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Geja's Café
Geja's Café

Geja's Café Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.gejascafe.com
  • Phone: (773) 281-9101
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm (last seating at 9:30pm);



    Friday: 5:00pm - 11pm (last seating at 10:30pm);



    Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm (last seating at 11pm);



    Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm (last seating at 9pm)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fondue
  • Executive Chef: Jeff Lawler-Managing Partner
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Geja's Cafe can accommodate private parties from 6 to 50 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Jeff Lawler (773) 281-9101
  • Entertainment: Flamenco and Classical Guitar 7 nights a week.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Monthly Winemaker Dinners

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lincoln and Clark
  • Public Transit: Brown Line to Sedgewick / North
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: There is a parking lot at 2021 N. Clark.
A word from Geja's Café
Romantic fondue dining & nightly flamenco & classical guitar music draw diners to this cozy café. Entree fondues include shrimp, scallops, lobster, chicken & beef in various combinations. Please be aware that for their safety, children under the age of 10 are not permitted at Geja's. Booth requests will be noted, but can not guaranteed.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was delicious, the sauces were amazing. We loved the taste of everything - although very small inside, the atmosphere was romantic and quiet and private. However, portions were very small. This restaurant is not for big eaters."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "This was a great one time experience with the family. I took my 10 y/o and he was not happy with the menus options. I think it is a great place to bring out of town folks or for a romantics date."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "The experience was good. My wife and I have been there before and that night we were celebrating our anniversary. The only disappointment was where we were seated, we requested a booth but were told we have to wait a half hour or more. Kinda hurt the intimacy."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went here for my birthday as an alternative to our typical fondue restaurant and were very pleased. Initially it was a stand out place because they sent a very generous birthday coupon, once we arrived I found our servers to be very attentive and sincere while not being overbearing. Furthermore, there was so much delicious food and unlike other fondue restaurants the process was quicker so while the dinner was a little longer we weren't spending our entire evening there. Overall a very positive experience."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • " I have been to Geja's a few times, but not in the past 15 years. It is always a wonderful place to eat and still is today!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The most romantic restaurant I've been to. Very friendly staff, great ambience, and the service was timed well without interrupting the mood. Would definitely recommend to couples."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Tom and Miguel were fantastic servers. Ambience was outstanding!!! Private label merlot paired very well with the dinner choice"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "With the welcoming and warm atmosphere-wines lining the walls, candlelit tables, formal servers- Geja's is a must. Great service and even better food. The flaming chocolate fondue is absolutely imperative-you even get to roast your own marshmallows. It was perfect for my six month anniversary with my boyfriend and we definitely plan on coming back. Yum!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We go every time we come to Chicago. COZY romantic fun different. Crowded every day of the week"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Way overpriced for food that isn't creative or interesting. Can't deny the romantic atmosphere, but that slowly dissipates as you are trying to fish out a lost mushroom in a pot of boiling water. In fairness, that's what fondue is though...I swear the BBQ sauce is Sweet Baby Ray's too."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The ambiance and atmosphere of this place is wonderful. It would have been nice to have more of a choice of cheese and dessert fondues, but that's my preference. But, it was such a cozy, romantic, intimate place that we will definitely be coming back for special occasions!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "What a great find. Great romantic atmosphere with candle-lit lighting, I felt like I was at a cafe in Europe! Our server was wonderful, very kind as well as helpful. The premier fondue dinner was a fun experience and delicious too! Great wine selection. Fairly priced for the experience. I would highly recommend Geja's for a romantic evening, and look forward to going again!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "By far the most romantic resturant I've ever been to."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "I made reservations a day or so before we went. I asked for a quiet and intimate table. Then we were seated right next to the front door. Not at all what I had in mind. There was a cold draft on us as well. In fact, it made the sterno to warm the fondue keep going out. The server finally brought a sheet metal shroud to put around the base, but it never did get warm enough to cook without a longer cooking time than what our server suggested. My friend was so excited to go, and was not impressed. She remarked how close the tables were to each other. The food quality was good, but thats the only positive aspect. Overall, for the $, it was not much value for the money. I don't think with the prices, we'll give it another try."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I have been going to Geja's for 15 years and still love it to pieces."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend here for his birthday last week and was so pleasantly surprised by everything. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly, and our waiter was able to make several honest recommendations related to both food and wine choices. The food itself was good, and it was definitely very filling. I got the seafood deluxe and my boyfriend got the beef and lobster - we weren't able to finish our meals. The best part was doing the fondue ourselves. I also have to say I absolutely loved the decor! It was pretty dark inside, but that gave it a nice, comfortable ambiance. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a fun, romantic, and somewhat affordable night out in quite a nice restaurant."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Geja's is my favorite Chicago restaurant. A dining adventure. Great background music so that you can have a private conversation with diners at your table. The food takes some time to eat/cook so you do not have a rushed atmosphere. The staff is terrific. I don't get downtown often, but over the years I have taken my very best friends there to celebrate friendship. I always enjoy Geja's."