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Cafe des Architectes

20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 324-4063
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Ranked #116 of 8,419 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Wabash (near Rush)
Transit: Cabs plentiful, Red Line train (Chicago and State stop), CTA bus (22, 36, Michigan Avenue routes, incl. 151, 145, 146, 147).
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.
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English first
South Bend, Indiana
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Often on days that are occasions (Thanksgiving, Mothers' Day, etc) a restaurant meal is just mediocre. Even at the nicest restaurants, the meals can feel mass produced and uninspired. Not at this restaurant. Christmas Day dinner at Cafe des Architectes was delicious. We all ordered different foods and each item was unique and delicious. The Staff attentive not hovering. Very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

For here's I didn't want to go into this restaurant, because it was so physically unappealing. On Christmas Day, my family and I had a amazing meal. Definitely worth going for food but keep your expectations for the ambience.

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Minneapolils, MN
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

My husband and I took his recently widowed mother to Cafe for Christmas Dinner. We loved the whole experience.....the Sofitel itself, the food, and the staff. The fixed 3 course dinner was a dream....the cheese tart appetizer, my shortribs..........melt in your mouth, and the chocolate dessert was OMG fabulous. My husband did comment that his lamb wellington was a little... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I thought the food was great I would have liked if they had more of an open are feel when we went there is feel a little stuffy and being on vacation I would have loved being more outside.

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Miami, Florida
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

like the eggs benedict (all variants) and French toast. perfectly foamed cappuccino. seemed to accommodate guests with vouchers for breakfast included in their room rate?

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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We are frequent guests at the Cafe ,always sure that we will have an excellent dinner ,artfully presented and attentive service ,We have come with out of town friend and also by ourselves for lunch or dinner and we have been very pleased .I so enjoy the french touch and the serene ambiance so that conversation is pleasant .It is... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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54 reviews 54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014 via mobile

Last year we came to Cafe des Architectes for Thanksgiving Dinner and it was so good and we were in Chicago again so we came back. And we are delighted we did. The food is wonderful. The service is efficient and very friendly. My husband had delicious scallops with a fabulous pumpkin purée. I had parsnip soup which had grapefruit... More 

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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This restaurant, in the Sofitel, is beautifully designed, as you might expect from its name. I would suggest beginning with a mixed green salad. These are not on the menu, but they will bring you one if you ask.The main dishes are lapidary, by which I mean presented as little jewels. I've eaten there twice and found it delightful both... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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67 reviews 67 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

In the neighborhood where we live, this restaurant is known for its fine breakfasts, brunches and dinners. A quality that we appreciate the most is its quietness, a rare happening in Chicago restaurants were loudness is not only accepted but encouraged! Six of us dined there last night. The greeting and service were impeccable. The food could have been better... More 

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Flossmoor, Illinois
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42 reviews 42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This restaurant, located in the Sofitel downtown Chicago, offers mostly French cuisine dishes, carefully prepared and presented, with a menu encompassing both fish, seafood and meat-based offerings. Their chicken is particularly good, tasty and juicy. The wine menu is remarkable. Prices are adequate to the relatively upscale offerings, and service is friendly and prompt. But the most remarkable plus of... More 

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Additional Information about Cafe des Architectes

Address: 20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone Number: (312) 324-4063
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
Cuisine: French

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