Cafe La Cave
Cafe La Cave

Cafe La Cave

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafelacave.net/
  • Phone: 8478277818
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday open at 4:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Chef Maron
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We believe in the highest level of hospitality and dazzling memorable events. Let us book any of your social or corporate events today.
  • Private Party Contact: Gus Sutter 8478277818

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Higgins and Touhy
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Cafe La Cave
Cafe La Cave's chef de cuisine melds classic continental with today's contemporary tastes for sumptuous results.The menu features aged steaks, fresh seafood , signature entrees and desserts. like Steak Dianne and Bananas Foster, prepared at your table with dramatic flare.An extensive wine list offers the perfect accompaniment to your meal plus our sommelier can help in choosing a fine selection.and our impeccable wait staff caters to your every need to ensure your expectations are satisfied thoroughly. Please your palate and pamper your senses, come out of the ordinary and into Cafe La Cave. Experience it now!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Cafe La Cave reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (51)romantic (49)fit for foodies (21)notable wine list (16)neighborhood gem (15)good for groups (7)late-night find (6)great for brunch (3)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Outstanding food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I have not been to this restaurant in over 20 years. WOW what a surprise it is so much better then I remembered. Have the Steak Diane it is mouth watering.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique
    Midwestmom
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Unique and good food. Dining room looks like a cave, literally, they also cook table side and that's entertaining.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    KateVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Martini was not dirty enough, bread was stale, potatoes were cold, and steak was, well, gross - I've NEVER had a worse bone-ribeye. It was tasteless and chewy. Will not be going here again.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reliable Continental Cuisine
    Poeboy
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We took a client out for a group dinner here during a recent event in Rosemont. There are many good restaurants in the Rosemont area but we prefer Cafe La Cave because it's never overrun with rowdy groups, they don't squash you into overcrowded dining areas, and the food is always prepared to quality international standards. The Chateaubriand is world class, with your choice of hollandaise or bearnaise sauce. Great desert menu. The wine list is very comprehensive and there are some quality selections at reasonable prices. Of course, they will try to overpower you with great service. That is what I like most about this restaurant; the level of attention they pay their guests.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Something Different
    lovinlocaleats
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    It was a unique experience that I can't imagine being replicated anywhere close by. It's a distinctive in decor and the menu is mostly a-la cart. It's very versatile as you can choose everything from the main dish to the sides so it's great for picky eaters or those who want to try something new. The steak au poivre was amazing. It was the juiciest and softest cut I've ever had. The grilled salmon is very tasty as well. It's rather pricey though so be prepared for it to be like a steakhouse, Japanese hibachi or swanky downtown location when it comes to your bill and tipping.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed it, but...
    BearsFan15
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We really enjoyed our meals, they were delicious. The service was great considering people where there between Garth Brook's concerts. The only thing we did not enjoy was our table. It was just at the entrance of the dining room and we heard way too many conversations of people coming and going. The restaurant has table side cooking, which left many odors in the dining room, it did not bother me until I got home and smelled myself. Not a deal breaker.be
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never Disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We headed to Café La Cave for a pre-show dinner. The food was amazing, plus we got to keep our car there for $20 instead of trying to park in the lot (for the same price) with easy access out after we left Allstate. The service was quick, but not rushed and everything we ordered was prepared to our asking. Great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW
    WorkingForALivinVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We got to see a couple get engaged there too! FOOD IS AWESOME - loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Ok; Poor Service
    TooPicky1
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The meal at this restaurant was pretty good, but our server seemed to actively dislike us. He came by rarely, and when he did, he was prettty brusque. Also, they were making some kind of flaming dish at different tables but because the ceilings were low, it made it kind of smoky in there. I wouldn't refuse to go to this restaurant again, but I wouldn't seek it out.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • romantic, elegant, fine dining
    crazylove
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Cafe le Cave has been a tradition in our family for over 25 years notable for special ocasions. It is not simply a great place for dinner but more an experience in fine dining, what first class service truly is, a menu that leaves you educated and undecided looking forward to the next time you will return. The wine list is remarkable and the waiters are well-versed in making appropriate suggestion in an unobtrusive way. I dress up when I dine at the Cafe. Whether you choose formal or casual attire or whether you will be comfortable. The menu is unique with a wide variety of to choose from, many prepared table-side! The prices are amazing, the tables widely space to allow intimate conversation: service is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way over-priced!
