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980 N Michigan Ave, Level 2, Chicago, IL 60611 (Gold Coast)
312 280 2750
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Ranked #336 of 8,289 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $80
Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Italian
Neighborhood: Gold Coast
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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
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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  • Italian first
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  • Spanish first
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English first
Luquillo, Puerto Rico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

We arrived in town late and were looking for an Italian restaurant. We found Cafe Spiagga on Trip Advisor and gave it a try. We accidentally found Spiagga first, not realizing that Cafe Spiagga was separate. Even though it was almost 9 Spiagga was full (or it could have been we were still in our airplane travel attire). Cafe Spiagga... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We had the tasting menu. It was fabulous. The flavors were unique and exciting and complementary. The service was great.

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Big round white plates with about 3-4 oz. of food in the middle. Not bad, not that good. Italian? Not any Italian my grandmother would have cooked. The oil that was put on the table congealed. Very weird. Positives were the slice of bread placed on the bread plate and the free water. LOL. Forget this and go to their... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Wow. This is really high end food with the whole package. The food tastes great and looks great. The truffle stuffed Ravioli is fondly remembered. Wife and I shared everything, it was a taste sensation. had very good assistance pairing wine to each course.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The good: Excellent food. Leisurely pace (3-hour dinner) The bad: Servers made a few minor mistakes (interrupting unnecessarily, dripping water on a diner), bathroom bins were overflowing, and here's the big one -- ridiculously small, skimpy wine pours. Come on, Spiaggia, when you're charging this much for a glass of wine, the least you can do is pour a little.... More

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Little Rock, Arkansas
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

My wife and I went to Spiaggia during out weekend trip to Chicago. My wife told them it was my Birthday and they had a custom printed Menu waiting at the table which was a nice touch. Our appetizers were good and then we got our pasta, my wife had the truffle gnocchi and i had the foie grad ravioli,... More

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Grayshott, United Kingdom
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95 reviews 95 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Best steak was in Paris, best fish in Calais, best pasta in Chicago! This is melt in the mouth pasts. Good ambiance and location..

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Chicago, Illinois
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Look, you don't need me – some random Italian American New York transplant – to tell you about Spiaggia. It is a two-star Michelin rated restaurant with a seriously devout following. This place is highly recommended regardless of what I think. But please allow me the courtesy to tell you about the "experience" of going to Spiaggia on a quiet... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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155 reviews 155 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We dined here the last of our four night stay in Chicago. I really enjoyed my food (scallop, truffle gnocchi, suckling pig that had head cheese, loin, crispy pork belly and soft pork belly), but my wife's entree was okay (salmon that had two bones in it and she did not like the eggplant in it). We had the 20-piece... More

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Wheaton, Illinois
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Had dinner last week. Sat at the bar for a glass of wine. Selection by the glass was terrible. Only three offered and none had the flavor of what I consider good white Italian wine. The food was so so. The pasta was bland, nothing outstanding. The steak was good, but a steak knife would have helped. The renovation went... More

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