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Cafe Spiaggia

Neighborhood favorite for lunch and dinner. Chef Tony Mantuano’s menu is casual modern Italian featuring many shareable items and a global wine list hand selected by Wine Director Rachael Lowe.
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731 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
(731 Reviews)
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Rating Breakdown 731 reviews
5 stars
(386)
4 stars
(196)
3 stars
(106)
2 stars
(28)
1 star
(15)
Food 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Service 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Ambiance 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Noise Level
1.8 / 3
Moderate
Value 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
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Cafe Spiaggia Reviews List
Review 1 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/01/2016
 2011
Dined on 5/01/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 5/01/2016
 2011
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 2 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 5/01/2016
 2011
Dined on 5/01/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 5/01/2016
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 3 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 4/30/2016
 2015
Dined on 4/30/2016
 2015
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Dined on 4/30/2016
 2015
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Review 4 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/30/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/30/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/30/2016
 2016
Special Features: great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 5 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 4/29/2016
 2013
Special Features: romantic, scenic view, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 6 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 4/29/2016
 2007
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Review 7 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Dined on 4/22/2016
 2009
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Review 8 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Dined on 4/27/2016
 2002
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Review 9 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Our server was very helpful and had a great sense of humor. The burrata appetizer was excellent as was the roast chicken and steak salad entrees."
Dined on 4/27/2016
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 10 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Noisy

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"The food and service were excellent, as has been my experience with the restaurant in the past. However this meal was spoiled by the noise level in the main room of the restaurant - my first time in the main room. There was a table of 6 people (4 men, 2 women), who seemed to be work associates, who were seated on one side of the room and i was on the other side. However the main room is not very large. This group was extraordinarily loud. They were essentially yelling at each other in regular conversation and laughing very loudly. This added to the conversational noise from the other occupants in the room. The acoustics in the main room are such that the noise echoed and reverberated so that the noise level was very irritating and unpleasant. I couldn't wait to leave as soon as I was done with my entre. I have not experienced this level of noise in other areas of the restaurant on previous visits. I won't agree to sit in the main room again."
Dined on 4/26/2016
 2011
Special Features: notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 11 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2011
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 12 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 4/28/2016
 2013
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Review 13 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Not all that

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
"We were very disappointed in all aspects of our dinner at Cafe Spiaggia."
Dined on 4/25/2016
 2007
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 14 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 4/26/2016
 2015
Dined on 4/26/2016
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"The food and service are excellent. We keep going back."
Dined on 4/26/2016
 2015
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Review 15 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Perfection

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Everything was superb. The wild boar ragu on gnocchi and the pistachio gelato were standouts. We had the most gracious waiter - I wish I remembered his name; he was so mindful of our group's energetic conversation and apologized when he needed to ask us something, or even interrupt to open the wine. We assured him we might never pause, but I was so impressed by how tuned in he was. Memorable food, wine, and service - will definitely return when I'm in Chicago again."
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2009
Special Features: special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 16 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 4/23/2016
 2014
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2014
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2014
Special Features: romantic, scenic view, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 17 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food, wine, view, repeat...

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Dined on 4/23/2016
 2013
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Cafe was recommended by a local foodie and did not disappoint. Previewed the menu and each of our pre-selections were validated/suggested by our server with the crispy cauliflower, gnocchi and skirt steak leading the way. The wine offerings were excellent and much more approachable than the parent's 30+ page list - we followed our server's suggestion and it perfectly complimented our meal. The table and view helped make the evening. If it's just two of you, request a window table which looks out on Michigan Avenue and a bit of the lake. Finally, service was helpful, attentive and balanced without being overbearing or intrusive. Cafe will be on the short list next time we're in the area and we look forward to returning."
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2013
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 18 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"We enjoyed a quiet leisurely late lunch on a Thursday! The menu is small, interesting? delicious! Wished for salad option. Special gelato selection delicious! We'll return next time we're in Chicago!!"
Dined on 4/21/2016
 2010
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Review 19 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Very limited menu!"
Dined on 4/21/2016
 2012
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Review 20 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 4/22/2016
 2012
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Review 21 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/20/2016
 2007
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Review 22 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/20/2016
 2009
Dined on 4/20/2016
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Delicious! Service was fantastic."
Dined on 4/20/2016
 2009
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Review 23 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Dined on 4/20/2016
 2000
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Review 24 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/17/2016
 2002
Dined on 4/17/2016
 2002
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/17/2016
 2002
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Review 25 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 4/15/2016
 2010
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2010
Special Features: romantic, special occasion
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Review 26 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 4/09/2016
 2003
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Review 27 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2013
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Review 28 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/14/2016
 2007
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Review 29 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 4/10/2016
 2013
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Review 30 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/10/2016
 2012
Dined on 4/10/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 4/10/2016
 2012
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Review 31 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 4/09/2016
 2011
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Review 32 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2012
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Review 33 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/06/2016
 2010
Dined on 4/06/2016
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/06/2016
 2010
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 34 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Sophisticated and delicious

