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About Filini Restaurant and Bar-Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel

Authentic, exciting and innovative, Filini is a contemporary Italian restaurant and bar that focuses on the finest fresh ingredients and flavors. The cuisine is uncomplicated but exquisitely prepared and presented to enhance the excellence of the produce. Unpretentious and stylish, the mood of the restaurant is friendly and subtle with memorable Mediterranean overtones. An upscale, contemporary and culinary experience, Filini aims to be one of the hottest spots in Chicago.

Modern Tea is available Friday through Sunday from 2pm to 4pm. Guests can enjoy a selection of sweet and savory bites alongside a pot of tea from Rare Tea Cellars or Craft fully made Tea Cocktails . Reservations require 24-hour advance notice and are available by phone only. Please call 312-477-0234. A Modern Twist on an Afternoon Tradition.

221 N Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Afternoon Tea, American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 6:30 am–10:30 am
Sat, Sun 6:30 am–11:00 am
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Modern Tea
Fri–Sun 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Upper Wacker/ Lake

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(312) 477-0234

Website:
http://www.filinichicago.com/

Entertainment:
No live entertainment

Parking Details:
$15 for 3 hours - must use valet and not the garage self parking

Executive Chef:
Frank Mnuk

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Filini Restaurant and Bar located at Radisson Aqua Blu Chicago can accommodate your group.

Filini Restaurant and Bar-Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.8

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.4

Noise

Moderate

73% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
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Casual (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Business Meals (2)
Cozy (2)
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Special Occasion (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Fun (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We were staying at the Radisson with out of town guests. We have two young children and our friends had a newborn baby. We dined early. 6 pm. The restaurant was fairly empty at this time. The restaurant was very nice, good ambiance, not what I would consider a family place, but it was in the hotel we were staying. All of the service was very good, attentive and patient with the young children. They had a childrens menu too. The cheese and meat plate was nice as were our other appetizers. I had the gnocchi for my main dish and my husband had the scallops. I would say the main dishes were good, but not the best part of the meal.

Tags: Seasonal, Casual, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Our food was very good. Our server was great. A great restaurant to have available when staying at the hotel.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Our family of four went for Christmas dinner. The only option for ordering was the 4-course special menu, and not the regular a la carte menu, as touted would also be available online. Our college-aged kids thought the meal was good, but would have preferred regular options. At $65 per head, the portions were truly tiny - especially the entrees. While good quality, there was just so little. We didn’t expect a gluttonous portion, but 4 bites of duck was hardly enough to call a meal.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The pancakes at the buffet station was hard as a rocket, apparently from being there too long.

Tags: Quick Bite
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great restaurant for relaxing, reasonably priced dinner downtown. Friendly service, relaxing atmosphere. Great cheese-salami platter, grilled octopus. Nice wine selection.

Tags: Quick Bite, Romantic, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 19, 2017

This is the 4th year my friends and I have gathered at this venue to exchange Christmas presents. We make a meal out of several appetizers and wine. The service is great and they tolerate our unwrapping gifts. We will be back.

Tags: Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Pasta sauce was too salty. Pork chop not well seasoned, too fatty.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Food was excellent and the staff was very accommodating! My Team and I will definitely be coming back!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

We enjoyed the experience overall...the restaurant was lovely and the service was superb. The mussels app was okay but quite fishy tasting and smelling, and we love mussels normally. I had the Cornish game hem and the hen was delicious but the squash side was not very tasty and the broccolini was pretty good but overly oily. My husband had the halibut and thought it was way overcooked. The panna cotta dessert was nummy...tough call but probably won’t go back. Sorry.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We came here prior to a dance performance at the Harris. It was a beautiful dining room with great city street views. Vibrant bar on level one. Great food with just The right amount of spices. Would highly recommend the octopus appetizer. The menu could have used a few additional entrées and vegetable options. Service was friendly and efficient. Will come back.

Tags: Spicy, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The carbonara ($18) was so small that it could have been a stingy appetizer instead of the main course it was advertised to be.
Although the food had flavor, it was not worth the price that was charged.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Excellent Italian wines available by the glass. An upscale dining venue located in attractive contemporary architectural landmark. Enjoyable!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We shared a salad and spaghetti with meatballs. The salad was pretty good but the meatballs tasted strange. I had $13 glass of wine and it was quite good.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 30, 2017

From the start everything was perfect. We were greeted by a lovely young woman, our waiter Yosef was attentive and helpful. We ordered the house salad, which was tasty, I had ham and cheese pizza and my husband had salmon. Every morsel was good!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was spectacular, service was great...A bit pricey, but worth it

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Had gone once previously. It was excellent

Went again 18 months later. Opposite experience. Food blah at best. Service unexceptional.

