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Svea Restaurant

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Coffee Shop, European, Diner, Swedish
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5236 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640-2102
773-275-7738
Today
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast

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Visitor rating
  • 7
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 1
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  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Breakfast for Swedes...and others

Andersonville has changed considerably over the past 20 years, but Svea Restaurant has been a beacon in the neighborhood for years. Small, quaint, with Scandinavian decor, Svea Restaurant serves a breakfast worth waiting for. I crave Swedish pancakes with lingonberries, so that is a must if you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
Easytoplease338
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Chicago
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23 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This cafe serves a great brunch to fill hungry tummies. Friendly service in a Swedish themed cafe (yellow and blue furniture) and lots of artifacts and picture on the theme. Located nearly opposite the Swedish American Museum in Andersonville, Chicago (also worth a visit to find out more about the Swedish quarter)

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Chicago
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Andersonville has changed considerably over the past 20 years, but Svea Restaurant has been a beacon in the neighborhood for years. Small, quaint, with Scandinavian decor, Svea Restaurant serves a breakfast worth waiting for. I crave Swedish pancakes with lingonberries, so that is a must if you want you want some authentic flavor to your meal. I recommend their omelets.... More 

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Orange County
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82 reviews 82 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This is in Andersonville, a Swedish settlement area of northeast Chicago. I go to Svea whenever I visit Chicago and I am in the neighborhood. It is small and homey, service is great, and they have many "regulars" eating there. The best items are the Swedish pancakes & sauce, Swedish bread, meatballs, sausages, etc., though they also have regular breakfast... More 

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Lake Villa, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

A small restaurant, with not too many tables, but great food and service! The menu has some great Swedish dishes!

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Crete, Illinois
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Wholsome scandinavian food in a pleasant atmosphere. Good food and good service. Menye is small but diverse with something for everyone.

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London UK
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101 reviews 101 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our brunch at Svea: delicious pancakes and French toast. Unfortunately my husband did not enjoy the meatballs at all, but he tasted the other stuff we ordered and agreed it was delicious. Nice laid back atmosphere, and good service. A very characterful Swedish experience.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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71 reviews 71 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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
7 helpful votes 7 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5236 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640-2102
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • Phone Number: 773-275-7738

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, European, Diner, Swedish
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?