Legacy by Giovanni's

4.7
39 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Located in the space formerly known as Big Al's: Legacy. One part stylish steakhouse, one part craft cocktail lounge, 100% committed to culinary excellence. Legacy will be a dynamic dining phenomenon unlike anything you've ever experienced, featuring Argentinian Asado cooking over red-hot wood coals to impart the perfect char. Our commitment to a truly stellar spirits and wine lists will be unparalleled. The carefully appointed decor and our gracious service will enchant you. Chances are you'll be planning your return visit long before the dessert menu arrives.
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was the only aspect of our meal that felt of good value. I would hope for better ambiance for the price but instead was seated closer to the table next to me than my date. Confused kitchen staff trying to serve us food before we ordered and couldn’t even remember the name of the dish he was trying to give me. The food was fantastic and that should not go unnoticed. At the end of the night I felt as though I had paid too much for a great chef at Chili’s best night.

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TS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, environment and staff! Danielle was our server and provided excellent service! Devon is a phenomenal bar tender!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kim was absolutely on point with our service tonight! Our party of 4 was treated so well for our friend's birthday. We will definitely be back!

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CM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Open table failed to tell legacy of our reservation. Other than that the dinner was very nice.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu that is listed is the menu for alchemy not Legacy. Just be aware when you get there you will be spending a minimum of $50 per person. Our service was amazing and the food was delicious. It was very nice to have a night out in an upscale setting.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server ZEZE was amazing! She gave great service! The food was phenomenal and the complementary drink was a great treat. It was definitely the perfect place for a birthday dinner! Can’t wait to go back!

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B
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

This is the second time I’ve eaten here. The first time, the wedge salad, Chateau Bistro cut steak and whipped potatoes were all excellent. Complimentary cocktail was very nice. No bread offered either visit. Second visit one 6 oz filet was ordered medium and arrived rare. Sent it back- waiter was gracious about it. Took forever to get it back and it still was not medium- same steak just cooked a tiny bit longer. Still more rare to med rare. 40 oz porterhouse not worth it. Mostly bone and the meat was rather fatty overall. Stick to the Chateau Bistro or other cuts. Whipped potatoes very good again. Cocktails are well prepared. Service is very good. Soup was just ok. Nice dining room and atmosphere. Parking is confusing- large part of lot roped off for Legacy and Alchemy but no way in and attendants waving you off even if that is where you are eating. Will eat there again anyway, but make sure your party sticks to medium rare steaks and simple cuts. New place so they need to get their steak doneness sorted stat. Porterhouse is a no go. Overall worth visiting.

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LC
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak and seafood in Rockford. Old school cocktails that are to die for. Best deserts I have had but to take it home in a box.

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SM
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Disappointing. The wrong steak was prepared for my Wife so the right one had to be done. In the meantime mine was served. When her meal was finally served my steak had to be sent back to be reheated. All side dishes got cold, but salad wedge was great.
Butch, our server, was good but dealt a bad hand by the kitchen. A total cluster on our 50th anniversary celebration.

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MH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! Would definitely recommend for a nice date night, romantic evening or special celebration.

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SM
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went in Saturday night for a celebration. Our food was fantastic and the service was excellent. I had the Ribeye (brought a lot home it’s so big!) and my husband was going to order the Manhattan Strip and our server recommended the Bistro Chateau. It was phenomenal! I will be ordering that next time. We also had the chocolate cake which was a chocolate lovers dream - brought half home for later! We will definitely be back!

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BC
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Legacy is my only destination for fine dining. It all starts w/ the food which is amazing. I own a business and i take all my guests there for dinner appointments. Everyone raves about the food, service, and atmosphere. it is an amazing dining experience.

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EB
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was fantastic! We each had a steak (6 oz filet and 8 oz sirloin) which we’re both cooked perfectly. Both of us ordered a side (mac and cheese and loaded potatoes). Each side was easily big enough for two people to share and equally delicious. The cocktails were also amazing. Although it’s expensive, I highly recommend for a special occasion or a fantastic steak.

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DH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. Our waiter (Butch) skillfully guided us through our drinks and menu selections. Nice experience

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PR
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was wonderful without being too frequent. I recommend the New York Strip, which was fabulous.

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RM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice, varied and unique menu. The food was outstanding!! We had great service!!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience worth every cent.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came to meet up with some old friends. We started at the bar for a pre-dinner cocktail. The bartenders are AMAZING!! So personable and hilarious!! Not to mention they know how to mix up delicious cocktails. Their presentation is perfection - Every detail is there- refreshing and beautiful.

