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Filini Restaurant and Bar-Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
Filini Restaurant and Bar-Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel

Filini Restaurant and Bar-Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.filinichicago.com
  • Phone: (312) 477-0234
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:30am,
    Saturday & Sunday: 6:30am - 11:00am;

    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am-2:00pm
    Lunch: Weekly: 11:00am - 2:00pm;
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E. Lower Lake St.
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Filini Restaurant and Bar-Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
Authentic, exciting and innovative, Filini is a contemporary Italian restaurant and bar that focuses on the finest fresh ingredients and flavors. The cuisine is uncomplicated but exquisitely prepared and presented to enhance the excellence of the produce. Unpretentious and stylish, the mood of the restaurant is friendly and subtle with memorable Mediterranean overtones. An upscale, contemporary and culinary experience, Filini aims to be one of the hottest spots in Chicago.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Great local find. Great food, service, and space. The staff even signed a card for my birthday - funniest thing of the evening! Will definitely be going back for both pleasure and work. Hat's off!!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Hip scene at Filini, yet welcoming and friendly when we arrived. A bit loud due to all the hard surfaces, so had to strain to hear both our waiter Thomas and our table mates. That's my only complaint - the food was delicious, the service was attentive, and the wine was husband selected paired well with our meal. Will definitely be back to Filini on my next visit to Chicago."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "My lunch was a business lunch - I was meeting a client I had never met before and we were on a tight time frame. Being that we were basically strangers in a business lunch meeting, neither of us wanted to leave our table to get service. Once the waiter came over (20 plus minutes after we were seated) his first question was if we needed more time to look at the menu. Really."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Great ambiance/decor, just okay food (long wait), mediocre service, confusing parking situation= hotel restaurant. An expensive bust."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I was pleasantly surprised I did not have to wait to get into Filini. I guess the word still isn't out that they have amazing food and great atmosphere. This place is a hidden gem and its just steps from Millennium Park!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The two of each had an amazing appetizer, shared a pasta, and each had dessert. NO alcohol. The service wasfriendly, helpful, and did not interrupt. The restaurant had music that wad pleasant but not overbearing. Easy to talk!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Very good food. Not many diners. Perhaps because of the location."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I found this restaurant to be generally overpriced for the quality of the food. My appetizer was charred and the waiter was less than attentive - particularly considering we were the only customers there. Wish I'd gone to Eataly instead."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food was nothing to write home about. Service was very slow. Pricey for what you get in return."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I have been to Filini many times: the service is fine; the food is nicely prepared standard Italian fare; and the wine list very affordable. What's more, the noise level always allows people to talk. This place deserves much bigger crowds."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The main course food was average at best, no style, taste or delivery...pasta seemed well, just ordinary. Bar was ok although the place had a beer and pizza feel so that would be my recommendation...the lady server tried hard, but could never cover the short comings Not the best experience in Chicago and a pity because with some innovative menu items it could be much better"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food and the service was good. The atmosphere is great. It was easy to find and has valet parking."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Very attentive service. Varied menu, something for carnivores and other. Nice ambiance. A solid restaurant that everyone was satisfied with."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The service can be a little disorganized. As an example, I was asked twice if I wanted anchovies on the caesar salad and confirmed that I did. The salad arrived without them. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "It is a nice place, but we were looking for wonderful, the food was good but not super, the service was very nice."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "It is a beautiful, chic space. The wait person was outstanding: attentive but discreet. Gave good recommendations, even for items off the menu."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "It's good italian restaurant like in a european one, but the prices are higher than the cuisine quality."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Located in the Aqua and the Radison Blue hotel, the dining room is pretty standard, and reasonably spacious, but the food we had was excellent. Many times, we find that the main courses are let downs from the appetizers, but not here. The wine list is modest, but quite acceptable. Our impression is that this restaurant is up and coming. This was our first dinner in the restaurant which we wanted to try; we had been several times previously for breakfast, , where they have an outstanding continental breakfast."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "went to Filini restaurant for mothers day brunch and was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting an overcrowded dining area and buffet, but we had a large booth for four people and were easily able to get to the buffet. The service was excellent, there was always plenty of food at the buffet. The quality of the food was excellent. Our entire party was happily full after our experience. Definitely would return again."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food was very good. Prime rib station, risotto bar, omelet station. There was a nice selection of salads, breads and cold shrimp and salmon. The only thing was that the service was little slow. I am sure it was due to the holiday. I have had dinner here and always had good service. Loved the bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary bar."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Everytime I dine here, the food and service are fantastic!