About Saranello's

601 North Milwaukee Ave
Wheeling, IL 60690
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Inspired by his travels and passion for Italy's culture, Executive Chef Mychael Bonner has created a broad menu of Italian-fare utilizing the freshest ingredients to create the fullest flavors to bring homemade, hand-crafted pizzas and pastas, as well as prime steaks and fresh fish dishes to the table.



Feel the energy while dining in a casual and rustic 6700-square-foot setting. Dine at natural reclaimed wood tables with seating for 175, surrounded by inviting darker woods, exposed brick and beams, subtle filament lighting, and accented with muted chocolate and caramel tones throughout.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria

Hours of Operation:


Breakfast: Daily: 6:00am - 11:00am;
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm;
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 12:00pm

Cross Street:
Milwaukee and Lake Cook

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 777-6878

Website:
http://www.saranellos.com/

Catering:
Catering for groups from 8 to 250. We will offer a wide array of family style options that are guaranteed to please.

Executive Chef:
Mychael Bonner

Private Party Facilities:
Private dining facilities also are available for holiday parties, business meetings and other gatherings. A larger space accommodates seating for 50 while two smaller dining rooms each offer more intimate settings for 25 guests.

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Saranello's Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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fit for foodies (83)
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hot spot (35)
notable wine list (32)
great for brunch (28)
vibrant bar scene (21)
late-night find (15)
great for outdoor dining (6)
scenic view (2)
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food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great Host and Service!

vip
Dined 3 days ago

The host, Mike, was incredibly accommodating and made sure that our meal and the other diners at my table were well taken care of. He really took his role to the next level. We will definitely be returning!

food5
ambience5
service4
value4

Reservation

Dined 3 days ago

There were no Open Table Reservation times between 5 and 8:45 pm. Had to reserve at 4:30 pm and was disappointed that the restaurant did not get crowded until 6 pm. At 4:30 pm there was apparently limited kitchen staff, so had to wait an hour for food.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience4
service2

Another evening at Saranello's. We came ...

vip
Dined 4 days ago

Another evening at Saranello's. We came back for the Minestrone soup. It's very delicious. We had the Chicken Vesuvio. The only problem tonight was the service. Very slow. Management had to help her. My husband was disappointed. They offered us a dessert but my husband refused it.

food5
ambience4
service4

Another nice evening at Saranello's. The ...

vip
Dined on April 25, 2016

Another nice evening at Saranello's. The food was incredible. Minestrone soup, Beet salad, and the fish special...Branzino. Wow!!! The food was outstanding.

food4
ambience4
service5

Always good value and excellent servers.

vip
Dined on April 24, 2016

Always good value and excellent servers.

food5
ambience5
service5

This is the best brunch spot I've been t ...

Dined on April 24, 2016

This is the best brunch spot I've been to in years! A must and a great place to celebrate a special occasions.

food2
ambience4
service2
value3

Dinner

Dined on April 24, 2016

I have been here before and have always enjoyed the food and service. This last time I came here I was a bit disappointed. First, they didn't have any lasagna that my boyfriend ordered and didn't tell us right away. This was upsetting because the server didn't even know about it and someone else had to come out and ask what he wanted instead. The second thing that I wasn't impressed by was our server. She was not very friendly, just to the point of doing the motion then leaving us.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience3
service5
value5

Great service

Dined on April 23, 2016

Great service. The restaurant was very busy. We didn't know that they had a special dinner for some diners. Our waiter had a HUGE party of about 16 - 20 people. He was very good, but very busy. The food was great and we would go back again, but we would check to see if they had anything special going on.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience1
service1
value2

Dinner on April 23rd

Dined on April 23, 2016

Food was very good. The restaurant was packed and thus service was very slow. Hard to hear as well.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

perfect for Passover meal--we have never ...

vip
Dined on April 22, 2016

perfect for Passover meal--we have never been disappointed here and this occasion was masterfully done

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

Good experience

vip
Dined on April 21, 2016

Great service. Accommodating, efficient. Went with a salad and a pizza, to share. Ample portions for two. Loved the bread. Dined there many times.

food5
ambience5
service5

Fantastic kale salad. Best ever.

