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Cafe Spiaggia

2654 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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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
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Phone number
(312) 280-2750
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joe Flamm
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Private party facilities
Private dining rooms seat up to 250 guests for dining. Can accommodate up to 400 guests for receptions.
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Private party contact
Marlee Schuster: (312) 280-3300
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Cross street
Oak Street
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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.
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Public transit
CTA: Redline - Chicago Stop
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

My wife and I have been going here for years and have always been impressed with the quality of the food and the reasonable prices. This time the appetizers all held up to the prior experienced excellence, however a couple of entrees were forgettable, which was a first. Attentiveness of service also seems to have dropped a notch. All in all not a bad experience, but since I only get to Chicago once a year or so, I'll probably check out somewhere else for the next visit.

vipOpenTable Diner (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Great alternative to Spiaggia. Food was excellent and loved the chill ambience. Would def go back!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

Great service and food. My wife and I only had Appetizers and dessert which were delicious and too full to have a full entree. Chef Joe made us feel extra special by taking the time to meet with us on our 43 wedding anniversary.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Not at all worth the price. There are much better options out there.

vipmujer (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Disappointing visit that didn't meet expectations, especially for food or professional service.

vipflyingfoodie (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

My husband and I dined at Spiaggia Cafe while visiting Chicago. We lived in Chicago for 30 years and had our wedding reception at Spiaggia. We ordered two very dry Martinis to start. They were anything but dry! We asked if perhaps they could add a little bit of vodka to take away from the overpowering vermouth taste. Not sure what they did but they still were not good. Our starters were good, a soup and a kale salad. My husband ordered the Pappardell with braised goat and I ordered the Rotolo. Both were a major disappointment. My husband found a piece of plastic in his dish and my dish was barely warm. We told our waiter who was very apologetic and took our dishes. When he returned my dish was the exact one he took away and only the very top of the dish was slightly warmer. My husband's dish thankfully was without plastic. The manager came over to apologize and took the food off our bill. It was a nice recovery but very disappointing food.

vipOpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
2.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

Very dissapointed in overall experience
Party of four with one guest meal not delivered with the other 3 due to error

My lobster spaghetti was tasteless
Wife’s portion of pasta too small

Lobster portion not in tune with price charged

Apps were great
Management tried to make up for their mistakes

Cafe needs to get real with portion sizes and taste

Had high expectations
Will not be back

vipRobertnPamela (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

Beyond delicious food, wonderful service- extremely enjoyable experience

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 6, 2017

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!

MaryCandDavid (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 6, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 6, 2017

Impeccable food and service! Would definitely go back.

vipJames (Chicago)
3.0  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:(