Cafe Spiaggia
Cafe Spiaggia

Cafe Spiaggia

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.spiaggiarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3122802750x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm-9:00pm;
    Closed December 24th and 25th, July 4th, Memorial Day, & Labor Day
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Tony Mantuano
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining rooms seat up to 250 guests for dining. Can accommodate up to 400 guests for receptions.
  • Private Party Contact: Marlee Schuster and Colleen Kookoothe (312) 280-3300x
  • Entertainment: The warm setting is enhanced by a mosaic of contemporary jazz

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Oak Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Discounted parking is available for Cafe Spiaggia in the One Magnificent Mile building (entrance on northwest corner of Walton and Michigan, just west of Michigan Avenue) at 120 East Walton St. From there, the elevator can be taken up to Level 2. An additional parking option is located in the building directly across the street at 1000 N Lake Shore Drive.
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A word from Cafe Spiaggia
As the more casual sibling of renowned Spiaggia, Cafe Spiaggia has come into its own as a favorite dining destination for locals and visitors alike. In an artful, warm setting featuring reproductions of 15th century Italian murals, the contemporary Cafe serves dishes reminiscent of authentic Italian sidewalk eateries and trattorias. Chicago Magazine said, “This stylish Cafe sends out lively versions of regional classics…topnotch handmade pastas, fine main courses, and the best tiramisu and ice creams in town."
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Cafe Spiaggia reviews from OpenTable diners
210 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (109)romantic (91)special occasion (79)scenic view (74)great for lunch (55)neighborhood gem (54)notable wine list (42)good for groups (17)hot spot (10)great for brunch (8)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Great food and quiet room
    LAFoodVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We came on a Sunday night. The restaurant had plenty of space between tables. The appetizer and main course was good. The waiter could have been more knowledgeable about the menu and more willing to offer recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Service was impeccable. We had water, bread and our drink order taken within a minute of being seated. Cozy table for 2 in front of a picture window looking out on the city. Food was great and fresh. Waiter was attentive and checked in frequently, but not in an intrusive way. Don't know what I would improve upon. Definitely reccomend it.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Perfect Friday night for two
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A childhood friend was in town for a conference. Where she would be at 6 pm kept changing. The Loop? Michigan Avenue? She'd been eating hotel food all week: I needed to take her to a "foodie" place, low on tourists, that I would enjoy, too. Spiaggia Cafe: bingo! We had the coziest table for two; the food, as always, was crazy delicious, service excellent. For a last minute choice, it delivered beyond my expectations. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    flyingfoodie
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Our meal was the most disappointing ever at either restaurant. We were greeted promptly seated at a table in the path of traffic. Our waiter was pleasant and took our drink order in a timely manner. Our appetizer arrived and was very flavorful. We waited over 20 minutes for our main course to arrive. When our main courses arrived mine was cold to the touch! We told our waiter and he took it back. When he returned with another he told me even though it was cool on the outside the inside of the pasta in the original dish was warm! Wow what an inappropriate comment and no apology! Maybe our memories and expectations were too high. Won't be recommending to our friends who recently moved to the city.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gnocci!
