Tony Spavones

Tony Spavones

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A word from Tony Spavones
Where Tony Spavone travels, music cannot be too far behind. Tony Spavone's Ristorante is proof enough. Food is served - excellent food, infact-but music is also a star on the menu. Spavone's restaurant is one of the few in Chicagoland where the owner regularly serenades his guests with a song; where a restaurant full of people cheerfully sing along to whatever tune catches their fancy; where a roomful of diners routinely gets up to form a giant conga line.
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Tony Spavones reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (11)neighborhood gem (10)good for groups (8)romantic (7)fit for foodies (7)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (2)great for lunch (1)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Danno
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    There was an 80th birthday party going on which we felt like we were intruding a little bit. Tony couldn't make it to sing but one of their waitresses did a fantastic job filling in!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Especially enjoyed the singing - Tony and one of the wait staff. She has a beautiful voice and the performance added to my group's enjoyment!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Old Italian restaurant
    2couples
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We went for anniversary celebration for friends because we had dined here before we all had kids and they are now all grown. It was nostalgic. Enjoyed Tony Spavone's (owner) visit to our table and his singing. He seemed to know many people there and was friendly to us like he knew us. The diners who had the special pasta and seafood really liked it, the other entrees were OK. Server was pretty uninvolved but did take care of us. Wine was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    BobHVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    What a treasure in the old Italian style. Well worth the trip. Big portions of authentic Italian food coupled with live entertainment provided by the remarkably talented owner. I would recommend without hesitation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 32th Anniversary Dinner
    outogather
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This was for our 35th Anniverary dinner that turned out to be too noisy because there was a group celebrating something that should have been put in the restaurant's party room. Food was excellent though but not too romantic.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find in Bloomingdale Area
    Jerry13
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Tony Spavone is a warm, friendly and gratious host. When you dine at Spavone's you are part of the family. Great menu selection of nicely prepared, flavorfull Italian dishes with no skimping on the portions. Be prepared for great leftovers for the next day. Tony greets guests at the door and/or visits each table as he walks around singing thus contributing to the family atmosphere. When we are in the Bloomingdale area, Spavone's is a must for our family.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food!
    Mekaleta
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great food, excellent specials and a special treat if Tony sings!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A taste of home
    hungrygirl
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Dining at Tony's is like going back home to Mama's table. We always know what to expect and the food is great, especially when Tony himself goes back into the kitchen. The baccalo is not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    emvllcVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Tony as usual himself singing on the microphone. That's the charming aspect of the place. Unfortunately the food was just average and the place needs some updating. Wouldn't rush back but in a pinch not a bad spot for lunch or dinner
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.9
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 119 reviews are from the Tony Spavones reviews archive.
  • Crowded
    BrigidandJim
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The restaurant was very crowded so it took a while for our food to arrive but it was very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    LockportCindy
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My adult son, my mother and I went to Spavone's for Mother's Day, and I was really looking forward to it, but ended up disappointed. I was expecting authentic Italian food, and while the words on the menu made me think I was going to get it, I was wrong. I would compare the quality and authenticity of the food to what Chili's or TGIFriday' would serve. Considering that, I think it was kind of pricy, $100 even for three mid priced meals, no alcohol or dessert, and tip.
