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ikram cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ikram.com
  • Phone: (312) 587-1000
  • Hours of Operation: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Monday - Saturday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Christopher Sullivan
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is also a public lot across the street.
A word from ikram cafe
The cafe at ikram is based on simple principles: farm to table food, simple, clean and healthy preparations to maximize flavors. Our menu changes daily, based on what produce and other goods are available at farmers' markets, the Green City Market, or other local vendors.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "My wife and I stopped in for lunch on Saturday because her boss had given us a gift certificate. We were very impressed by the wonderful service from Nathan and the bison burger I had there was the best I've ever had. My wife had the salmon which was equally delicious. I would also highly recommend the red wine blend we had there, it was to die for! I highly recommend this cafe."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Ikram Cafe is always a special experience and the food is excellent. It's central to the city and the best lunch I can imagine in that area. The service is the best I've had for lunch and a the turnover is low. We all love the gourgiere that are served before the food comes out. The ingredients in the food are all very fresh and the chef is great; the choices are few and all delicious."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The food here is not mind-blowing but it's solid and the location in this whimsical bright red fashion boutique is pretty neat. Somewhere worth taking somebody from out of town to impress them with your depth of knowledge on Chicago. The menu changes often so you won't get bored. The kale chips sound yummy, oven-roasted with togarashi, but are really quite bland and very crumbly. Better kale chips are just a couple blocks away at Raw (51 W Huron). The housemade gougères to start the meal are quite good, and the rotating daily selection of five different salads can be delicious and is always fresh. I'm disappointed that they use farmed Scottish salmon instead of wild-caught Alaskan, or I would have ordered that."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Farm fresh ingredients . Perfect portion size. Attentive knowledgable service. Beautiful setting."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I believe that was the best soup/stew (Moroccan stew special) I have ever had. I am dreaming of it. The salmon salad is also over the top good. The food here is phenomenal and healthy!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Lunch is my only experience at Ikram Cafe, and my friends and I have enjoyed it very much twice. It's a pleasant room, the service is excellent, and so is the food.And one can talk with friends there--it isn't noisy, and the tables aren't too close together. The prices are in line with similar places--not a cheap lunch, but one doesn't expect that in elegant surroundings. We will go back from time to time--we really enjoyed the experience, and it's fun to go downstairs and browse among the beautiful clothes and accessories after lunch."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Ikram Cafe. The menu was very interesting, with a number of good choices, the food was very tasty and the service was outstanding. Ikram is a lovely spot for lunch and we all agreed that we would make return visits."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I love this girlie place . We had a wonderful crostini with puréed peas, micro greens , and peas to start and each had omelettes, a perfect base before shopping . This was a first time for us and we will return ."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Love having lunch here. The veggies are well prepared and the soups are very good. Service is smooth and the setting lovely."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Knock out looking, tasting, service. I entertained three friends, for a birthday, and they too were knocked out. The ambiance, our server, the comfort and noise level: Knock out! The tiny, melt in your mouth, puffs were a delightful surprise and the breads were perfect. My egg dish, accompanied by a perfect salad, was knock out. Beautiful little complimentary cookies completed our knock out experience. What a treat! I can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Gorgeous setting inside a beautiful clothing store. Food is wonderful and special. Only thing I didn't like was that we were celebrating a birthday (which I mentioned online on open table) and it wasn't acknowledged unless I ordered dessert. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Innovative food with Ottolenghi influence Great setting in creative store - all told a great outing"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Tucked away in a clothing store, this is one of the best kept secrets right off the Mag Mile. the service was thoughtful and personal, and quite flexible, substituting foods for ones I could not eat. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I picked this restaurant to celebrate the 25th birthdays of our daughters because it was small and considered a hidden gem. While the food and service were up to my expectations, I was disappointed that the girls were not given any special treatment for this milestone occasion. Yes, we ordered one dessert for the table and two candles were put on the plate. but I guess I expected something complimentary for each of them - their own candled plate with a tiny complimentary truffle or glass of champagne perhaps - something to remember the occasion and the restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Tucked away on the 2nd floor of Ikram's is a gem of a place for a great brunch or a refreshing drink. Outstanding service and excellent food makes this a nice option away from mag mile crowds."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "If you want a quiet place for an intimate lunch downtown, this is the place! After walking through Ikram's beautiful store, you will walk up to a small charming dining room. The food is absolutely delicious (don't miss the chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream) and our waiter was adorable. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Excellent small appealing quiet restaurant near Water Tower that takes reservations for Saturday brunch. Rare find. You can linger as long as you want. No matter that it's on the 2nd floor of a trendy women's boutique. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "My friends and I had lunch at Ikram, based on previous OpenTable reviews, and were not disappointed. The service was prompt, attentive and courteous; we were not rushed. Our meals were delicious and creative. The food is of very high quality and was mostly prepared to order. There were no leftovers! The prices were very reasonable. The room was bright, intimate and blissfully quiet. The location is novel and unique, especially if you enjoy admiring Ikram's clothing and accessories, as well. We would (and will) definitely return. I'd like to add I have absolutely no ties to this establishment."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Went here for lunch while staying downtown for the weekend. Our waiter was friendly, fun and very helpful. The food was wonderful, fresh and full of unique flavors that worked so very well together. I cannot wait to go back again!