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Cafe des Architectes

#122 of 8,445 Restaurants in Chicago
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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, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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  • 133
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Superb!

My Goodness we quickly learned why this restaurant is ranked so high among Chicago restaurants by the Trip Advisor folk. What has been achieved here is the joining of incredibly delicious and well-presented meals and impeccable service. Our foursome had a wonderful Saturday night meal enjoying... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
Rarm13
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Toledo
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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208 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Toledo
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

My Goodness we quickly learned why this restaurant is ranked so high among Chicago restaurants by the Trip Advisor folk. What has been achieved here is the joining of incredibly delicious and well-presented meals and impeccable service. Our foursome had a wonderful Saturday night meal enjoying four separate entrees' which were each works of art. BE SURE to try the... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We had breakfast here on Valentine's Day. It was one of the best breakfasts that I have ever had. The french press coffee was outstanding. They offer a variety of fresh bakery items. My husband had the steak and eggs. The filet was perfectly cooked. The restaurant ambiance was contemporary and inviting. Service was good. Great way to start off... More 

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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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132 reviews 132 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I went there three times while staying at Sofitel. The ambient is elegant, the food is superb and so is the service. I definitely recommend it.

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South Bend, Indiana
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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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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

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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37 reviews 37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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Warrenville
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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
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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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57 reviews 57 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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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
  • Phone Number: (312) 324-4063

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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?