Juliet's

4.0
196 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Juliet's Tavern located in historic Joliet, Illinois, featuring the best in Italian dining as well as a state of the art sports bar. Quality selection of craft beers, wines by the glass and specialty cocktails coupled with classic Italian fare. Ask us about our private event space by emailing us at Events@JulietsTavern.com
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Sunday: 11AM - 10PM
Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Thursday: 11AM - 10PM
Friday-Saturday: 11AM - 11PM
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Phone number
(815) 630-5654
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Thomas Murtaugh
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
W. Cass Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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food
3.8
service
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Chicago
12 reviews
3.0Dined on September 20, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Been to a lot of restaurants in my life and Juliet's is just middling; not the best and not the worst. Tables are very close together. Had a loud-mouth that liked to hear himself talk right behind me. Not the restaurants fault, but they were filling the tables from the back to the front as each diner came in.

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Omaha
4 reviews
3.0Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Went before a show at the Rialto.
They were not prepared for the rush. We had to reorder twice since they were out of items. Gave us 10 minutes to eat before the show! Not sure I'd go there preshow again.

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Chicago
1 review
3.0Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was good but the service was not. Our waitress did not cone around often enough to refill bread or drinks. We were dining with another coupke who's anniversary it was and i called a day ahead to try to arrange a little dessert for them; i left a voicemail but no one called back. We got to the restaurant and told the hostess and she said she would do something for us but didn't. A little disappointing.

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Chicago
13 reviews
4.0Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

There was nothing going on at The Rialto so we decided Juliet's would be a good option. The dining room was not busy at all, so we took our time with the meal. The server was great however the bar was a little slow with cocktails. It looked like the bartender was busy with the crowd watching the Cubs game at the bar. The steak paired with the horseradish mashed was perfectly cooked. The salmon special was also very good. There are very few dining options in downtown Joliet. It's a shame that the area just can't get going. Give Juliet's a try other than on a theater night.

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Chicago
6 reviews
1.0Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was terrible. Dining room was filthy. I would not go back there ever!

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Chicago
30 reviews
5.0Dined on August 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took friends and had a wonderful evening. They also plan to return.

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Detroit
1 review
4.0Dined on August 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Slow Tuesday evening.

Service was excellent, albiet slow; two servers taking care of the entire dining room. Service was plenty fast enough for me tho.

Good dinner. Our table ordered the 'bottomless salad,' which was nice with the dressing on the side. The Boy shared a pepperoni pizza with my wife, and the Daughter had a huge cut of broiled salmon. Wow.

Not overtly hungry, I had a half-dozen oysters. I was surprised how clean and fresh they were. Well done.

Dessert was nice. Bread pudding had a nice cinnamon edge to it. Well done.

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Charleston
4 reviews
1.0Dined on August 16, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Our server was trying as hard as she could but there was no saving this establishment. We wanted Juliet's to be good as we had enjoyed the previous tenets, The Department.

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MD
Chicago
68 reviews
3.0Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We dine at Juliet's before shows at the Rialto Theater. The restaurant is always busy on show days. Make a reservation for sure. The service is always good. This time we had Elyse, who did not greet us introducing herself. It's a pet peeve of mine not to know our server's name. When I said something to her that I didn't know her name and I didn't want to say "hey you" when calling her, she didn't pick up on that hint and still didn't tell us her name. I looked on the bill to get her name. That said, Elyse was attentive, friendly and interacted with us. She provided good service. My husband and I shared the veal meatball appetizer, which is always a must for us. These meatballs are flavorful and in a hearty tomato marinara which is thick and delicious and served with slices of grilled bread. Yum. My husband ordered the spaghetti bolognese with additional slices of Italian sausage. If his empty plate was an indication, he loved it. I ordered the chicken napleteon which was a grilled chicken breast in a pesto sauce with caper, olives and artichokes sitting on a tomato polenta. The chicken was juicy and moist and the sauce was the perfect complement. The polenta was okay, not the best I had. It was the gritty cake kind, not the creamy kind that Davanti Enoteca makes. I prefer the latter. I enjoyed this dish very much. Everything we ordered was served quickly and piping hot. I ordered a cappuccino and was so surprised that they did not offer expresso or cappuccinos when they serve Italian food. Huh?? The restaurant has a large bar when you first enter with high-top tables and a separate dining area with a few booths and tables set way too close together. It was hard to maneuver around the other patrons. I have no clue how the service staff handles that, but they do. There aren't many pre-show dining options in Joliet close to the theater and I think this places handles all the diners for the Rialto. Decent food at fair prices.