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Take your mother, partner, sister, or friend to this absolutely chicest, most delicious lunch in town. Simple fresh preparations, I have to force myself to not always order the salmon salad and try something new. You know you love a place when that is your biggest challenge, forcing yourself to try something new, you loved what you had the last time so much! Everything is the freshest farm to table sourcing, and you feel pampered in a way that is uncommon for lunch spots in Chicago, much more like Paris or Rome."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "the service food and ambiance is consistently the best ....i love bringing girlfriends boyfriends here it is the best place to come for a wonderful deeeeelishous afternoon ..."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "A very unique location for lunch. Colorful and delicious. The service was a little on the slow side but professional. Our reservation was for a quick business meeting. I felt somewhat awkward entering the cafe through the women's fashion department and there is no indication of where the cafe is located within. Fortunately the service in the store was very helpful and guided us to our location. Lunch was very good. The salads were very good and unique in taste and appearance. When it came time to leave we did have a little trouble getting the bill. There is a fine line between rushing diners out the door and having to hunt the waiter down in the kitchen. Unfortunately I had to do the latter in this case."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Much to long a wait between placing food order and receiving the food. Otherwise a delightful place for lunch!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I had visitors from out of town and was looking for a unique place for lunch. It is a little pricey but you definitely get what you pay for! This neighborhood gem is a quaint little cafe located above a high-end boutique. It's not the most inviting atmosphere when you first walk in, but don't be intimidated! The food is impeccable. The salmon salad is delicious as well as the bison burger. We loved our experience and will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Fun and yummy for a ladies luncheon. I have been there a hanful of times and the owner always happened to be there, which is very key in the success of the place. Everyone is pleasant and courteous, unlike the employees at the boutique downstairs!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "I have eaten here a number of times and it is consistently a great experience. The setting is very inviting and comfortable. A great place for catching up with friends or for a private business conversation. The food is exquisite; very palate pleasing, creative , seasonal and healthy. The service is relaxed, non-intrusive and friendly."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Always order either the salmon or veggie salad combo because they are both so good."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "What a nice place to meet a friend to catch up at lunch. Food was delicious, and service was excellent! I felt pampered. Nice, quiet atmosphere. Not rushed at all. Sad had to go back to work or would have stayed a lot longer. What a treat!"
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "If you haven't visited Ikram, it's worth a visit, if for no other reason than the Wow factor you will experience when entering the vibrant red facade building. Don't be surprised to find clothing pieces for $5,000 plus per item. The restaurant is so elegant and feels like a beautiful little dining room in an elegant, upscale upper east side apartment in NY. The food choices are interesting; perhaps moreso than the actual taste and preparation, with the exception of the wonderful plate of cookies we shared for dessert. The prices are high (does that surprise you?), but the ambiance and setting make this restaurant a little gem."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Ikram Cafe is the place to go for lunch. We came in for a quick business lunch and were floored by the artful presentation, exquisite tasting food and the excellent service. I declined wine during the meal sticking to water instead. It tasted amazing - muddled mint and lemons - I drank 3 glasses. If they can make water taste that good - you can imagine how good the food is. I don't eat gluten and I was amazed at the choices I had on the menu - it is easy to dine here even if you have some food intolerances or allergies. I only wish I had more time to visit the gallery and boutique colocated in the same building."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Our group of 4 loved every course - from the delicious bread basket to the best mushroom soup, fabulous pasta, assorted homemade cookies. Every bite exceptional."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "This is a perfect lunch spot. Great food and a beautiful room. Saturday brunch is perfect. Impress out of town guests with the restaurant and fabulous store below."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "We went here for a late lunch/early dinner. The food is wonderful, fresh, delicious, and prepared by someone who obviously loves to create healthy food creatively. The service person was attentive and helpful for making selections from the small but very interesting menu. The ambiance is intimate and cozy. The prices are reasonable. The portion sizes are reasonable, too. They feel no need to try to impress with huge platefuls of food because the taste is so fabulous that normal portions are very satisfying. Love the salad choice of getting 3 or all 5 of their unique salads. The soup was delicious. The beer and wine selections were very nice. The house made dessert was divine. We will return again and again."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "ikram cafe is divine! Love the food, love the room, love the whole experience."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "The butterscotch pudding was absolutely delicious !"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "My daughter booked Ikram for her birthday lunch on 21 December 2014. The cafe is in a very nice colorful store and on the day we were there, a very cool special event lunch was on next door to the cafe - this all added to a cool, vibrant, yet intimate and memorable atmosphere. The food, and wine list was excellent highlighting fresh local produce and well-matched wines. The desserts were superb. Service was outstanding and the chef came out to talk to the diners - he was great. I would very strong recommend both Ikram the Cafe for a superb meal in intimate surroundings and a visit to the Ikram Store."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "This is a fun cafe above the store and serves very nicely prepared foodstuffs - very locals oriented and the service is lovely."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "This was my second time lunching at Ikram cafe. It's the perfect spot for midday calm from work or shopping. Of course, walking through Ikram is breathtaking for those who love fashion---or art---but the room is both striking and calming. Service is very attentive but not overbearing. The menu is a wonderful balance of healthy and splurge, with vegetarian options including a tasting of salads. Fresh juice is wonderful, or the less austere can choose from a variety of wines. This is a great spot to have a business lunch or a group of friends, and I would also be comfortable eating here alone. Basically, like everything at Ikram, it's exquisite!"
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "The food was delicious and the service was good, as always. Ikram is a secluded treasure, away from the hectic pace of life!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Ikram's Cafe is my weekly treat for my wife and I. Once a week we break away from work, meet at Ikram's and enjoy a wonderful lunch. The food here is consistently excellent with creative flavors, fresh ingredients, and wonderful wines to compliment their entrees."
    Dined on 11/22/2013