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Cafe Spiaggia
Cafe Spiaggia

Cafe Spiaggia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.spiaggiarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (312) 280-2750
  • 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) 280-3300
  • 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."Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We return to this restaurant every time we are in Chicago; it never disappoints. The food is exceptional: fresh, inventive, very tasty. The atmosphere is and relaxing and the service is very attentive."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Food allergies and a vegan diner. Very accommodating and helpful wait staff. This was not the case at the big Spiaggia restaurant."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I have been coming to this restaurant since the early '90s. I have never been disappointed and will continue to dine at Spiaggia! My meal was outstanding as was the service. Thank you!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Everything I ate was beautiful and delicious. The salad was so refreshing and flavorful. The presentation of each dish was half of the fun! Great plating and perfect sized portions. The pasta was by far the best pasta I have eaten since being in Italy. You can tell by its texture it is homemade. Every bite was better than the next. I cannot wait to return"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We came to cafe spiaggia because a staff member at spiaggia said the cafe had a great brunch. We were a bit disappointed to find out there was no brunch, but lunch. The food was very good, but I gotta tell you the limoncello martini I had was tops, also, the service was really great. I would recommend this place for special occasions,"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Atmosphere charming..food good! Great location ask for a two top by the windows. Service excellent"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Every time we visit Chicago, this is the only "must" we have on our list. This is hands down our favorite restaurant. Every dish is consistently great!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "1 of our favorite neighborhood finds. We like that it's great food and causal dress which is convenient (vs. its more formal sister restaurant Spiaggia). Price is very reasonable for the quality of food."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food was good but nothing remarkable. So many other fabulous restaurants in Chicago that we probably won't go back to Cafe Spiaggia again. Our waiter was a little put off by helping our table."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We had the most perfect dinner.. The pasta was done al dente and the meatballs as an appetizer were incredible. Simple but tasty salad and the boar ragu was out of this workd. I had an excellent Italuan wine by the glass. For desert we shared 3 favors of gelato. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Service was top notch without being over bearing. Knowledgeable about the different dishes and wine."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Some of the best ingredients I've tasted at any restaurant. We're from the Bay area and I'm in the food business and I always like to stop in for dinner when in town. I've never been disappointed. The gnocchi were as good as my grandmother's. The staff was very cordial and professional."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I have dined at cafe spiaggia about 5 times already and I've loved every visit. The food is remarkable, the ambiance is perfect, and the service is great. I look forward to dining more often in the future."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We just happened to have that warm and cozy feeling to the comfortable interior when Mother Nature released quite a storm outside of those spectacular windows! A room with a view that provided a (safe) entertainment value in addition to our exquisite meal! Keep up the great job! Bravissimo!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The room is wonderful in its layout, decoration and lighting. The service is superb. But the food is truly outstanding. Only the very best and most creative chefs can execute a simple standard like carpaccio or a crudo and layer it with ingredients that are novel, seasonal, and add layers of complexity, flavor, and texture. Between us we had 5 dishes and one was better than the next. The prices and the portion sizes were both really reasonable. If we lived in Chicago we would return often, and we will return whenever we are in town."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Highly recommend the Polpette (meatballs), Barbabietole and Ravioli because they were all so delicious. In fact, we placed multiple orders for the meatballs."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We have dined at Cafe Spaggia on almost every trip to Chicago over the past eight years and have never been disappointed. A reliably great menu, well chosen wines and some of the best gnocchi on either side of the Atlantic make the Cafe hard to resist. I'm already looking forward to next time."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "First the outstanding food: ricotta with radish and asparagus served in a tiny jar with crostini - fabulous; roasted radish salad - great; pasta with garbanzo beans and pancetta, pork chop with polenta - both wonderful. We have never been disappointed in the food. However, our last two visits, the service has been bad. In April, it was fair, but this week, it was horrendous. We had to flag down our server for pretty much everything. Also, although I made this reservation weeks ago and requested a window table, we were put in a corner and ignored. Not a good way to welcome back repeat diners!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Cafe Spiaggia offers a limited menu of quality dishes prepared in the kitchen which it shares with the more expensive Spiaggia Restaurant located on the same floor. Items we ordered were generally tasty, well presented, and priced moderately for the location. A nice selection of Italian red wines started at about $60 a bottle. On Tuesday evening, this informal place was not very busy."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Wonderful selections of food and wine. The dinner was superb and the wine selection remarkable. A truly wonderful dining experience at a great price."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The service was very good and we had a nice table by the window. It just wasn't great. We wouldn't go back. The only complaint was the olive oil that they serve with the bread was really bitter and my husband had terrible heart burn that night. We were celebrating our anniversary and they printed "Happy Anniversary" on the menu which was a nice touch."