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Chicago
2 reviews
3.0Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was really good but out waiter was just not very pleasant. He never smiled, never checked on us to see if we needed refills or more bread. The initial guy, George was very helpful with getting more bread and water.

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Chicago
1 review
3.0Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

We have been to Juliet’s quite a few times for dinner and I have to say this was the worst time we have ever experienced there.
We really love going there before a show at the Rialto and just to have a good dinner. I m not sure what’ going on but it seems to be going downhill.
Our waiter had the personality of a stick and forgot we were even there. Not sure if Erick is still one of the managing partners there, if he is it may be time to speak to at least one of your wait staff. The calamari we ordered turned out to be a big ball of rubber bands. It the past I would always brag to everyone that you guys had the “best” calamari around. Time to pick it up guys.

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Chicago
2 reviews
4.0Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

very nice place. Warm and welcoming . The food was very tasty and they had drink specials,
(always a plus!).

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BD
Austin
1 review
5.0Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food! I took my parents who only come to Austin maybe once a year and they loved it! It was a bit loud, but that didn’t stop us from making good conversation. The food is excellent and the service was great!

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MM
Houston
10 reviews
5.0Dined on July 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had never been here before but enjoyed it immensely. You couldn't ask for a better mix with the authentic Italian/ sports bar theme. The old black and white gangster movies playing in the background really added to the ambience. I was entertaining a client and he loved it. They have some interesting varieties of Italian wines, and on this particular evening (Weds) wine was 1/2 price! Not sure if this is a regular occurrence for Weds, but it was much appreciated!

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Chicago
30 reviews
5.0Dined on July 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Michael was our server and he always does an excellent. He knows his customers and the things they like and is extremely accommodating.

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Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on June 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Juliet's is our go to place before shows at the Rialto or The Forge. A beautiful place with great food.

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Omaha
4 reviews
4.0Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Met with friends

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Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding!

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DK
Chicago
2 reviews
1.0Dined on May 11, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Terrible, slow service - only saw our waiter when he took our drink order, food order and brought the bill. The food was subpar - the pasta and salad seemed to be pre-packaged. And the pizza came on a cardboard tray like it was a cheap frozen pizza. Not worth the time or money.

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DM
Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service

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Chicago
1 review
4.0Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a very nice evening get-together and dinner. I am retiring in a couple of weeks and this was a very nice place to be with special friends!

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Chicago
6 reviews
4.0Dined on April 7, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Dinner before show at Rialto. Very busy. Food excellent. Service busy but accommodating. Reservations encouraged. Highly recommended.

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Chicago
1 review
3.0Dined on April 2, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

We had 10 people . The place was empty except for another large group of 16, mostly kids. The waiter was new so I will give a little break. However, he delivered food and drinks in piece work meaning, 1-2 drinks came out, then another couple. He would walk at a slow pace each visit. When we finally got out meals, one was left off the order by accident. Took about 10 min to cook. Another waitress came by and asked how things were going. We said somewhat poorly as the service was lacking . She said he is new and she was supposed to be helping him but she was handling the other large table. Now as for the rest, I will be very fair. Food was good. Prices were very reasonable ( 10 people with drinks and food , no apps) bill came to about 225.00. They did right by us by comping the late dinner plate. So for the most part , very cool atmosphere, good food and good prices. Service lacked but we all have those days. I would hit it up again. One last thing, parking was scarce so you may have to drive around a bit. No set parking lot for the place.

