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“Old Standby that's just starting to feel old.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Colonial Cafe

Colonial Cafe
1961 W Galena Blvd, Aurora, IL 60506-4305
+1 630-844-2444
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Ranked #31 of 273 Restaurants in Aurora
Price range: $8 - $12
Cuisines: American, Ice Cream, Family Fare
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner
Description: Breakfast: Variety of Omelettes, Skillets, Benedits, Crepes, French Toast, Pancakes and More! Lunch: Take a bite from our large selection of delicious Sandwiches, Salads and Burgers! Dinner: Try our homestyle dinners including Bacon Mac & Cheese, Meatloaf Baked Fresh Daily, Bruschetta Chicken, just to name a few! Ice Cream: Classic Ice Cream Sundaes and Shakes! Great for after dinner or just for dessert! Catering: We offer a selection of catering options for Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch! Great for parties and meetings. Free Large Party Rooms Available! See your local Colonial Cafe for Fundraising Opportunities!
Aurora, Illinois
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“Old Standby that's just starting to feel old.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2011

Local "50's Diner" chain that was a hangout place in the 80's. They expanded into a number of restaurants in the 90's - but this Aurora spot is an older location. They're most famous for their large "Kitchen Sink" ice cream sundae. It's a hearty banana split served in a container that looks like a sink -- a big kick for kids. (see here http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2205010977) But times have changed, and so have people's tastes. Now, while the food is still decent, and they have tried to update the menu,(i.e. you can find avocado in an omelets) it still feels "dated." I do eat there from time to time and generally tend to like the food, but can leave feeling "heavy" or "buttery." Portions tend on the smaller side. Service varies by waitress.On the other hand, they make their own Ice cream, and it is good. If you're in the mood for this type of family restaurant food -- keep traveling West down the street (two lights) and go to "Mother's." (on left) Decor is about the same, but you'll get more for your money with huge portions. But if you want ice cream with your meal -- then stop right here, as Colonial is the place to go!

  • Visited June 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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“Good icecream”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2011

Greasy spoon, excellent breakfasts.Good ice-cream selection. Family friendly.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“It's a Colonial Cafe that is not as good as the other Colonial Cafes”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2009

Colonial Cafe is a local chain of restaurants. This Colonial Cafe doesn't measure up to the other Colonial Cafes. Food quality is inconsistant. Service is slow. It's just not as clean as it could be. The booth we sat in was uncomfortable with minimal room between the seats and the table. Try the Colonial Cafe in Yorkville or Naperville; those are superb restaurants. Food: lunch or dinner entress, sandwiches, salads. Separate menu for their ice cream concoctions. You get a bumper sticker for ordering the "Kitchen Sink" dessert - a huge sundae.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2008

Average food, but a good place to go after school sports games etc. as a kid.

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