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    While La Cave does a credible job of presenting an upscale Continental dining experience, they do not really deliver. We selected La Cave for our regular dinner group and we were stunned at the size of the bill. At least twice what would be expected for a similar experience with restaurants of the same caliber in the area, and nothing notable about the presentation, service or food quality. It was good - don't misunderstand - it was just not in sync with the outrageous prices.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BEST OF THE BEST!!!
    MOJOVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    AS USUAL OUR DINING EXPERIENCE WAS SUPERB!!!! THE STAFF CANNOT DO ENOUGH FOR YOU TO MAKE IT A PLEASURABLE DINING EXPERIENCE.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Value for Quality
    BobCVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I have eaten here many times and food is always excellent! Meals for Chicagoland area are reasonably priced!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe la Cave rocks!
    Nana
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We love the food and service at Cafe La Cave!! We always leave having a good time. With a good experience you would expect to pay mischief more but the price is every reasonable, a neighborhood gem for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • surprised
    disappointed
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Had to compete with a wedding. Seated in the bar but prices were not bar prices. Way to crowded and noisy.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful and the food was good, but the waiter we had was not a good waiter..He Never came to check to see if we needed anything. his tip was how his service was $3, I recommend they get a new waiter who treat customers like he would like to be treated when he's spending his money....
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good, but nothing exceptional
    rnmintc
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    After seated and waiting for a while, we had to ask for the menu. The server seemed surprised that we couldnt select our drinks before we decide what to eat... The salad I ordered was with too much dressing - I couldnt taste anything else but the dressing. The ribeye was good, but no seasong at all. The pomegranate martini - not impressive. I dont think I will go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant evening with good friends
    Auntmacki
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Good service, good food,good conversation. Been meaning to go here for dinner; just never seemed to get around to it. We were not disappointed. We had a most enjoyable evening. We would go back again - especially for a special occasion like our friend's birthday. Waiters sang to her and brought her a birthday dessert with a candle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dark and overpriced
    Joyfuldiner
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The restaurant may have been great in its heyday but it just looks dark and dingy. The food was nicely prepared. Exception were the crab cakes. Too mealy. With only 2 glasses of wine and dinner for 3 including dessert at $200 one would hope for better ambiance. A couple at the bar, which is in the restaurant itself, seated directly in front of us, in cutoff shorts and a t- shirt is not what we would expect.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Darkness
    PeanutsVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The service and food is always great. The only thing is when you and other people have to take out flashlights on your phone to see the menu and bill that only means it's a little to dark. I think if they turn the lights a just a little bit it would still be romantic for people.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor, rushed service
    Luv2eat2
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Disinterested waiter, asked for our entree order right after bringing our salads. Had to ask twice for water refills.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Romanticdine
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was wonderful the setting was perfect the music was great... Everything about this place was perfect and romantic. I have already recommended this place to friends and family
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • aminika
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    meni expensive poor win list smalls bad from food and oil :(
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best authentic classy restaurant
    WorkingForALivinVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Classic service, classic cuisine - love it...cant wait until next time we go - get a groupon, get something , get to La Cave
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    Jthnewyearseve
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    A throw back to a time when elegance, individual service, table side food preparation, and great food were the norm in fine dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    jmerry
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We visited Cafe La Cave using an "open table" gift certificate. The food was very nicely prepared, with great attention to detail. The service was professional and we had a very enjoyable experience. It's a bit pricey--everything is a la carte and we ordered drinks and dessert, so the total bill was close to $120 before tip for 2 people. The gift certificate covered most, but it's not the kind of place we would visit on a regular basis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful room
    ajtsh
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Smaller size restaurant. Great food. The Dover sole was prepared at the table and was the best I ever had. Cheesecake served in a martini glass with raspberry sauce was out of this world.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High Class
    Paul
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    My wife and I always love our dining experiences at Café La Cave. Great food, wine and atmosphere. I highly recommend the Bananas Foster for desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • never disappointing...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    In spite of the torrential rains that came down on us on the way we were very happy to arrive, relax, have some fine wine, and celebrate a special day for us. We have celebrated that special day several times at Cafe la Cave. The traditional, elegant setting and the fine food harkens us back to the days of our early marriage when dining was tres chic. Always a good meal and memories.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GaryVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This restaurant has been around for a lot of years. I haven't been there in a long time. The food and service were still excellent. The servers are very approachable and do an excellent job at presenting the food. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could be so much better!!
