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Spiaggia
Spiaggia
  • Address:
    980 North Michigan Ave
    Level 2
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Neighborhood:
    Gold Coast / Streeterville
  • Cuisine:
    Italian
    Price: $50 and over

Spiaggia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.spiaggiarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (312) 280-2750
  • Hours of Operation: Dining Room
    Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm

    Lounge
    Sunday-Thursday: 4:30pm-11:00pm
    Friday-Saturday: 4:30pm-12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Tony Mantuano
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Our events venue one floor above the dining room, is available for all your business or social entertaining needs. Customized to your preferences and wired for meetings and conferences, guests are afforded the opportunity to choose and personalize their menu. From intimate dinners and corporate events to weddings, social functions and celebrations, Spiaggia Private Events offers breathtaking views and modern Italian dining for groups of 110 guests.



Getting there

  • Cross Street: Oak Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Discounted parking is available for the main dining room of Spiaggia in the One Magnificent Mile building (entrance on northwest corner of Walton and Michigan, just west of Michigan Avenue) at 120 E. Walton.
    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.
A word from Spiaggia
As Chicago’s only four-star Italian restaurant as rated by the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Magazine, the critically-acclaimed Spiaggia continues to evolve and modernize while remaining a leader for creative Italian cuisine. A complete redesign of the Dining Room and addition of the Spiaggia Lounge, paired with it's iconic views of Lake Michigan and Michigan Avenue, provide a setting unlike any other. Guests may explore a tasting menu, choose an a la carte experience and enjoy dramatically presented dishes and cocktails aperitivo-style in the Lounge. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "It simply was boring!!!! The food, if you like fancy looks but no taste, it would be perfect."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I took my wife to dinner at Spiaggia for her birthday on our recent trip to Chicago. The atmosphere was great, the food was great, the wine was great, the service was great, the whole experience was great! Thank you Spiaggia for making her birthday dinner special."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Get the gnocchi or ravioli. The best we've ever had."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The only thing better than the service was the food! Delicious blend of unexpected flavors. Smaller portions, but we didn't leave hungry! As soon as I stood up to find a restroom, there was a waitress at my side ready to show me the way! Top notch!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Excellent in every respect albeit pricy. The servers were knowledgable and helpful without being intrusive."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Spiaggia lived up to its reputation on our last visit. Food was top notch - gnocchi and foie gras ravioli were both some of the better pasta dishes I've had. Nothing too special about the bread/crisps before the meal, but the gamberi and desserts were also flavorful and interesting. Service was extremely attentive, only qualm would be the slight pushiness to order an additional third course when all we ordered was pasta due to not being extremely hungry. Finally, the ambiance is great - good work on the refurbished, light interior and of course the views through the huge windows were perfect on a Saturday evening."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "It was a special occasion. The ambience was lovely, the service was excellent, but the food was a great disappointment. Especially, the Miyazaki Wagyu entree was not even close to Japanese standard beef quality. Since we enjoyed Miyazaki Wagyu very much on our last visit, we looked forward to trying it again. But it was completely disappointing. We visit Japan once a year and enjoy excellent beef from different regions, like Kobe beef, Matsuzaka beef, Hida-gyu...etc. I really didn't think the beef you labelled Miyazaki Wagyu was authentic at all. You should keep your standard much higher than what you provide now, especially given the prices you charge!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This is the second time and always enjoyed. However, two things: (1) made mistakes of order both times (2) more attention to guests are appreciated"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "- One waitress had a bad attitude - Requested meat to be medium rare, received well-done. - Scallops were great, however everything else was mediocre"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "First, the newly redone restaurant is beautiful. The view is a wonderful combination of the busy city street and the view of the park and lake. There is plenty of seating however you feel like you are in your own private area. The food was delicious...we tried foods we have never or would never consider. The staff was welcoming, friendly, informative, and patient. The restaurant made accommodations for food allergies and preferences without hesitation. This is a fabulous special occasion spot."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We celebrated my husband b-day. Everything were great:food, service, atmosphere. Wine list are amazing. Servers very friendly. Quiet, romantic place."