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Svea Restaurant

5236 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640-2102
773-275-7738
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Ranked #1,194 of 8,189 restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: European, Coffee Shop, Diner, Swedish
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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22 reviews 22 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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102 reviews 102 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Ottawa, Canada
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66 reviews 66 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

The service here was good, but the breakfast just wasn't up to par. The coffee was poor and the food was rather bland. There seemed to be better options in the area.

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Iowa City, IA
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46 reviews 46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

Svea offers a very tasty and inexpensive breakfast menu if you are visiting Andersonville. Friendly staff, ample selections and simply great food make this a perfect stop for breakfast in this northside haven

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Chicago, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

This is our favorite neighborhood breakfast spot. Everyone loves the Swedish pancakes and the potatoes are very flavorful. Good burgers if you're in a lunch mood. Small, authentic feel in a historic Swedish neighborhood. You see lots of regular customers who keep coming back for the good food and service. Quaint counter and old cash register add to the charm.... More

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