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Cafe Des Architectes/CDA
Cafe Des Architectes/CDA
  • Address:
    20 East Chestnut Street
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Gold Coast / Streeterville
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary French
    Price: $31 to $50

Cafe Des Architectes/CDA Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.CafeDesArchitectes.com
  • Phone: (312) 324-4063
  • Hours of Operation: 6 am until 10 pm, Daily. Brunch: Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am until 5:00 pm. Le Bar is open for dinner daily from 3:00 pm to close.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, International
  • Executive Chef: Greg Biggers
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Chicago Restaurant Week is right around the corner! From February 1-10, Café des Architectes will be offering a $22 prix fixe lunch and a $44 prix fixe dinner. For more details, please inquire within. Café des Architectes will also be celebrating Valentine's Day February 14-16 with a special five course degustation for $79 per person. All prices exclude beverages, tax and gratuity. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wabash (near Rush)
  • Public Transit: Cabs plentiful, Red Line train (Chicago and State stop), CTA bus (22, 36, Michigan Avenue routes, incl. 151, 145, 146, 147).
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is $13 for a maximum of 3 hours.
A word from Cafe Des Architectes/CDA
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 De-Light prix fixe menu is available, featuring three courses of low calorie 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. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Hadn't been in a many years but very happy that we came back. Had bruch that was outstanding and the breads that were served couldn't be better (took me back to Paris). Brunch was so good that we decided to try dinner. We were not disappointed!!! For starters we shared the fois gras terrine, smoked beet salad, spring risotto and the day's special, soft shell crab (all recommendation of our server). At this point we thought that we should leave because we didn't want to ruin perfection. But it wasn't ruined at all - just enhanced - by two excellent entrees - Amish Chicken Ballentine and Cervena Venison. Ended the evening with the chocolet sphere and big smiles. The food, ambiance and service were first class."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I would like to give a speciel thanks to the only French- speaking server I met, which was Romi. Thank you very much for making my evening so much more romantic for us."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Restaurant is located right off the lobby of this boutique French hotel line. We were offered seating in the nice outside area but choose to dine inside in the modern european interiors. Service was gracious, accommodating, and impeccable. The quiet ambiance makes for a romantic evening. The food did not disappoint. The modern French cuisine was beautifully served and taste was outstanding in every course we had. Definitely on our list next time we are in town."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Even our waiter was French! Definitely a fine dining restaurant! Entrees were all pretty elaborate, so don't go looking for something simple! The 4 of us tried 3 different appetizers and 3 different entrees, and everyone was very happy with their choices. We also shared a dessert "tasting" selection, which was excellent, and the restaurant tops it off with a large selection of sweets to boot. Our waiter disappeared for a LONG time after taking our wine order, but once we ordered our meals, the service was leisurely, but did not drag."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This was our first visit to the Cafe des Architectes and we were delighted with our experience. The service was impeccable, the food delicious and beautifully presented, and the atmosphere so wonderfully relaxing. Brought out of town friends and were so thankful that it was perfect."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The menu looks very promising, but doesn't deliver. Food was just mehh. Plus the restaurant was booked for a private event and they had us sit where hotel breakfast is served, not nice. We had the venison, risotto and the sweetbreads, which were the best dish we tried. Desserts weren't too good either. The raspberry rhubarb tart was tasteless. The chocolate sphere was Ok. Will not return or recommend."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Like jwelly and or artistic paints, each dish is refine and newness. Every wines will fascinate you with each dish, as well. They have two courses as 5 and 10 dishes (small bites), with 5 or 7 wines which are very very intimate for each dish. Cheff's magic will enchant you. It is the 'KAISEKI' in Japanes cuisine. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "The chef is beyond outstanding! I have been to Cafe Des Architectes on several occasions and cannot wait to return on my next visit to Chicago! "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "The place look very beautiful from outside (it is in a hotel) and looked equally elegant inside. Our servers were very courteous and attentive. We love their french accents! We had the foie gras to start with and it was probably one of the best foie gras dishes I ever had. My friend ordered the venison, and I had the amish chicken. Both were good. When the server brought out the dessert menu, we said we were quite full but would take a look. Then he brought out a dessert flight for us, on the house! It was a lovely surprise and the dessert (chocolates, marshmallows, macaroons) was certainly amazing. Next time, I know where to bring my guests for a great French dinner."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "The food was amazing and so were the desserts. This is a place not to miss. They also have the a great prefix healthier menu, which I enjoyed. My fiancee enjoyed the burger, and thinks its the best burger in Chicago. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Excellent service. Servers were polite, respectful, with genuine smiles. Food was delicious and elegantly presented. It was one of the nicest meals and presentations I've experienced in years. It was a highlight of our trip to Chicago."