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5236 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640-2102
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Ranked #1,119 of 8,419 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $1 - $20
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cuisines: European, Coffee Shop, Diner, Swedish
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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Orange County
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82 reviews 82 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 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
34 helpful votes 34 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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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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77 reviews 77 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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Additional Information about Svea Restaurant

Address: 5236 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640-2102
Phone Number: 773-275-7738
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
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
Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
Cuisine: European, Coffee Shop, Diner, Swedish

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