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Cafe des Architectes

#142 of 7,593 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Gold Coast
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20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611-2664 (Wabash (near Rush))
+1 312-324-4063
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Tue 6:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wed - Sun 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Olympia Fields, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have brought my family and friends at this welcoming, light-filled restaurant inside the Sofitel Hotel Chicago in the Gold Coast for dinners the past several years and have always immensely enjoyed Chef Greg Biggers contemporary French cuisine. Last Nov. 20, my family had only time for Sunday brunch. I called for a reservation few days before, with special requests.... More 

Thank zennph
Dayton, Ohio
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After searching online for options for Thanksgiving dinner in the city that was convenient to our hotel and had interesting food choices, we settled on Cafe des Architectes and I must say we chose well. Located just inside the Sofitel and only a few blocks from our stay at the Waldorf Astoria, the restaurant had a stylish yet relaxed atmosphere... More 

Thank dasullivan2016
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I usually don't spend time reporting my negative judgement on Internet but because of the circumstances I could not vent my disappointment live. I had invited a customer to Le cafe des architectes based on reviews in TripAdvisor. The decoration is beautiful, the staff very friendly and Competent. Atmosphere: fantastic. I was looking forward to sharing this French cuisine experience... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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63 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had breakfast there once on a business trip staying at the Sofitel (in which this restaurant is located) - nothing special but the omelette was good and the cafe latte too. I liked that the place was very light (usually not the case in US hotel restaurants). Staff was friendly and quick.

Thank ErikVollebregt
Springfield, Illinois
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813 reviews
522 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We love this restaurant It's classy, European styled decor and food but most of all their three course fix price menu that always changes.

Thank Clevlander
S_Pfeiffer_Hotel_Mgr, General Manager at Cafe des Architectes, responded to this review

Dear Clevlander, Thank you very much for reviewing your experience in Cafe des Architectes for our Chestnut Provisions 3 course prix fixe menu. We are very glad to know you enjoyed our restaurant and we look forward to your next visit! More 

George, South Africa
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at the Sofitel while in Chicago and only tried the Hotel restaurant on the last night, when we did we were surprised by the quality of the food. In effect it looks simple from the outside although the cook does wonders in the kitchen. As we generally do we chose the degustation menu with wine pairing and were... More 

Thank mark_id
S_Pfeiffer_Hotel_Mgr, General Manager at Cafe des Architectes, responded to this review

Dear mark_id, Thank you very much for reviewing your experience in our Cafe Des Architectes. We are so glad you got to enjoy our restaurant while in the hotel, and we are delighted to know you enjoyed our degustation menu! We look forward to your next visit to the Sofitel and its restaurant. More 

Chicago, Illinois
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93 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food and service is excellent provided you like smaller portions and French flair for cooking. I have eaten breakfast and dinner here and both have been very good.

Thank Mark B
Rye, New York
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A feast for the eyes and palate. Cozy and chic ambience. Great attention to details and service. A treat anytime of the day.

Thank nowakmdp
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

We enjoyed a brunch-type meal during the week at Café des Architectes. From the elegant place servings to the delicious food and friendly, professional service, this restaurant will remain on our list as a 'must-visit' every time we are in Chicago. The Bellinis and Bloody Mary were ice cold and on point in flavor. The homemade breads and assorted spreads... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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63 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

We had dinner here to celebrate our anniversary and so glad we did. The food was absolutely delicious. It was also lovely to meet the Chef and to be treated extra special as it was our anniversary.

Thank Belinda F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $40
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings
Open Hours
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611-2664
    (Wabash (near Rush))
  • Public Transportation: Cabs plentiful, Red Line train (Chicago and State stop), CTA bus (22, 36, Michigan Avenue routes, incl. 151, 145, 146, 147).
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Gold Coast
  • Neighborhood: Gold Coast
  • Phone Number: +1 312-324-4063
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.

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Gold Coast
Located just north of The Loop, Gold Coast is one of Chicago’s most affluent and popular neighborhoods. The original Playboy, Hugh Hefner, once had a mansion here. In addition to prestigious hotels, historic mansions and luxury high-rise apartments, you’ll also find upscale specialty boutiques and Michelin-starred restaurants. Walk along Oak Street for your shopping fix and dance through the night along Rush Street. The Newberry Library is also a great stop to check out noteworthy exhibits and rare book collections.
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