Filini Restaurant and Bar-Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel

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$31 to $50
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Global, International
Whether you're looking for a dozen oysters fresh from the sea, a hearty weekend brunch buffet to enjoy with the kids, or an elegant dinner of housemade pasta (bucatini carbonara, perhaps?) and a slice of indulgent chocolate layered cake, Filini Restaurant and Bar has you covered. Authentic, exciting and innovative, Filini 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. 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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MF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

I have been going to this restaurant since 2011, but I don't plan to go back in the future based on my most recent experience. The service was TERRIBLE. The waiter did not come back to our table after giving us our iced teas until I flagged him down 45 minutes after we ordered to inquire about the status of getting our food. We had only ordered entrees. Although the restaurant was quite busy, I saw other tables seated after us order, eat, and leave before we got our food. Once we finally got our food (an hour after ordering), it was fine, but it was certainly not worth the wait. The waiter only took 15% off the bill for our trouble. He also did not bring drink refills after being asked. No manager ever stopped over to us, and no one else ever asked us anything. Again, I will not be back.

KN
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with great ambiance. Unfortunately, server must have been new. She was nice but clearly had not been trained at all, almost as if she had been in another position and then they needed a server. Only saving grace was another server came to the rescue to salvage our experience (barely) before we walked out. The food was not good either. If they can improve the service and the food, this place could be something as the room itself was really nice. Too bad.

DP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a reservation for 7:30 pm on a Friday but didn’t need it. Lots of open tables. Thought I might have made a mistake, but food was quite good and wait staff was excellent.

SR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great people and super service great food. Would recommend this place to anyone

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was slow. Food was average to below average.

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Michael provided excellent service! Thank you!

G
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Aside from the noisy environment, it was outstanding all around

MS
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible. Our waitress never checked on us and was slow. If you have to eat there go for it but expect terrible service.

DF
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Horrible. Grilled bread brought to table burned on one side and never replaced. Ordered shrimp cocktail only to be told 15 minutes later they were ‘out’. Requested different table away from kitchen and were refused in spite of many, many open tables. We cancelled our food order, paid for drinks and left. Ruined our Friday night in Chicago!

AD
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Nothing speacial. The waitress who was supposed to serve me barley did it seem like I was inconveniencing her, she had a little attitude. Good thing the other waitress took the time to take my order and help..

OT
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Was rather disappointed. Service was slow and food came out very inconsistently. The food is decent, but nothing special.

MH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Food was ok, but our side salad was salty and when we told the waitress she offered no suggestions to fix (new salad or other) we asked for a different salad dressing and then she disappeared for the next 45 minutes and then came back with no dressing and when asked for it, she complained of being busy We were 1 of 6 tables being used so I’m not sure what “ busy” meant. Plus there were others on staff.
She seemed annoyed that we had a complaint but it was crazy salty. Must have been a bad batch of salad dressing. Anyway, we won’t be back.

TD
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Terrible service
Terrible waiter
Don’t recommend at all

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Noisy poor service

OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!! Came here for college graduation! Loved the food and service

L
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great venue, but loud music is hard for business meetings.

RR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The food wasn't up at the same level as the rest of the restaurant. The decor was chic, the drinks were good, the waiter was cool, but the pasta was - meh. Chefs are doing so much with pasta these days. Filini needs to step up its game. Try gnocchi with duck breast and dark, savory sauce. Find another restaurant that is doing pasta right.

J
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was great - attentive & friendly. The burrata salad & tomato soup were delicious. The carbonara pasta was not good, dry, not creamy, not tasty. The chicken Milanese was also disappointing, dry

JJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Easter brunch was lovely

CD
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I live in the Lakeshore East neighborhood and didn't have a clue that there was a restaurant upstairs above the bar. It is lovely and relatively quiet. We had a salad and pasta. Both were outstanding. Service okay. Prices were high, as expected in a hotel restaurant.

TG
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the lunch and atmosphere. Needs a little touch up in the booths.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Waiter was inattentive and intrusive. Food over priced and only adequate quality. Filini was a much better restaurant before the make-over.

B
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 4

Selected because of proximity to Harris Theater, and we were very disappointed. Food is okay at best, but it is enormously overpriced. The worst value I can recall having ever received for my money. Menu is limited and very uninspiring. We will never go again.

LH
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

a bit confusing trying to decide whether i am at an italian inspired restaurant, a sushi restaurant, or something different. The sushi, some of the best I have had in a long time, and was presented very well. Drinks were good, but a bit overpriced... and meal was good, with my pork chop and her salmon being cooked nicely, but description vs delivery was different.
A great spot, and the food was good... was it 40 dollar per entree good? ehhhh...

JB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and delicious food for a good price!

AR
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food, gnocchi with squash vegetables and mushroom was amazing! and the wine was great too! The gnocchi were not heavy, they were like little angel pillows! Cheers

L
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved our server. He was so nice and attentive. Would go back just to sit in his area again.

OT
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had an impromptu dinner with people who live in the neighborhood. Easy to park at the hotel. With it being the holiday season, it was pretty both in the restaurant as well as the view outside. The atmosphere is quiet and was conducive to nice conversation. While the menu isn't large, the options were pretty wide-ranging so we could each find something we liked. The pasta choices as well as the steak were all tasty, well prepared and nicely presented. Reasonable portion size as well. Our waitress was excellent - attentive and welcoming without hovering. It was a nice find for a last minute dinner.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Came for high tea on a Sunday afternoon. Really slow and poor service even though there was one other party in the entire place. We were seated for 40 minutes before our order was taken and it was over an hour until we got served our tea. Really no excuse for our group to be sitting around waiting to flag a waitress when the entire place was empty! The decor and ambiance is gorgeous so I wish I could love it, but would not recommend anyone to visit this place. Also- the tea was good but the small bites were just a bunch of sweet desserts and one savory option. Nothing special.

CB
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved it food was amazing especially the fried calamari

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

Manager did a great job attending to us. Will be back hope he’s there

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The service never seems quick enough but the food tastes outstanding.

R
1 review
Dined on November 13, 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.

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.

B
1 review
Dined on November 10, 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!

M
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 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.

MG
1 review
Dined on October 27, 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.

F
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 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.

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.

AG
1 review
Dined on September 26, 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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