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Cafe des Architectes

#184 of 7,717 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Gold Coast
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20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611-2664 (Wabash (near Rush))
+1 312-324-4063
06:00 - 22:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews
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
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100 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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 bread is truly exceptional. And the porridge, or oatmeal as we are in the US,... More 

Thank Guy M
Chicago, Illinois
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2,841 reviews
1,596 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,861 helpful votes
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 our personal favorites before it closed. The Cape Cod Room at the Drake Hotel was... More 

Thank Taylor B
Northbrook, Illinois
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243 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
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 makes it visible from the street. Of note for restaurant patrons is that the bathrooms... More 

Thank kattriprevus
Chicago, Illinois
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53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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
Danville, Illinois
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Another great breakfast: pain au chocolat; French press coffee, smoked salmon pastrami Benedict and American breakfast- pork sausage, not too salty- and as always professional service - Sofitel service always a cut above.

Thank scolaburgess
Glendale, Arizona
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150 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

We went for Christmas dinner today. The hotel was decorated beautifully and the staff are always lovely. The food was all not only beautifully presented but delicious!! The duck, short ribs and whitefish ....all wonderful! Love this restaurant and the hotel itself.

Thank konakai2008
Olympia Fields, Illinois
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 December 2016

I have brought my family and friends at this welcoming, light-filled restaurant inside the Sofitel Hotel Chicago in the Gold Coast for dinners the past several years and have always immensely enjoyed Chef Greg Biggers contemporary French cuisine. Last Nov. 20, my family had only time for Sunday brunch. I called for a reservation few days before, with special requests.... More 

Thank zennph
Dayton, Ohio
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016

After searching online for options for Thanksgiving dinner in the city that was convenient to our hotel and had interesting food choices, we settled on Cafe des Architectes and I must say we chose well. Located just inside the Sofitel and only a few blocks from our stay at the Waldorf Astoria, the restaurant had a stylish yet relaxed atmosphere... More 

Thank dasullivan2016
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

I usually don't spend time reporting my negative judgement on Internet but because of the circumstances I could not vent my disappointment live. I had invited a customer to Le cafe des architectes based on reviews in TripAdvisor. The decoration is beautiful, the staff very friendly and Competent. Atmosphere: fantastic. I was looking forward to sharing this French cuisine experience... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
US$31 - US$40
French, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
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
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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Gold Coast
Located just north of The Loop, Gold Coast is one of Chicago’s most affluent and popular neighborhoods. The original Playboy, Hugh Hefner, once had a mansion here. In addition to prestigious hotels, historic mansions and luxury high-rise apartments, you’ll also find upscale specialty boutiques and Michelin-starred restaurants. Walk along Oak Street for your shopping fix and dance through the night along Rush Street. The Newberry Library is also a great stop to check out noteworthy exhibits and rare book collections.
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