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

Filini Restaurant and Bar-Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.filinichicago.com/
  • Phone: 3124770234
  • 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.
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Filini Restaurant and Bar-Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
54 reviews since May 17, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
74% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (20)special occasion (18)good for groups (15)romantic (15)notable wine list (13)neighborhood gem (10)great for lunch (8)vibrant bar scene (7)hot spot (6)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Restaurant and bar both good
    reachbgkVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We usually eat at the bar downstairs but tried the restaurant this time. The menus are different but the good news is that you can order from the bar menu. Just have to ask for it. Good food. My fav is the Rustico flatbread which I can eat and eat and eat for ever.
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  • Overall excellent
    DisappointingVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Great location, with a nice 'pronto' option for lunch. Soup or salad, choice of three entrees, and dessert - all served together. Soup and salad were both excellent, arctic char and pasta entrees both very good. A nice dessert and we were on our way in a little less than an hour. I'd recommend giving them a try if you have never been there.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GO to Filini!
    Fred
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Located in the Radisson, this restaurant is a real gem! Nice modern look, very good wait staff and outstanding and innovative food. Will return when I return to Chicago!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    Jude
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Excellent dinner! Great Wine! Fantastic Waiter - Daniele! A very happy birthday celebration with all the essentials - good friends, food, wine and service. Our waiter, Daniele, provided excellent service and was very knowledgeable about the menu and wines. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ambience Overpriced Food
    Gabriel7
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    This is a great location for lunch, dinner, or to go grab a drink after work with your co-workers or friends. The bar looks great, it catches the eye quickly - definitely a hot spot. However, the food is overpriced. My boss ordered the Gamberoni & Calamari salad and only two shrimp were provided for $18.00! The Chicken Cesare salad was $16.00 w/ only a few pieces of chicken with a mountain of greens. And at my first visit with a friend, the service was good, but the second visit with my boss, our waiter disappeared and never came back - so bad service. I will most likely not go back for lunch or dinner, but I'll make it a point to hit the bar for a couple of drinks.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wasnt impressed
    foodieMIVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was mediocre. Service was polite but very slow. Would not return
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Filini Restaurant
    hotmomma
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slowest lunch service ever
    Businesslunchreviews
    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.
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  • Lost potential
    AleksandraVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great ambiance/decor, just okay food (long wait), mediocre service, confusing parking situation= hotel restaurant. An expensive bust.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • easy to get in
    magellanrealty
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Wonderful!
    irishmom109
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A quiet meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Very good food. Not many diners. Perhaps because of the location.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh
    ChinchoVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Food was nothing to write home about. Service was very slow. Pricey for what you get in return.
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  • Deserves to be better known
    LunchgoerVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
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  • The food was very bland
    hughesie
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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
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  • Good Food
    linaR
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CannondalePR
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Very attentive service. Varied menu, something for carnivores and other. Nice ambiance. A solid restaurant that everyone was satisfied with.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LJMMVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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.
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  • It was good
    Anny
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    It is a nice place, but we were looking for wonderful, the food was good but not super, the service was very nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    RightOn
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    It is a beautiful, chic space. The wait person was outstanding: attentive but discreet. Gave good recommendations, even for items off the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good italian
    RichardHungary
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    It's good italian restaurant like in a european one, but the prices are higher than the cuisine quality.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 17, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 276 reviews are from the Filini Restaurant and Bar-Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel reviews archive.
  • Filini
    Knox
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mothers day brunch
    kak83
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch on Mothers Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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.
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    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding as usual...
    doriVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Everytime I dine here, the food and service are fantastic!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FishVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Great food and excellent service! Nice atmosphere and vibrant bar scene. Wine list was impressive.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reasonably good
    jimmd
    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.
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  • Quiet and modern, nice Italian wine
    LunchgoerVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
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  • Good food but too much volume
    Juane
    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.
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  • where are the people?
    lovelocalplaces
    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!!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Fabulous!
    TheKiKi
    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!!!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Brunch
    jackyt
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We went for Easter brunch and it was fabulous! The food was great, many Mimosas and really attentive service.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely dining experience!
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Dinner
    JC427VIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cool spot tucked away from Mich Ave
    ktbogs
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    A bit hidden in the bottom floor of the gorgeous Aqua hotel & residences building. I've honestly never seen it busy. Filini is a visual treat with interesting textures and unique decor. Also offers a great italian menu. Garganelli is a favorite.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hard to impress me - but you did
    Henri
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service.
    AndyW
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Excellent food and service. Will be returning in the future to try more of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A terrific spot
    mra500
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.