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#122 of 7,665 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Downtown / The Loop
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26 E Congress Pkwy, Ste 1, Chicago, IL 60605-1236
+1 312-922-2233
07:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Walked in and received immediate attention from staff regarding food order and very prompt service to the table. Tasty authentic Cuban food served by efficient and friendly staff. A really enjoyable lunch experience.

Thank Edel O
Lexington, South Carolina
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We discovered this little gem by accident. My wife and I were strolling towards Michigan Avenue and saw this small Cuban cafe. It can get crowded, but mostly because the food is excellent and not very expensive. Finding the restroom is a little tricky- it's out the door and upstairs, so you'd better ask. However, the sandwiches were so good,... More 

Thank Ken N
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A friend introduced me to this place around corner from library and next to hostel. Refreshing alternative to chain sandwich shops. Menu diverse with fresh greens and flavors. I got la costa with turkey avocado chipotle . Yum. Perfect for afternoon hunger.

1 Thank James W
Chicago, Illinois
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45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Awesome Cuban food in the Central Business District (Loop). Give this place a try, a meal probably goes for about $10. Nothing in the Loop is truly "cheap". But this is a popular place for the weedday lunch crowd.

Thank Robert G
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Cafecito is a great little Cuban coffe sandwich shop. Their pressed sandwiches are amazingly tasty, fresh, well thought out in ingredient combination, and the location can't be beat. I honestly didn't realize they also served coffee! I love the sandwiches!

Thank Mike H
Akron, Ohio
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Stopped here for a pre-party snack for my husband and me on NYE. El Toro pressed sandwich and black bean soup were both fabulous. Will definitely go back for more!

Thank Mojee C
St Louis
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60 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

This fast food style Cuban sandwich shop was great! The sandwiches were about 7-8 inches long - a generous serving for the price. The kids turned theirs into combos for $1.79 more to add chips and a soda. I did the same but with black bean soup for $3.29. The ingredients were fresh and of good quality. We will visit... More 

Thank jb1233
Chicago, United States
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64 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

This is a fantastic little Cuban Cafe. Must get there early if planning to eat lunch as it is not secret the food is amazing. Enjoyed this little spot very much!

Thank Aaron O
Springfield, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

had breakfast this morning. good, tasty pannini sandwich for very reasonable price. seating comfy. service excellent, (Paula was great). Coffee tasty, Good place to eat breakfast.

Thank Jane S
Chicago, Illinois
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37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Coffee was nice didn't have time to partake of the sandwiches or any of the other fine eats they had. The atmosphere was clean and busy. Very popular compared to the other spots that were there. It stands out to be different. Will be returning. This place the comfortable chairs.......

Thank Michael B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Cuban, Latin
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 26 E Congress Pkwy, Ste 1, Chicago, IL 60605-1236
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
  • Phone Number: +1 312-922-2233

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

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Downtown / The Loop
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