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Geja's is always our most favorite dinner spot while in Chicago, actually it is the ONLY place we have dinners. Great original Fondue, the service is impeccably perfect...Food is top shelf!!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "I took my wife to Geja's for her birthday last week. This is almost an annual tradition. We have been going to Geja's for over 30 years together and the food never disappoints. The fondue atmosphere is perfect for talking while the food cooks. The many sauces, vegetables, meats and seafood give everyone something to choose from. This time, we tried the hot broth instead of the oil for cooking and enjoyed the lighter touch. If you have not eaten here before definitely put this on your food bucket list."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The quality of the meat and sea food is excellent and there was plenty. Fondue is a fun and different experience. I have been to another fondue restaurant but was totally unimpressed. The drinks were well made. The servers were attentive but not annoying. the restaurant is dimly lit and there is space between diners so you feel like you have privacy. I have been to Geja's about 10 times and enjoy it every time. They just celebrated their 50th anniversary."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food was great and the atmosphere was very romantic. I loved the cheese and chocolate fondues."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Geja's continues to be our go-to spot for fondue. Best fondue in the city with more-than-adequate portions, fantastically large selection of dipping sauces, extensive wine list, and bar-none best-in-class service. As a repeat diner, the staff knows us and welcomes us every time. Our waiter was Blake, who is usually the wine expert behind the bar, and was receptive, fun, and responsive. The water glasses are constantly refilled so you never go thirsty. If you haven't dined here yet, you are missing the finest jewel in Chicago dining."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My husband and I loved our dinner here. The cheese fondue is very authentic - as good as the fondue in Switzerland. The cheese mixture is accented with nutmeg and a strong dose of wine and kirsch which gives it a bite. The atmosphere is old world romantic and the live guitar music is especially lovely. The service is also warm and friendly. Make a reservation because they are extremely popular."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went there for our anniversary and it was outstanding! We sat in this dark, romantic looking corner secluded from everyone else. The music playing was so nice, the scenery was beautiful too. The food was delicious! I'm not one who likes to fry my vegetables but it was a great experience. Their cheese fondue was ah-mazing!!!! The wait staff was really nice and funny. We had a great time, we would definitely go there again."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "My brother proposed to his girlfriend at dinner and the Geja's staff went out of their way to make everything amazing. Definitely a go to place for a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Gejas was fantastic! I can't say enough positive things about the service, the romantic ambience and live guitarist, the outstanding food... It was such a great experience. I recommend taking your time there! If you get a premiere meal, you'll be so full you won't be able to move."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Geja's Cafe was recommended to us as a Chicago favorite by a friend. This was our first visit to the restaurant and my husband and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary there. The food was delicious and the service was very good."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We have been going to Geja's for special occasions since 1978! We love the food and atmosphere and the service is always the best. We have taken many friends there and our family always chooses it for celebrating special occasions."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Outstanding restaurant 49 plus years and running! There's a good reason -- always impeccable!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Fantastic. Great food, ambiance and absolutely the best service ever. Geja's Cafe is a really nice place and superb for special occasions. Loved it!!!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We were lucky enough to get a reservation during Geja's anniversary week...when food is 49% off. It's always a great date experience there and even better at basically half price."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "My favorite restaurtant in the whole wide world!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I have eaten at Geja's every time I have visited Chicago and have always had dinner there one night during my stay. I have eaten at many 5 star restaurants all around the country and while some of the food ambiance and service at several places can compare to Geja's... There is no place that I have found in 30 years of travel that even comes close as a total experience. Take your wife or your significant other and they will be impressed beyond belief! Geja's is an extremely unique place and really has it all covered when it comes to a most magnificent dining experience."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I come here all the time for date night. Every time we go, the staff and food are amazing. You just cannot go wrong with this place!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "What a wonderful evening. The food, wine, service, and over-all experience was fantastic.. They made my husband's birthday so special. Our server, Mary, was a delight and Arturo was engaging, fun, and wonderful. The restaurant is cozy and romantic. It is a magnificent spot for special occasions, celebrations, and lovely dinners! Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Wonderful food, excellent staff...wine list, music and ambiance just add to an already amazing dining experience. Thank you Geja's!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We never miss Geja's for a special occasion or for their anniversary. This year was 49 years for them...meaning 49% off for us!! Such a great meal. Shannon, our server, was exceptional. Thanks for letting us celebrate with you!!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The service was beyond excellent and the waiter was very polite. I would definitely return and recommend it to a friend."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My mother in law was visiting town and she had never had fondue before. She loved it..."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great food, terrific wine, soothing music, wonderful service. Gejas is a relaxed atmosphere where you can linger over dinner and enjoy the company and conversation of your party instead of being rushed to eat and leave. We enjoy bringing first-timers to Gejas as it is a wonderful experience worth sharing."
    Dined on 6/26/2014