Still great!Been here a few times over the years and my most recent visit was yet another wonderful experience. Excellent food and ambiance.6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent Experience!We went to celebrate our anniversary, and the staff went above and beyond to recognize us, address our needs and provide a wonderful dining experience .6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMBeautiful place, a bit loudBeautiful place, a bit loud for a restaurant of its caliber, but when tables thinned out, it was nicely sedate. Outstanding cocktails and food.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMThe BestSpiaggia is one of our favorite places to dine. Had a tasting menu. One of the best meals ever!!!!6/5/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful food, but $$$$Spiaggia's food was unimpeachably good. I'm a vegetarian, so I didn't have any secondi, but the primo was absolutely delicious. Perhaps not quite as good as some of the best restaurants in New York or Rome, but exquisite notwithstanding those qualifications. That said, I wasn't convinced that the bar was sufficiently above its peers to justify the inflated prices. The ambiance was great; the waiters were attentive; however, the food wasn't such a revelation as to justify $30 on antipasti and primi—to say nothing of the $17 dessert. (The secondi began around $60 and worked their way up to $150.)6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMSpiaggia has everythingThe food was wonderful. It's great that an all-pasta tasting menu is offered. Greg is a superb waiter. It couldn't have been better.6/3/2013 12:00:00 AMhad a great table, waiterhad a great table, waiter and meal. very pricy for Italian but i would go back6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing service - great foodWe were very happy with Spiaggia - the service was fantastic, and the view of Oak Street beach was really cool. Wine list was daunting at first, but our waiter really helped us out and picked a fantastic wine. The tasting menu was top notch - no complaints at all!5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM45th Wedding Anniversary DinnerWe had a delightful dining experience at Spiaggia last week. The food was delicious, the wait staff was attentive, the ambiance was special, and we were treated in an excellent manner. We would definitely return and recommend Spiaggia.5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMClassic. Continues to Amaze.This is the go to special occasion place. We had the prix fixe menu with wine pairings and it was flawlessly served and the food was beautiful and delicious. Be prepared to spend a lot of money but it is worth it. Men must were jackets which helps create a very nice ambiance and is respectful to the women who always try harder than most of the sloppy men.
This place has been at the top of Chicago restaurants for decades for a reason.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMFor Special OccasionsFood was excellent, Italian fare with something for everyone. Wine list was very very pricey. Gelato was a must-have, and cheese selection was excellently paired with honey. Service was top notch but not stuffy. A wonderful experience.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding All AroundWhat a perfect place for a 25th anniversary celebratory dinner for just the two of us!
Attentive service, exceptional food (my favorite was the guitar string squid ink pasta with lobster claw meat and the most delicate cream sauce), an outstanding wine list and a view overlooking Lake Michigan and Michigan Avenue. The hardest part was making selections from the menu with so many outstanding choices. Our waiter was very helpful with making selections and food pairings with the hefty wine list.
Spiaggia provides a truly memorable evening for a couple, small group or other intimate gathering.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food/good esperienceWent there with a group of women from Minneapolis. We there early, so it was quiet initially but full by the time we left. Hostess accommodating earlier when we requested a time change and a switch to Cafe Spiaggia. Food was very good and the service was excellent. Decor quite lovely. We enjoyed ourselves.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding!!!One of the best dining experiences ever. Most beautiful spot!5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful tasting menu (althoughWonderful tasting menu (although the final savory course, duck, was a bit too heavy). Love the exclusively Italian wines and cheeses. Nice to be at a fancy Chicago restaurant that actually has windows.5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazingOutstanding restaurant... one of the best meals I have ever had in Chicago and I have had many amazing meals there. very imaginative fresh pastas, service was excellent5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing food, so so serviceThe food itself and the ambience was AMAZING!!! The service was not so great, it took over 45 min to get the server to take our order, and being a 4 course meal it took 30 mins between courses, we were at the restaurant for over 4 hours which was ok because the company we were in was great so it was not such a terrible thing.