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Yes it was expensive, even very expensive, but our party of five was universally thrilled with the food and service. Brilliant twists on classic Italian. The portions are modest which allows you to order multiple courses and experience simply amazing tastes. Excellent wine recommendations from our server. We will be talking about this meal for years to come. Our tab ran between 150 and 200 per person."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We're blessed to've traveled the world & enjoyed great eating experiences. It takes a lot to impress, but WOW, do we have a gem for you! First time in Chicago, we picked a restaurant from a web-ad, with plans for a quick meal and a play. Once we stepped foot in Spiaggia - experienced their artistry, elegance and craft - we dropped the play like a hot potato! Newly remodeled, Spiaggia's sleek, modern edginess dances with spacious openness, courtesy of a glass wall facing the park and water. Their creative, adventurous, diverse fare, artful presentation, informed, charming (adorable) staff, and unadulterated opulence made the evening the best dining experience- and anniversary celebration- we've ever had! Thank you, THANK YOU Spiaggia!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We were visiting Chicago for a few days, and Spiaggia was highly recommended to us. It was absolutely superb! We had the eight-course tasting menu, and all the courses were excellent. From the small cup of fresh pea soup, served as an amuse bouche, to the generous portion of lobster with watermelon appetizer, to the foie gras ravioli with uni, to the entree of suckling pig, to the assortment of desserts that are beyond description, it was an epicurean experience. One of the finest meals we've ever experienced at a restaurant. The cocktails were also perfect, and the service was impeccable. If there were a ten star rating I'd give Spiaggia ten stars."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The new décor is very nice. We were given a choice table on the upper tier. The service started off exceptional, but became sporadic and indifferent. The menu is very limited with only five entrees to choose from. The portions were small in relation to the prices. Some dishes were outstanding and others were just ok. Two in our party ordered the veal chop ($65 each). They were huge, but not good quality meat and had very little taste. Very disappointing. The prices on the wine list are outrageously expensive, so we opted for cocktails. We still had a nice dinner, but I was expecting over-the-top food and service and was disenchanted with our overall experience."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Newly reopened and better than ever. The staff was welcoming and gracious. Service was superb. Food was delicious. A great dining experience for our party of six!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Some of the servers were a little stuffy - correcting my pronunciation, answering questions about the food as if I were stupid ("What sort of olive oil is this?" "We add glycerine to thicken it." "OK, but what kind is it? The olive flavor is nice and strong." "Oh, it's olive oil." Eventually, he explained that it's specially bottled in Italy for the restaurant and can be ordered through their site.) Some of the servers, and especially the sommelier, were more fun. Most bottles of wine cost over $200, but are very nice. Food was delicious, although I could do without the servers reciting the menu descriptions of the dishes as they are delivered. I do remember what I ordered. Desserts were perfect and entirely worth ordering."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I was disappointed that the portions were so small and the prices so high. I did not realize that there is a cafe and a separate restaurant. I had seen the cafe menu, but when I booked online the reservation was for the restaurant. I should have been at the cafe. The wait staff was attentive and competent but not particularly warm or friendly."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "My husband and I dined here for our 13th wedding anniversary, which we have done on 3 other anniversaries during the course of our marriage. While Spiaggia is consistently phenomenal and truly one of our favorite restaurants in a city full of great ones - the recent renovation and revised menu and their more artistic food presentation - make this my new favorite place in the city. The decor is both gorgeous, sophisticated and insightful. The service and wait staff and sommelier were all super friendly, cool, knowledgable and top top notch. They are not pretentious at all. Which makes for a great vibe. I never write a review for anything...but I have to say, we were blown away. It was perfection and fun and romantic! Thank you to them!!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Still the great location, food and service with even more personality, style, and sleek sophistication. The lounge is a show piece - wonderful innovative cocktails and light plates - a great place to start the meal or even meet for the best happy hour in town."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Everything from the food, the service, and the new ambiance were awesome. If you do not try the Hudson Valley foie gras ravioli, the black truffle gnocchi, and the porcelet suckling pig (with the most amazing seared pork belly), you'll miss out of three unworldly dishes!!