Spiaggia Restaurant

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$50 and over
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Spiaggia sets the standard for creative Italian cuisine, earning four-star reviews, international praise and numerous awards. A favorite among critics and patrons alike, the timeless Michelin-star Spiaggia features panoramic views of Lake Michigan and Chicago’s iconic Michigan Avenue. Helmed by and Executive Chef Eric Lees and by Sommelier Rachael Lowe, Spiaggia offers guests an unrivaled experience.
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.4
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4.5
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4.4
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Reviewed on December 28, 2018
Overall1foodserviceambience

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.

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AfshanD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Good food, great service and great ambiance. Would highly recommend Spiaggia for any special occasion or a classy date night.

DM
DaneMom
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4 year anniversary

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vipoysters
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience5

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.

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AndyH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipLawProf
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

JP
vipJPRK
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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!

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vipBabb
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2017
Overall2food3service4ambience5

Was expecting more from this Chicago icon but most food was just ordinary very disappointed

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great location, great atmosphere and the staff was top notch

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fun experience. Food was good but not amazing

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vipLynn
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

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Christie
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Impecable service
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)

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vipChichef
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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?

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff, Food, Service was Excellent!

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vipChicagodiner
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a amazing evening with excellence all around. Kudos to the lovely sommelier!

CB
ChrisB
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Italian cuisine.

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vipMELO
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious food but the service is just amazing. What a special place. Expensive but for a nice occasion worth it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JF
vipJFazio
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Not the old Spiaggia. Quality has dropped over the past few years.

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vipcantabrigian1
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

CC
CheerstotheChef
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JM
vipJillM
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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vipJoanie2
New York Area
31 reviews