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Food is always spot on... Staff always friendly... Go for the gnocchi, signature dish in my opinion. Try everything."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Didn't realize the cafe and the restaurant were different when we made the reservation. We thought we were going to the restaurant until we arrived and learned otherwise."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Our last couple of meals at Cafe Spiaggia have been disappointing--it's like the chef is phoning in the performance. The standards--like the gnocchi with wild boar ragu--just haven't been executed well. My bucatini with guanciale and Calabrian peppers was swimming in a very underflavored sauce. Won't be returning until the place gets its mojo back."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food at the recently renovated Cafe Spiaggia tastes as wonderful as the new decor looks. The room looks great. The menu is small but serves great dishes from all of the food groups. We had the ravioli in pesto, the Amish chicken (half a chicken!) and the crab/seafood pasta and a fritto misto. There were 2 clean plates and since the chicken portion was so large, we left with half the bird. All entrees were delicious and beautifully plated. As always a great bread selection and we had a trio of gelato, chocolate hazelnut, raspberry and a chocolate chip with banana. You can make a meal here a leisurely as you want as our waiter never rushed us to leave our table. I would recommend to all."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Cafe Spiaggia is a great find. The food was excellent and the prices reasonable. Management was very responsive in taking care of an issue with some other very loud guests. We will be back soon."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "In the top 5 Italian restaurants at which I've ever dined, including those in Italy! Wild boar ragu w/ gnocchi is unsurpassed."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The food was good, but my radish salad was disappointing. It didn't taste like anything--there was no tang or complement of flavors, and there was a strange, tasteless aoli on the plate that I didn't know what to do with. For the pastas, the cacio et pepe or the gnocci is the way to go."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We had a great experience. Nice table/view. Outstanding food. Attentive waiter. Quiet atmosphere. Did not feel rushed. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "When my cousins were in town from Austin five years ago we had a dinner they remembered at Cafe Spiaggia. We were joined by more cousins for whom it was their "first time". Our meal in 2014 was perfect. Two had the tagiatelle neri, two the spaghettone, and one ravioli. The polenta was a dish to pass for the table. Portion sizes are "just right", flavors are robust but delicate, service was most attentive, plates were cleaned. Wines are available at a variety of price points. Cafe Spiaggia is fine dining in bit less formal, intimate setting. We had a very special, comfortable, most memorable meal. I suspect when my cousins come again they will ask to return!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My family and I have been going to Cafe Spiaggia for years and we have always been beyond satisfied. The food is absolutely delicious, and we always end up stealing bites from eachother! Also, the service is wonderful and incredibly kind. If you're looking for a good meal in the Windy City, by all means, check out Cafe Spiaggia!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food is terrific and the service was okay (waiter had too many tables), but the noise level was off the charts. A couple of large tables with enthusiastic drinkers should have kept me away. It will next time."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Great food with lots of personal attention. Not quite as pricey as its main restaurant, but actually more quaint. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "As usual, the most reliable Italian food in the midwest. Excellent quality and much better than Eataly venues which I tried twice the same week and similar in price. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "A friend and I met up here for a nice dinner together, having not seen each other in years. It was a lovely spot, and the food was excellent, fresh, nicely presented, much enjoyed by both of us. Would only have wished for a few more choices of a vegetarian nature, for my friend, to give her a wider selection. We would both definitely come back another time in Chicago. Right on N Michigan, so a nice walk to get there."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Cafe Spiaggia is one of my all time favorites. The food, view, service is among the best in the city. This visit the view was still fantastic, the food was down a notch and the service was really second class. Our waiter seemed very distracted and bothered to wait on us. I will go back as we have enjoyed it so much over the years but I am worried."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Nice ambience and great location. Ordered the gnocchi and was okay - it was tasty, but too salty and over cooked. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I made reservations at this restaurant during a recent trip to Chicago to celebrate both my husband and Father in Law's birthdays. I was very excited and looked forward to the experience all weekend. This was by far the worst meal I have ever had in Chicago. Our waiter had to be reminded on several occasions to bring our drinks and bread. The prices were extremly high for what we received ($18 for 4 pieces of ravioli that were about the size of a quarter) and our food was cold and under cooked. We were extremely disappointed by our experience and will never return to this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "so we had the beet salad a lot of ppl recommended and it was just fine. the meatballs were amazing as were the polenta. random, but just do it. order the polenta. wild boar gnocchi was fantastic, pizza was fine. i would absolutely go back and know to order certain items because they are worth going back for! also, i know the place is in an office building, but i promise when you get inside the restaurant you will forget all that."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We have been going to the Cafe Spiaggia for years whenever we visit Chicago. It remains one of our favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 5/21/2014