Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Chef's Restaurant

291 Seneca St. (Chicago St.) Send to Phone
716-856-9187 | Order Now! | Menu
Chef's Restaurant has been the bastion for simple, down-to-earth Italian-American classics and is likely to remain so for a long time.



Lunch & Dinner Mon.-Sat.

* Click here for rating key

Operations may be disrupted due to COVID-19. Be sure to contact the restaurant to find out its current status and offerings.

Chef's Restaurant Restaurant Review

: Carloads of people come from all over town to this venerable Italian-American restaurant. Owner Lou Billitter worked his way up from dishwasher to full owner of what began, in 1923, as a small family restaurant. The décor is classic Italian-American, dominated by the color of vino rosso and a taste for ornamentation evocative of the Mediterranean, such as gorgeous grape chandeliers. Chef's reputation rests firmly on its basic sauce, tangy and full bodied with the moderate sweetness of thyme and tomatoes. All pasta is ordered à la carte, so you have a choice of a huge plate or a small one to accompany an entrée, and you can choose from gnocchi, rigatoni, spirals, or spears, not to mention spaghetti. Mushrooms, massive meatballs, and sausages are also options, as are alternative sauces: pesto, garlic and oil or butter, and con sarde with a generous amount of sarde. Traditional veal and chicken entrées are expertly prepared. From the Chianti to coffee and tiramisù, Chef's Restaurant demonstrates a commitment to the old favorites.

10-Year Tawny Port, Ramos Pinto, Quinta de Ervamoira

In GAYOT's latest Wine of the Week learn about the origin of Port wine, its grape varietals, its various types and then read the review of a 10-Year Port.


GAYOT's Wine & Spirits Editor presents the
Wine of the Week, featuring tasting notes as well as history on the vineyards and winemaker.


The charm of Provence right on your table.

Read the article and see photos.

Proper Hotel Santa Monica RooftopThe view is not the only reason to dine at Calabra in Santa Monica, CA.

Read the review and see photos.