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KC
Chicago
1 review
4.0Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a nice evening out-the only negative we experienced was that our water carafe was never refilled.

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TO
Chicago
14 reviews
5.0Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wouldn't have gone back if I didn't like the place.

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Chicago
1 review
3.0Dined on March 26, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Risotto was not that great. Had to send the garlic bread back because it was burned. The waitress was wearing a hoodie and jeans, did not know she worked there.

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Chicago
30 reviews
5.0Dined on March 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. The food is excellent and reasonably priced. Michael was our server and and always, provided exceptional service. We usually get there several times each month. The duet ravioli and the seared salmon are two of our favorite entrees.

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Des Moines
54 reviews
5.0Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bread is really good. I had the lasagna, which was a generous portion and prepared well.

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Chicago
14 reviews
5.0Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the old style charm of this place. The staff from the valet to hostess to waitstaff was fantastic.

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Chicago
5 reviews
3.0Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was good. But for $250 the service was horrible!! Not very happy at all! Also
2 toddlers were with our group and you don't have a changing table

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Chicago
13 reviews
4.0Dined on February 17, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We waited less than 10 minutes for a table which was acceptable with a reservation. All of the servers were busy trying to get theater patrons out the door for a performance. Our server approached us for our drink and app order almost immediately. Drinks came quickly followed by apps. Rib Eye Steak and Stuffed Pork Chop entrees were excellent. We will return again!

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Milwaukee
13 reviews
3.0Dined on February 17, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We had dinner before a show at the Rialto. We arrived at 5:45 for 7pm show but didn't receive stinks for at least 10 minutes. We were seated upstairs. Staff appeared to have to balance waiting on tables upstairs and downstairs which was inefficient. Ordered drinks and our food right away. Food Didn't arrive until 6:45 and wife's dish was cold. Staff was friendly but again, not equipped for a busy night.

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CS
Chicago
8 reviews
5.0Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner and experience was very good!! Service very good and very comfortable seating .

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Austin
2 reviews
5.0Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When we arrived , we were told that they don't have a relationship with open table. Consequently, they did not have our reservation.

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Chicago
30 reviews
5.0Dined on January 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of favorite local restaurants. Service is friendly and efficient (Thank you Michael and Deb). Nice to have a place "where the staff knows your name" and what your preferences are.

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New Orleans
1 review
5.0Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I feel that our server Kim played a very important role she was an awesome bartender and a great server

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Chicago
3 reviews
5.0Dined on January 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant - food and service on target and superb!

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Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on January 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing, perfectly flavored fresh ingredients.

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Chicago
1 review
3.0Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Juliet's succeeds because there are so few dining options in Joliet. The decor of the restaurant is refined and comfortable. The menu is not overly ambitious, and most people will find something they will like.

I visited on a Saturday night, and the 7:30 reservation I made was entirely unnecessary. There was no host/hostess, and my date and I had to wait a few minutes before anyone noticed us to seat us. Our waitress was friendly and helpful, but was exceptionally "high energy." She would not fit in a fine dining setting.

One drink was poorly made and had to be returned. One entree was served cold in the center. Granted, it was a generous serving of lasagna, but most kitchens serving this dish know how to warm it appropriately. The other entree was a chicken breast over polenta. It was presented beautifully and was very tasty.

I wouldn't discourage anyone from dining at Juliet's, but I don't believe it is worth driving more than 30 minutes to visit. There are better Italian options in Joliet (Barolo, for example), but there are few better restaurants in the downtown area. I would eat there again, but only if the circumstances had me nearby.

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Chicago
1 review
1.0Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Waitress moving table and chairs around then going to the bread without cleaning her hands and cutting the bread , putting it in the basket then to the guest! Gross us out!

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