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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "So many better places in the City to dine, I won't be coming back"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We went with a group of four. All was perfect: the atention, the view, the place. The selection of food was excellent, supervised adequatelly by the waiter. The only thing to remark was the plates were quite scarce, in all our different options. Anyway, a place to remark and congratulate for its level."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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
  • " 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
  • "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
  • "It is over priced. Also a bit underseasoned lacking either scud or pop. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We have celebrated our wedding anniversary at Spiaggia for many of our 29 years. It opened around the time of our wedding so there is sentimental value. When they decided to remodel for the future, we were excited to see the results. The truth is not much changed. Booths were replaced with tables giving it a more open, but less warm feel. We were excited to see what they re-imagined with the food. The waiter still gives the "we recommend three courses" speech. Haven't we progressed beyond an upscale Italian restaurant explaining the food and how to order? I thought the food was not too different and not great, but not bad. Glad they still had the gnocchi missed the squid ink pasta. Just not a wow and at that price, it should be."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Spiaggia has a great reputation, a Michelin star and is very, very expensive but we were very disappointed by our dining experience. The portions are very, very small. The scallop appetizer, priced at $25.00 consisted of one medium sized scallop in a delicious sauce. The Manzo steak entrée, two small slices weighing in at 3-4 ounces at most at $43.00, was good but less than filling. The salmon entrée was also very small priced at $42.00. The delicious sorbet was the only reasonably priced dish. However, we were still a bit hungry when we left the restaurant. The overly solicitous and stuffy service was interruptive and seemingly insincere. I really don't understand how this restaurant became so famous."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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
  • "Spiaggia, following a re-model, is reborn even better. The new look is clean and modern and, as the sun sets, very romantic. In the new lounge, a glass cover was lifted from a plate to allow smoke to escape. The dish of thinly sliced octopus was beautiful, complicated and wonderfully smoky. Chef Mantuano has long been famous for his ability to elevate single ingredients. The philosophy is unchanged but the degree of difficulty is higher than ever. You taste each flavor distinctly even in a plate showcasing numerous enhancing elements, stunningly composed. My first bite of suckling pig changed forever my view of pork. Risotto with fried perch and oyster was one of the best things I've ever eaten. Surpassed high expectations."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "The newly refreshed Spiaggia was a wonderful experience. The interior design is contemporary and welcoming, while the food remains as magnificent as it has always been - with creative plating and a somewhat downsized menu. The old favorites are there as well as several new options. Have a few tastes or go for the multi-course tasting menu. The look of the menu and the interior are new - but the heart and soul of the restaurant remains - along with it's multi-star status. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "HI, We all wanted to eat at Spiaggia as it was reputed to be wonderful. It was wonderful, but we left hungry and with much lighter wallets. Wouldn't do it again, so many great places to eat in Chicago that aren't so full of themselves."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "The food was excellent. 100% recommend this place."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "We had our rehearsal dinner at the private dinning rooms of Spiaggia, and it was great. So we went back for our 15th anniversary and it was a cold and formal dinner that was more than $500 for two of us. It was not impressive or enjoyable. Sorry we wasted the night there."
    Dined on 1/5/2013
  • "food to gamey. Quail was tough. would have liked a milder entre choice. also too much sauce on the gnocci."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Terrific food -- modern, imaginative, authentic. Sauces were perfect. Risotto with truffles divine. Quail a textured and tasty presentation. Wagyu beef tartare appetizer was encased in crust that led to amazing contrasts of flavor and texture. All in all, terrific food. Complemented by kind and gracious service-- our anniversary dinner was heralded by them with personalized menu, terrific table at windows, and complimentary dessert wine. This was a truly special dinner. We'll go again."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Spiaggia was a phenomenal four course experience, without begin intimidating to first time upscale diners. Whatever you do, don't skip dessert. :)"
    Dined on 12/21/2013