Dined on April 20, 2016

Fantastic kale salad. Best ever.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

EAT HERE!

Dined on April 19, 2016

Within the span of 3 weeks we celebrated 2 family birthdays here. This is one of our favorite restaurants so lucky us to eat here twice in such a short time span. As always, the food is wonderful and the service is outstanding. Favorites among our family members are the Braised Beef Ravioli and the Spaghetti and Meatballs. Also, the scallops are fabulous. We usually start with the Parmesan Crusted Onions - so, so good. Desserts are excellent - Banana Tiramisu and Apple Crostada are delicious! Seriously....... Everything on the menu that we have tried is excellent.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Always B+, Always Good

Dined on April 19, 2016

Best family restaurant in the area. Solid on all levels. Great at the bar, great for groups. Can order high end $$$ steak, or lower end $ pizza, solid experience in all cases. If you are seeking premium premium for steaks Wildfire or Morton's are better options, but nothing here disappoints.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Amazing!

vip
Dined on April 18, 2016

We had a fabulous time! Dinner was great & out waitress was AMAZING!!!

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food3
ambience4
service3

Ordered their lamb shank special. Smalle ...

Dined on April 16, 2016

Ordered their lamb shank special. Smallest one I've ever eaten anywhere.

food3
ambience4
service1
value3

Disapppointed

vip
Dined on April 16, 2016

I was looking forward to eating at this restaurant and was let down. I was on a date and the waiter was pretty awful. He slammed glasses (our drinks) down, we had trouble finding him, et al. It was the first time in nearly a decade where I only tipped 15% (I am usually a very big tipper, because I used to be a waitress in college). I know how difficult it is, but, I also know you should be nice. Our entrees were fine, but, not outstanding. We also wanted dessert, and nothing really looked good We went to Wildfire, just for cake.

food3
ambience3
service2
value1

It has been better Food fair service mo ...

vip
Dined on April 14, 2016

It has been better Food fair service moderate tO fair Desk person to. Seats people in wroNg job older man Acks like he is ceo lette Ice entertain you like he is in same position as Kevin Brown. Been to better stores

food5
ambience5
service5

Great service! Excellent food.

Dined on April 14, 2016

Great service! Excellent food.

food4
ambience3
service4
value4

Not happy that they have stopped valet p ...

Dined on April 13, 2016

Not happy that they have stopped valet parking for lunch as it is difficult to park Not happy with hostess who did not seat me even though I gave her my name And not happy that special express lunch menu was not given out until I asked for it. Otherwise everything great.

Tags: great for lunch
food3
ambience3
service2
value4

Bad ex[erience, out of normal

vip
Dined on April 11, 2016

we are frequent diners at Saranello's and enjoy it for food, both quality and quantity and generally excellent service both from kitchen and staff. This was a very off night and it was in everything that happened. Slow service; wrong food brought....no response from server when asked for extra dressing or water or iced tea...usually the manager on duty had to fill in....and it was not that crowded....at least not when we were there and trying to enjoy our meal. Actually this is the second time in a row that things were not up to par or normal for Saranello's....not sure why, but it is going to be a bit of time before we return....

Tags: great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Very, Very Good!

Dined on April 11, 2016

A neighborhood favorite & fun for special occasions like birthdays. Food is consistently good & the service is great.

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Jimmy P

Dined on April 10, 2016

We had my 19 mo. old grandson with us and the Mgr and staff were simply amazing toward him!! Enjoyed everything about Saranello"s!! Will definitely return!

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience2
service3
value2

OK

Dined on April 10, 2016

The bolognese sauce was excellent. All went downhill from there. Gnocchi and eggplant parm were overdone. Service was fine.

Tags: kid-friendly
food3
ambience3
service3

Chicken, fish & pastas are quite good.

vip
Dined on April 8, 2016

Chicken, fish & pastas are quite good.

food5
ambience5
service3

Go hungry! The food is amazing and we lo ...

