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1531 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4015
+1 312-421-5179
10:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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District of Columbia
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316 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The taste is a bit Americanized. Too much sweet things and sauce. Overall, it is a good restaurant with reasonable prices.

Thank 8Oiseaux
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pompei is great for a relatively quick meal since many items are already in the display case. It's also nice for a more relaxing meal in their nicely designed restaurant. Our favorite order is to start with the Pompei Salad, then enjoy the Fettuccine Alfredo (w/ Chicken and Broccoli) and the Spinach Ravioli with Marinara sauce. I love it when... More 

Thank 1999Talia
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69 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Visited for lunch on a Sunday. Parking is a bit odd in back by the school, but at least they do have an off street lot. In this area that is a huge plus. Most food is on display and you make selections - sort of cafeteria style. They warm it and bring to your table. Or choose salad or... More 

Thank kevc56
Chicago, Illinois
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2,248 reviews
1,769 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 378 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Pompei has been a staple of Taylor Street for many years and the Davino family has built up a great location. Located a half a block east of Ashland Ave on the south side of Taylor St., it is a short walk from the medical centers in the immediate area. When you walk in, you place your order along a... More 

Thank Allen21096
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Only in the city for a concert and needed a good place to grab a bite nearby. Have eaten a a good variety of pizza shops and wasn't disappointed at Pompei's, the menu is straightforward and offers something for everyone. Will be back on return visits!

Thank Billy C
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310 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

My review is based on an acceptance that this is not an upscale, white tablecloth restaurant. What it is is a cafeteria with incredible choices, pizza on display, panini of all types and an extensive pasta selection. I ordered the meat lasagna and had a 2-lb hunk delivered in an oversized bowl. I wasn't wild about the red sauce, but... More 

Thank Kirbyk
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

I worked in the area for years and have eaten lunch or a quick dinner at Pompei at least once a week for years. I have never been disappointed at Pompei. It is fast casual and inexpensive, but the meals are still on par with some more expensive restaurants. Do not miss their delicious soups and incredibly fresh salads. They... More 

Thank Patrick O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

The food was excellent and it was the best lunch I ever had. We sometimes went to Pompei to eat and I always pick my favorite food in the world. Pompei is the best restaurant and you should go there cause they will explode you away.

Thank Sebastian R
Arlington Heights, Illinois, United States
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62 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

If you are looking for a casual place to eat good italian fast food, try Pompei. It is a cafeteria style ordering and large open dining area. The big menu varies from Lasagna (homemade pasta) to pizza by the slice. It is clean and airy and a good place to eat after a Sox, Bulls or Hawks game.

Thank Dan P
Romeoville, Illinois
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44 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

What a lively place at lunch time! The choices and the freshness of the food was great! It is such a bustling place with the University and hospital close by.

Thank Angie N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1531 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607-4015
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > University Village / Little Italy
  • Neighbourhood: University Village / Little Italy
  • Phone Number: +1 312-421-5179
The Original Pompei Restaurant on Taylor street features Italian Food served in a casual atmosphere. Pompei features Appetizers, Pizza, Pasta, Salads, Soups and Desserts. There is plenty of parking along the street, and behind the restaurant. Pompei offers dine-in, carry out, delivery, catering and private banquet rooms. All food and desserts are made fresh daily from over 100 year old family recipes. Located close to the United Center, UIC Pavillion and RUMC, Pompei can accommodate large parties, last minute. Reservations are not required. Pompei is Family owned and operated and has been since 1909.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?