I would recommend Spiaggia if you are looking for an exceptional meal and don`t have a problem with slow service.5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat service, wonderful foodI took my wife here for her birthday and she loved it. They gave us the best table in the house. The wait staff was attentive yet not intrusive, the food was excellent and it made her birthday special. Thank you Spiaggia!5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMIt is a beautiful restaurant.It is a beautiful restaurant. I do think the portions, while lovely, are small versus the price.5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food and beverageExcellent food and beverage service. Attentive staff with confident and detailed food and wine knowledge. Thoughtful flavor combinations without too many ingredients. Relaxing atmosphere. One of my all time favorite reaurants in Chicago.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat ExperienceWas there for dinner with 4 other people on a Saturday night and the food presentation and preparation were both flawless. This s a really e pensive restaurant but worth every penny. All of the wait staff were friendly and explained each item you were being served. We had a great time and ill be back.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMNice authentic ItalianThe food was very nice, a little pricey, but acceptable for this quality.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMA little over the top ?We have been to many fine Italian restaurants, including Rome, Venice , London and Toronto. We would normally order a starter [ salad ] and a pasta dish, without a "secondi" and be fully satisfied. At Spiaggia, we were told the pasta dishes were small and would not be an adequate quantity on their own. So we opted for the Table d'hote - I think six dishes for $98. The servings were extremely small and while very good, at this price it was not what we had expected.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat dining experience, fromGreat dining experience, from the wine, to the service, the atmosphere & the view of the North end of the Magnificant Mile. I highly recommend Spiaggia.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing!!!My fiancé and I had the pleasure of having the tasting menu with beverage pairing. We were prerpaired for a grand evening, but the restaurant exceeded our expectations on every level. The ambiance was grand and romantic. The food was delicious and luxurious. The service was accommodating and attentive. We can't wait to return for another amazing experience.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMSpectacularQuiet Tuesday; all of the excellent service of a Fri/Sat sans all the noise. Pasta tasting menu was divine - as we're the beverage pairs. From beginning to end the staff were attentive and knowledgable. Basil-ricotta rolls should not be missed from the bread plate offering. Give Atkins a night off - you'll be glad you did. On our way out we stopped to watch the chefs prepare and plate three dishes. Their artful coordination and professional handling of their tools and food was impressive. And, the kitchen IS SPOTLESSLY CLEAN. It was a final bit of confirmation; evidence of a well run establishment. We will return!!5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food but . . .The food at Spiaggia was great, but it could tone down the attitude a bit. It's a bit more full of itself than is deserved. Generally good service, but some gaffes justify the three stars. Wine alert - the wine list has some amazing wines but very little that is reasonably priced and most of the gems are too young. For example, why would someone pay $800 for a bottle of Barolo that is nowhere near approachable? Also considering what you're paying, the wine service was weak. Go for the food, but be prepared for other disappointments.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent as alwaysFood and service were outstanding. Expensive but worth it. A few more affordable wine choices would be appreciated.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and service butGreat food and service but very expensive (for two $680 with tip) and use of space isn't the best,no changes in decor in 30 years.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMNew TraditionMy husband and I have dined at this elegant restaurnat for several anniversaries. Spiaggia has now become one of our favorite traditions. The service was meticulous and of course the food is the best of the best.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMExceptional DinnerThe service and quality/uniqueness of the dishes was exceptional. This is a high priced restaurant however the food is outstanding in all courses, bread to dessert, and definitely 4 star and a must to experience while visiting downtown Chicago. The staff were very helpful, personable and attentive. A first class dinner!!!!5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMElegantWhat a perfectly elegant restaurant with service to match. The food was delicious, and my parents enjoyed the prix fixe menu. Not a single complaint to be made. Had dinner a few nights prior at Cafe Spiaggia, and while the food was of a higher level at Spiaggia, both meals were delicious. If you want a quiet and romantic meal, Spiaggia is the pick.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMChicago's best Italian foodI've eaten at Spiaggia about once a year for the past 20 years and I would say their food has consistently evolved but always remained outstanding. Service though, can be spotty at times. For example, during this dinner, we were efficiently shown to our table but then we were left there for 15 minutes - no offer of a menu, water, or drinks. We just sat there. It is one of my pet peeves so I got up to complain when one of the head service staff noticed and duly got our table going. Perhaps a miscommunication but this type of lapse should never happen at an establishment like this. The other pet peeve is the "jackets required". I've been to most of San Pellegrino's top 50 of the world's best restaurants and NONE of them require one.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMA truly brilliant dining experienceA truly brilliant dining experience. Service is excellent - a lot of times i wasn't even aware of water glasses being filled, dishes being taken away, etc. The only very minor drawback is the portions are extremely small.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent across the board.Excellent across the board. The gnocchi was the best we have ever eaten.
