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“The best breakfast spot on 3rd St.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Egg Harbor Cafe

Egg Harbor Cafe
477 South Third Street, Geneva, IL 60134
630-208-8940
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Ranked #4 of 125 Restaurants in Geneva
Price range: $10 - $15
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Geneva, Illinois
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
543 helpful votes 543 helpful votes
“The best breakfast spot on 3rd St.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2011

We eat at Egg Harbor once a week. It's fast, and the food is good. It's a lovely breakfast, with all the traditional breakfast foods, plus some that are unique to EH. The service is efficient and friendly (the servers are full-time there, not college kids), and we can be in and out in under 40 minutes. It gets crowded on weekends, with a wait of 15 minutes or so. More importantly, it gets loud. The place is quaint and fun, like a farmhouse genteel setting, but with exposed ceiling with tin vents and ductwork, it can be hard to speak across the table. I strongly suggest EH for an early breakfast (they open at 630AM) and should you be looking for a lunch spot, eat at Preservation Bread & Wine, just one block down the street toward the Metra, same side of street, for divinity at the same price as EH. But, for breakfast, this spot beats all, including Mel's sloppy diner down the way on State Street.

Visited November 2011
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English first
San Antonio
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Best breakfast while on vacation!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2011

On the last morning of our perfect summer vacation in Geneva, Illinois our friends took us to the Egg Harbor Cafe for breakfast. It's PERFECT! The decor and furnishings are welcoming and cozy, the staff is attentive and knowledgeable about all items on their menu, and the food was delicious. I ordered the Fried Green Tomato Benedict which was served with a side of Cheddar Cheese Grits. Amazing!! Everyone ordered different items at our table and it was all served in a timely manner, piping hot, and by far the best breakfast we had while in Geneva. Can't wait to go back!!

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Geneva, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Fine if you don't have great expectations”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2011

Since it's a diner, you wouldn't expect much besides the ordinary. But since their is always a wait and is seemingly popular, I thought it would at least have good service and food. I didn't think there'd be anything fancy or particulary remarkable. I was served soggy french toast and burnt toast. On the side my mom got a burnt pancake. This stuff isn't hard to make! The service was like how you would think with a busy diner (slightly unprofessional, but generally sweet and genuine, but little time to take care of anything but the basics). The atmosphere was loud and crazy-- lots of little kids (who I love don't get me wrong) and messy. Again it is a busy diner. A little overpriced for what you get. Oh, and the seating was extremely uncomfortable, but with decent food I could have gotten past that. I won't be returning.

  • Visited May 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Geneva, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“good food, but customer appreciation is missing.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2011

I have been here quite a few times and the breakfasts are good, with a Swedish slant, but can be pretty pricey. The specials are usually over priced. The wait staff is friendly and good, but the male hosts / cash register guys seem very unappreciative of their customers. Don't expect a warm greeting, any sign of concern, or a thank you when you leave. But the food is good for a breakfast place.

  • Visited April 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago suburbs, Illinois
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48 reviews 48 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Great Food, Great Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2010

We are regulars to this restaurant for a reason -- the food is always great, and the staff are the best in the business. The breakfast specials are appealing, especially some of their pancake and french toast specials. I am more partial to the many ways they can fix a great egg meal... and when chili is on the menu, order it if you can stand the heat!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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