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Meli Cafe

#373 of 7,551 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
West Loop
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301 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661-5438
(312) 454-0748
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 3:00 pm
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128 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here twice while in Chicago-" brunch" at their very pleasant outdoor seating & inside the next day. The food was excellent, but the service, like others have noted, could have been better. Requests like extra syrup, for example, are received with a smile, but very slowly fulfilled. The second day, we were finished & waiting for our check,... More 

Thank gardenweasel
Monrovia, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

Our family was on vacation in Chicago. We had two breakfasts in three days at Meli Cafe. We couldn't order one of everything the first time, so went back to enjoy other tasty and healthy options. Great choices for health nuts and foodies. Would go back in a flash.

Thank SoCalAnne78
New York, United States
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

Fabulous vegan breakfast options at this cafe. Great coffee as well as smoothies and juices. Try the vegan polenta pancakes they are wonderful!!

Thank Carmen Leonor S
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175 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

The Meli Cafe came up as a recommendation on Google Maps. Glad we took it's advice. They have indoor and outdoor seating, so we chose to eat outside. The choices were abundant. I tried the crepes. They were wonderful. Everyone in the group tried something different, and they all raved about their selections. The portions were large. The service was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016

This place is the bomb! We make it a point to eat breakfast here whenever we visit Chi Town. The menu is eclectic and everything is home made and fresh. We had the Avacado Toast and it was to die for. 2 pieces of home made bread, guacamole/avocado spread, 2 poached eggs plopped on top w/ a chipotle aioli, corn... More 

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new york
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2016

You will not be able to decide what to get, but whatever it is you can share it. Huge portions. It literally was the best French Toast I've ever eaten. Went back the next day for eggs - also huge and delicious. My only complaint is they didn't have regular tea (meaning Lipton kind\English Breakfast etc) Kind of strange, but... More 

Thank skigal8
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2016

Had a shoulder of lamb that was excellent, tender, and very tasty. Lots of fresh vegetables on the side with excellent service.

Thank Pedalmasher2
Georgetown, Texas
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113 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2016

I go to Lou Mitchells for traditional breakfast but you go to Meli Café for inspired food in Greek Town.

Thank John D
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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2016

There were three of us downtown for a track meet and we decided to have a quick breakfast before the meet started and we decided to try Meli Café because it was on our way from our parking spot to the track meet. Wow !! What a pleasant surprise from the very tasty and plentiful potatoes to perfectly made poached... More 

Thank IndianaLarry
Tempe, Arizona, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2016

I went here for breakfast with a friend and we both really enjoyed our food. They apparently have their own special jams that they make and I regret not grabbing a jar to bring home. Our waitress was nice but the only thing that was a little weird was a man who looked like the owner standing over the dining... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Cafe, Greek
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 301 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661-5438
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > West Loop
  • Neighborhood: West Loop
  • Phone Number: (312) 454-0748

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in West Loop

Neighborhood Profile
West Loop
Fulton Market, Randolph Market, Jackson Boulevard and Greek Town make up the West Loop. The neighborhood is best known as the location of Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios, but this downtown neighborhood is also an up-and-coming spot for Chicago’s trendsetters. Several sub-neighborhoods within West Loop make this a unique neighborhood to visit. Dotted with factories and warehouses, West Loop is packed with various types of dining and nightlife options. If your timing is right, you can take part in neighborhood events like the West Loop Farmers Market, Craft Beer Fest, or the Randolph Street Market Festival.
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