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Cafe des Architectes

#122 of 8,465 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

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Visitor rating
  • 136
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  • 47
    Very good
  • 22
    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
Very slow service and just okay food

I kind of have an issue with restaurants with limited menus, I often find them a bit pretentious. When I see them most of the times I want to walk away. Since this was a business dinner I didn't have such chance. There is nothing particularly bad about the food. I had a salmon which was okay and... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
Mi_Biju
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Brazil
via mobile
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Brazil
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

I kind of have an issue with restaurants with limited menus, I often find them a bit pretentious. When I see them most of the times I want to walk away. Since this was a business dinner I didn't have such chance. There is nothing particularly bad about the food. I had a salmon which was okay and my desert... More 

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S_Pfeiffer_Hotel_Mgr, General Manager at Cafe des Architectes, responded to this review

Dear Mi Biju, Thank you very much for taking the time to share your comments regarding your stay at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower. Your feedback is extremely important to us. We are very sorry to hear that you were disappointed with some aspects of your stay, and we apologize that you experienced slow service in our restaurant. This is... More 

Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
125 reviews 125 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I met a friend and her daughter for a delightful lunch. We were greated with Bonjour and the service continued to be pleasant and attentive. We all had salads "entre size" and they were quite tasty. For the past 3.5 years we have walked past this restaurant/cafe that is part of the Sofitel Watertower, but never ventured in. I'm Happy... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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429 reviews 429 reviews
330 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We were staying at the hotel and this inviting restaurant was great on the frigid Chicago day! Inspired: the atmosphere Service: excellent! Food: loved our breakfast Atmosphere: trendy and fun Return: yes even without staying at the hotel Discovered: reviews on TA - thanks

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Toledo
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54 reviews 54 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
Top Contributor
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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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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57 reviews 57 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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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?