Dined on April 8, 2016

Go hungry! The food is amazing and we loved the family style option on the menu. It was absolutely delicious. You can't go wrong ordering anything on that menu. OMG I'm already dreaming about my next trip.

food3
ambience5
service3

The kitchen was backed up and some of th ...

Dined on April 3, 2016

The kitchen was backed up and some of the food was cold, they were gracious and repeatedly the food. They also took those two meals and our desserts off the bill. In the many times I have been there, the service has always been excellent, along with the food, so I chalk this up to a bad night and would still go back.

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Fun family night

vip
Dined on April 3, 2016

This place had been on my list to try out for a while and we finally had a chance to go on Saturday. I will say the service was pretty good - they engaged with us but not so much that it delayed the food getting to us. The food was really yummy although some things like the bruschetta were different than what we had expected. The ravioli, eggplant parmigiana and veg pasta were amazing. We did have a waiter forget to bring us crushed red pepper and vinegar and when we asked for it again, the waiter rolled his eyes. It didn't deter from our evening but I thought that was a little weird. Overall though, it was a great night.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Super Place to visit w/ a long time friend.

Dined on April 1, 2016

Our waiter DREW was great, pleasant, accommodating

Tags: special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Celebrating a friend's b-day who had nev ...

Dined on March 31, 2016

Celebrating a friend's b-day who had never been there before. Waiter was great and attentive. Lunch specials were a great deal. We went at 2:00 so it was quiet and we were able to visit. She loved her b-day dessert and would definitely go back.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
food5
ambience4
service5

Best Italian food in the Northern Suburb ...

vip
Dined on March 31, 2016

Best Italian food in the Northern Suburbs. Service was great too.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

16 Anniversary Dinner

Dined on March 30, 2016

Always our favorite spot for groups, brunches, special occasions, you name it! I've never experienced a bad meal. Always spectacular. Try the Berkshire pork chop, Sunday brunch. Fantastic!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

GREAT FOR LUNCH!!!

Dined on March 30, 2016

EXPRESS LUNCH INCLUDES SOUP OR SALAD, ENTREE AND DESSERT FOR $14.95, GREAT DEAL!! ETHAN WAS A WONDERFUL SERVER, WE WILL BE BACK!!!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Still as awesome as ever!

vip
Dined on March 28, 2016

It's been years, but the place still rocks! We love the happy hour and the Kale Parmesian salad is tops!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

Good place to eat

Dined on March 27, 2016

We have eaten lunch, dinner & brunch here. Just ate our 3rd Easter brunch & would come back again. The lines went quickly & the food was very good. We enjoyed celebrating the holiday here.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5
value5

Easter Brunch

Dined on March 27, 2016

A great overall experience. Easter brunch buffet was very well attended. The serving area/lines had long waits. The one in the bar area was especially crowded, maybe too much in one area. The offerings were plentiful and the pasta/omelet stations/cooks were great(service, food and friendliness). My daughter had a restricted diet and was provided alternate options. Our waitress was super attentive and friendly. Desserts were delicious!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent food and ambiance

vip
Dined on March 27, 2016

Excellent food and ambiance

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Good food

Dined on March 26, 2016

Good Italian food with great wine and fantastic desert. Romantic setting, especially if you get a booth.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food1
ambience3
service3
value1

Mediocre

Dined on March 25, 2016

I was looking forward to eating here after a friend recommended it. I ordered the pistachio crusted whitefish (which she had recommended) and a small salad. The salad was very boring, but the fish was worse. It was dry and had no taste. Two plusses though-One for the delicious bread and one for the mocha gelato tartufo. Oh, and our server was good.

Tags: kid-friendly
food5
ambience4
service3

Bar service is horrible. You wait foreve ...

Dined on March 24, 2016

Bar service is horrible. You wait forever for a simple drink. Don't know why it takes forever but it does every time we go. We put up with that as the food, esp.the pork and veal meatballs are outstanding . . I'd skip their pizzas too. They used to be better

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