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“Outstanding food and service, for special occasions” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe des Architectes

Cafe des Architectes
20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 324-4063
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Ranked #127 of 8,390 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Wabash (near Rush)
Transit: Cabs plentiful, Red Line train (Chicago and State stop), CTA bus (22, 36, Michigan Avenue routes, incl. 151, 145, 146, 147).
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.
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Outstanding food and service, for special occasions”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This place is all class and elegance. It is really perfection. I recently came back for a tasting menu from the Alsace region with wine pairings and bread from a French bakery. The experience was outstanding from beginning to end. The service is of the highest standard, you really believe they will do whatever you need to make you comfortable! I think part of this is that they are located within the Sofitel. In fact, my friend needed a phone charger and they actually charged her phone behihnd the front desk while we ate. What service!

We started with cocktails which were very good but quite expensive ($13-14 I think). I had a light and refreshing drink with gin, cucumber, and elderflower. Then the tasting menu began. There is really no point going through the courses in the tasting menu since it was a one-time event, but if you ever have the opportunity to attend a similar event here in future, it will be worth it. The courses were prepared lovingly and presented beautifully. We had outstanding seared foie gras with a luscious maple flavor, perfectly poached fish, divine raspberry sorbet, and lots more. The beer and wine pairings were very well thought out and explained to us. It was a great opportunity to taste wines I wouldn't normally try (one Riesling came from a $180 bottle).

The chef and the sous-chefs actually joined the servers in bringing out the food and explaining the dishes. It was fun to be able to ask them about the courses and learn a bit more about what we were eating.

The room is chic, the food is excellent, and the prices suit accordingly. But it is an excellent choice for a special occasion. Oddly, on a Friday evening the restaurant wasn't full. I'm guessing because you have to enter the hotel to find it, there's less foot traffic. But if you are in need of an excellent meal and find most places are all booked up, never fear! You will be in for a treat here.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Montreal
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43 reviews 43 reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Great french cuisine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Great hotel restaurant. Will definitely eat there again. Staff was very fast and service excellent. Great wine choices.

Visited March 2014
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Sterling Heights, Michigan
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Brunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We were guest of the Sofitel Hotel so we went down for Brunch the first morning. I like that they have a complimentary coffee bar for guest of the hotel. Service was seamless. With many different employees coming to the table for different things. My favorite was the platter of fresh pastries. Chocolate croissants please! Coffee was amazing French pressed right at the table. My husband had the French toast. He said it was better than the Hyatt in Key West. I had the egg white omelet with spinach, onion and tomato. Eggs were perfect, filling had a little too much spinach. Side of potatoes were definitely different. Lots of butter with a hint of Dijon. We didn't mind the price because the convenience is unbeatable. When we stay at the Sofitel we will visit Café des Architectes again.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago, Illinois
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“A special restaurant for a special time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This French restaurant located in Sofitel is my choice of the BEST restaurant in Chicago..for a special occasion or for daily dining. Like many things French..it is of top quality in food and service.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

The Bacon and Gruyere quiche is amazing. I had it for lunch one day, then had it for breakfast the next morning.

Visited February 2014
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