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The food is great here, but I was charged $60 for making a reservation. This is absolutely ridiculous for a restaurant to charge customers to make a reservation especially when they show up. Think twice before making a reservation.
Good food, great service and great ambiance. Would highly recommend Spiaggia for any special occasion or a classy date night.
4 year anniversary
The last time I dined at Spiaggia was 4 years ago, before the remodel and while the "jackets required" rule still existed. This visit seemed like I was dining at an entirely different restaurant. All the things I loved most were gone: the formal dress with big comfy seats, the lovely bread service and dedicated water server.
Whoever was in charge of the finishing salt was very heavy handed; I'd say 5/6 dishes were too salty. Overall, everything was fine and Spiaggia is blending well into the average dining scene. But when you spend $300+ dinner for two at a Tony Montano restaurant, you expect more.
It was good, but did not live up to the name. Service and ambiance was impeccable, as was the wine list. My fiancé and I ordered the 8 course tasting menu, and while each dish was fine, the price point per person was far too high for what we were given. Most dishes were what you would find at other decent Italian places in Chicago. Also, most of the dishes were too salty and the salmon was under cooked. Three pasta dishes on an 8 course menu led to us being full by the fifth dish. We struggled to make it through dessert. Glad we went, but would not go again at those prices.
We had a great dining experience at Spiaggia. The wait staff was incredibly hospitable and gracious. Everything we ate and drank was phenomenal. The ambiance was great too, can't be the location on Michigan Ave.
Everything was once again wonderful. However, the lamb chop was disappointing. It had too much fat on it. We eat here whenever we visit Chicago. We will continue to do so.
The Italian food was a bit too creative for us. Minimal selection. The Scallops appetizer was very tasty, but small. The pasta was under-cooked, unless that is what the chef is going for. The Veal chop was good, flavorful, but small, and a bit fatty.
The banana dessert was lost on us. Unusual presentation, and we did not enjoy the taste combination. Wine list is extensive, but pricey.
Service stood out, as it was attentive and friendly. Nice window view.
I am sure a more sophisticated palate may appreciate the cuisine.
My husband and I used to eat here when we lived in Chicago from 1995 to 1998 and this was our first time back. The decor has been redone and it was beautiful, and the cuisine was top notch. I arrived very hungry and my only gripe was that it took a while to get the bread! But I would highly recommend for a special occasion or date night if you’re looking for delicious cuisine and a beautiful atmosphere!
A special occasion dining spot as it is very expensive.
Enjoyed most dishes, but not others.
Probably will not return any time soon, however.
May try the Cafe next time.
Was expecting more from this Chicago icon but most food was just ordinary very disappointed
Great location, great atmosphere and the staff was top notch
Fun experience. Food was good but not amazing
We loved our meal, except I had asked for a special birthday dessert for my mom. I was told she would receive a card. That didn’t happen. I was also told she would get a really special dessert.... well, it was a pumpkin spice dessert with a single candle. No creative writing on the plate, etc. then, we had asked for our leftovers, but were never given them. By the time we left, we had forgotten & no one reminded us. It was overall a nice evening, I was just hoping for a touch more.
Slow and enjoyable
The dishes were perfect temperature. (one of the things I like least is when a dish is so hot you can't taste it)
The scallops, though small, were cooked to a tender perfection. So enjoyable.
The music was a little too loud and modern for the classiness of the restaurant. I would have enjoyed Dean Martin at a lower volume. (personal preference)
Amazing food and wine chefs dinner. White truffles. Bill was very very high. Didn’t know the prices. Until check came 1200 for 2 ppl?
Staff, Food, Service was Excellent!
We had a amazing evening with excellence all around. Kudos to the lovely sommelier!
Fantastic Italian cuisine.
Delicious food but the service is just amazing. What a special place. Expensive but for a nice occasion worth it.
Impeccable from top to bottom: service, food, and ambiance. It’s not very often one can describe Italian food as surprising, but there were flavors and combinations that were truly surprising and exciting. Everything was clearly prepared with the highest quality ingredients and care. Worth every penny.
Not the old Spiaggia. Quality has dropped over the past few years.
A fabulous restaurant. Every dish I have ever had there has been delicious and thoughtfully presented. And unlike many fine restaurants these days, you can actually hear what the people at your table are saying. Not to be missed!
Incredible experience. My wife and I went for our anniversary dinner and we can say easily say Spiaggia earns all of its accolades. We did three courses (tartare, rissotto, steak, carrots, gnocchi). What sets this food apart is that instead of overwhelming you with overpowering flavors, each dish delivers on on each ingredient but are all elegantly shown. Outstanding service and attentiveness.
Service was great, food delicious. We did the five course tasting menu. Didn’t think every course was 5 Star that is why I gave it a four.
Pasta too salty, trout fabulous, duck amazing, dessert just okay but gelato in replacement was super. Carpaccio could have been great but a ridiculously small amount you could barely taste. Bartender makes a wonderful martini and we would definitely return.