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This was our third dinner at Cafe Des Architectes, and each time we have been impressed by the quality of the food, the reasonable portion size, and the quiet decor. This makes it an excellent place to take guests, and we have used it that way when we come to Chicago for meetings. Maintaining quality in a restaurant is not easy, and we have not been disappointed in our meals. This last one was perhaps the best food we have experienced at the restaurant yet. We will come back."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "This is a nice restaurant in a good locale, but the lunch menu is very limited. The valet parking was terrific -- no waiting, but it is expensive at $36. The waitress was terrific."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Still one of the best dining experiences in Chicago. Tres bon!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Really expensive for the price. There are other places in that area with way better food. Our service took forever, and it was hard to get a drink. The only upside is the guy did cater to our gluten free friend and they do have gluten free bread. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Excellent food and service ...It is a blessing that in CDA you don't find the typical waiter that is asking every two minutes if everything is ok with a very loud tone and give you the most obnoxious recommendations based on a highly dubious taste nobody cares learning from...Good for a change in Chicago .. this is place to relax, enjoy conversation and food with your group, well done."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "As usual, Cafe Des Arichitectes provided an excellent meal with outstanding, gracious service in a pleasant setting. The venison was perfectly prepared, and everything was beautifully presented. We appreciated the amuse bouche and petit fours. The wine list is good, not great, but the excellent bread choices help to make up for the limited selection of good wines."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the service top class. The ' A la Francaise' way very stylish along with warmth giving you the feeling you are the center of the attention. Clearly a place I would recommend."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I needed a special restaurant for my sister's birthday and Cafe Des Architectes met all of my expectations and more. The dining room is fairly small but stunningly beautiful modern, but the food and service were the stars. I eat out in Chicago and the western suburbs several times each week and travel overseas regularly, but cannot remember a meal that I loved as much as dinner at CDA. Our French waiter was perfect -- great recommendations, charming but not intrusive. He sang Happy Birhday in French and returned during coffee to sing "Le Vie En Rose" and made it quite a special evening. The Chocolate Ribbon dessert was unbelievable and, for the quality, I found all f the food and wine quite reasonably priced. I can't wait to return."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "excellent service. the food are delicious and the p[rice very reasonable,"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Altho the food on the plates were, at best luke warm,….the scallop entre was actually so cold it was sent back, only to take 20 min. to be returned, so the rest of us were virtually finished with dinner when it was….everyone was pleased with the flavors & combinations. My charcuterie platter was almost a meal, especially since they were so generous with the bread, the salads were excellent. service was sluggish. One of us just wanted the ice cream without the pastry, but he waited 15 min. to get it. I was a little puzzled that the reminder caller questioned whether we would be ordering off the fixed price or a la cart menu….I wondered, how was I to know how the other diner' s wishes???"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "So I treated two guests to the ten course tasting menu (plus seven wine pairings). I was a little reluctant b/c of some reviews I had seen but the meal was terrific, from the opening amuse bouche (chestnut soup) to the fantastic final dessert. The wine pairings were terrific and were served by a knowledgable waiter. While the chef did not appear personally to speak to us (as I understand sometimes happens per other reviews), I wasn't trouble by that at all. FYI there was a terrific scallops course, duck, a cheese course, a fall salad, etc. This was very well done and I would recommend it to others."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "There were three generations gathered for a small birthday dinner for my mother's 70th birthday. There is a kids menu contained the typical items. Our kids chose chicken fingers and I must admit the adults were stealing fries off their plates...delicious. For the adults there was a wonderful selection. Everybody was happy with their starters (oysters, beet salad, a veloute, and sashimi). For the main course we had the fish on the de-light menu (fish a little boring, but veggies great), the rabbit (every bite of it amazing), the duck (another rave review). For desert there were too many delicious options to choose from and we ended up splitting 4 different deserts. The chocolate ribbon and the chess pie were everybody's favorites."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "If you want a memorable dining experience Cafe Des Architectes is the place for you. It's ambient and beautiful modern interiors are a delight for the senses. Our waiter was cordially attentive but not intrusive. The cuisine is top notch! I went for lunch and had the Bacon Gruyere quiche. Very pretty and sumptuous! Though ample in portion it was light and airy. Moderate in price and situated in the Sofitel Hotel in the heart of the Gold Coast. Bon Appetit!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Restaurant has a De-Light menu for breakfast lunch AND dinner that is all of the deliciousness with none of the guilt. It's also prixe fixe so it's easy to add up the bill and the calories. I had the duck, salad and rasberry vacherin-439 calories of amazing food for just $39 (plus a glass of wine of course). Outstanding wine list of course-enjoyed an organic grenache from the Vin de Pays de l'Herault region. Staff was so friendly, attentive and charming. Instead of going Friday night for the Valentine's Day thrash, we went the night before so the atmosphere was so much more relaxed. Great place for a romantic date, business lunch or get-together with friends for any meal."