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Cafe La Cave

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2777 Mannheim Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60018-3602 (Higgins and Touhy)
+1 847-827-7818
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:30
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Downers Grove, Illinois
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It surprised us when we arrived to learn that Cafe la Cave is BOTH a banquet facility and restaurant. We were seated in the corner and so were protected from the wedding din but it was quite loud in the vestibule. This is a themed restaurant and is decorated like, well, a cave. While the menu is fairly limited, we... More 

Thank Hortonwhoness
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been going to this restaurant for 27 years and it never fails me it always has excellent food and excellent service. I have tried a variety of offerings from their menu and their specials and they are always superb. It is a family owned restaurant and their food and service is a tribute to their matriarch. As always... More 

Thank Anntoinette A
Skokie, Illinois
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147 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This elegant dining and banquet venue is convenient to Allstate Arena. The café is best known for stylish table side preparation, a form of 'dinnertainment' that's becoming hard to find. The low-ceiling cavern-like decor is dimly lit and romantic, with an attractive bar along one side. I recommend going there with a Groupon or similar because the prices are lofty.... More 

Thank FoodFight101
Chicago, Illinois
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I went to Cafe La Cave for our anniversary last night. The service and ambiance there was amazing! The steak Diane was to die for. The preparation at our table truly made it a very special meal. We finished with the Cherries Jubilee which was truly over the top. We look forward to our next visit!

Thank Carl M
Skokie, Illinois
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

My husband and i have been to Cafe la Cave before and love sitting in the "cave" style bar. The service and food are exquisite; old school waiters in tuxedos, tableside prep and service. We took his daughter and son last night for his daughter's graduation dinner and it has not changed at all! We had escargot and crab cocktail... More 

Thank DMack23
Bartlett, Illinois
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

A friend of mine got married here and I ate dinner here the Thursday before. It is an amazing restaurant and has always held up the quality of food for 46 years. Fantastic!

Thank Sue S
Chicago, Illinois
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189 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

I have had my fair share of banquet eating, weddings, funerals, corporate events, etc. In September a local organization had a fund raising banquet which I attended at Cafe Le Cave. Surprisingly I was impressed with the food and the service. Most meals from my experience especially when the entree is chicken tends to be overcooked. To my surprise we... More 

Thank Jodphd
Des Plaines, Illinois
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56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Visiting Cafe La Cave was wonderful! Chateaubriand is not often on menus anymore. It is a delicious cut of beef! Ours was cooked perfectly with a slight crust on the outside with perfect seasonings. It was carved table side with bearnaise sauce. The vegies: carrots, asparagus, broccoli, and cauliflower were cooked perfectly and the hollandaise sauce was such a treat!... More 

Thank rosieChicago2
Deerfield, Illinois
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138 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

I just attended a large event for the community college I work with at the Cafe La Cave. I have to say that from start to finish, that I was impressed. I had a pre-dinner drink and it was well done and not devoid of the alcohol content it should have. The venue was nice, near the airport, with ample... More 

Thank RJK_Chicago
chicago. ill
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

My husband and I came here for dinner, it's across from the Hyatt. The service was excellant!! The waiters were very attentive, the cocktails were tasty, and the food was fabulous. We both had seafood, the scallops were HUGE. I feel the price is reasonable. They even do a table side Steak Diane. You don"t see that very often.

Thank familytravlerchicago

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$80
American, Steakhouse
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2777 Mannheim Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60018-3602
    (Higgins and Touhy)
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Des Plaines
  • Phone Number: +1 847-827-7818

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?