here, enjoying your new menu!
  9. PC

    PatrickC

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good, braised short ribs were the star.
  10. MM

    MarieM

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience4
    Food and location were great but our waiter barely came by.
  11. BN

    BNT4TAAE

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved dining on the patio. Wait staff was attentive and the food was absolutely incredible as usual.
  12. LJ

    LinneaJ

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Lovely dinner! Tuesday nights has bogo on pizza.
  13. J

    Jonathansan

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This place is usually pretty good. However after reserving a table via opentable for a birthday dinner days in advance with my family and walking over; there was a sign posted on the door saying there was a private event and the restaurant was otherwise closed. Very disappointed. Maybe not accept reservations if you are not going to honor them.
  14. ND

    NancyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, reasonably priced Italian food in a great setting!
  15. GC

    GlennC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. It was a beautiful evening so we chose to eat outside. It was rather noisy-trains, cars and bikes on the sidewalk.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Waited for at least 15 mins for a server to take our drink order. Had to have hostess find a server for us. Our waitress was friendly and personable. However the overall experience was average.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food waa good. I didn't like my drink at all as it was too sour and I wish the server would have offered a replacement or just a credit but they did not.
  18. AL

    ALICIAB

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good time and good food to end the weekend with family.
  19. M

    Mbjga

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Really delicious food, comfortable and casual!! Always have had a good experience here!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Always a lovely dinner time at La Barra. It's especially nice when they have live music. They always serve good sized portions. Love this local gem for date night or getting a cocktail and appetizer.
  22. f

    foxmom

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience3
    We enjoyed our meal with some reservations. Great appetizers, bracciole, calamari, beet salad, and wine selection. Comfortable seating, but it got very loud as the evening progressed. I ordered the whitefish piccata, which should be a sumptuous blend of butter, lemon and capers. However, the fish was so heavily spiced with pepper that it was almost inedible. My lips were burning from bite one. Not what I expected at all. Others had lasagne bolognese and a lightly dressed pasta with pepper and Parmesan, which they enjoyed. I would definitely recommend this restaurant, as we have had many an excellent meal there before.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    It was okay, they didn’t have what was my favorite on the menu so I was disappointed
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love LaBarra. Great pizza!! Would love to see a gluten free cauliflower crust on the menu!!
  25. s

    shannon

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Going back soon
  26. K

    Ksho

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food! Great wine list. Enjoyable seating in the patio area!
  27. C

    Carlos

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family get together to celebrate a special birthday. We asked for a round table by the window and that’s what was waiting for us. Service was prompt and friendly. Food was delicious and served hot. Everyone liked their selection. The gelato selection was a perfect finish to a great family dinner. I recommend the pistachio. Five. Stars all around.
  28. SB

    SandraB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate outside so the noise level was moderate with car and train traffic. The food was excellent and it was the first time I saw my son-in-law clean his plate, fussy eater. Plenty of staff and altogether five stars!
  29. L

    Linda

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was very good except our fish piccata had some red peppers flakes added to the lemon butter caper sauce that made it a little too spicy, otherwise very good. They were very busy in the kitchen. It took 45 minutes to receive our entree. The hostess had told us they were short staffed when we were seated for our reservation.
  30. L

    Lulubean1

    Chicago

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s like Cheers where everybody knows your name! Fun!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    A great experience, I did feel like the AC went out and it was a bit hot and got warmer by the time we left. Overall everything I would expect for LaBarra :)
  32. DM

    DianaM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was able to quickly accommodate a switch to outdoor seating as someone in our party was concerned about indoor dining & COVID. So appreciated the quick change
  33. E

    Eileen

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food and service were excellent. Parking was convenient. It was very noisy!
  34. LH

    LaurenHS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great drinks. Great ambiance. Loved the live music!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met friends from la grange. Night outdoor dining night with lovely music!
  36. C

    Chigirl

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    I had eaten here before years ago and it was a quiet, calm experience. Last night, on a Sunday evening, it was mobbed, full of families, very loud and busy. Nothing wrong with that. Just a different atmosphere than expected. The food and portion size was just okay for the price. We were warned the kitchen was backed up, so perhaps it was just an off day.
  37. s

    schira9

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a great dinner pre-concert in the city. The food and service was outstanding.

    La Barra - RiversideResponded on July 11, 2022Thanks schira9! Great to hear. What did you have? What made the service you received outstanding?

  38. AL

    ALICIAB

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great music!
  39. LR

    LynnR

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly service without any time pressure and fabulously fresh food. Excellent summer evening experience!
  40. DI

    DISNEYDIAN

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was beyond perfect. Very attentive - gave us wine suggestions - I ordered their new Zucchini Fritti Chips they were severed with their new dill dip and were hot when delivered to the table. Birthday celebration and the Birthday gal received a free slice of cheese-cake (or her choice on the dessert menu). Plates were removed promptly from the table and water glasses were refilled promptly. Ordered 2 different pizzas and they were hot and very tasty. Also, Spaghetti w/Meat Ball, again, delicious. We will return soon. The restaurant was clean and we asked for the table ends to be opened to make the table round, no problem. Love the cloth napkins, not paper.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from La Barra - Riverside using the Order Online button. La Barra - Riverside also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. La Barra - Riverside also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (708) 887-7700.

La Barra - Riverside is rated 4.6 stars by 766 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for La Barra - Riverside

2 E. Burlington St., Riverside, IL 60546

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Longcommon

  • Neighborhood

    Riverside

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizza Bar, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking and private parking lot behind the building available.

  • Public transit

    La Barra is steps from the Riverside stop on the Burlington Metra line.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Pepe Martinez

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (708) 887-7700

  • Catering

    Please check out our Catering Menu on our website. For specialized catering, contact us directly.

  • Private party facilities

    Semi private room that seats up to 36 people. Custom and preset menus available.

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