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At Salvatore’s Ristorante we love helping brides and grooms create their dream wedding a reality. From the engagement to the wedding reception and beyond, we are with you every step of the way. We have a beautiful location for a wedding in Chicago. At Salvatore’s we have two wedding planners that have coordinated 1000s of weddings, who have given 1000s of newlyweds the perfect start to the next chapter in their life. We pride ourselves on smiles and tears of joy. Here is some feedback we have received from our fabulous brides, grooms, guests, and others:

My husband I were married at Salvatore’s. The wedding was a fantastic success, in no small part due to the amazing attention to detail on the part of the phenomenal Salvatore’s staff! If you’re looking for a beautiful, wonderful wedding venue, then guess what? You’ve found it. Salvatore’s provided everything we wanted in a venue and then some, and we’re incredibly grateful to them that our wedding was so tremendously awesome.

Suzi and Amanda were very thoughtful, responsive, and kind. They were full of wonderful ideas — we came in slightly below the minimum required for a Saturday booking, and they suggested some really novel ways to satisfy our guests that everyone really appreciated. For example, we had grilled cheese and sliders as midnight snacks: not surprisingly, everyone loved them. They also had excellent ideas for the wedding itself and even served as organizers and planners. I never felt like I needed a professional wedding planner with them on the job.

Particularly Suzi is amazing at what she does: I liked Amanda very much but Suzi was the linchpin of our entire experience. We are incredibly grateful for the hard work she did to make our wedding a tremendous success, and we always felt like we were in very capable hands indeed. Not a surprise, considering how many weddings she orchestrates!

The day of, the venue was pleasantly full but not crowded at all. We had 140 people attending our wedding (not small by any means) and Salvatore’s fit us all amply with room to spare. Hors d’oeuvres and dancing in the ballroom were pretty much perfect: there were enough people to get a good feeling for mingling and dancing, but there was always ample space at the bar or the more quiet foyer if one wanted a small break from the festivities. We had 17 tables in the dining room, and it could probably have easily fit three more without difficulty, so everyone had enough room to get around during dinner too.

The ceremony itself was beautiful. Salvatore’s is a very photogenic place, and with all our flowers and guests it was even more amazing. Everything was set up perfectly for the ceremony, and the Salvatore’s staff rapidly and efficiently switched everything from ceremony to dining room while we were enjoying food and cocktails in the ballroom. Every transition happened without a hitch, an incredible credit to the professionalism of the establishment.

And let me glow for a second about the food! I really wanted a venue where good food wasn’t just an afterthought. Salvatore’s provided in spades. The dishes we were served at the wedding were just as good as at our tasting, and were also some of the most excellent Italian I’ve had. Try the tortellini casalinga in particular, it’s to die for. And we had multiple people tell us that the tiramisu was the best they’ve had, and I would actually agree with them. That we could get such amazing food for our wedding and satisfy all 140 guests (including one vegan and one gluten intolerant) speaks volumes to the level of service and satisfaction Salvatore’s provides.

Also, if you have the opportunity to meet Mr. Salvatore himself, you should definitely do so! He was on-hand during the ceremony and pushed my wheelchair-bound nephew up and down the ramps they provided, and at the end of the evening, he was there to help me load up the car with our presents. Definitely the picture of a gracious and friendly host.

Suzi and Amanda even dealt with last-minute changes with aplomb. A week before the wedding I realized we didn’t have standing tables in the ballroom or ribbons to tie the tablecloths at the bottom. Suzi somehow arranged everything despite the lateness of my realization, and on the day of everything was just as I imagined it would be.

But perhaps the best part of Salvatore’s is they really do take care of just about everything. They take care of your service, your dinner, and your reception; they provide food and cake and alcohol — really all we had to find ourselves was flowers, DJ, and whatever linens Salvatore’s doesn’t have on-hand. Salvatore’s provides recommended vendors for all additional services they don’t do themselves. And Salvatore’s prices were more than reasonable: I felt like I got a superb value for the amount of money I spent, and the huge variety of services they provided.

If you can’t tell from the length of my review and the glowing praise I’ve lavished on them, my wedding was special in no small part because of Salvatore’s amazing services and wonderful establishment. I’m incredibly grateful for everything they’ve done for me — I feel like they went way, way above and beyond the call of duty. If you’re on this page reading this review, then let me tell you now: your search for your venue is over. You should definitely, definitely choose Salvatore’s to do your wedding.

-Josh S. – via Yelp

I had my wedding reception here on December 1, 2012, and I can honestly say that it was the day of my dreams! Salvatore’s was very helpful throughout the process; Suzi and Amra were a pleasure to work with and helped to answer all of my questions (and there were many) in a very timely manner. For a Chicago venue, a reception at Salvatore’s is very reasonably priced, and it was great to know that I didn’t have to worry about a caterer, tables, chairs, linens, etc. – it really is a one stop shop. I had so many people remark to me how great the reception was, how much fun they had, and how unique and “Chicago” the venue was. Not to mention – the food was absolutely out of this world!

-Jane G. (Chicago, Illinois) - 5/5 Stars on Yelp!  salvatores weddings chicago yelp top rated review3 Testimonials

Salvatore’s was the perfect place for our wedding! Suzie and Amanda were wonderful to work with; always answering my questions prior to the event in a timely manner. The space is absolutely beautiful, and the food is sooo good! We were supposed to have around 200 guests, but only ended up with 150. I feel like the space was perfect for that amount of people. For being in the city, the restaurant feels warm and inviting in a nice area of Lincoln Park, with easy valet parking. It is only a short drive to River North, where everyone stayed. My guests all complimented us on the venue as well!

