980 N Michigan Ave Ste 200, Chicago, IL 60611
Cuisines: Fine Dining, Family Style
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Italian, European, Continental
Price Range : Above Average
06/03/2010Provided by Citysearch -
If Spiaggia is a little too stiff or costly for your taste, step into Cafe Spiaggia - they share the same kitchen and you are getting the same quality food for less. The attention to detail and service is still top-notch.
I love seafood and recommend the trout with brussel sprouts, tuscan white beans, shallots and potatoes or the skate fish with tomato pesto puree. If you have time for dessert - the dark chocolate panna cotta with sicilian almonds and sea salt is an excellent choice. The sea salt is a simple but unique touch that draws out the rich chocolate flavor. Everything on the menu looks great though, so you can't go wrong.
02/28/2010Provided by Citysearch -
This restaurant by far is the worst Italian restaurant I have ever experienced. The service is arrogant and ridiculously unprofessional. As soon as me and my fiance sat down at the dinner table, the waiter rapidly ran to him and said ""sir you need a blazer, dont sit without a blazer!"" My fiance than followed the waiter thinking he will give him a nice presentable blazer. He came back wearing a CINTAS uniform blazer with huge shoulder pads. As soon as we sat down, the servers began replacing big spoons with smaller ones. The waiter than came to take our order. I glanced at the menu and the prices thinking to myself, wow, this food must be enough for two people to share. So we ordered three courses. The first thing we ordered was ravioli, which was 4 pieces enough for a kid. The second meal was shrimp with rice which had TWO pieces of shrimp. The third meal was pasta, which was 5 ounces. After our lousy three course meal, the non-Italian unknowledgeable waiter handed us a dessert menu which we didnt even look at. He than gave us a complimentary dessert which consisted for 5 cookies the size of grapes. I am all about fancy schmancy upscale restaurants but this one I definitely will not recommend to anyone. We walked out of Spiaggia hoping this was all a dream, definitely a stick up.
02/10/2010Provided by Citysearch -
The service is arrogant and unknowledgeable about Northern Italian cuisine, the decor is extremely outdated, and the company that owns this restaurant is totally reprehensible!! Levy Restaurant is a company which thrives on cheating people out of their money. Their modus operandi is to see how fast they can fleece people out of their money while giving them nothing in return!! The restaurants ""TRU"" ""Charlie Trotter's"" and "" Seasons"" are all considered Chicago's top rated restaurants, Spiaggia's does not belong in this exclusive group of eating establishments, not by any stretch of the imagination!! By no means should Spiaggia's be put in such an exemplary category of excellent restaurants, especially since they are emphatically second rate!!
05/26/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I took out of town friends intending the evening to be special.
The waiter was generous in his suggestions, helpful in choosing among the wines that caught my interest. We ate 3 course from the a la carte menu. You're free to mix: some can eat a la carte while others choose the fixed price menu and they'll match courses for you. The reviews here of the truffle gnocchi are uniformly raves. Our waiter's modest opinion: best pasta in the universe. It was fantastic. All pastas can be served as main courses, but this one is too rich for that. Be prepared for smaller portions than usual. The shrimp appetizer was outstanding. And yes, as others have pointed out, it is two shrimp for $15. They're perfect, though.
All three of us chose the herb crusted filet as our entree. We all agreed it was the best filet we'd ever eaten. I'm mostly a vegetarian yet I found myself restraining my knife so as not to leave my guests in the dust. Perfectly pink center, crusty outside, flavorful, moist, yum. The pastry with browned butter and herbs was fantastic.
The lemon vodka cream desert with a polenta cookie and chunks of Meyer lemon was divine. Just right to share. We enjoyed sharing three different desserts. Of the three, the gelato selection was my least favorite, the lemon cream above and the chocolate carmel concoction left us licking the plates. We left satisfied yet not stuffed.