Won't go back

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Our meal was excellent. My pork chop was amazing and the sauce on the asparagus was to die for.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 16, 2017

We have enjoyed Filinis for several years, and this was our first time in 2017. The menu seemed less interesting with fewer choices + higher prices. The dining room was empty and quiet on a Tuesday night, though the bar downstairs was quite loud. The service was good, the food was good, the decor is still a bit cold.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Overall quality of the food for brunch has gone down hill over the last few years. It had been some time since I visited Filini, but I decided to go back since I live within a block of the restaurant. Was very disappointed by the service and less than impressed by the food that came out to our table. I had enjoyed the omelet during previous visits and decided to order it again, but asked that there they not include green peppers due to an allergy at the table. The menu states that the omelet is served with bell peppers, but doesn't clarify the color, so I just wanted to be sure no green peppers were served and said any other color would be fine. My omelet arrived with only green peppers and of course I had to send it back. Once the new omelet arrived with red peppers, I realized the food was no longer of the quality in recent years. Adding to this error, I was charged for "adding items" to my omelet since I requested any peppers that weren't green peppers, even though the menu only clarifies bell peppers. The service was embarrassing and as convenient as it is to drop by Filini for breakfast/brunch/dinner, I won't be returning. There are plenty of restaurants in Chicago worth the longer walk.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Quite, elegant restaurant. Interesting menu. Great appetizer choices. Entree we had were excellent. Overall, excellent experience!

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cambridge)·Dined on July 9, 2017

The wait staff were particularly helpful and attentive. The food was excellent and a good value.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 8, 2017

This was a very disappointing visit. We will not return. The restaurant was empty except for one other small party, so air conditioning was not adjusted to accommodate the paucity of body heat. Portions were very small. I ordered the salmon ($34). The portion was fairly reasonably sized, but it was raw in the middle and did not come with a sliver of lemon, even though there was no sauce of other flavoring to the fish. The plate was garnished with a few roe eggs and maybe 2 stalks of slivered asparagus. Not at all worth the price. It was cold when brought to the table. My friend (we were supposed to be celebrating her birthday), ordered what we thought was a pasta dish (cavatappi), but this was definitely not little squiggles of pasta. Instead there were hard green nuggets. That also was cold when brought to the table. I asked for green tea and was brought Earl Grey, already brewed. The waiter was aware that we were unhappy, but none of the problems were his fault and there really was not much he could do about the situation. We were on a tight, but reasonable schedule, so there was not time to wait for re-heating the salmon, re-cook the very hard pasta nuggets, or change the tea. We debated about dessert, but decided to buy one because it was, after all, a birthday. We each ordered a semi-freddo. It was the only good part of the dinner. Ordering 1 pasta dish, one secondi, 2 desserts and tea came to $85. Insanely expensive for the small, poorly prepared portions. We will not return.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Anniversary

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Short menu but great food in a beautiful setting with excellent service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Fettuccine pasta is crazy. Huge portion and sOoooooooo good! The place is nice too, would come here again

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Way over priced. Snobby server like we're in a gold star restaurant. I think they buy their meatballs at the store around the corner and then re sell them at a cost 4 times what they cost at Mariano's grocery. Very disappointed to have tiny portions of spaghetti and a 200.00 dinner bill for 2 adults and 2 small children. Find your dinner elsewhere. Will never spend a penny of our money there again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 22, 2017

I've written this before - there is a "Sour milk" odor that is constant in this place. There were 2 other tables in the entire place being served. The seating at the bar and high tops are horrible to sit in... Frankly, I'm not sure how the place is still open. I only went there because a client recommended we meet there and it was only then that I realized where I was going. The name is permanently branded in my mind - NEVER again!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Great food and friendly service but SO SLOW. Restaurant was practically empty but we were there almost three hours for dinner and I had a similar experience when I had breakfast there later in the week.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Management appeared to not have staffed the restaurant accordingly for the mother's day brunch as we, and other tables, were waiting for quite long periods for basic things such as: water, coffee, drinks, etc. Food arrived on time, but was a bit cold.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 15, 2017

New chef is doing a great job. Sampled a few things and enjoyed all. I can always get a table here, I think because of the location it's perhaps not the first place everyone thinks of when they're contemplating options on Michigan Ave. Worth going a block east, however. Great atmosphere. I always ask for a table in Youssef's section, he's wonderful.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 29, 2017

Food was not warm, fresh or tasty

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 7, 2017

Excellent meal, excellent service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2017

I had been to this restaurant once before and really enjoyed it, but this experience was completely different. The room is so beautiful and cool, and based on my last experience I couldnt understand why people weren't flocking there. Unfortunately I got my answer. Our server was terrible. Did not discuss the menu with us. Brought out our cheese and meat plate without explaining what was what. Brought our salads with our entrees. The pasta was overcooked and flavorless-a crime at an Italian restaurant charging these prices. Never again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2017

The service is always impeccable. My ossobuco could have been more tender but the flavors were there. However, my desert was soooo good! We will be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2017

This restaurant has been in our backyard Lake Shore East for 6 years and we never tried it. We were in the mood for light Italian food and was almost below zero out so we went over. Much to our surprise it was wonderful. The atmosphere was cozy sitting in a great booth with a view . We look forward to going again

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Service was prompt and very helpful, food was excellent.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 23, 2017

Nice. Prompt pleasant service. Excellent wine with my scallops

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Has yet to disappoint-my friends loved everything about Filini's!

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 17, 2017

Menu was very limited and expensive for what was served. I first ordered the house salad and leaves weren't so fresh. I then ordered the scallops. Dish came with just three scallops and brocolini. After couple of bites I realized scallops tasted odd, sour, and I returned it. Because it was late and I didn't want to look for another place, I ended up ordering lamb. They served me a small piece of lamb chop with mashed potatoes and broccolini, which was finally tasty despite small size.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Food was blah, Bloody Mary was terrible. Environment loud.

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