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Cafe des Architectes

#153 of 7,630 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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Mon - Tue 06:00 - 15:00
Wed - Sun 06:00 - 22:00
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Danville, Illinois
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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139 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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
3 of 5 bubbles 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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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75 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

I had breakfast there once on a business trip staying at the Sofitel (in which this restaurant is located) - nothing special but the omelette was good and the cafe latte too. I liked that the place was very light (usually not the case in US hotel restaurants). Staff was friendly and quick.

Thank ErikVollebregt
Springfield, Illinois
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851 reviews
549 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

We love this restaurant It's classy, European styled decor and food but most of all their three course fix price menu that always changes.

Thank Clevlander
S_Pfeiffer_Hotel_Mgr, General Manager at Cafe des Architectes, responded to this review

Dear Clevlander, Thank you very much for reviewing your experience in Cafe des Architectes for our Chestnut Provisions 3 course prix fixe menu. We are very glad to know you enjoyed our restaurant and we look forward to your next visit! More 

George, South Africa
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

We stayed at the Sofitel while in Chicago and only tried the Hotel restaurant on the last night, when we did we were surprised by the quality of the food. In effect it looks simple from the outside although the cook does wonders in the kitchen. As we generally do we chose the degustation menu with wine pairing and were... More 

Thank mark_id
S_Pfeiffer_Hotel_Mgr, General Manager at Cafe des Architectes, responded to this review

Dear mark_id, Thank you very much for reviewing your experience in our Cafe Des Architectes. We are so glad you got to enjoy our restaurant while in the hotel, and we are delighted to know you enjoyed our degustation menu! We look forward to your next visit to the Sofitel and its restaurant. More 

Chicago, Illinois
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104 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Food and service is excellent provided you like smaller portions and French flair for cooking. I have eaten breakfast and dinner here and both have been very good.

Thank Mark B
Rye, New York
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

A feast for the eyes and palate. Cozy and chic ambience. Great attention to details and service. A treat anytime of the day.

Thank nowakmdp

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
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 - 15:00
06:00 - 15:00
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. A daily prix fixe menu is available, featuring three courses of freshly prepared dishes. Guests are also invited to enjoy the restaurant’s five or ten course Degustation Menu, available with wine pairings. Also not to be missed is Café 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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