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
215 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (101)romantic (93)special occasion (77)scenic view (71)great for lunch (54)neighborhood gem (49)notable wine list (47)good for groups (14)hot spot (9)great for brunch (8)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • 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.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    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
    • Food
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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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  • hopeVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Delicious arugala salad. My friends enjoyed the gnocchi.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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
  • So disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Have eaten here several times. This time the food was meager, tasteless and over-priced. My husband and I were entertaining friends from Europe and I was embarrassed. I didn't say anything but we won't be back.
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  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Bar at the Cafe was very accommodating. Meal was excellent and service just right. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole dining experience here. Highly recommend this restaurant. Did not have a good experience in the bar at Spaggia Restaurant the same night. Too stuffy, condescending, and poorly made expensive drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overprice Classic Italian cuisine
    cdion
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We went to this cafe with much hype and expectations. We ended-up being quite disappointed. The entrees were the best part of the meal. Very tasty but in the end quite conventional for Italian cuisine. Then, for the main dishes, it all fell apart. The pork chop, which was recommended as one of the best dish, was a very large piece of meat, not well cooked (not tender) on a very little amount of polenta. That was it. The trout had very little taste and was served whole, not very appetizing. The wine list only has Italian wine (bizarre for such a renouned cafe). My biggest issue was the price quality ratio which is not good. Overpriced for a meal that was not innovative and not very tasty.
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  • There are other great lunch options
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This expensive luncheon jewel has become more affordable, but now there's nothing to eat. Our recent lunch was disappointing ... tiny bits of rock hard peaches and little tasteless buratas adorned a heaping mound of arugula, bread plate was unappealing save for three wafer thin crackers, which were never replaced when they were gone. Pizzas were larger than we remembered but were lacking in tasty toppings, which provided us the requisite bread for the meal, but at quite a hefty price. Coffee was bitter and was served sloshed into the saucers. I have sworn by Tony Matuano (sic) since I moved to Chicago in 1987, but I think he needs to spend some time in the cafe kitchen -- overseeing the quality of his food and/or reworking his menu.
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  • Not up to par
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Over the years we would enjoy the Cafe as a less pricey alternative to Spiaggia. At some point some time ago they made a decision to change the menu and pricing and we wandered off. After reading about the "new" renovation we went back with a daughter who was in town (she was engaged to her husband at dinner in spiaggia some time ago) and ended up in the back of the room with a louder group next to us. The food was very good as usual, the service didn't seem up to par on a not so busy night--had to ask to have our white wine chilled--and the room seemed dark. Overall, didn't quite match the memory!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BigguyVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    One of the finest lunch stops in Chicago. A tremendous time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JaneVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a marvelous time -- the arugula salad was delicious with grilled peaches, the trout entry was simply out-of- this world (the delicate fish was stuffed with fine bits of lemon and arugula). We will return soon!! Jane
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Awesome Italian Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This restaurant is outstanding. The layout makes for several very intimate eating areas, with a great ambiance. Food is delicious, although the menu is mostly in Italian, so prepare to ask questions.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    RASeats
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Fresh and delicious food with great atmosphere. Second time to eat here and it doesn't disappoint. Staff is attentive but doesn't react to your every sip of water. Highly recommend.
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    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I took a friend earlier in the week and enjoyed it so much, I insisted my husband try it out too. The thing is, food is only one part of any dining experience. The menu isn't the most adventurous, but the food is well-prepared and the ability to talk to each other (even crowded, the noise level is muted) makes it a jewel. The service is also good without being fussy. We have been looking for a reliable place we can take out-of-town guests and now we've found it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cute spot
    Dine4lunch
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food was fantastic. Service was also spectacular. Small cozy tables make it perfect for romantic dining. The homemade gnocchi was out of this world. Be sure to save room for the Italian doughnuts!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Experience
    DFoodi
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Upon arrival the host who greeted us was very friendly. I loved the fact that I was just as welcome in my sandals, shorts, and Tommy Bahama as the guy in a suit. We had made a table reservation but decided to eat at the bar. The bartender (forgot her name) was very friendly and social. We shared 2 apps--the ricotta and a pork terrine. Both were exceptional. We each chose a pasta as a main. My Bolognese was excellent and prepared as authentic as you can get. My wife's dish--Tagliatelle w/ Hamachi--not so great. The fish was overcooked and dry, and the sauce was so lemony it made you pucker. A disappointment for sure. It was still a great experience, and we will be back to try again. The 3-stars for food was only because of the one dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Service was very very good and friendly, and food was very delicious. If we go to Chicago again, we will go to Cafe Spiaggia!! We will recommend Cafe Spiaggia for my Tokyo's friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I took a friend there for lunch for the first time earlier in the week and enjoyed it so much, I am going back with my husband this weekend. The menu isn't very imaginative but the food is very well prepared and the quiet, unobtrusive service makes it a great place to have a meal. You can actually have a conversation, which isn't something you can say for most of the trendy places in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find!
    jlasm
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Found Cafe Spiaggia staying downtown, great location and best romance ever! The waiter was pleasant and prompt, drinks perfect and meal tasty.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, a bit salty
    Janlea
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Atmosphere is romantic. Service is personal and attentive. Foor was good but a bit salty. We had caprese salad that was very good. The crackers served with the bread were delicious bits of raw thin pasta dough spread with olive oil and cheese, then baked. We had gnocchi with wild boar meat and trout covered with mushrooms and flash fried baby artichokes. Both were good but too salty.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Post Wedding lunch!
    LIVEtoEAT
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    2nd visit in same weekend as a foodie friend wanted to go and we had already been. They accommodated us close to closing time on Thursday evening. Had salads (beets & asparagus) & pasta. Everyone happy! Sunday lunch - same salads again. Shared a pasta (w/ pesto & potato) so everyone could taste and then pizzas. Margarita - excellent. Funghi - too salty but they took it off the bill. Excellent place. Everyone was very nice. No snobbery! Only complaint was that the 'cheap' red wine on the menu ($42) was terrible on Thursday night. Tasted like perfume. Our experience is that any good restaurant's lowest priced wine is still very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • RoostVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Informative, pleasant service. Spicy carpaccio and trout were lovely.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.