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“Everything in the Restaurant Was Perfect!”

Edgewater Beach Cafe
Ranked #3,207 of 9,668 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: US$1 - US$20
Cuisines: American, French, Seafood
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Chicago, IL
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Everything in the Restaurant Was Perfect!”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

In line with the other reviews of the excellent food and service. I live nearby and have had my eye on this place for a long time waiting for the right opportunity to give it a try. That opportunity came this weekend when I hosted an out of town visitor who is a world traveler.

I reasoned that if he thought it was good having eaten all over the world, that his experience would balance my review. I received the below note from him today which speaks for itself:

"Dinner at Edgewater Beach Café. What a great way to kick-start my 48-day vacation! Everything in the restaurant was perfect. Thanks for the lovely dinner."

  • Visited November 2013
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3 Thank xjpc2
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“Soo good!”
Reviewed 9 October 2013 via mobile

Had the duo of filets and the apple braised duck. Both were spectacular. The shame of it was that there was only one other couple in the place. Spread the word! Great french food for a wonderful price!

1 Thank Jason V
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Fabulous Food....Hidden Gem!”
Reviewed 4 January 2012

This excellent restaurant is in the Edgewater Beach Apartment Building built in 1929 by the architect of the Drake Hotel in Chicago. It is run by a Vietnamese husband and wife couple with their son. The food is classic American/French with some Asian influence and some really incredible dishes which defy any specific ethnic origin, like the red cabbage salad which is awesome! We live in the building and eat here often. The food and service is always superb and the staff is very knowledgable about wines, many selections are reasonably priced. Portions are ample so I suggest ordering everything to share and do a three or four course meal. You won't be disappointed. There is a piano player Friday and Saturday nights as well as for Sunday brunch, the latter being one of the best bargains in the city! If you aren't in the neighborhood the 147 express bus stops right at the door and operates freqently. Get off at the Sheridan/Bryn Mawr stop (it's about a 20 minute ride not during rush hour) and enter from Sheridan Road or treat yourself and enter on Bryn Mawr so you can experience the spectacular lobby of the building. Resrevations are not necessay except on Holidays. Treat yourself to a special experience away from the crowds and "overdone" restaurants in Lincoln Park and the Mag Mile. Don't be put off by the "Cafe" in the name. This is an elegant restaurant!

  • Visited December 2011
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1 Thank nancerbug1
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“Hidden gem”
Reviewed 17 May 2011

I love this place! I am a little confused by one of the reviews, however. There is no outdoor patio at this cafe. It is small, intimate, and the food is wonderful. Located in the Edgewater Beach Apartment building. And Fridays are lovely with the added attraction of music. Highly recommended.

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Thank Mlrphotos
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Merrimac, Wisconsin
Level 6 Contributor
186 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Chicago's Secret”
Reviewed 18 February 2007

For a good time......
Oh, that story would not fly here. However, after a couple of visits, Friday will be the total evening of Unmatched Food, Great enviorment of friendly atmosphere, live piano entertainment, and a Host that will make you a friend. Any night is good for a quiet evening of great food, however something happens on Friday night that makes it not only a great place for some original dishes, but a place where you want to be one of the regulars.

I intend to take as many friends as I can to Chicago's Secret.

1 Thank TravelersAH
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