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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.

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

Cuisines:
Italian, Farm-to-table, American

Hours of Operation:


Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:30am,
Saturday & Sunday: 6:30am - 11:00am;

Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am-2:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm;
Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Join us Christmas Eve for a 4-course pre fixe menu for $65 per person. Choose from entrees including sable fish, braised short ribs and smoked duck. End on a sweet note with buche de noel. Wine pairings available for $30. A la carte menu will be available.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Join us Christmas Day for a 4-course pre fixe menu for $65 per person. Choose from entrees including sable fish, braised short ribs and smoked duck. End on a sweet note with buche de noel. Wine pairings available for $30. A la carte menu will be available.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Join us for a 4-course pre fixe menu for $75 per person. Choose from two dinner seatings at 7p + 9p and then ring in the New Year at Filini Bar with a DJ, complimentary champagne toast and party favors.

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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4.0

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4.0

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4.2

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3.5

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67% would recommend it to a friend

Happy Hour (2)
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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2017

Very average in terms of food, although menu is fine. Service was okay, but sometimes felt amateurish. If not for location convenient to three hotels, this place would not survive.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 26, 2016

Really great good, the steak was exceptional!
The service was also great with a very laid back ambiance. Would visit again

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Christmas night dinner here was a prix fixe, which I didn't know in advance but was very pleased with afterward. I started with prawns, which were delicious. Spinach salad was next, perfectly done. I finished with something from the secondi because I didn't want any of the meat options available for the main. So I had the lobster soup (from secondi) and it was delicious. The chocolate cake afterward was rich and superfluous but made the dinner utterly complete. I hope to see all three of my dinner choices on the regular menu on other occasions, as I go to Filini several times a year, probably an average of 1x per month if you spread out all the visits over 12 months. Very good; especially for a "hotel" restaurant. Worth the visit even for locals.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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vip
 (London)·Dined on December 22, 2016

Filini is in a convenient location in Chicago's Lakeshore East neighborhood downtown. We have dined there a few times, and enjoyed it, but on this occasion it was a disappointment. The starters were fine: my mussels were excellent, and my husband said his salad was good, although the greens were soaked in too much dressing. One of our friends had the lobster broth, which he enjoyed. However, our main course pastas were below par, to say the least. We had tortelli, and they were very hard and dry, accompanied by little cubes of pumpkin which were barely cooked at all. The chocolate dessert (shared by four of us) was very good. The restaurant wasn't crowded, and we shared a large booth which was great for conversation, so we had a nice time in pleasant, stylish, surroundings. The meal, however left a lot to be desired.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2016

I made reservations for 1130am to have breakfast before taking my girlfriend to the nutcracker play. It was our first time at Filini. We were lucky enough to get Michael B. as our waiter who was such a nice guy and so fantastic! Breakfast was absolutely incredible and then we relaxed in the holiday themed lobby and had coffee in front of the fire before the play. Wonderful experience, great food, ask for michael B.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 7, 2016

Great business lunch with customers. Light lunch fare choices. Staff was attentive.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2016

THe quality of the food was fair compared to the prices. Half of the mussels had no meat. Shells were empty. Chicken dry. Ambience was nice. However, meal was disappointing.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2016

Beautiful place and wonderful food. Excellent service, too. We'll be back.

Tags: Cozy, Fun
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vip
 (Berlin)·Dined on November 19, 2016

A colleague and I had brunch before a work meeting. The food and service were outstanding.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2016

Beautiful restaurant. Waiter did not get order right even though the restaurant was almost empty. Food was under-cooked.

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