    Roger
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Best pasta in Chicago - especially the GNOCCI. A hidden treat - local secret. Nestled next door to the more famous Spiagga Restaurant. Easier to get reservations, intimate and just as goo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This restaurant was recommended by a Chicago friend. The food was tired and almost inedible. The calamari appetizer was greasy. The carbonara lacked any flavor. The chicken was greasy and tough. For such a "renowned" chef, it was a big disappointment.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Italian In Town
    Alison
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    A chance to dine at Spiaggia, whether in the dining room or the Cafe, is truly a memorable experience. The food is absolutely out of this world - pastas, sauces, gnocchi all made in house. I can not say enough and will go back every time I am in Chicago. Our server was fabulous, as was every other staff person we encountered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot
    mtbs
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Fantastic, authentic food. The staff was great and the smell when you walk in the door says it all. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service? A Downgrade
    RestaurantFriend
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Cafe Spiaggia has been a favorite over the years. One can count on high level menu items, excellent service, imaginative and exquisite food. Spoiler alert: a sad downgrade. Service needs massive retraining, for example: each time water was poured, it would be splashed over the table for each of us. At one point, the bus person was so oblivious we out our napkins on the table to sop up the water. It happened 3x. When our appetizer salads were served, the waiter.server tipped the plate so that the salad (caprese) slid down the plate to the edge. The meticulous plating done in the kitchen was all for naught. The server was nice, friendly but unaware of how he served. this is not Spiaggia level experience, Cafe or the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Spiaggia Cafe -- super!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I took my wife to Spiaggia cafe for dinner on Friday night. The meal and the night was absolutely great. The food was excellent and the service was very good. I only wish that we had been seated at a better window to view Michigan Ave. It was my wife's birthday and she requested that we go to Spiaggia despite the fact that offered to take her to the Capital Grille. Such is her affection for the food and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding experience
    JasonVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Sophisticated and refined, yet still casual and comfortable. A top-flight meal from at the cafe only makes me want to dine in the main dining room that much more. Separate kitchens and menus make it a truly unique dining experience...and the gnocchi is a must. Not to mention the burrata and house cocktails. Outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Ambiance, Average Italian
    scooterud
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Nice place. There are some tables overlooking N. Michigan Ave. The food was just ok. The fried calamari was greasy and the pasta dish I had, ravioli with heirloom tomatoes and purple basil, underwhelming. Service was decent, but nothing to write about. If I went back again, I would request a table by the window and order the boar pasta, which is their signature dish per our server.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Choice For Italain
    Benton
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Unusually high standard in north side Italian, and a good quiet place for table talk. Every dish our foursome ordered this visit was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for special occasion
    MOR1VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Went here on a Tuesday night for a friend's birthday. Split the burrata app (so delish), an arugula salad with amazing grilled peaches and cacio e pepe pasta, with what seemed like homemade noodles. Everything was perfectly portioned and so tasty! Will def be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • delicious and friendly
    chachy
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    A VERY NICE RESTAURANT, EVERYTHING WAS DELICIOUS WITH THE PERFECT SIZE, I FELT AT HOME, VERY KIND THE HOSTESS AND THE WAITERS,
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Felt rushed
    Gumbo
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Ambience was great and my husband and I were looking forward to enjoying our last night in chicago at this quaint little restaurant. It was a Monday night so it was not busy. Our salads came out within 3 minutes of placing our order which suggested to me they were pre-made. Entrees quickly followed once our salad plates were lifted. My husband was going to order a second cocktail but there was no time; we were in and out in one hour after feeling rushed out. We decided to get desert elsewhere. Too bad for the restaurant, they missed out on a bigger alcohol bill and desert orders. Prompt service is one thing but it ruined the vibe of what should have been a nice long romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • travelbrat
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food, wine and service were outstanding. My dining partner and I shared the boar's head gnocchi, meatballs and trout. My only disappointment was the green beans. O.K. but not up to the quality of the rest of the offerings. It was our first time but it won't be our last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Italian Fare
    Cidalise
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    A friend recommended Spiaggia and I by mistake picked the cafe. Turns out it was a great mistake with easy cosy ambiance and delightful helpful waitstaff. This was our first trip to Chicago. It will not be our last!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rlewis1944
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We are return customers..our go-to restaurant when visiting Chicago..(we were there for the art show ExpoChicago).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodvsservice
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We LOVE this restaurant and usually have great service, don't know if it was a off night but our appetizer didn't come until our salads and after a reminder at which point we didn't want but received anyway. Our wine was presented while we were enjoying our cocktail which made our party feel rushed which we shouldn't have to feel since there were open tables when we arrived and left. Not what we expect from this venue and hope that we don't again because the food is excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gourmet
    rskoz
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Everything about this place was fantastic...service, wine, food, atmosphere, location, everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite meal in Chicago
    CarpeDiem
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Excellent meal, presentation and service. We would have liked to try the main restaurant, but misunderstood our hostess. We had an early evening reservation so were one of the only tables and would have liked a window view--most of the window seats are two tops it appeared. The service was great, the food excellent and we would return again!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Poor
    NNSK
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Poor service and food quality. For the cost, had expected better service and significantly better food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Italian Food
    Foodie123
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    As foodies, we were extremely impressed with every part of our meal. The bread, the appetizer, the salad, the main course and the dessert (I said we were foodies) were all incredibly delicious. Quite possibly the best Italian food we have ever tasted. The wine list was impressive but we went with cocktails and we were of course blown away by that as well. Our server was friendly, attentive and was able to make excellent recommendations when asked. If we return to Chicago, this is definitely on our list of places to eat at again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impeccable
    TALL
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Everything about this restaurant was first class...from the service to the decor. The food was beautifully presented and so tasty. A great little niche to escape the hustle and bustle of Chicago for an hour or so.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view and food!
