Filini Restaurant and Bar-Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel

4.2
485 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Afternoon Tea, American
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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
Bar
Daily 2:00 pm–10:00 pm
Modern Tea
Fri–Sun 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(312) 477-0234
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Lenny Ventura
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Upper Wacker/ Lake
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Parking details
$16 for 3 hours - must use valet and not the garage self parking
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Entertainment
No live entertainment
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, 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. Contact Joseph Houlihan at 312 477 0231 or joseph.houlihan@adisson.com

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What 485 People Are Saying
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R
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere and the food was good. A little bit on the expensive side, but overall no complaints.

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EM
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was okay but extremely expensive. I suppose this is what you get downtown Chicago. I felt like the server didnt think we were fancy enough to eat there. Again, just my feelings.

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B
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Filini for a small bachelorette dinner. We sat at the bar and had cocktails while we waited for beyond to arrived. The bar area is very nice and you can have a good conversation. We ate upstairs. The food was delicious! We each had a different dish from the salmon, risotto, steak, and chicken. None of us were disappointed at all. The dessert and coffee were amazing as well. The best part was our server, Benjamin. He was phenomenal and made us feel like royalty. He took wonderful care of us and went out of his way to make our Bride-to-Be feel amazing! Thank you, Benjamin!

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M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The only food choices that were really delicious were the burrata, meatballs and the Bolognese pasta. The polenta was ok; the grilled octopus - mushy. The place does not feel cozy or authentic; just big hotel restaurant.

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MG
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good ambience and service. But the Food is Excellent. Our of all the places that I have tied in the city (many) I think they have the very best Burrata and Rissotto. I also love their Mushroom Pizza. I think all of their food including the cauliflower tempura, tomato basil soup and ceasar's salad are excellent.

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F
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Enjoyed the food and ambiance. The service was good, not great. The manager and server both would ask if we wanted anything but neither bright it until we asked a second time.

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JR
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Food had very bad taste.
Table of six, 5 of them did not like their plates.

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AG
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent venue for a business meal for special occasion. Food was exceptional and the customer service was on point. Atmosphere was great, perhaps a little loud, but that added to the vibe of the venue.

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B
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I like this place for a happy hour but did not prefer it for a business breakfast.

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AB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely outdoor seating on a nice day. Shaded and quiet but still fresh air. Prompt service, good food.

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JC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and wine list

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T
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We mistakenly went in the bar door which was very noisy, with several TVs, but when we mentioned our reservations, the hostess led us upstairs to the very peaceful dining area with a front window view of the street below. The staff was very friendly and attentive, but not intrusive. We both had the mushroom risotto which was tasty and very filling. The only complaint was the amount of wine offered was very small, especially for the $14 price. The over-all experience was relaxing and calm.

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D
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

I ordered the special cheeseburger medium. It was brought to my table very rare, almost raw. They returned with a replacement that was very well done; it was hard, dry and without taste. The did not charge me and did give a complementary dessert.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The service was extremely poor, the employees were rude and dismissive and the food lacked any flavor and was poorly cooked. How is this place in business?

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 3

We were presented with 2 menus that were the same as on the Open Table web site except for prices. The Open Table web site has the lower prices and $$ rating. We asked which were correct and they replaced the lower priced menu with the higher priced one. For example, mushroom risotto entre went from $18 to $26. We then left and went nearby to Mescalina down in the park for a very nice dinner at much lower cost even though Open Table lists them at $$. Columbus Tap across the street from Filini is also better.

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SK
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good lunch spot!

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I
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food, enormous cake.

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K
New England
60 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Filini has an excellent menu and great ambiance. We visited Filini for wine and appetizers. Service began strong, however quickly deteriorated. We ordered focaccia for the table which took 45 minutes and several requests to finally get. When we received it, there were two pieces for 4 people. By this point we were over it and requested our check. The manager was apologetic and comped our focaccia, but it should not have gotten to that point.

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DA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had lunch on a quiet Monday. There was barely anyone else dining. The ambiance was nice and the food was good. The waiter was adequate. Plan ahead if you are valet parking as you have to pay at the front desk. When we were there one person was attending the front desk and there was a line of people waiting. We waited a good 10 minutes just to pay for the valet. When you are on a schedule that can be a problem. I commented that they should have someone to help her but she didn't seem to care.

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SD
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Mother’s Day brunch was excellent and most importantly the musicians were fabulous!! Such great selections of music and their performance was very enjoyable!

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NP
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Terrible service. Poor waiter seemed to be the only server working. Had tables all over restaurant AND outside while 2 managers wandered aimlessly doing nothing. Long wait for a burger and then got cold fries. With so many choices in chicago.....go elsewhere.

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HK
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Was unreasonably loud, food was cold when it came out, and only saw our waiter once the entire meal.

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JD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

The service was very slow. We waited 30 minutes for our food (during lunch) and went if finslly arrives, we both got the wrong thing! It took another 5 minutes for us to tell our waiter about the mistake, then another 10 minutes to get the food we ordered.

They were very apologetic and gave us one of our lunches free, which was very nice.

The service was way too slow for a business lunch and the Caprese Panini was disappointing.

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AS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, great flexibility. Everyone, kids through business professionals enjoyed the meal.

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AS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Our waiter was available but not intrusive, particularly great for a long breakfast.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent!

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SO
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Very good food and selection for lunch. Noise level was very high making difficult to engage in business conversation. Service was very good as well. Willing to give it another but a for pleasure or casual event.

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A
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Filini was a great find. It was available via the Chicago Pedway from Swissotel. So, when weather is bad, it is a short walk in the Pedway. The food was amazing! The pasta was homemade. The serving sizes were appropriate and the service was fabulous!

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GT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Extremely slow service even though there were only 8 other tables with patrons. We waited for over an hour for our appetizer and another 45 minutes for our food, which was then cold! Waiter brought us two of the same appetizers even though we only ordered one and then charged us for both. Portions are small - especially for an Italian restaurant. I would never go back. There are so many great places to eat in Chicago - this is not one of them.

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CB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, great food, professional service.

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J
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is gorgeous! We came late on a Thursday so it wasn't busy at all and we were seated at a great booth on the window. The service and wine were great. The only thing I'll say is that our entrees, while delicious, were pretty much the size of tapas plates - I ordered scallops and my husband ordered fish and with no appetizer, salad, dessert or coffee, one glass of wine and a Bloody Mary the final bill was over $100. So value for the money, not so much, but I will say that everything else outweighed it. The server did warn me that the dish wasn't for a big appetite. Would still go again.

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N
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal, great wine, fantastic service and a complimentary birthday surprise. Thank you so much... we will be back!

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BB
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Was disappointed in taste of food....just average. Found on Tripadvisor...had a special weekend with my husband and we thought we would try to Brunch before leaving town. Our waiter ....Michael was good...but food didn't ...WOW.....us. Would not recommend or be back....sorry!!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Out neighborhood go to restaurant. Great service. Good food and pleasant atmosphere. Outdoor dining is fun. Inside is noisy unless the restaurant is I filled.

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SM
Chicago
90 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great space. Ok food. Interesting drinks. Place is dead...needs a reboot, I think.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Food quality has gone down a bit. Space needs acoustic treatment.

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EB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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b
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food!! Would be my east loop go to!!

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f
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Overzealous bussers kept taking plates and silverware while people were still eating. If we were in a packed restaurant- I’d understand the need for turnover, but the place was pretty empty.
Great food!

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N
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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