Would highly recommend it for a special occasion.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome ItalianFood was delicious. Very accomodating if you want to make substitutions on the tasting manu. Agnoletti in particular was amazing. Definitely worth a visit if you're looking for an upscale dining experience with great food.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMReally, really expensive forReally, really expensive for food that was only ok, and not great, but overall. I am really disappointed since we did the tasting menu to get an amazing taste on a different take on Italy. I don't think we will be back. I was also disappointed that there were no bottles of wine under $80?4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMNice place but very very expensive.Nice place but very very expensive. Only Special occasion.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMExpert staff and only placeExpert staff and only place I have eaten where scallops was cooked to perfection. Wonderful food and wine pairing was perfect.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMThe very best Italian food.The very best Italian food. All of us had the pasta special menu and iw was great.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMequivalent of a 3 star Parisianequivalent of a 3 star Parisian Several different tasting menus available as well as a pasta menu and a la carte Wines served in elegant BV stemware. Service seamless. If a 3 star means "worth the trip" then Spiaggia is worth suffering thru the O'Hare to downtown traffic.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were thrilled by the tastingWe were thrilled by the tasting menu and paired wines. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented. This was a perfect way to celebrate my 60th birthday!4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMAbsolutely fantastic, foodAbsolutely fantastic, food service and ambiance. Highly recommend either tasting menu.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMBeyond amazing!Everything was absolutely perfect with the service and the food was sublime! Trevor, our server, was exceptional!
I rank this restaurant in my top 3 in the USA with Melisse and Per Se.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had an absolutely wonderfulWe had an absolutely wonderful meal and terrific evening at Spiaggia. This restaurant is probably the best restaurant in Chicago. The food is delicious, the service is impeccable, and the room and view are beautiful. I highly recommend Spiaggia.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMTime for the Truffle Tasting MenuWe celebrated a special anniversary by both of us having the Truffle Tasting Menu. I also included the wine pairing. It was the most mouth watering food I have EVER tasted! Every course was better than the previous.
If you can only get one entree, get the gnocchi. It was AMAZING!4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMA truly outstanding diningA truly outstanding dining experience. The personal attention was remarkable and the food was terrific.4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMFantasticSpiaggia gets it right! The perfect fine dining Italian dining destination to celebrate special occasions! A huge thank you to all the wonderful people at Spiaggia for making my husband's birthday dinner so special. Everything from the service, to the food, to the ambience was spectacular.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMtop-notch, service can't be beat!!!The attention to detail is AMAZING!!! The service is impeccable and the food is great. The emulsion of flavors in every dish is perfect.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMExtra SpecialOur experience was outstanding. The Maitre de', Chad, was charming and tremendously accommodating. Service, superb. Food presentation and flavor outstanding. Had a premiere window table overlooking the street scene, the park and a view of the lake. Would sincerely recommend Spiaggia for a special dining experience. Can't wait to go again!3/21/2013 12:00:00 AM