    fromCT
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Charming waiter, good food and fabulous view with reasonable prices... will be back next time in Chicago..
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too Small
    lacking
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I thought I had booked a reservation at the main restrurant and did not know until I got there. Service was very slow and it lacked ambiance.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • hopeVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Delicious arugala salad. My friends enjoyed the gnocchi.
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  • Good choice
    connie
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The service was excellent, the food was delicious and prepared fresh with the right amount of seasoning. We will make it our first choice whenever we return to Chicago.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • second visit
    SRDuncan
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This was our second visit to Cafe Spiaggia in 3 months. We enjoyed the table overlooking Michigan Avenue. Service is excellent, quiet, professional, attentive but not obtrusive. The food was delicious, I had the gnocchi with wild boar ragout, perfect portion size, delicate and delicious. My daughter had black ink pasta with crab, which she really enjoyed. Excellent coffee/cappuccino. Will return!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Tried both the cafe and restaurant and absolutely loved the cafe, wonderful food, drinks and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Food!
    thepup
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This was our last dinner while in Chicago and the food was delicious. We had the meatballs and the caprese salad as a starter, they were both great, especially the meatballs. We split two half orders of pasta plus the pork chop for dinner and both were awesome! Prices were reasonable for the quality of food that was delivered. Our waiter was attentive and efficient, service was great overall.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food with super location
    Hope
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was prepared perfectly..pasta was al dente. Price was good for the food, ambiance and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    waldmkaVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    There were 2 couples and we all really enjoyed our meals. I can only imagine how good Spiaggia would be if the Cafe was this delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My trout was somewhat disappointing, even though it had originally caught my eye and was raved about by the waitress. There was far more garnish than fish. It was almost hard to find on the plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ABABVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Burrata, zucchini, and a sparkling rose created a lovely array to begin our dinner from the unique vantage point of the lake, beach, shops, and street. The meatballs are always delicious. And, the porkchop entree was a tasty medley of savory and sweet flavors. One of the best restaurants to frequent in the neighborhood.
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  • Evening dinner
    Showme86VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We have been coming here for years and have yet to be disappointed. The food is wonderful. The wait staff are attentive and friendly. We love the remodel at both restaurants. We will back for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Inconsistent quality.
    PattyVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I was surprised and disappointed that two of the four entrees ordered for my table had to be returned to the kitchen (a dried-out looking trout and a totally under-cooked pasta dish). However, the replacement pastas were exquisite, as were the other two original entrees (both pastas). I want to give Cafe Spiaggia a second chance, but I'd rather not have had a disappointing first chance.
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    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tired
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food much improved since we last dined but thought restaurant was renovated so decided to try again. Service not good, especially for a restaurant so empty. Décor tired and walk into restaurant not pleasant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family dinner
    Adam
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Went there with wife and two teenage children on Sunday evening. The service was excellent- the waiter had a nice sense of humor and very helpful in explaining plates and making recommendations. The food was excellent. Atmosphere was relaxed and the noise level was low to moderate allowing us to have nice conversation and enjoy the evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate