Legacy by Giovanni's

4.4
94 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Located in the space formerly known as Big Als: Legacy. One part stylish steakhouse, one part craft cocktail lounge, 100% committed to culinary excellence. Legacy will be a dynamic dining phenomenon unlike anything you've ever experienced, featuring cooking over red-hot wood coals to impart the perfect char. Our commitment to a truly stellar spirits and wine lists will be unparalleled. The carefully appointed decor and our gracious service will enchant you. Chances are you'll be planning your return visit long before the dessert menu arrives.
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant restaurant with excellent food. Owner even stopped by to say hi. Not busy but was weds durning this crazy covid-19 hysteria.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very friendly and accommodating

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JodyW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

We have been here a couple of times and this was by far the worst. The service was just ok. The food was a total miss...my husband medium steak came out still mooing and my chicken massala dish wasn’t anything to write home about.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! The Ribeye was cooked to perfection as well as the chillian seabass! We completed dinner with the 815 cake and that was delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The service was not good. We had to constantly flag our server down. When we flagged other servers because we could not locate ours, they would not come to just see what we needed to tell our missing server. Now, when we found a hair in our food, they replaced it. But, it seemed like with the response, it was normal thing. Now, in those situations (the hair), you would expect an apology by the manager. That did not happen. Our overall experience was not good.

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Nick
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything was great service was good. My only compliant is the water was warm and had no ice. But if that is my only complaint I would think the whole experience was exceptional. Thank you for making our night special

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Clapsaddle
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Our server was attentive, professional and kind. It was a perfect experience

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tbarana
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Angel was our waiter and did a great job. Mia is the best bartender! She is always so personable and makes you feel right at home! The dining room was beautiful and the ambiance was perfect. The noise level in the bar was a bit extreme but I know there was a holiday party going on so it’s understandable. We will definitely come back! This will be our new go to place for cocktails and amazing food!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent drinks, food and service. We’ll be back to further explore the menu.

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vipmcguire
Indiana
15 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Rap music didn't suit the restaurant very well. Table was wobbly. 2/3 bread plates were chipped. One of the first bites of the shrimp-pasta dish had a shrimp tail in it that I had to spit out. The others liked their entrees. Large but not exactly deep wine selection. Bar crowd was loud even though we weren't near them.

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GarethE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant experience.

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PattiD
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had filets and salmon both were outstanding. The side dishes are generous - we had 4 people and ordered 4 sides and there was lots of leftovers. Augrautin and mashed potatoes. spinach and asparagus all were excellent. 7 layer cake and ice cream for dessert was wonderful. The cake was very moist and tasted as good as it looked . The interior is beautiful and lots of cozy dining spots but also dining for larger groups and private rooms. Angel was our waiter and he did a fantastic job. It was our first time since the remodel and we will definitely be back!

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JackiG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Free introductory cocktail was a nice perk. Everything about the evening was great. And even free ice cream for dessert because we were celebrating my birthday. Wonderful evening!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Des Moines
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rockford FINALLY has a fine dining restaurant!!!! Before Legacy, my wife and I would drive to the Chicago suburbs or Madison. The food I might add is absolutely AMAZING and if you're lucky enough to ask for a table waited on by Angel, he will NOT disappoint!!!!

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RolandD
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Pretty nice atmosphere. Drinks were good although a bit overpriced. Oyster Rockerfeller were delicious. Steaks were tender but felt that since they are not serviced on hot platters, they went from perfect temperature to barely warm very quick. Key lime pie tasted more like a cheesecake than a key lime pie. Service was VERY good though.

Biggest dissapointment was the lack of ANY dress code. I understand Rockford is more of a casual area but when you are out at what is supposed to be a nice restaurant and you see people in shorts, baseball caps and slider sandals it kind of kills the experience one might expect for a special occasion out when they are going to spend $300.00 on a meal experience.

I think if I went back I'd probably just sit at the bar and have drinks and appetizers, not in shorts and sandals though.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Food delicious. Best steak of anywhere in Rockford.

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Phil
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent experience. Seafood Tower was ample enough to share. Excellent service by Angel.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch dinning in Rockford

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MarkB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a great Place! Enjoyed the cocktails, the food, service, and free cocktail to kick the night off. Just a great night!

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jules
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great vibe ! Christian always takes great care if everyone !!

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Suzie
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious, beautiful and fun birthday dinner. Our waiter Angel was outstanding in every way.
Highly recommend for a special evening!

