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1114 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657-2798
+1 773-929-1100
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08:00 - 19:00
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Sun 08:00 - 18:00
Tue - Fri 07:00 - 19:00
Sat 08:00 - 19:00
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Service was a little slow. The coffee drinks were deliscious but weren't hot enough. The "homemade" lemonade was from a bottle and we couldn't drink it. The ample samples was deliscious.

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Thank Sharon W
Vancouver, Canada
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

All the staff are friendly and helpful n this bustling yet not-in-any-hurry cafe. Delicious hot chocolate (though with a hint of cloves?) and pastries. Refreshingly, there is no wifi, so it is not the usual cafe filled with people surfing the net. Everyone seemed to be enjoying their food, drink and conversation.

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Thank andiamocipresto
Chicago, Illinois
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2,781 reviews
1,568 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,784 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

As is often the case, friends tipped us off to this gem of a pastry shop and cafe. Bittersweet, located at 1114 West Belmont Avenue, specializes in all-day breakfast and light lunch with a flurry of house-made pastries, quiche, salads, soups, sandwiches and desserts, even peanut butter and jelly, grilled cheese and banana and nutella sandwiches for the kids. You... More 

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Thank Taylor B
Chicago, United States
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86 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Consistent good. Too much stuff to choose from. Very nice employees. Very nice and clean. Great service. Also there's a little shop inside.

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Thank Linda R
Chicago, Illinois
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169 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Bittersweet is one of Chicago's premier bakeries for exquisite pastries and special occasion cakes. We love their individual lemon meringue tarts, cupcakes, rustic apple tarte, and thumbprint cookies. Especially on weekends and before holidays, the wait for service at the bakery counter can be long. And be sure to feed the parking pay device as enforcement is strict (I got... More 

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Thank CultureVulture60657
Park Ridge, Illinois
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172 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Every holiday I have is full of Bittersweet deliciousness!. Here are a few things we consistently order.....Apps: Tomato/artichoke quiche (light and fluffly and if you're not careful will be your whole meal), best mini brioche buns Chicago has to offer. Cookies decorated as if you expect them to come alive in a cartoon (and yummy too!). Crème brulee (vanilla goodness),... More 

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Thank Jkarr11
Belleville, Illinois
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57 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2016

I love everything they have, from the croissants and eclairs to the wonderful macaroons. The salted carmel macaroon is the best but they are all good. And the huge croissants are buttery and wonderful. I couldn't keep from stopping in each time we walked by. And the people at the counter were so friendly and helpful. Great stuff.

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Thank MINIdriver07
Chicago, IL
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2016 via mobile

Ordered a delicious lemon/raspberry yellow cake for 50+ people. Look beautiful. Parking at bakery is tough, we got a $50 ticket, be careful. Lines are long but move fairly quickly, can be elbow to elbow while waiting inside.

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Thank Patti B
Chicago, Illinois
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 16 January 2016

Judy Contino, chef-owner, was recently elected to the Chicago Chef's Hall of Fame, a well deserved honor. The baked goods, including many different cakes, macarons, tarts and cupcakes are outstanding. The cafe has a limited, but excellent menu. No one makes better soups. Quiches, salads and sandwiches are also very good. All in all, a great value for delicious food.

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81 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2015 via mobile

Stopped after dinner for a pastry and coffee. So much to choose from. We enjoyed White Chocolate mousse tart which delicious. Cheesecake was excellent too. Not inexpensive but we'll worth it. Tables for sit down service. Also serve sandwiches and soup.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20
Cuisine
American, Cafe
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 19:00
Thursday
07:00 - 19:00
Friday
07:00 - 19:00
Saturday
08:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1114 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657-2798
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Lakeview
  • Neighbourhood: Lakeview
  • Phone Number: +1 773-929-1100

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