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Svea Restaurant

American, Cafe, European, Diner, Swedish
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5236 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640-2102
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7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Value
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    4 of 5 stars
Great Breakfast Spot

The breakfast potatoes and Swedish pancakes were a hit. We ate breakfast here 3 out of 4 days. Nice staff and quick service.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
Vickie C
Clearwater, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

Great breakfast spot in Andersonville. Get the Swedish tease... And don't expect anything kinky. Just great food and service! 😀

Thank Jeffrey B
Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 via mobile

I've been coming here for over 25 years and it's still fantastic, authentic Swedish food! I stop here for breakfast every time I'm in Chicago, don't miss it!

Thank MGMitch
Clearwater, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

The breakfast potatoes and Swedish pancakes were a hit. We ate breakfast here 3 out of 4 days. Nice staff and quick service.

Thank Vickie C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The decor here is super Swedish, as is the menu. Swedish pancakes are light and big, and the limpa bread is fresh. It's a bit worn around the edges and there can often be a wait, but it's a nice bit of local color with a solid breakfast menu, reasonably priced. Service is fast and friendly and I've seen the... More 

Thank ElaineMI
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This cafe serves a great brunch to fill hungry tummies. Friendly service in a Swedish themed cafe (yellow and blue furniture) and lots of artifacts and picture on the theme. Located nearly opposite the Swedish American Museum in Andersonville, Chicago (also worth a visit to find out more about the Swedish quarter)

Thank Jeanette W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Andersonville has changed considerably over the past 20 years, but Svea Restaurant has been a beacon in the neighborhood for years. Small, quaint, with Scandinavian decor, Svea Restaurant serves a breakfast worth waiting for. I crave Swedish pancakes with lingonberries, so that is a must if you want you want some authentic flavor to your meal. I recommend their omelets.... More 

Thank Easytoplease338
Orange County
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This is in Andersonville, a Swedish settlement area of northeast Chicago. I go to Svea whenever I visit Chicago and I am in the neighborhood. It is small and homey, service is great, and they have many "regulars" eating there. The best items are the Swedish pancakes & sauce, Swedish bread, meatballs, sausages, etc., though they also have regular breakfast... More 

Thank Shojin
Lake Villa, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

A small restaurant, with not too many tables, but great food and service! The menu has some great Swedish dishes!

Thank angie-w43
Crete, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Wholsome scandinavian food in a pleasant atmosphere. Good food and good service. Menye is small but diverse with something for everyone.

Thank gumguy53
London UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our brunch at Svea: delicious pancakes and French toast. Unfortunately my husband did not enjoy the meatballs at all, but he tasted the other stuff we ordered and agreed it was delicious. Nice laid back atmosphere, and good service. A very characterful Swedish experience.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5236 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640-2102
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • Phone Number: 773-275-7738

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Cafe, European, Diner, Swedish
Open Hours
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm

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