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About Cafe Spiaggia
A local gathering spot offering casual Italian fare by James Beard Award winning Chef Tony Mantuano and Executive Chef Joe Flamm. Guests can expect an inviting and lively environment featuring shared plates, handmade pastas, a selection of bottle cocktails and a Vittoria Coffee counter with daily pastries and coffee brews.
Chicago, IL 60611
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10pm
Friday and Saturday 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm
Sunday 4:00pm – 9pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The valet is located near 121 E. Oak street near Tod's.
$14 for up to 3 hours and $18 after 3 hours.
Additional parking is available 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.
CTA: Redline - Chicago Stop
Private Party Facilities:
Private dining rooms seat up to 250 guests for dining. Can accommodate up to 400 guests for receptions.
Private Party Contact:
Marlee Schuster: (312) 280-3300
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Cafe Spiaggia Ratings and Reviews
My husband and I met a friend there for lunch to celebrate my birthday. It was a bit noisy where we were seated as there were two tables for six on either side, but we were in no hurry to eventually it cleared out. We were not rushed by the wait staff and our waiter was very helpful in describing the menu and suggesting how to order for 3 which turned out to be perfect. The food was very delicious, the service wonderful and the wine list nice. We have been coming on and off for 30 years and the view and pristine nature of the setting and food is still top rated.
We were there on a Monday night for an early dinner (the first to arrive). Everyone was nice and friendly but our server seemed in a hurry. We placed our order for dinks and an appetizer, we explained we were not in a hurry and wanted to take our time and catch up with one another. Our server Becky asked that we put our entire order in because that’s what the kitchen wants. It’s funny we have both dinned here probably 100x and no one ever said that......we gave our order when we were ready. Our food was amazing like always but the almond tart was dry. We asked Becky if it could be warmed up, she said there was no way to do that and it wouldn’t taste good that way. Our check appeared with out asking for it, so the after dinner drink was out of the question according to Becky! Lololo
My friend was very insulted and gave the hostes an ear full. Becky just lost two really good tippers and regular dinners. My night ended uncomfortably, it was time to go home :(
Both of us will go back because one needle in the haystack isn’t going to keep us away! Just don’t ask for Becky:(
We got the burrata and arugula salad for appetizers, and they were very delicious and fresh. My fiancé got the Arrabiata pasta and the portion was frankly laughable! It was so tiny!! I think he got maybe 2oz of pasta that sat sadly in the middle of the plate. I got the linguine with clams, which had a much more reasonable portion size. The toasted milk gelato at the end was delicious. Overall, this was a really romantic place and the waiters were very friendly!
Great atmosphere with fantastic food! Yummy bread service, great calamari and my pasta carbonara was to die for! The service was also outstanding. Great place for a business meeting, date or rendezvous-vous with friends...you could actually hear your dinner partners!
Very challenging menu - items for lunch were spicy or ladened with pork. Burrata as appetizer was okay. No variance on lettuces - arugula or nothing. No variance on salad dressing - balsamic or nothing. Skirt steak - greasy. Coffee - delicious. Truffle and polenta - delicious. Chicken with salad - delicious.
Disappointing visit, having been next door i expected better.
Staff were wonderful and concerned that the food didnt all please, but food is sort of important!
They wanted to resolve the issues, but it shouldn't have left the kitchen quite frankly.
Would i go again, probably not as there is so much choice in Chicago
I debated whether to book the cafe or spiaggia. I settled on the cafe as I was dressed in jeans. When I arrived, I reconsidered and asked the cafe host to lead me to the spiaggia host so I could book a table there (at the time of the request which was around 7:53 pm) there were open table reservations available at spiaggia for 8:15 and 8: 45 pm. Nonetheless, the host at spiaggia was rude and turned me away saying “nothing” was available in the restaurant though I could sit at the bar instead. I have dined at Per Se, Daniel, La Pergola, and 11 Madison Park among other 3 Michelin Star restaurants but have never felt the level of stuffiness from Spiaggia so I will strongly consider not returning.
This wasn’t acceptable to me so I went back to the cafe to dine where the food was actually food. My server at he cafe was friendly, easy going and nice. The food was simple but both well portioned and interesting. I would return to the cafe.
What has happened to Cafe Spiaggia—has the kitchen staff been shadowing chefs at the Olive Garden or Sbarros? This was once a venue for well-prepared and fairly authentic antipasti, pasta, and piatti principale that shared the quality, if not the over the top luxury, of sister restaurant Spiaggia. Well folks, no more of that: the venue and the food (but not the prices) have been dumbed down to near food court levels. Soggy calamari over what tasted like Thousand Island dressing, bucatini a la amatriciana with crispy bacon bits instead of guanciale, and a tiramisu that would make a McDonalds sundae seem like foodie fare were just some of the insults to palate and pocketbook. Run away!
I was excited to try Café Spiaggia as I have heard good things about it. Unfortunately, the food really missed the mark. The egg over polenta with truffles tasted like mush with no flavor. There was no truffle taste or smell. The gnocchi were also hard and heavy. I would not return to this restaurant. A very disappointing meal, but the service was good.
Food was great and so was the atmosphere. The negative was the manager of the restaurant loudly dressing down his servers in an attempt to train them in the middle of this small restaurant. Obviously I have no problem with a manager doing his job, but he could have chosen a better time or place; it was a little awkward.
We usually have a nice dinner there. Unfortunately, this time my wife's arugula salad was oversalted. And not by just a little. A lot. Parts were inedible. They offered to make another for her, but by then, I had already finished my antipasto. Otherwise, it's a wonderful, quiet place overlooking Michigan Avenue and the Drake Hotel.
Dinner for two consistently arrived not hot, both starters and mains, and was substandard. Perhaps they are trying too hard to be "creative". Know they make their gelato inhouse and I remember it as wonderful but by dessert time, given the prices, we had had enough and left. Hadn't been in a while but won't return.
My wife and I went to Chicago for a long weekend. As is out practice we ask the locals where they go to eat to avoid the touristy places. So we asked the server taking care of us the first night where he would recommend for good Italian. When a server makes a recommendation for a restaurant it generally works out well. Such was the case with Cafe Spiaggia.
It met all our expectations.
It wasn’t too noise which made it easy to have a conversation.
We had a table for two overlooking Magnificent Mile.
The food was delicious and the service was excellent.
We would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for Italian and we will go back the next time we visit Chicago.
Wonderful all around! I have been going here for years when I visit Chicago, and after not having a chance to go for 3-4 years, I was thrilled to discover the menu is just as delicious as ever. I had the roasted 1/2 chicken, and it was probably the best chicken dish I’ve ever had! Love the new decor!
Service was outstanding. The bartenders were interesting to talk to and knowledgable, and they brought us two different amaros to taste. Dinner was lovely and the service friendly and attentive without being fussy. Food was excellent, and we had a nice table with a bit of a view. Great experience overall.
Outstanding pasta dishes, whether a classic done right or a more adventurous combination. Great salads. Rich and delicious desserts. And all at reasonable prices. I never leave here disappointed. In fact, of late, I never leave Chicago without making at least one trip here.
My husband and I were there to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, and Cafe Spiaggia did NOT disappoint! We were treated to prosecco and a few extras thrown in there that our server just couldn't resist. We were sat looking out at the lake and watched the world grow darker as the sun set behind us. It was warm and cozy, comfortable yet elegant. We absolutely recommend Cafe Spiaggia for a special occasion, they really make it unique! Thanks for a memorable evening!!!
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