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Spiaggia

#442 of 8,489 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Magnificent Mile
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980 N Michigan Ave, Level 2, Chicago, IL 60611 (Oak)
312 280 2750
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11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: As the more casual sibling of renowned Spiaggia, Cafe Spiaggia has come...
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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  • 184
    Excellent
  • 101
    Very good
  • 52
    Average
  • 39
    Poor
  • 19
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fabulous Italian Food - Wonderful Special Occasion Restaurant

We really enjoyed our dinner. It is very formal and expensive with small portions. It’s worth the cost for a wonderful experience. The mushroom gnocchi was the best I've ever had - I would have eaten twice as much if they gave it to me. The beef tartar was fantastic. The red snapper was good but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 27, 2009
LArox
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Alexandria, Virginia
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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Atlanta, GA
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2009

After reading the many glowing reviews, I decided to splurge and take my wife to Spiaggia. We were both very disappointed. Service was minimal and slow. Food was un-impressive. It looked great but flavor was missing. I expected a lot more; I have had a much better experience at restaurants that cost 1/3 of my final bill.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2009

We really enjoyed our dinner. It is very formal and expensive with small portions. It’s worth the cost for a wonderful experience. The mushroom gnocchi was the best I've ever had - I would have eaten twice as much if they gave it to me. The beef tartar was fantastic. The red snapper was good but nothing special. The veal... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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43 reviews 43 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2009

This restaurant has amazing food at very reasonable prices. The service is impeccable. Ask for one of the tables for two at a window - you'll have a great view overlooking Michigan Avenue. In my opinion, this is the best restuarant in Chicago.

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bayonne, new jersey
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2009

Given the expense of Spiaggia, one has the right to expect top-flight and consistent food. Instead, what you get is food that is all over the place, from superb to embarrassingly bad. We tried the tasting menu, which provides tiny portions of food, some of it exquisite, but way too much of it lacking in flavor or poorly-executed. The oyster... More 

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Ontario
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2009

Do NOT go here!! Overpriced, inedible food that the wait staff rudely insisted was "rich and delicious" but we found to be a sickening concoction of butter, cheese and salt. We sent one dish back immediately and I struggeld a quarter of the way through my pasta until I was feeling ill. We then settled for a simple green salad... More 

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Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2009

Lets start off by stating this: We love to have a nothing but the best attitude ITS NOT THE WE CAN AFFORD ANYTHING BUT we always shoot for the best ok, got that out the way Went for the big #50 ( had gone once before years back and loved it) and was treated, once again, to a fantastic meal... More 

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38 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2009

Had a great meal here, years ago. Time to go back

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Washington, DC
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2009

It is a very good restaurant - it has a great bar to grab a drink before dinner, pretty amazing views as the restaurant is tiered with one wall being windows overlooking Michigan Avenue and the shores of Lake Michigan. However, it is a very pricey place for Italian food. We had the steak tartare (for all truffle lovers out... More 

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chicago
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2009

My husband and I were excited to try Cafe Spiaggia but were extremely disappointed. Our service was terribly slow -- our waiter disappeared for huge portions of time (though other waiters for other tables seemed attentive). The portions are small, which is fine, but we found the food to be just average at best. Completely overpriced. You are paying for... More 

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Chicago
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2009

We have dined here several times in the past and have had no complaints. This time was completely different! June 8 - the Cafe was half empty...you would expect at these prices, in this economy, the staff would be kissing you on both cheeks for showing up on a Monday night...alas, NOT! Specific complaints this time as follows: - Generally... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 980 N Michigan Ave, Level 2, Chicago, IL 60611
    (Oak)
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Magnificent Mile
  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile
  • Phone Number: 312 280 2750

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 80
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Scenic view, Doing business, Romantic, Entertaining clients

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Magnificent Mile

Neighborhood Profile
Magnificent Mile
Over 400 stores pack the concrete along Michigan Avenue, the eight-block stretch known as Magnificent Mile. This area between Oak Avenue and the Chicago River is more a shopping paradise than a full-out neighborhood. For prime upscale shopping, this is the place to go. It’s busy, energetic, and packed with shoppers. You'll also find hundreds of restaurants and dozens of hotels, all on the mid- to high-end scale. Some of the city’s most iconic buildings like the Wrigley Building, John Hancock Center and other architectural marvels define the magnificence of this neighborhood.