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Cafe Des Architectes/CDA
Cafe Des Architectes/CDA
  • Address:
    20 East Chestnut Street
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Neighborhood:
    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
  • "Great ambiance, wait staff, divine food. We were celebrating a special occasion and this was the perfect spot."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Waiter was subpar - curteous but his English was very weak, which ultimately affected our meal and Sofitel's image. He didn't know basic drinks, forgot part of our order. Food was mediocre at best. Oysters were luke warm, and smelled weird. So, we couldn't take a chance. (As a foodie, I expected waiter to say something like - I will be sure to let the chef know; he didn't, although he did take it off the bill) Risotto was pasty. Duck was better, but not special. Quail was perhaps the only redeeming feature, although since the waiter forgot about it (even after personally recommending it, to which I had added - great, I'll take your advice), I started it as my family was finishing their meal. Overall, a surprisingly disappointing evening."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This restaurant is on the first floor of the Sofitel hotel so it doesn't have the scenic view that some other Chicago restaurants boast. My friend and I went on a Thursday night and based on our experience, it was a very quiet restaurant with equally quiet guests. Nevertheless, the food was great, the servers were very accommodating, and the decor is different. It is all red and art deco-esque, seems like an ideal place for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "There are lots of "french" restaurants in Chicago these days, but if you want a true elegant French experience, Cafe Des Architectes is the best. Others are a variation on the theme of "French Bistro". This is much more elegant. The space is beautiful, the service is highly professional, and the food is simple but excellent."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "A fabulous meal...quiet and very "conversationally friendly!" Fruit dessert lovely...only quibble...why not two butter/oil spreads on a table for six?"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The food and wine selections were exceptional. Paired perfectly. Can't wait to try them at home. Thank you for making this a memorable vacation."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Cafe Des Architectes is the best french food we have ever tasted. The wait staff was attentive and the food was outstanding."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Cafe des Architectes was terrific. The food was fabulous and the service outstanding. We can't wait to return for another wonderful dinner."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My wife and I were looking for a good spot to eat some good food and sit outside in the area. We thought the food was very good - I got the venison and my wife got the Amish chicken. The wine list looked decent, and the cocktail list looked good as well. The indoor seating area looked nice, but we really enjoyed sitting outside."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We started celebrating our son's 21st birthday with dinner at CDA with friends. Good ambiance, good drinks and good service. Biggest surprise was that we were the only people there. BTW the mini-desert towers were fabulous."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We wanted outdoor dining and well prepared fish. We scored with the Arctic char: well presented and prepared. The tuna and octopus Nicoise was deconstructed and delicious. The smoked beet salad was mediocre. We enjoyed the setting on a perfect summer day and the low noise level made conversation easy. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The food was excellent. The restaurant would have received an outstanding except for the fact that the service was mediocre. Too bad because everything was done elegantly, but the service brought it down. The types of food and presentation were in keeping with much more expensive venues."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I tried the light prix fix, 3 course. I had sweetbread, then duck, an a light dessert--all excellent. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The food at CDA is always impeccable, perfectly prepared and presented every time. The desserts are unlike anything I've ever eaten and are not to be missed! Interesting flavor combinations along with beautiful presentations and high-quality seasonal ingredients make for a dessert experience that is second to none."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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