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Svea Restaurant

5236 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640-2102
773-275-7738
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Ranked #1,206 of 8,266 restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: European, Coffee Shop, Diner, Swedish
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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English first
Greensboro, North Carolina
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57 reviews 57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Get around Chicago and visit Andersonville. The bars, restaurants and people-watching is fun. I had a great Swedish pancake breakfast with eggs and they substituted wonderful Swedish potatoes for me. It is obvious why Svea is a top choice for my friends who live in the area.

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Arlington, TN
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Svea is a cozy restaurant with a Swedish bent in the middle of the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago. It was our final meal -- breakfast -- before leaving after a great visit. The restaurant has a view of bustling Clark Street -- a summer festival was in progress -- but we were more interested in just chatting. Svea provided the... More

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Eugene, Oregon
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

I have had the Viking breakfast and it is great but what I really like are the Swedish pancakes which are really good --much better than chain pancake houses. Ok the coffee is old diner but the service is friendly and on weekdays most if the customers are regulars. I do miss the Svea of old when it served Swedish... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

I had just returned from Sweden about two weeks prior to visiting Svea. I was missing Sweden and the yummy breakfasts that I was getting used to in Gothenburg. So, I decided to take my chance at a little place in Andersonville that I have seen several times but never dined at. My son and I took a seat at... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013 via mobile

I am from Sweden and I must say that the pancakes are perfect. It's like I've made them my self. The coffea is not like home but ok. The limpa tasted like in the old age, super!

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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67 reviews 67 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We've eaten at this Andersonville Swedish restaurant countless times over several decades, and only now discovered we haven't rated it. The fact that we keep returning explains the attraction of the paper-thin Swedish pancakes topped with lingon berries with a side order of salt pork. No matter what happens for the rest of the day, it starts off great with... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

I read reviews before going to this place but honestly it needs some re-modeling it's old and dingy. The food was average noting fancy. The coffee is nothing great;( Hey but if you want a quick meal for a cheap price stop here. They used to only take cash as payment but I think they may have started accepting plastic...You... More

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Arkansas
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105 reviews 105 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Enjoyed the omelet with salmon. It was delicious. I was not able to finish it because of the huge serving of yummy home fries served along side. DH and DD raved about the Swedish sausage. DH had pancake and poached eggs. He says they were the best poached eggs ever and he wonders how they do that, lol. The coffee... More

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Libertyville, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Had the opportunity to visit Svea in December. Located in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago, this is a traditional . Only open from 7 am to 2 pm. The food is delicious and the setting is very quaint. My family of 5 ate breakfast there and were delighted with the swedish sausages and the pancakes. (with a side of lingonberry... More

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Brattleboro, Vermont
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

Svea is a fantastic little diner in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago. They are a real diner in the sense that they open quite early (7 am) and close early as well (2 pm). I went there for breakfast with two dear friends and it was a delight. The inside is definitely not fancy, but it has a charming, quaint... More

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