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Cafe des Architectes

#183 of 7,875 Restaurants in Chicago
#211 of 8,779 Places to Eat in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
Gold Coast
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20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611 (Wabash (near Rush))
Cabs plentiful, Red Line train (Chicago and State stop), CTA bus (22, 36, Michigan Avenue routes, incl. 151, 145, 146, 147).
(312) 324-4063
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Brunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Description: Blending French elegance with the very best in local flavor, Executive Chef...
Blending French elegance with the very best in local flavor, Executive Chef Greg Biggers prepares breakfast, lunch and dinner with the freshest ingredients in hand. Working closely with a number of like-minded farmers, Chef Biggers prepares cuisine that changes seasonally and centers around quality and sustainable ingredients. A daily prix fixe menu is available, featuring three courses of freshly prepared dishes. Guests are also invited to enjoy the restaurant’s five or ten course Degustation Menu, available with wine pairings. Also not to be missed is Café des Architectes’ signature Cheese Ritual and comprehensive wine program. This chic Magnificent Mile neighborhood restaurant offers dramatic interiors by Pierre-Yves Rochon, featuring vibrant colors, overstuffed chairs, and dynamic lighting.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Trend setting good

Must have - cheeses. They create them in their own make shift caves. Delicious. Everything that we had was wonderful. A bit on the expensive side but worth it if you enjoy art in food. The only complaint I have is regarding other guests. Dress appropriately. Restauranters go to great lengths to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 11, 2015
Ann U
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Santa Clarita, California
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75 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Must have - cheeses. They create them in their own make shift caves. Delicious. Everything that we had was wonderful. A bit on the expensive side but worth it if you enjoy art in food. The only complaint I have is regarding other guests. Dress appropriately. Restauranters go to great lengths to provide a certain ambiance. It is out of... More 

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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015 via mobile

Upscale casual dining atmosphere inside Sofitel Hotel. We went here for a la carte Chicago: celebrate the French table. Gorgeous presentation of delicious food! Also, excellent service.

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UK
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64 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

We stayed in the hotel (Sofitel) and had two breakfasts in this restaurant. I can highly recommend the seafood omelette - fat, juicy, and with a lobster bisque sauce on the side. Fabulous, and on the list again for next time!

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Thank BequiaWhispers
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Came for a late dinner after arriving at the hotel. Perfectly cooked salmon with crispy skin. Good sides and some wine. Just perfect. Service is excellent.

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Wisconsin
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233 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We always include breakfast when we stay at Sofitel. The room is lovely and bright. Coffee is french press and delish. Pastry basket is very tempting and I always enjoy fresh croissants when we eat here. Fresh fruit and eggs, great way to start the day! Service great.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Had another opportunity to stay at the Sofitel again for business meetings. By the way a very good business center. I happened to staying there again last night and stiumbled upon an event called "Meet The Artisan's". it was held in a quant room right off the "Le Bar". What an event. They gathered some of the best purveyors of... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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36 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I ate here twice while attending a conference. The food is good but pricey. However the best value can be had here for lunch where there is a small but reasonable menu.

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New York City, New York
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

If it was as good as the architecture of Chicago, it would be a real winner. Service was 4-5 star - but the food fell a bit flat for the price. Its like a roll out of copycat Postmodern facades that plagued suburban architecture in the early 80's - blase'. Crab cakes were excellent and hearty. Short ribs were a... More 

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Melbourne
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83 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

This is the restaurant at the Sofitel where we were staying. We usually avoid hotel restaurants but ate there as we were too tired to go elsewhere. The hotel is set back on a corner and in front of it there are outdoor lounges for the bar and comfy tables and chairs for the restaurant. We were there on a... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Had 2 dinners at the Cafe. The prices are good, not more expensive than in another restaurants in Chicago. Had crab cakes - definitely recommended, smoked salmon tartar - really with smoke, cheeses. I can also add that waiters are very nice, especially Romi. Will definitely come back to the restaurant when I am next time in Chicago.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611
    (Wabash (near Rush))
  • Public Transportation: Cabs plentiful, Red Line train (Chicago and State stop), CTA bus (22, 36, Michigan Avenue routes, incl. 151, 145, 146, 147).
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Gold Coast
  • Neighborhood: Gold Coast
  • Phone Number: (312) 324-4063

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic

Description

Blending French elegance with the very best in local flavor, Executive Chef Greg Biggers prepares breakfast, lunch and dinner with the freshest ingredients in hand. Working closely with a number of like-minded farmers, Chef Biggers prepares cuisine that changes seasonally and centers around quality and sustainable ingredients. A daily prix fixe menu is available, featuring three courses of freshly prepared dishes. Guests are also invited to enjoy the restaurant’s five or ten course Degustation Menu, available with wine pairings. Also not to be missed is Café des Architectes’ signature Cheese Ritual and comprehensive wine program. This chic Magnificent Mile neighborhood restaurant offers dramatic interiors by Pierre-Yves Rochon, featuring vibrant colors, overstuffed chairs, and dynamic lighting.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Gold Coast

Neighborhood Profile
Gold Coast
Located just north of The Loop, Gold Coast is one of Chicago’s most affluent and popular neighborhoods. The original Playboy, Hugh Hefner, once had a mansion here. In addition to prestigious hotels, historic mansions and luxury high-rise apartments, you’ll also find upscale specialty boutiques and Michelin-starred restaurants. Walk along Oak Street for your shopping fix and dance through the night along Rush Street. The Newberry Library is also a great stop to check out noteworthy exhibits and rare book collections.