Legacy by Giovanni's

4.7
67 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

They managed to totally ruin 2 Wagyu steaks and our night. No attempt to make it right. Just awful.

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MN
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night out! Service was great (forgot the young lady's name), good wine and excellent food. We can't wait to go back. Suprised it was very busy on a Thursday night.

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B
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They opened the restaurant for us on a day they were supposed to be closed. Was a great experience, as it always is at Legacy.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here, great drink menu and fantastic food.

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JH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice dinner. The ambiance, service and drinks were Wonderful and it has potential of being a real gem in Rockford. However, for the prices, I was expecting to be Wow'd but the food was just OK. They are almost there but it felt they were trying too hard to be overly fancy but then couldn't deliver the product when it came to the food. The menu is confusing and needs to be explained to a newcomer which seems odd. When ordering a $50+ steak it should include a side or two and not force the purchase of a large bowl of side that needs to be shared like at a buffet. That concept works fine if everyone is ordering steak or seafood but in our case some were ordering entrees that did come as full meals so the sides were over the top. All in All. I will go back for the beautifully romantic feel and impeccable service but am hopeful they consider revising the menu layout and offerings to items that will make my mouth water.

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T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 12 for dinner. They put us in a separate room with a square table which made conversations easy. Kim was our server and she was fantastic. The appetizers were great. They were many unique options. I had the tomahawk pork chop which was fantastic. Everyone else raved about their main course. Most of us are from out of town and Legacy is our new favorite spot for dinner when we come for business!

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GT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and cocktails justify the higher prices. Or 3rd visit and only one glitch with a side dish. Wait staff is very professional.

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BB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food; excellent atmosphere. Our waitress was very attentive as well!
This is our second visit to this new restaurant and w will definitely be back!

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Des Moines
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there twice now and AMAZING .... TRULY THE BEST RESTAURANT IN ROCKFORD!!

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LP
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate there on Sat. 3/16 for our anniversary! The food was excellent. The reason I would not recommend it is that my husband and I both ordered steaks. His came out over cooked. So we ended up not really eating together since he didn't want mine to end up cold so I ate while he sat there. Since you order the sides separately, by the time his steak was brought out, the sides were cold. I had also ordered a sauce for my steak, which they brought out when I was half way through it. They did give us a free dessert, but still a little disappointing for the money spent. Everything is priced separately...break, salads, steaks, sides, etc.

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HB
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a group of 8 people for a birthday dinner. Angel was our waiter and was vigilant to the end and handled our eccentric and diverse ordering.
Christian, the GM, was also gracious and very accommodating with inquiries on sourcing of meat and wine.
All in all, a welcome addition to Rockford and worth a trip and I would encourage Legacy to remove the sirloin from the menu...it just isn’t up to par with the other offerings.
Snake River Farms beef...winner winner!!
Thank you for the experience and we will be back!!
Do splurge on the wine list...Christian will provide great recommendations within your budget.
815 cake can be shared with 6 people easily!!

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TK
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good meal, my wife and I both the the filet and it was prepared perfectly. We will go back

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ST
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to Legacy for our anniversary. We had drinks at the bar first and then a wonderful meal. The staff was very friendly and professonal. Everyone was very accommodating. We will most certainly be visiting this restaurant frequently!

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F
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was great. But my friend from Chicago had a cocktail delivered with a fruit fly in it. When he brought it to waitress attention. All he got was an oh my. No offer of free dessert, discount bill or just eliminate charge for cocktail

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience. You definitely get what you pay for. The best steaks we have ever had!! All the sides are huge and can be split between 2-4 people depending on ones appetite. Service was top notch. Will definitely go back.

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

Hands down best meal I’ve had in Rockford. And that’s 20 years of dinners!!!

Al continues to raise the bar for dinning.

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s so nice to have an amazing steak house in Rockford! Everything was perfect. I had the Wagyu Manhattan strip. So good! We’ll definitely be back again and again.

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TJ
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great wine!

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A
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great - Food tasted delicious. Perfect night!

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the food from the wedge to the mac and cheese to the steak was top shelf. The complimentary cocktail was a nice touch too. Our server Butch was on top of his game all night. We will be back for sure.

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Des Moines
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FINALLY!!!! An AMAZING higher end restaurant in Rockford that has OUTSTANDING meals!!! My wife and I are SO HAPPY!! We usually drive to Chicago or Madison and now we have something close to home ... THANK YOU!!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating at Legacy was a wonderful experience. The food is excellent (although pricey) and the service is spectacular. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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WK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu not extensive, but adequate selection. Sides very ample in quantity and inexpensive. Entrees a bit pricey, but very nicely presented and tasty.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food very pricey for Rockford-Chicago prices. Would go again but for a special occasion only or only with husband. We took our family and bill was $380 with no alcohol

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LA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great dining experience! The wait staff was very attentive and informative offering suggestions!

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PT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had dinner for my birthday and it was amazing. The food was delicious and the service was awesome. We will definitely come again as well as recommend.

Phyllis Titus

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JH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I dined at Legacy for the first time. The restaurant has been recently renovated and looked very nice. The wait staff was super attentive, almost too well rehearsed, but they were professional and friendly. Our food was well prepared, my wife and I had steaks that were prepared medium rare. The side dishes had such large portions that my wife ordered mashed potatoes and I ordered the grilled asparagus and we shared. The free drink to start things off was a nice touch. The wine list is lengthy. All-in-all a very nice dinner and a very good experience. Definitely a step-up from the typical dining experience in Rockford. We will dine at Legacy again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
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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Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
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 9, 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 9, 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 9, 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 9, 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 9, 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 2, 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 2, 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
Chicago
2 reviews
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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