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Cafe Selmarie

#595 of 7,715 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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4729 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625-2009
+1 773-989-5595
11:00 - 15:00
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Sun 09:00 - 20:00
Mon 11:00 - 15:00
Tue - Thu 08:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was with a former local and this was one of her favorites. I could see why. Coffee drinks good. Food excellent.

Thank jimyaks2591
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180 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Entering this small restaurant and bakery the first visual is of the baked goods, wonderful variety, colorful, setting one's anticipation for something sweet after lunch. Or, why wait, it really is what makes me very happy! Saner minds took control and three of us enjoyed selections from the lunch menu - mixed greens, cup of chicken vegetable soup, Mediterranean salad,... More 

Thank NeedSher
fond du lac, wis
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63 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

Lunch with my daughter today and we were not disappointed. Chicken pesto sandwich and side salad were delicious as was my tuna wrap. My daughter stated her Latte was the best she ever had. For dessert we shared a slice of Mocha buttercream torte which was light an flavorful however it was the last of two slices and was a... More 

Thank dwatanab
Chicago, Illinois
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2,829 reviews
1,585 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,843 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

Cafe Selmarie is a cafe/bakery that is all things to all people. Located at 4729 North Lincoln Avenue in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood, overlooking Giddings Plaza, owners Brigit Kobayashi and Jeanne Uzdawinis and chef Ricky Sakoda offer upscale American comfort food with pastries, desserts and coffee. Since 1983, Cafe Selmarie has made a reputation for its breakfasts, lunches and dinners... More 

Thank Taylor B
Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Casual, cozy, family-friendly restaurant with a consistent menu and an extraordinary assortment of baked goods. The tres leches cake is a real treat! Food and service are consistent, but the bakery is the star of the show. Worth the trip if you have a sweet tooth! Note that this restaurant does not take reservations. I usually visit at off-peak times... More 

Thank TheRealLaVitaminaT
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86 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2016

Stopped in for a hot chocolate an a windy, cold Sunday afternoon. We we served the best hot chocolate I've ever had. A generous cup topped off with a thick layer of heavy whipped cream that you could almost cut with a knife. This is not a drink for the faint-hearted with an aversion to sweets. Calories be damned. Order... More 

Thank HawkeyePilgrim
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Café Selmarie has been a regular go-to of mine for many years. On Saturday, I stopped in for a delicious cup of coffee and a fig custard - featuring fresh figs! I loved sitting outside even in October. The Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, stopped in and ordered take out for the exciting first Cubs game in the World Series,... More 

Thank Jst856
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103 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

We stopped at this little cafe for breakfast prior to sightseeing downtown. We ate on the patio, as it was a beautiful morning. Delicious quiche and great service. Also has a great bakery section with lots of goodies! Located in the Lincoln Square area - a variety of cute shops and restaurants!

Thank Patti4
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65 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

My daughter and I enjoyed a delicious brunch at Cafe Selmarie. It was a very busy Sunday brunch time, but our service was excellent. The food was exceptional, especially the cinnamon roll and my omelet. The only detraction was the incredible noise level, with concrete floors and high ceilings, the many shrieking children made conversation almost impossible. We would have... More 

Thank islandgirlWisconsin
North East
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91 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

We were taken here by people we had just met and it was a very good choice. The menu had a wide variety, it was quiet and restful on a busy Saturday night in Lincoln Square. Very civilized.

Thank MP439

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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
American, Cafe, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
09:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4729 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625-2009
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
  • Phone Number: +1 773-989-5595

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