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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.

980 North Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Cross Street:
Oak Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 280-2750

Website:
http://www.spiaggiarestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
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.

Public Transit:
CTA: Redline - Chicago Stop

Executive Chef:
Joe Flamm

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

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Cafe Spiaggia Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

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86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (33)
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Notable Wine List (17)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Authentic (13)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Romantic (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Business Meals (8)
Hot Spot (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Good for Groups (5)
People Watching (5)
Seasonal (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Healthy (4)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
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Kid-friendly (2)
Fun (2)
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Paleo Friendly (2)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Beyond delicious food, wonderful service- extremely enjoyable experience

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Had a holiday family lunch. Food was great wine selection good and service just right . Good way to start the season.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Our server David was excellent. Best duck in my life!

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·Dined 5 days ago

Been years since we ate here but glad we came back. Food and service were outstanding. Creative and very hearty dishes. Strongly recommend to anyone wanting an upscale Italian meal.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined 7 days ago

Food was fabulous. The clams and spaghetti were the best ever had and my husband makes a great one. The Gnocchi was great in the wild boar ragu. We were visiting Chicago and we are foodies so a big thumbs up!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Impeccable food and service! Would definitely go back.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 2017

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:(

Tags: Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Delicious food with exceptional attention to detail. Service was on point. Gnocci was our favourite dish. Highly recommended!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We were served what appeared to be spoiled meatballs and proceeded to be sick with GI symptoms two hours later and lasted all day. Very disappointing.

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Perfect food and service. Pistachio icecream though not to my liking.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 27, 2017

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

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.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Excellent food and service as always

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 20, 2017

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!

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Food was very delicious! Great service.
We love the place. Will definitely come back again.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

We arrived late due to traffic because of the Festival of Lights but we were greeted warm and friendly and escorted to our seats immediately. We had an amazing dinner and the view was beautiful. The service was as expected for a classy place. Thank you!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We have been going there for many years and still Excellent food and service. Highly recommend.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We had high expectations to be fair but overall found the food somewhat bland, presentation unimaginative, and the service so so. Doubt we will ever go back with so many better options in Chicago.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Food was superb. My guest from Spain said it was the best Italian food he had ever had. He also said, "Now I know what tiramisu really tastes like."

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Romantic
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Please be careful about pasta freshness. Some of our plates were gummy. Unacceptable on that. Thanks for asking.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food had plenty of flavor and very well balanced. Kale salad was one of best salads I have had. Gnocchi pasta was light and fluffy, great sauce.
Got to meet chef Eric! Very friendly and loved to share stories.
Wine and service were done well...

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 30, 2017

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.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 23, 2017

While the meal started well, about halfway through the meal our server seemed to disappear. The food was good but not great and not worthy of a Michelin star by itself - add the lack of service and it was a disappointment.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food, good wine selection, fantastic service.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

40th Wedding Anniversary celebration, with family, delicious food, excellent service and wonderful ambiance. Spiaggia Cafe is one of our longstanding favorite places to dine anytime we are downtown.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great service!!!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

A great venue for a quiet intimate dinner. The layout is such that every table feels pretty cozy. The food is excellent, especially the pastas.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

So happy we chose Cafe Spiaggia for our Anniversary Dinner. The service was top notch--some of the best we've ever had, the food terrific, and the setting wonderful.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We were visiting Chicago and decided to try Cafe Spiaggia after reading about Chicago's best restaurants. We didn't realize that there was a difference between the Cafe and the regular restaurant. When we realized that we had made a reservation at the cafe, we were at first disappointed. However, we were wrong. This was an amazing dinner! My husband has told about a dozen people how he had the best pasta of his
life. We have traveled the world, Italy included, so this is quite a compliment. Can't wait until our next visit to Chicago so we can return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Seasonal, Tasting Menu
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