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Dined on 4/08/2016
 2008
Dined on 4/08/2016
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Cafe Spiaggia was the centerpiece of our night on the town. After a busy work day we appreciated the soothing ambiance, the attentive yet friendly service, and the delicious food. We shared a broccoli rabe dish, campanelle with pork belly sausage, and gnocchi with wild boar ragu. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening."
Dined on 4/08/2016
 2008
Special Features: good for groups, scenic view, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 35 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food medicocre and COLD. Bread poor

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/08/2016
 2011
Dined on 4/08/2016
 2011
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Dined on 4/08/2016
 2011
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Review 36 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Top service and excellent food.

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Dined on 4/06/2016
 2011
Dined on 4/06/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Service was perfect, and all of our dishes were really good. The roasted Branzino was to die for., not just flavor but presentation too."
Dined on 4/06/2016
 2011
Special Features: special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 37 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Mediocre

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
"I'm a foodie who appreciates really good food across a broad spectrum of cuisines and price points. Waaay back in the day, this restaurant was very good. I've tried it twice in the past twelve months and have been quite underwhelmed. Most recently, my mother and I paid about 200 bucks for meals that were simply meh. I had fish that was nicely moist but lacked flavor. I asked for salt, hoping to enhance the flavor. Even that couldn't remedy the situation. Our dessert was also uninspiring. I will say, though, that our server was attentive and accomodating."
Dined on 4/07/2016
 2010
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Review 38 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Disappointment

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/07/2016
 2005
Dined on 4/07/2016
 2005
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"Every time we visited Chicago over the past decade, a "must" visit was always to Cafe Spaggia. This time, however, we were saddened to see that an old favorite has declined significantly in its offerings and the quality of those offerings.
First of all, the once impressive and voluminous wine listing (especially of Italian varieties) was reduced to a handful of domestic and foreign selections.
The charcuterie we ordered to share as an appetizer was acceptable, but the "cheese of the day" that was supposed to be included consisted of three tiny dollops of a rather indifferent brie.
Of the main dishes we ordered, the bucatini (small pasta plate) was bland and flavorless. The Slagel farm half chicken arrived disjointed, and while nicely cooked, was very small--it was more of a cornish game hen than what could be called a real "chicken." The accompanying vegetables were very fibrous and indigestible, although the mushrooms were very good. On the other hand, the pork shoulder was nicely done and of a decent portion.
The dessert menu has been truncated severely; no longer is tiramisu or the wonderful bombolini available, so we had three varieties of gelati and sorbetti. These were excellent.
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Dined on 4/07/2016
 2005
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Review 39 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/07/2016
 2014
Dined on 4/07/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/07/2016
 2014
Special Features: great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 40 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 4/07/2016
 2005
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 41 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2010
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Review 42 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 4/02/2016
 2011
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Review 43 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/04/2016
 2007
Dined on 4/04/2016
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/04/2016
 2007
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Review 44 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/06/2016
 2014
Dined on 4/06/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"We followed our server's recommendation for every course (we never do that) and everything was outstanding! Can't wait to go back."
Dined on 4/06/2016
 2014
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Review 45 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Disappointing

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"Went back after several years only to find the menu had radically changed and the room redecorated. Neither was satisfactory. Immediately upon being seated, the waiter launched into a minimum five minute explanation of the menu and then walked away without asking about a drink order. Once we got his attention again for drinks, it took another ten minutes to get them. The menu itself is no longer really Italian based even though there is a pasta section. The lumache with peas was served with the most minimal amount of sauce (probably just a touch of melted butter) leaving the shells dry and rubbery.
The redecorated interior is cold and somewhat stark. Certainly it would not be considered cozy, warm or inviting. Overall, the Cafe Spiaggia experience has changed for the worse and we will not return which is too bad as we used to enjoy eating there.
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Dined on 4/03/2016
 2011
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Review 46 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Gnocchi with boar ragu is great!"
Dined on 4/04/2016
 2004
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Review 47 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Always Special

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Cafe Spiaggia is simply fabulous and creative, always."
Dined on 4/04/2016
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 48 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/02/2016
 2016
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2016
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 49 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/02/2016
 2005
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2005
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 50 for Cafe Spiaggia
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

staff & ambience were great; food, not so much

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"Although the setting and staff were wonderful, we were underwhelmed by the food. All 3 of us ordered a lamb special and after we had dined there, we all agreed that it wasn't as presented to us orally. The lamb roulade was described as slow-cooked but finish with a seared, crispy end. However, the lamb tasted fatty and there was no crispness to it. Also, the crispy cauliflower was tasty but not crispy. The creamy burrata was advertised as being warm, but it was served cold and returned to the kitchen."
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2009
Special Features: notable wine list
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