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Great food and excellent service! Nice atmosphere and vibrant bar scene. Wine list was impressive."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Service was very good at this restaurant located in the Radisson hotel but we were quite concerned as we were seated as we were one of the only diners in the establishment on a chilly Saturday evening. The decor was very contemporary. The swordfish I ordered was prepared and presented nicely but my companion's stuffed eggplant was rather bland."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "There's a nice wine list, almost entirely Italian, and not expensive. The food is generally solid -- my pasta this one time was rather crazily under flavored, but that was an anomaly in my experience. And the noise level is nice for conversation, and there's always a lot of staff for the amount of traffic."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Delicious food especially the beef, very juicy and tender even after taking it to home and enjoy it at the next day, due to too much volume to a oriental guest."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The restaurant is upstairs from the bar and both are very pretty. The staff was attentive and accommodating but not over bearing. The menu selection was great and the food was delicious. I can't figure out why it was basically empty on a Friday night. Maybe that is a good thing for this diner who lives in the neighborhood!!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We all agreed it was one of the best dining experiences we've ever had! The food was delish, great wine list, outstanding service (Thanks Megan!) and the ambiance is cool/sophisticated/sleek/sexy very chic yet incredibly warm and cozy. We're making plans to go back soon!!!!!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We went for Easter brunch and it was fabulous! The food was great, many Mimosas and really attentive service. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "A lovely dining experience! Seated in a booth with a great street view, the wait staff provided impeccable service. The Lemon Drop martinis were prepared to perfection. We ordered something from every section of the menu. In many cases I needed some interpretation of what the items were, but the waiter did a great job helping us decide. We shared everything – Burrata, Papardelle, Braciola, Verdure, and All 3 Gelati. My favorite was the Papardelle – spinach pasta with asparagus. My least favorite: the Verdure – a mixed vegetable dish of various squash. There was nothing special about its preparation or presentation. Filini definitely makes it on my list of restaurants that warrant a return visit."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Perfect setting for a business dinner. Elegant, modern decor, with a manageable menu and moderately priced wines. Service was punctual and yet not intrusive. The waiter also made some well received recommendations. I would only suggest that the staff suggest adjourning to the seating by the fabulous wall fire place for an after dinner drink. Fabulous space that was underutilized that evening."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "This place was terrific - from the endless refills of refreshing hibiscus tea to the eat-it-up-delectable shrimp and calamari salad - piquant to the last forkful. And the booths are beautifully designed to coccoon you in your own private cubicle. Loved it - would definitely seek it out next time I'm in Chicago."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Will be returning in the future to try more of the menu."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Food was terrific. Service was fine too. Only problem was that bus boy served me regular coffee instead of decaf I requested - up all night after that. Be sure to look around the small sitting area in the lobby downstairs - so beautiful."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "While visiting Chicago, we had dinner at filini. The servers were attentive and ambience was very good however the food did not live up to its other features. We had a tuna appetizer in which the delicate flavor of the tuna was overpowered by balsamic vinegar. In my husbands monkfish entrée the delicate fish flavor was again overpowered by a strong tomato sauce. I had eggplant parmesan which included large pieces of quite tough eggplant skin however the flavor was good."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Solid food, relaxed atmosphere with a good vibe. Good bar scene at the first floor bar."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Just tried this for the first time and was pleasantly surprised. It's really good!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Filini is in the most unlikely of places: a Ramada! But this is not your father's Ramada nor is Filini a typical hotel restaurant. It is chic and upscale. The food, while not extraordinary is very good and the service is excellent. Great wines are available by the glass and the sharing plates are tasty and served in generous portions. We were there on a Saturday night and we're only puzzled by the small crowd."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Was looking forward to Filini's after seeing lots of positive reviews. Our experience was disappointing. Reservation for 8pm on Friday night -- restaurant was surprisingly only half-full. Service was fine, but not particularly warm or engaged. Food was erratic. Scallops were delicious, prepared well and served on yummy saffron risotto. Black Angus Filet was served overcooked the 1st time. 2nd time was underdone and too heavily salted (although the beef itself had a nice flavor). Bombolini's for dessert (comped because of the misfire with the steak) were tasty even though the salted caramel sauce was way too salty. We'll be looking for another option for dinner next time we're in the this neighborhood."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "At 6 pm was soooo noisy we had to leave bar area and eat in hallway. Service by Willis was excellent, polite, attentive and very nice; food was good, but noise level terrible in bar. I think there are too many hard surfaces and the noise level could be helped with baffles of fabric from fabric, padded walls or something to absorb some of the very loud sounds that bounce off all the tile, plastic, glass, metal etc. Looks great but not very practical!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "What a pleasant surprise! Filini is across from my office building, but I did not discover it until yesterday. This is a very neat place with an excellent (and friendly) staff. The food is really good. I got the rapid lunch special and it was perfect. I am taking a small business group there for lunch in April, based on the wonderful experience I had yesterday."
    Dined on 2/27/2014