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Cafe des Architectes

20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611-2664
+1 312-324-4063
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“pastrami” (5 reviews)
Open Now
06:00 - 22:00All hours
French, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611-2664
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We met friends in Chicago for a long weekend and returned to Cafe des Architectes. Always top notch preparation, the food did not disappoint. Our fishing friend was delighted with his choice of the halibut declaring it awesome. There was a slight misunderstanding over glasses...More

Thank dottiereynolds
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice and attentive staff fulfilled every request we had. Really good cocktails. Plates were beautiful, and generally very tasty. I found my veggies on my main, and the garnish on my starter to be slightly under seasoned. I also had a sweet bread salad,...More

Thank Watsufizzi
Reviewed 10 June 2017

We enjoyed our dinner here. The menu somewhat small but a food that we had cooked perfectly I had a Alaskan halibut it couldn't have been any better. We both had a pea soup appetizer and it was outstanding the wine list is okay the...More

Thank Rosgriffin
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

We stopped here on Memorial Day for breakfast because they have the lovely outdoor dining. We just walked up, didn't have to park a car, and we were seated immediately. The restaurant is very chic and classy! All those ginormous windows and amazing decor! I...More

Thank Patricia A
Reviewed 28 May 2017

We had an early dinner at this Sofitel eatery. Not quite hungry enough for full meals, we snacked on salads, truffle fries, and dessert--with a couple of drinks along the way. Our waiter was patient and pleasant about this evasion of the Main Course in...More

Thank Cheryl H
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I have eaten here at least 30 times over the past decade. Great food, outstanding service in a beautiful setting. No gimmicks. Romy is #1:)

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

I stay here because of the restaurant. Not that the rest of the hotel is bad at all - very nice room I am staying in - it's just that the restaurant makes it. The breakfast is really excellent. The quality of the pastries and...More

Thank Guy M
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Over the years, we have become increasingly aware that the quality of hotel restaurants is much better than food critics often give them credit for. The Four Seasons in Chicago is worthy of five stars. So was the Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton, one of...More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 26 January 2017

We had a special occasion dinner on a Saturday evening. The cheese & meat appetizer tray was wonderful, as were our entrees, and the chocolate dessert. The service was attentive, yet not intrusive from Bismarck. The restaurant location in the lobby of the Sofitel Hotel...More

Thank kattriprevus
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

CDA had great food: ate the gnocchi and the spinach salad. Service was attentive and fast. However for a Saturday night there were probably 5 tables with people and the rest was empty...

Thank lectu
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Chicago’s most affluent and popular neighborhoods. The
original Playboy, Hugh Hefner, once had a mansion
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mansions and luxury high-rise apartments, you’ll also
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Bruce V
17 January 2017|
Response from S_Pfeiffer_Hotel_Mgr | 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
23 November 2016|
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Response from S_Pfeiffer_Hotel_Mgr | 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.
1 November 2016|
Response from S_Pfeiffer_Hotel_Mgr | 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
US$31 - US$40
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Validated Parking, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: 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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