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  • waiter forgot have the order
    BillT
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    the restaurant was practically empty. However the waiter forgot to bring a salad and soup I also ordered chicken breast I got a whole chicken food was good
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    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great fun evening
    suburbansenior
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    1st time at Spavone's. We will go back again and again. The food and service were very good. The singing was professional and very enjoyable. Tony's voice and repertoire were first class. One of the waitresses sang as well when we were there. She could and should be a professional. I recommend Tony Spavone's highly!!.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My wife & I hadn't been to
    DocMartinVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    My wife & I hadn't been to Spavone's in probably 20 yrs. It's just too far away now, but we were in the area and decided to go back. It was great! The food was terrific. Tony worked the room & serenaded many of the tables with Italian songs. He even did a duet with our waitress on Loretta Lynn & Patsy Cline. All-in-all, it was as if we were regulars. A great time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kitchen was VERY backed up
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The food was very good but our service and the amount of time we waiting was pretty crazy. That said the manager/owner? came by and apologized and comped a good portion of our meal which really eased the sting!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spavone's Hits All the Right Notes
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Tony Spavone's is an old school Italian restaurant that offers a warm and casual environment. The dishes include authentic Italian specialities such as rotolo, braciole, and burrata. These items are not to be found on menus at most other wannabe Italian restaurants. Their garlic rolls are addictive! The atmosphere is enhanced by the owner Tony crooning Italian classics in the background. Last time out, one of the servers, Kelly, also sang a couple of songs. Her voice is amazing. Having the live music in a more intimate fashion really is a unique experience. The servers are attentive, but don't hover or rush you. This is a great spot for couples or groups. All good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the wait?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had an 8 pm reservation. we were only seated 15 minutes late (it was Valentine's Day) but we didn't receive our food until 10:15 pm! We ordered around 8:45 pm. If it wasn't for our waitress being so generous, we would have walked out. That being said, the food was delicious once we finally did get it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a good night for tony
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    In the past, spavones had been a great experience. The food was great and Tony's voice was even better. My girlfriend and I recently went on valentines day which I anticipated a crowded evening but we had a late reservation for 7:45 hoping we would miss the rush. We had to check in twice because the lady didn't write down my name the first time I told her we were there, then we went over to the bar while we were waiting. This part made me the most upset because the full 30 min. we waited at the bar, the bartender didn't once acknowledge that we were sitting there waiting to get a drink. Waitress hardly came by our table and waited an hour and half before we got our food and didn't leave until close to 11:00 and by then it was nearly empty.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great suburban find!
    SarahSmock
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Who would have guessed you could find such a wonderful, locally owned restaurant in the midst of what appeared to be mostly chain restaurants? We had a lovely time. They sat us by the fire on a really cold night. The menu was diverse, and we loved everything we had. The calamari appetizer was among the best I've ever had. We had a prawn special (huge prawns), linguine with clam sauce (tons of clams) and a chicken and veggie risotto that was different than most but luscious tasting. If we get back to this area, we will definitely return, and we already recommended it to several people at the wedding we were in town for. You can't beat having the owner do a little singing and come to your table to check on the food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with friends
    FullVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    We came to the restaurant with some friends and had a wonderful time. The food was excellent as usual. The only thing I'd like to mention is that they should tell you what the price is for the specials of the day. We we were surprised that the Prawns were 31.00 dollars. Granted they were delicious, but I think a bit pricey for 3 large prawns. Most restaurants tell you what the prices are. Overall an excellent choice and great food. Great entertainment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old School Class
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    If you are looking for excellent food, great atmosphere, top-notch service and live music.... Then this is the spot! This family-owned restaurant has been host to celebrities past and present yet each guest is made to feel special as you chat with the owner, Tony, and enjoy hearing him sing (as well as others who may happen to be there that evening and some talented servers!) current and classic favorites. A large, two-sided stone fireplace fills the room with ambience. Looking forward to many more great evenings here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have been here many times.
    BrigidandJim
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    We have been here many times. The night we dined the food and entertainment were exceptional. We really enjoyed listening to the female singer
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    My friends from Mexico City were visiting, and i decided to take them there. We had a group of 13 people, and let me tell you that the waiter we had was just a sweetheart. BEST SERVICE EVER!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Retro Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    If you're looking for ambience and menu items from 30 years ago, this is the place.