The waiter didn't bring our coffees till after we'd finished dessert (like they do in Europe, he informed us when we wondered if he'd forgotten). So if you like yours with dessert, ask. The 2003 Brunello di Montalcino ($155) he recommended was perfect with our filets,and he decanted it. The only service glitch:some of that wine I had been looking forward to drinking was cleared away for desert! Service was great, atmosphere was special, food was outstanding. Bill before tip was $535 for three of us.
03/18/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This is an upscale, award-winning establishment meant for the sophisticated palate. If you don't mind forking over big money for a great meal, read on. The valet was efficient and very reasonable for Chicago at $14. The host was friendly. We were promptly seated, honoring our reservation. Our waiter was informed, efficient, friendly, and helpful. The other wait staff was equally as wonderful. The decor is a bit outdated, but the atmosphere is clean and upscale. We had a romantic table with a view of Michigan Ave and Lake Shore Dr. Our booth was comfortable and roomy. We chose the prix fixe menu, a DOP (Denominazione di Origine Protetta) tasting menu. Every one of the eight courses was magnificent. Yes, the portions are small, but when you eat eight of them, you leave full. If you want to stuff yourself until you're uncomfortable, this is not the place. This restaurant is geared toward gourmands, not gluttons. If you appreciate 100 year old balsamic vinegar and artisan produced ingredients, then this place is for you. The prix fixe tasting menu we enjoyed is comprised of protected designation of origin products. In other words, they are produced within the specified region using defined methods and satisfy a defined quality standard. A nice touch was the Moscato d'Asti they served with our dessert, compliments of the house, in honor of our anniversary. We also thoroughly enjoyed the complimentary bottled still water served with our meal. Our glass never got below half-full. The dolci they serve with dessert were very tasty and a highlight of our dining experience. Other highlights were the rabbit, which we substituted for the Dover sole, and the cheeses served throughout the meal from the appetizer to the cheese course. $500 for our meals, cocktails, valet parking, and tips. We feel it was priced a little high, but we will definitely return. Next time, we may trying dining a la carte. Definitely highly recommend for special occasions.
08/27/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We have been to many 4 and 5 star restaurants and I can't believe that Spiaggia is considered anything above 1 or 2 stars! The scallop appetizer sounded absolutely delicious on the menu and to our surprise, for $24, the ONE measly medium-sized scallop that arrived at our table was only so-so tasting. I ordered ravioli with my meal and AGAIN, for $18, I got ONE small piece of bland tasting cheese-filled ravioli! The main course of sea bass (a few bites) was very bland. I can justify paying high prices if the food is exceptional, but it wasn?t any tastier than the food court at a local shopping mall. Also, every time you touched your fork to your lips, or used your knife, a server would come by and replace them with a new, clean set. It was actually annoying. The owners and staff of this place are laughing their way to the bank. They kiss a little booty, change your fork like you are royalty, pretend the mediocre food in front of you is ?art? and then giggle and they hand you a GIGANTIC bill as your stomach is still growling. If you are on a diet, this is the place to go! Four bites served per guest.
I felt so bad for my boyfriend. He was so excited to go to this place and we ended up laughing at the service and food the entire time. A few hours after we left, he looked at me and said ?I?m hungry. Do you want Taco Bell?? Spiaggia was a $285.00 joke on us! At least now we have a fun story to tell our friends!
06/12/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I brought my business partners here a couple of times. They all were very much impressed with the food and service. Table setting is very cafe-like (in a good way), but it is still private enough for any occasion. One of the business partners was a French couple who own a high-end cookware line from France, and they were also very impressed with the overall atmostphere and their dishes. Wonderful restaurant to bring whichever it's your family or people from your work.