-Erin V. – via Wedding Wire  - Date of Wedding: 03/22/2014

Salvatore’s was the perfect place for our wedding! Suzie and Amanda were wonderful to work with; always answering my questions prior to the event in a timely manner. The space is absolutely beautiful, and the food is sooo good! We were supposed to have around 200 guests, but only ended up with 150. I feel like the space was perfect for that amount of people. For being in the city, the restaurant feels warm and inviting in a nice area of Lincoln Park, with easy valet parking. It is only a short drive to River North, where everyone stayed. My guests all complimented us on the venue as well!

-Erin V. – via Wedding Wire  - Date of Wedding: 03/22/2014

Salvatore’s is one of Chicago’s top wedding venues….

They have everything a couple needs and/or could desire. They have a wonderful atmosphere, outstanding food, and a highly experienced and professional staff. Essentially, you received 5 star treatment from a 5 star venue.

Suzi & Amanda are experienced, assertive, and exceptionally friendly. They know all aspects of their venue very well. They truly function as the wedding coordinators, as hiring a 3rd party coordinator becomes excessive and truly a waste of $. If any potential brides are reading this, please trust in Suzi & Amanda, and don’t waste your time or $ on any outside coordinator!!!

The food as Salvatore’s is truly amazing!  The number of meal options in addition to the quality of food is outstanding and is far superior to most wedding venues in Chicago. Their food is exceptional and shouldn’t even be compared to “wedding” food.

Salvatore’s has won many awards via the Knot & WeddingWire and has great reviews posted all over the internet for a reason. They are simply fantastic. Well done Salvatore’s!

-Matt S. – 5/5 Stars on Yelp!  salvatores weddings chicago yelp top rated review3 Testimonials

I had my wedding reception here on December 1, 2012, and I can honestly say that it was the day of my dreams! Salvatore’s was very helpful throughout the process; Suzi and Amra were a pleasure to work with and helped to answer all of my questions (and there were many) in a very timely manner. For a Chicago venue, a reception at Salvatore’s is very reasonably priced, and it was great to know that I didn’t have to worry about a caterer, tables, chairs, linens, etc. – it really is a one stop shop. I had so many people remark to me how great the reception was, how much fun they had, and how unique and “Chicago” the venue was. Not to mention – the food was absolutely out of this world!

-Jane G. (Chicago, Illinois) - 5/5 Stars on Yelp!  salvatores weddings chicago yelp top rated review3 Testimonials

We held our wedding and reception here last weekend, and, in a word, it was wonderful. From start to finish, Suzi, Amra and the rest of the Salvatore’s team ensured the planning was painless and drama-free. They accommodated all our needs from flexibility around scheduling a rehearsal to leaving our crap there after the event to pick up two days later, which they had boxed up and ready to go. 

They have weddings and receptions down to a science there (meaning, you really don’t have to worry about a thing in regards to the venue and the flow of the overall evening), but don’t worry that it will feel like a cookie-cutter event. It truly felt classy and customized. And they were always up-front with costs — no surprises. 

Aside from all that, the place is magical — a perfect blend of vintage charm and classy Chicago. Oh yeah, and the food is also fabulous. 

HIGHLY recommended.

-Robert B. (Chicago, Illinois) - 5/5 Stars on Yelp!  salvatores weddings chicago yelp top rated review3 Testimonials

I just booked my wedding for October 28, 2011 at Salvatores and I felt compelled to write a review even before the wedding has taken place!  Amra, the event coordinator, is a doll and is so warm and friendly.  She has been so prompt with all of her responses and has really made me feel “at home” at Salvatore’s.  My fiance and I stopped by to have dinner one night when we were in the early stages of planning and after he stuffed himself with pasta and veal, he was whipping out his credit card just to save a date there!  The atmosphere is very romantic and intimate.  The food is excellent, the staff is wonderful and I am really looking forward to having all my friends and family together at Salvatores!  Bravo Amra and Salvatores!

-Greta T. (Chicago, Illinois) - 5/5 Stars on Yelp!  salvatores weddings chicago yelp top rated review3 Testimonials

My daughter’s wedding reception was here in early June and was a delight and joy from start to finish!   The space is warm, cozy, romantic, beautiful, and unique. The food was so delicious that as I walked from table to table I noticed every plate was completely clean.  The portions are generous, the ingredients fresh, and everything is cooked to perfection.  I have been to many a beautiful wedding with mediocre food and am so proud of the food our guests enjoyed. They also offered several choices so our guests were able to choose from chicken, veal marsala, salmon, and a vegetarian option.   The wait staff is quick, professional, and pleasant.  Amra was absolutely wonderful to work with and provided skillful guidance throughout the process. She was always quick to respond and had excellent recommendations for vendors from flowers to photography.   She has done so many weddings and had lots of great ideas.   I credit her with making this such a positive experience.  

We had been to a wedding reception here previously and also had talked to 2 other brides about their experience and everyone says the same thing…it’s the best!  My daughter’s and son-in-law’s friends were mainly from out of town and were in awe of the setting which has a uniquely Chicago flavor.  There are several rooms including a charming patio.  The wooden dance floor in the bar area is spacious, the acoustics wonderful.  The candlelight effect in the dining area is incomparable!    We looked at over 30 venues in 2 states and nothing compared with all  that Salvatore’s has to offer.  One of the guests likened it to a ‘fairy tale wedding’ and everyone has had glowing things to say.

We were beyond thrilled with Salvatore’s and will savor the memories for years to come.

-Connie S. (Northbrook, Illinois) - 5/5 Stars on Yelp!  salvatores weddings chicago yelp top rated review3 Testimonials

Salvatore’s, a Chicago Wedding Venue | 525 W Arlington Pl, Chicago, IL 60614 | 773-528-1200 | salvatoreschicago@gmail.com

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