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Cafe des Architectes

20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611-2664
+1 312-324-4063
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good28%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (15 reviews)
“foie gras” (16 reviews)
“pastrami” (5 reviews)
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French, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611-2664
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived a little earlier than our reservation. The atmosphere was very inviting bordering on luxurious. We started with champagne, and both of us decided on sea trout that was cooked to perfection. Romi our waiter was wonderful; he even sang a wee bit (in...More

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Reviewed February 5, 2018 via mobile

Food and atmosphere were both lovely. But what made the meal memorable was definitely one of the bussers, Purna. Both friendly and polite, he made the visit an absolute delight! You guys are lucky to have him as part of your staff!

Thank Loty v
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Reviewed January 11, 2018

We were staying at the Sofitel, so for the first night, I made reservations at this restaurant, which is part of the hotel. When we were seated outside, the waiter brought 2 complimentary glasses of an excellent champagne. The champagne was provided because I had...More

Thank jeanneo45
Reviewed January 1, 2018

We were staying at the Sofitel so had to try out their restaurant. Food was well presented - I had the rabbit and my wife ate the fish both were tasty.. We booked early and were presented with two free glasses of champagne, a nice...More

Thank iankarrie
Reviewed December 16, 2017 via mobile

In Chicago for my annual Christmas shopping trip and I had not been to this restaurant in more than three years. I went for the tasting menu and added the wine paring. Wowza. It does not get much better. Each course was perfectly cooked and...More

1  Thank Keith S
Reviewed November 25, 2017

Our dinner choices were all great, the pheasant and the Creme Brulee desert being our absolute favorites, the scallop appetizer and the crab cakes were also delicious. Unfortunately the bread basket choices don't match the expectation one has while eating here. Also: A 'Taste of...More

Thank travelpr0123
Reviewed October 25, 2017 via mobile

The overpowering smell of "fish" when we entered the restaurant was the first turn-off. I think fresh fish does not smell. The beet salad was very bland and to my taste needed more pizzazz. The squash ravioli was tasty. The foie gras was also good....More

1  Thank dred1
Reviewed October 10, 2017

We decided to have a light dinner at the Cafe des Architectes while we stayed at the Sofitel. The service was excellent and the ambiance was very nice. My wife and I ordered two pasta dishes that were available for the Chicago Marathon and relativelly...More

1  Thank robby-d
Reviewed September 16, 2017

This is an excellent French restaurant and a great choice for breakfast as well. The cafe des Architectes is located in the Sofitel Chicago hotel where I was staying, so it was convenient to eat here and I was glad I did. As soon as...More

1  Thank joe6343
Reviewed September 15, 2017

I had breakfast for 4 days and the best part was they had set menu for their breakfast. The potato chips that they served was too good to be true.

Thank Harriet11C
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
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Bruce V
January 17, 2017|
Response from Matthew B | Property representative |
Bonjour, Our restaurant is open for lunch every week day, and we serve brunch on weekends. Lunch and Brunch menus start at 11.30am until 3pm. Please call the restaurant (312) 324-4063 to arrange a reservation. We look... More
Eric L
November 23, 2016|
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Response from Matthew B | Property representative |
Bonjour Eric L, Yes, we are open tomorrow Black Friday, for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner until 10pm. Please call the restaurant at (312)324-4063 to make a reservation! We look forward to having you.
November 1, 2016|
Response from Matthew B | Property representative |
Dear nowakmdp, Thank you very much for this and your review and we are so glad to know you enjoyed your visit! We look forward to having you back!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$31 - $40
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Validated Parking
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
6:00 AM - 2:30 PM
6:00 AM - 2:30 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
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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. Not to be missed is Cafe 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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