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DannaM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Anniversary Dessert was given

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fathers Day

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vipCanuck99
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding, and the wait staff knowledgeable and professional. The waitress was kind and easy going, and did not push us to make decisions about food and drink selections.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

While we enjoyed our food at Legacy, the service was not great. At the beginning our meal, the service was fantastic, however as the meal progressed the service grew slower and slower. In the end, we ended up waiting over 30 minutes for our bill.

One of our steaks was also not cooked to our liking. We did send it back to the kitchen, however when it returned to the table, it was still not cooked the way we wished.

The Spanish octopus was fantastic however, as was the chocolate cake :)

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RichC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We went there for the first time and thought everything was way overpriced. I ordered a fillet med rare and it had looked like it was charcoaled way too long. We will not be going back. The amount of money we spent we will find somewhere else to go and eat with our friends.

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AllenG
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This restaurant dinner was for our 47 wedding anniversary. My wife wanted to see this new restaurant. The décor was very nice except for steer skull. Seating was comfortable. The service was great. The food we ordered was good but my medium steak has to be sent back for reheat. Very pricey for Rockford, IL but compares with Chicago prices. Would we come again? Yes for special occasions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

They managed to totally ruin 2 Wagyu steaks and our night. No attempt to make it right. Just awful.

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MikeN
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great night out! Service was great (forgot the young lady's name), good wine and excellent food. We can't wait to go back. Suprised it was very busy on a Thursday night.

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vipBbrodeski
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They opened the restaurant for us on a day they were supposed to be closed. Was a great experience, as it always is at Legacy.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here, great drink menu and fantastic food.

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vipJulieH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nice dinner. The ambiance, service and drinks were Wonderful and it has potential of being a real gem in Rockford. However, for the prices, I was expecting to be Wow'd but the food was just OK. They are almost there but it felt they were trying too hard to be overly fancy but then couldn't deliver the product when it came to the food. The menu is confusing and needs to be explained to a newcomer which seems odd. When ordering a $50+ steak it should include a side or two and not force the purchase of a large bowl of side that needs to be shared like at a buffet. That concept works fine if everyone is ordering steak or seafood but in our case some were ordering entrees that did come as full meals so the sides were over the top. All in All. I will go back for the beautifully romantic feel and impeccable service but am hopeful they consider revising the menu layout and offerings to items that will make my mouth water.

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Teamdinner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of 12 for dinner. They put us in a separate room with a square table which made conversations easy. Kim was our server and she was fantastic. The appetizers were great. They were many unique options. I had the tomahawk pork chop which was fantastic. Everyone else raved about their main course. Most of us are from out of town and Legacy is our new favorite spot for dinner when we come for business!

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GwenT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and cocktails justify the higher prices. Or 3rd visit and only one glitch with a side dish. Wait staff is very professional.

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BeckyB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food; excellent atmosphere. Our waitress was very attentive as well!
This is our second visit to this new restaurant and w will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Des Moines
11 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been there twice now and AMAZING .... TRULY THE BEST RESTAURANT IN ROCKFORD!!

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LisaP
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We ate there on Sat. 3/16 for our anniversary! The food was excellent. The reason I would not recommend it is that my husband and I both ordered steaks. His came out over cooked. So we ended up not really eating together since he didn't want mine to end up cold so I ate while he sat there. Since you order the sides separately, by the time his steak was brought out, the sides were cold. I had also ordered a sauce for my steak, which they brought out when I was half way through it. They did give us a free dessert, but still a little disappointing for the money spent. Everything is priced separately...break, salads, steaks, sides, etc.

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HappyBelly
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a group of 8 people for a birthday dinner. Angel was our waiter and was vigilant to the end and handled our eccentric and diverse ordering.
Christian, the GM, was also gracious and very accommodating with inquiries on sourcing of meat and wine.
All in all, a welcome addition to Rockford and worth a trip and I would encourage Legacy to remove the sirloin from the menu...it just isn’t up to par with the other offerings.
Snake River Farms beef...winner winner!!
Thank you for the experience and we will be back!!
Do splurge on the wine list...Christian will provide great recommendations within your budget.
815 cake can be shared with 6 people easily!!

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vipTomK
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good meal, my wife and I both the the filet and it was prepared perfectly. We will go back

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STEVEB
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went to Legacy for our anniversary. We had drinks at the bar first and then a wonderful meal. The staff was very friendly and professonal. Everyone was very accommodating. We will most certainly be visiting this restaurant frequently!

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Legacy by Giovanni's is rated 4.4 stars by 94 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.