06/05/2007Provided by Citysearch -
So I ate at Spiaggia while at a conference last week. I really thought this meal was going to be the culinary highlight of my trip (as I had dined at 3 other restaurants as well during the conference). I was largely disappointed for several reasons. The food was good but not amazing. The portions were just too small. In fact, I had to eat a lot of bread in order to feel reasonably satiated. I just expected more. Perhaps, Spiaggia is a victim of its own hype. You hear about it, but, just by reading some of the other reviews, the post-dinner reaction seems to largely be the same. The dining experience doesn't match the hype. The ambiance is nice. The jacket requirement is okay. The drink menu is average. The wine list is good. The staff was very good. Nonetheless, all those things are secondary. It comes down to the food, and if you have to eat bread in order to make the dining experience even an average one, something is wrong.
Eating at Spiaggia won't be the worst thing you can do, but I feel confident it won't be the best either. For the price, it comes up short IMO.
Spiaggia, Form the moment I entered the restaurant to the time we left we felt cared for. The service was outstanding. The sommellier, Steven Alexander, was not only good looking but very helpful. For $135 we felt like the Chef's tasting menu was a steal. We left full and can't wait to come back.
Wow! We were there for an hour and a half on Saturday night and it felt like it was just perfect. The staff made us feel right at home really went out of their way to make us feel special. We never felt rushed and the place was hopping. Bravo to the management staff and the chef's. This place is on the top of my list. What a hidden gem!
05/16/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Enjoying a meal at Spiaggia is not just the epitome of culinary delight, but also a truly tasteful experience for all the senses. Upon entering the restaurant, your eye is immediately drawn to the breathtaking view of Lake Michigan. After being seated, the extremely courteous and knowledgeable service team will acquaint you with the many delights of the menu, attend to your every desire and insure you will enjoy a meal marked by splendid and attentive service, excellent wine pairings and sublime Italian cuisine inspired by James Beard Award-winning chef Tony Mantuano. After you dinner, should you choose to indulge, an unparalleled cheese selection will be presented to your table, from which you may select an array of diverse choices. And no dinner at Spiaggia is complete without a sampling of their excellent homemade gelato or pastries.
When you step into Spiaggia, expect excellence in cuisine, ambiance, service and management. A night at Spiaggia is truly without equal in Chicago.
05/15/2007Provided by Citysearch -
The food's OK in a sort of basic Italian way, but don't expect to have much time to savor it. We were there for less than two hours on a busy Saturday night before being bum-rushed out. So, if you need a quick bite, it's fine. But if you want to linger, there are plenty of other choices in the neighborhood that will treat you with more respect.
02/20/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We found this restaurant in a Chicago guide book last July, and I went there with my mom, my two aunts and my cousin. When we were almost done with our appetizer, we noticed a COC*ROACH crawling on the wall. Our extremely officious waiter jokingly disposed of the insect. A few minutes later, there was A SECOND COC*ROACH -- this one nearly crawled onto my cousin's shoulder. Again, our waiter brushed this off. To make up for it, he offered us...a few free desserts.
Now, there were dozens of other patrons nearby. We didn't scream or yell ""COC*ROACH!"" We remained calm and polite -- none of the diners knew what had happened. And for our efforts, we were rewarded with...free dessert. What better way to placate a group of four women?
So, if you happen to be dining there and see one of these insects, please scream as loudly as you can. Then, maybe *your* meal will be as free as the COC*ROACHES that accompanied ours.
12/19/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Have always heard great things about this place, but never went until recently. Decor has a kind of Carnival cruise line dining room feel to it. More just elegantly bland than cheesy. Service is what you'd expect...top notch. The pasta course was superb, but the main (veal chop $42) was the smallest I'd ever seen and the fattiest I'd ever tasted. And the taste itself didn't was very ordinary. I felt annoyed afterwards and I didn't even pay for it. It's one thing to charge these prices for near perfection, but this is far from it. Rather, this is a dated place where the reputation exceeds reality.
11/05/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Spiaggia was such a great experience. The food was great and the service very experienced, knowledgeable, and attentive. I ordered the tasting menu, which proved to be too much food, but enjoyable nonetheless. The only complaint I have is the lobster, which was quite chewy and overcooked; otherwise, every course was great, especially the lamb and cheese courses. The robiolo langhe was the best cheese I have ever had and the cheeses were well paired with the honey. I find the true test of a restaurant to be how great the dessert is, because so few do it well. The dessert was fantastic! I highly recommend Spiaggia, and will definitely be dining there again, this time trying the truffle tasting menu.