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  • Treated like a king
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    We had fun at the bar, sat down for dinner and was it good. But then the owner Tony starting signing and sang to everyone , but came to our table and sang to us. My wife loved it. The food was very good and served hot.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was excellent. Waiter
    pussycat
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    Service was excellent. Waiter a charm. Food was good but not as good as in prior years.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    We made the reservation about midday on Saturday and were so pleasantly surprised when we walked in and were greeted by a delicious smell of garlic. The rest of the evening proceeded beautifully. My family and I were visiting the area and had no idea what to expect. It turned into one of the best dining experiences ever! The service was terrific, the food amazing and the singing incredible! Thank you Tony Spavones!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anytime food.
    capo
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    Good food, good service and a friiendly atmosphere. Owner there most of the time and is very congenial to his customers. A special ocassion or anytime ocassion is well suited for Spavones. Have a very nice party room..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was very disappointed in
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2013
    I was very disappointed in Tony Spavones on this visit. The waiter was not very friendly and I thought was just plain rude. The food was nothing special to me either. I will probably not look to return for a future visit.
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  • Very good Italian dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    The food was very good! The restaurant has been around a long time and continues its tradition of the owner serenading guests. It was a nice change from the usual dining experience. The service was a little slow but everything we ate/drank was very good.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Italian food and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Excellent Italian food and singing entertainment along with occasional walk-in entertainer/comedian.
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    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food and Entertaining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    Not Only was the Food Excellent the Owner Sings! With a Terrific Sound System He Sings Everyones Favorite Old Tunes and Invites People to Sing with him or alone with an Open Mic Concept!! A Hidden Gem
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Italian in Bloomingdale IL
    WFNJDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2013
    Lots of garlic on the freshly made still-warm rolls, salad was good ablit way over-dressed. Husband had Eggplant parm which was good, I had Veal Marsala which was also good. Appetizers were whole baked clams - very good & Arancini (Rice Balls) served with a sweet marinara sauce. They were good but would have preferred a stronger gravy. We were visiting the area so not sure about returning...photos in lobby of so many celebs you will most definitely recognize. A place that was once probably the toast of the area...way better that some stuffy hotel restaurant.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and Fun
    ChaucersdogVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    We left Tony Spavones commenting how we could not remember having so much fun going out to eat. The food was very good. The entertainment was exceptional. We will be back -- again and again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • long drive Tony wasn't there
    THal
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    long drive Tony wasn't there that night. Food was very good.
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    good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We took too long to get there
    Buckysmaster
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    My wife's uncle told us about Spavone's a few years back and we finally were in the neighborhood and had a chance to try it out. My only regret is that we waited so long to get there. We really enjoyed ourselves with the wonderful food, the excellent wait staff,and the entertainment. We will go back and take some family with us.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Atmosphere and food excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Atmosphere and food excellent. Ambiance special with singing by Tony Spavone and server Kelly. Party of four would recommend Chicken Vesuvio, Shrimp and Broccoli, and Tony's Veal Special. Very, very, enjoyable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Don't pay attention to ANY
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/13/2013
    Don't pay attention to ANY negative reviews!! My entire family has been dining at Tony Spavones for over 20 years and have NEVER had a bad experience. Tony's singing adds to the ambiance of the entire dining experience. Great service (thank you Tony Pace), marvelous food, lifting our glasses and singing along with Tony, and top the evening off with an after dinner drink or cappuccino and it truly takes me back to dining in our favorite restaurants in Italy. We chose Tony Spavones on this particular evening for a gathering of long-time friends, couldn't have picked a better place. We now plan to meet there every few months.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful Food and Service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Service was delightful and so was the food! We had the Eggplant stuffed with Ricotta appetizers - delicious and appetizing; thoroughly enjoyable Bean, Escarole, and Sausage soup and then I had the absolutely fabulous Mushroom Risotto, while my sister had the mouth-watering Lobster Ravioli in a Vodka Cream Sauce. Our Server was professional, friendly and helpful. Unfortunately, we had to make a movie and couldn't linger for dessert.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lots of fun for families or
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Lots of fun for families or groups. Tony sings and gets people involved.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic