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Cafe des Architectes

#100 of 7,763 Restaurants in Chicago
#111 of 8,517 Places to Eat in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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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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6:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Blending French elegance with the very best in local flavor, Executive...
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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  • 143
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  • 51
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 1
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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
Excellent quality price ratio in an ideal location

Excellent food in a nicely decorated restaurant. Service exceeded our expectations. We'll definitely go back!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Excellent food in a nicely decorated restaurant. Service exceeded our expectations. We'll definitely go back!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Staying at a hotel when you are in town for work is not the same as a vacation. When you come back to the Hotel after work tired, and you want a great meal but don't want to travel far...and you learn that the hotel restaurant is one of the best in Chicago, you are very happy! I took breakfast... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

My dad and I stayed in Chicago for about a week and were looking for a nice French place to eat at. We found this restaurant over UrbanSpoon. We walked in, not knowing it was in a hotel and were seated immediately by a kind french waiter. We ordered the chef’s special. Throughout the night our glasses were refilled, our... More 

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Chicago
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Four couples had dinner last Saturday evening. For most of us, it was our first time. Was wondering what dinner would be like because it appears to be a small area off the lobby. But, once inside it is larger than it appears and the decor is very nice. The tables are done in black and silver, with the tops... More 

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Fantastic Fois Gras and Carrot Velouté!! Incredible service and wine list. Daily specials are a challenge to choose from... The cheese trays are delightful and I highly recommend.

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Englewood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We didn't have a chance to eat dinner here but the breakfasts and lunch were really good. Next time will try and book a table for dinner.

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Detroit, MI, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We stayed at the Sofitel and had breakfast and lunch at this hotel and I can't get over how delicious and amazing everything was! One of my all time favorite spots now!

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Heredia, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The Benedictine eggs were perfect, the bread and the coffee... uhmm. Even do the place was packed, the service was very fast, they gave us a table right away. The place is lovely with a lot of natural lightning, which I love.

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Schaumburg, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Excellent food and service. Not as crowded as I would have liked it to be. There were only a couple other tables occupied for Friday night at 8:30pm. My husband and I were able to have a nice romantic dinner still and tried like a dozen things on the menu. All were delicious. We will come back here, maybe on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 via mobile

We are in the neighborhood - so stop by here for meals on occasion. The food is very good - but given the smaller size of their dining room - I think the service could be better. When we were here for breakfast, our food was delivered - but I noticed that my fork was bent. Our waiter never stopped... More 

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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: Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, 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

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • 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.