    trentonway
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    This is the second time we've been to Cafe La Cave in the last 8 months. We go there because it's halfway between South side friends and ourselves who live on the North Side. The food is great but both times we have had the same waiter who is the opposite of a high-level restaurant which really diminishes the experience. There is no polish to his service and you feel like he's hurrying you through the experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Silver skin
    Chefslavik7
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I ordered a 14oz NY with shiitake truffle sauce. The steak had a lot of silver skin and fat, the steak was cooked nicely medium rare. Garlic mash was smooth and buttery. The asparagus was bland and unseasoned. The risotto was salty. The waiter was rude to my mother because she asked for if the wild rice still came with the steak Diane.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classic restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food, service and atmosphere in the place were fantastic. I'd highly recommend this for a couples night out or for a couples get together.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Millerhm01
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We visited Cafe La Cave in mid-week and had a lovely meal. The bone-in ribeye was delicious and the garlic mashed potatoes was a perfect complement. Very tempting was to order one of the several table side prepared entrees or desserts. Service was impeccable and the ambience was perfect to celebrate our wedding anniversary.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My experience at Cafe Le Cave was amazing. I would definitely recommend it to a family or friend. The waiters were also pleasing and prompt.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kicking It Old School
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This place is old school and like no other in Chicagoland. Real silver servingware, staff in tuxes, and simple, classic super high-quality and tasty food! The table side service is so cool. Dessert is a must with tableside-made bananas foster and/or cherries jubilee! Service was world-class and professional from an experienced staff, yet didn't feel stuffy; people were very friendly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 245 reviews are from the Cafe La Cave reviews archive.
  • As good as ever
    LetsEat15
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Had not visited Cafe La Cave in many years, and was very pleased. Wonderful food was every bit as good as I remembered. They specialize in table side dishes such as steak Diane and Dover sole. Had the Dover sole and oysters. Delightful! Restaurant is an easy trip from any O'Hare area hotel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tacky Elegance
    cbsplace
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Service was slow, everything was elacart and expensve. Cool cave vibe.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and service at its best!
    outandabout
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Our dinner was simply AMAZING!! Impeccable service. Steak Diane, cooked tableside, was nothing short of fabulous. Bananas Foster, also cooked tableside, a perfect finish to a perfect meal. Such attention to detail. Not many places like this still around.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    SirDineALotVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Far less satisfactory experience than a year ago. This time - inattentive service during meal; unsatisfactory oysters Rockefeller (4 small oysters, thin and runny cream sauce with little spinach, no seasoning); but - to their credit - after we complained, they brought us two more that were much better prepared. Caesar's salad that we ordered to be shared was brought on one plate and served to only one of us, leaving us to split it ourselves; noise blasting through an overhead speaker; seafood medley - while fresh with good-sized shrimp and scallops - was not sufficient portion and served only with small portion of gummy rice; dining companions, however, enjoyed their escargot and rack of lamb; expected better food and service.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic