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“Really good for brunch, breads and desserts - but, just basic coffee?”
Review of Cafe Vienna

Cafe Vienna
Ranked #63 of 215 Dessert in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Austrian
Neighbourhood: Lincoln Park
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Neighbourhood: Lincoln Park
Reviewed 6 June 2017

Apart from some retro travel posters of Austria and a nice dessert case, there's nothing that particularly evokes a Viennese cafe. And, frankly, I was shocked when the server told me that the machine that makes the frothy coffee was broken (no mochas, etc.) and it didn't seem that there was a particular sense of urgency in getting it fixed. Settling for a rather mediocre cup of coffee wasn't what I had in mind.

I'll definitely give them credit for good food, at least the breakfast items we had a lunch. The over easy eggs were perfect and the Pretzel Croissant Sandwich with egg, feta and mushroom was massive and delicious. Cranberry walnut bread, while not typically Austrian, was awesome. The menu had a good selection, particularly if you eat meat. We were far too stuffed to eat dessert there, so we took a nice slice a Sacher Torte for later which was good, but not amazing by any means. Props to them for having more than just this and strudel, like the Esterhazy.

There were two servers who helped us out - one male (beard, nose ring), one female (dark curly hair) - both were fantastic.

Definitely recommend for a breakfast / brunch or just dessert, so long as the owner(s) get the coffee machine fixed or replaced. Seriously, not acceptable in a place touting Vienna in the name.

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Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

This is a great find, a bakery that produces terrific Austrian and German style cakes and breads. It is an unassuming cafe with a large menu. Service was very good, they got us a table quickly on a busy Sunday morning. Our waitress was friendly, helpful, took good care of us. The standout items for us were the poppyseed bread (mohn strudel) and opera cake. These folks know how to bake for sure. We're coming back to Chicago just to eat here again.

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Reviewed 7 May 2017

Girlfriend wanted to get coffee and snacks at Starbucks. As we walked there we went past this cute little cafe (right next door to Starbucks). We decided to change our plans and try Cafe Vienna instead. What a gem. We sampled a cookie (mac nut), pastries, french toast, coffee and left with a loaf of cranberry walnut bread which was really good.

The atmosphere was relaxed. It was busy but we had our space. The staff was friendly and the food was served quickly. We have gone back a few times since and it was just as good every time.

If you are tired of the stale Starbucks vibe and you are in Lincoln Park, try Cafe Vienna.

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1  Thank SunSandAndStars
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

Best Bretzals in town,with an amazing selection of delicious European breads. And don't forget the Austrian and German specialties. You can order specialty paczki, or krapfen in German, in February!

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Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Went in, sat down, got up to get menu, got told 'we bring it over'. Was looking thru menu-no-one came to take my order for about 30mins. Even thou I caught the eye of the 2 servers chatting behind the counter. When I told them I was just going to go because it was taking too long-they just said 'ok'. They didn't really care. Would recommend staying away from this place.

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