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“Very good place for Lithuanian food.”
Review of Old Vilnius Cafe

Old Vilnius Cafe
Ranked #3 of 48 Restaurants in Darien
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Eastern European
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed August 13, 2014

First of all, you have to like Lithuanian food. It is not fast food or some kind of light and fluffy food that would be good for someone counting calories. It's "stick to the ribs" food and it is delicious. If you do not like that kind of food then probably this is not the place for you. But, if you like ethnic food that is prepared in a way that is authentic and delicious, this is definitely worth a stop. However, apart from being on the heavy side, it is in no way offensive to your taste buds. The menu is quite diverse and really covers a multitude of Lithuanian foods. You can even get salads and burgers if you really get into a quandary about what to order. The menu is bilingual and the waiters/waitresses speak fluent English and can answer any questions that you may have.
I saw some reviewer saying it is "dark." Well, there are no theater spotlights focused on you but it is not as dark as say "Geja's Cafe" or the "Carnival" restaurant. These kind of people will complain if the silverware service is placed 1/2 inch away from their imagined good position.
All in all, this restaurant is fine. There are no REAL problems, perhaps a few imagined ones. Sure, if you came in at a time when there were a lot of people, you may have to wait a little longer. We went with two grandchildren and a visitor from Great Britain at about 1 PM and had not one problem with anything. Well, maybe one! The portions were large and we all took containers to finish the food the next day. Everything went very well. BTW, our nationality is
Lithuanian and we are quite used to home made ethnic authentic foods so we are not jus talking
without experience. Come here and you will enjoy the food !

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1  Thank AntanasL
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Reviewed July 23, 2014

If you like ethnic food here is your chance to experience it. Everything authentic except the pierogi's.

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Thank Veronica R
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Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

This was excellent choice. Quaint little cafe and gift shop with long potatoey and fried original menu with plenty of choices for all tastes. They also have good selection of Lithuania alcoholic beverages in awesome self serve pitchers. Great experience.

Thank Pete M
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Reviewed July 10, 2014

The food at Old Vilnius is very good and authentic (per my Lithuanian wife). Decor is nice and as the name cafe implies - it is rather tiny. The trouble is they are somewhat slow on service, and food can be cold. I have dined there on weekdays as well as weekends and they are constantly understaffed.I really want this restaurant to succeed because there just aren't a whole lot of Lithuanian restaurants. However, until these issues improve I recommend the other restaurant owned by the same folks- Grand Dukes in Summit. It is a bit further and is much bigger but seems to be better prepared or staffed. Note the SAME waiters and waitresses work at both restaurants.

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Thank Mark D
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

Great food! Excellent service (and beautiful waitresses). If you're not Lithuanian and looking for a unique, interesting and delicious dining experience in a setting reminiscent of the old country, try Old Vilnius Cafe in Darien, IL. If you are Lithuanian then most likely you've already been there and can attest to its magnificence. If you haven't been there yet, WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU WAITING FOR! GO! There is also a very nice little store adjacent to the dining room where you can buy all sorts of cool trinkets, beautiful art pieces and books & maganizines. There is also a deli and a wide variety of wines and spirits. ENJOY!

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Thank Still H
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