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Filini Restaurant and Bar-Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel

4.2
460 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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
Modern Tea
Sat, Sun 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 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 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. Contact Joseph Houlihan at 312 477 0231 or joseph.houlihan@adisson.com

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What 460 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.1
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3.9
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Excellent!

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

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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1.0Dined on March 24, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great experience, great food, professional service.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

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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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

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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3.0Dined on March 1, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on February 26, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent!

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 5, 2018

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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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on January 4, 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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3.0Dined on December 25, 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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3.0Dined on December 25, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on December 16, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on December 7, 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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5.0Dined on December 7, 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.

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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on October 12, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

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

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1.0Dined on August 26, 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on August 15, 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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1.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on July 12, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on June 24, 2017

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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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