09/26/2006Provided by Citysearch -
First timers. Liked it better than older sibling-Spiaggia. Eclectic layout that is near-cramped. Beautiful frescos, views, high ceilings - you can carry on a conversation in an energetic restaurant. Like the flexible dress code.
Cheese flatbreads -try to stop eating them, Gnocchi/Boar was excellent, Chicken very good+, salads very good, gelato desserts great. You will not go home hungry, and still have a few dollars left.
Wait staff superb.
What's great about this restaurant is that the diner is getting access to one of the great culinary teams in CHI let by Chef Mantuano at a fraction of the price.
Offer a preferred dining plan, too.
Hard to find faults with it.
09/12/2006Provided by Citysearch -
What I liked about Spiaggia:
-Romantic, private, has a park/lake view, not too noisy-high ceilings, high classed patrons
-Gnocchi, a signature dish
-High quality food prepared excellent with a sophisticated but not overwhelming menu
-Great wine list with sufficient amount of 1/2 bottles
-Knowlegable and professional waitstaff
-Parking is resonably priced and seamless
What I don't like about Spiaggia:
-Portion sizes ( except gnocchi ) are small
-Felt like being in a fish bowl over Michigan Ave.
-View had a lot of traffic and people in their apartments next door
-Vegetables with lamb entree were over salted
-Service was great at 6 PM and progressively got less attentive by 8 PM as restaurant filled
-Chocolate crepe dessert had too much bitter chocolate and too much salt
-Bring plenty of money
It's not as perfect as the James Beard award implies.
I don't love Spiaggia, but I don't hate it either. It is recommended with the above caveats
08/07/2006Provided by Citysearch -
We got there at 6pm and it was pretty dead... it filled up soon afterwards, though. At first they offer you a choice between still water and sparkling water... I highly recommend the still water. It was so liquidy, clear, and water-like. OK I'm joking. I got some kind of seafood appetiser, gnocchi, and some kind of lobster main course. The gnocchi was the best thing I have ever tasted in my life. Everything was good... I wasn't always sure about what I was eating but it was nice to try different things and see how the chef paired it all together and how the wine goes with it all. I know the portions look small so I got a piece of sour dough bread every time the bread guy came around but honestly I was so stuffed after the 3 courses and dessert. So were the 3 other people I came there with. Just eat it all slowly and enjoy. Our bill for my husband and I came out to about $420 including all the wine and the tip. (We both had 3 courses, wine with each course, dessert, and coffee. One of my little half glasses of wine came out to $25. We had them pick out which wine would go best with each meal, so that's why. The service is great. Our waitress had this ritzy kind of accent and she has to be making way more than I do... and I'm doing well enough to afford to go here at least once in my life so that has to tell you something. Our table's total tip (4 people) was about $140. I mean... think about it... 10 tables with that is $1400!
07/28/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I've eaten at top-notch restaurants my whole life and don't mind paying a pretty penny for a terrific meal, but Spiaggia was obnoxiously over-priced and you are guaranteed to leave the restaurant hungry. The ambiance was upscale, but the food portions were woefully inadequate. Service was superfluous. But come on folks, I would MUCH rather spend $350 for a family of 4 eating at Ruths' Chris Steakhouse. It's also generous of them to keep refilling your soda at $3 a pop! Keep 'em coming boys -- sheesh!
I can list about 20 other outstanding restaurants in Chicago that I would rather eat at, spend one-quarter the money, and leave the restaurant full: Ruths' Chris, Maggianos, Gibsons, Roys, etc. First and last time I'll dine here until the prices are more in line with the food portions. I mean, really. $43 for a 4 oz piece of filet mignon? Who are they kidding?