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "There were several clear misses, although we still respect and like this restaurant and will return. The duck's foot on the plate, while "sophisticated", was not pretty. The wine list is notable, but expensive - the mark up was high, even for a top-end restaurant, and there were not enough bottles under$100."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had an excellent dining experience. Chose all small plates to share and we were happy with everything, except the primavera. Wasn't notable."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "So many better places in the City to dine, I won't be coming back"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I'm sorry but I was expecting more. The food was delicious but not out of the ordinary. The ambiance was pretty but nothing special. A little disappointed but I'm glad to check it off the restaurant bucket list."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Spiaggia used to be such a special occasion restaurant. It definitely has seen better days. They no longer require such a formal dress code--which I think totally detracts from the dining experience. If you are going to spend upwards of $200/person on a meal, you kind of don't want to see other patrons walking in with windbreakers and jeans. Plus, Spiaggia does not use table cloths, so that also took away from the fine dining experience. All of the above notwithstanding, the most disappointing part of Spiaggia was the food itself. Everything was WAY TOO SALTY!!! I had the primavera salad, gnocchi, & turbot. None of the dishes were palatable at all. They offered to comp the entree, but we paid, knowing that we will never go back."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I do enjoy good food but sometimes the art of presentation takes over from the art of taste and texture. IMHO this would be one of those times."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Wonderful presentation and service, simply over the top expensive, especially so for wines. The food was very good and well prepared but not worth the money."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Very beautiful dinning experience with very well thoughtout food and wine parings"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "A must stop in the Windy City. The attention was superb. The food is like art. The ingredients were fresh and surprising, combined with colorful arrangememts. Deserts are unique and climatic."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Spaggia was lovely and the service great and the flavors were good. But, the portions were pathetic in size. One scallop for the $18 scallop appetizer. Two "slices" of sirloin for the main dish -- 2 ounces at best. This was very disappointing since the bill exceeded $300 for 2 plus 3 cocktails. I wouldn't go back. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Overall outstanding. Our only complaint is that the food portions, with the exception of the desserts, are tiny."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Menu selections were pityful. The food was nearly inedible. While the wine list is impressive, the prices are astronomic. Very disappointing."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The food tasted very good but it was way over priced. The service was obtrusive. It was very hard to have a conversation because some waitstaff person was always interrupting. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "The newly refurbished dining room is lovely and the service is gracious, attentive, friendly and helpful. The menu is very limited, and the complex preparations are impressive as an art form, but some of them really aren't very satisfying. The huge all-Italian wine list seems directed to customers willing to spend several hundred dollars for a bottle that sells for a fraction of that price in a restaurant in Italy, but for most of us it's an annoying affectation that reflects an arrogant attitude toward diners who would appreciate being able to choose from some of the great American wines in the $100 to $200 range (or less) that equal or exceed the quality of the much more extravagant Italian offerings on Spiagia's list. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • " Took the time to review this restaurant before traveling to Chicago. I was very impressed and will be happy to go back the next time I am in Chicago. The food was incredible and the service was impeccable. 5 star restaurant and should be a 2star Michelin restaurant."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "It is over priced. Also a bit underseasoned lacking either scud or pop. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "I first visited Spiaggia over five years ago. The dining room has changed visually, but the staff remains excellent. My wife and I were there for our five year wedding anniversary and it was a great choice. The food was amazing, and the service on all levels was attentive and not overbearing, helpful but not condescending. I would recommend this for a special occasion."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Both of us chose the Degustazione which was outstanding. The staff was outstanding as well. The sommelier was extremely knowledgable about wine pairings. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food, service and ambiance were fabulous. Impressive (and sticker shock inducing) wine list. Save it for a special occasion or someone's expense account because it ain't cheap, but for an event it's worth it. We went for our 9th wedding anniversary while visiting Chicago. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014