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Cafe des Architectes

20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611-2664
+1 312-324-4063
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good28%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (14 reviews)
“foie gras” (17 reviews)
“pastrami” (5 reviews)
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French, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611-2664
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Ok - not sure why the the previous reviewer was dissing this - but it almost put me off ...... I am glad I went .... I actually stayed here (at the Sofitel - French style based hotel) and tried the food ... OMG -...More

Thank FeedbackISGOOD
Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

I have been receiving the Chicago Magazine for several weeks prior to my trip. I was ver surprised to see very few diners on a Saturday evening. The lounge was packed and boisterous. The wine was very good but I had to asked for refills....More

Thank CharleneDC
Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

Trying to dine at Cafe des Architectes on a Sunday morning was a very jarring and disgusting experience. As we were seated, an insect was crawling along the banquette. I also saw that the planter on the table was covered with dust, moldy water had...More

1  Thank TransConFlyer
Reviewed 8 March 2018

We arrived a little earlier than our reservation. The atmosphere was very inviting bordering on luxurious. We started with champagne, and both of us decided on sea trout that was cooked to perfection. Romi our waiter was wonderful; he even sang a wee bit (in...More

Thank sallyG8114BT
Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

Food and atmosphere were both lovely. But what made the meal memorable was definitely one of the bussers, Purna. Both friendly and polite, he made the visit an absolute delight! You guys are lucky to have him as part of your staff!

Thank Loty v
Reviewed 11 January 2018

We were staying at the Sofitel, so for the first night, I made reservations at this restaurant, which is part of the hotel. When we were seated outside, the waiter brought 2 complimentary glasses of an excellent champagne. The champagne was provided because I had...More

Thank jeanneo45
Reviewed 1 January 2018

We were staying at the Sofitel so had to try out their restaurant. Food was well presented - I had the rabbit and my wife ate the fish both were tasty.. We booked early and were presented with two free glasses of champagne, a nice...More

Thank iankarrie
Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

In Chicago for my annual Christmas shopping trip and I had not been to this restaurant in more than three years. I went for the tasting menu and added the wine paring. Wowza. It does not get much better. Each course was perfectly cooked and...More

1  Thank Keith S
Reviewed 25 November 2017

Our dinner choices were all great, the pheasant and the Creme Brulee desert being our absolute favorites, the scallop appetizer and the crab cakes were also delicious. Unfortunately the bread basket choices don't match the expectation one has while eating here. Also: A 'Taste of...More

Thank travelpr0123
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

The overpowering smell of "fish" when we entered the restaurant was the first turn-off. I think fresh fish does not smell. The beet salad was very bland and to my taste needed more pizzazz. The squash ravioli was tasty. The foie gras was also good....More

1  Thank dred1
Gold Coast
Located just north of The Loop, Gold Coast is one of
Chicago’s most affluent and popular neighborhoods. The
original Playboy, Hugh Hefner, once had a mansion
here. In addition to prestigious hotels, historic
mansions and luxury high-rise apartments, you’ll also
find upscale specialty boutiques and Michelin-starred
restaurants. Walk along Oak Street for your shopping
fix and dance through the night along Rush Street. The
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Bruce V
18 January 2017|
Response from Matthew B | Property representative |
Bonjour, Our restaurant is open for lunch every week day, and we serve brunch on weekends. Lunch and Brunch menus start at 11.30am until 3pm. Please call the restaurant (312) 324-4063 to arrange a reservation. We look... More
Eric L
24 November 2016|
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Response from Matthew B | Property representative |
Bonjour Eric L, Yes, we are open tomorrow Black Friday, for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner until 10pm. Please call the restaurant at (312)324-4063 to make a reservation! We look forward to having you.
2 November 2016|
Response from Matthew B | Property representative |
Dear nowakmdp, Thank you very much for this and your review and we are so glad to know you enjoyed your visit! We look forward to having you back!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 14:30
06:00 - 14:30
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611-2664
    (Wabash (near Rush))
  • Public Transportation: Cabs plentiful, Red Line train (Chicago and State stop), CTA bus (22, 36, Michigan Avenue routes, incl. 151, 145, 146, 147).
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Gold Coast
  • Neighbourhood: Gold Coast
  • Phone Number: +1 312-324-4063
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Blending French elegance with the very best in local flavor, Executive Chef Greg Biggers prepares breakfast, lunch and dinner with the freshest ingredients in hand. Working closely with a number of like-minded farmers, Chef Biggers prepares cuisine that changes seasonally and centers around quality and sustainable ingredients. Not to be missed is Cafe des Architectes’ signature Cheese Ritual and comprehensive wine program. This chic Magnificent Mile neighborhood restaurant offers dramatic interiors by Pierre-Yves Rochon, featuring vibrant colors, overstuffed chairs, and dynamic lighting.
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