Angel was our server. We are Hispanic so we loved that he spoke to us in Spanish throughout our experience. He took us on a tour of the menu and then brought us a complimentary cocktail.

Every aspect of our meal was great. The flavors and presentation were beyond what we expected. The steak was the best I’ve ever had - definitely recommend the cod!!! So different than anything I’ve had before.

Can’t wait to go back!! This place is definitely where you want to be if you want to eat well & experience a really cool big city vibe

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JC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was beyond great! The only thing that topped the service was the food itself. From cocktails, appetizers to the main course and dessert.

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SH
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

First time for a nice NYE Datenight. The service was phenomenal. From attentiveness to knowledge to etiquette. Donning was a great experience. The chef put out and outstanding menus and what we ordered was flawless. A little on the noisy side when busy and the booth seating is not the greatest for the person facing the wall, but overall an outstanding establishment and look very forward to our next visit soon...

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BC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for New Year's - It was certainly busy, but seating was intimate and it felt nearly like a private dining experience. The food was impeccable, we will certainly go back for date night, but the wait staff sets this place above the rest! Our waiter was attentive and genuine, and had great recommendations. The handcrafted drinks were perfectly balanced, and the wine selection is fabulous, for just a glass, or to share a bottle. The seafood tower and sides were fresh and cooked just right. Can't wait to try the steaks!

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OT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful room. Butch, our waiter, was awesome, with friendly, attentive yet not hovering service. Food was well prepared and served. The bone marrow French onion soup was a hit. Where can you go and be served a complimentary cocktail? Legacy is where.

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DV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and drinks superb, great ambience, wonderful to have a restaurant of this caliber in Rockford area

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MA
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

First impression was bad, since parking attendant was rude to both our couples. Although the sides were great,they’ll legacy sirloin was tough especially considering the price. Wait staff was not knowledgeable about menu. Slow service. Very very loud, so loud a table for 4 had a hard time conversing.

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s
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best meal we have had in a long time and that includes in Chicago! The space is a beautifully redone Big Al’s nightclub. It is very tastefully done and more importantly it is comfortable and you have personal space to enjoy a fine dining experience. The menu is structured like a high end steak house, the portions are large, the steaks are a la Cart and the sides big to be shared. The steaks are pricey but they are excellent! My husband and I both had the Bistro Chateau steak, they were delicious. Our sides were creamed spinach and duck fat au gratin potatoes. The spinach was amazing and the au gratins were also very good. The service was excellent as well. Rockford has been in need of a fine dining steak house and happily this one is great!

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CW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing steak - excellent sides for sharing. Will be the best meal you’ve had in Rockford. Cool and classy environment that rivals Chicago.

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B
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delightful. The private side room was great for our party of 10. Quiet and intimate.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Butch and crew did a great job, food was outstanding! Had a guest in from out of town who had spent last ~ 3 months in Rockford on assignment, said it was hands down the best meal in 53 sittings.

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EW
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible. Service was very wonderful. Waitress gave us a complimentary cocktail to try. Very pricey so be careful what you order, but big portion sizes on the sides.

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PR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another win for Giovanni's. We had a wonderful dinner recently. Our server, Zizi, was attentive and knowledgeable. I had a filet mignon and my husband had the scallops, our sides were the beet salad and asparagus. Everything was excellent. We loved the apple galette dessert (Zizi's recommendation) and ended up taking most of it home. It could feed six people easily! The menu is à la carte, so it is not an inexpensive night out, but the prices reflect the exceptional cocktails, food and service. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great, service excellent. Can't wait to go back

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RY
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and experience! Steaks were fantastic. Martini on the house was yummy. Nice touch.

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MB
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Cocktails, food and service were excellent. The music was too loud and distracting. The music selection was very disappointing; more fitting for an aerobic workout at a gym than an elegant dining experience.

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JR
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fab appetizers, tender tasty juicy steaks. Awesome wine list. Gifted Chef Alan!! Bravo.

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T
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from Annie. Food was delicious. Atmosphere was perfect for dining intimately.

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t
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and delicious meal!

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Rockford! Delicious foods and large drink menu.

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J
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best steak's I've ever had! Highly recommend if you are in the Rockford area.

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n
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

This restaurant needs to work out some things. We complained about our food being cold but was just given "we are working on it" answer? I expected better food. I will try a "steak" next time. If you are going to serve food family style you need to offer larger plates or a stack of small plates. Sauces were not meant to be blended. Really disappointed in the sea food tower. Both the shrimp and the lobster were over cooked and cold. There should be some kind of special dessert or drink for birthdays and/or special occasions. Loved the atmosphere but did not feel like the food was worth the price.

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