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Ceres Cafe

#1,511 of 8,078 Restaurants in Chicago
$$ - $$$American, ,
141 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago Board of Trade Building Lobby, Chicago, IL 60604-2992
+1 312-427-3443
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good38%
  • Average31%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“lunch” (15 reviews)
“potatoes” (4 reviews)
American, Bar, Pub, Healthy
$$ - $$$
141 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago Board of Trade Building Lobby, Chicago, IL 60604-2992
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Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Good option for a quick bite if you’re close. Good burgers and great cocktails. Servers have worked here a while and take very good care of you.

Thank Mlsmith142
Reviewed 31 July 2017

I had to pick my granddaughter up downtown and we all decided to go for brunch on a Sunday. Ceres was a short walk so we decided to give it a try. My granddaughter had the stuffed french toast which she said was good but...More

Thank crownct938
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

Not impressed with this spot. Had to go to a meeting at the Fed and went here because it's across the street. Got there at 6:30am for an early breakfast (it opens at 6am) and like a ghost town. The food was marginal at best....More

Thank 366DawnR
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Ceres Cafe, located in the Chicago Board of Trade, is one of the most desirable restaurants for a business lunch. Ceres has lunch specials that vary daily along with their made rom scratch soups. A variety of salads and sandwiches are also available. If you...More

Thank nok t
Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

We both had the 2 which special that came with choice of meat, bread, choice of potatoes or fruit and coffee for under $9. Quite the deal for downtown Chicago. And the food was very fresh and good. Nice decor too. The café is located...More

Thank Diane K
Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

This was a recommendation from the security guard at our office. The food was average and not anything memorable. I won't come here again. We came after work around 6:30 and the inside was dead. They were cleaning up the place even though they closed...More

1  Thank Rudy B
Reviewed 28 May 2016

Just below par from what I was expecting. Sure my eggs came out quickly, but they were just OK, nothing to stand out. I was most distressed by the failure to reload my coffee after two reminders. I think you could do better for breakfast...More

Thank Esteb Steve
Reviewed 6 April 2016

Went to Ceres Cafe with some coworkers for lunch, and overall, this is a really busy place, but mainly because there aren't that many options, because this place is just average. Because I was just visiting Chicago, I wanted to find a place that I...More

Thank jg325
Reviewed 3 April 2016

While the indoor portion of Ceres Cafe is a fine establishment, the exterior "sidewalk cafe" is what makes this place truly unique. This is no Lincoln Park sidewalk cafe though. Don't attempt to order a beignet and don't bring your toy dog. Do order a...More

Thank Joseph B
Reviewed 28 October 2015 via mobile

The drinks are amazing! Really strong drinks. The appetizers were delicious. The service was a little slow but, the drinks made up for it!

Thank Melanie P
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
American, Bar, Pub, Healthy
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 8:30 PM
6:00 AM - 8:30 PM
6:00 AM - 8:30 PM
6:00 AM - 8:30 PM
6:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 141 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago Board of Trade Building Lobby, Chicago, IL 60604-2992
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
  • Phone Number: +1 312-427-3443
Conveniently located in the North lobby of the Historic Chicago Board of Trade Building, Ceres Cafe is owned and operated by restaurateurs celebrating their fifth generation of restaurant ownership in Chicago. Dedicated, since 1967, to bringing the freshest ingredients possible to the financial district. This year, Ceres has teamed up with Rustic Road Farm in Elburn to grow organic produce for our famous soups, tossed to order salads, and daily specials. At Ceres and Cellars Market, our lower level food emporium, our recipes have been passed down from generation to generation. While our numbers are large, serving several thousand people a day, we still do things the old fashioned way, making dishes from scratch using the highest quality ingredients. According to one reviewer, Ceres Cafe Bar & Patio is the "best kept secret in the loop". Hefty cocktails, great bar snacks and plenty of people watching make this the place to be for after-work cocktails or a light supper before the train.
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