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Service was slow to get going with minor problems down the road. Not terrible ,but not great. Food was very good. Better places to spend you dining dollars than here."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Came for the Valentine's day tasting menu special. Between my boyfriend and I, we had every single dish and none of them disappointed in the least! Our waiter was always checking up on us after each plate and suggested a delicious cocktail to try. Four Aces hit the spot for the entire meal. The vibe was just right. Beautiful restaurant. Will definitely eat here again whenever I'm around the area again."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "staff was very friendly and attentive. Food was excellent, especially dessert."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "This room is dated, service is hotel grade, menu is too small and precious. Hard to believe a good hotel really wants this dining image. Too bad, it used to be great."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "We had a nice lunch. The chef and the server both did a good job. The wine was too expensive for us."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "I had the misfortune of visiting this place during restaurant week, which meant I was not able to order from the regular menu. For a Michelin 1-star restaurant, I had hoped for more, particularly in terms of the service - most likely they hired extra personnel for the week, which weren't quite up for the task. That said, it was a fine dining experience, just not what I had expected/hoped for. I'll come back and try it again, just not during restaurant week."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "The food and table service at CDA were absolutely outstanding, worth 5 stars but for a couple of missteps. First, only the Restaurant Week menu was available, an option which is normally offered in addition to the regular menu. We were disappointed that the 10-course tasting menu was unavailable since we rarely visit Chicago and were there only for the weekend. The courses were fantastic and probably would have been our favorites anyway, but I feel the limited menu could have been better advertised. CDA also failed to note that we honored our reservation, forcing me to contest it on OpenTable. Not a huge deal. but in many years and dozens of meals I have never had this happen, and wouldn't have expected it at this caliber of restaurant."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Three of us have regular 'fancy' dinners out and CDA is one of our favorites. The staff is always lovely and when its nice out, their outdoor patio is great for people watching."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Great service and food, Restaurant Week menu was creative. Inspired wine list. I will return for valentines day"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "The open and airy space of the Cafe produced a relatively quiet atmosphere, to my surprise and relief, since restaurant dining can be laborious when struggling to understand dinner partners. The service was attentive and charming, and the food was great, beginning with an inventive and tantalizing amuse bouche. I can recommend heartily as appetizers the celery root soup and salade lyonnaise, the main dishes of chicken, fish, duck, and rabbit were all superior in quality and beautifully plated. What lovely desserts! Imaginative and delicious. Definitely a place to try again, a lovely evening."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "I went with a group of four to treat my mother for her birthday. I want to commend the restaurant on their exceptional service. I booked the restaurant before my mother had foot surgery. We came in and they saw she had a boot and was using a walker and sat us in a very appropriate place that allowed her to put her foot up to keep the swelling down without us asking. The food was outstanding. The servers brought appetizers; however, one in our group was gluten free and they took it back and brought one that didn't contain wheat. The portions are perfect allowing just enough to get a good taste of everything without filling up on one thing. This is a perfect special occasion place and they know how to do everything exceptionally well."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "coming back for the east coast oysters. incroyable!"
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "My wife and I each chose the 10-course tasting menu. The chef personally came out and discussed any food preferences we might have. We mentioned that we were fans of foie gras and truffles and he told us that he could accommodate us. He then proceeded to cook for us a sensational meal. What distinguished this tasting menu experience from others was that the chef prepared different dishes for my wife and me in seven out of the ten selections. He checked midway through the meal as to how things were going. His culinary artistry was amazing, the service impeccable in all respects and the ambiance exceptional. Having eaten in many Michelin three-star restaurants in France, I can say without hesitation that we had a three-star meal."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Rather than spending our New Years Eve / wedding anniversary at a party, bar, or club, we celebrated over a delicious 5-course meal, a bottle of red, and cocktails. The food was very good, especially the lobster and beef courses. My only disappointment was the cheese course, as I ordered blue cheese cake, not realizing that it would taste more like Blue Cheese (because that's what it was) than American cheese cake. In any case, I was full enough from the other courses that I didn't mind just having a taste of that one before moving on to the desert course. The price was reasonable for the quality - $110/person for a 5 course meal, though I'm glad we opted for a bottle of wine rather than the $50/person wine pairing. Overall, a great NYE."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Went to CDA with a group of four, and we were all silenced by our appetizers. They were that good. Between us we had the foie, the escargot, the burrata, and the chicken thighs. The foie was just insane; it comes with ice cream and a waffle. The mains were incredible, too. We had duck, scallops, chicken, and the whitefish, and everything was pretty mindblowing. The only quibble I have is with the saltiness of the caviar on top of the scallops. I found it a little overwhelming. Staff were just so lovely, and the desserts were great."
    Dined on 12/30/2013