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Meli Cafe

#364 of 8,181 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
West Loop
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301 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 454-0748
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6:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Fresh and friendly cafe

I have been to Meli cafe about 4 times with various friends, most recently a few days ago. This is a breakfast and lunch cafe with a lively atmosphere. The walls are bright yellow and cheerful. Good location in the West Loop/Greek town area. Very close to the highway and University of Illinois... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Wilmette, Illinois
via mobile
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Wilmette, Illinois
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been to Meli cafe about 4 times with various friends, most recently a few days ago. This is a breakfast and lunch cafe with a lively atmosphere. The walls are bright yellow and cheerful. Good location in the West Loop/Greek town area. Very close to the highway and University of Illinois. Tables may be too closely arranged for... More 

Thank lukaplan
Forsyth, IL
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49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We met a Chicago friend here for lunch on her recommendation. It was a friendly environment and the service was excellent. I had a turkey burger which was good but wish I'd been a bit more adventurous. My daughter had G-free pancakes, that she liked. Good food, reasonable price. Not too far from Union Station.

Thank mrjlsee
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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64 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

If you're looking for a great breakfast/brunch place, give Meli Cafe a try. The menu selection is extensive with many healthy choice options. I had the Avocado Toast special and it was pretty good. The service was good too. Would definitely go back.

Thank RRS013
Saint Louis, Missouri
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Ran across this cafe walking through Greektown looking for breakfast on Christmas Eve. They had anything you could want for breakfast. I had the special EggNog French toast. Excellent. Service was good too.

Thank Randy W
Chicago, Illinois
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Famous fresh squeezed orange juice seemed watered down. Eggs over easy were over done. Coffee and ice tea came in small cup/glass requiring more refills. Pancakes a little grainy, but...what was most disappointing... boisenberry syrup was provided in shot sized comtainer, and when I asked for another, was informed it would cost extra. I passed.

Thank Geo22222222
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

I happened to be in a hurry, couldn't wait for the line a Lou Mitchell's. So I decided to follow my roots and take a short walk to Greektown, where I found Meli. What a lovely place. Crowded on Sunday and rightfully so. I had the most amazing, melt in your mouth crepes filled with this etheral concoction of chocolate,... More 

Thank MedCommChick
Rochester, Minnesota
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214 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Mali Cafe is our go-to restaurant for breakfast when we visit Chicago. We started coming years ago and look forward to eating here each time we are in town.

Thank Vicki000
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 via mobile

Great waiters, great assistance, great food, charming place. Totally approved. Order crepes and juices. Will come back for sure.

Thank Eliana P
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56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 via mobile

My aunt and cousins treated me to one of their favorites while I was visiting them. They know the city and discovered this place near the hospital when my aunt frequented there for chemo. The ginger carrot blended juice was amazing. I'd never heard of blended juices, but evidently they're super healthy. A little pricey, but worth it to try.... More 

Thank Reni B
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79 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Loved it! Loved the food! Loved the furnishings! Loved the Service! The food was fabulous--roasted shoulder of Lamb with fresh veggies and large wedges of roasted potatoes.

Thank Pedalmasher2

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 301 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > West Loop
  • Neighborhood: West Loop
  • Phone Number: (312) 454-0748

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Greek

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 am - 3:00 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 West Loop

Neighborhood Profile
West Loop
Fulton Market, Randolph Market, Jackson Boulevard and Greek Town make up the West Loop. The neighborhood is best known as the location of Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios, but this downtown neighborhood is also an up-and-coming spot for Chicago’s trendsetters. Several sub-neighborhoods within West Loop make this a unique neighborhood to visit. Dotted with factories and warehouses, West Loop is packed with various types of dining and nightlife options. If your timing is right, you can take part in neighborhood events like the West Loop Farmers Market, Craft Beer Fest, or the Randolph Street Market Festival.