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980 N Michigan Ave, Level 2, Chicago, IL 60611 (Gold Coast)
312 280 2750
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Ranked #412 of 8,285 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $80
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Gold Coast
Cross street: Oak
Description: As the more casual sibling of renowned Spiaggia, Cafe Spiaggia has come into its own as a favorite dining destination for locals and visitors alike. In an artful, warm setting featuring reproductions of 15th century Italian murals, the contemporary Cafe serves dishes reminiscent of authentic Italian sidewalk eateries and trattorias. Chicago Magazine said, “This stylish Cafe sends out lively versions of regional classics…topnotch handmade pastas, fine main courses, and the best tiramisu and ice creams in town.
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342 reviews from our community

71% Recommend
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  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Rochester, Michigan
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47 reviews 47 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Fantastic Italian food! Well executed, well served in a beautiful setting. Menu is upscale and fresh and servers are knowledgable and super attentive. You would not be disappointed. Getting in and out of the building is a bit challenging but hey it's Chicago.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

My husband and I treated our friends to dinner and it was beyond expensive for what we expected. Our waiter inquired as to our allergies, we stated mine, yet when dessert came around, it was completely disregarded with no apology offered. I could not enjoy our dessert selections because of this. Also, the menu pricing states appetizer pricing only, so... More

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Thornhill, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

I can't say it was fantastic. The food didn't knock my socks off, but it was good enough and I would recommend. I was there as part of a business group and we were treated well.

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Toronto, Canada
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Beautiful interiors, furnishings, lounge with superb service. However the food was a disappointment. Not worth the money. Bland, flat and lacking in the level of taste I would expect.

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I have always wanted to dine at what is considered Chicago's best Italian restaurant. The Chicago Tribune recently gave the restaurant 4 stars so that was my impetus for finally eating there. It's a lovely space with fantastic service for the most part. First a few notes on service: overall it was great although there were a few times we... More

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Lake Forest, Illinois
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72 reviews 72 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Beautifully redecorated and reimagined space - lovely views, nice new lounge area, slightly more relaxed atmosphere. Food is better than ever; the first course scallop was perfectly cooked, very nice presentation. Caprese salad was pretty and delicious - though rather sparse. Gnocci was fabulous, as always. Turbot was also delicious, but Guinea Hen was something very special and quite tasty.... More

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Columbus, OH
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42 reviews 42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My husband and I were in Chicago for a Broker/Dealer Conference and were treated to a Private Party at Spiaggia. We took an elevator up to the 3rd floor where we were escorted to a private room with a Lake view. It was very elegant with just the right amount of 'open space' for mingling and a table for the... More

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Wheaton, Illinois
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48 reviews 48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Great food and wonderful service. The atmosphere is not that appealing coming off the escalator from the Mall into the restaurant. Price for lunch was very reasonable for the stature of this restaurant. My biggest surprise was the overall atmosphere wasn't all that great.

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Chicago, Illinois
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Wife and I indulged ourselves in a superb tasting menu with wine pairing dinner on a lovely summer Friday evening. The service was impeccable, with cool views of Michigan Ave. The dishes were a work of art and flavors.....not your typical Italian fare in the least, but that's what made it so special. favorite dishes were the ravioli with fois... More

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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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134 reviews 134 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

My husband had been here years ago and remembers his dinner still. I went with a friend while in town over my birthday. Lovely service, lovely food. Sommalier had to help with wine choice because the wine/drink menu is like 35 pages long -- she made a great choice. Delightful little extras, meal and desserts were fabulous. Spend the money,... More

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